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In a very interesting article on ' Fashions in Precious Stone?,' the 'North American Review' for July relates, regarding the South African diamond mines, that " onefifth to one-quarter of all tho yield, it i 3 estimated, never reached tho proper owners, as tho Native diggers swallow and conceal the diamonds iu every possible manner." Hence it became necessary for the companies in self-defence to take extraordinary precautions against this great loss, and overseers or special searchers were appointed who made the most thorough examination of all who left the mines. The Natives use most ingenious methods for the concealment of the gems. On one occasion some officers, suspecting that a Kaffir had stolen diamonds, gave chase, and caught him just after he had shot one of his oxen. No diamonds were found upon the Kaffir, it is needless to say, for he had charged his gun with them, and after the disappearance of the officers dug them out of his dead ox. Diamonds have been given in food to chickens, and a post hWfii'm. vecentlj '>. !d over the body ot a Kallir revealed tho fact that death hud been caused by a sixty-carat diamond which he had swallowed,

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Page 1 Advertisements Column 1, Issue 7904, 11 May 1889, Supplement

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