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on board a ship in the h.irl">r the rk hes oi the cathe
dral noted as "iic of the wealthiest in the w< rl« 1 .
The ship was captured by a Chilean revolutionary
vessel, which was caught by the dreaded pampero,
and was beached «n a sandy bay oi Trinidad. The
pirates hid the treasure in the ravine, and signaled
tin lirst passing vessel.which, unfortunately for them,
was a Spaniard. They wore recognized and taken to
Cuba and hanged December 2, ißai, in Cabanas
fortress, Havana — all save a lad "1 fifteen, a Finn
cabin boy.
Fifty years later, when the mate of a sailing ship
trailing m the China sea, the Finn told his skipper
oi the treasure and showed him a chart of the island
that had been given to him by the pirates. After the
old Finn's death the Captain sent his son t<> the
island. The latter reported that Tr;nida<' in
every detail was as represented, but a landslide had
closed the ravine with r-'ek and red earth. Incau
tiously the s«>n told the pimple "f the ship the se ret
of his mission. The next year an independent
expedition went t>> the island from Liverpool; ant
the blazing sun, the fever, tl c heavy surf , and other
natural obstacles played bay* c with the men,
and the expedition failed as have four itl.ers. all
English, since that time.
If this treasure should be found, some queer
complications would follow on the question oi
ownership. First would be the claim < f England,
the teg haying been raised there .:s early as 1700;
then of the Portuguese oi Brazil, who had .1 settle
ment there ..bout 1750; of Brazil, since the inland
lies off her coast; of Spain, to whom the treasure
belonged; of Peru, from
wlio^t- cathedral it was
taken; and lastly, the claim
of the Church of Rome.
In 1804 a treasure ship
v. it!: two million dollars
aboard sailed from South
American ports for Cadiz.
The crew mutined and
killed the Captain alx>ut
the time that they sighted
souk small desert islands,
lying, as they thought,
two hundred miles south • f
Madeira. They put the
ship into a little bay < n
the south side of the
middle island, which they
described as high, flat, and
green at the t' p. Here
they made a landing with
the treasure and buried
it in white sand at*>ve
high water mark. Soon
afterward the crew were
s i:i] wrecked off the Span
ish cast. One of the
lew survivors, as he died,
told the secret to .111
English bailor named Chris*
t ;..!. Cruse, who <1 m
municated with the British
Admiralty It. 181 R-ar
Admiral Hercules R« I in-
AFTER dinner speaking has resolved itself into
an .in in America, an art i>f thehumorouskind,
which differs greatly from the Continental ver
biage attending su< h affairs 'ha this side i>f the p>>ml,
no « ne wants to hear a long discourse up< :i " Why
Irish Emigration \L.< Fallen < »r'f. " orto hear someone
rud at length >ome report upon the yield of wheat
in the West No one : ; p« ticularly interested in
the latest bank statistics, :»or the possible output
<:' gold and silver. Every man wants to be enter
tained, and as we are all more or less fascinated with
the effect of our convivial feast, it becomes an easy
matter to win a reputation as An after dinner
sj • aker.
I must confess that I s.iM much funnier things
before I was discovered (?) in this particular field,
:.nd it is no easy matter to live up t<> the n ; utation
< f being funny. It is ,i struggle for me to x*.t up a
speech Some orators trj to convey the impression
that .11 they have t>> d->, when called upon after
dinner, is to assume a look of ; leased surprise, and
a boiled shirt, rise up. and let ideas, aphorisms, and
beautiful thoughts ripple out "t them like beer out
< f a spigot.
Just picture t.> yourself the life of a chronic after
dinner speaker. He g< is home; he surrounds him
self with the encyclopedia, Joe Miller's Joke 8.>.,k,
B.irtU-:t's Quotations, a siph< n, and a quart oi the
fount of inspiration; his family gather round him
and play on pianolas, phonographs, conversation,
etc his youngest ■>n seeks information concerning
cube root; baby indulges in cholera infantum. In
the midst of the beautiful domestic scene, the
ir.i"r composes his mind. But us orators — 1
repeat, us orators — are the cusses who have t>>
do the real labor. Look .it the stuff we have to
1. .! •! iwn!
There .ire perhaps in town about half a dozen men
w'..- are always supposed to be > n tap f< I :■'■:■.. ethinn
funny, and these men ..re d. \:\g overtime. I ana s<>
blam< 1 ■ i- "i the whole speech making business
son was seni with the KritiO. shi] Prometheus
to visit the Salvages, which were und< ibtedly
the islands in }■• int. Finding the middle island in
accessible, he landed <<n another, Great Salvage,
and dug without result. So othea serious attempt
has ever been made.
Off the little village of Krce, "ii the sb re < f the
Gaspe 1 Peninsula. Hfts sheer out oi the water the
Pierced Rock ol IVrre. It is five hundred and
fifteen feet in its greatest altitude, and i;i many
places hs walls are not "nly sheer but lean < otward
at the top. In the days ©J the First Empire the r <- '•<■
was owned under royal grant by Captain Duval, r<
nowned as a privateer.wbjo made his i.t adqimrters < n
the coast and anchored in shelter < f the toclc Fr< m
his Indians Duval must have learned that then
was a way to the top.
Hiding the Bags of Gold
ONE day when he returned from a cruise, his
ship 1< .idol with English spoils, 'wo. fthe Indiana
went overside anil disappeared. That rnght a boat
was lowered and into it was placed a great brass
1 < und chest, so heavy with » id that t«:; men were
required to Hit it, and the boat was r> •■■"! :■• the
side of the rock. Strange cries were heard fr ::i
above, which Duval answered, and out ©i the d.irk
r.ess a light rope was lowered, to which was attached
a heavier line. Then Duval's lieutenant was drain
up, and superintended the r.ii-n;^ of the gold in
gunny bags. Lastly Duval hsmsefl went ;;;• astride
the chest commanding the crew u£ the b .a t-> re
main in the precise until his return. Just at
Monks Removing Their Treasure to a Secret Hiding Place.
that I don't know what to do. I • '.. n't want to be
funny; 1 know I am not funny; I ti they keep
insisting that I am. 1 ..m willing to leave ..1! that
sort "t thing to Depew, Hedges, Gruber, and
Murphy; they «!■> it easily ..:.d spontane isry.
iv:* 1 have to grind ii i at j- kel y j ke, k'— l by grin.
There is no use in ..::< r dinner speak ng •■ • the
after dinner speaker. He gradually ai vires the
reputation oi being hunn ■:■ us, ..nd thai m me ■!>
qualifies him in the eyes < I the w> rM as a ■• -. is
minded man < i affairs. The < nly nu n who did not
suffer fn m such a reputati* n was Abraham Lincoln.
Sen.ittrs, lawyers, and bankers who once fall under
the baleful stigma as ..fter dinner w its I«e a repul i
ti->n for seriwas business that they can nevet regain.
The whole business is a precarious one, and the
successful orator depends on nothing so much as
ai i n bis ltuk :«> folli vt a speech oi labori us si itis
tk-s. Any man can sparkle ii he is • receded by .i
r>«Te. The want to laugh, and will meet him
h..lf way with a roar .tt s me low comedy j' ke that
would meet with a snort • i derision, it heard ai the
sober horn of noon nest >l.iy.
The Most Famous Speech
fV-'K oj the most famous sj eechea eve* delivered :n: n
*-* the United States was that oi Henry E Grady
.it a New England dinner. This spee< fa was ! ci ..;.
philosophical, and humi ■• ros. and has without doubt
done more to unite the Xorth and South :'•■ n any
• ther Into it '!r. »ir.idv put all the benei lence •■i
his personality ..11 the charm ol T .'.~ diction, and
the ripe judgment oj his broad experien •• with
j .. !:•:•■. il conditions.
_ There ..re • thei famous after dinner speakers in
New York; and one ol the most fan* us is
Genera] Horace Porter, whose speech -it the l':l
dawn he came down the heavy line. The crew
thought they I ad heard shots •• the stillness, but
the steal height made this uncertain. •'••" last
Duval returned i:!. his pistols • ••■;• an<l, picking
up a blunderbuss; he shot the rope ad cut it hi^'h
up out of reach. The lieutenant v.as never ■•■
again? nor were the Indians.
' Fur many years the weather worn rope hung
swaying against the rocks, a warning i<> the timid
fishermen. Some twenty years later a daring Jtmne
halfbreed discovered the* path by ••■■•■ could
climb up the i ice of the rocks, but he knew nothing
of the treasure. Others followed hi footsteps, so
that the pathway was well known eighty years ajpx
When the facts 'about Dora] became Known after
his sudden death, various attempts were made tq
reach the top©! the reck. As over half of the people
who tried it. lost their fives, and the disturbance
of the birds living on it caused greal annovar.ee to
the village, the provincial authorities passed a I."
forbidding anyone to attempt the ascent.
Some sixty years ago the Christina, a.l East
Indiaman carrying a gre I treasure, was I M but
in what spot no one ever < old be certain. Tw>>
years later the crew of a tishin^ schooner found on
a reef in the China Sea, now known as Silver Reef,
a chain cable and what the rishermen supposed
were lumps of It-ad. They proved to be Sycee sil
ver, and the fishermen were very bitter because
they did not secure more hen they had the opp. r
unity of doing so without consulting the Govern
ment, for the value of what they carried away was
one hundred and fifty thousand dollars. The re
mainder awaits scientific
Some twenty years a^'<>
a Spanish steamer, the
Alfonso XII , foundered
in the Canaries. She car
ried ten large boxes • f
gold. An expedition poorly
equipped was sent out and
nine boxes recovered. The
tenth is still there — for
tone in itself.
The Spanish frigate San
Pedro, with seven and a
half millions of treasure,
blew up and sank in Ca
ana bay. The Bost> n
Dr. ing Company recov
ered some of the jjuns and
a part of the treasure, but
there is a huge sum left.
An instance of most suc
cessful recovery is afforded
in the case of the Thetis,
which left Rio Janeiro in
■ft jo. carrying eight hun
dred thousand dollars. She
•.•..- lost the second day
out at Cape. Frio. The
vessel was held to be a
total loss, but Captain
I ''..• of • '.• British
;hip Lightning recovered
Ccnrjr*ed en ::r* .'^
grims' ..Tinner was one of the best, rather one of the
most humorous. He began:
" Last summer two pilgrims might have been seen
embarking from the port of Neve York to visit the
nd from which the Pilgrim fathers once embarked,
Senator Depr nd the speaker who has just risen.
Our hopes ©i pleasure abroad • id not risen to any
dizzy height. We expected to feel at home there,
upon the general principle that Yankees never
appear so much at home as when they are visiting
other people. I have noticed that Americans have
a desire to go to Europe, and have observed special!'."
that those who have ambitions with regard to public
life think they ought to cross the ocean; that err
ing the water will add to their public -•-.•■ r..
particularly when they think how- it added to the
reputation of George Washington, even crossing the
I -•!..••. are River. Then you go to Scotland, and hardly
land there before you' hear the bagpipes, and voti
sit down and weep. You know there is only i lie
other instrument in the world that will produce such
strains, and that is a steam piano on a Mississippi
steamboat when the en-inter is drunk. A: lin this
musical « 1 ■:•.•- they tell you in song about the
lassie comin' through the rye; but they never tell
about the rye that j^-es through the laddie.
"Then you go to England — you have seen her
Colonies forming a bell around the circle <•; the
earth on which the sun never sets. And n< « •:
have laid eyes on the mother country, on which; .:
appears the sun never rises Then you begin :••
compare legislative bodies. You find' that in Par
liament the members sit with their hats on and ci ..,
white in I"< >nj:r< ss the members sit with their hats
otT and spit. And as you cross the Channel the '..
thing you M> t > is the English soldier with his blue
trousers and red coat, and the firsi you see on I..:;.::: :.
■"■•' is the French soldier with his red trouse;'?
and blue cat. and you me to the conclusVn :'.'...:
if you turn a:; English soldier ■;:-:!< down, he is.
uniformly speaking, a Frenchman."

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