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A Story of a Diamond.

IT COST THE LIFE OF THE MAN WHO DISCOVERED IT.

" There's the most beautiful diamond I - have ever seen during an r jexperience_ v of thirty years with the sparkling gems," said a veteran diamond merchant yesterday, as he held up a stone.that seemed to . live in fire/ From every cfacet' radiated > brilliant colors, and 1 the hue. btfche Btone was that steely blue which delights every,, ':• connoisseur of the. precious rgems^ TH« diamond did not weigh r: over •six;.carats, but it was easily worth 5000 dollars. "That stone has a tragic history," con- . tinued the man of jewels' as ho'taid the ; diamond to rest amid a nest of/Biftmy cotton. "It comes from the Pe"\Beers mines, in South' Africa; rarid' was discovered by a ,coolie employed ,by-the company i His practis^eye^saw.tliaXjthe geni was a marvellous orieJf^r/bj^auty^^of color, and a desire to steal it overcame him., Well,:, he did ..steal 3kJW&sp conceal the. diamond about .his >,<perßon , —for the coolies work almost naked in the diamond minesr-rlie cut» hc^e wihts fleshy under the arm: But:thewbiuia:itlSd not heal, and the observant eye of the foreman saw what was the. matter. A few days after he; char'ged-the coolie with , having stolen a diamond, but the negro denied it. "When Jack, the foreman, reached for the sore *rm the 1 thief made a dash and ran towards the, outskirts of. the camp like a deer.' The foreman followed him, but the' fleetr-foofcßd. negro outstripped hini.! :-;Heknißw that's severe punishment awaiteo'him"if captured, and centred all his efforts on getting away with the stone, whose,value would.liave made him rich for life. But. Jack "was equal to* the emergency, .and drawing .his .pistol* shot the coolie through the back just as he was taking to-the hUls. ( . ffis deacl'bodj was dragged back into cwnp,v his iritfcut - open, and this beautiful gem in the^xough was taken from : the ; tragic story, but true M'*gbjipel,jMid : salf a sample of what has happened, more, than a hundred times in the diamond .mipes-.oj South Africa,"— "Philadelphia Inquirer.'*

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A Story of a Diamond., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2399, 12 April 1890

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A Story of a Diamond. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2399, 12 April 1890

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