Saturday, 9 August 2008

A surprise find

Thanks to Don Waite who showed me this Web site

On that site I found that in 1915 at least a dozen minor US newspapers published an article from New Westminster showing that the Slumach/Jackson treasure stories were already circulating then. The article is about a veteran 72-year-old Pitt Lake prospector, Wilbur Armstrong, with ten years experience heading search parties into the Pitt Lake area. The story tells about Walter [!] Jackson's find, death, letter (brief quote about the cayon) and map. Armstrong was not, it seems, the only one guiding search parties into the area and these guides could well have been at the cradle of the stories. Transcript of the article will be posted shortly. There should be a version in a New Westminster newspaper.

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