When do you risk running into Boycott?

When do you risk running into Boycott?

If you almost simultaneously shoot from two barrels of a hunting rifle – you get a doublet! History sometimes also likes to shoot with a doublet, as in 1831 and 1832, when two people were born on the same day on March 12, whose names are still heard.

In the beginning, the future smith and pioneer of the automotive industry, Clement Studebaker, was born in the United States, and a year later Charles Cunningham Boycott came to the world in the UK.

If you navigate the horoscope, then both are bright representatives of the Pisces sign. But since the Pisces in the horoscope is two – their fate can be directly opposite. How it all happened in practice.

Let’s start with Studebaker. His family appeared in North America with the first wave of immigrants from Europe, in the distant 1736. And natives of Holland, one of the first to realize what they can be useful to people. The first European “Americans” suffered very much “the desire to change places,” and as families were numerous at that time, large vans were needed to transport households and scabbards. It was them that Clement’s grandfather began to make, having founded in 1798 in the town of Konistoga (Pennsylvania) a workshop in which solid, solid and capacious vehicles were manufactured-the famous resettlement vans. Almost the entire male half of a large family was engaged in this production. And the growing children, naturally, from the very birth not only closely watched the production, but also tried to determine what benefit can bring to parents and family.

Clement’s older brother – Henry mastered the profession of coachman, and the younger one had a small choice – he decided to become a blacksmith. And when other sons appeared in the family – John, Peter and Yakub, they also found a place in the family production. All five worked together for the benefit of the family.

But Charles Cunningham Boycott could not boast that he was trained for a certain specialty from his young nails. His parents were far less adventurous. And when the young Charles came to decide on a place in the sun, after long deliberation, he decided to devote himself to serving in the army. And I must say that his career was very mediocre. On the one hand, he was not very fond of the soldiers for the fact that Boycott was very demanding of himself and asked no less from the lower ranks. On the other hand, his superiors also did not particularly appreciate that Charles always tried to cut the truth of the womb in the face, not really reckoning with the ranks. That is, the regimental authorities were not sure that the gallant captain would not throw out any fortune.

Convinced that his career was “frozen” and there are no special prospects, Boycott made the only correct decision – he wrote a report on dismissal.

What is the main difference between Studebaker and Boycott? The first always relied on the support of the family and he had strong rear. The second, like Don Quixote, fought his windmills more often alone. And this is always fraught with failures. After all, Clement was always able, in the case of which, to pull the brothers out, and Charles was deprived of precisely a critical view of his actions. From which you can draw a concrete conclusion: if fate did not reward you with four brothers, did not give a family business, firmly standing on its feet, you need first of all to stock up friends and allies. Without them, even a man of seven wits in the forehead threatens to stuff himself a bump.

Yes, we can assume that the Civil War in the United States, 1861-65. allowed Studebakers to dramatically increase their capital – at this time the need for vans sharply increased! Moreover, Studebaker received a large government order. But this proves once again the fact that family dynasties have great immunity at crucial moments for the fate of the country.

By the beginning of the seventies of the XIX century, the tiny workshop had grown into a solid factory and produced one fully manned crew every 7 minutes.Moreover, these were not only freighters and wagons, but also various passenger carriages – phaetons, wagons, rulers.

A loner Boycott, after failing a few pension years, finally also found a job. He settled himself in the estate of his former regimental comrade, who owned several thousand acres of land in Ireland. Mindful of Charles’s particular demand, his brother-in-law rightly decided that this was by no means the worst quality for the manager! And he proposed to Boycott to move to Ireland to a new place of residence.

But then I found a braid on the stone. The stubborn Irishmen almost met with hostility almost every “administrative onslaught” of the new manager. They naively assumed that they understand agriculture a little better than a retired military man. This later, a quarter of a century later, on 1/6 of terrestrial land it will be announced that the state can be run by the cook! But nature rarely forgives human stupidity. Accidentally or on purpose, but in 1880, after a series of hungry years and drought, there was a terrible crop failure. The owner of the “latifundia” demanded that Charles not reduce incomes, Boycott decided to “press” the tenants of the land and asked either to immediately pay all the money due for rent, or, if there is no money, to return all the property.

Such a tough guy local hired workers did not know yet! They turned to the prominent Irish politician Charles Parnell to help them defend their rights. And before the conflict is resolved, Boycott arranged a “conspiracy of inattention”. He and his family members refused to serve in local shops, the postman did not deliver letters to them, neighbors refused to talk to them , etc.

This only provoked Charles. He hired 50 Irish Protestants from another county who worked in the field under the protection of 1000 (!) Policemen. But it did not help either. The conspiracy of silence was over the forces of Boycott.

This war continued even more than the Civil War in the United States – about 6 years and ended in the complete defeat of Boycott. He left Ireland, and his name has since become a household name!

And what about Studebaker? He never crawled into trouble, but always tried to be someone interesting and useful. And it is no accident that the great inventor Thomas Edison considered it an honor to develop the first electric Studebaker.

Unfortunately, Clement did not live up to the first test, death overtook him a little earlier – November 27, 1901. But poor Boycott by that time had not been alive for four years. My heart could not stand it!

And, finally, the last question: when do you risk running into a boycott? Only if you do not take into consideration someone else’s opinion, it’s very difficult to compromise, and most importantly – you believe in your own infallibility! For a while you will be tolerated, and then Charles Cunningham Boycott will open his arms to you.

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