On January 27, 1917, fire destroyed the Chemical Laboratory at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. A collection of minerals, belonging to J. W. Mallet, late Professor of Chemistry at the University, stored in the building at the time, was exposed to the direct action of the fire. After the fire the remains of the collection were examined in an attempt to recover some of the more valuable specimens, which included twenty-four diamonds and other rare species. The attempt to recover the diamonds having proved a failure, the salvage was stored until the present time.

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