It’s the last Green Box for 2023…and what better way to end the season than to finish with diamonds from Christopher Designs! Christopher Designs is based out of New York and invented a revolutionary technique of cutting diamonds. His cutting method has more facets creating a larger and more brilliant looking diamond. Any shape of a L’amour Crisscut diamond will provide maximum size for the carat weight -- up to a 60% larger viewing size than a traditional cut diamond of the same carat weight.
The box finder this week will receive a flower necklace and earring set crafted from 18K white gold and 4.6cttw of natural diamonds with a retail value of $24,598. We will release a clue every day until the box is found, but if you stop by the store and take a look at a piece of Christopher Designs, you’ll get a clue a day in advance. Best of luck to everyone!
Green Box Status :: Has been found! Merry Christmas to you all and thank you so much for playing along with us! We hope that you learned a little and made some wonderful memories together this year!
This story is about a true treasure of yesteryear. Moore’s Lagoon was a natural lagoon in downtown Augusta that had big beautiful Cyprus trees, crystal clear water, tons of fish and was a very popular place to swim for our locals. In order to have a safeguard against flooding for downtown, we had to build the levee, this in-turn would block the lagoon’s access to the river. The water became stagnant and became a major hot spot for malaria carrying mosquitos and so the lagoon was drained. We’ll now dive to the story of our final Green Box of the year. The story of Wallace Bailey.
It was a typical day at the lagoon and Wallace went to the Lagoon with some of female friends for a fishing party one afternoon. While there he fell asleep and had a strange dream. While asleep he dreamed that he could dive into the water and catch fish with his bare hands. When he woke up at the lagoon he ran to the other end, took off his clothes and jumped in. “It felt mighty funny at first to keep my eyes open under water, but I stuck to it and in a little while I caught two or three dozen fish. Since then I have tried it every summer, and now I can see snags, stumps or anything else.” He even got to wear he could identify the fish by the species underwater and and catch a variety of fish.
The idea of catching a fish with one’s bare hands was pretty unbelievable to locals and it was often laughed at and ridiculed when described, because it seems like a product of a vivid imagination. What was then stated, however, did not comprise a third of what this man was capable of doing in the water. Knowing that the great majority of people entirely doubted Bailey’s powers, several gentleman finally persuaded him to name a day for a public exhibition. One afternoon therefore nearly 100 people had assembled at the lagoon, disrobing at one end Wallace swam down to the open stretch of the water before the crowd. Quickly, but with hardly a ripple of the placid surface, he sank beneath the water before the crowd.
Many present were skeptical as to the result, and when a minute had nearly collapsed, and still had not come to the top, the doubting ones felt certain it was a sell of some kind. “Hello, there he is!” The Human Cormorant came up to the top like a cork, holding in both hands a loft, each appearing a struggling fish. This caused the flutter of applause which encouraged the Fisher, and after throwing his prey out on the back, he went down again this was the most successful dive of the day when he came up not only did he have a fish in each hand, but also one in his mouth this was enough in itself to satisfy the entire audience, although somewhere of the opinion that he had two or three fish tied at the bottom during the morning, he caught at least two or three bunches, and went down again at 8 o'clock. The water was so cold and he could not stand it any longer than an hour. He captured eight or 10 fish, however, including trout, perch, brim, and catfish it was a wonderful work in deed, and all who saw it we are amazed.
One reporter asked him how long had he been doing this and he said “about six years, but I can only do it during the summer and even then it freezes me clear to the bone.” He was also asked how does he secure the fish? “Oh that's easy enough, a fish can get along pretty fast at first for about 8 yards but then he gets slow and I just keep on and catch him because you see I can stay under the water for two or three minutes the way I catch most of them is by finding their beds sometimes there's 20 or 30 huddled together and then when you go up Easy put one in your mouth grab one in each hand and come up to the top and the sun comes out good they drop to the bottom a lot of them getting together in a bed and goes to sleep or get stupid. Anyhow that's the easiest way to catch them, but it doesn't make any difference to me because I will get them no matter what they do. Why do you prefer to fish in the lagoon because it is still water, and clear to the river is usually muddy and besides, the current is strong in the lagoon water. I can out-swim a fish, but I cannot do it against the stream. It doesn't trouble me a bit to catch them in any pond or lake, but in a river if a fish started upstream, he would leave me far behind. I have called several of the Savanna, but it was only by quick work. Stillwater is the best.
The word of what Wallace Bailey could do traveled fast and you can see below here where his even reached Chicago.
You can the see the lagoon that was on the map but is all but gone.
#1 Clue, Saturday Dec. 16th :: The box rests at the entry of a place where a gate once was but is no more.
One google earth an image was taken that the there was a broken gate there at the entrance, that gate is now longer there.
#2 Clue, Sunday Dec. 17th :: Near where a load bearing capability was worthy of note.
People had fallen through thin ice before at Moore’s Lagoon, but it worth noting during a December in the 1800’s that the Moore’s Lagoon had ice roughly 3 inches thick that was perfect for ice skating.
#3 Clue, Monday Dec. 18th :: One who would be forever changed simply by a slumber.
He had fallen asleep, had a dream that he could catch fish with his hands, woke up, then could do it.
#4 Clue, Tuesday Dec. 19th :: The proof was provided at a public gathering.
Several gentleman finally persuaded him to name a day for a public exhibition yesterday afternoon therefore nearly 100 people had assembled at the lagoon to see if Wallace Bailey actually perform such a feat.
#5 Clue, Wednesday Dec. 20th :: What would begin as just an afternoon with a few members of the opposite sex.
It was a typical day at the lagoon and Wallace went to the Lagoon with some of female friends for a fishing party one afternoon. While there he fell asleep and had a strange dream. While asleep he dreamed that he could dive into the water and catch fish with his bare hands. When he woke up at the lagoon he ran to the other end, took off his clothes and jumped in. “It felt mighty funny at first to keep my eye open under water, but I stuck to it and in a little while I caught two or three dozen fish.”
#6 Clue, Thursday Dec. 21st :: Just one would have been impressive, but three was incredible.
Not only did Wallace Bailey live up catching fish with his bare hands in front of a crowd 100 people, he caught three in one dive, coming back to the surface with one in each hand and one in his mouth.
#7 Clue, Friday Dec. 22nd :: A name that was capable of flying, but a subject that never did.
He was nicknamed two different bird names “The Human Cormorant” and the “Human Kingfisher”
#8 Clue, Saturday Dec. 23rd :: An uncanny ability that many would believe was a trick.
Until he performed for the crowd, most did not believe that he could do it.
#9 Clue, Sunday Dec. 24th :: At an entrance to where someone special would need no rod or net.
#10 Clue, Monday Dec. 25th (in-store clue) :: Near where he who could outswim those naturally swam.
“He can get along fast at first, for about 8 yards, but then he gets slow, and I just keep on and catch him, because you see, I can stay under the water two or three minutes.
Bonus Clue at Gerald Jones Auto Group :: Right beside a large broken piece of that which is said to be the second-most-used substance in the world.
The Green Box was tucked right beside the large block of concrete at the entrance to Moore’s Lagoon off of Lover’s Lane.
The Bonus Clue :: From now to the end of this season you'll be able to visit any dealership of the Gerald Jones Auto Group starting at 10am for a bonus clue for each Green Box (that's one clue for the whole week). This clue will not be emailed, texted, on social or on our websites. In turn, the Auto Group will draw one a winner from this season to receive a new $35,000 car! Learn about the details here.
Also, if you want to learn more about the game or haven't signed up for the daily clue to be sent you, you may do so here. Also the Green Box will be not just hidden, but well disguised. Also, there is Facebook group for hunters that can be found here. Please, note that only the first clue of the week will be posted on our social media. Visit Windsor Fine Jewelers today at 2635 Washington Rd, Augusta, GA 30904 or call us at (706) 738-7777