Diogenes’ Quest Fulfilled: We Found An Honest Man

Diogenes looking for an honest man (painting attributed to JHW Tischbein)

Diogenes (412/404-323 BC) was a Greek philosopher and one of the founders of Cynic philosophy. An iconoclast and gadfly, he believed that virtue was better revealed in action than in theory and spent his life in a relentless campaign to debunk the social values and institutions of what he saw as a corrupt society. Diogenes became notorious for his provocative behaviour and philosophical stunts such as carrying a lamp in the daytime, claiming to be looking for an honest man.

Diogenes would be most gratified that we have found an honest man in Wenatchee, Washington!

H/t beloved fellow Joseph.

~Eowyn

Silver Treasure Found in Wenatchee Furnace

By Jefferson Robbins - Wenatchee World - January 10, 2011

It’s not quite a Christmas miracle, but it does feature a wrapped package, precious metals and an unexpected act of giving.

Rick Acosta was working on his furnace when he discovered a small, tape-wrapped cardboard box inside the casing, according to Wenatchee police. Inside the box: 50 silver ingots and a silver coin, altogether weighing 501 troy ounces, worth almost $15,000.

Acosta had no idea where the silver came from or whether he had any legal claim to it. On Dec. 24, he contacted Wenatchee police, who began trying to sort out the ownership.

“We did some research,” said Sgt. John Kruse, “and found out the silver actually belonged to the (previous) owner of the house who moved out six years ago.”

That prior owner had relocated to western Washington. Investigators checked with city attorneys, who said under Washington law, hidden household property that’s not abandoned still belongs to the owner who placed it there.

The box of silver was returned to its original owner, Jack Davis, last week, Kruse said. The bars were marked with serial numbers, and Davis produced ownership papers dating from 1985.

Davis also rewarded Acosta with a check, for “a significant amount,” Kruse said.

4 responses to “Diogenes’ Quest Fulfilled: We Found An Honest Man

  1. A multitude of blessings will be awaiting a one “Rick Acosta”.

  2. Yeppers and ditto to you both! And what about that “significant amount,” eh? Even 10% would be $1,500.00, as surely the owner paid no more than $5/av oz, looking at the date of acquisition.

    Just before leaving Vallejo, CA [that's the bankrupt city, great place & people!] in Sept. 2003, I bought a 100 oz ingot for US$ 5.25 w/the last of my disability money. I had to sell it in 2005 for C$ 9.00, nearly wept, I tell you, nearly wept to see it go….

  3. Goodness still alive and well…

  4. Yes, goodness is very much alive and well and God bless this wonderful honest man! Eowyn, I love your creative twist bringing in Diogenes! He also believed as St. James did that, “Faith without works is dead!”

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