In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, what is the first thing Scout finds in the knot-hole of the oak tree?

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There were two large, old oak trees in the Radley's yard.  One tree had a knot-hole in it.  One day, Scout was walking by when a glimmer of light caught her eye.  It was a piece of tin foil in the knot-hole.  She reached into the knot-hole, and "withdrew two pieces of chewing gum minus their outer wrappers" (To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter 4).  The gum was Wrigley's Double Mint.  Scout smelled and licked the gum to make sure it was not poisoned.  When she suffered from no adverse effects, she eventually stuffed the sticks into her mouth to chew.  When Scout told Jem what she had found and how she had chewed the gum, he demanded that she spit it out.  He was concerned about her eating gum she had found in the knot-hole.  She refused to spit out the gum.  They argued back and forth until Scout eventually gave in.  She spit out the gum, which had mostly lost its flavor.

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