National Geographic : 1926 May
©Donald McLeish THE TREASURE MART OF AN EMPIRE The Bank of England (left), established in 1694, has been for centuries one of the greatest of the great financial institutions oftheworld. Atone time, however earlier in its career it had to resort to a strange ruse to tide over a run. It employed persons topresent themselves atitspaying windows with notes which the bank, in order to consume time, cashed in sixpences. As each agent thus received his money heleft thebank only toenter by another door, r deposit the sixpences, and enact the whole performance over again. These agents so congested thebank that few ofthebona fide holders of notes could get near enough to the counter to present them and the emergency was survived. Infront oftheRoyal Exchange (right center), one of the strategic commercial centers of a great commercial nation, is the statue of the Duke of Wellington, cast from captured French cannon.