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Thank you for this interesting vignette about a forgotten Colorado grifter who proved that get rich quick schemes have fooled some people in every generation (including, in this instance, an industrialist and an optometrist). One modest correction: the two illustrations reproduced from the "Empire Magazine" came from the Denver Post, not the Rocky Mountain News.

Thanks for pointing that out, Joe! It's been updated, both within the blog, and within the clippings files.

Good summary. Let me note that Newton and GeBauer were each sentenced to no jail time, 5 years probation, and ordered to pay court costs and restitution (Post 6/14/1954 p.3; News 6/15/1954 p.10) If you want to understand the case, and get the real facts (that differ from those in any of the books on the subject), all the facts are in the daily coverage in the Post and News, on microfilm in the Denver main library.

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