Carl Honore writes:
"The sewer story on last week's Featured Web Site reminded me of Sherlock Holmes and "The Red Headed League", where the villain tunnels under the street to emerge from a sewer into the storage room of the bank."
For those who didn't drill down to read the story on the
Bank of England web site, I'll excerpt it here:
"About 1836 the Directors of the Bank are said to have received an anonymous letter stating that the writer had access to the Bank's bullion. Somewhat melodramatically he offered to meet them in the bullion vault at any hour they chose.
Although disbelieving at first, the Directors were finally persuaded to assemble one night in the vault. At the appointed hour a noise was heard from beneath the floor and the mysterious correspondent suddenly appeared from below merely by displacing a few floor boards.
Apparently he was a sewerman who, during repair work to the sewers, had discovered an old drain which ran immediately under the bullion vault. He might have carried away enormous sums but in fact nothing had been removed and for his honesty the Bank is said to have rewarded him with a gift of £800."
Wayne Homren, Editor
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