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- shaving for a half penny.” The hovity er the advertisement soon attracted a logo humber of customers. A neighbouring cabler one day came to his shop in order to be shaved. The fellow had a remarkably strong rough beard. Arkwright beginning to lather him, said he hoped he would give him another
half penny, for his beard was so strong it might spoil his razor. The cobler declared he would not; Arkwright then shaved him for the half penny, and immediately gave him two pair of shoes to mend. This was the basis of Ark wright’s extraordinary fortune; for the cobler struck with this unexpected favour, introduced him to the inspection of a cotton machine invented by a particular friend of his. Arkwright got possession of the plan; and it gradually led him to establish machines by which he amassed an immense fortune, Second to none in the kingdom, and to the ac
quisition of a title from the king.