THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL 1st December 1912
FUGITIVE TRAILED AROUND THE GLOBE
by Thomas Emmet
The arrest in Angola, West AFrica, of Francis Shakleton, formerly Dublin herald and a brother of the famous Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton, has created a tremendous sensation throughout Ireland. It is expected that, at last, the famous mystery of the Irish Crown Jewels, which vanished from the strong room of Dublin castle in broad daylight, is to be unveiled.
Scotland yard detectives and an American sleuth in the pay of the British crown trailed Shackleton around the globe to his hiding place in Angola.
The ancient crown of the Irish Queen consort, which is worn only on great state occasions by the wife of the viceroy, three of the principal jewels of the order of St. Patrick and the gemmed hilt of the sword of “Silken Thomas,” prince of Leinster, disappeared from Dublin castle the day following an all night poker session in which Shackleton and other young ‘bloods’ officials at the castle, were hosts to people of not too savory repute. The loss was hushed up for a time.
Later Shackleton went bankrupt for $500,000 liabilities and scarcely any assets. Ugly rumors began to crop up. The bankrupt fled. Until his arrest was reported it was not known that the government was taking action.