chapter  26
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JOSEPH CRABTREE: THE OLD LADY OF THREADNEEDLE STREET

WithNigel Bromage

I have a tale to tell tonight of intrigue, passion, petty jealousy and shameand all within the apparently sober confines of the Bank of England in the Threadneedle Street! To whet your appetites, Gentlemen, I can tell you that I have found evidence linking Crabtree, in a business sense, with the Browning family and in the most intimate sense with the Hood family; and I have seen proof that T.S.Eliot is indebted of our Founder for at least two significant passages of The Waste Land.