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    It was ten that Laf jumped from out of the wood and attacked Andrews, who had stood guard. I pushed Laf off as Simpson leap upon my back, forcing me face forward into the ground. Lister and the other men were now up, beating our attackers with shovels and pickaxes, chasing them back into the forest.
    That was the beginning of the hunger, as we called it, and in the following days, the men succumbed one by one.
    Lister was the last to go, departing before the hunger overtook him.
    I intend to see the rising sun over my Uptown Plantation, so I am going back to New Orleans to wear the ball and chain of my guilt.
    Your sincere friend,
    T.J.B."
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    Dropping the wagon at the livery the old bow legged sachem stepped out from nowhere and handed me of all things Lister's sword.
    'Do not return to the stones and speak of them to no one." A long sad look and he turned back into the stables.
    Arriving home my dog growled and skulked in the yard.
    My long suffering wife made tea, heated a bath and while I soaked appeared with her valise and parasol.
    "I'll be at my sisters" she said. "You need some time to return to civilization".
    Alone I asked, "is there balm in Gilead?" And laughed. Then answered, "Nevermore!" And laughed again.
    The dog howled and I thought, the old man did not say I could not write about it.
    Though to share the location would also share the curse.
    But the story must be shared somehow without actually disclosing the location, or my involvement, or I won't be able to tolerate it ...........
    Ahh, I might know a way.
    T.B.J.
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    As summer slowly bled into fall, I gave all my property and business affairs to mine and Chloe's son, Thomas junior.
    Celeste objected, screaming that her born children of mine should have possession of Uptown Plantation and the hotel. I did not relent for reasons known only to my person, and my son, who shares in confidence, the events which befell Bedford county and, most important, the cause.
    I concealed by growing hunger crave for raw flesh by purchasing the butcher's freshest meat, which I ate in secret in my office at the Merchants & Planters Hotel.
    It is now September of 1820, and I no not how much longer I can keep this never ending hunger at bay.
    T.J.B.
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    POST SCRIP-James Beverly Ward
    I invited my cousins, F C Hutter and John William Sherman, along with my good friend, Max Guggenheimer, to my study for some imported French brandy. Max supplied us all some very fine Cuban cigars that he recently acquired for his store. I showed them the account of Uncle Morriss, and discussed into the night.
    Sherman, a member of the Lynchberg Thespians a actor and playwright, novel writer, and always a dollar short since he purchased the newspaper, said this would make a great western treasure story, with a touch of Poe, but what it needed was a cipher like in Poe's "THE GOLD BUG".
    Cousin Hutter said he had experience with ciphers during the Confederate War, and could create one using his father's copy of the Declaration of Independence.
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    Finally got around to reading this story. Great tale! I really enjoy tales such as this one. Wish there was more to it!
    My question is: How are ECS and relevantchair sharing the telling of this tale? Am I missing something?
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    T-Red: this lil boy is just winging it from previous accounts,disputes, and imagination following ECS's post's..
    ECS is fun to follow on this thread.
    No communication between us over it beyond what you have read.
    He could have said "knock it off" and I would have.
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    Releventchair added an additional dimension to the tale, and illustrations, while not expecting, but always welcome, kept me on my toes to maintain continuity.
    P.S.-Those who are familiar with the Beale Papers and the various theories that had been posted on TN's Beale thread, will recognize those were incorporated into this tale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ECS View Post
    Releventchair added an additional dimension to the tale, and illustrations, while not expecting, but always welcome, kept me on my toes to maintain continuity.
    P.S.-Those who are familiar with the Beale Papers and the various theories that had been posted on TN's Beale thread, will recognize those were incorporated into this tale.
    HA! It a Mind-Mind "thing" (MIND MELD)... EA Poe would be PLEASED! (TWILIGHT ZONE "theme" playing here...).
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    One hundred years from now, someone will discover this thread, call it "THE WARD PAPERS" , write a book about it, claiming it is the true authentic account behind the never found Beale treasure and hunt is on once again!
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    I,m nervous now. We need ghost writers...

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    When N H Hazelwood had me make eight copies of sheets with random numbers when we both worked for the NORFOLK & WESTERN RAILROAD, I had no conception where that simple favor would lead. What was to be a hunt for treasure near the Peaks of Otter became a decent into a madness of past events cursed with bloodshed, that I and I alone involved my brother, George L Hart.
    I wish to this day that I just made those copies in 1897, then let the matter be.
    Clayton I Hart, Roanoke, Virginia
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    A stenographer must do what one must though..when the chief clerk to the Auditor assigns a task it is to be.
    Curiosity and rapport with N.H. were my downfall after he answered my inquiry as to the document's unclear meanings, by suggesting treasure.
    Though permission was kindly granted to retain a copy;conversing with N. H. about them led nowhere as to what they were to read. Though it must be said, he honestly gave what little information he had willingly.
    Here in 97 he says it has been some FOURSCORE years since treasure arrived.
    His health declines and less is said about searching anymore.
    Yet from his home he continues to watch the PEAKS OF OTTER,sometimes jerking his head towards a window with a start as if hearing something or fearing he may miss something.

    A WARD in Lynchburg is reputed to have turned the puzzling papers about, trying to decipher them and then printed his findings.
    Here ,to keep a focus on searching for keys and following up on possible site locations my brother came into play. He would continue the work in BEDFORD while I tracked down this Ward fellow..
    A visit to the crystal reader met during an introductory offer of class in mesmerism and hypnotism confirmed Ward should be queried and was still in Lynchburg.
    Of course the crystal reader presented his card and the announcement that could he be of further use in locating, someone or something, please consult him as he had seen a GOOSE in a creek when looking for Ward and felt it related.
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    My wife wanted to visit her Otey cousins in Bedford county, I agreed to take her this coming weekend, and it would give me the opportunity to visit with James Beverly Ward.
    After leaving my wife in the Otey's care, I made my way to Lynchberg. Stopping at the local postal office to inquire of Ward's residence, luck would have it that Ward's son was in employ there. I told the reason and interest in my visit with his father, and he agreed to take to his fathers home, mentioning that his fathers health was frail.
    Upon arrival to the Ward home, I was directed to the formal parlor where James Beverly Ward rested in a blanket covered divan. The pallor of the ill was apparent on his face, but he greeted me with a smile.
    "So you want to know about THE BEALE PAPERS that I published".
    "Yes Sir", I eagerly replied, "Is the story and the treasure real".
    Ward was seized with several coughs and then replied," The story has some elements of truth concerning Thomas Beale, but much of it was the creation of myself, my cousins Hutter and Sherman, and friend Guggenheimer".
    "Then the treasure never existed", I asked?
    "The treasure is real, but it must be left alone. It was the cause of great horror in Bedford county..."
    "HORROR!, I interrupted, " There is no horror in the story".
    "In writing THE BEALE PAPERS we decided not to tell the true story of the events of 1821. Sir remember my warning, leave this matter be. I bid you, good day Sir".
    With that said by Ward, I was escorted to the door by his son who told me to never return.
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    Upon returning to our home a message was received from brother George.
    'Dearest Clayton: we would be met at Bufords, this very week of the last spring of these eighteen hundreds, to follow a lead.'
    As well he had secured the services of my (now our) crystal reader.
    News we had to share once met, for he too had been busy himself in pursuing our course. My finding our suspicions of treasure and it's general location now real would bring smiles from all.
    I was away to them that same day.
    East through the gap of the blue ridge with the fading sun at my back I arrived without incident and met my brother and our mystic full well at the tavern.
    For the recently past days, among other works such as provisioning, they had had been inquiring of any Beale's.
    A Beale plantation had been determined to be in Buchanan, on the James River.
    Our goal however on that night was to be well short of Botetourt county; or any Beale's for that matter.
    Across the rails we hied with our faithful Nell drawing the buggy. Our only member not exited about the prospect of a now confirmed treasure, yet game as always to chance the candle. Such was her spirit on most outings.
    Towards the Peaks of Otter, turning to head up Goose Creek, thence a mile to a savanna where we paused to set our crystal reader into a proper state of hypnosis.
    We then tended to his previous instructions and began to follow his wandering..soon we were at a trot again.
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    Our crystal reader in full trance leap from our wagon and ran into the field, jumping over a rail fence. George and I followed, now at a run to keep pace with the mystic. Hopping across a spring branch, he ascended a hill, then went down the other side.
    When George and I reached him, he was staring at a crater like place, covered in old oak trees, and the ground was covered in leaves. The musty smell of decaying vegetation assaulted our nostrils, as our crystal reader raised his right arm and pointed down into the crater.
    "There's the Treasure!", his voice growing in volume, "Can't you see it! Gold! Silver! and jewels, by gosh! Diamonds! Rubies! Pearls! Emeralds! Ain't old man Beale rich!"
    He then commenced a hysterical laughter, uncontrollable, as if possessed.
    "And death", he screamed, "Death to all who came before and death to all that follow!"
    He then fainted and fell face first onto the leaf bed, as one consumed with the vapors.
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