Don’t Trust Your own Father – Swindling Anecdotes (Post No.7804)

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Post No.7804

Date uploaded in London – 9 April 2020   

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Whether Laurie Marks, the New York gambler, implicated in the swindle once practised on the Bank of Liverpool, really commit suicide by jumping overboard from a steamer was under discussion by a group of police officials. Ex inspector Byrnes who had known Marks well had the following to say:

“Marks is not dead. He is too much of a gambler for anything like suicide, and if a search was made for him he would be found in some of the great cities. Marks would as soon think of suicide as of going into hiding in a village or backwoods community. Once when he was seriously ill Marks refused to go into a quiet resort , saying he preferred to go to some place where things were moving and sandwiches were two dollars apiece, for then he would know he had a chance to get somebody else’s money.””

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Learn a Lesson

A certain merchant prince was raising his small son with an eye to equipping him for the harsh realities and cutthroat competition of the world. As one object lesson he put the younger on the high mantlepiece and coaxed him to jump into his arms. The boy did this repeatedly until he had built up a certain confidence. On the last jump the father stepped and the child crashed to the floor. Lifting up the whimpering youngster the father said,

“Now then, let that be a lesson to you. Never trust anyone— not even your own father.”

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Sue or Rue

Cornelius Vanderbilt wrote the following letter to certain business rivals,

Gentlemen,

You have undertaken to cheat me. I will not sue you, for law takes too long. I will ruin you.

Sincerely yours

Cornelius Vanderbilt

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Insurance Joke

Fire insurance is a more delicate legal problem than life insurance, as it is somewhat easier to set fire to your barn than to cut your own throat to collect for it.

A certain merchant heavily insured his warehouse. As he signed the papers concluding the deal, he said in a tone of jocularity,

“Now if this warehouse were to burn down tonight, how much would I get?”

“No less than ten years”, said the agent grimly.

XxxSUBHAM xxxxx

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