'A Friendship for Life'
The experiences they shared in Colorado made both Mackenzie King and John D. Rockefeller, Jr., realize that the warm personal relationship established through their first contacts little more than a year before was destined to become a lifelong friendship. For three weeks and more they had lived together in Colorado under conditions more like those of a camping expedition than of a series of business conferences. Although normally reticent in his expressions of personal feeling, and cautious about accepting at face value friendly gestures from men whose motives might be open to question, Rockefeller spoke and wrote generously of his appreciation of all that Mackenzie King had done, and all that as a man he was. It was a gracious impulse that led him to write to Mackenzie King's parents in Toronto, at the end of the Colorado tour, to express his 'deep regard for the mother and father of the man whom so unreservedly I respect and admire, and for whom I entertain feelings akin to those of a brother'. It was not the first time he had so expressed himself. In the trying ordeal of the Walsh commission hearings they had worked together more as close friends than as client and counsel. As they parted on that last day, King was embarrassed by his sincere tribute: 'I feel that I have found in you the brother I have never had and have always wished to have.' Seldom, Rockefeller declared to a friend, had he been so impressed by a