The "Treasure Ship" is not a real ship, but a model constructed by Captain Bascom during ten years of enforced solitude on a South Sea island after the wreck of the "Golden Cloud." The treasure consists of a bag of gems found under the skeleton of an earlier castaway. When rescue finally comes, Bascom stows the treasure in the hold of his model and so carries it safely to his home, where he has long been mourned as dead. He arrives in time to cheer the last moments of his dying wife, who has been faithful to his memory. Bascom finds that his daughter, Beth, is now a comely young woman. Tom, her brother, falls under evil influence and commits a theft. His father comes to his aid. Bascom has taken care to conceal all knowledge of his treasure from the children. He decides to bequeath it to Beth and conceives the idea of leaving a chart describing its location with directions couched in misleading, nautical terms, which to his simple mind seem clear and explicit. Shortly afterwards, ...
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