Baillie boys find different kind of treasure

Justin Crann
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Blaze and Brock Baillie (left and right, respectively) hold up the special tyndall stone they found on a treasure hunt in Wakamow Valley Park this week. Inset is the message stamped on the stone.

Special stone one of 100 hidden in Sask.

Blaze and Brock Baillie found a little more than they were bargaining for when they went treasure hunting in Wakamow Valley this week.

The brothers — along with their mother, Angela Shaw, and their step-father, Brent Langton, were using a metal detector to seek out loot in the Moose Jaw park when the idea occurred to Blaze to check inside a hollowed-out tree trunk.

"I just thought that there would be something in it," Blaze said.

"It was an old tree with a hollow stump," added Shaw. "He put the metal detector inside and it beeped."

Inside the trunk, the family found a few coins and — more importantly to them, according to Shaw — a special piece of tyndall stone.

"The boys were looking for things like bottle caps and coins," said Shaw. "They weren't expecting to find anything like that and, when they did, it was just like, 'Wow.'

"Their eyes lit up and they told me, 'We actually found treasure!'" she added.

The stone, a small cube, is one of 100 that were scattered across the province by artist Terri Fidelak in 2012 to commemorate the Saskatchewan Legislative Building's centennial.

Each of the 100 stones is stamped with a message congratulating its finder and encouraging them to bring the object back to the Legislative Building.

As of the most recent estimate, 67 of the stones remain unfound and it is suspected that all of the stones may not be returned for years — or even decades.

However, Shaw said she would be taking the boys to the legislative building to turn in their finding, which will make it the latest stone to find its way home so far.

"This is a memory they'll always have," she noted.

For more information on the Hidden Tyndall project, visit its website.

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Geographic location: Sask., Moose Jaw

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