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    Farmers Dig for Jesse James Gold in Arkansas

    Dixon Evening Telegraph

    October 26, 1953

    PARAGOULD, Ark. Seven farmers turned treasure hunters believe
    they are only five feet from a gold-laden suitcase supposedly flung
    in the Black river near Paragould by Jesse James.

    George Emerson of Poplar Bluff, Mo., said his divining rod a forked
    stick believed to have power to locate water and gold indicated
    the treasure lay 30 feet under the sandy river bank, some three mileseast cf Corning,Ark.

    The diggers, who reached 25 feet Sunday, are charging $1 a person
    to sightseers who want to watch the operation.

    Floyd Sells, whose 68-year-old father, L. C. Sells, earlier attempted
    to remove the fabled treasure, believes the suitcase will be uncovered
    Wednesday.

    River water keeps filling the 25- foot square hole, but a pump has
    been set up to carry off the overflow. Sells and Pleas Beckham, leaders
    of the seekers, said they have invested $1,000 in the project and
    have leased 80 acres of the river bottom for a year.

    According to Sells, James and his gang tossed the loot from a
    Missouri bank robbery into the river while fleeing from
    a posse sometime before the turn of the century. The weighted bag disappeared
    into quicksand. Then, 27 years ago, the elder Sells and 12 other farmers after
    consulting St. Joseph and Newport, Ark., fortune tellers began digging
    at a spot 30 feet from the river bank. They explained that the river had changed course.

    The father, Mose Crawford,70, Tom Crawford ,81, both of Rector, and Jim Dobbins ,
    about 70, of Me-Dougal, claim that after two months of digging they found the
    suitcase, but when they attempted to recover it, the bag fell into
    quicksand at the bottom of the pit. Sells said they decided to postpone.
    further search and a "fortune teller told us that two of the 13
    men had planned to kill the remaining 11.





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    Re: Farmers Dig for Jesse James Gold in Arkansas

    If they're charging a buck for people to watch, they must not be too confident they'll find a suitcase full of gold.

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    Re: Farmers Dig for Jesse James Gold in Arkansas

    My grandfather - his brother - their father - and a other family members and close friends were the treasure site diggers. Please find a few pictures attached of them at the site.
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    Re: Farmers Dig for Jesse James Gold in Arkansas

    Awsome tesla83 !

    Welcome & Thanks for the Pics !

    Cool they charged a Buck a Piece to Watch

    Was that Beer Money ?

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    I'm not surprised the believe it was 30 feet. Wonder if they found it.

    The Spanish King, Charles II, decreed that all treasure in North America that could not be brought back to Spain before the American Indian revolt of 1685 was to be buried at least 30 feet deep or 30 feet of tunnel from the outside of the mountain. Penalty for a burying treasure too shallow was death! .
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