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By Lost Treasure Staff & Special Guest Reviewers
From Page 62
March, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All rights reserved.

Gold – Field Guide for
Prospectors and Geologists
By W. Dan & Eric J. Hausel
The “Gold – Field Guide for Prospectors and Geologists” is written to help prospectors, geologists and layman understand how and where to find gold, and describes nearly every gold deposit in Wyoming.
It was written by W. Dan Hausel and Eric J. Hausel, geologists and prospectors with nearly 40 years combined experience.
Dan Hausel, senior author, has been given national and international awards for discoveries of major gold deposits in Alaska and Wyoming, placing him in a category that includes only a few other geologists.
Dan has discovered hundreds of gold anomalies, including one of the largest in North America in the Kuskokwim Mountains, Alaska, while working with a discovery team.
He also is noted as having made the discovery of an entire gold district in the Rattlesnake Hills of Wyoming, which some say is another Cripple Creek.
Very few other geologists have been as successful at finding gold and other mineral deposits as these two authors.
Interest in rocks and minerals came to Eric J. Hausel at an early age when he found a rare fossil fish and then ruby gemstones. His interest in geology led him to study at the University of Wyoming where he graduated with degrees in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Geology, and Physics.
Following graduation, Eric landed a position with a major oil company and continues his interests in art, astronomy, mineralogy and astrophysics.
While “Gold – Field Guide for Prospectors and Geologists” focuses on Wyoming; gold is also described in other western states in this first volume of two, and includes information on where and how to find gold to help the reader understand what to look for and how to read the geology of an area to find gold.
Dan Hausel and six other geologists were awarded the “2009 Thayer Lindsley Award for an International Mineral Discovery” by Canada’s PDAC for his work on the Donlin Creek gold deposit in Alaska; a gold deposit with as much gold as the Homestake mine.
He discovered Wyoming's Rattlesnake Hills district and identified hundreds of other precious metal and gemstone anomalies and deposits.
The National Rock Hound and Lapidary Hall of Fame presented him the “Education Award” and the Wyoming Geological Association presented him their “2004 Distinguished Service Award.”
He mapped more than 1,000 square kilometers of complex geological terrain, published more than 1,000 books, maps, papers and abstracts, and gave more than 400 lectures.
His work led Wyoming to being recognized as the most diversified gemstone state in the U.S.
The 366 page, full-color paperback book, ISBN 978-1463692629, $79, is published by CreateSpace, www.cre
atespace.com, and is also available at the GemHunter website, http://gemhunter.webs.com/apps/webstore/products/show/2604027 and www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnob
le.com
The Clara Nevada -
Gold, Greed, Murder
and Alaska’s Inside Passage
By Steven C. Levi
This is a true story of a steamer that sank under circumstances shrouded in mystery in 1898.
Sometimes storms will drag remnants of the ship to the surface on the reef near the lighthouse. It is only under approximately six feet, but the gold she was carrying is nowhere to be found.
On February 5, 1898, witnesses reported a giant fireball reflected in the icy waters of Alaska’s Lynn Canal.
At the height of gold fever in Alaska, the Clara Nevada disappeared into a raging storm – taking all on board and valuable cargo with her. Was it an accident or a crime gone wrong? Did Captain C. H. Lewis escape with $165,000 in raw gold?
Steven Levi, Alaska historian, pieces together the real story of the Clara Nevada’s final voyage and attempts to solve the riddle that legend swears re-emerged as a ghost ship 10 years after the tragedy.
The book explores the witnessed events, newspaper reports, and tall tales about the mystery. It is suspenseful and intriguing and a very good read.
Important Information:
Cargo: 15 tons of dynamite, yet only one stick went off – in the boiler room.
Depth: the average depth of the Lynn Canal is 1,500’, yet the ship sank in the one spot where it was only 20’ deep.
Passengers: 165 people were on board yet only one body was found.
100,000 ounces in gold on board – approximately $13.6 million in today’s dollars – and the gold has never been found.
Levi explains what made him write the book. “The discovery of a survivor of the Clara Nevada disaster - and a significant individual at that - led to two obvious questions: how did C. H. Lewis survive and what happened to the $165,000 in raw gold?
“I was haunted by these questions. For two years I checked archive holdings, government reports, diaries, personal correspondence, business records and court files, and sent letters to genealogical societies and maritime museums.”
In this painstakingly researched account of the Clara Nevada, Levi also writes about the era that saw 100,000 people set off to find their fortune in the Klondike.
The book includes photos and newspaper clippings Levi found during his research. He has created the most complete picture to date of what may have really happened.
If you are interested in shipwrecks, sunken treasure, gold rush history and/or Alaska, the Clara Nevada is a book you will want to read.
Steven C. Levi is based in Anchorage, Alaska, where he is a historian and freelance writer. He has lived in Alaska for 33 years and has more than 30 books in print.
Developing educational software, writing screenplays, and developing media presentations using poetry and history are other areas Levi has been successful in.
His scholarly articles have appeared in Journal of the West, Pacific Historian, East Texas Historical Quarterly, Southern California Quarterly, California and Labor History.
The Clara Nevada: Gold, Greed, Murder and Alaska’s Inside Passage is published by The History Press, www.historypresswest.wordpress.com, ISBN 978-1609492885, paperback, 128 pages, $19.99.
The book is available at https://historypress.net/indexsecure.php?prodid=978.1.60949.288.5 and www.amazon.comNot Your Grandfather’s
Lost Dutchman
By Pat Parish
This book is not yet available to the public, but is expected to be on the stands and available for purchase online in the spring.
Now for the first time ever, aspiring mystery writer Pat Parish dares abandon the boring and conventional truth surrounding an age-old mystery and asks what if there is a far more thrilling story to be told if only we dispense with something as silly as the facts.
On the night of October 26, 1891, an obscure German immigrant passed away in the back room of a bakery in Phoenix, Arizona. Supposedly, he had a chest of gold under the small cot that was his deathbed and a secret mine in the Superstition Mountains.
But his chest of gold disappeared that night - taken, it was rumored, by a respected gentleman from one of Phoenix ’s finest families. And his mine was never found.
All that is known of the story of Jacob Waltz and his gold quickly captured the imagination of the Western World and became the Legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine.
But so much of the mystery died with Waltz himself.
So now savor the sordid, suspenseful and sensational possibilities that might have happened and the mystery that might have been if a good writer was around to write it.
What if Dutchman Jacob Waltz was no irreproachable prospector innocently searching for gold, but the original swindler who knowingly led dozens of men to their death in the Superstition Mountains by pulling off the biggest con in prospecting history.
What if nothing is as it seems? In 1868, before he set foot in the Superstitions, Waltz came to Phoenix with a sizable amount of gold and was well aware would-be poachers were trying to find his mine.
When his supply of gold ran low, he could have led them on a wild goose chase into the Superstitions. Then he doubled back to his concealed cache in the Bradshaw Mountains, and that’s where his gold likely lies untouched for more than 100 years.
But it’s the “why” and the “how” he did all that which makes for the juicy potential story.
In Waltz’s eyes, his victims were all thieves who were doing their damnedest to steal from him. Not even his partner, Jake Weiser, was safe – he mysteriously disappeared in the Bradshaws while presumably prospecting with Waltz.
So how could it have all unfolded? That’s where the real mystery worth hypothesizing lies. What if he killed his partner, or his partner killed him then assumed his identity? He would have to keep on killing to keep his secret.
And Waltz promised to show Julia Thomas, the woman he lusted after, the way to his mine But what if that was before she started two-timing him and plotted with her lover to kill him?
What if Waltz’s “lost mine” is, like Poe’s “purloined letter,” probably hidden in plain sight near his registered claims in the Bradshaw Mountains? And the real tale worth telling is where all the bodies are buried?
To be published by Compassionate Communications, an Arizona publisher, and available for purchase in the spring.Adirondack Treasure -
The Bonaparte Legacy
By Matthew J. Glavin
Author Matthew J. Glavin takes the true story of Joseph Bonaparte, former King of Spain, and spins a compelling story about a legend that has been rumored in the Adirondack Mountains for more than 180 years.
Adirondack Treasure – The Bonaparte Legacy is more than a thrilling historical novel. It’s a compelling page-turner.
Joseph Benton has a 200-year-old Bible handed down from his famous ancestor Joseph Bonaparte, the former King of Spain and older brother to Napoleon. Inside the bible is a cipher that family legend says leads to a magnificent treasure stolen from the Spanish Royal Treasury when King Joseph fled Spain.
This exciting treasure hunt blends historical facts with a terrific story and complex characters creating tension pitting environmentalist vs. developer and friend vs. friend.
The search involves riddles and ciphers and leads to murder, romance and intrigue that will keep you up at night wondering…could the legend be true?
The former King owned 150,000 acres surrounding what today is known as Lake Bonaparte in upstate New York. The story takes the reader from Lake Bonaparte to Cranberry Lake, Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake and Lake Placid.
Matthew J. Glavin is retired and lives in Cranberry Lake, New York. His website is www.adirondacktreasurebooks.com
The book was released in e-format in November by Xlibris Publishing, and is available for $9.99 at www.Xlibris.com and Amazon.com, and Barnesandnoble.com/Nook. ISBN 13 (eBook): 978-1-4653-7758-6. Print books will be released soon.The Strange Case of
Jonathan Swift and the
Real Long John Silver
Revised Edition
By Robert A. Prather
Author Robert Prather has released a totally reworked and revised version of his book, The Strange Case of Jonathan Swift and the Real Long John Silver, which originally published in 2007. The new version is considerably larger and “really has the goods on Swift.”
Could Jonathan Swift of Alexandria, Virginia, whose silver mines have become the stuff of legends over two centuries, be the Long John Silver of “Treasure Island” fame? Was the entire fictional account of Long John Silver based on the real life of a merchant from Virginia?
This intriguing journey into a legendary time has all the makings of a mega-hit movie: mystery and murder, secret codes, a hunt for treasure, intrigue and deception.
As in the original, Prather takes us into Swift’s legendary and mysterious life and lays the foundation for the reader into the likely connections to Treasure Island, Robert Louis Steven­son’s classic.
Well documented with charts and maps and even secret archives and personal diaries, this edition includes new and controversial discoveries, including the actual location of Jonathan Swift’s silver mine.
Prepare to be astounded by Prather’s revelation that a famous U.S. landmark is built where Swift’s mine was located.
New discoveries presented in Chapter Two, under the subhead “Big Sandy – Big Discoveries,” firmly identify the Jonathan Swift of Prather’s investigation as the Swift of the silver mine legend.
Prather said, “Upon discovering Swift’s Big Sandy River indenture, many dominos fell. Through the survey reconstruction presented in Chapter Two, it is learned that Swift was not only passing through, as legend indicates, but he actually owned 10,000 acres of land in the area most strongly associated with the legend.
“The title of Chapter Four is something readers will find historically exciting, ‘The Discovery of Swift’s Silver Mine.’ In order to prove Swift’s connection to a silver mine, many historical documents are presented. In short, Jonathan Swift did indeed purchase land that had a silver mine on it and Chapter Four proves it beyond doubt.”
The Swift legend is one of the oldest enduring legends in the history of the U.S.; it is also one of our great mysteries. We are excited to bring this discovery to the attention of the treasure hunting world.
Robert Prather is a member of historical and archaeologi­cal organizations, enjoys metal detecting, and works with Acclaim Press as a project field editor.
Acclaim Press, 6 x 9, 376 pages, ISBN: 978-0-9798802-1-6, $24.95. Available at Barnes and Noble’s, Amazon, and www.acclaimpress.com

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