Foreign News: Finance, Romance

Decades if not centuries ago, the conservatism of the Bank of England was coined into a name—"The

Old Lady of Threadneedle Street." Since 1694 written records have been preserved of her spinsterhood. Now at last an old servant, one W. Marston Acres, long in her employ, is to write her biography. Last week the august Court of Directors of the Bank of England commissioned him to "compile a story particularly stressing the points of human interest in the history of the world's most famous bank."

Mr. Acres' discretion can be trusted. His book will be no lurid chronicle of philanderings with John Bull....

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