The News Leader from Staunton, Virginia on February 5, 1974 · 11
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The News Leader from Staunton, Virginia · 11

Staunton, Virginia
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Tuesday, February 5, 1974
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f . 1 J 1 1 I - 1 -iif,!!l!i,f' MOTORCYCLING JUDGE - Judge Thomas II. Lowe, wearing a judicial black jump suit, snaps his helmet before heading home after a day on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. At left, Lowe is seen in his courtroom attire. Lowe commutes the 120-mile round trip from his Easton, Md., home to Annapolis by motorcycle to save gasoline. He says despite the cold and dangers posed by car and truck drivers, he likes it. (AP Photo) Beale treasure termed hoax RICHMOND (AP)-An amateur cryptologist who claims to have decoded a 150-year-old cipher has placed the "hoax" label on the long-held belief that a man named Thomasa Jefferson Beale buried a huge treasure in Bedford County. A.B. Chandler, an auto repair man who lives in suburban Richmond, says he broke Part 3 of the code, which was believed to give the precise location of the treasure, after two year work. His translation of the code, Chandler said in a Richmond Times-Dispatch story copyrighted by the writer, James Berry, shows that the treasure code is "an elaborate practical joke." For a century and a half, treasure hunters have searched for the two tons of gold, silver and jewels that the legendary Beale reportedly buried near Montvale. Three cipher codes, according to the legend, were left by Beale with Robert Morriss, a Lynchburg tavern owner, in 1820. The second part of the code, deciphered in 1882 by James B. Ward of Campbell County after 20 years labor, described the immense treasure and said it had been buried in Bedford County "about four miles from Buford's Inn" now Montvale in "an excavation or vault." Part 1 of the code was be lieved to have told who was to share in the treasure. It has never been decoded. The third code, which Chan dler now claims to have broken, was reputed to show the exact location of the treasure horde. The code consists of 41 horizontal and 13 vertical rows of figures. Chandler said in Berry's copy righted article in the Times- Dispatch that Part of the code is a "confession" and that it led him to conclude not only that the whole treasure story is a hoax, but that Beale may never have existed and that Morriss was the hoaxer. Chandler did not reveal in the article the exact wording of Part 3 as he deciphered it. He said he plans to tell how he solved the cipher code in a pub lication he will have prepared. But, he said, Part 3 contained an admission by Morriss that the treasure story was a hoax. One key segment, he told Berry, a Times-Dispatch staff writer, reads "end of my joke." That, Chandler said, was enough to convince him the treasure story was elaborate fakery. He said his only aid in solv ing 'the cryptogram was a 35- cent paperback book on codes and secret writing, and that he worked on deciphering the code "mostly nights and a lot of weekends." Serious cryptologists have sought for generations without success to break the code of Parts 1 and 3, utilizing computers in recent years. The undeciphered codes and the findings of the earliest code-breaker, Ward, had been published in 1952 by George L. Hart Sr. of Roanoke. Ward worked for 20 years before deciphering Part 2 of the code, Hart wrote, then spent 15 more years trying to decipher Parts 1 and 3 before giving up and publishing his findings. Witnesses place woman near murder scene COURTLAND (AP)-A young ' Norfolk woman has been placed by two witnesses as being near the scene at which the beaten, strangled body of Sandra Har-rell Jones was found last May. The witnesses said Linda Ca rol Grant was among three women whose car they pulled from a puddle in a logging road May 24. Mrs. Jones' body was found a few yards away the next day. The victim, Mrs. Grant, and two other women charged in the slaying have been linked to the Pagans, an Ocean View mo torcycle club. After a Pagans leader walked into Southampton County Circuit Court Monday, Mrs. Grant sobbed loudly, "They'll kill me. They'll kill me." The leader, identified by police as John J. "Hog Bear" Swiner, later was directed by Judge George F. Whitley to leave the courtroom and not to re-enter during the trial. The motion for Swiner's removal was by Mrs. Grant's attorney, Richard Railcy. He later said Swiners' presence would have hampered the trial. Mrs. Grant pleaded innocent to abducting and slaying Mrs. Jones. In his opening statement, Railcy said "the defense is that Linda Carol Grant is insane.. .and that she was under, or driven by, an irresistible Impulse to do what she did if she did." Commonwealth's Atty. Richard C. Grizzard told the jury, "this will be a detailed, complicated case" during which they will hear testimony proving Mrs. Grant's guilt. Much of Monday was spent on arguments on the admissibility of a confression supposedly made June 5 by Mrs. Grant to state police. Mrs. Grant is mentally dis turbed and has a moron-level IQ, Railey said, and she is incapable of understanding what she is doing. Examination at a state hospital, Grizzard said, showed her capable of telling right from wrong and of standing trial. The contested statement supposedly was made in the office of Southampton County Sheriff Ryland H. Brooks after a court hearing to determine whether the defendants had lawyers. Sheriff Brooks said that he was present during some of the time' Mrs. Grant talked with state police and that he saw her read and sign the statement after requesting two minor changes. She requested to talk with a state police investigator, Brooks said. Two men, William Gibbs and George P. Edwards, said they pulled a car from the rain- soaked logging road after three women, including Mrs. Grant, went to Gibbs' trailer late in the day on May 24 and asked for help. Gibbs said he enlisted Ed wards' help because he was unable to free the car with his car. Edwards pulled the car free with his truck, they said. Both later identified Mrs. Grant in police photos. Mrs. Jones' body was found after Gibbs and a neighbor re turned to the scene the next day. They said the body was found at the end of tire tracks they followed to the scene, a few yards beyond the puddle from which they pulled the car. ACID ECONOMIC INDICATOR NEW YORK (AP) - Sulfuric acid is the leading chemical in the world, by tonnage. More than 30 million tons were made last year in the United States alone, according to an estimate from U.S. Industrial Chemicals Co. Lions to hold Bland confest Each year the Lions of Virginia sponsors a Bland Memorial Music Scholarship contest in honor of James Bland, composer of "Carry Me Back to Ole Virginny". The Staunton Lions Club will hold its contest Thursday at Holiday Inn. Competing in the contest this year are the 18 following students from five area high schools: Riverheads Glenda Brown, Kay Brown, Nancy Frost and Deborah Parr. Wilson Memorial - Tamara Craig, Henry Johnson Jr., Gail M. Koogler and Carl Moyer. Fort Defiance John Crawford, James Darcus Jr., Donna Propst, Norma Jean Riddle and Lynn Smith. Buffalo Gap - Michael D. Berg. Robert E. Lee Terry Arey, Pamela Bryant, Rebecca Mc-Daniel and Robert Price. The winner of the state contest will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used in further study of music. Contestants will please report to the club Bland chairman, Joe Wine, by 6:15 p.m. at Holiday Inn. Contestants and their ac companists will be dinner guests of the Staunton Lions Club. Squad logs 217 calls The Staunton-Augusta Rescue Squad answered 217 calls during January, spending 635 man-hours. Squad officials said they had 39 emergency and 62 nonemergency transports, 13 heart attack calls, 10 auto accident calls, 34 sudden illnesses, four fractures, 19 personal injuries, four dead on arrival calls, one each for stand-bys and maternity cases, and 21 miscellaneous calls. Pages may be evicted for mischief RICHMOND ( AP) At least six General Assembly pages will be evicted from a downtown hotel unless those responsible for acts of "mischief" confess, the hotel's owner said Monday night. John Massad, owner of the Massad House Hotel, said hotel employes found between 25 and 10 burned matches on the floor of two rooms occupied by the pages. He said he was told some of the youngsters were striking the matches and tossing them at their colleagues. Massad said also that the top of a television set had been burned slightly, possibly from a lighted cigarette. Massad told the pages that unless those participating in the mischief owned up, the six boys occupying the two rooms would be asked to leave. "Our intent is not to hurt any of these young men," Massad said. "But I don't want them endangering the lives of other people at the hotel. "Boys will be boys; they're young and they like to play around. But when you're dealing with human lives, what do you do?" Staunton, Va., Leader, Tuesday, Feb. 5, I!)71 Found on the court record STAUNTON GENERAL DISTRICT COURT Speeding: Wanda F. Wirifield, 75 Hudson Ave., 40-25, $15 and costs. Feloniously setting fire: John O. Banks, no address given, two counts), held for grand jury. ' Reckless driving: James H. Sams Jr., 629 Parkview Ave., dismissed; Samuel C. Reed, 858 Middlebrook Ave., $25 and costs. Drunk three times in one year: Frank E. Blackwell, 16 Austin Ave., $10 and costs; William R. Moore, Staunton, $5 and costs and six months in jail; Frank L. Johnson, Staunton, $5 and costs. Drunk : Frank E. Blackwell, 16 Austin Ave., (two counts), Robert T. Trimble Jr., 1408 Armstrong Ave., and Ralph L. Lanning, Staunton, each $5 and costs on each count. Trespassing: William R. Moore, Staunton, $10 and costs. Disorderly: Robert T. Trimble Jr., Rt. 1, Mt. Sidney, (two counts), $10 and costs. Driving under the influence: Robert T. Trimble Jr., Rt. 1, Mt. Sidney, $200 and costs and operator's license suspended for nine months; James H. Sams Jr., 629 Parkview Ave., $200 and costs and license suspended for six months. Bad check: Martha E. Helmick, Rt. 1, Churchville, (two counts), $5 and costs on each count. Failing to appear: John O. Fitzgerald, 1214 Ashby St., $5 and costs. Defective equipment: Randal L. Hiner, 140 N. Coalter St., $5 and costs. No inspection: Millard H. Stover, 705 Westover Drive, and Marguerite J. Hadstadt, 1701 Springhill Road, each $10 and costs, Improper driving: A. K. Miller, Rt. 2, Staunton, $15 and costs. Running stop sign: Elmer R. Sledge, 1102 Walnut St., $5 and costs. Murder: James L. McDaniel, 708 W. Beverley St., held for grand jury. Giesen appointed RICHMOND - Del. A. R. Giesen Jr. has been appointed to succeed former Del. W. Roy Smith of Petersburg on the Public Buildings Commission. The appointment was announced Monday by Speaker John Warren Cooke of the House of Delegates. D UUtl In) ODD flnKg !FD(o(H(ilfl) A ' . J A 2 ' " H IS i .M l-v II --ft J vv i - ' ' ) 1 A r s.' xi 1 1 v. x t' ,v,,,v,.,.. ,,v,sAv.vV,S,,.AW, ..v,V,....,,.,..Wv . -.,,W..y,,..., Aiul if someone doesn't help him make the ridit decision, he's goini! to be dead wrong. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in America. And contrary to popular opinion, its victims are usually neither insane nor menially ill. Hut they arc sick. Because suicide is a disease - and a disease that might Iv reduced In N0' if everyone knew more about the problem and about suicide itself. To help you help. Blue Cross ami Blue Shield of Virginia are offering "The Will to I )ie'.' This new free booklet contains an actual, ease history.' a discussion of the causes of suicide, w arning signals, and advice about what you should and should not -- do w hen someone you know begins to ehmil suicidal s mptoms. We're making this booklet available, not only because of the heartbreak and suffering and pain suicide causes millions of people every year; but because it is one of our responsibilities as a partner in Virginia's health care system. Of course, our major role is providing high quality health care coverage at the lowest possible cost ; and to do so. we return about l)2C out of every subscriber dollar directly to hospitals and physicians for health care. But we also have a responsibility to control the cost of the care itself -and the best, most inexpensive care has always been prevention. We hope you'll join us in the fight for life, and write for your copy of "The Will to Die" Because when a man is his ow n worst enemy, he needs all the friends lie can net. Blue Cross. 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