CM . . .
. Volume XI Number 2 . . . . September 17, 2004
Roger was a failure as a pirate; he was just too nice. Roger's shipmates made fun of him and always sent him below deck when any real pirating was to be done. Roger's band of pirates was notorious on the high seas, and ships fled at the mere sight of them. Only the Admiral wasn't afraid of the scoundrels. On the day that the Admiral finally attacked the pirate ship, Roger was sent below as usual. Roger spent his time below trying to figure out a way to make the other pirates like him. Roger decided to bake a special cake and used the only "pot" he could find. Up on deck, the Admiral's men were winning the battle, and the future of the pirates and their ship looked bleak. Just as the pirate captain was about to surrender, Roger lit the wick attached to his pot and sat back to wait for the cake to bake. The explosion blew Roger straight through the deck and into the middle of the battle. The terrifying sight of Roger forced the Admiral and his men to abandon ship. Covered in flour and soot, Roger's ghostly appearance accidentally saved the day. Roger's grateful shipmates made a special flag in his honour, and that is how the skull and cross bones flag; the Jolly Roger came to be the symbol of pirate ships.
Catherine Hoyt is the Public Services Librarian for the York Library Region in Fredericton, NB.
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