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    Whoa, I like this for it's relatively slick or rather loose connection to Abe Lincoln as the name of the lighthouse keeper at the Cape Romain Lighthouse was in fact Andrew Johnson.

    Lighthouses@Lighthouse Digest ... Murder or Suicide?

    Debby Summey: The lightkeeper’s wife - murder or suicide? | Georgetown, SC - The Georgetown Times

    I really think someone should check out the Village Museum in McClellanville at 401 Pinckney St. Things to ascertain is whether or not that Museum was operating in 1980 and if it had some form of historical display or reference available to tourists at that time concerning this murder mystery / island treasure / lighthouse ghost story.

    Andrew Johnson! I can't believe I didn't catch that the first time around. I guess I got stuck on the report that the keeper's name was "Fischer".
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    Additional juicy find of the day: there is an old iron cistern barrel midway between the two extending lighthouses. I wonder if cistern is a homonym for sistren, as in twins or sister lighthouses, since there's two side by side.
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    Finally starting to come together!

    FB posted this in literary references:

    From Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island (compare to the first 2 lines of V6):
    TO THE HESITATING PURCHASER

    If sailor tales to sailor tunes,
    Storm and adventure, heat and cold,
    If schooners, islands, and maroons,
    And buccaneers, and buried gold,
    And all the old romance, retold
    Exactly in the ancient way,
    Can please, as me they pleased of old,
    The wiser youngsters of today:

    --So be it, and fall on! If not,
    If studious youth no longer crave,
    His ancient appetites forgot,
    Kingston, or Ballantyne the brave,
    Or Cooper of the wood and wave:
    So be it, also! And may I
    And all my pirates share the grave
    Where these and their creations lie!
    I underlined Cooper, the profession that is "barrel making".


    The verse:

    Of all the romance retold
    Men of tales and tunes
    Treasure Island

    Cruel and bold
    Murder?

    Seen here
    By eyes of old
    Witnessed by blind eyes (age related blindness) = no witnesses

    Stand and listen to the birds
    Drumming, the woodpecker is an example of a bird that drums

    Hear the cool, clear song of water
    Rain percussing on the metal cistern barrel

    Harken to the words:
    A sermon?

    Freedom at the birth of a century
    Barabas, avoided the penalty for murder

    Or May 1913
    Woodrow Wilson was president. Diminutive of Woodrow is "Woody"

    Edwin and Edwina named after him
    Father and daughter: succession

    Or on the eighth a scene
    Where law defended

    Battle of Fort Sumter where Union soldiers (Law) defended against Confederates shortly after the 8th state seceeded from the Union

    Between two arms extended
    Below the bar that binds

    Supported by two arms (concrete blocks) the cistern barrell (bar) that holds (hold = bind) water

    Beside the long palm's shadow
    A helping hand: the beacon of a light house reaches a long distance, "long arm", assisting sea vessels

    Embedded in the sand
    Waits the Fair remuneration
    The casque is your payment

    White house close at hand.
    Riddle: The White House, home of the President: who is closest at hand? A: Vice President.

    Hello tenuous theory...

    So I have Woody the Woodpecker, clues about drumming, possibly a loose anagram of drummer = murder, escaping penalty for murder, cistern / rain barrels, successor, succession, and secession: the parent and child, the President and Vice President, and the withdrawl from the Union.

    Andrew Johnson, the lighthouse keeper and murderer
    Andrew Johnson, the succeeding Vice President to the assassinated President Lincoln.

    This is one messed up hunt.
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    I think I've come very close to locating the casque in SC now that I've got a fully formed perspective.

    The first lines of verse 6 indicate "treasure island".
    The last line is a riddle: White house (President), "closest at hand" = Vice President.
    The type of moth defined by the wing pattern is the Polyphemus moth.

    In Greek mythology, Polyphemus was a giant, a cyclops, and blinded by Odysseus.

    Seen by (witnessed)
    Eyes of old (blindness may result from old age)

    A lighthouse might be seen as a giant with one eye.

    Pulling it all together: find a lighthouse on an island with a keeper who shares the same name as one of our Vice Presidents.

    The Keeper of the Cape Romain Lighhouse involved in the murder of his wife in 1873 was named Andrew Johnson, which is also the name of President Lincoln's successor.

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    Freedom at the birth of a century

    Hasnt this line always been bothersome? The timeline of American history doesnt have any major transitions that fit well like the example of Lincoln's abolishment of slavery in 1865. Birth of a century would seem to apply best to a year like 1801, the first year of a new century. (or 1800, however you technically look at first year after the zero).

    Denmark Vesey seemed like a good candidate for this line, given he stopped being a slave in 1799 and lived in Charleston where this verse is favored, but this is just one person gaining their freedom. While looking for a better cultural example of freedom around that same time I discovered the people of the island of Hispaniola, early Haiti and Dominican Republic were freed in 1801 by a successful slave revolt and the drafting of a constitution abolishing slavery. The interesting character at the head of this coup d'etat was Toussaint Louverture. Eventually captured by Napoleon's men, he famously warned his captors that the rebels would not repeat his mistake:

    "In overthrowing me you have cut down in Saint Domingue only the trunk of the tree of liberty; it will spring up again from the roots, for they are numerous and they are deep."

    This quote somewhat syncs with the African tree spirit stories where those fair folk feared their tree being cut down and harvested for their wood. From the perspective of these fair folk and even Denmark Vesey, the happenings in the distant Caribbean might be an inspiration.

    Unfortunately Vesey's revolt in 1822 failed, but the drums played on.
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    The emphasis for this puzzle is on the diamond, the birthstone for April. One line of the verse says "Or on the eighth a scene / Where law defended". It would seem there's some sort of criminal act being referenced given there's a position for law to defend. Since diamond is the birthstone for April, I'd like to think the "eighth" in this case relates to a particular date.

    On April 8th, 1873, the scene of a murder, then declared a suicide, of Lighthouse Keeper Andrew Johnson's wife, immediately after she buried her diamond studded hairpins and other valuables in the sand nearby continues to stand out in mind as an opportunity to create an elaborate puzzle.

    On the eighth a scene near twin lighthouses, an old but popular true story about buried treasure involving the happenstance name of President Lincoln's successor Andrew Johnson...

    Lighthouses@Lighthouse Digest ... Murder or Suicide?

    People have been strongly opinionated against the idea. Exactly why isnt clear. Is McClellanville too far away? Is an old lighthouse ghost story too far fetched? Is there substantial evidence that its unlikely or impossible that the public or Preiss himself would have acces to Lighthouse Island at Cape Romaine?

    Does the May 13th 1913 birth date of William Tolbert Jr., killed president of Liberia in 1980, but decendent of free African people emmigrated from Charleston as a parrallel to VP Andrew Johnson (closest at hand to the white house) and Pres. Lincoln's assassination in the Civil War era just too complicated or conceivable?

    Also on a final note, the death of the keepers wife, Abraham Lincoln, and William Tolbert, all occurred in the month of April.
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