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14-February-1933 page 8 - THE FREEPORT JOURNAL-STANDARD jewels the Oocos...
THE FREEPORT JOURNAL-STANDARD jewels the Oocos island buccaneers obtained as loot? The question has intrigued fortune hunters since whalers first used the island as ft base a century ago. Presumably It was never taken away, and still is buried there. J. E, Leckie, former British army officer, and Robert Cross, of Vancouver, B. C., who organized the jarty of 25 now digging on the Island, reasoned it out that way. So did dozens of other leaders of expeditions which dug there in vain. Leckie surveyed the island, which is 13 miles in circumference, and marked It off in sectors for prospecting. Using an instrument he calls a metalphone, he is going over the entire island. The metalhpone Is designed to indicate any store of precious metal in the earth. Treasure Seekers Contented The Leckie party is contented after several months on the Isolated island. It is organized on' a military basis, and every man has his work to do. For diversion the treasure hunters "go pigging." That is, they hunt for wild pigs in the Jungle, or they swim in the warm surf. There are no mosquitoes, reptiles, flies or other insects on Cocos island. Cocoanuts, palmettos, berries and the pigs constitute most of the food available. .The island has no native population, although Costa Rica, which owns it, has posted 10 soldiers there. They are charged with keeping order, and live with the treasure seekers. Recently a group of San Diego fishermen was shipwrecked on the Island. They were courteously cared for by the fortune seekers. When fescue came they did not want to leave. "1 would be happy Just living on Cocos island the rest of my life," one of the fishermen said on his return here. "No street cars, no noise, no troubles and life is easy there. We expected the Leckie party to be greatly excited at our arrival, but none of the men seemed interested in finding out what was going on in the World. "There was mo excitement When our rescue vessel arrived, either, but by that time I understood why. hate.d the thought of leaving the place." BLACKS GROW WEALTHY WHERE WHITES FAILED CanSerra, Feb. 14-^P)—Aboriginals have flocked to the Granites— the deserted goldflelds in Central Very Good BLEACHED MUSLIN 14 "-$1.00 All Linen Bleached or Brown Wide TOWELING 9 Yd " $1.00 27 in. Bleached SHAKER FLANNEL 14 ""$1.00 Bleached, Heavy, Large, TURKISH TOWELS . 6 for $1.00 PILLOW TUBING, Linen Finish, 7 Y< " $1.00

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  1. Freeport Journal-Standard,
  2. 14 Feb 1933, Tue,
  3. Page 8

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