article was taken from "A Centennial History of Morland and Community 1881
In May and June of 1936 Morland was the center of much excitement and of
nationwide interest when workman digging a well in the business area brought
up bits of metal. Some of the metal taken out of hole was sent to laboratories
to be analyzed. Rumors started flying about a mysterious metal box believed
to be of brass, about 18 by 18 inches by three feet long. The digging was
slow because of the quick sand and an underground stream of water.
Of course with anticipated treasure, it was felt necessary to have representatives
of the law there so on June 8, 1936 Dan C. Dever and Wayne Owen of Salina
and Edgar W. Heye of Oakley, members of Patrol #1, Kansas Division, arrived
with their Tommy Guns and other fast shooting equipment in case some unforeseen
difficulty might take place. They expected to stay until the mystery box
was removed from its watery grave.
Finally the day came when the mystery box was finally to be brought to
the surface. The following article found in the Hill City Times of June
18, 1936 tells the story:
"Last Thursday it was flashed to the Times Office that the box was brought out and reporters went to cover the story. It was not until about four o'clock, however, that the mystery box was brought out of its resting place, and much to the amusement of others, the valuable, much talked about "King Tut" had petrified and turned into a large blue limestone rock. There were a lot of 'I told you so's,' by the spectators and the tension was high. However things ran very smooth because the state troopers and local officials had been called to protect the valuable box.
The startling news was flashed by the Times to the Associated Press and there by to all the newspapers of the country. People all over the world have been reading about the Morland mystery and probably were shocked to hear the tragic news of "King Tut."
During this entire episode, the Morland Monitor had not carried many news items stating they did not want to create a sensation. Perhaps their final comment was fitting: "It was 'Old King Tut' all right but owing to the length of time it took to get him out, he had become petrified."