National Geographic : 1955 Oct
"Not exactly," he answered, "although the Black Monk is a ghost!" His story took me back to the time when Henry VIII turned his attention from femi nine entanglements to the acquisition of riches and began to plunder the monasteries. The treasure, according to legend, consisted of a valuable collection of jewels and sacred ves sels, the offerings of devout pilgrims. In the 16th century it was secretly removed from England's famed Glastonbury Abbey* and taken across Bristol Channel to Caldy. The monk in charge of the treasure arrived dressed as a peddler. Obeying his abbot's in- structions, he asked the Prior of Caldy to sug gest a hiding place. According to the story, the Prior was not overjoyed at the receipt of such great respon sibility, especially since he momentarily ex pected the suppression of his own monastery. However, he selected a spot in the Priory and under cover of night brought stone and mortar to the chosen place, unknown to any but himself and the monk from across the water. * See "Landmarks of Literary England," by Leo A. Borah, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, September, 1955.