"Diamond Jim" Brady Unique Character.: Well-Known on Metropolitan Tracks--Fond of Racing--Owned Some First-Class Horses., Daily Racing Form, 1917-04-15


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•DIAMOND JIM BRADY UNIQUE CHARACTER. Well-Kr.own on Metropolitan Tracks — Fond of Racing — Owned Some First-Class Horses. New York. April 14. — "Diamond Jim Brady, whose death occurred in Atlantie City Friday, was an unique figure in the turf world. His extraordinary display of diamonds and jewels from a diamond studded walking en ne to his vest buttons is well remembered by followers of the metropolitan circuit. He was fond of racing and at different periods in partnership with Mr. McLewee, he raced such well-known horses as Gold Heels. Accountant. Ota-seau. Major Daingerficld. Fountainblue and Ellis-dale. With Cold Heels and Accountant. Mr. Brady-won many stakes. Gold Heels in 1902 won the Brighton Handicap and the Brighton Cup. a feat rarely performed in the same year. Mr. Brady was not an extensive bettor on his horses, being satisfied to win stakes. Occasionally he would exceed what he termed his limit of 00. but it was seldom. lie was in the railway supply business. His fortune is estimated at ,000,000. Born in New York city about fifty-six years ago. he started his railroading career as a messenger boy and baggage smasher. How he made his money, he once testified liefore the Interstate Common e Commission, was his own affair. He made this statement during the New Haven inquiry of 1913. when Solicitor Joseph W. Folk questioned him about his expenditures in getting large contracts for steel cars from the New Haven road, the president of which. Charles II. Mellon, was a close friend of Bradys. Made His Fortune in Railroad Business. "1 have made my money." said" Brady, "during the forty-four years since 1 started as a boy in the railroad business in my own way and in my private capacity, and the way to fortune is my private business, and nobody knows anything about it. For that reason I keep no books. I dont want to lie bothered, and 1 dont propose that anybody else shall know how I have built my business. It is my own. and 1 dont propose to give up my business to any soul as long as 1 live." Mr. Brady never tasted liquor or smoked a cigar. but he possessed an appetite out of the ordinary. It was his appetite that, many say. was the cause of his illness of four years ago. He was an inmate of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Baltimore, for several months ami discharged from that institution with What he germed " a new stomach." Desirous of showing his gratitude to Dr. Hugh Young and other members of the staff of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, he gave 00,000 to establish new umologieal department and 5. MX yearly for its maintenance. The James Buchanan Brady Uruological Institute was dedicated May 4, 1915. ; , i i I j [. * . t f f 1 !l s a * f

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