Shark saves the papers, 1915

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Shark saves the papers, 1915 - frac-ured coasts. According to the shark part...
frac-ured coasts. According to the shark part of the story, the Maria Quesada sailed from Newport News early in December of last year with a cargo of coal. Her clearance papers stated Valparaiso to be the collier's destination. But the charge is made that the coal on the Maria Quesada was really intended for one of the German warships under Admiral von Spee, then cruising atout the South Atlantic, seeking merchantmen of Great Britain and France, and for some reason best known to the ship's captain the steamer put into the port of Pernambuco, Brazil. Someone on the Maria Quesada, who did not want the Brazilian authorities to come aboard and demand to see the clearance papers, according to the story, conceived the idea of painting up one of the crew to resemble a man stricken with smallpox. It had the desired effect. But oriTy for a time. Later a boat filled with customs officials from the custom house hove alongside the Maria Quesada. The chief inspector said that, smallpox or no smallpox, the inspectors were going aboard to look at the ship's clearance papers. "We have mislaid them," said one of the. officers of the Maria Quesada. "Well, we will look for them," said the Brazilian customs men, and they began climbing aboard. Sharks Snlmlnx About. Before the first one of them reached the ship's deck, someone on the other side of the vessel dropped a leather wallet overboard. Some sharks of the man-eating variety were swimming around the ship. One of them swallowed the wallet. The search of the customs men was in vain. Thre.; days later one of the crew of a Brazilian warship in the harbor was anuiHing himself angling for sharks. Ho caught one eight feet long. He ripped the flsh open and found inside the body a leather wallet. In It were the clearance papers of the Maria Quesada. If this story is doubted. H. Snowdon Marshall, United States District Attorney, who will prosecute Buenss and his associates when they are arraigned before Judge Howe in the United States Circuit Court tomorrow, will say that one of the Government witnesses is prepared to tell this story under oath. Hut whether he will be called to the stand remains to be seen. brewer,-is is a

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  1. St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
  2. 21 Nov 1915, Sun,
  3. Page 31

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