Readers of this column are by now familiar with the work of Dr. Balderdash, of the University of Brattleboro, on T. P. James’ notebooks. But for new readers, we can simply say James was a spiritualist hoaxer who lived in Brattleboro in the 1870s. His existence and life’s work are well documented.
According to Dr. Balderdash, James also left many treasures hidden in the southern portions of Vermont and New Hampshire. This month, Dr. Balderdash has selected a puzzle from James’ notebook that was never completed. The treasure was laid out (perhaps in the year 1878) and the coded message was written, but the final draft was never finished.