Books: Pan Pipes by the Thames

KENNETH GRAHAME (400 pp.)—Peter Green—World ($6).

Probably the most unlikely moneyman ever appointed to the high post of secretary of the Bank of England was a tall, genial, walrus-mustached Scot who much preferred to spend his time on the bank of the Thames. The Old Lady of Thread-needle Street, with a comfortable £40 million worth of bullion in her vaults toward the end of the last century, could well afford an officer who set records for short hours and long absences (due to illness), occupied himself with punting, sculling and solitary walks. It was...

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