Possible explanation for why the businessmen were able to be duped

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Possible explanation for why the businessmen were able to be duped - Of coarse there are plenty of people to aay, M...
Of coarse there are plenty of people to aay, M didn't I tell yon so "the wisdom of the community, and Individual particularly, la wonderful. They knew Just how It-would be, Tbey know that diamond and rnb'.es could not be found together, nil geologaoal theertee denying It. They knew that It was n swindle, aad were, rodent enough not to invent, wbereaa tbey were all crasy to put In their last dollar, and borrow to do iL Tbe project was rife enough to bavs swept away all prudence. There la something so fascinating in tbe Idea of pteking un diamonds, rubles, and emerald. It la realising the stories of Aladdin, and tbe Oriental tales where genii take wonderful fancies to disconsolate aad. poverty-struck vagabond princes, end show them a bnsbel or two of diamonds some morning before breakfast. We ace gold and all-ver by tbe ton, and iti an old story, but diamonds, emeralds, rubles! Tbe idea waa too much lor u, and wa were all wild. Of course some reader will say, how tbe deuce did you allow yourselves to be so anped 1 Ob, yes ; that's all very fine, and we may, perhaps, ask ourselves tbe question now. People on this coast do not pretend to be any smarter than tbe balance of mankind, but now and then some rellow starts up wbo is for a time a little smarter than bis nel-bbors, and by setting at defiance all law, moral or otherwise, and descending to barefaced trickery and fraud, can manage to swindle the shrewdest business man, for It is hardly to be expected that a man should make It a principle to consider every one who approaches bum to do business ss n scoundrel, until proved; otherwise. It is n mighty poor compliment to the Lord tbst mads ns to set It up as a rule tbst we are all swindlers and cheats. So, when prominent men and capitalists are approached by plausible persons, wbo lay before them a scheme. wHh all tbe proofs of the sincerity of their sssertions, exhibit, aa in this ease, tbe actual product, and ask that tbey send any expert they please to examine, and whea they do send an expert. who confirms tbe assertions, produces, dies, snd wssbes out diamonds from earth taken from a dosen different places, others follow and do tbe same thing, bring them hack, have them exam lnsd, out. set Into rtniro and pins, Ac., Is it straose that they aboald fall into aocb a skillful trap t It baa been from tbe first the most adroit and skillfully managed sffsir In the annals of fraud. Who could imagioe the possibility of auob success, snd t&e complete hoodwinking ot a desea other diflerent persons, wbo went upon tbs ground, and gathered tbe diamonds themselves I Where did they all come from I Messrs. Bensln A Co., of London, telegraph, on

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 08 Dec 1872, Sun,
  3. Page 1

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