BELGIUM: Elusive Diamonds

Sometimes keenest, shrewdest correspondents are fooled. For example the United Press, Associated Press and even the impeccable London Times asserted, last week, that Italian divers had recovered $2,000,000 in diamonds from the Belgian steamer Elizabethville, which was sunk off the western coast of France, eleven years ago, by a German submarine.

Actually all that had been recovered was the diamond safe. When it was opened, last week, in the presence of armed guards and frock coated officials, there was found nothing of value except 1,871 Belgian paper francs and four English gold sovereigns—a total haul of $72. Probable explanation: after...