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“Brother [Martin] Harris then turned over as if he had no more to say and we made ready to leave. He spoke again and said, ‘I will tell you of the most wonderful thing that happened, after Joseph received the plates. Three of us, myself and two more, took some tools and went to the hill to dig for more plates of gold or something and indeed we found a stone box. We got quite excited and dug around it very carefully and just when we were ready to lift it up out of the hole, some unseen power slid it back into the hill. We stood and looked at it and one of us tried to drive a crowbar through the lid to hold it, but the crowbar glanced off and the corner of the lid was chipped off. Sometime that box will be found and you will find one corner of the lid broken and you will know that I have spoken the truth. ‘”

~Ole A. Jensen, statement of July 1875 (Martin Harris died a few days later), Clarkson, Utah, LDS archives; see also Abanes, One Nation Under Gods, page 497~