Senseless babble IS precious.So don't read it.Sorry to take up your precious time with such senseless babble.
That's an interesting thought, and perhaps you're right. But the article linked really tells us nothing.So, he owned a "furniture" business, eh.
Time for some real investigation: take all his business records and trace back all his shipments and see what he was getting, from where and from whom.
There may be interesting things at the end of that trail...