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By W. E. Johns

Out of the nook of his eyes Biggles observed Dick pass overboard and disappear below the froth, yet he may well do not anything to aid him. certainly, as he fought to maintain the flying-boat less than keep an eye on, it appeared definite that in the following minute or the others needs to subscribe to him. Ashen, he checked out Algy. 'Jump while she hits!' he cried, in a shrill, strangled voice, and dived intentionally on the rocks. Biggles, Algy and Ginger aid a tender lad avoid a violent thief and locate themselves plunged right into a harmful treasure hunt trying to find a long-lost pirate hoard of gold within the Caribbean.

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That’s it. I’m now not superstitious, yet I’ve felt all alongside that there has been anything humorous approximately that coin. It has left a path of demise and catastrophe at the back of it. We had no good fortune whereas we had it. the one basic success we’ve had in this journey used to be whilst it was once out of our ownership. Mallichore took it off us at Marabina. You observed what occurred to him. We acquired it again, and also you observed what approximately occurred to us, and, I truthfully think, could have occurred had no longer Dick discarded his coat, with the doubloon within the pocket, on the final minute. The coat used to be washed up. Algy and Ginger chanced on it. inside part an hour they have been head to head with loss of life. on the the most important second Pedro took the coin, and the evil impact went with it. I shot him in the hour. To the lengthy record of casualties i feel we will now upload the names of Louis le Grande and his workforce. ’ ‘He talks of different doubloons,’ reminded Algy. ‘I be aware of, and what occurred this is now as transparent as daylight,’ again Biggles speedily. ‘Dakeyne’s staff knew the cursed doubloon was once aboard, and desired to dispose of it. He says so in his log. yet someway it had bought combined up with the others, and Louis wouldn’t jettison the lot. ’ ‘He should have performed on the end – otherwise they’re nonetheless aboard,’ asserted Algy. ‘Aboard or ashore, I may still say they’re round the corner from us at this moment,’ declared Biggles. ‘Where may well they be? ’ cried Dick. Biggles shrugged his shoulders. That’s what we’ve acquired to determine. i think Dakeyne was once within the act of creating a map of the hiding-place whilst he used to be killed. Dick’s father discovered the paper on his table. I’ve obtained it in my pocket. I haven’t been in a position to make head nor tail of it, yet now we're truly immediate i'll have one other examine it. ’ He picked up the quill that also lay at the table. ‘Here is the pen he used,’ he acknowledged, glancing up on the sky, simply noticeable in the course of the breach within the deck. ‘We shall need to be getting back,’ he went on quick. ‘It may be darkish in one other sector of an hour, so we’ve no time for doubloon-hunting this present day, until they take place to be convenient, which turns out uncertain. We’ve simply time for a fast glance around. ’ the opposite drawers within the table yielded 3 goods of curiosity. in a single lay what seemed to be a black tablecloth, well folded. Biggles used to be approximately to cross it over, and had part closed the drawer whilst a idea appeared to strike him. He reopened the drawer, took out the black fabric and, with a short move, shook it open. instantly it turned a flag, whole with loops for a lanyard – a black flag; a box of black with a white machine, the equipment being a skeleton, retaining, upraised, in its correct hand, a dart; within the different, an hour-glass. each one foot rested on an preliminary letter. They learn L D. ‘By the pink beard of Barbarossa! ’ exclaimed Biggles, ‘fate has performed a grim jest the following. at the flag is dying, status at the initials of the fellow who flew it; and the following within the chair is loss of life itself – the mortal continues to be of an analogous guy. What a pity he can’t go back from the colors, if just for a second, to work out the shaggy dog story.

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