THE NEW YORK TIMES reported the following incident in October, 1926 concerning treasure in Burlington, New Jersey:
"A century old legend, telling how the pirate Blackbeard buried his plunder beneath an old black walnut tree as a marker, has gained so much credence that Miss Florence E. Steward…directed a group of laborers in digging for treasure on her property....
According to tradition, Blackbeard buried a Spaniard upright over the treasure chest, then sailed away never to return. In the course of time, the walnut tree on Miss Steward's property became known as 'The Pirate Tree'.
A human skull unearthed by school children today gave renewed zest to the hunt for buried treasure. Believing the skull might be that of the Spaniard whom Blackbeard is supposed to have buried over the treasure, Miss Steward asked police to guard her property against further digging by volunteers until she can personally supervise the work of her own excavators."
No treasure was found at this excavation but the legend lingers on.
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