A gentleman calls one day on the rich and young Count X, and tells him on discretion that he is obliged to dispose of a most precious necklace on account of momentary difficulties caused by an unforeseen heavy loss of money. The necklace is very beautiful, and the count wants to buy it for his wife. The stranger advises the count to keep it until the following day and to inquire of a professional jeweler concerning its genuineness. The stranger takes his leave, and the count keeps the necklace, taking it at once to a jeweler, who pronounces it to be real without doubt, and most valuable. The stranger goes home, opens a safe, a door appears, and through this he goes to a cave, which has been made a workshop, and where several men are sitting making jewelry. The stranger takes out a necklace just like the one he gave the count, and the next day he goes to the house again, to inquire whether the count wants to keep it. But the count says that he does not want to pay so much as demanded, ...
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