To own an island was long the wish of Mrs. Helen K. Morton of San Francisco. In this she was like many another person who yearns for the sovereign feeling of ruling a bit of water-locked land.

Four years ago Mrs. Morton started for Mexico to induce that country to part with one of its insular possessions in the Pacific. On the way she learned that an islet lying in San Pedro Channel off Southern California apparently belonged to nobody.

Seventeen miles out to sea she sailed to inspect...

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