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    I'll close it. The recounts of the origin and story of the watch come from Harold T Wilkins or one or two newspaper articles. What they don't quote and what appears in only one Wilkins' book of the different ones that contain the recount about this watch is the further detail that the watch came from a person who was known to and had a habit of making such maps for enjoyment......

    It even depended on which edition of the book you purchased as some editions, of the sole book that adds this, had this detail removed.
    Last edited by freeman; Jul 02, 2019 at 09:33 PM.

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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by freeman View Post
    I'll close it. The recounts of the origin and story of the watch come from Harold T Wilkins or one or two newspaper articles. What they don't quote and what appears in only one Wilkins' book of the different ones that contain the recount about this watch is the further detail that the watch came from a person who was known to and had a habit of making such maps for enjoyment......

    It even depended on which edition of the book you purchased as some editions, of the sole book that adds this, had this detail removed.
    Thank you for posting. Would you happen to know which of Wilkins' books contains this specific information? I would love to get a hold of that

  3. #63

    Dec 2006
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    found a old newspaper article about this
    The New York herald., April 23, 1922, SECTION SEVEN, Page 5,

    https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/l...arRange&page=1


    Quote Originally Posted by Crow View Post
    Hello Aquanut Cocos is mysterious as legend supposed it to be.

    Its rare day its not raining the humidity is about a hundred percent. You feel ya breathing water on the island



    Heading toward Chatham bay you will see Conic island some times also called Uiloa on the left below



    Inside Chatham bay in picture below the island to the right is Breakfast island known on the old charts. Today it mainly known as Manuelita Isalnd



    Landing on the shore is hazardous as large boulders are strewn across the beach



    The boulder and rocks around the bay are whos who of history of ship who have come to island to hunt treasure or whalers to get water.



    The creek below flows into Chatham bay. The creek heads in between two mountains. Its at given point you should branch off to the right which will lead to cave half way up the hill.



    This is the bay shown in watch. Paul Stachwick of Huron. He and S D Gordon Brawner of Springfeild Ill, and elmer J Palliser of San Diego California was allegedly cast away on Cocos island. In fact it was ruse to make an illegal search as they had no permission to search Cocos from the Costarican Authorities. They were picked up by the vessel Sacramento sent from Balboa Panama in 1931. The directions are fairly well known by hundreds of searchers over the years Paul Stanwick was just one of many.

    Mr Rice it seems never made it to the island. All part of the lore of an amazing island.

    Crow
    Last edited by cw0909; Jul 07, 2019 at 11:54 PM.

  4. #64

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dshow View Post
    Thank you for posting. Would you happen to know which of Wilkins' books contains this specific information? I would love to get a hold of that
    dont know which book, but several of his books have been reprinted
    could be from his 1930s treasure story books
    Harold T Wilkins
    https://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Ha...ge_number_link
    Last edited by cw0909; Jul 07, 2019 at 11:59 PM. Reason: fix link

  5. #65

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    Yes. There are two different accounts of the 'map in the watch' story written by Harold T Wilkins that contains more information than either the Popular Mechanics article or newspaper reports.

    The one that 'finishes' the story appears in 'Modern Buried Treasure Hunters' (1934). It's a bit hard to get this book so I'll tell you what happens and then transcribe what it says.

    Hard T Wilkins had received a letter from an acquaintance informing him about the newsworthy discovery of the treasure map being found in a watch.

    The story is thus: in 1927 a Toronto collector of watch was given a watch by and elderly lady. He repaired it and put it away until 1933 when he got it out and cleaned it thoroughly where upon the details of the map and a small piece of paper with a message (this message is not really talked about in other articles). The message goes basically ' My son I'm the only keeper of a secret, here's the map to treasure on the island etc etc yak yak signed J.L.'

    The man with the watch remembers that the lady who he got the watch from a lady named Lapelle.

    And so what a good a thing, a real treasure map, lets go look for it! (And some tried).

    But then, quote, Chapter VII, page 282:

    Aye, what did I, the author of the book, think about it? I was tempted to recommend the would be seeker of island gold to take the advice of Mark Twain, and shoot in his tracks the fellow who first propagated this yarn of fool's gold. But the query answered itself in the letter following, from a lady who seeks to save the fool and his money from parting:

    "We knew of the existence of this map in the watch, but attached no importance to it. (My aunt, Mrs Paul Lapelle, gave it to someone in Toronto) The old man was very imaginative and had rather a flair for drawing maps and charts in his declining years. I believe it might be of interest to have this statement published in order to safeguard any easily impressed people against the trouble and expense that would be involved in embarking on a useless search.

    Margaret Lapelle Fisher
    New York, March 1934"
    Last edited by freeman; Jul 09, 2019 at 11:54 PM.

 

 
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