BORNEO: Sunset on the Sulu Sea

Its very name still carried echoes of pirates' cries and winds of empire roaring in blowzy sails. It was the last of the big chartered governing companies which carried the City of London to India, and the Crown to the Cape, which spanned -oceans and jungles for the greater glory of Queen and Commerce. The British North Borneo Company—a private corporation whose stock fetched 15s. 6d. on the open market —was still the sole ruler over a quarter of a million natives inhabiting a territory roughly the size of Ireland. But last...

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