J. J. Holland plunged his post hole digger into a mound where his metal detector
registered ten and brought up a scoop of dusty earth containing several lumps of
At 70, he had been warned by his doctor against digging
because of a serious heart ailment, but his obsession with the treasure he
believes lies six feet under the dirt beside the railroad tracks somewhere in
Virginia overrides all common sense.
Since 1964, when he first learned of Thomas Jefferson
the 2,921 pounds of gold, the 5,100 pounds of silver and some $200,000 worth of
jewels, he has clocked up more than 150,000 miles driving to the foothills
of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Roanoke, Virginia, to dig.
At home in Lillian, Alabama,
he works most nights from 10 to 2 on the ciphers relating to the treasure. This
time he is convinced he has broken the first of the three codes" once
and for all."
"What we need now
is a backhoe," he says with obvious frustration. "Then we can dig down
and find the treasure and solve this Beale thing once and for all."
For more than 130 years people like Colonel Holland have been trying to find
the" Beale millions.
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