The Nathan Rothschild/Waterloo Fable

The original story told in the book "Ward's Miscellany" in 1837 about a man who became rich through the London Stock Exchange by receiving information about the Battle of Waterloo before anyone else in London did. This story makes no mention of the Nathan Rothschild fairy-tale that was spread on LL the other day by a spam poster yet the story is chillingly similar and a good example of how one story becomes another through the spreading of disinformation by men.

It is interesting to note that a known anti-Semite was the first individual, that we know of through evidence, to have associated this story with Nathan Rothschild in 1940 (125 years after the war). It's also interesting to find out that this anti-Semite was from France, the very country that lost the war. Later, in the U.S., an American, who's father belonged to the anti-Semite Union, decided to expand on the story and add his own fiction in order to make the story seem more believable.

The war took place June 18th, 1815 and lasted 8 hours. A courier reached London with the official declaration of victory on June 20th and the declaration was printed in the Times newspaper that evening.

The London Stock Exchange did not crash as some internet trolls and conspiracy theorists state. The London Stock Exchange historical data is freely available online for anyone to search and discover the truth for themselves. The London Exchange dropped no greater than 5pct and after the declaration of victory increased no greater than 13pct. I've been a professional investor for over 20 years. A "family fortune" is not earned via a 13pct increase in the markets.

The London Senate records have an extensive amount of information regarding Nathan Rothschild and how he earned his fortune. Most of it wasn't done by investing in the London Stock Exchange. The majority of his fortune was made by funding the country of England and receiving an interest from the government. Today, in the U.S. we have a such a system as well. It's called Treasury Bills. It's no great mystery nor did it require deceptive practices to engage in the trade. There are several ledgers available that list the government auctions of these London War Bonds that Nathan Rothschild and several others were bidding parties to. It is a known fact that Nathan Rothschild was not the wealthiest man of London in 1815 and for several years after that.

Here is the lengthy book of 1937 that describes the story that was later twisted and falsified by the anti-Semite Frenchman who had a vendetta for some reason against the Rothschild's just because they were 1) Jewish and 2) wealthy. People somehow forget that the Rothschild's were a very poor family that went from rags to riches; which is exactly how "capitalism" is suppose to work for the individual that is hard working and not lazy.

AN ADVENTURE OF THE STOCK EXCHANGE. (From the Great Metropolis, second series Published 1837 [Written about 1835].) As illustrative of the sudden and singular instance in the case of Mr. F , the present vicissitudes of fortune which men sometimes proprietor of one of the most extensive estates in undergo in that place, I may mention a curious the county of Middlesex. He had been for some years a member of the Stock Exchange, when, on becoming unfortunate, he had to suffer the indignity of having his name chalked on the black board; an indignity to which poverty more frequently than dishonourable conduct is subjected. The loss of a handsome fortune, coupled with the treatment he had received from the committee, worked his feelings up to such a state of frenzy, that chancing to pass London Bridge a few days after the battle of Waterloo, he, in his despair threw the last shilling he had in the world over the bridge into the water. For a few moments afterwards he stood motionless on the spot, leaning over the parapet, and gazing vacantly on the water. The emotions which then passed through his mind were of a nature which no second party could describe ; and which, indeed, even he himself could not by possibility convey, with any thing like their vividness or power, to the minds of others. His predominating feelings — but no idea can be formed of their burning intensity — were those of envy of the insensate stones, and of a wish that he himself were, like his last shilling, at the bottom of the river. That moment, but for the crowds of per sons who were passing and repassing, he would have thrown himself over the parapet of the bridge, and ended his woes by ending his existence. From that instant, he did form the purpose of committing suicide ; and he began to move slowly towards home with that view. Before he reached the other end of the bridge, he was met by a Frenchman with whom he had been on terms of great intimacy. He would have passed by the Frenchman, with whom he had been on terms of great intimacy. He would have passed by the Frenchman, so absorbed was he with the wretchedness of his condition, without recognising him. The latter, however, advancing towards Mr. F , seized him by the hand, and inquired how he was. He managed to lisp out an " O, how are you ? " " This is a most important affair to both countries," said the Frenchman. " What affair?" inquired the other, partially recovering himself from the frightful reverie to which he had been giving way. " Why the great battle," observed Monsieur, " The great battle! What great battle? " " The battle of Waterloo." " You are surely dreaming. I have not heard a word about it : the newspapers make no mention of any battle having been lately fought." " I dare say they do not. How could they ? Intelligence of it has only reached town within the last two hours. The foreign secretary and the French ambassador alone know any thing of it. Government have received the tidings of it by telegraph : it is not an hour since I parted with the French ambassador, from whom I had the information : Napoleon is signally defeated." Mr. F felt as if he had started from a deep sleep. He felt as if he had become a new man. The advantage to which such important intelligence might be turned on the Stock Exchange, the scene of sq many disasters and so much degradation to him, immediately shot across his mind. " And the battle was an important one?" " Mott important," said the Frenchman, with great emphasis. " It will prove fatal for ever to the prospects of Bonaparte. His usurpation is at an end," he added, with evident joy, being a great adherent of the Bourbon family. " Were the numbers on either side great?" " I have no idea of the exact numbers, but the battle was the greatest which has been fought in modern times, and it lasted a considerable part of three days." " Mr. F cordially shook the Frenchman by the hand, and said he would call on him in a day or two. Hastily returning to the city, he hurried to a certain firm on the Stock Exchange, informed them that he had just become exclusively possessed of some important information, and expressed his readiness to communicate it to them on condition that he should receive the half of whatever profits they might realise on any operation they might have in the Stock Exchange in consequence of that information. They agreed to his proposal : he told them the result of the battle of Waterloo : they rushed into the market and purchased consols to an enormous amount. In the meantime Mr. F— — proceeded to another large house, and told them also that he possessed information of the most important character, of which he was sure Stock Exchange in consequence of that information. They agreed to his proposal : he told them the result of the battle of Waterloo : they rushed into the market and purchased consols to an enormous amount. In the meantime Mr. F— — proceeded to another large house, and told them also that he possessed information of the most important character, of which he was sure they had heard nothing. They admitted they knew of nothing that was not in the public prints. He made the same proposal to them he had done to the other firm ; they also, not supposing Mr. F had spoken to any other party on the subject, at once closed with the offer, and, on the intelligence being communicated to them, one of the partners called the other aside — there were only two in the counting-house at the time — and whispered to him, not on any account to let Mr. F out of his sight, lest he should allow the important intelligence to transpire to some one else — adding that he would that instant hurry to the Stock Exchange, and employ various brokers to purchase consols to a large amount. "You'll recollect what I have said," he observed to his partner, as he hastened out of the counting- house. " 11l take special care of that," said the other. " Leave such matters to me," he added in his own mind. A thought struck him. " Mr. F , will you just step into the parlour," point ing the way, "and have a lunch?" Mr. F— — . assented. They both proceeded to an apartment in another part of the house. A lunch was brought. Mr. F , whose state of mind had deprived him of all appetite for some days past, now eat rather heartily. While busy with the things set before him, the other, rising from his seat said, " You'll excuse me for a moment, Mr. F , while I transact a small matter in the counting-house." " Certainly," said Mr. F , " take your time." The other quitted the room, and, on getting to the outside, locked the door, unknown to Mr. F , and put the key in his pocket. In about half an hour the first partner returned from the Stock Exchange, and stated that the funds had already, from some cause or other, risen in an hour two or three per cent. The cause, it is unnecessary to say, was the immense amount of consols which had been purchased by the first house to whom Mr. F gave the information. Both partners proceeded to the apartment in which they had shut up their prisoner, and apprised him of the rise which had taken place, adding that they did not think it advisable to purchase at the advanced price. He urged them to do so, expressing his firm belief that when the news of so important a victory by the allied powers had been received, the funds would rise at least ten or twelve per cent. The parties acted on his advice, and made immense purchases. The event justified the soundness of Mr. F *s counsel, and the accuracy of Ids opinion : for on the day on which intelligence of the battle was made general, the funds rose to the amazing extent of fifteen per cent., which is the greatest rise they were ever known to ex perience. Mr. F 's share of the profits he tween the two houses in one day exceeded l00,000/. He returned next day to the Stock Exchange, and very soon amassed a large for tune, when he had the wisdom to quit the place for ever, and went and purchased the estate I have alluded to, which he still possesses.—