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December 15, 2003   Volume 1, Number 20

Treasure Hunter's Secret Manual

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS !!

FROM

FLOYD & TARA

FROM THE EDITOR:  Greetings from Panama City Beach, Florida !  Well, Tara & I made the 2,200 mile trip from Utah and Florida safely and we will be here until about January 5th.  Then:  back to Utah for at least a year.  Now---I just have to figure out how to get my 2,000+ treasure magazines back to Utah !  This is my 20th issue.  Remember:  ALL back issues are available to print off, or just read, on my website:  www.LostTreasureUSA.com

BEFORE THE SUNDANCE KID

http://www.losttreasure.com/newsletter/8-16-2000/8-16-2000.html

CYNDI'S LIST

One of the BEST genealogy sites on the internet.  Great for researching your family history---OR the history of any bandit or any other person.  Might be helpful in your treasure research ? http://www.cyndislist.com/

SCIENCE FOR A CHANGING WORLD

Your Federal source for science about the Earth---from the U.S. Geological Survey.  http://www.usgs.gov/

GOLD PRICES & INFO

This website has precious metal price quotes, news, forum, charts & data:  http://www.kitco.com/

WATER DETECTING

http://luckydan.com/Water%20Detecting%20101.htm

JUST THE FACTS !

A 2-page fact sheet to help you when you dig those gold and silver items:

http://www.mytreasurespot.com/cgi-bin/ts/cgi-bin/index.cgi?action=printtopic&id=7&curc

HOW TO BUILD A TREASURE CHEST

http://www.gi.alaska.edu/~jesse/treasure/stories/tchest.html

ADVENTURES IN HISTORY

Adventure stories, Early America, Ghost Towns, Old West.  http://www.frontiertrails.com/

UNDERWATER ADVENTURES

A website about adventure and discovery.  http://www.ellawarley.com/

NUGGET HUNTING

Photo gallery, prospecting forum, classifieds, etc.  http://www.nuggethunting.com/

GOLDMASTER

Gold and meteorite hunter--- http://www.gci-net.com/users/g/goldmaster/ 

ALASKA GOLD

Steve's Mining Journal---  http://www.akmining.com/mine/steve.htm

PADLOCKS

This guy has a collection of about 1,000 padlocks ( for sale ):  http://members.aol.com/pdx2001/padlocks/index.htm

ONLINE BUTTON MUSEUM

http://www.buttonarium.com/

SEARCHING FOR METEORITES

With a detector.   http://home.cdsnet.net/~roberth/search.htm

BRITISH TREASURE HUNTING

Treasure hunting in ancient England.  http://www.englishtreasures.co.uk/pages/samplesite.htm

PIRATE IMAGES

Some good likenesses of your favorite pirates !  http://www.piratehaven.org/~beej/pirates/

OLD WEST

Keeping the American Frontier alive.  The Old West Living History Foundation.  http://www.oldwest.org/

QUEST FOR A PIRATE

A review of a museum display:  http://www.louisxiv.demon.co.uk/suspects/ipa/1g_pirate.html

KANSAS HERITAGE SITES

Lots of good links about Kansas.   http://kuhttp.cc.ukans.edu/history/index.html

CIVIL WAR RELICS

An on-line catalogue.   http://www.iglou.com/btreasure/

LESS THAN AN HOUR

Mike's short story.   http://luckydan.com/testpage.htm

USING A METAL COIN PROBE

http://luckydan.com/coin%20probe.htm

PIRATES, PRIVATEERS, AND BUCCANEERS

Useful info---3 pages of links.   http://www.cln.org/themes/pirates.html

SOME TH'ing TIPS

http://members.aol.com/mempage/cgtipspage1.html

THE TREASURE EXPERIENCE

A combination of information, stories, connections, products and merchandise.

http://www.electroplasm.com/treasurex/treaureinc.htm

TH-ERS EQUIPMENT BULLETIN

Lots of stuff for sale.   http://www.infolink.morris.mn.us/~rbanders/classified.html

METAL DETECTING LINKS

http://members.aol.com/mempage/linkpage1.html

SCHOLARS DISCOVER NEW TESTAMENT INSCRIPTION

http://aolsvc.news.aol.com/news/article.adp?id=20031121011209990002

CONFEDERATE GOLD IN ALABAMA

http://luckydan.com/congold.htm

THE TREASURES OF UTAH

100 Utah treasure leads:  http://pub136.ezboard.com/fthetreasuresofutahfrm9

TREASURE SIGNS AND SYMBOLS OF THE TEMPLAR KNIGHTS

A forum discussion:  http://www.treasurenet.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1658

FRIENDSHIP INTERNATIONAL DETECTING SOCIETY

http://www.findsinternational.org/

ARTIFACTS

http://c.cater.users.btopenworld.com/HTMLFiles/

STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

http://www.usgennet.org/socadmin/

DETECTION NET

One of the world's largest selections of metal detectors and accessories. http://www.detection.com/

Treasure Hunter's Secret Manual

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED !!

Folks, I spend much of my time traveling long distances from my home and family so to possibly help open our recreational past time into new and exciting areas for the future of the sport. Nothing makes me more proud than someone like this person who not only listen to what I had to say about my meeting with the U.S. Forest Service, but is working to take steps for the future of our hobby. As you can read below, he is putting his very best foot forward for us all. This was something I had hoped would catch on across our country with many of our hobbyist involved, for it can only work if we have our many groups involve across America. I can say thus far, Jimmy is the First I have heard of, God Bless Him, my hat is off to him! Keith Wills
----- Original Message -----
From: JIMMYMCWIL@aol.com
Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2003 3:06 PM
Subject: National Forest PIT Program in Louisiana

ACTS Members and Friends,

I have copied and pasted information below regarding a National Forest PIT Program which will be offered in Louisiana in late March and early April 2004.  PIT stands for Passport In Time.  Volunteers join the National Forest in projects to help them find and preserve places of archaeological value.  In Keith Will's visit to Washington, DC to talk with the National Forest Administration, he was encouraged to get our metal detecting hobbyists involved in these programs.  More information about the opportunity for us to get involved here in Louisiana can be found by visiting this website: http://www.passportintime.com/

Who will join me in a tent or in a camper?  Who will devote a few days of volunteer time to help our hobby help the National Forest Service?  We only have a few days left to sign up so think about this opportunity quick and let me know.
 
Louisiana

Kisatchie NF

LA-1

Iatt Lake Bluff Site: Preservation and Delineation

March 27–April 4 (including weekends)

Must commit to 5 consecutive days

The Iatt Lake Bluff site overlooks the floodplain of Iatt Creek. This site was discovered as a result of vandalism in 1996. FS archaeologists conducted a site damage assessment and determined that the site dates to the Late Woodland period (A.D. 600–1000). Ceramic sherds recovered suggest that prehistoric occupation was for an extended period of time and that food gathering, processing, and storage took place. Although this site has been disturbed, it appears to retain intact areas for archaeological research. It still contains important information to contribute to our knowledge of daily life during the prehistoric period in what is now central Louisiana. One major research theme that this site may address is that of prehistoric use of the uplands. PIT volunteers and FS archaeologists will preserve and stabilize the disturbed areas of the site and excavate test units to determine the boundaries of the site. In addition to fieldwork, volunteers may also participate in field laboratory activities.

Number of openings: 30

Special skills: Excavation, mapping, and laboratory experience and photography skills helpful but not required

Minimum age: 18 years old

Facilities: Free camping for volunteers at FS Stewart Lake Campground, ~18 miles from project area, swimming and fishing, water and toilets, no showers or hookups; showers may be available at nearby FS work center; FS will provide transportation from the campground to the project area; volunteers responsible for own food and camping gear; limited services within 5 miles of campground; motels and limited services in Pineville and Ball

Nearest towns: Ball, 13 miles from campground; Pineville, 15 miles from campground

Applications due: December 15

 
In Christ,
Jimmy McWilliams, President
ACTS
(
Association of Christian Treasure Searchers)

A MONTANA TALE

Hey Floyd!
Found a new "little" treasure story in a local book.
Location: Sanders County, Montana
 
Old timers of Thompson Falls tell of an incident which happened in the late 1870's.  In the early days of helena, funds were raised by the sisters of Charity from donations of miners int that area for the establishment of a mission much further west near old Fort Walla Walla.  A pack train made up of these devout women and a few squaws left Helena with a sum of money, supposedly amounting to several thousand dollars, in the form of gold bars securely tied in the packs of their mules.  They traveled the Clark's Fork River route after leaving Missoula and as the trail wound up over the Bad Rock point near Eddy ( this is between Plains and Thompson Falls) they ran into difficulty.  One version of the story is that one of the mules lost his footing and went over the embankment spilling a sack of gold.  Another version says that one of the sacks broke open at the seams, spilling gold bars, the loss of which was not discovered for serveral hours.
 
At any rate, there are those who believe the gold bars are still buried in the slide rocks near that steep old trail of Bad Rock.
 
Rose

PROSPECTOR HOPES TO RESTART KLONDIKE GOLD RUSH

SYDNEY, Dec 10 (Reuters) - More than a century after the great Klondike gold rush of Canada, Australian prospectors hope to find the source of the mother lode.

Klondike Source Ltd is seeking to raise up to A$2 million ($1.5 million) via an initial public offering of shares on Australia's Newcastle Stock Exchange to explore the hard rock beginnings of the historic alluvial gold field, located in the Yukon Territory of northwestern Canada.

By mining standards applied in Australia -- the world's third-largest gold mining country -- "the Klondike is amazingly under explored," the company said.

Unlike other big alluvial gold finds around the world, the source of the Klondike lode has never been found.

Modern exploration using similar geological models employed by Klondike Source has led to discoveries of large hard rock gold deposits in Russia, New Zealand and Australia, it said.

Tens of thousands of so-called stampeders from around the world flocked to the Klondike gold fields in the late 19th and early 20th centuries after prospectors Skookum Jim Mason, Dawson Charlie and George Washington Carmack found gold in a tributary of the Klondike River.

Most left penniless, other struck it rich, eventually mining around 12 million ounces -- nearly as much as all the deposits in South Africa yield in a year -- before moving on to new promising lodes in Alaska.

Investors in Klondike Source have paid the issue price of 10 cents for all shares held by them and will only take profits from options, exercisable at 2.5 times the offer price, the company said.

After years of low prices that barely covered mining costs, a hobbled U.S. dollar, which makes bullion a cheap investment outside the United States, has put a fresh polish on gold prices, which at around $408 an ounce, are their highest in nearly eight years.

The U.S. dollar recently traded at an 11-year low against sterling, which was quoted at $1.7466 (GBP=); it fell to a record low against the euro (EUR=) and also touched a new three-year low against the Japanese currency at 106.78 yen (JPY=). ($1=A$1.35)

A GREAT SUGGESTION TO ALL

This is a suggestion I gave to a fellow th’er in Virginia who is having problems in his area in enjoying recreational metal detecting. He has heard all the old excuses and has been passed off from one authority to another until he doesn’t know what to do next. I felt it would be a good suggestion to all what I suggested to him. 

Thanks much Dave for contacting me on this, I feel I can help you and the

other th'ers in Virginia, but since I don't live there, you and your hunting

buddies will have to do all the legwork, as residents it is best anyway.

First let me say that City Ordinances are set by the City Council, no one

else, not state, not federal, just them. Although, the City or County may

have to abide by some federal regulations on federal lands within City or

County properties, the Federal Government can not set the laws and

Ordinances of either unless Marshall Law is bestowed on them. So what you

were handed, as an excuse was a common line to get rid of you.

First, you will need to address the city council if hunting city property,

such as courthouse lawns, school yards and city parks/ball fields. Some

tools that will help you get a positive reply to your visit is such things

as "your a member of a local treasure club that teaches a strict

code-of-ethics" (have that code of ethics with you to show them). Second, it

is always best to have some type of "portfolio" showing newspaper articles

and published articles of you and other hobbyist as yourself good deeds in

the community (helping law enforcement, returning lost items to their owners

and etc) to also show them. You can also download a copy of our national

policy with the Army Corps of Engineers we have had since 1989 from my

website at www.brokendetector.com and remind them it is a national policy of

which we have not had a single incident since 1989 and that the Corps

consider us as better help in keeping their properties clean than they do of

their own personnel. And you can also remind them that 38 states in America

allow some type of metal detecting recreation within their state parks.

For them to use the liability excuse means they must have liability releases

for every person that recreates on that property, whether it be playing

dominos or football. For metal detecting is a much less dangerous national

sport than most sports allowed on their properties. So if they hold to that

excuse, then it is nothing but discrimination against the recreational hobby

of metal detecting.

If it is a County Park or County property, then you do the same as I have

stated above but before the County Judge. You can go before the County

Commissioners, but I have found that a single County Judge is much easier to

get permission from or a permit from. I always begin him a peanut butter jar

of pulltabs, rusty metal, fishhooks and such I have collected off one of

the County Parks beaches or swimming area. I give it to the judge as a

paperweight for his desk and to remind him of just how much we are cleaning

his recreational areas for free. He can't say that about many in his county

I assure you.

All this would be best served if several of you all got together and

addressed these folks with the info. in hand that I suggested. Don't be

afraid to borrow from others to make your point. In short, if you don't have

your own portfolio (which you should especially if your in a club) then for

$12.00 I’ll mail you the Texas State Portfolio and you can use it as an

example, but one from your own group there is much more powerful a tool.

These folks you face to support your cause, must be educated, made to feel

that if they vote against you they are discriminating against you and many

others like you.

Many cities are going to the permit system and why is because someone in the

past has damaged their properties while detecting, leaving their holes open

and the junk they dig throw about. If it were your property, you would

possibly do the same. We must respect that and with understanding try to

educate them, that not all of us are infact out there to only damage what we

touch.

I have spent many years now trying to open areas for metal detecting, the

most recent in Washington DC where I sat down with the Forest Service to

work on an agreement hopefully we will all see soon. Back in 1989, I was

successful in opening the Army Corps of Engineers properties in designated

areas for all to enjoy recreational metal detecting. Since then I have sat

before so many judges, city councils, county commissioners, state

commissioners and federal judges. I promise you, they will listen to those

that act and sound intelligent. Just as they will turn-off to those that

rant and rave, scream and yell at them.

I sincerely hope that this has helped. Please feel free at anytime to ask for my assistance. I'm very happy to help if I can.

Sincerely, Keith R. Wills, president W.W.A.T.S.

www.wwats.org

NATIONAL HOBO ASSOCIATION
A few stories from those that "ride the rails".  http://www.slackaction.com/hopping.htm
 
FREE MAP DOWSING !!
OK !  One of my readers has kindly offered to donate his services to MAP DOWSE one map for treasure ( or whatever ).  I will conduct a random drawing from all interested parties that send me an email to:  LostTreasureUSA1@AOL.COM
 
SOME rules:
(1)   ONE winner will be selected from all entrants.  Deadline is Christmas Day.
(2)   Winner may submit a map for an area that they have permission to search---or can get permission.
(3)   Winner will not owe anything for the map dowse, but DOWSER will cheerfully accept a "TIP" after you make the recovery !
(4)   Do NOT send me any map links NOW---just a brief note stating you want to be entered in contest.
(5)   Winner will be contacted and given the dowser's email address to send their map link to.
 
GOOD LUCK !!
 
Dowser does not dowse for a living and is not looking for clients or customers.
 
 
I want to conduct a POLL !  Send your answer to:  LostTreasureUSA1@AOL.COM
 
QUESTION:  Who would be willing to make a donation ( $20.00 minimum )---to the charity of their choice----to have their map dowsed?  If you make a recovery you would donate 5% to charity.  Dowser accepts "tips".
 
A PROSPECTOR'S CHRISTMAS STORY
Bookmark this one to your favorites !  Forward to friends & family !  This is MY favorite Christmas story.  Save this one for when you have a spare quiet 45-60 minutes.  Grab your favorite beverage, turn up your computer speakers and enjoy !
When I listen to this story I imagine Kenny Rogers in the lead role and this might be one of those Hallmark TV Specials some day.
Six Chapters and an epilogue---be sure you read them all.
http://www.kamakazi.com/auzum/miner1.html
 
CONCLUSION
Ok.  I think this is enough for this newsletter !  Please send me your stories---or links that you like, etc.  Have a SAFE and FUN Holiday Season.  Merry Christmas !  Your next newsletter will be on NEW YEAR'S DAY 2004 !
 
DEDICATION
TARA:  Thanks for ANOTHER wonderful year of marriage !

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