COCOS ISLAND: The King Is Dead

Death, as it must to all men, came in a bursting bomb to a king of whom most people had never heard. Through London, last fortnight, news finally reached the world that King John Sydney Clunies-Ross IV of the Cocos Islands* had died last August, of shock, following a Japanese air raid.

The private Ross realm embraces a minuscule archipelago (a score or more coral islets), lying in the vastness of the Indian Ocean midway between Australia and Ceylon. The Cocos Islands have belonged to the Ross dynasty ever since John Clunies-Ross I, Scottish skipper of an East Indiaman, settled...

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