The Geary Bulletin. (Geary, Okla.), Vol. 13, No. 47, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 16, 1912 Page: 4 of 8
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II.LIONS of dollar* worth of
treasure Its today wbere men or
lb* pstt MOturlti to»» lost or
burled It. History tssms wttn nc-
coudis of sacks of cttlee, esenee
of tbs stolen treeaur#-troves con-
from idt ad era. millions
blddes by plrstss and buccaneers,
wonderful mines of gold or sllrsr
found and tbeo lost, and treasure
ships sunk In shallow waters
Little of It has ever been recovered; tbs average
•ms prefers to work for a few dollars a week
Bet the history of the hundreds of treasures, some
•f them well known and rich In narrative, some of
Hea but vaguely ebronlcled. Is something of absorb-
leg (merest to the man with tbe true spirit of ad
pasture la bis blood
Mors gold and silver was produced from tbe new-
ly dterovered Western Hemisphere by the early
SpsBtaX v— Portuguese adventurers than tbe world
bM ever known In Its history The Spanish Main
reeked with It Tbe Indiana from Meilco to Peru,
had so much that tney bad no use for It Shipload
Ctrr shipload went to England. Spain and Portugal
plnlM and privateers raided the ports and the gal-
IfOBi Governors often cached tbe treasures of a
•tty to save them from tbe raiders; bishops and
prteots hid the wonderful solid gold altars, railings,
veeeela. sad so forth, to keep them safe. Often tbe
governor was slain or captured, perhaps removed.
C«ui |a Many cases the clerics suffered similar fates.
Haadreds of millions have beea recovered, hut the
y— remaining unfound nre so vast ns to be atag-
It Is of those unrecovered or only partially recov-
ered that I write, giving nil tbe facta that 1 have been
able to find, hoping to start the seekers on to tbe
insets Some of It seems so easily recoverable that
•as could go and almost lay one's bands on It; mors
•f It would require patient effort, digging, draining,
living, searching, still other portions will be found
saly by the purest chance, as tbe clues are too vague.
There Is one astounding store of gold the history
g auck ia n dear and definite. and tbe obstacles
In recovery ao alight, that 1 will state Its claims first.
Ob the Cundtsamarca plateau In* tbe Republic of
Colombia Is a little pond a quarter of a mile across
la the exact center of this pood superstitious Indians
damped gold la fiber bag* la such quantities that
oa tbe bottom He hundreds of mUltona. perhaps
several billion dollars' worth. One chief dropped
la B.600 pounds In one day to save tbe life of a
sick daughter, end tbe votive process went on un-
interruptedly for hundreds of yean. It la easy to
see how stupendous tbe treasure must be and bow
difficult to estimate accurately.
Tbe bulk of tbe definite Information concerning
tbe lake comes from the Journal of Pray Pedro
Blmon. a Jesuit missionary who dwelt among tne
Cb I beta a Indians near tbe lake for many years and
witnessed tbe one Incident cited
At the time of tbe conquest tbe lake was called
Ouatavlta. "Caretaker of Life.*’ The Indians be-
lieved thst Id tbe Iskes and springs dwelt the sub-
deltles. and all tbe tribes In northern South Amer-
ica believed that In this wonderful little pool,
with Its clear cold springs and beautiful shores,
dwelt tbe deity, who bad power to save and beat.
Gold was to be found everywhere. Its sole use
was for decoration and religious or superstitious
Even today they still bide the secrets ol tbe
deposits, appearing In tbe towns with little leaf
baskets tbe bottoms of which are covered wttb
gold, which they use to buy all the print-cloths,
arms, food and baubles that make up tbelr sim-
ple need*; then tbey go away to their buta In tbe
inounlalna. When tbe Spaniard* first came tbe
Indians laughed to And tbe while men ao eager
for what tbey deemed of so little value. Hut
when tbey saw the white men killing and tortur-
ing their hi others, wives and children they grew
silent and ever alnre have hidden all tbelr knowl-
edge of gold among themselves. An Indian who
leads the way to an Indian mine slgna his own
Pray Pedro Simon's account of tbe lake saya
that It was ore of a chain; that It waa ao small
that two fiber ropes could be stretched across it.
marking It Into quArtera. Tbey crossed In the
exact center. Kafts were moored on-sbore, and
the Indians coming rrom alar laden wltb gold
would beap It on these rafts In fiber and akin
bags, use the ropes to guide the rafts to the cen-
ter and then throw tn the gold, an old and sacred
man of the tribe or family reciting Invocations to
tbe spirit of the lake.
What I have related baa been common property
among men Interested In treasure-seeking, and
parts of the facts have been printed both In Amer-
ica and England, but this Is tbe first time that all
the known facts have been given. There la today
on the plateau a lake called Ouatavlta. but It does
not answer Pray Pedro Simon's description.
On the 15th of April. 1643. there set sail from
what Is now Colon tbe Spanish galleon Santa
Marta, commanded by a master-at-arms called K1
Tigre de Joasco. and bearing vice governor Her-
nando Arojaa y Alencon, with a considerable com-
pany of wounded and fever-broken Spanish sol-
diers. a scattering of priests and some business
She waa headed for Cadis and Vigo. Her cargo
waa almost entirely gold to tbe value of about
It was not supposed that any one aboard waa
aware that there waa anything extraordinarily
valuable aboard, except the master. Governor
Arojaa. and two priests of the ship's company.
Home one organised a mutiny among the return-
ing soldiers and sailors and, while the ablp waa
heavily armed to defend herself against pirates
or privateers, ahe waa very easily taken over by
her own crew some time during the first week
Two boatlosds of prisoners were abandoned on
Ihe sandy shoie of the paltsadoe# off tbe harbor
of Kingston. Jamaica, but El Tigre de Joasco and
Governor Arojas were not among them, and
somewhere In the chlnka of history tbelr late has
•lipped through and been lost.
Tbe marooned people were very quickly picked
I nfs Mads far NagMha.
K. Petersburg.—Sakhalin, the for*
lora easternmost tslaad of the Rassiaa
empire- -once the griameet of^coavtet
mouth*^aty?Japaaeee territory la Itt
southern part—la attracting consider-
able scrutiny aa to Its natural re-
source* Russia la doing mack to
open up her Amur territory, and the
prooeas would be helped If Bakhalli
-the cork of the Amur bott^." were to
prove an economic aaaet. A Russian
scientific explorer. M. Polovoy. has Just
given tbs 8L Petersburg Geographical
society aa estimate of it* rsaourcoo.
r. 1ST B. Pin#
Wash., says: **I grow
, 1 could scarcely do aqr house-
work had was often confined to bod.
There waa a beartng-
. down pala through
my hipa and my head
ached aa if It would
a pile I know by the
kidney secretion* that
my kidaoys were la a
terrible condition but
though I doctored. I
gradually grow wore#.
aatXl la critical condition. It was then
I began astag Doan’s Kidney Pills and
was onMrely cured. I have not had a
sign of kidney trouble since.'*
‘-When Your Bock Is Lame, Remem-
ber the Name—DOAN'S.” Me all stores
Poster-Mil burn Co.. Buffalo. N. Y.
Staying ut bom* la
people try to cultivate.
a virtue few
Coated toegue. vertigo,
all relieved by Garfield Tea.
Sweethearts always dear,
wives are far more expensive.
ARE YOU POORLY
eral run-down condl-
up tty email boats and landed In Kingston, and a
Dutch privateer by tbe name of War bins ton hur‘
riod In pursuit The record of wbat transpired
during the chase and the fight la not clear la
even too vague to be pertinent, but a month later
Warbtngton salted into wbat la now New York
harbor and reported that be had fought tbe Santa
Marta twice and been worsted, but bad followed
her to the Windward Passage, as It Is now known,
and north to the Islands now bearing the name
Fortune Islands, given them by reason of this
Here the crew cached the treasure, as they
could not enter any Important port and account
for themselves and could not enter a small port
and dispose of their board. It la positive that
In these Islands tbe cache was made, becaua*
when the Santa Marta reached Puerto el Principe
shortly thereafter she was discharged. In the
Fortune Islands was the only place ahe could have
sent the treasure ashore.
The governor of Puerto el Principe waa about
to arrest tbe crew on suspicion of tbelr having
committed piracy, when they put to aea. and later
the hulk, burned to tbe water's edge, was found
near Cape Maysl. The men were never beard of.
but, as they were quarreling and fighting among
themselves In Puerto el Principe, It Is logical to
suppose that there was a second mutiny with
much bloodshed, that tbe ship was fired and that
those who did not Jump Into the sea were burned
Two other galleons were robbed that same year
by mutinous crews, but the treasures were safely
landed by the mutineers, ono crew at Lisbon and
the other at Geuoa. These must not be confused
wltb the Santa Marta affair.
The Fortune Islands are quite small, are In-
habited almost solely by Bahama blacks, are al-
most out of touch with tbe world, though but four
days' sail from New York and one from Nassau
or Havana. From tbe charts It may be seen that
there Is but ono spot where the Santa Marta
could have anchored to put ashore so heavy a
cargo, and there ought to be little difficulty In
locating tbe cache on the low-lying island. So far
as 1 know, there has never been any attempt
made at recovery.
There are many, many alluring sunken treas-
ures on both coasts. Many of these are so fa-
miliar as to need but the merest mention.
I,arge sums and great effort have been expend-
ed to recover the millions in California gold of tbe
old Golden Gate, definitely located on tbe Mex-
Admiral Francis Drake’s Marigold carried the
bulk of his spoils up to the time of her loss on
the west coast near Pledranegra.
In 1697 Admiral De PonUs. with a combined
fleet of royal ships and colonial privateers, at-
tacked. captured and sacked Cartagena and de-
parted In two sections, the last ships being the
treasure-bearers. They were Intercepted by tbe
English and one was blown up by a shot Into her
magastne and sank In the harbor; another went
ashore near by; and a third waa beached on
Clsne Cay. To recover the treasure, location can
be effected through a study of the British ad
mlralty records, and at least one of tbe three
should lie In shallow water.
The so-called Captain Oeorge B. Boynton, by
all odds tbe greatest adventurer of modern times,
would have made the records of Drake, Morgan
and De Ruyter look pale and sickly bad be lived
In the good old days Until bis death In Brooklyn
some months ago at an advanced nge, he carried
the knowledge of a number oT treasure-troves,
the richest of which Is an unnamed galleon In a
Before leaving the subject of the buccaneers,
another sunken treasure should be cited. In 1686
• Captain Phipps of the British navy learned of
a sunken buccaneer vessel with a great treasure
aboard on tbe snore or near the Tortuga* and
waa cent by Jassos II. of England to effect recov-
ery. He found tbe treaeure, removed only a part
of It, and then sailed away, owing to tbe approach
of two Spanish men-of-war. Ha waa about to re-
turn, when tbo revolution of 1688 broke out and
be waa deterred. In tbe admiralty archive*- are
all details of this uncompleted task. What was
easy for Captain Phipps should be still easier
with modern methods.
For the past twenty years Mexican antiquarians
have been expecting tbe announcement of the
finding of a vast treasure In the State of Puebla.
The third royal 8paniab viceroy after Cortes suc-
ceeded in torturing from tbe chiefs of a tribe In
Jalisco the secrets of tbe hiding-places of all of
the tribal store of gold and silver, and by great
efforts brought It to Tacuba, where It waa con-
cealed during n period when the suzerainty of
New Spain waa more or leas uncertain. A dummy
treasure-train was organised and started for Vera
Crux, and the word went fortb that It carried the
treasure. Some weeks later tbe real treasure-
train of one hundred and eighty mules set out
with only the usual small guard.
In some way the word got abroad, and the train
was attacked by a mixed force of adventurers
and Indiana at a point within sight of tbe white
tops of Popocatepetl and Ixtacclhuatl. Tbe de-
fenders of the treasure succeeded In escaping
with the loss of five mules and tbelr burdens, but
while passing through a gorge on the route of the
old trail, now followed more or lesa closely by the
Mexican railroad, they decided It was best to
cache the treaeure.
A cave In tbe gorge w as chosen and three hun-
dred and twenty bags of gold and sliver, con-
taining several million dollars' worth, depending
on how much more gold there was than silver,
were stored away, while the train proceeded to
Orizaba. Some fifteen miles from tbe site of the
present town the same band again attacked the
train and killed nearly all the guard. Since the
development of tbe region tn which the cave
must He baa begun, tta discovery is only a matter
of time, and It might be effected wltb compara-
tive ease. There cannot be many gorges, and
caves are not frequent. The chances ror finding
the right one are rather strong. It has never
No small spot on the face of the earth has been
ao productive of treasure-bunting adventure aa
Cocos Island off the coast or Costa Klca.
The west coast pirate Bonita before hla death
Insisted that he bad planted more than two mil-
lion dollars in gold, silver. Jewels and plate on
the Island, but hla specific directions were lost by
bis Ignorant executioners.
A party of Mexican political refugeee, several
of them of the famous Romero family or Its con-
nections. fleeing from the wrath of Santa Anna tn
1848, planted under a stone arch on the Island
more than one million dollars, tbe revolutionary
fund wltb which tbey expected to gain control of
The third treasure to-the greatest and moat im-
portant. There la a little doubt aa to whether It
Is located on Cocoa or Is In the Uallapagoa group,
off the coast of Peru. The traditions all say the
latter place, but after a digest of all sources or
Information I am convinced that Cocos Is the
Among tbe smaller treasures or which there Is
record It Is well to mention tbe seven large can-
non filled with gold-pieces by the pirate Vtllason
and buried on an Island at the very southernmost
part of the Bay of Campearby; the reported cache
on the top of the eminence Immediately north of
the city of Santiago de Cuba, to be reached only
by a difficult trail starting In near Dos Camlnot
the mysterious and probably non existent Havana
municipal treasure, said to have been assembled
at the time- of the English attack and concealed
within the ramparts of Morro Caatle ao effectually
that It waa never found again.
Its agricultural possibilities be rates
as low, but there 1* good pasture for
eattle. The meat trade, however, is
aot organised at all. Vladivostok,
close by. gets lta aupplle# la cold stor-
age from Auetralla. \
Coal la probably tbe beat of lta as-
certained properties. Ho believe#
that there are at leaat tea million
poods of it In tbo island. It would
Bnd a good market In tbo western
states of America, besides la Japan.
Deep borings are bow tn progress for
naphtha, which is In as good position
as the Baku wells and abould be able
to compete with American petroleum
in east Asia. Gold prospecting baa
not had success. There la a great
supply of timber, of which no us*
was made until la 1906 a firm began
to export railway sleepers.
The population, which a dozen years
ago consisted of 20,000 Russian deport-
ed convicts, and about half aa many
free persona, tank to about 6,000 after
the Japanese war. The convicts bad
got their liberty on condition tbey
volunteer for tbe war. Russians
sold their houses for next to nothing.
A whole village waa left to caretaker*
for 60 ruble*. Last year the ex-con-
victs who had served In the war and
returned were declared free peasants
and settled near Alexandrovak, the
seat of government
Sakhalin's weak aide, aa M. Polovoy
found It la In lta cut off condition, not
ao much geographically aa through
want of steam navigation. Moreover,
the coasting trade ia closed against
foreign shipping. There are very few
roads into the Interior, even the roads
prospected by the Russian prisons de-
partment have fallen back into waste.
Harbors are scarcely to be found at
all. Labor la unskilled and there ia
> ascertainable general rate of
of m spell of stom-
ach trouble |
hot listen —
is just the medicine you need.
It aids digestion, keeps the
bowels open and induces per-
fect health. Try a bottle today.
The Farmer1* Sob’s
•vendor buy land siral"
a* vd” a* oattle r»i»lnt. *F»
ai*H a *M4r adrance In
■rteTaowiMit man* *kow
that lira number o. MttUn
arras and pre-emption* of
1 «o err** a
*Vor*pamphlet *U«t Beat West.’
particular*** to aultnblu locution
and low art tier*' rata, apply to
SupY or Immigration, Ottawa,
Can., or to Canadian Uorl Agent.
«. H. R06EM
tM W. Ninth SI. Kaasa* CHy, tta.
wages. Evidently the plantlessness
that has hitherto marked the adminis-
tration of the Important “cork of the
Amur” will need to be changed if Its
great coal and lumber resources are
to get a chance.
WONT SELL JEFFERSON HOME
Congressman Levy, Owner for M
Years, Announcos He Will Not
Dispose of Montlcello.
New York.—Congressman Jefferson
yt Levy has no Intention of selling
Montlcello, once the borne of Thomas
Jefferson, to tbe government or ary
one else. Tbo Idea of the purchase of
Montlcello by tbe government, recent-
ly proposed by patriotic societies In
Washington, is distasteful to him, he
declare*. In a statement given out
Mr. Levy hae been the owner of
Montlcello thirty-five year* and dur-
ing that time the property has been
scrupulously maintained. Visitors have
been admitted to the estate freely,
Mr. Levy explains, and the condition
of the property ia better than It
would be If owned by the government.
Will Aid United State*.
Washington— Dr. Huebner, profee-
•or of meurance at the University of
Pennsylvania, waa selected by tbe
bouse merchant marine committee to
aaslat In preparing the investigation
of the “shipping trust.’*
Paderewski Is Peeved.
Cape Town.—lynace Paderewski,
the pianist, bad some unpleasant
things to say about 8outh Africa b»
fore bla departure. Paderewski's tour
w a* not a financial success.
I Jo* Fr
Shake Into Your Shoes
Allen1* Foot-1an, 6
e*w4w Hr lta lect. Ara 70a *
trill* **nsltU* about tha *tsa of
jour shoe* ? Man? people wear
aboee a *Ue mailer by shaking
Allan'* Foot-Eaae Into than. If
Mother Rraj'g Swat
- ■ - ! tbe brat medicine for Fen
children, told by Drunleae i___
where. Trial paekege VM*. Addree
KER FOOT-MILLER * CO.
OVERALLS AM WORK 0L0TMH0
Wholesale Dry Good*
OKLAHOMA CITY OKLAHOMA
Bawd ua roar oall mSmb.
DAISY FLY KILLER BSRtKTEWEi
- tun. N«ai, ctota.
run 'l apt 11 or II purer;
will not soil or Injur*
IMd aCeettv*. U eta.
earb at «■»!»■* or •
______ aunt prepaid fortl.O*.
1AX0U) aomas. 1» Dag*A Am., Braafciya. N. Y.
aoaununlir. hand autalJHt tree proposition to
malty. Tata paaBbLSTKee proposition
O. C BOWBKA Dm R OfimttOMAGmr. OhLA.
eater* wear**- Barluslr* territory, flood chance
inaanvnt business. Mall aa II* for SII
up permanent bt
er Bed and reoels
led and feebler, without oust, a [b. pair *»il-
lgbt ou ul I prepaid. Mew feather*, beat tfok-
« eg, taenMioi n* ta RwL * mb* 1 gneasm*
WILL BKI.I. OR TIURra FOR INOOUK I'KOf
any. M>*. lata Miguel On.. N. U..SW a.cult.i
stork, mechy., eU. Parker *»' *t* Cblcagw
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