INTERNATIONAL: Sarawak and Singapore

Little Boy Brooke was no Little Boy Blue. Queen Victoria liked his story considerably better than any in Mother Goose.

A little more than 100 years ago Jamie Brooke of Coombe Grove, England sailed off to work for the East India Co. When his wealthy father died Jamie bought what he called a yacht, stocked it with arms and set off pirateering for Borneo. Since he ended up as the Rajah of Sarawak in Borneo and was knighted by Queen Victoria there is nothing shameful in the story of Little Boy Brooke except court evidence which convinced almost every one except...

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