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Monday, July 1, 1963

Acres of Diamonds

From the Prologue to The Key to Peace by Clarence Manion.

More than fifty years ago, the Reverend Russell Conwell of Philadelphia delivered more than five thousand times a lecture which was titled “Acres of Diamonds.”

The lecture was built around the fabulous story of a Persian farmer named Hafed. To Hafed’s home one day came a mystical wise man of the East who fascinated the farmer with a long and thrilling story about the value and beauty of diamonds. With a handful of diamonds, the visitor explained, Hafed could buy the whole county and with a diamond mine he would be rich enough to rule the world.

The eloquent visitor assured Hafed that great quanti­ties of diamonds were located in various parts of the world merely waiting to be discovered—all one had to do was to find them. Hafed was enchanted. He forthwith sold his farm and sallied forth visiting many faraway countries in his search. He found no diamonds.

Years later, long after the weary and penniless Hafed had died tragically in a strange land, another Persian while digging in Hafed’s deserted garden discovered the diamond mines of Golconda, the richest ever uncovered in the ancient world.

This classic on Americanism, first published in 1950 by The Heritage Foundation, Chicago, is now available as a paperback for $¹.00 and may be ordered from The Foundation for Economic Education. Also available are a few copies of the earlier cloth edition at $2.00.

  • Former Dean of the School of Law, University of Notre Dame, Dr. Manion now heads theManion Forum. From an address at the Yale Law School.