[ISN] Re: Hoax or hoard? Mystery code holds out promise of millions to some

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Date: Sun Mar 31 2002 - 23:59:36 PST

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    Forwarded from: Robert Ward <ward6at_private>
        Would you be so kind as to check out a new website that concerns
    Edgar Poe and cryptography.  The site presents a novel theory that Poe
    is the author of The Beale Papers, a mysterious pamphlet published
    anonymously in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1885.  The Beale Papers is
    famous as a work that contains the oldest unsolved cryptograms in
    United States history.  Purportedly, solving the cryptograms leads to
    a treasure in gold and silver.
        The website, titled The Last Haunting of Edgar Allan Poe, sets
    forth evidence, admittedly cicumstantial, that examines Poe's
    background as a hoaxer and cryptographer.  Much of the evidence
    involves word, phrase and plot comparisons between The Beale Papers
    and Poe's work.  The similarities are amazingly close!
        Some of your readers might be interested in this mystery that
    touches on Poe.  Some may even take up the challenge of The Beale
    Papers and prove Poe's authorship of this great treasure hoax.
    The site can be found at:
    Thank you for your consideration.
    Rob Ward
    Ellicott City, Maryland
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