Rich Diamond Field In South j
Africa Is Hedged By Secrecy
Armed Planes Carry Vast Treasure
To Vault*. Gem* Recently
Found On Surface.
Two re- three limes a week an
airplane glides to earth at the mili
tary aerodrome in Cape Town. As
soon as the engines are stilled, the
pilot takes a black box from the
fuselage and hand* it over to an
armed guard. In that little box are
diamonds worth nearly a million
They hnve been brought by the
military airplanes from the richest
end most secret diamond field in
the world. Between $19,000,000 and
$20,000,000 of diamonds are being
found on this field each month,
and enrefuly hoarded away in sec
ret vaults In Cape Town,
If this wealth of stones were sud
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uncomfortable after meals. I would
be constipated and have dizziness.
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I remembered how. when at home
before I was married, my mother
would give us Black-Draught, and
how she believed In it.
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sure did me good. X am glad to'let
r others know what a good laxative
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dull headache, and makes me feel
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denly fining on to the market In
flatten Garden and New York, dia
monds, real diamonds, would be
come as cheap as artificial pearls.
Yet the world outside the big
diamond syndicates knows nothing
of this greatest diamond discovery
of the age. It exists in a lonely
sandy waste known as Alexander
Bay, lying on the southwest coast
of Africa, Just below the mouth of
the Orange river.
The district is called Nanaqua
latid, an area of salt pans and sand
dunes where droughts occur with
terrible regularity and the few
while farmers live a precarious ex
Gems Found On Surface.
A few months ago a Dr. Maren
sky, prospecting in this sandy wild
erness, .stumbled upon diamonds
lying on the surface of the ground.
Where the winds had swept away
the sand, diamonds could be seen
But (lie land was crown land, and
Dr. Marensky had lo report his dis
Tile South Alncan guverniuen
investigated the find, and soon
realized that Alexander Bay was
the richest diamond field in the
world. It pointed out that the area
wos crown land, permitted Dr.
Marensky and the syndicate fin
ancing him to take u hundred
claims and thereupon prohibited
any further prospecting in the dis
And then, with a few white work
ers, it proceeded to unearth a
wealth and quality of diamonds
such as the world has never known
The whole ot this discovery had
to bo kept a close secret. Even to
day, when a few of tlie details arc
known, no journalist or outsider is
permitted to go near the field, no
photographs are allowed to be tak
en, and the area is policed by pick
ed moil who have orders to shoot
It was in March of last year that
the mystery diamond field was pub
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EXECUTOR S NOTICE
Having qualified as Executor oi
the Estate of S. E. Dixon, deceased,
late of Cleveland county. N. C.. this
is to notify all persons having
claims against the estate of said
deceased to exhibit them to the
undersigned at his office in Shelby.
N. C., on or before the 29* h day of
January 1930, or this notice will :
pleaded in bar of their, recovery
All persons indebted to said estate
will please make Immediate pay
This the 29t-. day of January,
J. H. QUINN. Executor of
S. E. Dixon, deceased.
ADMINISTRATOR S NOTICE
Having qualified as administra
trix of the estate of Dover M. Mull,
deceased, late of Cleveland county,
North Cnrolina, this Is to notify all
persons having claims against the
estate of said deceased to exhibit
them to the undersigned at Shel
by. N. C. on or before February 27,
1930, or this notice will be pleaded
tn bar of their recovery. All per
sons indebted to said estate will
please make immediate payment.
This February 27, 1929.
KMMA MULL. Administratrix
of Dover M. Mull.
Jno. P. Mull, Atty.
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Hcly revealed by an accident In the
house of assembly in Cape Town.
The members were engaged tn the
dull business of passing the annual
vote tor the department of mines
and industries when one member
called attention to the fact that an
additional' amount of money was
required under the subhead of 'dis
trict mining developments.”
“Will you give us some informa
tion about that?” General Smuts
asked the minister of mines, Mr.
General Smuts was not satisfied.
He cross-examined the minister of
mines and eventually dragged some
details of this astonishing diamond
venture Into the light of day.
The original discoverer of these
diamond fields was, it was admit
ted, a Dr. Marensky, an European
geologist who has been prospecting
hi South Africa* for a year or so.
Diamonds aggregating 12,500 car
ats, worth about $750,00, were
found by him in a few weeks.
A hundred claims had been given
lo Dr. Marensky and the rest kept
for the state. On the farm Kteinsee,
which was worked by a Kimberly
syndicate, diamonds worth over $1.
000.000 were taken Ironr one pot
hole within ft month.
The minister OI mines uamiic uii
usually eloquent. He described Alex
ander Bay as "something unparall
eled in the history of the country,”
and, he added, "If we start with
sixty people the great thing we will
have to guard against, perhaps, is
finding too many diamonds. If you
walk about there on a windy day
you can pick out stones on the sur
face. I picked up diamonds myself
to the value of *3,000 in less than
Following upon this statement the
big international diamond syndi
cate, whose wealth is sunk in Kim
berley. set to work to investigate
the new discovery. Their millions
were in jeopardy. Sir David Haris,
the diamond magnate, was able to
state from his own knowledge that
Alexander Bay was the richest, dia
mond field ever discovered.
Another Big rinci.
Within a few days of this an
nouncement came news of a big
find in the vicinity of Namaqua
land where, after a few weeks
prospecting, a parcel of diamonds
valued at $1,750,000 had been dis
What does the South Alrican gov
ernment intend to do with this
enormous source of wealth that has
come into its possession? The idea
was disclosed by the prime minis
ter, General Hertzog, in a recent
speech. One of the objects to which
the money obtained from this
source was to be devoted was re
turning to the soil the wealth which
was taken from it.
Many thousands of arid acres in
South Africa wHl be Irrigated by
means of this revenue. Great wa
ter schemes are already being con
sidered by the government, and
soon dams and other irrigation
works will be begun.
Formula For Flying
"Air Minded’’ Men Of By-Gone
Ages Also Took Bitter Modi
cine For Levitation.
Chicago—Bitter medicine be
lieved to produce levttatidn of the
human body for the achievement of
flight without wings, machinery or
gas bags was used by an "air-mind
ed" ancient who sought a solution
to the mysteries of human flight.
Dr. Berthold Laufer, curator of
anthropology for the field museum
of natural history, uncovered this
unusual solution to the problem cf
human flight in researches for a
book on “The Pre-history of Avia
"The desire to fly is as old as
mankind,” Laufer says. "Our air
planes are pedigreed from kites
which have theU' origin in China
Our modern progress in aviation is
not due solely to efforts of the pres
ent generation, stupendous and ad
mirable as they may be, but pre
sents the process of a gradual evo
lution of ideas which have grown
out of the imagination. Endeavors,
experiments, triumphs and failures
of many past ages.”
Dr. Laufer says the starvation
was advanced and practiced by
some of the ancients who sought
to fly without any mechanical aids.
Scores of legendary tales about fly
ing are told by the museum curator
in ms new dook, wnicn emphasize
the important part that imagina
tion has played in the development
of the age-old dream that some day
man might fly.
There is no field of human exer
tions in which imagination and ro
mantic dreams have played a great
er role and have proved more fer
tile than in the development of
From ancient tales of India, Dr.
Laufer obtained a description of an
early conception of a dirigible air
ship. Schemes for harnessing teams
of birds to draw vehicles through
the air conceived by ancient Baby
lonians. Persians and Greeks, also
Diadud, the legendary tenth king
of Britain, father of King Lear and
father of Bath, is said to have made
wings of feathers by means of
which he attempted an aerial flight
which resulted in his death in 853
The Chinese emperor, Shun, who
lived about 2258 to 2208 B. C., is not
only the first flier recorded in his
tory but also the very first to make
a descent in a parachute, Dr. Lau
Baking Head Suicide
Investigating authorities of
Rochester, N. Y., have decided
that Frederick R. Deininger,
heir to General Baking mil
lions, committed suicide. His
wife, Mrs. Deininger, above,
has said that he was despond
ent over business affairs.
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Woman Who Posed
As Man Released
Trii>s Upon Skirts She Was
Wearing For The First
Time In Six Tears.
London—"Captain Barker." the
woman who for years has posed
as a man and whose masquerade
was not discovered until her arrest
this week lor non-appearance at a
bankruptcy hearing was released
from Holloway prison. Contrary to
her desire, she wore woman's
clothes for the first time in six
She was released from a side exit
to avoid a crowd of thousands which
gathered before the prison. She
had become so accustomed to
trousers and so unaccustomed to
skirts that on her way to a wait
ing automobile outside the prison
she tripped over her skirts, fell and
scratched her shins in tier dash to
escape a score of photographers.
Although "Captain Barker" is tall
and broad of shoulder, observers
wondered how her feminine lines
and small hands could for so long
have fooled acquaintances into
thinking that she was a man.
Her application for release was
granted on the ground that she had
supplied all the information possi
ble in connection with the bank
ruptcy proceedings, ,.which disclosed
that her husband. Harold Smith,
49, an ex-officer in the Australian
army, now occupies a prominent
business position in Sydney.
As yet Europe has not blamed
its cold spell on the United States,
but probably will as soon as it
thaws out sufficiently.—Nashville
NOTIC E Of ’ !.ESTERS SALE OF
By virtue of tlie power of sale
contained in a certain deed of trust
bearing date of April 15, 1921, and
now of record in the office of the
register of deeds lor Cleveland
county, N. C., in book of mortgages
No. 104, at page 310, et seq.. and
executed by E. C, Carpenter and j
wife, Emma Carpenter, to Andrew
D. Christian and O. M. Mull, trus-i
tees, to secure an indebtedness of
two thousand dollars c$2.000*; and
default having, been made in the
payment thereof, and having been
requested by the holder of said:
indebtedness to foreclose, we, a
trustees, will sell at public auction
for cash, to the highest bidder, at ,
the courthouse door in Shelby, N.
C., at twelve o'clock, noon, on Sat
urday, March 30, 1929. the follow
ing described real estate encum
bered by said deed of trust, in or
der to secure funds with which to
satisfy said indebtedness, to wit:
The following real estate lying
and being in No. 6 township.
Cleveland county, N, C. about four •.
miles north of the town of Shelby.!
adjoining the lands of John F.
Cline. George E. Sperling anti
Beginning at" the northwest cor
ner of said tract at a stake or
stone, the same being the lands of
John F Ci.ne, and running thence
south 33'i cast, with line of John
F. Cline ten chains to a stone In
road, George Sperling's corner;
thence with the line of George
Sperling south 28 east 18.69 chains
to a stone. Sperling's corner; thence
with Sperling's line south 22:'i east
5.81 chains to a stone, Ed Grigg s
corner m Sperling's line; thence
north 591.- east, 15.75 chains with
Ed Griggs’ line to a stone, his cor
ner, in John F. Cline's line: thence
with John F. Cline's line north 27’i
west, 33.85 chains to a stone and
pointers, John F. Cline's corner;
thence south 561 * west 13.77 chains
with John F. Cline's line to a stake
and pointers, his corner; thence
north 86'j west 3 chains with John
F Cline's line to the beginning;
containing fifty <50> acres, more or
less, and being the north end of
that sixty acre tract of land devis
ed to Emma' Hold (now Einma
Carpenter) one ol the parties of the
first part in said deed of trust, by
Martin Cornwell by his last will
and testament which is now of rec
ord In the office of the clerk ot the
superior court of Cleveland county,
N. C., In book of wills No. 2 at page
538. to which will and record refer
ence is made for further description
and identification of same.
This 27th day of February. 1929.
ANDREW D. CHRISTIAN,
O. M. MULL, Trustees.
Money due GILMER’S, INC., for pur-J
chases previously made through the SherlC
by store payable to T. E. Cheatham, now
making headquarters a t CHARLES
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