The Great Diamond Hoax: And Other Stirring Incidents in the Life of Asbury Harpending (Google eBook)

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James H. Barry Company, 1913 - California - 283 pages
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Page 220 - Twentyfive gentlemen, representing the cream of the financial interests of the city of San Francisco, men of national reputation for high-class business standing and personal integrity, were permitted to subscribe for stock to the amount of $80,000 each, and this initial capital of $2,000,000 was immediately paid to the Bank of California. At a stockholders' meeting the following board of directors were elected to manage the affairs of the corTHOS.
Page 25 - Francisco when the election of 1860 took place, resulting in the choice of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States.
Page 135 - SAID RALSTON, drawing Harpending into a chair near him. "If things go on as they are every bank in San Francisco will be closed by tomorrow afternoon. Not one of us can stand a half day's run, and all will go down in a heap. Then look out for hell in general to break loose. This will happen if I don't get a million dollars in coin in the vaults tonight. But I intend to get it, and want you and Maurice Dore to help.
Page 36 - There is something I want to mention. I have heard foolish talk about an attempt to seize the strongholds of the government under my charge. Knowing this, I have prepared for emergencies, and will defend the property of the United States with every resource at my command, and with the last drop of blood in my body. Tell that to all our Southern friends.
Page 208 - these are beyond question precious stones of enormous value. But before I give you an exact appraisement, I must submit them to my lapidary. I will report to you further in two days.
Page 224 - On July 30, 1872, the articles of incorporation of the San Francisco and New York Mining and Commercial Company were formally filed and the report of Expert Janin was made public. As yet, however, the exact location of the diamond fields was undisclosed, because the company's rights to the great territories claimed were not completed, although a recent act of Congress changing the mining laws gave ample opportunity. The wildest tales concerning the new discoveries were at once turned loose. An article...
Page 205 - We did not waste time on ceremonies. A sheet was spread on my billiard table, I cut the elaborate fastenings of the sack and, taking hold of the lower corners, dumped the contents. It seemed like a dazzling, many-colored cataract of light.
Page 135 - ... one of us can stand a half day's run, and all will go down in a heap. Then look out for hell in general to break loose. This will happen if I don't get a million dollars in coin in the vaults tonight. But I intend to get it, and want you and Maurice Dore to help. Be at the bank at 1 o'clock tonight, and put on an old suit of clothes, for you will have plenty of hard work to do.
Page 138 - Three days later, President Grant reversed himself and allowed gold to be exchanged at the SubTreasury for cash, which settled all anxiety. This was brought about through the agency of Jesse Seligman, the New York banker, who gave the President a banquet and then showed him his mistake. "But neither Mills nor Sharon, who were leading officers of the bank, ever knew how Ralston gathered in nearly a million dollars after banking hours that day. All the satisfaction they ever got was that a kind friend...
Page 125 - One of his business associates described his vision as to make the city "great, prosperous, progressive, conspicuous throughout the world for enterprise and big things.

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