The object of intrigue for the gents is a locked iron box. Sent from Tennessee, it holds the treasures from their excavation site. It was sent without a key, and they agonize over how to open it without damaging the gold and diamonds inside.
Lum imagines the royalty who owned the battered, and burnt up old pans that were also sent.
Abner is less than impressed, figuring Lizabeth could burn up some old pots and pans just as good.
The discussion returns to the missing key. Old shoe buttons have Abner confused. Are they really valuable? Is the buried treasure as old as Lum figures it is? Abner keeps finding clues that it’s much newer than what Lum claims.
As the gents discuss the oddities, they giggle, and nearly break character. The box is accidentally dropped, and its contents of gold coins falls out. The gents are rich… right?