Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Paging Nicolas Cage!

Dateline Alabama: Possible Declaration of Independence copy found in Alabama
The Associated Press

This much is certain: Janice Burks has a copy of the Declaration of Independence, which her late husband said he found in a hidden compartment in a box he bought in Philadelphia decades ago.

Past that, the truths are not exactly self-evident.

The document may be one of the earliest known copies of the nation's founding document, a valuable treasure that turned up unexpectedly in an out-of-the-way part of Alabama. Or it could be a clever fake crafted not too many years ago.

Either way, the Burks family wants to have the document checked by experts.

'Even if it turned out to be a forgery, it would be good just to know one way or the other,' Burks told the Montgomery Advertiser in a story on Independence Day"

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