A Tale of Buried
In last month’s issue you
were introduced to Mr Charles Howe, who went in search of treasure stolen from
a church in Peru by four sailors who jumped ship some time in the latter half
of the 19th century. After coming into possession of a map he was
convinced belonged to one of the four sailors, he determined the treasure was buried
on Pinaki atoll, which is part of French Polynesia. The atoll is in the middle
of the Pacific Ocean and is uninhabited to this day. The story we published
last month was adapted from the Western
Star and Roma Advertiser of September 24th, 1921. It is one
version of the events that took place. Following is a very different version.
The year was 1859 and among
hundreds, perhaps thousands of others, were four desperate characters serving
as mercenaries for the Peruvian Army. One was a Spaniard named Diego Alvarez, one
an Irishman named Killorain, the third was an Englishman named Luke Barrett and
last was the American, Brown. They figured there had to be a way to make better
money and were looking for opportunities.
One of the men ran into a
renegade priest named Father Matteo who told him of a treasure hidden and
guarded at a church in the town of Pisco. The four came up with a plan,
deserted from the army and made their way to Pisco.