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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 24, 1911, Lethbridge, Alberta � ORKINGS of a Secret Sy)stem by) Which American Importers of Precious Stones Keep Tab Upon Tourists Abroad and Hold Up the Hands of the Government in the Suppression of Smuggling, , , , ,, . ,. , ,  !iiiii(Iri'il dn!iiii-s 111 .lui.v. Jims iipi-li; i 'o wn; ens!. .v.'ii ;i inlle uinvi' lli.i.'i It'll lli.iiKiiiifi tlii)!,jr.s, iinil \.ui I'liiM Mill (liiii',ii-:iif li ill V'Mir riiuiitr\' Tor lil'liH-n-- ii", ijiil Hir IwiMily. lint .Madiiiiii', nllcMiicu.' I li.n.'  illli'l llllli; I'Isr ili'l'lv OllKfTNl' Ibis MKlfJllilici'MI (.iMl- 'i'lil. As :in iiniir'oiiirMi! i w il i iKJii tlijs f'U' � h-ii'saiul rrniirs. N iihsojuui^' ^\.''^�th ten."' And sri II \v i-niitcn;. Ml' r.'i'iniiHii ill I'lr slniji niUil llio wariicn h;''il cuiii-jtli'iiil Ilirir I'Uriiascs. wIumi lit- tiiially ciursi' a inlli' ii:;(l (li'|parl( (1 as !n'iiii--i)M-i|.'.y as had ciiinp. 'rjii> umnrti Irul ii riMait;niz;al liif stransid-, and Ih-y u.iiiid iiavi' lii>.';i |,riipi'ily asioiilslii d liad tll(^v lia-!ii!; tint lie was I'ainiliar witli i-very .�hilil'T J!i I)i!>*;- limit fnr a miiniiing lircd;luce at a l^ii-i-Mla; llri.l 111' was awarf id' Hit' dale ..a whi. h i 111 > w IT'' iMiiiii':'d In Iravf- I'"!' hoiiir and 'lii' n.-uiiL' nl' ; hi- >;r-.iii!- I,i;i. 'i hey w.iiiid l!i>ii Ik'iti siiiuov.iiat uneasy cniiiM llii-y 'i,'..' d lhal lifl'T Iraviii}.- i hi' Ituc di' la I'aix '., � ii;y ii'.-i us n'indi;s''r:pi liii'd iiiiiisclf |;i ihi' jjrivatc ii'iimid^aido di'lcctiVK sysKiiiiH in world. Tlicy ii>ii)f ln),'i'l lier Id cqiifcr In llicir i-ajiaiiiy ns nllivcrs of the l'i-('ii(jus Stone laiiMirliTs' I'' Association. rnuii (h'is yilh't iidirc, !H/[mn'iii!y v\\in orci- s,i|.)y |.i Ihc i'liiiunoii coiircrns of rniiiuii-r. m. in �oiitrollcd ii iMiid id'Korrot aKfiits wlilidi covnis Ha- liljiliuiiys mid li\w:,! rni-ii and woitien iio are' wont to, believe I'uit for three nioiitiia of i!" \i.\r at least: tbeir eoniiii^s .i,,,) m,,iiienls sre piirticu-liirly niiiiieruns, for here the w.inderinc American Is most lll;el.\- to la.' tempted by the gorgeous window displays, l-iut the jewel detective Is omnlprcHcnt. The deleetive iiiuy be either ii man or n woman. In eiilier ease yon seldom ivlll be marie ntvare that yon are tieinf,- walrbed. The iipents employed arc [lersoiis whom the "junta" can trust Impliciti.y and who understand their business. .Many of them are ensapi'd o.velusively In the work of deieelion. Others \York on eases thai fall directly under their notice. .Ml. or nearly all. miiiKle uusnspeeted with the tourist horde. They may be themselveH In the ;ulse of wenliliy Ameri aiis or they may be natives ond residents of I-;nri.|ie. The "Juntn" need.? many sharp eyes and is (oiite Indifferent to the personal tactics of Us njrenis so lone as r..8ults are produced. Some-limes an ascni bungles, but not often. All excited gentleinun rUBbed Into the office of th^ American C'onsnl f;eupra! In a European capital one day tills snmor and demanded explanations, protection, tronl)le nnii battle ships all In a breath. "I'm bebiR followed, I tell you," he shouted, "t want to know what it all means. Tlilnas have come to a |ireny iiass when a citizen of the United States Ik (loBKeil all around Europe by a scantp who watched him wherever lie (joes." The T'oniul calmed [ilm and heard bl.s story. It seemed tliat the citizen's wife and daughters had noih ed a red fared man who seemed much Interested In their Khnpplnn expeditions durlnt; their stay In I'lirls. Ills interest bad not censed there, for he had turned up at'aiii when they made the tour of the stores In Brussels, and a�;ain in Hndapest he was still at their heels, appearing mysteriously whenever they "I'm Being Followed. I Tell You," he shouted. I O-.nifrlch- 191'^ .Ml r.fni- IIK w.-i- ,a huods-iliie, niii'.dle asted woman evidr.ii lasti' and reiiiu'iiienl and thai derideii �-ouie'h hiL- 'if .-lir and iiianiiei' whi-li iiieviliitd^^ indijnU'.-* 'he wenl'iiy Anieri.van In ilie i-aVen-liliii;; eye of 'he I'iurnpra-i sh..i'i-;eepei. .\ pjnipse of her as s'j - --,io'ed s|.nei\ down the je\-,.- � , js^ctloti of ii)e-i;T7P nc la I'M';. In roiiipniiy wPiVT.":' biender^ tlTsh fac(:,-l iiau;:hler. w -..s eiioiurli In i-'ar' i fuller Itehiiid l' ilieriii;; sj,,i-,- fr-.n' Sii,'i V'\ frri-u rM.-iied jirnjirh lors. s'r ,iir:, liU\oni I :-iiiirli-irr-,^es aoiu: 'ha; rainoii- sp.'er; i,.y..ii.| i'm-.u-. watrhed her eaj:e:-;.\. s-imeiinte� evro i.'r';ii^- -o far a� t-i iiiiirinnr a resj.rrij nl iiivitaleui I'r-uii ilie doorway - see [laii-ed :. ill.ili.riit lirl'.r'e -�illir \\ , liiir'-lls 'ii--pla.\. To them she was I liroiijed to spread lli...r luis ami luapair tiieir lures �\\\]\ iladame In' |.iea.sid 'o -.'iiie:': .Mad., ii:-' n-ii oblm-rd :o piirriias.'.' lliii .Mnilaiiie uave m. answer, iiiirnl s.i-;.-y iipn.! the wlii'liiv.s and piirsni'iir Ir'i* \"..-iy ii,;r nri- .,' 1-aows her own niiml ui.i.. she sro|iped ri r.-r' -i r.'; t,iin shop near liie er.d of liie ri'W. ��Tlii.s is fbe piaee." she ��V(Js,'' licdderl her dan-jhlrr "We s-iu ;; iwlr, a nl J-ii| frrii"m!"-r !,-r .-i-krd .-i hiiudJ'ed 'v:;:;-- Iinr the wom'aii 111 rlie l"az:i Spa^tna. in K-'ni". wanicii f,.r 1 .-rs. � liii h \(.i> leii s'luies .xnnrter an I a u''i, y .--.i.-] ,. till. m;iiii--r. I il-. h'ljM he hasn'l - id ii ' They eiiiereil. |.. 'he di;sj,air m' :,--ii; .1 n in,- �'.\..'. d'^alers and the ii"liL'ht nf ihe one. .\ ijiie-ie.ii broUfiht rell"f. for "it" li..d int been sold, aid the pr-' I -ictor, shrewd, naiii'".l i'l'i-oier lei. e to ft n i l.:,,ie. It" was reiealcd as a siiiimiiery, rcpo'iideiit r.erk-bin- of pearls and dianioiul--, .iiid Ihe two uomi ii lU-. -eini) embarked upon the nperaiion. dear ri ihe feminine soul, of allin'. in.:; a i-iever su ii" lu.i ii t" sri! to I'lern sonielhiim iliey already la.l dn ided lo b.iy. While lliry Were eiiirated in exandniu;; liie i;nri:e- u--ri-;"' ot jewels. eDMijiariiii; it wiili oibei- ini''"iiiir I ercs laid out lor liarki;rouml. iisienin.i'. In llie s-ioili-1: i; patter of Ihe proprlei'.r and prolou.l'ir,:', liie iie:.-u tidoli ill ill-, ers p.'casiiiri iiai's, ,'i iiiao saiiiili'red ill fi .111 ihr sli-eet. lit was dl"es,--e'l lu 1 e^pri'laliie lull 11 not ti rii' \ r Fvle .\ c-istial oli.ser\er would lune si-i liiin .l.iwn I'.dls.-riininaii'ly as a (.iermaii, a 11 iiii,trarlnn or a Cote l.'iienl ira\elled l-;:i;;llshi!ian of moili'rai" iin-.ins and would have forsotleii him the next niouieiit. The one li Unite iii;te In his apiiearaiiee was ilie ab^eiii.....i ii'iy. He was ruprirliu'. �.Nil, .Madame. 1 rould not make is  -s lliaii foriy thousand francs. Rut remark the icn in;., I c;iii ;,-h e vnu a lii'l of -ale for half the anioni!!. u liirh, at siMy ji i ceiii, will mean a paymeni ot oii,.i iueriy fiiiii mm While They Were Engaged Examining the Gorrcous Rope of Jewels, a Man Sauntered i �'^s!-'>=-'ai?vS-'^ in From the Street. Is lnten.sB!y tnfcrpsted In the sub.lect of diamond" stomachers and la In the hnhlt of pricing them where-ever slie goes, he coines naturally to the oonclufiloil that Mrs. Blank Is very apt to buy. a stomacber be* fore she leave.s Europe. lie uecordin^ly attaches hlniHelf. unobtrusively, to' the company of Jlrs. Blank. He may follow her "for a month or two mouths, even longer. Whenever shei � has any negotiations with a Jeweller the delectlvft: makes ft his to find out what that nepotlntloti was. When he fluds a sale he promptly notifies tbo Trea.siiry agents, who sre hunting for just such tto-formation themselves, and the news Is transmlttHd, to' tlie port at which Mrs. Blank will land In this country. Ill .Vew York It Is Collector Loeb who ultimately re^ cclves all such reports. Then the detective tranamlta a full account of hl.s olforts to the "Jewel Junta" aud' casts about him for fresh opportunities. The Treclous Stone Importers' Protective Aagocta' fi'iii 1.^ a oouiitry wido body and secljs to atrenjrtben I lie harriers against Jewel .smiiyg-lors on all the borders of Ihe ITnlted States. Most of Its members have Ihelr biiBlne.s.se8 In New York, where ninety per cent of the iireclons stones Imported Into the country pas* In, But the discoveries made by Its secret ngentd have frequently found full frnltioii far from tha metroijolls. A woman Jewel detective employed by the "Junta" once stumbled upon a large transaction Involving a sapiihire and diamond necklace. Tbe sale took place In Paris and. a.s usual, she attempted to discover the steamship by which the wealthy Cbicagoan who made the purchase WQuld retutn to the United States. She watched hira durlu)? his stay In the French capital, but without learnlBK anything of his plans. He did not visit Pook's or any of the steamship offices and he was upon the eve of departure by train for-tha South when she was forced to ptcdent her Incomplete case to the Treasury nsent. A government revenue man was put upon the Chlcagoan's track aad, fojlowed hlin to Marseilles, thence by P. and O. . to Bombay, then to Colombo, Singapore and Yokohama, where he lost hlni. He picked .tip the trail ajraln where It led aboard;".! chance tramp to South America, followed, found the scent at Valparaiso, hurried on to Panama, Vera Crua and Mexico City, and was In time to notify the proper-oBlelals on the Mexican frontier when his man started by train for Chicago. The necklace was found Bfi'tlj sewed Inside the Chlcagoan's straw hat and waa promptly confiacated. TMr Owa Police Bureau.. ~ Tbu a caae atmlrtad by a Jewel detecttte Is likely to be flnlahed far frotn the.beaten path of travel. Numerous Instanc'ea of attempted rtnagcUng trom % Canada have been prevented. The smuggler is travel-llDg .cblefly for pleaauire, of coiirBe,.buLbaTiQg.heard J' direful tales'of the strict custom supervision Id NeWi i Vork ho betlhink.B hIra that he might Just as well retura tloii awalta him. , /{� The "Junta," as members of tbe trade have coma > to call-or miscall-the executives of the Precious ' "J Stone Importers' Protective Association, Is composed -H, of Mr. Ludwig Nissen, president; Mr. Alfred Krower. ' vice prasideut; Mr. Arthur HeBlus, treasurer, and-J^r. -^J GiMirge Whitehead, secretary. These four constitute the assoclatlO'D's directing bureau In its real work, 'v the mnlnleuanee of the forcl-sn detective force. They- ;J; hfive .uc�jn^r.ed ..tU.0 subtlety at^d. ghra>vdness,,of, ao.;i!iu- iioihlni; iliKi.-ihi . landed upon a llobo-ken |iii-i- .\ M-arrh of llieir lri):ua;;i' reve,i;i'd nothin.a; of sje'-ia, i-,lerest In Ihr nrlirrrs. lull Ihey �-ere Hot priiiiii In! .1 have will) other frilou i mssencers In like I'.'isi 111-.; rri?-e-,ses tonli .-!inr�c of iheui. and in. spill- i'!' lunirsts lliry were suli.jecti-il to a searcii. The resnll was liii mi; ia I iiii.' and d is.isi r-'Us, fur the iierkl.irr w;is .ii--� i\ eml. t"i--.-l her w!-|i lare and other valiiaMi--^ Will-ill snmi. i�::."i,iiii(i. in additinii in .milisca- il'Ul nf tl.i- Jii"'l[)('rly l)t(", U rrr � rnj,, J ,r.'e. .I'll,lie nppi.rllitiity for Us a.'t;> i-; 1 np 1'-^ iireseni eoinpcieiii syv r, ail (U"er the m'oniKi win-re ir.M-iily ex-pend vn^t sjinri far iii.ii il'ie. thronuh its ".juiiia" and - nf uresis eii li .^car. and 11 is irii h less atlrnetive and jirnli; I'll' 1; liner 'iner wlin roir-iiiers �iil'i from I he l.-i w . � The Eye Always Open. When you walk dnw n ilie Hue de HIv.ill or Rue di,-la F'alx next liinr in seai-rb of that diamond tiara fnr your wife, romeiuber liial you are belli,'; wiitclicd as rlo.s'cly. If wi(!) le-s deadly ;iiirpose, as you would be should the I'.irisiiiii imliro trail you for ,-i desperaii-(-rimltiaf As lent: iis ynii ,'ire In the Jewelr.i dl-irirt ami .voii bear i^h- niitwar.l marks of prns|U'r;!.v V'^w are an obje-'i ol iiiteiise inlerest to some !\ii-\ e.i -e, he'll leave yoii rpiirk enough." "Who iln you niiike out he Is':" "You'd have to ask lhat quest u of a lew e- 'mnble treiitleiuen In .New Vork." reiiirin Ihe ronsul. "lin-less I'lii liiueli iiiistal-ien he is one nf the ay-ents of tile I'l-i'i-iniis siniii' iiiipiirirrs, ail il Is very I'ar.-ly lhal ilicv (lick niir so siiipid jis to .'illoNv hliii.self to he dis. nvei-ed. He's been w iilrhlii.r .'.on i;i expertaflon i.f uiiio'sshf; a purrliase 111' )i-\\els. Let him know thai .\ nil have linlii-ed a -d he will disappear, for hi- usefliliir .s lias ceased sn far as you are con- rrr'M-d." 'Imi yni: iliiiik that will end tlie matter':'" "No." Slid liie I'nnstil, �l-'rankl..', I dmi't, ft will end il fir hl'n, lull snnie iilicr apeni, more clrcum-spei-i and skilful. Is (pille likely to on your case to moirnw." "It's an 'UilJ-atic" exefilined Ihe cltl/.en. "N'nry likely, from yi-ur print of view," said the lonsiil. Willi :i sy^iiij:. Hut .Villi rerl'-iiiily i-in't blniua the a.i;eiils and I don't see you ean blame llie iin- jiovlers. The eiifi.i-rriiieiil r,f llie revenue renulallons niraiis life or dialli to ihem. They are sitnidy reii-deriii;; riiiri..... aid lo In Ie .Sam, ill their own interest, of rours", but incidentally In the Interest of law and order." t'.siiiiily the jewel dclccllve works on a roving com-Uiissliin. il is his eiisioni, on rearliins a liir(,'o city, to oliiaiii Ijsis nf liinse who are slo|ipiii^' at the leading. Iiiilrls. 'I'lie ili'te live, lielii;; vc f-;i d 111 his erafl. .soon winnows oiil Ihe useless names and liiids the avall-nl Ie material a -inn(; the .Vinerleans who ;ire lo make i-iiii- ileraiile iiiii-rhases 'I'hrse he watrhes. a:id if aii.v n r \vn|ii In 'iiijier In llie viriiilly of (he Je\-,e:i-y .si rr . li- is krrll uU Illr si cut i 111 iiied In I ely. i'i-liiiiili -.i:r nor (i.iri.s nr Indiilduai will ;illr.-ict hi- p.iii. L. Ill a' 1 .-Hii'in. Ohser\ 111;^ lliai Mis tJlatik 1' " ill Smuggling Poor Business. In regard to smn.TelPd Jewels Mr. N'issen made a remarkable point, which was emphatically concurred In by the two other association officers wlio wette with him In hfs office. Ha stated flatly that jew^l -, I snihRKlIng. fven tf successful, did not pay in actual''�'i^ dollars and cents. "I bav^. never seen an article of Jewelry purchased. : abroad ifjid ."^miiiirgled Into this country Which �could'"* '. ' not liave been duiillcated right hero in New Yorl^ ,ft)r i^''?-less than the |iurchaser paid." he declared. '-'The foreign dealer invariably charges an Amerlcain a lilnher prli^e than Ihe .-imerican dealer would, ian(l Lbo artljjle. moreover, is usually. Inferior. He plies his trade by representing to the tourist that American dealers have to pay sixty per cent duty on all goods .apd. hence have to add that, sixty per cent to their sale [iflco. "That Is not so. Unset Jewels are imported at but ten per cciil duty and rouKh Jewels come Ui duty freii. 'I'hese are the only kinds that we lmi>orters handle. The American dealer consequently tixes his price at the wholesale of the atoue. plus ten per cent duty, plus workmanship and a rea.sonable pnifit. The Kiiro|ie.iu draler lias the same wholesale and pra^:-lirally the same workmanship Itemr, to start with, liui lie ex[iecis a hnndrecl per cout profit from the free handed, credulous tourist." Mr. .Vlssi'ti and his associates were one in dociarihg thai whaiever improvement has been hrotight about recently In the matter of the prevention of Jewel smugj^Ung has been due to Collector l.oeh. without wboiii, they said, most of the work of their detective force would be umivalliiij.'- "I cau'not enii>hasize too stronsly," .�said .Mr. Nisseii, "that we are under tbe greatest obligation to. the inao who is now Collector of the I'ort of New York. Before he catered the oliice the association was of slight value in tlie warfare against smuggling. I'^equently 111 the we have presented perfectly reliable Information coiiceralng |irlvate smugglers only to hate 'it set aside or to stand helplessly by while a settlement was effpcted aud the criuiluul went hisway re-Joli-inK- ".\Ir l.oeh, on the other hand, has welcomed our co-o|irr:i(i''i) and has acted vigorously and honestly Willi e.rr.i case we have called to his attention. As l.oit as he is in office we have a fair chance of put-tiijt: an end lo the pernicious and daugerous practice of siiiuv'ililuji." ;