Science: Thousand's Gold

A business concern exists in Germany to commercialize the transmutation of base metals into gold, according to the formulae of a plumber by the name of Franz Tausend (Francis Thousand). Plumber Thousand has claimed since 1925 that he could smelt lead chloride and calcium hydroxide (his "tincture of tinctures") with potassium, sodium and mercury (16 ounces in all) and get one ounce of pure gold. Or that he could produce one ounce of gold from 16 ounces of potassium hydroxide, rock flint and ferric oxide.* Dazzling to laymen was his story. General...

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