The Cosmopolitan Volume 26, Nos. 1-6

The Cosmopolitan Volume 26, Nos. 1-6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...were also in the cargo many bags filled with a curious sort of powder, yellowish, resinous and strangely fragrant. Dr. Ilmeuholt/. pronounced this to be a residuum of a peculiar sort of gum that in those days was extensively imported from the islands of the Pacific. Time had gradually volatilized the essential oils from this gum, he said; and analyses of pieces of the wrood taken from all parts of the vessel confirmed his inference that the subtile vapors had gradually penetrated the wood, and had produced the same results as the modern creosoting process, acting as a perfect preservative. "The treasure was removed to the 'Penetrator' the first thing. Mr. Legagc insisted on waiving all claim to salvage, but he permitted us to remember officers and crew, and likewise his corps of scientists, with what amounted to a veryhandsome equivalent for prize-money; and, after thus disposing of half the treasure, Walter and I had over half a million dollars apiece left to our own account. "How much the rest of the cargo carried by the 'Keyna del Oiclo" was worth, not to speak of the ancient craft herself, we never had the opportunity of learning. The 'Penetrator' took the galleon in tow and we headed for St. Thomas, regretfully leaving the "('arib' in the haven of dead ships. "It was the third night. We sat on the afterdeck under the stars, the strange relic of Spain's imperial commerce looming mystically astern. Suddenly a bright flash gleamed from the galleon's deck. Then a column of pitchy flame went roaring up--and in an instant the 'Reyna del Cielo' was hopelessly ablaze. "The two men who had been left to look after the galleon were rescued with considerable difficulty. It appeared that a bag of the resinous powder, ...show more

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  • United States
  • English
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  • 9781236792327