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y JULY 18, 1919.
Being the Authentic
Narrative of a Treasure
Discovered in the
Bahama Islands in the
year 1903 Now First
Given to the Public.
RICHARD LEGAILIENNE ,
t The author, who tells the
Cflon a visit to his friend, John
orV Briusii qflicial m tne
r... un mn islands, conversation
XiU' .,,'-.ried treasure.
isffi - - -
rvn II. Saunders produces a
cHtf7t supposedly written by Henry
fcf'-nmv a pirate, telling of tw3
r:5' S'Ve -old had been secreted in
pU3 V Tne'r conversation apparently
teKr-a and the document disap-
pia.' .- " " "
' ,Trp ill Tha writer charters a
CKA'-W jiagsxie Darling, and sets
for "the treasure. As they
(3 aboard a passenger, whom
& 7?,or"ins:inetively distrusts.
W'Vch Tom Catches an Enchanted
Pih.snd Discourses of the Dangers
-:1ii'ninc: was a little overcast,
. .'. -ri northeast wind soon set the
ctcs aoving as it went liuniming ta
& sills, an-,1 the sun. coming out In
glory over the crystalline waters,
u$ a fine flashing world of it, full
if exhilaration and the very breath of
with awl adventure, very uplifting to
Safsan looked very pretty in the
morning sunlight, with its pink v and
jiite houses nestling among palm
tees and the masts of its sponging
schooners, ana soon we were ttureusi
of tie picturesque low-lying fort, Fort
Hostage, that Major Bruce, nearly
two hundred years ago, had such a
time building as a protection against
res entering from the east end
of the harbor. It looked like a veri
table piece of the past, and set the
Imagination dreaming of those old
days of Spanish galleons and the black
lag. and brought my thoughts eagerly
back to the object of my trip, those
ioAons and pieces of eight that lay
la glittering heaps somewhere out in
te island wildernesses,
lien Tom came up with my break-
te. The old fellow stood by to serve
Then Ten Came Up With My Break
fast. e as I ate, with a pathetic touch of
slavL'ry daJ"s in llis deferential,
'' 'liitherly manner, dropping a
tetit remark every now and again ;
!- hMl drawing my attention to the
bursting through the clouds, he
.?he poor man's blanket is com
15 af' Sih" phrases in which there
ed a whole lot of pathos to me.
miT5ently' when Dreakfast was over,
a i stood looking over the side into
e Credibly clear water, in which
Hons hardly possible that a boat
on floating, suspended as she
i&s nvpr -j, i.-
guns UJ. liquiu
wee. (im,- 4i . ... .
0 mrougn wnicn at every
Mnt it seems she mugt dizziiy fali.
Trim nj T , - .
4oto gazea aown, iosi in
jjC. elljow saying with peculiarly
"e wonderful works of God."
11 Was n .
ho h 7 unwelcome passenger,
e ! , si'ently edged up to where
taw 1 l00ked at him, with the
hat ,. 'J ciear in my eyes as to
as. m of disagreeable animal he
I hart 'f ely" 1 saJd, and moved away.
t een trvinrr tn -Pool mnro IHnrl.
nnrtprlncr orliot'her T
. 0Hro V. . .v..
ofGft. v .' uat the wonderful works
Polntin 't captain." I said presently,
hd. ume saiIs coming up rap-
VhtT.,Us- "What's this? I
e harbor fastest boat In
Captain. B" singer," said
Captain was a man of few
B- was a rnkish-lnnMnf?
ouid r t mi ana sn
' '-till. Vrt J. -
but I did fnn T
arT111 slgnal t0 1116111 ln
S8 to 2?' hfs Presence was be
I8 radv tl n my nerves, and I
2thjn:J?n8,et "edgy" at anything
iS5jmta4ed state of mind
"which I presently took out on George
the .engineer, who did not belie Ms
hulking appearance, and who was for
ever letting the engine stop and tak
ing forever to get it going again. One
could almost have sworn he did it on
purpose. ; ,
My language was more forcible than
classical had quite a piratical flavor,
in fact ; and my friend of wonder
ful works of God" looked up with a
deprecating air. Its effect on George
was nil, except perhaps, to further
deepen his sulks.
"And this I did notice, after a while,
that my remarks to George seemed to
have set up a certain sympathetic ac
quaintance between him and my pas
senger, the shackly deckhand being ap
parently taken in as an humble third.
They sat forward, talking-together, and
my passenger read to them, on one
occasion, from a piece of printed pa
per that fluttered in the wind.
The captain was occupied with, his
helm, and the thoughts he didn't seem
to feel the necessity of sharing; a
quiet, poised, probably stupid man, for
whom I could not deny the respect we
must always give to content, however,
simple. He was a sailor, and I don't
know what better to say of a man.
So.l'or companionship I was thrown
back upon Tom. I felt, too, that he
was my only friend on board, and a,
vague feeling had coirie over me thai
within the nest few hours I might need
"Are we going too fast for fishing,
Tom?" I asked. . . -- -
"Not tpo fast for a barracouta," said
Tom ; so we put out lines and watched
the stretched strings, and listened to
the sea. After a while Tom's line grew
taut, and we hauled in a five-foot bar
racouta. ".Look!" said Tom, as he pointed to
a little writhing eel-like shape, about
nine inches long, attached to the belly
of the barracouta. ,
"A sucking fish !" said Tom. "That's
good luck;" and he proceeded to turn
over the poor creature and cut "'from
his back, immediately below his head,
a fiat inch and a half of skin lined
and stamped like a rubber sole the
device by which he held on to the
belly of the barracouta much as the
circle of wet leather holds the stone
In a schoolboy's sling. '
"Now," he said, when he had It
clean and neat in his fingers, "we must
hang this up and dry it in the north
east wind; the wind is just right
norMior'east and there is no mascot
like it, specially when" Old Tom
hesitated, with a slyly innocent smile
in his eyes.
"What is it, Tom?" I asked.
"Well, sir, I meant tojsay that this
particular part of a sucking fish, prop
erly dried In the northeast wind, Is a
wonderful mascot when you're going
"Who said I was going after treas
ure?" I asked.
"Aren't you, sah?" replied Tom,
"asking your pardon."
"Let's talk it over later on, when
you bring me my dinner, Tom."
Later, as Tom stood, serving my
coffee, I took it up with him again.
"What was that you were saying
about treasure, Tom?" I asked.
"Well, sar, what I meant was this:
that going after treasure Is a danger
ous business . . . It's not only the
living you're to think of " Here Tom
threw a careful eye for'ard.
"The crew, you mean?"
"But it's the dead too."
"The dead, Tom?"
"Well, sar, there was never a buried
treasure yet that didn't claim Its vic
tim. Not one or two either. Six or
eight of them, to my knowledge and
the treasure just where it was for all
that. I das'say'lt sounds all foolish
ness, but it's true for all that. Some
thing or other'll come, mark my word
just when they think they've got
their hands on it: a hurricane or a
tidal wave or an earthquake. And
well, the ghost laughs, but the treasure
stays there all the same."
"The ghost laughs?" I asked.
"Eh! of course; didn't you know
every treasure is guarded by a ghost?
He's got to keep watch there till the
next fellow comes along, to relieve
sentry duty, so to speak. He doesn't
give it away. BIy no! He dassn't do
that. But the minute someone else Is
killed, coming looking for it, then he's
free and the new ghost has got to
go on sitting there, waiting for ever
so long till someone else comes look
ing for it."
"But what has this sucking fish got
to do with it?" And I pointed to the
red membrane already drying In Tom's
"Well, the man who carries this In
hrs pocket won't be the next ghost," he
"Take good care of It for me, then,
Tom," I said, "and when it's properly
dried let me have It. For I've a sort
of idea I may have -need of It, after
And just then old Sailor, the quietest
member of the crew, put up his head
into my nanas, as tnough to say that
he had been unfairly lost sight of.
"Yes, and you too, old chap that's
right. Tom and you and I."
And then I turned in for the night.
In Which We Begin to Understand
Our Unwelcome Passenger.
As I yawned and looked out of my
cabin soon after dawn, about 4:30
next morning, there was no wind at
all, and no hope of wind.
As I stood out of the cabin hatch,
however,, there was enough breeze to
flutter a piece of paper that had been
caught in the mainsail halyard; it flu
tered there lonely in the morning.
Nothing else was astir but it and I
and I took it up In my hand Idly. . As
I did so George reared his hoad for'ard.
" 'Morning, George," I said; "I guess
we've got to run on gasoline today."
"There ain't no gasoline, fiir. It's
run out In the night."
"The tanks were filled when, we
started, weren't they?" I asked.
"We can't have used them up so
"No, sir but someone has turned
the cocks" . .
I stood dazed for a moment, wonder
j-Wiry jts v - f-
"Tom and You and I."
then a thought slowly dawned upon
"Who has charge of them?" I said. '
George looked a little stupid, then
defiant. . JJ''
"I gee.V I said ; and, suddenly, with
oiiC remembering Charlie Webster's ad
vice not to lose your temper with a ne
gro I realized that this was no acci'
dent, but a deliberate trick, something
indeed in the nature of a miniatur
mutiny. That fluttering paper I had
picked from the halyard lay near mj
breakfast table. I had only half rea"
it. Now Its import came to me witt
full force. I had no firearms with me
Having a quick temper, I have made h
a habit all my life never to carry a gun
because they go off so easily. But
one most essential part of a gentle
man's education had been mine, so I
applied it instantly on George, with
the result that a well-directed blow
under the peak of the jaw sent him
sprawling, and for awhile speechless,
in the cockpit.
"No gasoline?" I said.
And then my passenger I must give
him credit for the courage put up his
head for'ard, and called out :
"I protest against that; it's a cow
ardly outrage. You wouldn't dare "to
do it to a white man."
"Oh, I see," I rejoined. "So you are
the author of this precious paper here,
are you? Come over here- and talk it
over, if you've the courage."
"I've got the courage," he answered,
In a shaking voice.
"All right," I said; "you're safe for
the present and, George, who Is so
fond of sleep, will take quite a nap for
a while, I think."
"You English brute I" he said.
"You English brute i" he had said;
and the words had impelled me to in
vite him aft; for I cannot deny a cer-
tain admiration for him that had mys
teriously grown up In me.
"Come here!" I said, "for your life
is safe for the time being. I would
like to discuss this paper with you."
He came and we read it together,
fluttering as I had seen It flutter in his
fingers as he read it for'ard to the en
gineer and to the deckhand. It began :
"Think how many we are! Think
what we could do ! It isn't either that
we haven't Intelligence if only we
were to use it. We don't lack leaders
we don't lack courage we don't lack
martyrs ; all are ready "
I stopped reading.
"Why don't you start then?" I asked.
"We're waiting for Jamaica," he an
swered; "she's almost ready."
"It sounds a pretty good idea to
me," I remarked, "from your point of
view. 'From your point of view,' re
member, I .said ; but you mustn't think
that yours is mine not for one mo
ment O dear no! On the contrary,
my point of view is that of the gov
ernor of Nassau, or his representative,
quite nearby, at Harbour island, Isn't
My pock-marked friend grew a trifle
green as I said this.
"We have sails vstill, remember," I re
sumed. "George and the lost gasoline
are not everything. Five hours, with
anything of a wind, would bring us to
Harbour island, and with this paper
in my hand it would be what do you
think yourself? The gallows?"
My friend grew grave at that, and
seemed to be thinking hard inside,
making resolutions the full force of
which I didn't understand till later,
but the immediate result of which was
a graciousness of manner which did
not entirely deceive me.
"Oh," he said, "I don't think you
quite mean that. You're Impulsive
as when you hit that poor boy down
"Well," I observed, "I'm willing to
treat you better than you deserve. "So,
I'll say nothing about this, if you like"
(pointing to the manuscript), "and If
the wind holds, put you ashore tomor
row at Spanish Wells. I like you in
spite of myself. Is it a bargain?"
On this we parted, and, as I thought,
with a certain friendliness on both
. There was no sailing wind, so there
was nothing to do but stay where we
were all day. I spent, most of the time
in my cabin, reading a novel, and, soon
after nine, I fell asleep In a frame of
mind unaccountably trustful.
I suppose that I had been asleep
about three hours when I was dis
turbed by a tremendous roar. It was
Sailor (who always slept near me) out
on the cockpit with a man undev his
paws his jaws at the man's throat.
I called him off, and saw that it was
my pock-marked friend, with ls right
hand extended in the cockpit and a re
volver a few inches away from it. So
far as I knew it was the only firearm
on the ship. "Let's get hold of that
first, Sailor," I said, and I slipped it
Into-my hip pocket. .
"Wake up, Tom," I called, and, "wake
vp, captain!" Meanwhile, I took out
the revolver from my hip pocket, and
held it over the man I. seemed to
grow more and more sorry for. . . '
Veve not only got a mutiny
ahftwi-rt." I told the captain, "but we've
:W. ,,- ?--
Independent, Elizabeth city,
got trearithlTBrriish government
Do you want ta Stand for that? Ori
shall I put you ashore with the restl"
Unruffled as usual,' he had nothing
to say beyond t ' " .
"Ay. ay. sir!" -
"Take this cord, then," I ordered
him and Tom, "and bind the hands
and feet jf this pock-marked gentle-'
man here; also or jueorge, engineer ;
and also of Theodore, the deckhand.
it Was Sailor His Jaws at a Man's
Bind them well. And throw them into
the dingy, with a bottle of water
apiece, and a loaf of bread. By noon,
we'll have some wind, and can make
our way to Harbour island, and there
I'll have a little talk with the com
mandant." And as I ordered, all was done. Tom
and I rowed the dingy ashore, with our
three captives bound like three silly
fowls, and presently threw them
ashore with precious little ceremony.
Then we got back to the Maggie Dar
ling, with Imprecations In our ears,
and particularly the promises of the
pock-marked rebel, who announced the
certainty of our meeting again.
Of course we laughed at such
threats, but I confess that, as I went
down to my cabin and picked up the
"manifesto," which had been forgotten
in all the turmoil, I could not-escape
a certain thrill as I read the signa
ture for It was: "Henry P. To
That night we made Harbour Island,
and met that welcome that can only be
met at the lonely ends of the earth.
The commandant and the clergyman
took me under their wings on the spot,
and, though there was a good hotel,
the commandant didn't consider it
good enough for me.
I liked the attitude they took toward
my adventure. Their comments on
"Henry P. Tobias, Jr." and the paper
C had with me, were specially enlight
"The black men themselves," thev
both agreed, "are all right, except, oi
course, here and there. It's fellowa
like .this precious Tobias, real white
trash the negroes' name for them H
apt enough that are the danger foi
the friendship of both races. And It's
the vein of a sort of a literary ideal
ism in a fellow like Tobias that makes
him the more dangerous. He's not all
to the bad"
"I couldn't help thinking that too,"
"Oh, no," they said, "but he's a bit
mad, too. That's his trouble. He's
got a personal, as well as an abstract.
grudge against the British govern
"Treasure?" I laughed.
"How did you know?" they asked.
"Never mind; I somehow got the
"Take a word of advice. Have a
few guns with you, for you're liable tc
"I agree," I remarked. "I'll take
the guns all right, but I'm afraid Til
need some more crew. I mean Til
want an engineer, and another deck
And, just as I said this, there came
up some one post-haste from the vil
lage; some one, too, -that wanted the
clergyman, as well as me, for my cap
tain was 111, and at the point of death.
"What on earth can be the trouble?"
I said, but, the three of us, including
the commandant went.
We found the Captain lying in his
berth, writhing with cramps.
"What, on earth have" you been doing
with yourself, Cap?" I asked.
"I did nothing, sir, but eat my din
ner, and drink that claret you were
kind enough to give me."
"The half-bottle of claret?"
"Yes, sir, the very same."
"Well, there was nothing to hurt
you in that," I said. "Did you take it
half and half with water, as I told
"I did indeed, sir."
"It's very funny," I said. And then
as he began to writhe and stiffen, . I
called out to Tom: "Get some rum,
Tom, and make it'boiling hot, quick
quick ! We must get him into a sweat."
Very soon we did. Then I said to
"What do you make out of this smell
that's coming from him, Tom?" '
"Kerosene, ear," said Tom.
"I thought the very same," I said. 1
Tom beckoned me to go with him to
the galley, and showed me several
quart bottles of water standing on a
. "Two of these we're kerosene," he
said "and I suppose Cap made a mis-;
take;" for one looked as clear as the
other. - - a -
Then I took one of them back to the
"Was it a bottle like this you mixed
with the claret?" I asked.
"Sure , it was, sir," he answered,
writhing hard with the cramps.
"But man!"I said. "Couldn't you
tell the difference between that and
"water?" - - - . " - .
" vi thought it tasted funny, boss, but
I. wasn't used to claret.", " v
And then we had to laugh again, and
I thought old Tom would die. ,
- "A nigger's stomach and his head,"
said the commandant, "are about , the
same. I really don't "know which is
the stronger." - --y. '
The Captain didn't die, though he
came pretty near to It. In fact, he
took so long getting on his feet, that
we couldn't wait for him ; so we had
practically to look out for a new crew,
with the exception of Tom, and Sailor.
The commandant proved a good friend
to us in this, choosing three somewhat
characterless men, with good "char
As we said goodby; with a spanking
southwest breeze blowing, I could see
that he was a little anxious about me.
"Take care of yourself," he said,
"for you must remember none of us
can take care of you. . There's no set
tlement where you're golng-r-no tele
graph or wireless ; you could be mur
dered, and none of us hear of it for
a month, or forever. And the fellows
you're after are a' dangerous lot, take
my word for it. Keep a good watch on
your guns, and we'll be on the. lookout
for the first news of you, and anything
We can do we'll be ther, you bet."
(TO BE CONTINUED NEXT WEEK)
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anchors and chains. Stranded near
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