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Oakland Tribune (Newspaper) - October 14, 1928, Oakland, California sficnoH founded by 1YAB9 nstk Pat Offc ENTERTAINMENT October 1925 THE QUEENS NECKLACE Numerous have been the scandals that have sprung up around the necklaces of These bits of jewelry seera to have been the favorite targets for thieves and gossip mongers particularly in the brilliant courts of Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth Our puzzle contains no breath of scandal U merely tackles the question of the value of a pearl necklace that was said to have been owned by Anne of Austria in the lamented regime of the great According to the history of the it consisted olf thirtythree graduated arranged in the usual manner largest one in the middle and the others descending in value in regular order to the But this necklace waa different from most in that while the pearls descended regu larly in value on each the rate of descent was on each On one side the pearls decreased in value from central pearl at the rate of 100 golden crowns per pearl on the other they descended at the rate of 15C That starting from one end each successive pearl was worth 100 crowns more than the preceding right up to the large pearl in the and starting from the other each succes sive pearl was worth 150 crowns more than the preceding again up to the large Now we know these facts we also know the total value of the According to the chronicles of the period the pearls were valued at no less than golden It is a curious fact that the ancient chronicles do not tell the value of that large central pearl they merely give the de tails that we have presented But it is a still more curious fact that from the figures given it is possible to figure out how much that large pearl was Knowing of it is easy to calculate the value of any ona of the pearls we may How many crowns did that central pearl
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