Message #305:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Stolen Artifacts
Date: Mon, 16 Sep 96 14:44:00 MST
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From: Lynne E. Christenson 

Three artifacts were stolen from the museum at the Santa Ysabel Chapel, 
Santa Ysabel, CA.  The museum is normally unlocked and unattended.  All 
items were taken from the glass display case.  The three items are rare and 
highly valued. The following descriptions of the items were provided by the 
San Diego County Sheriff's Department.  If you recognize any of the items, 
or know who has them or where they might be found, please contact Deputy 
Sheriff James K. Baker at (619)765-0503.

1.  Rabbit Stick - The Rabbit stick is made of pale gray oak wood and is 
approximately 200 years old.  The rabbit stick is 27 inches by 3 inches by 
3/4 inches.  Rabbit fur is attached to each end.  The wood has carvings on 
it.  One source says that there are only two such rabbit sticks in the 
United States.

2.  Bible - The bible was brought to California from Spain in the late 
1700's. It is black with gold letters and is 9 inches by 5 1/2 inches by 2 
inches.  It is unknown at this time if the bible was written in Spanish or 

3.  Priest's Stole - The stole, approximately 8 feet long, is made of white 
cloth with silver thread.  It too is 200 years old and was brought to the 
Chapel by the founding priest.

Lynne E. Christenson PhD, Collections Management Program
San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182-4443
(619) 594-2305 / FAX (619) 594-1358