Old Dirago, a pirate who harried the coast of California in the early part of the last century, had a daughter of whom he was passionately fond. For her sake he was on his last voyage of collecting treasure, and was about to leave his wild life of buccaneering on the high seas. He took his daughter aboard, thinking she would not discover his method of life, but her keen instinct detected the truth, and she berated him for exposing her to the risk of being insulted by gross and brutal men. In one instance, at least, her instinct was right. The mate, Vargas, taking advantage of the captain's absence ashore, came to her cabin door, and when the captain returned and caught him, he lashed Vargas to the mast and subjected him to the tortures of the whip and thirst. In going ashore to a secret cove to bury his treasure in a safer place, the old pirate was seen by a vigilant coast guard and followed. In the fight that ensued he and his men were killed and Almita saw her father's fate from the...
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