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    Harry Raymond
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II DIAMOND DEALERS AND DIGGERS Diamond mining—Difficulties of the deeper levels—Why Barnato stayed—The very clever man—The Barnato Diamond Mining Company—Stewart's claims bought—Barnato's business reputa- tion—Envy. hatred. malice. and all uncharitableness—Apparent indifference to slander—When Mylchreest went Home. It is difficult for the present generation to grasp any idea of the picture of life presented by the Kimberley diamond mining industry at the time of Barnato's arrival on the Fields, that is, nearly five and twenty years ago. In appearance, for the first three years, the Fields resembled nothing so much as a number of gigantic tan-yards, where the tan-pits represented the excavated claims, and the spaces between each pit stood for the roadways and haulageways compelled by the mining regulations to be left. No man had any idea that the diamondiferous earth, the yellow ground that was then alone known, was anything more than a mere surface deposit: and it was expected that such a system of working in the style that the alluvial gold regions of Australia and California had rendered familiar would suffice. In due course depths of a hundred and fifty and two hundred feet were reached, water difficulties were encountered that were beyond the means of individual claim-holders to cope with, and the roadways began to cave in in such fashion that numbers of claims were left without any means of approach or egress. At each place where the yellow ground and consequently the diamonds were found, it was from the first noticed that the formation wasdifferent from that of the surrounding country : and that the diamondiferous earth or deposit was in a kind of basin, with irregular but sharply defined edges. Over and above the pestilential " camp fever," and the disorders...  
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  • Harry Raymond
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