Man discovers secrets in a cipher, becomes rich. Then loses it all. Easy come, easy go.

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Man discovers secrets in a cipher, becomes rich. Then loses it all. Easy come, easy go. - A Reviesr or Fortxxz. San Francisco papers...
A Reviesr or Fortxxz. San Francisco papers report the death lately in that city, in the most wretched state of destitution, of a well - known character, - Johnny Skae, who seven years sgo was estimated to le worth ten millions of dollars. lie was employed st Virginia city as an operator in the California Telegraph Company when the four Bonanza kings. Flood, 0'riea,Mackay, and Fair, were developing their operations connected with the silver mines in California and Virginia city. They communicated with each ether ia cipher. Skae discovered the key to this cipher, and became aware long in advance of every one else u the marvels which wen to astonish the public. All the money he eould command or borrow he invested in shares of the two mines ; and when the allotment was finally settledaad public excitement had somewhat cooled, it was found that the telegraph operator was worth 1300,030. But he was not content, and speculated largely in much less safe investments, so that when the commercial crash came soon afterwards it quite ruined him. Be disappeared from view altogether until about a year ago, when a policeman la San Francisco found him lying on the street, as night, hopelessly drunk. The man who some years bsf ere was worth ten millions of dollars, upon being searched was found to possess only a few small coins.

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  1. The Times,
  2. 20 Aug 1885, Thu,
  3. Page 7

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  • Man discovers secrets in a cipher, becomes rich. Then loses it all. Easy come, easy go.

    pnuffer – 09 Sep 2013

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