The Pot at the End of the Cipher

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. j, nf .. .. Jf. . W -..- I I Tt-v." , a c - 4 ; WlliliRSIil! WILLIAM BERRYStaff The Rev. Stephen Cowart holds the ciphers of paper filled with numbers and letters solve to uncover hidden treasures. inree sneeis -"--. - , , he is trying to The pot at the end of the dirtier solution Breaking code said. , to be worth millions By Chris Wohlwend Staff Writer For almost a century and a half, they have defied the best efforts of obsessed men and women. The ciphers of one Thomas Jefferson Beale, Virginia adventurer of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, promise their solver almost 3,000 pounds of gold, 5,100 pounds of silver and $200,000 worth of Jewels. At today's E rices,: the gold and silver alone would e worth about $20 million. According ''. to his papers, -Beale nd his partners I amassed the fortune mining in the southern Rocky Mountains and, in 1819' and 1821, stashed it in his native southeastern Virginia, leaving the ciphers three simple sheets of paper filled with -numbers and letters and some other Eapers with a friend, Robert Morriss, in ynch'ourg. Through the years, the treasure, the ciphers and the mystery have drawn a variety of would-be solvers whose re search established that Beale was from a prominent 18th-century Virginia fam- ': ily and that his brothers owned f7xn acres along the James River and a gold mine in the Blue Ridge Mountains. . : ' in the 1860s, James Ward, a friend of Morriss' who inherited the ciphers on his death, succeeded in finding a solution to the second (or No. 2) sheet, using the Declaration of Independence as the key. According to No. 2, No. 1 tells the exact location of the treasure, and No. 3 lists names and addresses of the people involved. But that advance came more than a century ago, and there hasn't been a major breakthrough since. , ; Today's puzzlers Include computer , Experts kach-as Dr. Carl Harnnraytre-'i tired director of computer sciences'iorf Sperry Univac, who has utilized several f generations of computers in his efforts. Cryptanalysts from the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, such as Carl Nelson Jr., one of the people responsible for the tunnel dug in Berlin, Germany, to intercept Communist communications. And the Rev. Stephen Cowart of Dunwoody, an See CIPHERS, Page 7-C

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  1. The Atlanta Constitution,
  2. 30 Dec 1986, Tue,
  3. Page 19

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