The Diamond

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Tad & Buster, two drovers of the old school, are seated quietly in the local eating-house watching a drama unfold. The owner, a sweet young thing known throughout the community for her charm, has just returned an exceedingly large and ostentatious diamond ring to a young man. The fellow promptly pockets the ring and quickly leaves, albeit much distressed.

Tad can't help but inquire what the scene was all about.

"That was Andy Hogg," replied the girl. "I gave him back his ring and told him I can't marry him after all."

"Are you sure that was such a good idea?" Tad questioned. "Old Man Hogg has one of the biggest spreads in the state."

"And that was a mighty impressive diamond ring," Buster added.

"I know it," the girl continued, "but that ring is the Hogg Diamond, handed down through the family for seven generations. "It is beautiful, but there is a terrible curse that goes with it."

"What's the curse?" Tad asks.

"Old Man Hogg."

---------------A Final Thought ...

"Let us not be too particular. It is better to have old second-hand diamonds than none at all."

- Mark Twain (1835–1910), U.S. author. Following the Equator, ch. 34, “Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar” (1897)