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    Big grey tree arch over a small path just south of Burrard Inlet,



    The small end rests on the inverted V arch support while the larger base portion rests on a rock pile amidst some shrubs. At the base of that there is a plaque that reads,



    5 feet suspended above is the bottom view of the tree where it was severed from the stump.



    I printed this and made a crappy hand drawn attempt at outlining it's silhouette which I ended up rotating 90 degrees.



    I completed some of the lines afterwards.



    I thought it kinda looked like this,



    I think this is one of the main objects for the Image 9 and Verse 10 pairing.

    This is Vancouver. Remember the LegEater Lamp in Montreal? It's in front of the Mount Stephen Club. Let's look at an excerpt from a biography about the man that house and lamp belonged to,

    George Stephen, also known as Sir George Stephen, was a Scots-Quebecker banker and railway executive in Canada. He became the first president of Canadian Pacific Railway in 1880 and was the main contributor to the early success of CPR. Building the costly transcontinental railway was a very difficult task which involved several financial problems and cost overruns, but Stephen with the help of his banking experience managed to put together the finance required to complete the project. He even staked his own money in the project. He was a magnanimous philanthropist in Montreal and England and donated over $1 million during his life. The Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, and hospitals in England were among the beneficiaries from his wealth. He was also the first Canadian to be knighted when he was made a Baronet of Montreal in the Province of Quebec in the Dominion of Canada. His house in Montreal was turned into a private club, Mount Stephen Club.
    500 feet away from the Lumberman's Arch is a miniature train built to honor Canada's first transcontinental railway trip, the No.374 of George Stephen's Canadian Pacific Railway company.

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    I anticipate the reaction to my discovery as,

    A) Legeater Lamp in Montreal = Montreal...

    I raise a more thoughtful approach,

    B)
    1. Legeater Lamp in front of Mount Stephen Club (yes, in Montreal) = George Stephen (owner of Lamp).
    2. George Stephen = CPR
    3. No.374, CPR's first train to "connect east and west" (Image 9's meshed hands) = Miniature No.374 in Stanley Park (yes, in Vancouver)
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    I don't have a current passport and I don't feel rich enough to travel any time soon. Here's a poem.

    Leg to log
    Shore to shore
    Pour some Egg Nog
    And take the tour
    Montreal to Vancouver
    A railway the longest
    On tree and on cougar
    A giant's foot arched
    Was a tower
    Now a flower
    Don't be parched
    Quench thy thirst
    Casque be third
    But for you the first
    Now don't dally too longest.
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    Years of weather may have caused the tree to split and widen a little at top. Not a stone statue or a metal lamp, but it looks like one of the best matches I've seen in awhile.
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    I'm amazed by this latest discovery. It comes after considering the 9 o'clock Gun as 1) a major attraction in Stanley Park, 2) i thought it could be the "arm extending", and 3) it might be relevant to the line "twice as many steps as the hour," this being the hour of 9. I originally thought the blob was the 67 expo habitat, or a train engine, or some odd space invaders video game reference. The blob has been a very elusive piece of this puzzle. I think the cannon base is at least a 66 percent match.
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    Whoa. That wasnt quite the response I was expecting. Gonna have to brush up on my Vietnamese....
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    I see that your theory has spread 'round the world Eric. Your gonna get LUCKY in that apartment. Maybe that is where the remaining 10 casques are? haha. WOW. Totally HOT. WTF is that post. "Moderator!" "Moderator!"


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    Oh man, what did I miss?

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    I've been ignoring a possibly crucial idea that the "rhapsodic man" is anyone else but Gershwin. I thought I'd sidestep the obvious choice in favor of a more root understanding of the word rhapsody, which is why I thought the enthusiastic expression with arms raised of the Lord Stanley statue in Vancouver might be it.

    In reevaluation I'm taking a moment to look more closely at the Gershwin idea. According to his biography, Gershwin shared how the Rhapsody in Blue came to him,
    It was on the train, with its steely rhythms, its rattle-ty bang, that is so often so stimulating to a composer – I frequently hear music in the very heart of the noise... And there I suddenly heard, and even saw on paper – the complete construction of the Rhapsody, from beginning to end. No new themes came to me, but I worked on the thematic material already in my mind and tried to conceive the composition as a whole. I heard it as a sort of musical kaleidoscope of America, of our vast melting pot, of our unduplicated national pep, of our metropolitan madness. By the time I reached Boston I had a definite plot of the piece, as distinguished from its actual substance.
    So it was "on the train, with it's steely rhythms." Does this allow us to substitute "Railroad" for "Rhapsodic man"? I consider this idea because it is consistent with a result I've gained from exploring the Lumberman's Arch in Stanley Park.



    The plaque there explains the history of how a previous arch once stood in the park after being relocated from the intersection of streets Pender and Hamilton. It turns out that the intersection of Pender and Hamilton is the west corner of Victory Square which is bound by Pender street and Highway 7a. This P and 7, including the normal map perspective of the intersection actually match the square with X icon in image 9. It even matches with respect to Pender being a 4-lane two-way street and Hamilton being a narrow single-lane one-way street and that the X shape in it's orientation shows a thick line and thin line also corresponding to this observation.



    Now consider what significance this site has, if any, to anything to do with Gershwin or the Railroad. The site of Victory Square is actually quite significant for being owned by the CPR, George Stephen's Railroad -remember, it's his home which has the LegEater lamp. L.A. Hamilton drove the first survey stake in the north corner of Victory Square establishing the city boundary between the Grainville Townsite and the CPR Townsite and signified the terminus of the Montreal based Railway.

    That establishes the soil rights of the railroad, but of Gershwin I can only see that Victory Square and it's Cenotaph memorial with WW1 steel helmets which look just like the one worn by the Centuar was established in April of the year 1924, only a couple months after Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue was performed in February, 1924.

    I'm considering the line where you take twice as many steps as the hour from the middle of a branch of the v. If we take "V" for victory, then we have a clear choice for using the Victory Square cenotaph as the marker. It has 3 paths leading from it's center. Two paths lead into the street bounding the northern sides but one path leads southwest into the park and just around 60ft up a small flight of steps there's a retaining wall with a tree and then a grassy hill. I've been working with the idea that one piece of this puzzle involves the 9 o'clock Gun which actually aims in this direction from the eastern tip of Stanley Park. I'll look into whether it actually aims directly at this site, that would be cool. So if the name of that historical artifact is what we use to determine "the hour", then we are looking at twice 9, or 18 steps or more. If a step is about 3 feet, then we're looking at 3x18= 54 feet. I'm only estimating here, but 54ft is comparably close to 60ft. I wonder if I'm finally piecing this together.

    This is a mind blowing thing to consider, but it first requires everyone to put aside the notion that the Legeater is the primary indicator of location. I believe it has it's place in this solution, but it doesn't indicate location or proximity for the casque. Granted, it is a good assumption based on the Cleveland and Chicago solves. I think it's solely important for realizing the significance of the 1881 CP Railway. The next step is picking up on the theme of "end to end" or "connecting the east to the west", that being Montreal to Vancouver. The first train to perform the transcontinental task was the No.374, which is why it was chosen as the model for a miniature train established in Stanley Park. I have a suspicion that it's very possible that the historical significance of the CPR in Vancouver might've resulted in a photograph or painting of the Mount Stephen Club being viewable somewhere like the miniature train station or in a Pavillion or museum space nearby. This is similar to my experience when I stop by a pizza house or bagel shop on the west coast and see a wall sized photograph of New York City. The Mount Stephen Club does look pretty sharp as a photograph, so I don't think it's out of the question.

    Some changes have been made to the pathways of this site, but I don't think it has interfered with the casque which might be at this location. In my haste, I drew the contours of the main path curving in the wrong direction, but you can see an early photo to make the mental adjustment. The yellow line represents about 18 or more steps.



    I'm trying to evaluate this boxed portion as a symbolic rebus.



    I'm relating the 3-legged lamp combined with an early era military canon to a three sided cenotaph in honor of fallen soldiers.

    Each of the 3 corners of the cenotaph has a large cement replica of a WW1 steel helmet. I think of this as a strong equivalent to the three heads eating the legs of the lamp.

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