您知道陈嘉庚与李光前是怎么样认识的吗?

20世纪初的一个秋天,陈嘉庚从厦门乘乘十三港轮返新加坡。开航后,狂风大作,气温骤降,许多乘客没有寒衣,冷得直打哆嗦。陈嘉庚见船上乘客冻得瑟瑟发抖,十分同情,于是找来仓库保管员说:“我姓陈,你通知乘客,每人发一条毯子,费用由我来出。”保管员误听成:“凡姓陈的,每人发一条毯子”,结果乘客不管张三李四纷纷冒姓陈领了毛毯。陈嘉庚到各舱查看时,却发现一名少年卷缩在角落打冷颤,十分诧异。一问之下,那少年才回答他说:“不瞒先生,我不姓陈,不能冒姓领毛毯。”少年的诚实作风给陈嘉庚留下了极为深刻的印象。

过了数年的一个夏日,没带雨具的陈嘉庚被大雨困在街边干着急。这时,一名年轻人将雨伞递了给他。性急的陈嘉庚拿了雨伞头也不回,让年轻人明天到谦益公司去取。翌日,年轻人到谦益去,向陈嘉庚谢过多年前一条毛毯之恩,陈嘉庚恍然大悟。这个年轻人,就是李光前。 一名少年的诚实守信之举、知恩图报之美,奠定了陈嘉庚与李光前的一世情缘。(有关故事根据《福建侨乡报》于1989年1月8日登载《陈嘉庚初识李光前》一文重述)

In autumn in the early 20th century, Tan Kah Kee was traveling to Singapore by boat. On the way temperature dropped drastically, he found out other passengers were shivering due to cold weather. Then he asked the storekeeper: "I am Tan, give blanket to the passengers and I will pay for them". The storekeeper misunderstood that he asked to give blanket to those whose surname were Tan. Then most of the passengers pretended that their surname were Tan and took the blankets.

When Tan was checking around, he saw a teenager huddled in the corner and was shivering. He told Tan that his surname is not Tan and he couldn’t lie to get blanket. The boy's honesty impressed Tan.

In a summer after few years, Tan was stuck in the street due to heavy rain. A young guy passed an umbrella to him. Tan just took the umbrella and told him to get it back tomorrow in Khiam Aik company. The day after, the young guy showed up and thanked him for the blanket few years ago. It suddenly dawned to Tan that this young guy is Lee Kong Chian.

The honesty and worthiness of Lee brought a tight relationship to both Tan Kah Kee and Lee Kong Chian.

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