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21 Green Bag 396 (1909)
The Uncovering of a Spanish Swindle

handle is hein.journals/tgb21 and id is 432 raw text is: 396                           The G'
said with unction that the world was
bad, the people were wicked, there was
no truth or godliness or righteousness
 'And,' said Dean, 'how do you man-
age to live and enjoy yourself in all
these surroundings of evil and wicked-
ness? Why don't you get up and out
of it? Why don't you reform these
people and make them over again?'

reen Bag

'Oh, Mr. Dean,' replied the man,
'when I look at the sins and the sinners
I think of hell and I feel refreshed.' 
Dean died some years ago, carrying
his eccentricities to the grave. His
widow still resides on the Putnam
County   homestead    in  Missouri, and
may be seen there any fine day, seated
under a great shade tree, in the yard,
puffing contentedly on an old cob pipe.

Des Moines, Iowa.
The Uncovering of a Spanish Swindle

A RATHER singular instance of the so-
called Spanish swindle was lately ex-
posed by Mr. Edgar 0. Achorn, a Boston
lawyer. Mr. Achorn received a letter October
1, 1908, postmarked Madrid, signed Luis
Rodriguez Achorn, who claimed to be a rel-
ative of his. The writer said he was dying in
a Madrid prison and that he would will Mr.
Achorn over $100,000, one-quarter of his
fortune, if he would redeem his personal ef-
fects and act as guardian for his fourteen-year-
old  daughter. The strictest secrecy   was
If you accept my proposition you will
answer me by cable at the name and address
of the inclosed card and the cable must say
as follows: All right. I beg of you not to
name me for anything in the cable.
It is not convenient that any letter will
come to me because it is very easy that it
shall be intervened and in danger so to whom
receives it and also because my illness do not
allow me to wait much longer and I wish to
have all my business arranged.
From the outset Mr. Achorn realized that
this letter was a fraud, but he decided to see
the affair to a finish. He sent a cablegram
and two days later got a reply that the cable-
gram could not be delivered, as the addressee
could not be found. Then was revealed the
craftiness of these swindlers, for a few days
later a letter came from the Spanish prisoner
thanking Mr. Achorn for the cablegram and
asking him to redeem the luggage in the cus-
tody of the court, including the trunk in the

secret drawer of which lay the entire fortune
of Luis Rodriguez. The prisoner also be-
sought Mr. Achorn to accept the appointment
as guardian in his last will, one Chaplain
Garcia, a man of immaculate honesty,
being named as executor.
Mr. Achorn sent word that he would do
what lay in his power. As the correspondence
progressed, the Spanish prisoner wrote, rather
tardily, that in the scuffle when he was ar-
rested he wounded a policeman as well as
receiving a wound himself. He explained
that the court demanded that sixty pounds
of the money taken from him be turned over
to the maimed officer, also that his life was
fast ebbing away.
Then typewritten letters began to come
from the good Chaplain Garcia, whose letter
heads were graced by symbols handsomely
engraved and sufficiently elaborate to inspire
confidence in almost any one.
Under date of Nov. 3, Chaplain Garcia in
a long communication announced the death
on Nov. 2, of his esteemed friend, Luis,
claimed to have been malignantly persecuted.
Inclosed with this was what was purported to
be a legal document in Spanish, namely, a
copy of the resolution of the tribunal con-
cerning the requirements for redeeming the
seized luggage.
In his next typewritten letter, dated Nov.
14, Garcia warned Mr. Achorn not to think
of coming to Spain, as all concerned were

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