The Bystander; An Illustrated Weekly, Devoted to Travel, Literature, Art, the Drama, Progress, Locomotion Volume 7

The Bystander; An Illustrated Weekly, Devoted to Travel, Literature, Art, the Drama, Progress, Locomotion Volume 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...any small amount of reasoning faculty of which they may be possessed. So, although the Spanish Prisoner swindle has been perpetrated for half a century, it is still flourishing, and, no doubt, providing a comfortable means of subsistence for some dozen or two needy Spanish gentlemen who would disdain to earn their living by honest labour. Years ago, the means by which he secured his spoil were simple in the extreme. A farmer, or a village publican living in some remote country village, would one day receive a letter couched in broken English from an unknown correspondent. When he had spelled out its meaning, he would learn that the writer had, some years ago, buried some treasure in the neighbourhood of his home, after making a careful plan of the spot. This treasure the writer would describe as the proceeds cf a fraud, usually the realisation of an estate which should have gone to satisfy his creditors in bankruptcy, and he would further describe himself as being in prison through his failure to satisfy his creditois, or for some other offence against the laws of his own country. Finally, he announces that it is for the benefit cf his daughter that he has hidden away the treasure, and if the recipient of the letter would only remit, 20 or 30 to pay the daughter's travelling expenses, the girl would come over, brin in with her the plan, and he would be presented with half the hidden treasure for his pains. Modern Variations Hut more recently the story has been elaborated to a considerable extent, though occasionally the sini le form is still made use of. Instead of burying the treasure, the up-to-date prisoner declares that he has deposited his fortune in some British bank of repute, receiving in exchange a credit note, which has been more

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  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 472g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236518691
  • 9781236518699