Wednesday, May 17, 2017

5/17/17 Report - 2.65 Carat Diamond Found. Story of John Huddleston. Pirates Hijacked by ePirates.

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John Huddleston
Source:  EncyclopediaofArkansas link below.

An Oklahoma woman struck gold when she found a 2.65-carat diamond at an Arkansas state park in less than 10 minutes.

Victoria Brodski and her family visited Crater of Diamonds State Park on Saturday after she heard someone found a 7.44-carat diamond there in March, according to the Arkansas State Parks website.

Brodski, 25, picked up a shiny object she thought was a pretty piece glass minutes after she arrived that morning. She dropped it in her pocket and kept searching for diamonds for the rest of the day...

See the link below for the rest of the story.

You probably know how the Crater of Diamonds State Park started, and how farmer John Huddleston found a diamond there back in the old days.  Some accounts describe him as a hog farmer who discovered a shiny stone in the mud of his hog farm one day.  It was something like some of the treasures I talk about.  According to some accounts (which might not be totally accurate in all details), he didn't know what the stone was at first and was offered a very small sum for the stone before he eventually found out what it was after sending it to a gemologist in New York.  I've used that story for illustration purposes many times, as have many preachers.

John Wesley Huddleston is best known as a struggling farmer who found two diamonds on the surface of his field near Murfreesboro (Pike County) in August 1906 and made himself and his state famous. Soon after the discovery, he was recognized as the first person outside South Africa to find diamonds at an original volcanic source. In the process, he became the controversial subject of numerous folk tales...

In August 1906, however, Huddleston found two unusual crystals along a public road running through the new property. Experts in Little Rock and New York City identified them as diamonds, and soon word of the discovery got out. When diamond-mining interests appeared on the scene in September 1906, the Huddlestons accepted $360 cash for an extendable six-month option on the 243 acres, at a purchase price of $36,000. Afterward, they signed deed contracts and received payments on principal and interest for almost ten years...

You can read more about John and how he discovered diamonds in Arkansas by using the following link.

Pretty amazing how discoveries like that are made. It could have happened to anyone, but it happened to John Huddleston when the events that changed his life converged at that specific time and place. It has happened on the Treasure Coast. It might happen to you, or it might not.

If farmer John didn't pick up those shiny stones and start the whole thing, somebody else would have.   It is that close.   He could have easily missed it one way or another, and it would have been some other person that went down in history.

You can visit the Crater of Diamonds State Park and search for diamonds for a small fee.  Might be a good vacation idea if you like that sort of thing.


You probably heard about Disney's latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie being stolen and held for ransom.  Someone (North Korea is suspected) threatened to release parts of the movie before the official release unless they are paid off in Bitcoin.  The day before yesterday, I think it was, I just talked about hacking and digital pirates sailing the internet, I also recently talked about digital forms of payment, including Bitcoin. Funny how the timing worked out.


Like I said the other day, I haven't been out to the beach much lately.  Darrel S. however, was out and submitted the following report about the beaches from Wabasso to Turtle Trail.  Very mushy and way too much sand near low tide line. Renourished dunes are exposed. Reason for too much dirt closer to ocean.

Thanks for the resport Darrel.

We're supposed to have a 2 - 4 foot surf today on the Treasure Coast, increasing to a 3 - 5 foot surf tomorrow.  The tides are small, so that will be no help.

Happy hunting,