Bold attempt is in New Orleans — galvanized brass offered for sale as gold dust.
The N. O. Trus Delta,
of the 31st, has the following account of a daring attempt to pass off brass galvanized dust as California
Yesterday morning, about 10 o'clock, two men might have been seen on Canal street who would easily be taken for Californians.
They wore rough miners' suits, and bore the air of men who have just made an overland trip.
By their features they would be taken for Israelites.
One was a man of about five feet seven or eight inches, strongly built, with sandy-colored side whiskers, and the other was five feet ten or eleven, with a dark moustache.
They each had a deer-skin pouch containing an excellent imitation of gold dust, made of galvanized brass.
They sailed into Tyler
's jewelry store, on Canal street, and offered to strike a trade for their gold dust.
The gentleman behind the counter examined it very carefully, detected its baseness, and immediately returned it, eyeing them suspiciously and telling them he did not want to have anything to do with them.
Nothing daunted, they went into another jeweler's on Canal st., but here they were told the party did not want to buy, and he did not look at the stuff.
After this they went down to the jewelry store of Mr. Charles Blazi
, No. 53 Chartres street, and offered to sell him their booty.--From their appearance he took it for granted they were Californians, and glancing at the pretended gold dust in a dim light it appeared all tight to him, and he weighed it out and matle them an offer of one hundred and fifty dollars. They accepted it at once, and Mr. Blazi
counted out the money from his safe and handed it over to them.
While they were carelessly stuffing it into their pockets and sauntering out of the store, Mr. Blazi
happened to pick up one piece of some size, when he at once detected that it was not as weighty as it should be. Seizing a phial of acid, he poured a few drops upon the galvanized surface, when the base metal was instantly apparent.
Rushing to the door, he called to the pretended Californians
to return, telling them that if they did not return him his money at once and take back their base trash, he would have them arrested.
One of them spoke up and said they got it from another party to sell, and if it was not good gold they could split the difference, and he would give back to Mr. Blazi
seventy-five dollars of the money.
would not listen to any terms but demanded the unconditional return of his $150. The men saw that he was not to be trified with and they gave it up to him and took away their deerskin bags of brass filings.
sent word to the Second District look up, and detective Boullosa at once started on the track of the swindlers.
He traced them to several places, but at last lost their track, although he found that they had gone up town into the First District.
People should be cautious how they speculate in gold dust.