Rune Stone #3

I spotted the keeper from a distance, shortly after entering the wilderness and heading north from “Gate O6” on Oriana Road. I was merely 190 paces from where he stood, not too far off the dirt and gravel road. As I approached I could see he was quietly focused on something that lay before him. It was a pair of grave stones that seemed to occupy his attention and I was unsure of my timing, not wanting to intrude on his contemplation. He looked up and nodded to me finally, giving the perfunctory “good day to you.”

I wished him well and engaged him in conversation. His name was Joseph Winder and he was reflecting on the lives of two of his relatives, buried at this site. Joseph enjoyed speaking about his forebear, Ed Winder, and he regaled me in the stories of Ed's life; as I accompanied him back toward his home.

The stories varied in interest to me, ranging from accounts of mere coincidence to events that held my attention easily. I was very keen to Joseph’s mannerisms as he spoke, knowing full well that body language may betray this keeper when he spoke about events related to his Rune Stone. My attention to detail paid off on two occasions, and I was able to coax details out of him that I otherwise might have missed. It seems Edward had a strong sense of predestination, and saw correlations between events in his life that may be seen as pure chance by most people.

Edward was born in Santa Fe, Argentina; just three days after a well known author passed through. I was unsure of the significance of this, but Joseph seemed to think there was good luck granted from such a conjunction, even if off by three days.

The more notable event that caught my attention was Edward’s treasure hunt in Bedford County Virginia. Edward was fascinated by “The Beale Papers”, which appeared in 1885 in the form of a pamphlet. When he found out that Thomas J. Beale’s hidden treasure originated near Santa Fe, he was certain that his destiny was to be the finder. Never mind that this Santa Fe was in New Mexico, not Argentina. Edward spent a couple of years digging in Bedford County, but never was able to unearth the treasure.

When we arrived at his home, he invited me in for some refreshments, as the day was warm and the long walk had taken its toll on me. I cannot be certain, but I believe the odd parchment I espied while in his home may be a code that when solved, will lead to his Rune Stone.

 

“7 2 29 16 4 19 69 8 80 27 118 11 136 52 171 133 17 173 28 102 233 257 23 344 15 76 81 31 32 18 22

187 33 20 198 348 30 200 388 45 26 171.2 10 36 244 130 34 529 53 6 247 129 1 576 56 38 62 593 306

604 356 40 210 89 46 257.2 157 629 180 282 664 698 105 47 9 705 359 51 588 711 68 260 111 54 35 37

82 386 55 59 159 328 740 815 435 86 446 835 560 115 618 837 64 120 648 225 63 940 124”