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1. On this date in 1806, which president's grandson became the first baby to be born in the White House? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. In what year did Popeye first appear in a comic strip on this date? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to Colonial Hall, Benjamin Franklin's ancestors came from which county in England? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by Robert Cormier (according to Random House)

1. What was the name of the nuclear-powered submarine that made its first voyage on this date in 1955? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the BBC, in which small Michigan town was John Bellairs born? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the Lucid Library, how many times did James Cook sail around the world? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a book by John Bellairs:
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1. According to Incompetech what was the name of the imaginary kingdom on which Anne Brontė and her sister Emily would write?

2. According to the Virginia Historical Society, how many years did Douglas Wilder serve in the Virginia General Assembly?

3. According to the International Boxing Hall of Fame, how many bouts did Muhammad Ali win and lose during his professional career?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a writing by William Stafford (according to his official web site)
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[University of Sheffield]

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a verry windey morning hard from the North Thermometer at 0, Several Indians here to day

Whitehouse: This morning about 3 o'Clock the Wind began to blow from the North, & freeze which continued all this day, the Weather being very Cold—

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: This morning we were visited by Comowool and 7 of the Clatsops our nearest neighbours, who left us again in the evening. They brought with them some roots and buries for sale, of which however they disposed of but very few as they asked for them such prices as our stock in trade would not license us in giving.

the Chief Comowool gave us some roots and buries for which we gave him in return a mockerson awl and some thread; the latter he wished for the purpose of making a skiming net.

one of the party was dressed in three very eligant Sea Otter skins which we much wanted; for these we offered him many articles but he would not dispose of them for any other consideration but blue beads, of these we had only six fathoms left, which being 4 less than his price for each skin he would not exchange nor would a knife or an
equivalent in beads of any other colour answer his purposes,

these coarse blue beads are their f[av]orite merchandiz, and are called by them tia Commįshuck' or Chiefs beads. the best wampum is not so much esteemed by them as the most inferior beads.

Sent Coalter out to hunt this morning, he shortly after returned with a deer, venison is a rarity with us we have had none for some weeks. Drewyer also set out on a hunting excertion and took one man with him. he intends both to hunt the Elk and trap the beaver.

The Culinary articles of the Indians in our neighbourhood consist of wooden bowls or throughs, baskets, wooden spoons and woden scures or spits. Their wooden bowls and troughs are of different forms and sizes, and most generally dug out of a solid piece; they are ither round or simi globular, in the form of a canoe, cubic, and cubic at top terminating in a globe at bottom; these are extreemly well executed and many of them neatly carved the larger vessels with hand-holes to them;

in these vessels they boil their fish or flesh by means of hot stones which they immerce in the water with the article to be boiled. they also render the oil of fish or other anamals in the same manner. their baskets are formed of cedar bark and beargrass so closely interwoven with the fingers that they are watertight without the aid of gum or rosin; some of these are highly ornamented with strans of beargrass which they dye of several colours and interweave in a great variety of figures;

this serves them the double perpose of holding their water or wearing on their heads; and are of different capacites from that of the smallest cup to five or six gallons; they are generally of a conic form or reather the segment of a cone of which the smaller end forms the base or bottom of the basket. these they make very expediciously and dispose off for a mear trifle.

it is for the construction of these baskets that the beargrass becomes an article of traffic among the natives this grass grows only on their high mountains near the snowey region; the blade is about ? of an inch wide and 2 feet long smoth pliant and strong; the young blades which are white from not being exposed to the sun or air, are those most commonly employed, particularly in their neatest work.

Their spoons are not remarkable nor abundant, they are generally large and the bole brawd.

their meat is roasted with a sharp scure, one end of which is incerted in the meat with the other is set erect in the ground. the spit for roasting fish has it's upper extremity split, and between it's limbs the center of the fish is inscerted with it's head downwards and the tale and extremities of the scure secured with a string, the sides of the fish, which was in the first instance split on the back, are expanded by means of small splinters of wood which extend crosswise the fish.

a small mat of rushes or flags is the usual plate or dish on which their fish, flesh, roots or burries are served. they make a number of bags and baskets not watertight of cedar bark, silk-grass, rushes, flags and common coarse sedge. in these they secure their dryed fish, rooots, buries, &c.—

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