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Gold coins, hoofs found in 2,000-yr-old Chinese tomb….


NANCHANG, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) — Chinese archaeologists on Tuesday discovered 75 gold coins and hoof-shaped ingots in an aristocrat’s tomb that dates back to the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC – 24 AD).

The gold objects — 25 gold hoofs and 50 very large gold coins — are the largest single batch of gold items ever found in a Han Dynasty tomb. They were unearthed from the tomb of the first “Haihunhou” (Marquis of Haihun) in east China’s Jiangxi Province.

The coins weigh about 250 grams each, while the hoofs’ weights vary from 40 to 250 grams, said Yang Jun, who leads the excavation team.

They were packed in three boxes placed under a bed in the main chamber of the tomb. According to Yang, the gold objects appear to have been awarded to the marquis by the emperor.

Researchers are still working through the main chamber of the tomb in the Haihunhou cemetery, the most complete known Western Han Dynasty cemetery. It covers roughly 40,000 square meters and contains eight tombs and a burial site for horses used to pull chariots.

The tomb is thought to belong to Liu He, grandson of Emperor Wu. Liu was given the title “Haihunhou” after he was deposed as emperor after only 27 days. Haihun is the ancient name of a very small kingdom in the north of Jiangxi.

The site’s excavation started in 2011. Artifacts unearthed so far include a portrait of Confucius, nearly 3,000 wooden tablets and bamboo slips and a large number of bronze, gold and jade items.

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NM family says letter proves Jesse James lived to age 107….

In the realm of gun slinging outlaws, his name tops the list. Jesse James, the notorious Old West outlaw known for robbing banks and trains and killing anyone who got in his way, is alleged to have been shot by a member of his own gang on April 3, 1882. However, now 133 years after the alleged assassination, one Four Corners family is coming forward with proof that may suggest the famous outlaw lived a lot longer.

“Grandpa died August 15 at 6:45 p.m.” reads the first line of the letter, written in old-timey cursive.

Dated August 20, 1951, the missive could have been written about anyone.

“So Jesse Woodson James at age 107 went to his death still answering questions,” the second to last paragraph fully identifies the dead relative in question.

Yes, it is the famed outlaw Jesse James who is written about in this letter.  Proof, says the letter’s owners, which could re-write the history books.

“No doubt,” Patricia Brock said. She says they found the letter amongst love letters from her father to her mother. The letter is purported to be to Brock’s grandfather, Albert Connie, of Stanley, New Mexico and is from his cousin, O. Lee Howk, of Granbury, TX.

Now first let’s rewind.

Here’s what the history books say, after an illustrious career as a bank and train robber, the gang leader and all around bad guy , Jesse Woodson James was shot in the back of the head by gang member Bob Ford on April 3, 1882.

Legend says the man was after a bounty placed on James’ head. Instead of dying that day, though, this letter claims that Jesse James lived in Granbury, Texas until the age of 107.

“Wow!” laughs Brock, who claims to be James’ distant cousin, “Wow, wow!”

As incredible as it may seem, a newspaper clipping from 1966 talks about the former sheriff of Hood County Texas sharing the very same details about a man’s body he examined and found to be James. The article also includes a picture, alleged to be the aging James.

“I would have loved to [have] met him, but I understand he had 78 aliases,” Brock said.

The family tells us that they have authenticated a signature on the envelope to be that of Jesse James, probably signed before his death. The seal of the envelope also bears three symbols, allegedly used by James when he hid treasure.

“When he wrote, he printed, Jesse James did,” Brock said as to confirm the printed name on the flap.

And they have authenticated the hand writing in the letter to be that of O. Lee Howk–alias of Jesse Woodson James’ grandson, Jesse Lee James III.

“In Granbury, Texas I don’t know why anyone would go to that length,” Brock said.

Leaving this family – who claims to be distantly related to Jesse James – excited to share this proof of his long, albeit crime-ridden, life.

Full-text of the letter as seen in the pictures
[First Page]

Granbury, TX

August 20, 1951

Mr. Albert Connie

Stanley, NM

Dear cousin,

Grandpa died August 15th at 6:45 pm. For an old man age 107 past, he died his best. He would have lasted perhaps another year or so–questions, questions by the 10’s of thousands which he answered just simply shortened his life.

I’m sorry he isn’t here to answer yours too. Frank & Jesse James made dozens of trips from Alabama, Tennessee to Texas and back. We were in Nashville, Tennessee 2 weeks in 1948. Two weeks in Atlanta, 1 week at Selma, Alabama, one week at Pensacola, one week at New Orleans. In June and part of May 1948 we were at Rye & Pueblo, Colo. Not too far from the New Mexico line. Wish you could have come up.

[Second page]

We flew over NM twice in July 1948, crossed your state again on or about Nov. 1st 1948 & JJ came back across in March 1949 on the train. JJ went to Oklahoma twice in 1948, Chicago, Texas and on a hospital stretcher with a paralyzed rt. Side & a broken rt. hip. Could you or Shane done it even now let alone past 100 years of age?

Where is Stanley? I may have some work to do out there one of these days & I would like to hear your story.

So Jesse Woodson James at age 107 went to his death still answering questions-some authentic like yours.

Will you please mail the clipping of the paper you save so I can add it to JJ scrap book, please? God bless you all– Jesse was buried here Sunday among friends & kinfolks–old cowboys, etc.

Adios amigos-

O. Lee Howk

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