This is an extract of the excellent book on 1929 crash from Max Witt it is a US book but since I only got the french version it will be a babel translation Babel Fish Translation In English: Part I "28 February" "Meehan had been born in Wales, particularly poor Irish parents. Meehan was high in the catholic faith. The search of Sunday morning to the church passed first of all. Hardly left the school, Michael worked full-time. It sold cigars [... ] A 18 years, it was manager of a store. Then it made trade of tickets of thÃ©atre in Broadway before working in Curb Exchange and finally with Exchange Stock of New York in 1924. Meehan misa on the rise of RCA (Radio Corporation of America). At the beginning it had not been easy to push this action. But thanks to its charm, with its energy, with its perseverance, Meehan had succeeded in making it go up of 25 dollars, in 1924, with nearly 200, in 1928, and then to 420. Today it felt that the moment had just struck a new blow. [... ] "the payment of Exchange Stock prohibited with the stockbrokers to have the values of which they made trade. But there was no law which forbidding Elisabeth to speculate in RCA: his wife had already done it before. There was no reason so that she does not start again." [... ] "the question of knowing which would take care of handling was very significant...." "the pool of the Copper Anaconda, that Meehan had partly organized, functioned perfectly. The operation had been entrusted to selected sure people among best paid of Wall Street for this kind of companies: Ben Smith and Tom Bragg from Hutton... Thanks to the money of other managers of Stock Exchange, such as Percy Rockfeller, Billy During and Charles Mitchell, Bragg and Smith had more than 32 Million dollars at disposal." "If it were possible to release Braag and Smith a little, monopolized in this moment on Anaconda Copper it would be perfect. Nobody was more skilful than these deux-lÃ to operate out of Stock Exchange. The speculation on Anaconda Copper would last several months. On the contrary, the action on RCA would be an attack of short duration, extremely violent. In this case Braag and Smith could perhaps release itself one week, to take the pool in hand. Meehan was going to touch them on this subject. "