Herbert Hoover - Creepy Isis Statue Donated by Belgians 1922

Hoover had ties to Belgium (Congo, uranium), Stanford (Hoover Institute), and hired Edward Dewey for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles. The people of Belgium donated this Isis statue for his assistance in humanitarian aid during the WWI blockade. It is very cryptic. Note the “key” in her left hand is an Ankh, which is also used by UNESCO as a logo in their Man and the Biosphere reports. It was originally on the Stanford campus, but later moved to his childhood home. @jenlake


I never saw a ‘veiled’ Isis before, but it’s weirdly fitting.

Herbert Hoover is a specialty subject and still largely an enigma even to history buffs. After his presidency he maintained the yearly ritual of camp at Bohemian Grove and kept on functioning like a national engineer and diplomat-without-portfolio until his death. I wrote up this ‘nutshell’ Belgium connection to pad the post, but there are multitudes of stories, controversies, and possible acts of treason from this timeframe --1900 to 1920. As far as I can tell, the Belgium connection for Hoover was born in a friendship with businessman-banker Emile Francqui.

Hoover and Emile Francqui were something akin to business partners c1900 when both men were on official assignments in China as mining engineer-entrepreneurs; Hoover for his British employer and Francqui representing the Belgian government. They would be under siege and expelled by the turmoil of the Boxer Rebellion (1899-1901), subject to rescue by international military forces. Hoover returned to his London-based business, from where he resumed travel abroad to develop mineral properties which included mine developments for the Rothschilds’ Rio Tinto.

“In May 1897, Herbert Hoover, manager and inspecting engineer of the London and Western Australian Exploration Company, an associate of the British management firm Bewick, Moreing & Co., inspected the Sons of Gwalia operation and recommended the acquisition of the mine… Hoover was appointed superintendent of the Sons of Gwalia Mine and managed it from May to November 1898 before moving on to China” Gwalia’s top production was in tantalum and gold. Sons of Gwalia - Wikipedia

. –see Bewick, Moering & Co. in Australia Bewick Moreing in Western Australian Gold Mining 1897-1904: Management Policies & Goldfields Responses on JSTOR

“On June 1, 1900, future President Herbert Hoover and his wife Lou are caught in the middle of the Boxer Rebellion in China. After marrying in Monterey, California, on February 10, 1899, Herbert and Lou Hoover left on a honeymoon cruise to China, where Hoover was to start a new job as a mining consultant to the Chinese emperor with the consulting group Bewick, Moreing and Co. The couple had been married less than a year when Chinese nationalists rebelled against colonial control of their nation, besieging 800 westerners in the city of Tientsin. Hoover led an enclave of westerners in building barricades around their residential section of the city, while Lou volunteered in the hospital. Legend holds that, during the ensuing month-long siege, Hoover rescued some Chinese children caught in the crossfire of urban combat. After an international coalition of troops rescued the Hoovers and spirited them and other westerners out of China, Herbert Hoover was made a partner at Bewick, Moreing and Co… ” Future President Hoover caught in Boxer Rebellion - HISTORY

“The Kaiping Mines was one of the first modern mining companies in Zhili, China. It was founded by Li Hongzhang and production began in 1881. During this period of the mines (1881-1912) at times the annual coal production reached 1,400,000 tons.[1] One of the principals was Zhou Xuexi and the chief engineer was Herbert Hoover … During the course of the Boxer Rebellion, to protect them from foreign occupation, and with the cooperation of Hoover and British financial interests, the mines passed to the Anglo-Belgian Chinese Engineering & Mining Company…” Kaiping Mines - Wikipedia

The Boxer Rebellion, also known as the Boxer Uprising, the Boxer Insurrection, or the Yihetuan Movement, was an anti-foreign, anti-colonial, and anti-Christian uprising in China between 1899 and 1901, towards the end of the Qing dynasty, by the Society of Righteous and Harmonious Fists (Yìhéquán), known as the “Boxers”… A major cause of discontent in north China was missionary activity… Foreign navies started building up their presence along the northern China coast from the end of April 1900… and the Chinese forces were ultimately defeated by the Eight-Nation Alliance of Austria-Hungary, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States… Among the foreigners besieged in Tianjin was a young American mining engineer named Herbert Hoover, who would go on to become the 31st President of the United States.” Boxer Rebellion - Wikipedia

Francqui had previously been a partner of Hoover in the Kaipeng coal mine swindle in China, which set off the Boxer Rebellion, [with] the Chinese vowing to kill all “white devils” in China; and the Congo atrocities, where Francqui was remembered by the sobriquet, “the Butcher of the Congo”… https://modernhistoryproject.org/mhp?Article=WorldOrder&C=7.3

–Francqui earned his title in the Congo Free State from administering horrific abuses to Congolese workers: “violent exploitation and callous disregard of native rights and life began with the ivory trade. This was channelled directly through Leopold’s IAC. It involved dealing with slave traders, press-ganging porters, and flogging and shooting any who resisted the company’s agents. The next phase centred upon rubber collected from wild trees…Gathering wild rubber was very labour intensive and forced labour was used on a huge scale. Natives who resisted such peonage were beaten, tortured, mutilated and murdered… The reference to cutting off hands is a recurrent one. Hundreds of reports and photographic evidence showed that it was practised on a massive scale… The total number of deaths resulting from Leopold’s reign of terror can never be accurately known. Various estimates have been made over the last hundred years, the general consensus being that half the Congolese population, or roughly 10 million people, perished as a result of murder, wars, starvation, exhaustion or disease.” Leopold II’s Heart of Darkness, by David White | Open History Society

Émile Francqui (French: [fʁɑ̃ki]; 25 June 1863 in Brussels – 1 November 1935 in Brussels) was a Belgian soldier, diplomat, business man and philanthropist.

As an orphan, Émile Francqui was sent to a military school when he was just 15 years old. At the age of 21, like many young officers, he was sent to Congo Free State by king Leopold II of Belgium.[1]

“In 1896, he became the Belgian consul in Imperial China and stayed there until 1902. In China he met the future American president Herbert Hoover during negotiations concerning the granting of the Hankow-Canton railroad concession in China in 1901. Although they were competitors, they respected each other very much and became friends.

Francqui returned to Belgium in 1902, and began a financial career. He became the managing director of the Banque d’Outremer, and managing director of the Union Minière du Haut Katanga (UMHK). Ten years after his return to Belgium, he became Director of the Société Générale de Belgique, and in 1932 became its Governor. During World War I he was President of the Belgian Comité National de Secours et d’Alimentation (National Aid and Food Committee, abbreviated to CNSA). During World War I, Herbert Hoover in the United States set up the Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB) to support the CNSA abroad.” Émile Francqui - Wikipedia

–Hoover’s selection and authority to head the CRB jointly with Francqui was resolved in Britain and appears to have been Francqui’s choice.

“When the Great War broke out, Hoover was a mining engineer and financier living in London. When hostilities erupted, he found himself surrounded by tens of thousands of American tourists trying to get home… most voyages had been canceled. Hoover set up and organized an “American committee” to “get the busted Yankee home,” making loans and cashing checks as needed. By October 1914 the American Committee had sent some 120,000 Americans home… This episode brought Hoover and his organizational talents to the attention of the American ambassador, Walter Hines Page, and several other key people in London, who came to him in late October with a request for his help with a much larger problem…” Commission for Relief in Belgium - Wikipedia. – Hoover earned a lot of priceless publicity as a heroic on-the-spot American which attracted a number of elite young men to join the CRB. One adept in particular was the teenage Lewis L. Strauss who became Hoover’s secretary and aide-de-camp for the CRB’s duration, ending his formal participation at Versailles, though Hoover and Strauss maintained an active and close friendship for the rest of their lives. Strauss left the Paris negotiations in September of 1919 to accept a partnership in the Wall Street brokerage of Kuhn Loeb & Co on the invitation of Jacob and (son) Mortimer Schiff. Hoover left Paris shortly after and returned to the U.S. to organize his first campaign for the Presidency.

Lewis Lichtenstein Strauss (/ˈstrɔːz/ “straws”; January 31, 1896 – January 21, 1974) was an American businessman, philanthropist, and naval officer who served two terms on the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), the second as its chairman. He was a major figure in the development of nuclear weapons, the nuclear energy policy of the United States, and nuclear power in the United StatesLewis Strauss - Wikipedia

“In 1916, the promoters of World War I were dismayed when Germany insisted she could not continue in the war, because of shortages of food and money… To keep Germany in the war,[former Kuhn Loeb & Co partner] Paul Warburg, head of the Federal Reserve System, hastily arranged for credits to be routed to his brother, Max Warburg, through Stockholm to M.M. Warburg Co. Hamburg. Food presented a more difficult problem. It was finally decided to ship it directly to Belgium as “relief for the starving Belgians”. The supplies could then be shipped over Rothschild railway lines into Germany. As director for this “relief” operation, the Rothschilds chose Herbert Hoover. His partner in the Belgian Relief Commission was Emilie Francqui, chosen by Baron Phillipe Lambert, head of the Belgian Rothschild family.

The plan was so successful that it kept World War I going for an additional two years, allowing the U.S. to get into the “war to end wars”. John Hamill, author of “The Strange Career of Herbert Hoover” [Under Two Flags] states that Emile Francqui, director of Societe Generale, a Jesuit bank, opened an office in his bank as the National Relief and Food Committee, with a letter of authorization from the German Gov. Gen. von der Goltz. Francqui then went to London with this letter, accompanied by Baron Lambert, head of the Belgian Rothschilds, and Hugh Gibson, secretary of the American Legation in Brussels.

…Hamill says: “From its commencement, the Food Division had been organized and conducted on a commercial basis. The Commission for Relief in Belgium raised its sale prices to the National Committee by an amount equivalent to the profit that had formerly been taken by it. Hoover referred to this as ‘benevolence’.” https://modernhistoryproject.org/mhp?Article=WorldOrder&C=7.3

—The starvation in Belgium and Europe was the result of an unrelenting sea-blockade by the British; “The British Blockade During World War I: The Weapon of Deprivation… This operation was the British blockade from 1914-1919 which sought to obstruct Germany’s ability to import goods, and thus in the most literal sense starve the German people and military into submission…” The British Blockade During World War I: The Weapon of Deprivation - Inquiries Journal.

Union Miniere du Haut Katanga in the Congo: under its Belgian manager, Edgar Sengier, mined the high-grade uranium from the Shinkolobwe deposit: “The mineral deposits at Shinkolobwe were discovered in 1915 by English geologist Robert Rich Sharp (1881–1960)… The mine produced the most economical uranium ore in the world [beginning c1920] and was used for the Manhattan Project and subsequent nuclear weapons produced by the United states in the 1940s and 50s.” Shinkolobwe - Wikipedia

“After the war [WWI] the remaining resources of the committee [for Relief in Belgium] were decided to be used for the rebuilding of Belgium. Émile Francqui wanted to invest in the universities as a means for rebuilding the country. In 1920 the University Foundation was founded by Émile Francqui. In addition the Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF) was founded for the exchange of students between Belgium and the United States. Émile Francqui was involved, with Félicien Cattier, in the establishment of the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS).

In April 1924, Émile Francqui participated in the creation of the Dawes Plan to find a solution for the collection of the German reparations debt following World War I.

The future king, Leopold III, requested Francqui take steps to improve the health of the population Belgian Congo, leading to the foundation Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine in 1931 of which Francqui served as first President.

In 1932 Émile Francqui and Herbert Hoover created the Francqui Foundation for the support of basic research in Belgium.” Émile Francqui - Wikipedia

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