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The Secret (a treasure hunt) / Verse 12
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Verse 12

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General notes on Verse 12

  • This verse is linked to Image 5 and was used to find the first casque in Chicago, Illinois in 1983.  That casque was found in a wooded corner of Grant Park, across Jackson Drive from the Art Institute of Chicago.
  • The proposed solution for this casque is given on the Image 5 Verse 12 Solution page.




Lines Interpretation(s)

Where M and B are set in stone

- "M and B" referred to the names of Mozart and Beethoven inscribed on the Chicago Symphony Center at 220 S. Michigan Avenue, across the street from the Art Institute.  (The people who found the casque thought "M and B" meant "man and beast" and was a reference to the nearby sculptures of The Bowman and The Spearman, but those sculptures are in bronze rather than stone.)

And to Congress, R is known

- Congress Parkway is the next major street south of Jackson, and it passes The Bowman as it runs into Grant Park.

- The meaning of "R is known" is unclear.  The "R" might simply mean "railroad," which intersects Congress at the west edge of the park.  Alternatively, the "R" could stand for "Roosevelt University," which is inside the Auditorium Building at the corner of Michigan and Congress.

L sits and left

Beyond his shoulder

Is the Fair Folks'

Treasure holder

- "L sits" is, in this case, a reference to a seated Abraham Lincoln.  There are two bronze statues of Lincoln in Grant Park, but the one that shows him seated is a statue called Abraham Lincoln: The Head of State located near the Congress Parkway entrance.

The end of ten by thirteen

Is your clue

- "Ten by thirteen" presumably refers to rows of trees at the site (see the image below).

Fence and fixture

Central too

- The distinctive design of the fenceposts in Grant Park was reproduced in Image 5.  Presumably, this line of the verse tells us that one of the fenceposts should be near the casque site and possibly in line with a row of trees.

- It isn't clear what "fixture" would mean.  Possibly there is a streetlight along the path through the park.

For finding jewel casque

Seek the sounds

Of rumble

- "Sounds of rumble" would refer to the trains that pass on the tracks close to the site.

Brush and music


- "Brush" in this case could refer to a paintbrush.  The combination of "brush and music" could refer to the Art Institute of Chicago, due north of the casque site, across Jackson Drive.

- "Hush"?



Other Notes:

  • The casque was found near a statue of Abraham Lincoln in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois in the summer of 1983.  According to a Chicago Tribune article published on August 9th of that year, the treasure was found "a few feet from a cement retaining wall that runs next to Jackson Drive and close to a link fence that keeps the bums off the railroad tracks."  This spot, where the park is bordered by Jackson and the railroad tracks, is thought to be the burial site because it matches that description.

  • Here is the statue of Lincoln in Grant Park:
    Seated Lincoln by Zulema (zoblue), on Flickr
    Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License Photo by  Zulema (zoblue) on Flickr.

  • This aerial photo from 2002 shows the corner of Grant Park where the casque was found.  Jackson street is running across the top and the statue of the seated Abraham Lincoln is the dark dot in the semicircle at the bottom.  The train tracks are visible along the left edge.

  • It is possible that the Tribune article gave the wrong location for the casque. Verse 12 seems to suggest that the casque was buried in line with one row of 10 trees and another row of 13 trees, possibly where a tree was missing in the grid pattern.  The map above shows two possible places that might match those requirements.  To settle the question, it would be very helpful if we could find the original photographs that were taken at the time the casque was discovered.

  • In the absence of documentary photos, it may be worth considering alternative sites.  If anyone is in Chicago and willing to investigate, we would love to have answers to these questions:
    • Is there a tree missing from the grid pattern at either of the red circles on the map above?
    • Does the gray line through the row of trees intersect one of the fenceposts shown in Image 5?
    • Is there a lamp post or other "fixture" along the path at that point?




Comments (2)

bestauntie said

at 3:19 pm on May 31, 2017

On this video the guys that found it show the exact location of the dig site. Can we add a screenshot to the page? It is at the very end of the video. So the 2nd to last bullet point that suggests the casque was buried possibly where a tree was missing on the grid pattern is wrong. The top red circle on the picture shows the spot where the boys (now men) say it was).

"The end of ten by thirteen" "Fence and Fixture too Central too" perhaps the exact spot was exactly in the middle of the wall and fence at the end of the tree line. That makes the last 5 lines of the poem irrelevant to solving the poem, just extra fillers that might help or might distract you. If you see the remaining 5 lines you might think "well, I should keep going from this spot and listen for rumble" but really you have found the place to dig and should stop. Anyone else have any suggestions?

I think it is important to work backwards from the clues of the solved puzzles to help us with the others-which doesn't necessarily mean that they are all the same type of solve though. Just worth noting.


bf5man said

at 5:30 pm on May 31, 2017

One of the Chicago solver (Eric I think) has created a PDF explaining how they did solve it back then. The pdf can be found here:
It displays the treasure location and and is an interesting read.
A bit of history, when they dug the hole, they were off a little bit. That's when one of them hit the side of the hole with the showel in despair that clay fell down and revealed the side of the cask, they took the following picture of it: http://kspot.org/trove/2712793878_f289d741fc_o.jpg

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