The Great Diamond Fraud

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The magnitude of the swindle and King’s independent method of frustrating it caught the fancy of America. He was praised in the newspapers and eulogized from the pulpits. One of the leading churchmen in New York, Reverend Horatio Stebbins, declaimed, “One scientific man, whose untarnished fame alone is worth all the diamonds in the world, has found occasion to prove to the world the value of science and his own moral worth; and that result alone compensates for all the shame of this great fraud. … To have learned that we have one such man is enough to make us look upon the whole stupendous wrong and its results as a cause of thankfulness.”