I Cover The Waterfront

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This morning I discovered an image of a crucified Claudette Colbert who starred in ‘I Cover The Waterfront’ a movie based upon a book written by Max Miller. A chapter in this book is inspired by a Tongva Indian Maid who was given the name Juana Maria which looks like Marijuana. She is found all alone on St. Nicolas Island. This movie centers around bad men smuggling in illegal aliens, Chinese, so they can do the laundry of the well-to-do in Pasadena. One poor sap is found inside a great white shark. Consider Rosamond’s favorite movie ‘Chinatown’. Did Max read the legend of Andromeda? The monster shark movie ‘Jaws’ has its roots here. Is this more synchronicity?




After Rosemary told me the man who glared at me was very rich and powerful, I wondered how she knew this. Did she meet him at the meeting my family kept me away from, held in Rosamond’s house the day after she drowned in the sea? A writer for the Monterey Pinecone, John Detro, was there – in my place! A couple of months later – he is dead! I wanted to talk to him. I had sent him my thirty page report that I sent the Coroner.  I included a cassette tape with this report that I made when I talked to one of the rescue personel who retrieved my sister from the ocean. She was still alive. He told me he lives in a home near Rocky Point, and when he awoke that morning…..

“There was quite a blow. There were whitecaps as far as the eye could see.”

This wind was unsuccessfully disappeared by members of the Art Forgery Ring, who went out of their way to convince my minor child I am insane. But, add it up. When you un-invite a family member from a meeting where funeral arrangments are made, and allow some multi-millionaire to insult this family member who is put in the dark – and then you go after his child…….this is like murder! Snyder and my brother tried to get me to sign a non-disclosure contract. Did they do to Christine, what they did to me, just before she was “killed by a rogue wave”?

When I went to Pebble Beach with my Private Dectective friend, I did not suspect there was a case of murder. I knew my covert criminal family was up to no good – as usual – and I wanted to find out what schemes they had hatched. After the ordeal of Bill’s death on my eighteenth birthday, I did not want to go thru more hell.

After reading my report, the Coroner changed his report. He had family members down as hikers on Highway One. He puts them back in the famous house at Rocky Point, but doesn’t give an address! Outragious! Money talks! I wondered how easy it was to bribe members of my family, get them to betray one of their own. Hell, they do it for free – for kicks. My beloved innocent kindred kept it a secret I was going to be a grandfather. I was as good as dead. Why didn’t I just kill myself – and not let them know about it!

I filed a report with the Sheriff that I will be looking at when I take the train to Monterey – perhaps for Christmas. I own all the family history! They do not own a Death Scene. It is so full of holes, it could drain the Pacific Ocean.

I met Rena Christiansen on the Venice Pier – after I asked for a new Muse. The model with the ‘Venice’ t-shirt on, has Rena’s looks. Sande Green is in Rosamond’s painting ‘Story Teller’. She is the blonde on the far right. Kate Moss in on the far right sitting on a look-a-likes lap. Here are more Rosamond Women, Kundry and her Flower Maidens, all captured by the King of the Rooting Hogs. Carrie Fisher is my kin and authored a screenplay about my somehow dead sister. What happened to Carrie’s treatment? Why did Pierrot hire another ghost writer? That’s three – the Trinity! Biblical books have not received so much attention. Did Carrie wake up in the middle of the night, screaming, she realizing…..there is no real death scene? “The king has no clothing.”


Lining up behind my brother to see our sister for the last time, Mark tells me;

“She’s not really dead!”

I did not recognize Christine because she had plastic surgery. She and Garth were in deep trouble with the IRS. Did they fake the Rose of the World’s death? Did Mr. Green fly Rosamond off to a Mediterranean Island where she cranks out more Rosamond Women – under a different name?

I told my reader I placed the Shekinah on Santa Cruz Island, she the Lone Maiden of the Jewish Cosmology. How many thought I was mad when I did this? Then came ISIS and Donald Trump, the powerful rich bully, who is destroying the Republican Party founded by my kindred. I own all that history, because…..I cover the waterfront!

I can go anywhere with my writing. I am not competing with my dead sister to be the family artist. I am the family writer who has taken up the gauntlet of my grandfather who camped on the Channel Islands with members of ‘The Black Mask’. Why not a murder mystery about a golden statue taken to Rome after the fall of the Temple, that the Knights Templar recovered and titled ‘The Shekinah’? How about ‘The Shoshana’?


Shoshana is a Hebrew word, meaning “rose.” In Song of Songs (2:2) G d refers to the Jewish nation as a Shoshana: “As a rose among the thorns, so is My beloved among the daughters.” The commentators explain this to mean that “As a rose among the thorns which pierce it, but it remains constant in its beauty and its redness, so is My beloved among the daughters. They entice her to pursue them to stray like them after strange gods, but she remains firm in her faith.”

Here are the words that appear at the beginning of the movie ‘The Maltese Falcon’.

In 1539 the Knight Templars of Malta, paid tribute to Charles V of Spain, by sending him a Golden Falcon encrusted from beak to claw with rarest jewels—but pirates seized the galley carrying this priceless token and the fate of the Maltese Falcon remains a mystery to this day —

– Introductory text appearing after the film’s opening credits[7]

Rosemary told me Royal Rosamond used to sail to the Channel Islands with his friend, Daschiell Hammett who wrote ‘The Maltese Falcon’. Before I met my daughter in 2000 I wondered if Royal told his fellow author this Templar take. Gottschalk Rosemondt was the executor of Pope Adrian who tried to get European leaders to come to the rescue of the Knights of Malta. Here is the ROSE-MONDT emblem next to the cote of arms of Charles of Spain.

I am set up to author a great fiction novel based on history. I can do anything I want now that I do not have a family close to me making me a new pair of cement shoes.

Jon Presco



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and was also the basis for a chapter in Max Miller‘s 1932 best-selling book I Cover the Waterfront.[citation

The Channel Islands have long been inhabited by humans, with Native American colonization occurring 10,000 years ago or earlier.[6][7] At the time of European contact, two distinct ethnic groups occupied the archipelago: the Chumash lived on the Northern Channel Islands and the Tongva on the Southern Islands (Juana Maria’s tribe, the Nicoleño, were Tongva). In the early 1540s Portuguese conquistador Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo explored the California coast, claiming it on behalf of Spain.[8] Cabrillo believed that there was little of value in the region, so California was largely uncolonized. For more than two hundred years contact between the Natives and Europeans remained limited.

The Order also took part in the colonization of the Americas. On 21 May 1651, it acquired four islands in the Caribbean: Saint Barthélemy, Saint Christopher, Saint Croix and Saint Martin. These were purchased from the French Compagnie des Îles de l’Amérique which had just been dissolved. The Order controlled the islands under the governorship of Phillippe de Longvilliers de Poincy until his death, and in 1665 the four islands were sold to the French West India Company. This marked the end of the Order’s influence outside the Mediterranean.[16]

The Nicoleño were a Uto-Aztecan Native American tribe who lived on San Nicolas Island, California. Its population was “left devastated by a massacre in 1814 by sea otter hunters”.[1] Its last surviving member was given the name Juana Maria,[2] the “Karana”, who was born before 1811 and died in 1853.

Archaeological evidence suggests San Nicolas, like the other Channel Islands, has been populated for at least 10,000 years, though perhaps not continuously. It is thought the Nicoleño were closely related to the peoples of Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands; these were members of the Takic branch of the Uto-Aztecan peoples and were related to the Tongva of modern-day Los Angeles County. The name Nicoleño has been conventional since its use by Alfred L. Kroeber in Handbook of Indians of California; the Chumash called them the Niminocotch and called San Nicolas Ghalas-at. Their name for themselves was woes.

The expedition of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo spotted San Nicolas Island in 1543, but he they did not land or make any notes about the inhabitants. In 1602 the Spanish explorer Sebastián Vizcaíno visited San Nicolas and gave it its current name. Little is known of the Nicoleño through the historical record between that date and the early 19th century.[3] By that time the population seems to have declined significantly, likely due in part to Spanish missionary recruitment efforts, known to have relocated people from the other Channel Islands to the mainland.

In 1811 a party of Aleuts from Russian Alaska landed on San Nicolas in search of sea otter and seal. They fought with the Nicoleño men, probably over hunting rights and women, and many died as a result. The tribe was decimated, and by the 1830s only around twenty remained; some sources put the number at seven, six women and an old man named Black Hawk. Black Hawk suffered a head injury during the massacre. Hearing of this, the Santa Barbara Mission on the mainland sponsored a rescue mission, and in late 1835 Captain Charles Hubbard sailed out to the Channel Islands aboard the schooner Peor es Nada. Most of the tribe boarded the ship, but one, the woman later known as Juana Maria, did not arrive before a storm rose and the ship had to return to port. Hubbard was unable to return for Juana Maria at the time as he had received orders to take a shipment of lumber to Monterey, California, and before he could return to Santa Barbara the Peor es Nada hit a heavy board in the mouth of the San Francisco Bay and sank. A lack of other available ships is usually cited as preventing further rescue attempts.

Many of the surviving Nicoleño chose to live at the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel. However, they had no immunity to the diseases they encountered there. Black Hawk became blind shortly after arriving, and died when he fell off a steep bank into the water and drowned. The others had also apparently died by the time Juana Maria was rescued. After several other attempts at locating her failed, she was found by Captain George Nidever, who took her to the mainland.[1] None of the local Indians could decipher her language, and she was taken in by Nidever and his wife. However, she contracted dysentery and died only seven weeks after her arrival.

In 2012, a US Navy archaeologist reported finding a site that may have been Juana Maria’s cave.[1]


Most information about the Nicoleño comes through Juana Maria. When Nidever located her, she was living in a round brush enclosure, about 6 feet (1.8 m) in diameter and 5 feet (1.5 m) high, with a narrow opening on one side. She cooked her food over a fire inside her home. Several similar enclosures were still standing at the time, and another type of structure, made of brush walls supported by whale ribs, was also found. Juana Maria hung seal meat from a series of 4–8 ft (1.2–2.4 m) long poles placed around the structures, or from ropes stretched between the poles. Like other California natives, the Nicoleño were apparently skilled basket weavers, and Juana Maria is described as making four different shapes.[4] When found she was wearing a dress made of green cormorant skins, decorated with feathers. She had a number of possessions made of sinew and bone.

The first archaeological visit to San Nicolas was by Paul Schumacher for the Smithsonian Institution in 1875. His team uncovered numerous artifacts from surface sites, assumed to be from a later period of Nicoleño culture, as the island’s climate is not well suited for preservation. Artifacts collected by these early visitors include grass matting and clothing fragments, bone knives and fishhooks, and soapstone fish and bird effigies.[5] Nicoleño culture was entirely dependent on the ocean for sustenance, as the island was home to only four types of land animals, none of which were valuable for food. The island is home to a large abundance of fish and sea mammals, as well as birds, which the Nicoleño were skilled at catching.


Native to San Nicolas Island
Extinct 1853 with the death of Juana Maria


Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Glottolog isla1277[6]

The Nicoleño language is now extinct, and there is very little evidence for it. Kroeber assigned it to the Shoshonean stock, and it is generally accepted it was closely related to the Tongva language spoken on nearby Santa Catalina Island and in what is now Los Angeles County. However, a study by University of California, Los Angeles linguist Pamela Munro focusing on four words and two songs spoken and sung by Juana Maria suggests Nicoleño was most similar to the related languages spoke by the Luiseños of Northern San Diego County and of the Juaneños near San Juan Capistrano.[7] Others have questioned whether Juana Maria was actually a Nicoleño, suggesting she came to the island later, perhaps with the Aleuts after the massacre.

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