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THE DIAMOND MAKER.

'■-.." EEMOINE ARRESTED. ■■' ■■ ■ ::.- ---:'.•,,.: ' IN ; ,i PARIS HPTJB|n':-,,'.-. v^J (Received 8.10 a.m.) y [■■-.-.■: PARIS, April 15. i t yiemoine, who claimed to, hawß; a- for- -• mula for making artificial diamonds, hafl l ' been arrested in the Rue de '. -Paris. ! "■ He has been liting in a hotel in Paris ] , since Friday, disguised and under an | assumed name." .' ".""'.'J I .; After bis flight from, justictr he went to s Sofia,' then to Buda Pesth and Vienna, while he -' November". :-.".' : " ' ■■ . ' -.- -..'.. " ■' - '- i • Xemoine, while on bail during his trial, -: dri'a charge of; obtaining £64,000' f rom I '?■'■ Sir Julius Wernher, of de Beers, esJ caped after having failed In his promise' » to the presiding magistrate to-producol a stone in a month. He was traced to Sophia, but there disappeared, and was not heard of again until his. arrest. During his absence hip L - wife divorced j .. him, ohythe ground'of, cruelty, alleging . that ,before his flight he forced hery , under threats of murder, to give' him' y all iter money and jewels., Lemoine, i I tall man .with thick black' beard and whiskers and resolute eyes, declaredi ih a conversation before hia flight, that he j.. was the; Victim of :a-:fouischem?fo de* stroy his secret. Since his youth, he had studied, the question of making diamonds. "I had a- series of in London with Sir Julius - Werriher," he said; "and in the first two months of -. 1905 a series of experiments .took place in my laboratory" in the Rue Lecourbe in \.. the presence of .Sir Julius Wernher, l Beit, Mr. Breittmayer, and Mr. Felden : ; . heimer. The experiments were so con- ." elusive that Sir Julius, and I signed two contracts. The first concerned the mak- ':- ing of the "boart' or industrial diamond; the second that of the white diamond/ By -these contracts Sir Julius placed at "my disposal the money ' hecheeary".' for the erection of a factory-for'.'-the. manufacture on a-large scale of artificial diamonds, or the expenses incidental io thajt: . manufacture, and for my personal emolu-1 ' ihenfc ' The amount totalled f 80,000. 9 Finally, Sir. Julius agreed not-to at-1 .'-' 'tempt to learn my formula. That for-! mula was planed in his presence in an ' envelope and deposited in the bank., it 'was not to be opened until my death. '. In October, 1905, Lemoine chose a site '_ at Argeles for; the erection Of a factory 5 Sir Julius, Lemoine'says, visited the site arid said that if the'factory cost £4,000, j 000 De Beers would pay. Lemoine gave ■ another demonstration in the presence of i Mr. Oats, the South African expert, whoE seemed fully satisfied; i. But in December, 1 1906, Sir Julius ceased to reply to s Lemoine's letters. Sir Julius Wernher,. b gives a somewhat different versioni'"He - was fully convinced, he admitted, by Le-, ) moine's first experiments, and. entered 5' Into contracts with him for the exploitation of his secret. ".Before I brought the ' matter to the notice of De Beers," "cont tinued Sir Julius, "I wanted one more 1- demonstration in the presence of 'ah i expert of the greatest competency. And t for that reason I summoned Mr. Oats. 1 Then;; an' ertraordiriary - thing happened. » Up. very time every experiment .- in the.presence of myself and my friends j had fticceeded. 'In the presence'of r Oat si the furnace:" globed,:itt ; 5' diamond was fmind in'the .crucible. Le-. ( moirie explained.that part. of the electric 1 appliance was out of order, but asked mc I toteli Mr. Oats what I myself had seen f before. That was insufficient;;'and I t asked Lemoine to make a second expert i menfc He refused obstinately. Mr. Oats, 1 by certain technical crlticisnis, demorij strated to.. mc that Lemoine's discovery » was ; purely 'fantaisiste.' He recomt mended'me to renounce my illusions, as . 3 did'all my friends. I listened to this t *dyfpa and wrote .no more: to Lemoine." - After lengthy proceedings in the English .. courts the formula, which was in a , London bank, was given up, and then t Lemoine declared that it was but the l formula for boart, or small diamonds, • need in polishing. Hi» flight followed. I .■''-' ■ :'"" I " : " '[''"'' '\ ■■'■■'

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THE DIAMOND MAKER., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 90, 16 April 1909

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THE DIAMOND MAKER. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 90, 16 April 1909

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