On a trip to Australia, Sam gave the matchbox to a Mr Labertouche. Back in England, Sam learnt that the original matchbox had been retrieved 20 years after its loss, by a farmhand who had found it while ploughing a field that very morning. But the coincidence didn't end there.
Sam explained what had happened in a letter to his brother Edward, another actor who was touring America, and who read it while travelling on a train with a companion, Arthur Lawrence. Edward told Lawrence his brother's story, whereupon the man took out a watch chain. Dangling from its end was the duplicate golden matchbox - a gift to him from a Mr Labertouche of Australia.