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3. On this date in 1804, the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery camped for the night in Oliver County, North Dakota. What is the size of Oliver County in square miles? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of work about boys and girls by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey (according to Loganberry Books):

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1. According to Princeton University, who appointed Henry Norris Russell as instructor in astronomy in 1905?

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Cold morning Set out early under a gentle Breeze from the S. E. by E proceeded on, passed the 3rd old
Village where the Mandins once lived but which has been Deserted. for many years, This village was Situated on an eminance of about 40 foot above the water on the L. S. back for Several miles is a butifull plain

at a Short distance above this old village on a Continuation of the Same eminance was Situated the Ricares Village [Recorees - Arikara Indians] which have been avacuated only Six years. above this village a large and extensive bottom for Several miles in which the Squaws raised ther Corn, but little timber near the villages, on the S.S. below
is a point of excellent timber, and in the point Several miles above is fine timber,

Several parties of Mandins rode to the river on the Starboard. Shore to view us indeed they are continuelly in Sight Satisying their Curiossities as to our apperance etc.

we are told that the Seaux has latterly Stole the horses of the "Big belley" [Hidatsa or Gross Ventre Indians] , on their way home they fell in with
the Ossinboin who killed them and took the horses

— a frenchman* has latterly been killed by the Indians on the Track to the tradeing establishment on the Ossinebine R. in the North of this place (or British fort) This frenchman has lived <20> many years with the Mandins

we were frequently called on to land & talk to parties of the Mandins on the Shore,

wind Shifted to the S. W at about 11 oClock and blew hard untill 3 OCk. clouded up river full of Sand bars & we are at a great loss to find the Channel of the river, frequently run on the Sand bars which Detain us much passed a verry bad riffle of rocks in the evining by takeing the L. S. of a Sand bar and
Camped on a Sand point on the S. S. opposit a high hill on the L. S.

Several Indians Come to See us this evening, amongst others the Son of the late great Cheif of the Mandins this
man has his two little fingers off—; on inqureing the Cause, was told it was Customary for this nation to Show their greaf by Some testimony of pain, and that it was not uncommon for them to take off 2 Smaller fingers of the hand and Some times more with ther marks of Savage effection. Those Indians appear to have Similar Customs with the Ricaras
[Recorees - Arikara Indians] , their Dress the Same more mild in their language & justures etc

R Fields with a Rhumitisum in his Neck one man R. in his hips my Self much better,

[*Ménard, a French Canadian possibly bearing the Christian name Pierre and otherwise known as "Manoah" and "old Menard," had lived with the Mandans and Hidatsas since the 1770s. He told Jean Baptiste Truteau that he had been on the Yellowstone River some time before 1795, making him possibly the first white man to have seen that stream. Different sources attribute his death to the Assiniboines, the Hidatsa and the Mandans.]

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a cool morning

Capt Lewis and my Self walked down to See the place the Indians pointed out as the worst place in passing through the gut, which we found difficuelt of passing without great danger, but as the portage was impractiable with our large Canoes, we Concluded to Make a portage of our most valuable articles and run the canoes thro accordingly

on our return divided the party Some to take over the Canoes, and others to take our Stores across a portage of a mile to a place on the Chanel below this bad whorl & Suck, with Some others I had fixed on the Chanel with roapes
to throw out to any who Should unfortunately meet with difficuelty in passing through; great number of Indians viewing us from the high rocks under which we had to pass,

the 3 first Canoes passed thro very well, the 4th nearly filled with water, the last passed through by takeing in a little water, thus Safely below what I conceved to be the worst part of this Chanel, felt my Self extreamly gratified and pleased. we loaded the Canoes & Set out, and had not proceeded, more than two mile before the unfortunate Canoe which filled crossing the bad place above, run against a rock and was in great danger of being lost,

This Chanel is through a hard rough black rock, from 50–100 yards wide. Swelling and boiling in a most tremendious maner Several places on which the Indians inform me they take the Salmon as fast as they wish;

we passed through a deep bason to the stard Side of 1 mile below which the River narrows and divided by a rock
The Curent we found quit jentle, here we met with our two old Chiefs who had been to a village below to Smoke a friendly pipe, and at this place they met the Cheif & party from the village above on his return from hunting all of whome were then crossing over their horses,

we landed to Smoke a pipe with this Chief whome we found to be a bold pleasing looking man of about 50 years of age dressd. in a war jacket a cap Legins & mockersons. he gave us Some meat of which he had but little and informed us he in his rout met with a war party of Snake Indians from the great river of the S. E. which falls in a few miles above and had a fight. we gave this Chief a Medal, &c. a parting Smoke with our two faithful friends the Chiefs who accompanied us from the head of the river, (who had purchased a horse each with 2 robes and intended to return on horse back)

we proceeded on down the water fine, rocks in every derection for a fiew miles when the river widens and becoms a butifull jentle Stream of about half a mile wide, Great numbers of the Sea Orter about those narrows and both below and above.

we Came too, under a high point of rocks on the Lard. Side below a creek of 20 yards wide and much water, as it
was necessary to make Some Selestial observations we formed our Camp on the top of a high point of rocks, which forms a kind of fortification in the Point between the river & Creek, with a boat guard, this Situation we Concieve well Calculated for defence, and Conveniant to hunt under the foots of the mountain to the West & S. W. where timber of different kinds grows, and appears to be handsom Coverts for the Deer, in oke woods,

ent out hunters to examine for game G. D. Killed a Small Deer & other Saw much Sign, I killed a goose in the creek which was verry fat— one of the guard saw a Drum fish to day as he Conceved our Situation well Calculated to
defend our Selves from any designs of the natives, Should They be enclined to attack us.

This litle Creek heads in the range of mountains which run S S W & N W for a long distance on which is Scattering pine white Oake &c. The Pinical of the round toped mountain which we Saw a Short distance below the forks of this river is S. 43° W. of us and abt 37 miles, it is at this time toped with Snow The face of the Countrey, on both Side of the river above and about the falls, is Steep ruged and rockey open and contain but a Small preportion of erbage, no timber a fiew bushes excepted,

The nativs at the upper falls raft their timber down Towarnehooks River & those at the narrows take theirs up the
river to the lower part of the narrows from this Creek, and Carry it over land 3 miles to their houses &c. at the mouth of this creek Saw Some beaver Sign, and a Small wolf in a Snare Set in the willows

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