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1. In what year did Christopher Columbus leave Spain on this date to make his final trip to the "New World" (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. Which Union General took it upon himself to emancipate the slaves in Florida, Georgia & South Carolina on this date in 1862? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the District of Columbia Public Library, from which university did Rudolph Fisher graduate? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a children's author/illustrator born on this date:

1. What was the name of Benjamin Franklin's newspaper in which the first political cartoon was published on this date in 1754? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the Scottish Library Association, what play did J.M. Barrie publish in 1904? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to Writer's Almanac, what did Howard Carter uncover in 1923? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

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

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1. According to the Library of Congress, where did Thomas Edison conduct his first public demonstration of the kinetoscope on this date 1893?

2. According to the History Channel, what did John Brown publicly announce his intentions to destroy, after attending a meeting in Cleveland?

3. According to the African American Registry, what was the number of the patent received by A.J Burr for his lawn mower on this date in 1899?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by Charles Simic (according to the Academy of American Poets):

John Brown
Born on This Date 1800

[The History Place]

Radical Abolitionist

J.M. Barrie
Born on This Date 1860

[Walkers Shortbread]

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Howard Carter
Born on This Date 1873

[New York Times]


Rudolph Fisher
Born on This Date 1897

[D.C. Public Library]


Eleanor Estes
Born on This Date 1916

[Thompson Public Schools]

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: Set out at an early hour; the wind being favourable we used our sails and proceeded very well;

the country in appearance is much as yester, Capt. C. killed 2 bucks and 2 Buffaloe, I also killed one Buffaloe which proved to be the best meat, it was in tolerable order; we saved the best of the meat, and from the cow I killed we
saved the necessary materials for making what our wrighthand cook Charbono calls the boudin blanc and immediately set him about preparing them for supper; this white pudding we all esteem one of the greatest delacies of the forrest, it may not be amiss therefore to give it a place. About 6 feet of the lower extremity of the large gut of the Buffaloe is the first mosel that the cook makes love to, this he holds fast at one end with the right hand, while with the forefinger and thumb of the left he gently compresses it, and discharges what he says is not good to eat, but of which in the squel we get a moderate portion; the mustle lying underneath the shoulder blade next to the back, and filletes are next saught, these are needed up very fine with a good portion of kidney suet; to this composition is then added a just proportion of pepper and salt and a small quantity of flour; thus far advanced, our skilfull opporater C—o seizes his recepticle, which has never once touched the water, for that would intirely distroy the regular order of the whole procedure; you will not forget that the side you now see is that covered with a good coat of fat provided the anamal be in good order; the operator sceizes the recepticle I say, and tying it fast at one end turns it inwards and begins now with repeated evolutions of the hand and arm, and a brisk motion of the finger and thumb to put in what he says is bon pour manger; thus by stuffing and compressing he soon distends the recepticle to the utmost limmits of it's power of expansion, and in the course of the opperation it's longtudinal progress it drives from the other end of the recepticle a much larger portion of the than was prevously discharged by the finger and thumb of the left hand in a former part of the operation; thus when the sides of the recepticle are skilfully exchanged the outer for the iner, and all is compleatly filled with something good to eat, it is tyed at the other end, but not any cut off, for that would make the pattern too scant; it is then baptised in the missouri with two dips and a flirt, and bobbed into the kettle; from whence after it be well boiled it is taken and fryed with bears oil untill it becomes brown, when it is ready to esswage the pangs of a keen appetite or such as travelers in the wilderness are seldom at a loss for.—

we saw a great quantity of game today particularly of Elk and Buffaloe, the latter are now so gentle that the men frequently throw sticks and stones at them in order to drive them out of the way. we also saw this evening emence quantities of timber cut by the beaver which appeared to have been done the preceeding year, in place particularly they had cut all the timber down for three acres in front and on nearly one back from the river and had removed a considerable proportion of it, the timber grew very thick and some of it was as large as a man's body. the river for several days has been as wide as it is generally near it's mouth, tho' it is much shallower or I should begin to dispair of ever reaching it's source; it has been crouded today with many sandbars; the water also appears to become clearer, it has changed it's complexin very considerably. I begin to feel extreemly anxious to get in view of the rocky mountains.

Lewis & Clark Map: 04/27/05 Valley County, Montana Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery

The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska

Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: We sent out several hunters early this morning with instructions to meet us at the lodge of the Twisted hair. Collecting our horses detained us untill 9 A. M. when we charged our packhorses and set out.

our rout lay through a level rich country similar to that of yesterday; at the distance of 6 miles we arrived at the lodge of the twisted hair; this habitation was built in the usual form with sticks mats and dryed hay, and contained 2 firs and about 12 persons.

here we halted as had been previously concerted, and one man with 2 horses accompayed the twisted hair to the
canoe camp, about 4 ms. in quest of the saddles. the Twisted hair sent two young men in surch of our horses agreeably to his promis.

The country along the rocky mountains for several hundred miles in length and about 50 in width is level extreemly fertile and in many parts covered with a tall and open growth of the longleafed pine. near the watercouses the hills are steep and lofty tho' are covered with a good soil not remarkably stony and possess more timber than the level country. the bottom lands on the watercourses are reather narrow and confined tho' fertile & seldom inundated. this country would form an extensive settlement; the climate appears quite as mild as that of similar latitude on the Atlantic coast if not more so and it cannot be otherwise than healthy; it possesses a fine dry pure air. the grass and many plants are now upwards of knee high. I have no doubt but this tract of country if cultivated would produce in great abundance every article essentially necessary to the comfort and subsistence of civillized man.

to it's present inhabitants nature seems to have dealt with a liberal hand, for she has distributed a great variety of esculent plants over the face of the country which furnish them a plentifull store of provision; these are acquired with but little toil, and when prepared after the method of the natives afford not only a nutricious but an agreeable food. among other roots those called by them the Quawmash and Cows are esteemed the most agreeable and valuable as they are also the most abundant.

the cows is a knobbed root of an irregularly rounded form not unlike the Gensang in form and consistence. this root they collect, rub of a thin black rhind which covers it and pounding it expose it in cakes to the sun. these cakes ate about an inch and ¼ thick and 6 by 18 in width, when dryed they either eat this bread alone without any further preperation, or boil it and make a thick muselage; the latter is most common and much the most agreeable. the flavor of this root is not very unlike the gensang.— this root they collect as early as the snows disappear in the spring and continue to collect it untill the quawmash supplys it's place which happens about the latter end of June. the quawmash is also collected for a few weaks after it first makes it's appearance in the spring, but when the scape appears it is no longer fit for use untill the seed are ripe which happens about the time just mentioned, and then the cows declines. the latter is also frequently dryed in the sun and pounded afterwards and then used in making soope.—

I observed a few trees of the larch and a few small bushes of the balsam fir near the lodge of the Twisted hair.

at 2 P. M. our hunters joined us Drewyer killed a deer but lost it in the river. a few pheasants was the produce of the hunt. we procured a few roots of cows of which we made soope. late in the evening The Twisted hair and Willard returned; they brought about half of our saddles, and some powder and lead which had been buried at that place. my saddle was among the number of those which were lost.

about the same time the young men arrived with 21 of our horses. the greater part of our horses were in fine order. five of them appeared to have been so much injured by the indians riding them last fall that they had not yet recovered and were in low order. three others had soar backs. we had these horses caught and hubbled.

the situation of our camp was a disagreeable one in an open plain; the wind blew violently and was cold. at seven P. M. it began to rain and hail, at 9 it was succeeded by a heavy shower of snow which continued untill the next morning.—

several indians joined us this evening from the village of the broken arm or Tunnachemootoolt and continued all night. The man who had imposed himself on us as a relation of the twisted hair rejoined us this evening we found him an impertinent proud supercilious fellow and of no kind of rispectability in the nation, we therefore did not indulge his advances towards a very intimate connection. The Cutnose lodged with the twisted hair I beleive they have become good friends again. several indians slept about us.

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