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1900

William McKinley, the most popular chief executive since Abraham Lincoln, is re-nominated with Theodore Roosevelt as vice president. The prosperity of the nation continues. One of the best Republican slogans is “four years more of the full dinner-pail.”

J. Henry Schroder Banking Company is listed as Number 2 in capitalization on the list of the seventeen merchant bankers who make up the exclusive Accepting Houses Committee in London. Although it is almost unknown in the United States, it has played a large part in our history. Like the others on this list, it had first to be approved by the Bank of England. The von Schroders began their banking operations in Hamburg, Germany. In 1900, Baron Bruno von Schroder established the London branch of the firm. He was soon joined by Frank Cyril Tiarks, in 1902. Tiarks married Emma Franziska of Hamburg, and was a director of the Bank of England from 1912 to 1945.

Robert Sterling Clark – helped to suppress the Boxer Rebellion. In July 1900 his courageous and distinguished participation in the capture of Tientsin earned him the commission of first lieutenant, and Clark subsequently took part in the siege and capture of Peking (Beijing).

Emile Francqui, director of a large Belgian bank, Societe Generale, and a London mining promoter, an American named Herbert Hoover, who had been associated with Francqui in a number of scandals which had become celebrated court cases, notably the Kaiping Coal Company scandal in China, said to have set off the Boxer Rebellion, which had as its goal the expulsion of all foreign businessmen from China.

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