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1. What two nations celebrate Republic Day on this date?
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2. In what state was Jim Thorpe born? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the biography at her official website, how did Debby Atwell begin her work with children's books? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a children's book by Debby Atwell (according to her official website):

1. What humanitarian organization was founded on this date in 1961? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the Library of Congress, from what three Indian tribes was Jim Thorpe a descendant? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the University of California Santa Barbara, what theory did Louis Agassiz formulate? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a novel written by John Steinbeck:
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1. According to Writer's Almanac, Louis Agassiz was a great teacher who encouraged his students to learn how?

2. According to the Gale Group, what year did Betty Shabazz graduate from nursing school?

3. According to Fact Monster, for how many days was Edward VIII the King of England?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a book by Ian Fleming (according to the Kuusankoski Public Library):

Louis Agassiz
Born on This Date 1807

[Harvard University]


Jim Thorpe
Born on This Date 1888

[Sentinel Online]

Olympic Athlete and Professional Baseball and Football Player

Ian Fleming
Born on This Date 1908

[Hindustan Times ]

Author of James Bonds Novels

Betty Shabazz
Born on This Date 1936

[Teachers College of New Jersey]

Wife of Malcolm X

Debby Atwell
Debby Atwell
Born on This Date 1953

[Official Website]

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

The rain does not seem to let up for the explorers. Due to the hard rain in the night, several articles were drenched and some tobacco was ruined. A man from the group joined in with six Indians for their hunt, but no insight as to their interaction was revealed. The weather was so cloudy that no observations could be May 31-Thursday
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: We sent Goodrich to the village of the broken arm this morning he returned in the evening with some roots bread and a parsel of goats-hair for making our saddle pads.

Reubin and Joseph Feilds set out this morning to hunt high up on a creek which discharges itself into this river about 8 miles above us.

at Noon Charbono, York and Lapage returned; they had obtained four bags of the dryed roots of Cows and some bread.

in the evening Collins Shannon and Colter returned with eight deer. they had fortunately discovered a ford on Collins's Creek where they were enabled to pass it with their horses and had hunted at the quawmash ground where we first met with the Chopunnish last fall. deer were very abundant they informed us, but there were not many bear.

The sick Cheif was much better this morning he can use his hands and arms and seems much pleased with the prospect of recovering, he says he feels much better than he has for a great number of months. I sincerely wish these sweats may restore him; we have consented that he should still remain with us and repeat these sweats. he set up a great proportion of the day.—

The Child is also better, he is free of fever, the imposthume is not so large but seems to be advancing to maturity.—

Clark: The Country along the rocky mountains for Several hundred Miles in length and about 50 in width is leavel extremely fertile and in many parts Covered with a tall and opult. growth of the long leafed pine. near the Watercourses the hills are lofty tho' are covered with a good Soil and not remarkably Stoney and possess more timber than the leavel country. the bottom lands on the Water courses are reather narrow and confined tho' fertile and Seldom inundated. this Country would form an extensive Settlement; the Climate appears quit as mild as that of a Similar latitude on the Atlantic Coast; & it cannot be otherwise than healthy; it possesses a fine dry pure air. the grass and maney plants are now upwards of Knee high. I have no doubt that this tract of Country if Cultivated would produce in great abundance every article esentially necessary to the comfort and Subsistence of civillized man. to it's present inhabitents 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 plentiful Store of provisions; those are acquired but little toil; and then prepared after the method of the nativs afford not only a nutricious but an agreeable food. among other roots those Called by them the Quawmash and Cows are esteemd. the most agreeable and valuable as they are also the most abundant in those high plains.

The Cows is a knobbed root of an erregularly rounded form not unlike the Gensang in form and Consistence; this root they Collect, rub off a thin black rhind which Covers it and pounding it exposes it in cakes to the Sun. these Cakes are about an inch and ¼ thick and 6 by 18 in wedth, when dry they either eat this bread alone without any further preperation, or boil it and make a thick Musilage; the latter is most common & much the most agreeable. the flower of this root is not very unlike the gensang—. this root they Collect as early as the Snow disappears in the Spring, and Continues to collect it untill the Quawmash Supplies it's place which happins about the Middle of June. the quawmash is also Collected for a fiew weeks 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 Cows is also frequently dried in the Sun and pounded afterwards and used in thickening Supe and Makeing Mush.

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