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By Antony Lentin

Sir Edgar Speyer was once a conspicuous determine within the monetary, cultural, social and political lifetime of Edwardian London. Head of the syndicate which financed the development of the deep "tube traces" and "King of the Underground", he was once additionally a gourmand and energetic consumer of the humanities who rescued the "Prom" from cave in, greater the nation's musical and inventive existence at his personal fee and directed the investment of Captain Scott's Antarctic expeditions. Speyer and his spouse, the live performance violinist, Leonora Speyer lived in fabulously fantastic kind. Early within the early summer season of 1914 they stood on the height in their good fortune and big name in London society. inside of weeks, at the outbreak of struggle, they turned pariahs, gadgets of suspicion and aversion. regardless of having been a naturalised British citizen for over two decades and an ubiquitous public benefactor, Speyer discovered himself ostracised by means of society and mercilessly harried through the Northcliffe press. less than the extraterrestrial beings Act of 1918, Speyer used to be summoned in 1921 ahead of a judicial enquiry which chanced on him in charge of disloyalty and disaffection and of speaking and buying and selling with the enemy. He was once stripped of his citizenship and club of the Privy Council. Pilloried by means of the days as a traitor, Speyer vehemently denied the costs, yet he by no means back to England thereafter and not forgot his ordeal.

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