Spartanburg Herald, dated Dec. 27, 1911.
OLD POWDER BOX HELD TREASURE
Rutherfordton, Dec. 26- An incident of unusual human interest and one which goes to show that Diogenes with his lantern need not have traveled further than Rutherford county, this state, occurred yesterday.
To begin at the beginning- 3 yrs ago MR. MILLARD PARTON purchased at a sale of the personal effects of the late H.B. HINES an old tool chest for the sum of $1.50. Having no other use for the antiquated affair MR. PARTON made it a receptacle for powder and shot, used in filling shells. In the course of time, much ammo sifted its way into crevices of the chest and yesterday , thinking to gather up all the fragments the owner turned the chest upside down. BEHOLD ! Silver dollars literally rained. A false partition in the chest had been dislogded by the jar and hoarded wealth to the amount of $410.
Calling County Commissioner RICHARD LEDBETTER, the suprised MR. PARTON had told him to count out the money and then turn it over to the clerk of the superior court with instructions to deliver it to the HINE'S heirs. It was learned today that HINES had no heirs and the money will probably go to the University of N.C. HINES was a miserly Confederate veteran and was known to have amassed considerable wealth.
The discovery of the silver adds another interesting chapter to the McINTYRE case also, HINES was one of the 3 men for whom murder WILL McINTYRE was indicted at the November term of court. The others were MELTON and ATCHLEY. The crime was committed nearly 3 years ago but only recently was sufficient evidence adduced to fasten guilt. McINTYRE was living in Columbia, S.C. when the indictment was returned, but departed hastily just two days before officers from Rutherford armed with warrants, reached S.C. Governor KITCHIN has offered $200. reward .
[ this is not my family, only hope someone may find interesting].
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