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1. Who married Clark Gable on this date in 1939? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

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Use all of these letters to spell the name of a writer born on this date:

1. Who was the woman found guilty of espionage on this date in 1951? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the National Women's Hall of Fame, in what year was Barbara Jordan first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

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Use all of these letters to spell the title of a hit production in which Pearl Bailey appeared (according to Women's International Center):
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1. According to Writer's Almanac, how long had it been since Viking Press had last accepted an unsolicited manuscript before it accepted Judith Guest's manuscript for Ordinary People?

2. According to the National Academy of Sciences, what were Ruth Sager's two careers?

3. According to the Women's International Center, to what organization did Pearl Bailey serve as the United States Goodwill Ambassador?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a novel by Judith Guest (according to Book Rags):
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: It is a very cloudy morning. All people are working to prepare for the voyage up the Missouri. Captain Louis arrived at 4 o'clock from St. Louis.
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: The obstickle broke away above & the ice came dow in great quantites the river rose 13 inches the last 24
hours I observed extrodanary dexterity of the Indians in jumping from one Cake of ice to another, for the purpose of Catching the buffalow as they float down maney of the Cakes of ice which they pass over are not two feet Square. The Plains are on fire in view of the fort on both Sides of the River, it is Said to be common for the Indians to burn the Plains near
their villages every Spring for the benifit of ther horse, and to induce the
Buffalow to come near to them.

[The carcasses of buffalo drowned in the river were an important source of meat for the tribes of the upper Missouri, and a fairly advanced state of decomposition added to the attraction.]

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: We set out early this morning and proceeded along the side of Deer Island; halted at 10 A. M. near its upper point and breakfasted. here we were joined by three men of the Clan-nah-min-na-mun nation. the upper point of this Island may be esteemed the lower side or commencement of the Columbian valley.

after breakfast we proceeded on and at the distance of 14 miles from our encampment of the last evening

on the North side of the columbia a little above the entrance of this inlet a considerable river discharges itself. this stream the natives call the Cah-wâh-na-hi-ooks. it is 150 yards wide and at present discharges a large body of water, tho' from the information of the same people it is not navigable but a short distance in consequence of falls and rappids a tribe called the Hul-lu-et-tell reside on this river above it's entr.—

at the distance of three miles above the entrance of the inlet on the N. side behind the lower point of an island we arrived at the village of the Cath-lah-poh-tle wich consists of 14 large wooden houses. here we arrived at 3 P. M.

the language of these people as well as those on the inlet and wappetoe Island differs in some measure from the nations on the lower part of the river. tho' many of their words are the same, and a great many others with the
difference only of accent. the form of their houses and dress of the men, manner of living habits customs &c as far as we could discover are the same.

the floors of most of their houses are on a level with the surface of the earth tho' some of them are sunk two or 3 feet beneath. the internal arrangement of their houses is the same with those of the nations below. they are also fond of sculpture. various figures are carved and painted on the peices which support the center of the roof, about their doors and beads.

they had large quantities of dryed Anchovies strung on small sticks by the gills and others which had been first dryed
in this manner, were now arranged in large sheets with strings of bark and hung suspended by poles in the roofs of their houses; they had also an abundance of sturgeon and wappetoe; the latter they take in great quantities from the neighbouring bonds, which are numerous and extensive in the river bottoms and islands. the wappetoe
[bulb of the Sagitifolia or common arrow head, which grows in great abundance in the marshey ground of that butifull and fertile vally on the Columbia] furnishes the principal article of traffic with these people which they dispose of to the nations below in exchange for beads cloth and various articles. the natives of the Sea coast and lower part of the river will dispose of their most valuable articles to obtain this root.

they have a number of large symeters [Scimitar, curved Oriental sword] of Iron from 3 to 4 feet long which hang by the heads of their beads; the blade of this weapon is thickest in the center tho' thin even there. all it's edges are sharp and it's greatest width which is about 9 inches from the point is about 4 inches. this is a formidable weapon.

they have heavy bludegeons of wood made in the same form nearly which I presume they used for the same purpose before they obtained metal.

we purchased a considerable quantity of wappetoe, 12 dogs, and 2 Sea otter skins of these people. they were very hospitable and gave us anchovies and wappetoe to eat. notwithstanding their hospitality if it deserves that appellation, they are great begers, for we had scarcely finished our repast on the wappetoe and Anchovies which they voluntarily
set before us before they began to beg.

we gave them some small articles as is our custom on those occasions with which they seemed perfectly satisfyed.
we gave the 1st Cheif a small medal, which he soon transfered to his wife.

after remaining at this place 2 hours we set out & continued our rout between this island, which we now call Cath-lah-poh-tle after the nation, and the Lard shore. at the distance of 2 miles we encamped in a small prarie on the main shore, having traveled 19 miles by estimate.

the river rising fast. great numbers of both the large and small swans, gees and ducks seen today. the former are very abundant in the ponds where the wappetoe is found, they feed much on this bulb. the female of the duck which was described yesterday is of a uniform dark brown with some yellowish brown intermixed in small specks on the back neck and breast. the garter snakes are innumerable, & are seen entwined arround each other in large bundles of forty of fifty lying about in different directions through the praries. the frogs are croaking in the swams and marhes; their notes do not differ from those of the Atlantic States; they are not found in the salt marshes near the entrance of the river. heared a large hooting owl hollowing this evening. saw several of the crested fishers and some of the large and small black-birds.—

Clark: we Set out very early this morning and proceeded to the head of deer island and took brackfast. the morning
was very cold wind Sharp and keen off the rainge of Mountains to the East Covered with snow.

the river is now riseing very fast and retards our progress very much as we are compelled to keep out at Some
distance in the Curent to clear the bushes, and fallin trees and drift logs makeing out from the Shore. dureing the time we were at Brackfast a Canoe with three Indians of the Clan-nar-min-na-mon Nation came down, one of those men was dressed in a Salors Jacket & hat & the other two had a blanket each,

we proceeded on to the lower point of the Said island accompanied by the 3 Indians, & were met by 2 canoes of nativs of the quath-lah-pah-tal who informed us that the chanel to the N E of the Island was the proper one. we prosued their advice and Crossed into the mouth of the Chah-wah-na-hi-ooks River which is about 200 yards wide and a great portion of water into the columbia at this time it being high. The indians inform us that this river is crouded with rapids after Some distance up it.

Several tribes of the Hul-lu-et-tell Nation reside on this river. at 3 oClock P. M. we arived at the Quath lah pah tle Village of 14 Houses on main Shore to the N E. Side of a large island. those people in their habits manners Customs and language differ but little from those of the Clatsops and others below.

here we exchanged our deer Skins killed yesterday for dogs, and purchased others to the Number of 12 for provisions for the party, as the deer flesh is too poore for the Men to Subsist on and work as hard as is necessary. I also purchased a Sea Otter robe. we purchased wappatoe and Some pashaquar roots.

gave a Medal of the Small Size to the principal Chief, and at 5 oClock reembarked and proceeded up on the N E. of
an Island to an inlet about 1 mile above the village and encamped on a butifull grassy plac, where the nativs make a portage of their Canoes and Wappato roots to and from a large pond at a Short distance.

in this pond the nativs inform us they Collect great quantities of pappato, which the womin collect by getting into the water, Sometimes to their necks holding by a Small canoe and with their feet loosen the wappato or bulb of the root from the bottom from the Fibers, and it imedeately rises to the top of the water, they Collect & throw them into the Canoe, those deep roots are the largest and best roots.

Great numbers of the whistling Swan, Gees and Ducks in the Ponds.

Soon after we landed 3 of the nativs came up with Wappato to Sell a part of which we purchased. they Continued but
a Short time. our men are recoverey fast.

Willard quite well & Bratten much Stronger.

we made 15 miles to day only.

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