The Honolulu Advertiser from Honolulu, Hawaii on September 7, 1979 · 55
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The Honolulu Advertiser from Honolulu, Hawaii · 55

Honolulu, Hawaii
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Friday, September 7, 1979
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Treasure seekers answer the call HONOLULU ADVERTISER Friday, September 7, 1979 WASHINGTON What mav be the strangest group of men and women in the world will get together in Washington tomorrow to tell tales that may or may not be true about a buried treasure that may or may not ekist. JFor 15 years the Be ale Cypher Association has been in hot and not-so-hfct pursuit of several tons of gold, silver and jewels said to have been bjiried in Bedford County, Va., in 1822 by a party of adventurers led by a.' rapscallion named Thomas J. Beale. The treasure, so the story goes, is 2,921 pounds of gold and 5,100 pounds of silver, plus jewels then worth $13.- 000. The present value would be anywhere from $5 million to $15 million, depending upon the fineness of the metal and the quality of the jewels. The gold and silver are supposed to have been mined or looted near Sante Fe. To, save weight, they traded some of it for precious stones in St. Louis, and brought the rest back by wagon train to Bufords. now Montvale. Va.. along the flank of the Blue Ridge. A couple of wagon trains, maybe. Although such a treasure would have made rich men of them all, their lust was unslaked and they followed Beale back west for another haul. Beale left behind a strongbox, which he entrusted to a tavernkeep-er Robert Morriss with instructions that it was to be opened if unclaimed for more than 10 years. Beale never came back and Morriss forgot about the box for 23 years: When he opened it he found three sheets of number codes, which he spent 17 years trying to crack. In 1862. half crazy and half dead. Morriss passed the papers to James B Ward, then a prosperous and respected citizen of Lynchburg. Ward cracked Code No. 2. which turned out to be a substitution cipher based on the Declaration of Independence. It described the alleged treasure and said directions for finding it were in Code No 1 and that the next of kin of the adventurers were listed in No 3, in case the finder of the treasure should want to iook them up and ie it away . : For the next two decades Ward sought the key texts for the other ciphers, trying out every document he could lay hands on that Beale might have used In 18H5. no longer prosperous and by then sick of the whole damned thing, he published the codes and an account of their provenance "Devote only such time as can be spared from your legitimate business to the task.' his pamphlet warned, "and if you cannot spare the time, let the matter alone." For nearly a century, that very-good advice has been ignored by hundreds if not thousands of treasure-hunters ranging from jerks to judges In libraries, at work, alone in garrets, they have pondered the ciphers Singlehandedly or in cabals, with bulldozers and dynamite in daylight or stealthily shoveling in the dark of the moon, they have dug up virtually every likely piece of ground from the Peaks of Otter to the pigsties of Roanoke area farmers, who are so By HANK BURCHARD Washington Post Service fed up with the nonsense that most will no longer talk about it and some are reputed to shoot trespassers on sight. The Beale Hoard waxed and waned in popularity among treasure hunters over the course of several generations until Carl Hammer, Ph.D., came along. Hammer, 65, is director of conv puter sciences for Sperry Univac and a puckish person; besides wearing out half a dozen generations of computers on the Beale numbers, he has drawn no end of other computer types, cryptanalysts, historians and crazies into the search. Tomorrow, Hammer will host the Beale Cypher Society's second international symposium at Sperry Univac headquarters, in Washington. It will be open to the public because. Hammer said, "You never know what insights and contributions you might get from strangers. Half our members just walked in off the street, so to speak. "And anyway, I have contracted with a caterer for a bunch of lunches, and if they don't get eaten I get stuck for it. The registration fee of $15 includes the lunch: if more people show up than we have lunches, we'll give them $5 back and they can go down the street for hamburgers." Hammer is sure that, just as at the 1972 symposium, several people, among them retired Army person J. J. Holland of Florida, will announce they have solved the ciphers. He knows that the solutions will disagree, and that the arguments will be fierce. He knows that sitting to the side, listening to everything and saying nothing, will be a number of ferret-faced men who use variable names and no fixed addresses. There may be one or two others who talk all the time, in languages that are vaguely familiar but un-placeable. Somebody will get up and prove, using the same logic somebody else just used to solve the Beale mystery, that T.J. Beale never existed, that Earth is flat, and that the room is empty. With a little luck there may be fistfights Hammer doesn't know but what the whole thing is a hoax, and docs-n t give a damn whether there is a treasure or not But he has fed the Beale numbers into computers often enough, using a host of highly sophisticated programs, to be persuaded that they are in fact codes rather than random numbers, and he will not rest until those numbers are made to cough up the words they conceal. "There is a message in those codes, and if it turns out to be something like April fool, sucker," so what? If Tommy Beale has played a trick on me. I've come out ahead, because this whole affair has been fascinating and just plain fun " David Kahn. author of "The Code-breakers." has investigated and thought long about the Beale Hoard, and is persuaded it is a clever, elaborate and thoroughgoing hoax. 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