The Black Pirate

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     A page from
         THE
   History and Lives
Of the most Bloodthirsty
       PIRATES
  who ever infested
  THE SOUTHERN SEAS

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Being an account of BUCCANEERS &
the SPANISH MAIN, the Jolly Roger,
GOLDEN GALLEONS, bleached skulls,
BURIED TREASURE, the Plank,
dirks & cutlasses, SCUTTLED SHIPS,
Marooning, DESPERATE DEEDS,
DESPERATE MEN, and - even on this
     dark soil - ROMANCE.

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It was the custom of
THESE PIRATES to
SUBDUE their prey,
LOOT the ship, BIND
their captives and BLOW
      THEM UP.

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The PIRATE LEADER -

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The Powder Magazine -

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Laying the POWDER
      TRAIN -

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The PIRATE SHIP -

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Sole SURVIVORS

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Dividing THE LOOT -

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"Avast, my bullies. We'll
  draw lots - - and the 
   short strand wins."

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The PIRATE LEADERS
make ready to take the
richest part of the treasure
to a Secret Hiding Place.

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MAROONED

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Buried TREASURE

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"Dead men tell no tales."

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"I would join your 
     Company."

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"Wud ye, now? An'
  what are your
qualeefeecations?"

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"Who is your best 
    fighter?"

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"He's as braw a lad as
ever sought to join
    our Company."

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"There's more to our trade
    than sword tricks."

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"The next ship you
 pick for prey -"

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"I'll wager I can take
  it single-handed."

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Just after dawn - a
    MERCHANTMAN -

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Single-handed -

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"Have done with this 
folly. Let them have 
     the guns."

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"Give him his chance. If
he fails - there's time
        enough."

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"Where's the rest of 
     the watch?"

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"There is more to our 
trade than sword tricks!"

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The Merchantman captured,
the Pirates pursue their 
  CUSTOMARY TACTICS -

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"Ahoy, you sea wolves!
 There's something I
  would say to you."

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"Come down, all of you. I'll
  show you a new trick in
       your own game."

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"Gather round me, ye
   who love gold."

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"Here's a ship captured
without firing a gun -
sound as the day it 
was built - not a spar
       broken."

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"Why destroy it and lose
the richest part of our
adventure? Let's hold it
       for ransom."

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"Let the ransom be fifty
thousand pieces-of-eight.
We'll send our ship for
it and set a time for
     its return."

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"There's sense in what 
    he tells us -"

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"Draw lots for her - and
the short strand wins."

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"Fifty pound a head,
  you labbernecks."

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"How do we know they'll
   give this ransom?"

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"Here's our surety -
    a Princess -"

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"This emblem marks her -
a Princess of royal blood.
We'll hold her as hostage."

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"She is mine. I won 
    her by lot."

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"Shall we sacrifice the
  good of all for the
    benefit of one?"

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"Riches for all! We vote
 with you, my bullyboy."

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"He bests our Captain in
fair fight. He takes this
ship single-handed. He
stands to win us more
gold than we've ever seen.
I propose we make him 
       leader."

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"If the ransom ship returns,
'tis time enough to make
        him leader."

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"Yo, ho! A leader new -
of bully brew - when the
 ransom ship returns."

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"Get aboard that ransom 
ship. When night lowers,
  blow her to Hell!"

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"We give ye from noonday
till noonday - - by the
     ship's dial."

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"I'll be watching in the 
  rigging - tonight."

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There is NO honor
  among thieves.

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"The winds are favoring.
They will have many 
hours to spare. I look to
see them back before this 
   dial shows noon."

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"Lady, I grieve profoundly
    this mishappening."

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"This was for the good of 
the company. We must not 
forget the letter of our bond."

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"I owe you thanks for 
saving her - for me."

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"That is, of course, if
 the ransom ship does
     not return."

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EARLY EVENING - the
reek of roasting food -
rich viands for PIRATE
      PALATES -

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"Have you ever known
about - or heard about -
or read about - a man
falling in love at first
        sight?"

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"Who is this Black
      Pirate?"

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"A sound enough lad, but
he seems to be suffering
from an afleection of
      the heart."

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When NIGHT lowers - on
   the ransom ship -

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"You risk your life 
      for me."

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"I would do more - I 
   would give it."

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"Who are you?"

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"A pirate who has 
found his treasure -
 and lets it go."

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"Quick! Open that door."

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"Now hold me at 
 pistol point."

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In the dead vast and
middle of the night -
 A TRIAL FOR LIFE -

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"This base and scurvy 
traitor - - guilty of
 foulest treason -"

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"Our own eyes saw him -"

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"The case is plain and needs 
   no further speaking."

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"I vote he lives."

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"He dies."

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"He'll walk the plank."

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"Never let that villain
from your sight till
tomorrow noon strike
      the dial."

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"I know a few tricks of 
the trade myself. At the 
bottom of the sea you'll
 find the ransom ship."

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"Be comforted, lass.
     He lives."

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"The agreement reads 'Spotless
and unharmed till noon
tomorrow' - break that and
   YE walk the plank."

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The noonday of the
     TOMORROW -

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"You know your orders.
Follow them. We'll show
them a trick they never
      heard of."

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"Heave up your anchor 
and set sail. Other boats
     may follow."

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"The Governor."

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"His Excellency,
 the Governor."

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"You have rid our seas of
these villainous cutthroats.
We are much in your debt,
     my Lord Duke."

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"Lord Duke?"

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"Princess!"

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"Your Highness, we
give thanks for your
   deliverance."

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"Present me."

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"What - you do not know 
      each other!"

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"Your Highness - His
Grace, the Duke of
     Arnoldo."

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"Lady - - forgive this
suddenness - I have just
  been made known to
      you - but -"

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"In the presence of all 
these - and I would it
were the whole world - 
I ask your hand in 
     marriage."

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"The treasure in the
Secret Hiding Place -
  a wedding gift."

THE END

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