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July 1, 2003---Volume 1, Number 9
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FROM THE EDITOR:
Greetings ! Welcome to my ninth issue. Tara & I wish YOU a safe and FUN 4th of
July holiday ! Thanks to those who contributed links or articles to this
newsletter. I ALSO appreciate the KGC and LUE articles I received---for my
personal files. Please remember to "Forward" this newsletter to you friends and
club members---Thanks !
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Every morning in Africa a gazelle awakens knowing it must outrun the fastest lion ,or be killed. At the same time, a lion awakens. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or starve. It doesn't much matter whether you are a lion or gazelle. When the sun comes up---start running !
FLOYD MANN: www.LostTreasureUSA.com LostTreasureUSA1@AOL.COM
LOOKING FOR TREASURE !Hi ! My name is Randy Sumpter and I offer a FREE service to all subscribers of this informative newsletter.
This 6-page report is now a USGS government report. Read it
TREASURE HUNTING RESOURCES
Here is a site that has a LOT of links and info to help you be successful in
WESTERN STAGECOACH TRAVEL If you want to find the old stage stations, river crossings and campsites along the old stage lines---this is the site for you. http://www.over-land.com/stcoach.html
PROBLEMS FOR ROCKHOUNDS & FOSSIL COLLECTORS !!
I received several emails alerting me of this bill that is in the House now---HR 2416. "The supporters are pushing hard for quick action and passage---if the rockhounds and amateur fossil collecting community does not move quickly these bills are going to be passed. I am attaching a one page summary of some concerns I have with this legislation in both houses of Congress." ( name of contributor withheld by editor ). Contact your legislators if you want to defeat this bill !
CONCERNS ABOUT S546 [also relate to nearly identical HR2416]
The "Paleontological Resources Preservation Acts" in 108th Congress of 2003
Contact Marion Zenker at 605-574-4289 (fax 2518) AAPS/ALAA Legislative Liaison
S546 begin with a basically false premise when it states "Paleontological resources are nonrenewable".Fossils
(paleontological remains) are not renewable resources in the same way that birds and trees are. However, they are renewable
in the sense that every rain and windstorm exposes new fossil material. They are non-renewable only in that the same rain,
snow and windstorms that expose new fossils also destroy those fossils that were previously exposed. Literally billions of
fossils are destroyed every day on our public lands by these forces. The more restrictions that are placed on access and the
number of people who can legally do reconnaissance and collecting of fossil remains, the greater the loss is to the public and
the science of paleontology as well as the schools and museums of our country. An article in the November-December 2002
issue in the briefings section on page 203 ofGeology Today, a publication that relays information and concerns to the
international community of geologists speaks to the issue of restricting access to paleontological resources on public and
private land in England thus: "The fact is that most fossils exposed by natural erosion quickly disintegrate and are thus
destroyed. So the more that can be ‘saved’ by collectors, private or otherwise, the better." We will all be the poorer if this
policy of restriction is enacted. This leads to another difficult and potentially extremely expensive provision of S546.
S546 provisions state that management shall develop appropriate plans for the inventory . . .of
paleontological resources". . . An inventory of fossils on any or all of the half-billion acres of our public lands is actually
a ludicrous proposition to anyone who has been in the field collecting fossils. The forces of weathering will alter the quantity
of fossil resources on the surface of any fossil bearing sediment by exposing new material and by destruction of formerly
exposed fossil material almost daily. In addition there are literally hundreds of acres at some sites with so much fossil
material exposed that one cannot take a step without destroying some of that material. Developing a plan for inventory of
these acres would simply mean never ending employment for someone, as they would have to revisit the site to re-inventory
the fossil resources after every wind, snow, sand or rainstorm.
S546 is unenforceable and if enacted, attempts to enforce its provisions would be enormously expensive to
the American taxpayer. S546 states that all paleontological material collected from public lands under
permit will remain the property of the United States and must be deposited in an approved repository.
If S546 is enacted the public will be required to subsidize with tax monies the collecting, preservation, and curating of all the
fossils collected from public lands under permit along with all the associated records. Our one half billion acres of public
land constitute one fourth of the total landmass of the entire continental United States including Alaska. Every U.S.
museums already has more paleontological material in storage than it can presently accession, and prepare for long-term
preservation. Just one example is that Brigham Young University has more than 125 tons of fossil dinosaur material in
storage, still in their original plaster field jackets that was collected by Dinosaur Jim Jensen in the 1930’s. That is only the
material donated by one individual to one museum. This same dilemma is faced by every museum in the world. So where is
all this new material going to be stored and who is going to pay for the additional space and personnel to accession and curate
Why should American taxpayers be required to foot this bill when there is an alternative that does not involve spending more
tax dollars but generating them? Private sector paleontologists (upon whom all museums throughout the world, including the
U.S., already depend. as their major supplier of paleontological exhibit material, through privately financed fossil collecting,
preparation and preservation] actually generate tax dollars at all governmental levels, while creating private sector
employment which benefits the public, the science and the economy. Private sector collectors, commercial and amateur,
preserve our fossil resources as well as the accompanying scientific data, provide innumerable specimens to researchers and
volumes of material to classrooms for Earth Science studies.
Other concerns re S546 provisions.When writing statutes to govern the regulation of a resource as abundant as fossil
remains are, on our half-billion acres of public lands, it seems indefensible to include felony and forfeiture penalties for
violation of the resulting regulations. In fact, unless we repeal the law of supply and demand, more people collecting more
fossils will mean more specimens at lower prices for anyone who wishes to acquire fossils for their private collections, for
public or private display, for teaching, or for research. It would also mean more businesses started, more jobs created, and
more tax monies generated rather than spent. There are literally billions of fossils awaiting discovery. If everyone with an
interest in collecting fossils were allowed to do so under open collecting laws on our public lands, the science of
paleontology would reap an unimaginable bonanza of new species, new specimens and knowledge. It is unconscionable that
literally billions of fossils are destroyed daily on that one-half billion acres of public lands by the rain, wind, snow, and sleet
that expose them in the first place while a battle rages about who should have the right to look for, collect and own them.
Please contact your Members of Congress (Senate and House) to stop S 546/HR 2416! Thank you!
NEW BEALE TREASURE BOOK
Check out this website and read this book review. www.bealecodesrsolved.com
Breaking the Code to the Treasure
Author Breaks Secret Code and Discovers Locazion of182- Year-Old Buried Treasure
CHICAGO - Buried somewhere beneath the earth of Virginia lays a buried treasure. For 182 years, it has heen hidden, its location secretly embedded in three sheets of random numbers. Since, 1885, many have sought the treasure vehemently trying to break the code. The code has finally been broken in Mel Hodgen's new hook, Thomas Jefferson Beale: His Treasure, His 3 Codes and the 'Keys' (now available through 1 s~ooks Library).
Hodgen recounts the story of Thomas Jefferson Beale. In 1819, Beale made his way to Bedford, Va. and buried a treasure of gold, jewels and silver. He returned again in 1821, leaving yet another deposit. He stayed for the remainder of the winter in Lynchhurg, residing in a hotel owned by Robert Morriss. The following spring, two men came to see Beale and lic departed with them. Before he left, Beale entrusted Morriss with an iron box, then disappeared.
Three months later Morriss received a letter from Beale stating the contents of the box. Inside, Beale left encoded instructions to his treasure, on three pages covered with numbers. When Morriss finally opened the box, he was unable to understand all the numbers, and finally gave the box and its contents to his friend, James B. Ward. Ward was able to solve one code, but never the others. Due to money constraints, Ward decided to write a book about Beale in 1885. However, the warehouse that stored his pamphlet caught fire destroying all but five copies.
Now, 118 years after the first code was broken, Hodgen has solved the rest. In this fascinating, historical hook, Hodgen tells all the secrets to Beale's ingenious code. History buffs and hidden treasure seekers will be astounded by the amazing true story buried within Hodgen's words. Thomas Jefferson Beale is a one of a kind find.
Hodgen has been an avid treasure hunter/metal detector user since the early I 960s. He has made dozens of trips across the U.S. in search of reputed treasure.
"Whether from robberies, stagecoach holdups, Dillinger's lost suitcase, little hoards in old deserted houses, post-hole banks, settler cabin sites where only the brick chimney is still standing.. .1 have probably scoped it!" Ilodgen states.
As a Chicago police officer for 30 years, Hodgen was instrumental in submitting suggestions to the crime lab to form a Metal Detector Recovery Unit for searching for metallic evidence from crime scenes. However, this suggestion was not implemented for several years, but is now an integral part of not only the Chicago Crime Lab, but crime labs all over the U.S. Now retired, he spends his time researching and writing This is his first book.
~i'urt~9r Informatio~ ~v8i1Mb1ie Mel lodgen~.#.iox #l7~~C~lumet City, Ii.Irn~il to~ ~BOOKS AND MAGAZINES FOR SALE !
Books and Magazines for Sale
1. GOLD! Complete 1969-1977. 18 Issues. These were annual special publications in which articles from out of print issues of True West Magazine were re-printed. Stories feature Lost Mines, Hidden Treasures, Gold Rush, and much more. A wonderful collection of the stories we love to read. All are in Excellent to New condition and are Rarely Offered as a Complete Set. $250 includes UPS shipping in the US.
2. GOLD! First Edition, 1969. The most difficult issue to find. Has minor flaws on the edge of the cover. Very Scarce. $25.00 shipped in the US.
3. True West Magazine, Early Issues as follows:
#1 Summer 1953. Cover is Excellent. 2 or 3 pages have Scotch Tape repair.
#2 Fall 1953 2 copies with No Flaws
#4 Spring 1954 Could be better, cover scuffed and has small creases. Still all pages intact.
#5 Sept 1954 Excellent.
#6 Nov 1954 Excellent.
#7 Jan 1955 Excellent except for a ½" tear in the cover near one staple.
#8 Apr 1955 Excellent.
#9 June 1955 Excellent.
#10 Aug 1955 2 Copies, Both Excellent, One has mailing lable on front cover.
#11 Oct 1955 2 Copies, One Excellent, one a little rough with scuffs and creases.
#12 Dec 1955 Excellent
#22 Aug 1957 Excellent
#27 June 1958 Excellent, mailing lable on back cover.
A note about all of these magazines. Because of the age and the paper used originally to print them, there is to be expected natural yellowing, especially around the edges. None have loose or torn pages unless noted.
This will make a great starter collection or a fine addition to any old west treasure library.
Offered as a lot of 16 magazines and shipped by UPS to you in the US for just $300.
4. Life Magazine, June 12, 1964. This is the issue with the first published report and photos of the Peralta Stones. Average condition, but still interesting reading and collectable. $6.00 plus Media Mail postage.
5. Book. “200 Trails to Gold” by Samuel B. Jackson, First Edition, 1976. Ex Library copy. “ A guide to promising old mines and hidden lodes throughout the west. Cover is separated at the spine and has been repaired with clear tape. There are some stains, but otherwise intact. No loose pages. $5.00 plus Media Mail.
6. Book. “Four Days from Fort Wingate” by Richard French, 1994, First Edition. The Lost Adams Diggings research and claimed find are chronicled. $5.00 + Media Mail.
7. Book. “Nevada Ghost Towns and Mining Camps”, by Stanley W. Paher, 1970. 700 photos, maps, index, appendix and bibliography. Dust Jacket is ratty, but the book is in great shape. $15.00 + Media Mail.
8. Book. Very Rare First Edition, “Spanish Gold and the Lost Dutchman” by Ludwig G. Rosecranz. Very Clean, intact, no torn pages. Has Dark Green Border and Red Lettering on Cover. Overall an outstanding investment and a good read. $100 post paid.
9. Book. “Ghost Towns of the Cripple Creek District”, by Leland Feitz. 48 pages of photos and history. $10.00 post paid.
10. Book. “Gem Hunter’s Atlas Southwest”, by H. Cyril Johnson, 4th edition, 1960. 33 pages of annotated maps showing gem and mineral locations. Useful. Cover is a little dirty but the maps are great. $5.00 postpaid.
11. Book. “Lost Mines and Buried Treasures Along the Old Frontier”, by John D. Mitchell, 1998 reprint as new. $3.00 plus Media Mail.
12. Book. “Ghosts of the Glory Trail” by Nell Marburger. Intimate glimpses into the past and present (1956) of 275 Western Ghost towns. $6.00 + Media Mail.
13. Book. “Silver Queen - The Fabulous Story of Baby Doe Tabor”, by Caroline Bancroft, 1980. Photo illustrated saga of rags-to-riches-to-rags life of one of the West’s famous characters. $3.00 + Media Mail.
14. Book. “Coronado’s Children” by J. Frank Dobie. Tales of Lost Mines and Buried Treasures of the Southwest. Paperback, 1998 reprint of the 1930 classic. Should be in every treasure hunter’s library. Like New. $4.00 plus Media Mail.
15. Book. “Apache Gold and Yacqui Silver” by J. Frank Dobie, 1996 reprint of the 1928 original. Like New paperback. $4.00 plus Media Mail.
16. Book. Quest for the Dutchman’s Gold” by Robert Sikorsky. Tales of searching for LDM in the party of Celeste Jones in the 1960s. Generally regarded as a well written and accurate record. $5.00 plus Media Mail.
17. Book. “Hunting Lost Mines by Helicopter” by Erle Stanley Gardner. Adventures in the American Desert. $10.00 + Media Mail.
18. Book. “Western Ghost Town Shadows” by Lambert Florin, 1964, First Edition. Ex Library copy. Florin’s outstanding photos and narrative of about 45 ghosts. 4th in a series. Overall very good condition. $12.00 + Media Mail.
19. Book. “The Lost Dutchman Mine” by Sims Ely. First Edition, 1953. Dust jacket is a little rough, pages clean and intact. $18.00 + Media Mail.
20. Book. “The Lost Dutchman Mine” by Sims Ely. Fourth Printing, 1960.
Minor scuffs on dust jacket, otherwise as new. $10.00 + Media Mail.
21. Book. “The Lost Dutchman’s Mine of Jacob Waltz Part 1: The Golden Dream”, by T. E. Glover. Paper back First Edition, 1998. Scholarly work traces the history of the legend. Like New. $9.00 + Media Mail.
22. Book. “The Story of Superstition Mountain and The Lost Dutchman Gold Mine” by Robert Joseph Allen, paperback, 1977. $2.00 + Media Mail.
23. Book. “Quest for Peralta Gold”, by John V. Ramses, 1999-2000. A hidden History of Red Mountain. Ramses claims to have deciphered the Perfil Mapa and located the Sombrero Mine. Well written and informative. Like New. $10.00 + Media Mail.
24. Book. “Minerals of Arizona”, by F. W. Galbraith and D. J. Brennan, 1959. Technical description of minerals and locations in AZ. $3.00 + Media Mail.
25 Book. “1994 Gold Prospector’s Mining Guide” by GPAA. Paperback. $5.00 + Media Mail.
Please e-mail me LKSHICK@ptdprolog.net to reserve any of these items and for instructions on making payment. Satisfaction guaranteed.
THE ANCIENT ARROW PROJECTOK---I'm not real sure about the reality of this website. You have to decide for yourself. Are there really depositories of knowledge ( from another planet ? ) scattered here on earth---with the first one discovered in New Mexico ? It is good entertainment, though ! http://www.wingmakers.com/
BITS OF HISTORY SUGGEST UTAH IS LOCATION OF MYTHIC AZTLAN http://www.100megsfree4.com/farshores/am02atl.htm USDA FOREST SERVICE Their website----find a forest ( by state )---for your recreational activities.
ROADS TO RUIN
How a 137-year-old mining law directs the wilderness debate of Utah and the
BLM OFF-ROAD RULES GO INTO EFFECT
Travelers using cars,trucks, all-terrain vehicles or motorcycles on Bureau of
Land Management lands in Montana, North Dakota or South Dakota will no longer be
able to drive cross-country.
RESEARCH---THE EASY WAY !
I always recommend the search engine GOOGLE. It is fast and gives you a LOT of info for the subject you are researching. I use it exclusively for this newsletter. So: if you want to find a bunch of websites that will educate you on the topic you are interested in ( treasure, buried treasure, treasure trove, shipwrecks, treasure hunting, metal detecting, mining, prospecting, Civil War relics, etc. )---just go to www.GOOGLE.com and type in the key word that you want to know more about. Have FUN !
METAL DETECTING CHATS & FORUMS http://directory.google.com/Top/Recreation/Outdoors/Metal_Detecting/Chats_and_Forums/
For websites concerning all of the OTHER outdoor activities ( hunting,
fishing, hiking, camping, etc )---check out this page. It will help you access
over 20,000 websites !
INTERESTED IN CAVES ??
Here is the link to about 1,000 cave-related websites: http://directory.google.com/Top/Recreation/Outdoors/Speleology/
METAL DETECTING ORGANIZATIONS
See what the national, state and local groups are up to: http://directory.google.com/Top/Recreation/Outdoors/Metal_Detecting/Organizations/
FAQs, HELP, & TUTORIALS
Lots of helpful sites: http://directory.google.com/Top/Recreation/Outdoors/Metal_Detecting/FAQs,_Help,_and_Tutorials/
THE PERSONAL PAGES
Six pages of Personal Home Pages of people that love metal detecting and have their own site: http://directory.google.com/Top/Recreation/Outdoors/Metal_Detecting/Personal_Pages/
WORLD WIDE ASSOCIATION OF TREASURE SEEKERS
AGAIN: I'd like to request that you PLEASE join me in this great organization. There IS strength in numbers. Many areas are being closed down to metal detectors, rock-hounding, prospecting, fossil collecting, etc. Join this group ( it is FREE ! ) and help protect your future rights. THANK YOU !! http://www.wwats.org/sys-tmpl/door/
PUBLIC LANDS ALERT !!
More and more lands are being "confiscated" by our government to be made into
natural habitats, etc. Example: HB 652 is called the National Forest Ecosystem
Protection Act. The bill would convert existing multiple use National Forest
areas to primitive areas adjacent to existing wilderness areas. In the Eastern
half of the U.S. it would almost triple the area withdrawn from multiple use by
designating more than 2,000,000 acres as primitive area. This will also
eliminate all grazing ! PLEASE be a responsible citizen and stay informed of
the different bills being proposed and contact your representatives with your
opinions. A good site ( MONTANA ) is:
JULY PRIZE DRAWING
Three winners have won a CD that has topo maps & aerial photos of all 50 states . They were #701,#1400, and #2528. They have been emailed and their mailing address requested. YOU might be interested in the website I ordered them from. This website has LOTS of hunting stuff and videos ! www.wyomingben.com
Whew ! I finished this newsletter with a few hours to spare ! Nothing like working under pressure ! Well---I've given you the sources for about 25,000 websites to check out. I'm pretty positive that each of you will find some that will become your Favorites ! My apologies to anyone that submitted articles that did not make it into this newsletter. If I misplaced any articles---I'll find it for the 7/15 newsletter. All suggestions and contribution of articles can be emailed to me at:
ALL newsletters and my website ( www.LostTreasureUSA.com ) are dedicated to my very wonderful wife---TARA !!
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