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For example, it was a frequent trick of counterfeiters to clip or shave the edges off a coin in order to pocket that bit of metal while still preserving enough of the coin to pass it as undebased.
The writer concluded by hoping that 'the Islanders, undebased [sic] by Mauritius rum and uncontrolled by foreign rule, may be able to shape a high and noble destiny for themselves under the leavening and exalting power of Gospel truth'.