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PROBABLY the only memorial tablet ever to be placed beneath the surface of the sea is one commemorating a murder. It was established in honor of Capt. James Cook, world famous navigator.

Cook's entire life, from his first entry into the British navy at the age of 27, was devoted to exploration and many of his discoveries practically changed the map of the world.

It was during one of the most notable of his exploits that Cook met his death. In February, 1779 he rediscovered the Sandwich Islands, now known as the Hawaiian Islands. During the expedition one of the boats was stolen, supposedly by native islanders. Cook ventured ashore to seek its restoration, and to better his demand, he attempted to seize the native chief and hold him as hostage. In the fight that ensued Cook was murdered.

Fifty years after his death, the bronze tablet was placed at the spot where the slaying took place. The waters of Kealakekau Bay wash over it and sometimes conceal it from view, but at low tide the tablet is easily visible beneath a few inches of shallow water.

Rosetta Livingston.


THE detective was able to say the proprietor of the jewel shop had faked the robbery, from observing the following clues:

  1. The debris from the hole in the wall is almost entirely on the empty office side.
  2. Because Mr. Abdullah is a wholesale jeweler, dealing only with accredited retailers, there would be no opportunity for a burglar to "case" his place of business. For that reason, the chances of I burglar breaking a hole through the wall at the very point where there were no wall cabinets, are almost impossible.
  3. The hole is so small that a burglar would have found it practically impossible to wriggle through.
  4. The plaster strings, loose bricks and crumbled concrete around the hole would certainly have been scraped away by anyone crawling through.
  5. Only the man who owned and operated the business would have known which of the cabinet drawers to break open; an outside burglar would have broken into many drawers instead of just the three key ones.
  6. The carpeting shows no powdered plaster footprints, while anyone forcing a way through a wall would he hound to get the powdered plaster on his shoes, thus leaving prints on the carpet.