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    I have hammered on this new idea for a couple days and I'm so use to believing in crappy ideas that I can barely see the difference when I encounter a decent possibilty.

    Does it work to say a great writer would consider the object of his attention to be his writing utensil? I think it works perfectly. Does it work to call a prison a "pen"? I think so. This is a neat solution to the Twain riddle. How does "running north, but first across" reflect writing letter characters? We draw a vertical line and then cross with a horizontal stroke to make a T. We usually draw an L by drawing a vertical line starting at the top and then across to the right to make the small horizontal at the bottom, but if we are doing it in reverse we first do the bottom and then finish the vertical line with an upward or "north running" stroke. I'm sold on the simplicty and cleverness of this idea.

    Moving on to the "Giant pole", I'm really sold on the Pledge of Allegiance requirement in many schools (education), ...and Justice for all. We have a few lines of verse pointing to the Betsy Ross Memorial flag pole for the reason that it is greatly significant. The same constraint applies to the "Giant step" only this is more cryptic. Running north but first across fits the reverse writing of the letter L, but also a bold reference to the Union leader, President Lincoln, who "ran the north" in the dispute with the south confederacy over one of the biggest issues in our history: slavery, rather the Emancipation Proclamation, which I think is the "Giant step". In essence, BP is devoting a few good lines of verse to Abraham Lincoln for a reason, which is to recognize a marker, which fits perfectly with the Palace of the Legion of Honor parking lot. What's amazing but also difficult to show is how a straight line ties these elements together: pole, step, pen as Betsy Ross memorial flag pole, Lincoln memorial highway marker, and Alcatraz.
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    Why cant the object simply be a BRIDGE? It is one of the most deserving things of attention a boat captain must pay homage to. Know of any bridges in San Fran. that run North but first across?
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    Yeah, I should've prefaced with the Bridge being the first simplest easiest answer, but then I imagined Preiss thinking "nah, that's to easy...but works as a perfect disguise for the PEN theme. This is right out of the inkwell.
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    Update, I wasn't sure before but now just learned Alcatraz was officially a Federal PENitentiary, which moves my use of map theory up a notch and a half. In other words, I have concluded my solution as far as how to find the exact spot to dig.
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    Nothing new here, just reintroducing my view of this verse combined with Picture 1.

    The Pledge of Alegiance ends with the words “..with Education and Justice for all,” which matches the words of lines 5 and 6 as indication that there is a US Flag involved. The prosed site of the Palace of the Legion of Honor makes a good fit as the then location of the Betsy Ross Memorial Flagpole. The tops of the triple-masted light posts match exactly the top of the watch on the table in the picture. Near ace is high, offers a few options: in cards the Ace high beats the King, which is numerically considered the number 13 and implying the Ace is 14, thus the line could be “near 14” which might have something to do with the golf course adjacent to the Palace, but also the King is near the Ace, thus the number 13 could be the answer, or a the simple alternative of the letter K, being nearest Ace-high gives us “Near the letter K” which in turn could point to the next letter in the alphabet, “L”. The pen strokes of “running north” and “first across” might indicate making the letter 'L'. The letter 'L' appears on the markers for the Lincoln Memorial Highway. The site of the Betsy Ross Memorial Flagpole is also the western terminus of the Lincoln Memorial Highway. The object of Twain's attention is a riddle. Twain is a nom de plume or “pen name” for writer Samuel Clemens. The object of his attention is his “pen”. This object is in jewel's direction. This is a clever reference to Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary (Pen). Looking at a simple roadmap one can see the locations of the Palace of the Legion of Honor and Alcatraz (a place of dishonor? The duality of honor and dishonor as a Yin and Yang?). This line helps indicate that when standing at the giant flag pole and looking in the direction of Alcatraz (not seeable from that spot, but use of map makes possible) it lines up almost perfectly with the final terminus marker for the Lincoln Memorial Highway. Sadly, the flagpole has since been removed and the terminus marker has been lost, replaced, and relocated. I believe the intended location for this casque is found by following this line from the flagpole to the “L” terminus marker and directly over the balustrade at the base of the wall separating the parking lot from the golf course.
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    Adjustment to the above. I mashed up theb idea where the Pledge was routinely performed in schools and so it doesnt end with Education and Justice for all, it ends with Liberty and Justice for all.
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    At stone wall's door <-- Thinker (stone wall -idiom) of The Gates of Hell (door) by Rodin, narrows down to whichever museums had the appropriate Rodin collection back in 1981, probably more than a few places. I recall seeing the Gates at the University of Oregon's Art Museum in 1990. Google says the well known collector Cantor pieces are hosted by Stanford's museum.

    The air smells sweet <-- "heir" "sugar" fits rather well with Alma Spreckels, known for her friendship with Rodin and collector of his work at the Palace of the Legion of Honor.

    Not far away
    High posts are three <-- the parking lot offers these three headed lamp posts:

    Education and Justice
    For all
    to see <-- The Pledge of Allegiance was conceived to promote American nationalism to children in schools,
    In Francis Bellamy's recollection of the creation of the Pledge, he recalled "At the beginning of the nineties patriotism and national feeling was at a low ebb. The patriotic ardor of the Civil War was an old story...The time was ripe for a reawakening of simple Americanism and the leaders in the new movement rightly felt that patriotic education should begin in the public schools.
    The Pledge's final four words are "and justice for all" and is performed while facing a flag. In the parking lot just past the large fountain pool was the location of the Betsy Ross memorial flag pole.

    Sounds from the sky <-- ?

    Near ace is high <-- Ace in cards is the letter A. Ace high is one step higher in rank than the King, the letter K. One letter beyond K is the letter L. This line translates to "Near the letter L". In this parking lot is the last road marker for the Lincoln Memorial Highway and has a large letter L on it's post.

    Running north, but first across <-- ?

    In jewel's direction
    Is an object
    Of Twain's attention <-- A riddle. The answer is: a writing instrument is the object of a writer's attention. Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary (a pen, also the name of a writing instrument). This is an instruction to use a map and move in the same direction as Alcatraz.

    Giant pole
    Giant step
    To the place
    The casque is kept. <-- Emphasis on a large pole and a large step.

    I think that we're very very close to finding this casque. I've put "<--?" for the lines which I still find up in the air. The key is using a map to locate Alcatraz. Then it requires finding the place from which we move in Alcatraz' direction. Candidates based on verse are: 1)Betsy Ross flag pole, 2) Lincoln Highway marker. The balustrade which curves around this section of the parking lot is all that stood between either object and a place to dig. The last question is how far does this "giant step" take us beyond the balustrade? Current assumption is that we dig right at the base of the wall. There's a golf course just beyond...

    The road marker falls roughly on the same line from the flag pole to the map direction of Alcatraz.


    Notice that this line passes through the roadway beyond the golf course. An interesting proposition might be to consider digging just beyond the stone bench which has a nice view of the Golden Gate Bridge, which I'm still considering as an answer to the line "Running north, but first across" since it runs north across the bay and itself is the first across.

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    I've been putting some more thought into this area. I still have the same conclusion that the bench along the roadway facing the Golden Gate Bridge is a good possibility. Based on sorting the verse into some basic chunks I felt it describes only a few different candidate objects that would be used to locate a specific spot.

    A) The Betsy Ross Memorial Flagpole
    B) Terminus Marker for the Lincoln Memorial Highway (original location)
    C) Alcatraz, the answer to the object of Twain's attention: a Pen (Penitentiary)

    I thought the first obvious spot would be just over the edge (giant step) and at the base of the wall beyond the parking lot. Maltedfalcon has done real shoveling to confirm it's not the spot unless it's buried much deeper than we think. I then thought, what in the verse tells us to follow that line to an obvious spot beyond the wall? I thought "near ace is high" could be inspired by A=14 (one higher than a King in cards) and therefore the 15th hole could be thougth of as near 14. Does that tell us to go onto the golf course grounds? I'm unable to determine a spot on the course itself that draws me in to justify a dig. I want to avoid the sense of it feeling too random. I then consider to continue along that line until I bump into a novel looking site, which takes me to the bench on the road below the course. At the bench we see the Golden Gate Bridge, which could be "Running north but first across". The bench also fits my idea for the first line where at Stone wall's door sits The Thinker sculpture and I believe it becomes relevant when we have to sit down on something to think: a rock, a chair or a bench.



    I've made an adjustment to the angle I've been estimating based on taking an exact line to Alcatraz from the center of the spot where the Betsy Ross Flagpole use to be. The area I think it puts us has this view:

    I like the curvy tree crossing over on itself, maybe it looks like the arms of the woman in the image. I can't tell.

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    Improved!

    Cask 1 Verse 7 : Crazy San Francisco Theory (6/20/13)

    At stone wall's door

    Stone wall (idiom): We've run into a stone wall in our investigation. Unable to solve a problem: The Thinker (sculpture).

    The air smells sweet

    "heir" "sugar" fits rather well with Alma Spreckels, heiress to a fortune from sugar plantation, friend of Rodin and placed his work at the Palace of the Legion of Honor.

    Not far away
    High posts are three

    Several triple-lamp posts line the curved portion of the parking lot that fits the curve around the woman's head, the very tops of the lamps are an exact match to the top of the watch on table, notice the new location for the terminus marker for the Lincoln Memorial Highway:




    Education and Justice
    For all
    to see

    “and justice for all.”: last four words of The Pledge of Allegiance, conceived to promote American nationalism to children in schools, The Pledge's final four words are "and justice for all" and is performed while facing a flag.

    Sounds from the sky

    “Fore!”: golf term for “look ahead”.

    Near ace is high

    Ace (cards), alphabet version: the letter A, if it's high, then it's considered one step greater than the king, the letter K, which is the letter L. Ace high is one step higher in rank than the King, the letter K. One letter beyond K is the letter L. This line translates to "Near the letter L". There happens to be a large letter L on the terminus marker for the Lincoln Memorial Highway inserted just next to the Three Shades sculpture. Numeric version: A = 14, nearest numbers are 13 or 15. The 15th hole on the golf course is just beyond the balustrade. I prefer the Lincoln Marker solution.




    Running north, but first across

    The Golden Gate Bridge runs north across the bay and is itself first across.

    In jewel's direction
    Is an object
    Of Twain's attention

    Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary (Pen): Twain (pen-name) uses this object (pen) to write. This is an instruction to use a map to set a course in the direction of the Pen.

    Giant pole

    Betsy Ross Memorial Flagpole

    Giant step
    To the place
    The casque is kept.


    Keep in mind that sometime since 1981 the Betsy Ross Memorial Flagpole has been replaced with a big red metal sculpture. The Three Shades have been removed. The Lincoln Highway marker has been moved a good distance to the edge of the lot. All we can do is look at the few pictures we've been lucky enough to find and some crappy historic aerials to get a sense for their positions.

    A) The Betsy Ross Memorial Flagpole
    B) Terminus Marker for the Lincoln Memorial Highway (original location)
    C) Alcatraz, the answer to the object of Twain's attention: a Pen (Penitentiary)

    I thought the first obvious spot would be just over the edge (giant step) and at the base of the wall beyond the parking lot. Maltedfalcon at Q4T has done real shoveling to confirm it's not the spot unless it's buried much deeper than we think. I then thought, what in the verse tells us to follow that line to an obvious spot beyond the wall? I thought "near ace is high" could be inspired by A=14 (one higher than a King in cards) and therefore the 15th hole could be thougth of as near 14. Does that tell us to go onto the golf course grounds? I'm unable to determine a spot on the course itself that draws me in to justify a dig. I want to avoid the sense of it feeling too random. I then consider to continue along that line until I bump into a novel looking site, which takes me to the bench on the road below the course. At the bench we see the Golden Gate Bridge, which could be "Running north but first across". The bench also fits my idea for the first line where at Stone wall's door sits The Thinker sculpture and I believe it becomes relevant when we have to sit down on something to think: a rock, a chair or a bench.



    I've made an adjustment to the angle I've been estimating based on taking an exact line to Alcatraz from the center of the spot where the Betsy Ross Flagpole use to be. The area I think it puts us has this view:

    I like the curvy tree crossing over on itself, maybe it looks like the arms of the woman in the image. Yes, I think I've found a convincing match.

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