T.R. Kyle was a merchandiser in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Kyle had a literal clearance of his wares in March 1901. Locals were stunned to see his products at half their usual price, but it wasn’t a sale in every sense of the word. Kyle owed Bristol creditors about $5,000. His mass liquidation brought him around $3,000, which he pocketed.
Kyle had a dream to pursue, and that dream was to travel to Honduras. No one understood his desire, but he was last heard from in Chicago. Whether or not he reached Honduras remains a mystery.