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STEAMSHIP BEGINNINGS • Before steamships crossed the ocean, they plied the rivers. In 1819 the first steamboat made its way up the Missouri River as far as the site where O maha sits today. It was called the Western Engineer and carried surveyors. It was shaped like a dragon monster, with the steam of the engines emitted from its mouth. It was hoped this fearful sight would prevent Indians from attacking the boat. Apparently the ploy was successful, as the boat encountered no trouble. FULTON’S MONOPOLY • Robert Fulton is remembered as the father of the steamboat, although John Fitch and John Stevens worked on the invention before him. Fulton adapted ideas of others and put steamboats in the public eye. He applied for a monopoly of steam traffic on the nation’s rivers. The state of New York granted him alone the right to operate steam powered boats within its boundaries. Fulton then asked for similar rights from other states. All turned him down except Louisiana. Controlling steam traffic in Louisiana meant that Fulton ultimately controlled much of the traffic on the Mississippi, because he could prevent all other steamships from reaching New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico. • A man named Shreve was also interested in steamboats. To challenge Fulton’s monopoly, he took a boat called the Enterprise down the Mississippi to New Orleans. He put up bail for the boat as soon as he landed, before deputies had even attached it. He then returned north to build a better steamboat, called the Washington. • On her maiden voyage, the Washington set a speed record for travel from Louisville to New Orleans. The lawsuit against the Enterprise was still unsettled, and the Washington was quickly impounded. Shreve countered by getting a court order holding Fulton responsible for loss of income. (continued on page 4)

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FULTON’S MONOPOLY (cont’d) • By now, people realized it was a mistake to let only one company run steamboats on the river. Public sentiment was against Fulton. Seeing the writing on the wall, lawsuits were dropped and the monopoly was broken. • Later Shreve was appointed U.S. Superintendent of Western River Improvements. He invented the ‘snag boat’ which cleared some 300 miles of the Mississippi River of obstacles. Shreveport, Louisiana was named after him.


One of Shreve’s tasks was to dismantle a floating, living raft made of logs and live trees, weeds and shrubs. This huge tangled mass of vegetation was 26 miles (42 km) long. Each time the Mississippi River flooded, the raft would be lifted and moved to some other location, blocking shipping lanes where ever it went. It took Shreve five years and $311,000 merely to blast a channel through the center of the raft. It wasn’t until some 30 years later when, with the help of a new invention called nitroglycerin, U.S. Engineers were able to blast away the last of the Great Raft. BUGS IN THE SYSTEM • Shreve built many steamboats but his favorite was always the Washington. When a boiler exploded on June 9, 1819, Shreve was injured and 8 others died. This was the first in a long string of steamboat accidents. Besides exploding boilers, another problem was the incredible heights of the boats. At first steamboats were only double-deckers, then a third and fourth deck were added. These towering boats could not hold their own against crosswinds and were often blown into shoals. Another danger was the fact that the entire boats were made of wood and were extremely flammable. (continued on page 5)

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April 21 - April 27, 2014 BUGS IN THE SYSTEM cont’d • 70% of the steamboats that were destroyed on the Missouri River met their end by striking snags. Nearly 300 ships were lost this way. Shreve’s snag boats removed 2,245 snags and 1,710 overhanging trees in 300 miles.

• On April 30, 1888, a hailstorm devastates the farming town of Moradabad, India, killing 230 people and thousands of farm animals. Most of the victims died instantly when hail the size of oranges rained down from the sky, striking them. • On April 28, 1897, the Chickasaw and Choctaw, two of the Five Civilized Tribes, become the first to agree to abolish tribal government and communal ownership of land. By 1902, the other three tribes -- the Cherokees, Seminoles and Creeks -- followed suit, finally throwing open all of Indian Territory to white settlement. • On May 4, 1916, Germany responds to a demand by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson by agreeing to limit its submarine warfare. However, on Feb. 1, 1917, Germany announced the resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare, and the United States formally entered World War I. • On May 2, 1933, although accounts of an aquatic beast living in Scotland’s Loch Ness date back 1,500 years, the modern legend of the Loch Ness Monster is born when a sighting makes local news. The Inverness Courier newspaper related an account of a local couple who claimed to have seen “an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface.” • On May 1, 1941, months before its release, Orson Welles’ landmark film “Citizen Kane” begins generating such controversy that Radio City Music Hall refuses to show it. “Citizen Kane,” now revered as one of the greatest movies in history, made its debut at the smaller RKO Palace Theater and was a failure at the box office. • On April 29, 1968, “Hair,” the now-famous “tribal love-rock musical” that introduced the era-defining song “Aquarius,” premieres on Broadway. “Hair” quickly became not just a smash-hit show, but a genuine cultural phenomenon. • On May 3, 1980, 13-year-old Cari Lightner of Fair Oaks, Calif., is killed by a drunk driver while walking along a quiet road when the car swerves out of control and strikes her. Cari’s tragic death compelled her mother, Candy Lightner, to found the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

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Page 7 1. In 2013, Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore became the youngest A.L. left-hander (23) to start a season 8-0 since who? 2. Who was the last Pittsburgh Pirate to lead the N.L. in saves for a season? 3. In 2012, the Arizona Cardinals became the secBy Chris Richcreek ond team in NFL history to win their first four games, then lose their next six. Who was the first? 4. When was the last time before 2013 (Gonzaga) that a team not from the six major men’s college basketball conferences was No. 1 in the final AP regular-season poll? 5. Gordie Howe (1,767) and Mark Messier (1,756) are one-two on the NHL list of most games played. Who is No. 3? 6. At the 2014 Winter Olympics, Norway’s Marit Bjoergen became the oldest woman (33 years, 324 days) to win an individual cross-country gold medal. Who had been the oldest? 7. In what year did golfer Tom Watson win his last PGA major? (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.


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(Adder), Lice 3. In James 4, what does one do to the devil, so he will flee from you? Argue, Yell, Swear, Resist? 4. “Lord, save me” is the Bible’s shortest prayer found in which book’s 14:30? Matthew, Mark, Luke, John? 5. From Matthew 18:10, who/what have personal angels in heaven? Children, Birds, Fishes, Elderly? 6. How many times does the word “Easter” appear in the Bible (KJV)? Zero, 1, 3, 17 (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Q: I know you’ve covered this many times before, but my two sons were chasing each other and one of them crashed into his bedroom wall and left a big dent and crack in the wallboard! He’s OK, but how do I deal with such a big damaged area? -- Sara in Des Moines A: A large area of damage can be a bit daunting, but you can probably replace that section yourself. You’ll need to buy a piece of wallboard that is a few inches bigger on all sides than the damaged area. You’ll also need a utility knife (box cutter), a wallboard saw, a sturdy scrap of plywood or a 1-by-1 board, wood screws, drywall screws, an electric drill, drywall tape, drywall putty (or joint compound) and a putty knife, and fine-grit sandpaper. The wallboard caved in when your son charged into it, meaning the impact probably occurred between two studs. You’ll find this out when you begin to remove the damaged section. Use a pencil and straight ruler to mark a cutting line along the top, sides and, if needed, bottom of the damaged area. Make the area as perfect a square or rectangle as possible, which will make the repair much easier. Using the utility knife, slice along the lines, then follow with the drywall saw to cut all the way through. Be very

SAMUAL CUNARD, cont’d • After establishing an unbeatable reputation for safety, Cunard began investing in ocean liners, dominating the Atlantic passenger trade with ships such as the RMS Queen Mary, the RMS Queen Elizabeth, and the Queen Elizabeth II. • Samual Canard died a wealthy man in 1865. The Cunard line continues to this day, although it now operates as a division of the Carnival Corporation and is based out of the United Kingdom rather than Canada. NAUTICAL RACES • In 1851 Prince Albert hosted the Great London Exhibition to showcase technological advances. In conjunction, Queen Victoria invited all nations to participate in the annual 53-mile regatta around the Isle of Wight. Fifteen British vessels entered, plus one American boat. • The owner of the American boat, John Stevens, was the first commodore of the New York Yacht Club, and his boat was designed by engineer George Steers, who made his living designing sleek, quick boats. It won by a wide margin. Legend has it that when the Queen asked, “Who has won?” and was told who it was, she replied, “And who is second?” only to be told, “Your Majesty, there is no second.” It was some time before the second place winner showed up. • The trophy, made of 134 ounces of silver, was called the ‘One Hundred Guinea Cup’ because that’s how much it cost. It was awarded to Stevens and his crew. He donated the trophy to the New York Yacht Club in 1857 with the stipulation that it be awarded to the winner of international boat races held once every three years, in order to stimulate competition between countries. • The trophy and the race were named after Stevens’ boat, and a race was born. What was the name of the ship, now the name of a famous yacht race? Answer at the bottom of the next page.

careful sawing next to the studs, as electrical and plumbing lines sometimes run along these boards. Use the utility knife or angle the saw to slice drywall that’s flush against a stud. Carefully pull away the damaged wallboard. If part of the damaged area is attached to the stud, tug gently on the attached wallboard to reveal the screw, and then either remove the screw or carefully knock out the drywall from underneath it. Measure the new, square hole, and cut the replacement wallboard to those dimensions. Make sure the new drywall fits -- it doesn’t have to be perfectly snug, but should be pretty close. Now, even if part of the new wallboard will be secured to a stud, you’ll still need to add a backing to the unsecured side (or sides) of the patch, especially if it’s a really big hole. The 1-by-1 scrap wood comes into play here. Measure and cut the wood so that it extends an inch or so past the top and bottom of the hole. Place it behind the hole, located about the center of the biggest gap between the studs, and use your electric drill to secure it with a wood screw, top and bottom. With the backing in place, put the new wallboard up with a helper holding it steady. Use drywall or wood screws to attach the wallboard to the backing boards and to the stud (near the original screw location but not at it). Now to cover it up: Place drywall tape along the edges of the new patch. Using a wide putty knife, apply drywall putty or joint compound over the tape, feathering the edges out to better blend with the surrounding wall. Let the compound dry for at least recommended time, then sand the compound smooth. Additional drying time may be needed before you paint over the repair area, and I recommend priming the area first. HOME TIP: If you don’t want to keep old paint cans around after painting a room, keep the top labels so you can order matching paint from the store if it’s needed later. Send your questions or home tips to ask@thisisahammer. com. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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• Yard sale, tag sale, garage sale ... whatever you call it, if you do it right, you can walk away with a decluttered home and a nifty bit of cash, too. Here’s my tip: Advertise, advertise, advertise -- on local message boards and websites, as well as using signs. The more people you drive to your sale, the more you are likely to sell. -- JoAnn • “When you put jewelry out at a garage sale, display it for better results. Use a window screen for paired earrings, or maybe a tie rack for necklaces. I sell a lot of costume stuff in my sales. Kids especially like it.” -- R.G. in Mississippi • One way to organize a tag sale is to group items in bins by price. Or have a dollar table. If you have lots of clothes, you might price it by the piece and have good price breaks for people who buy lots of pieces. • “Put well-marked sports equipment in a place that can be viewed by passersby. Make attractive displays of toys and tools as well. People are always looking for these.” -- M.H. in Alabama • Not sure how to price your items for resale? The rule for yard sales is as follows: For items that are new, still with tags or in original, unopened packaging, price it as 50 percent off retail. For items that are in good working condition, with all parts and accessories, mark them at 30 percent of what you paid. Other items should be marked down to 20 percent. Be honest with yourself. If something is just usable, but not really worth a buck, put it in a “free” bin. Your customers will be grateful, and you might make an additional sale. • Be sure to have plastic bags on hand. Boxes and newspaper are handy if you are selling any dishes or glassware, too. Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475 or e-mail JoAnn at (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

HOLLYWOOD -- While latenight viewers were stunned by David Letterman’s announcement that he’s retiring next year, insiders say, like Jay Leno, it was time for him to step aside. The days of talk shows where they just talk are at an end. Jimmy Fallon’s success is telling networks that late-night shows need to be variety shows that use social mediums to keep viewers’ attention. Letterman had a good run, but didn’t change with the times. *** Are Arnold Schwarzenegger fans giving up on him? Last year “The Last Stand” cost $30 million to make and earned $48 million, which might have been due to his Oscar-winning co-star Forest Whitaker. “Escape Plan” cost $50 million to film and took in $137 million, which could have been because of his co-star, Sylvester Stallone. His most recent effort, “Sabotage,” cost $35 million but only pulled in $6.5 million despite “Avatar’s” Sam Worthington, Oscar-nominee Terrance Howard, “Magic Mike’s” Joe Manganiello, and “Lost” and “Intelligence” star

Josh Holloway on board. The true test will be the $10 million zombie film “Maggie.” with just Abigail Breslin and Joely Richardson. Hopefully, it will come out after Aug. 15, when “Expendables 3” hits theaters with Jason Stratham, Jet Li, Dolph Lungren, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Kellen Lutz and Kelsey Grammer. The Governator’s autobiography, “Total Recall,” crashed and burned ... could be the public hasn’t forgiven Arnold for his “Maidgate” yet! *** The tireless Johnny Depp hits theaters this month with the $100 million “Transcendence.” Then he has a cameo in Billy Bob Thornton’s film “London Fields,” with fiance Amber Heard and “Divergent” star Theo James, followed by a role as The Wolf in the $40 million musical “Into the Woods” with Meryl Streep (out Dec. 25). He’s already finished “Mortdecai” with Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn and Gwyneth Paltrow, and currently is shooting “Black Mass” with Guy Pearce and Dakota Johnson (star of “50 Shades

PHOTO: David Letterman of Grey”), both for 2015. Depp’s original “Alice in Wonderland” grossed over $1 billion, and he’s set for the sequel, as well as “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which starts shooting at the end of the year. Both are for 2016 release. Chris Pine has “Horrible Bosses 2” (out Nov. 26), “Into the Woods” (out Dec. 25) and the sci-fi film “Z for Zachariah” (currently filming in New Zealand) upcoming, but he must be wondering what became of the March 21 opening of “Stretch” with Patrick Wilson, Brooklyn Decker, Ed Helms and Jessica Alba. Apparently, Universal Pictures wasn’t happy and let the producer shop it around to other studios, but no one wanted it. Maybe calling it an action-comedy-thriller was “Stretch”ing the point too far! (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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• It was physicist Albert Einstein who made the following sage observation: •Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from that of their social environment.• • Unlike humans, birds see everything in focus all the time. • You might be surprised to learn that the bagpipe did not originate in Scotland. This ancient instrument existed in Asia in the pre-Christian era. Those who study such things say that the Emperor Nero was a bagpiper, even performing publicly at Roman athletic events. • Sharks have existed for 50 million years longer than trees. • From ancient times in China up until the 19th century, the upper classes considered very long fingernails to be beautiful and a mark of distinction, indicating that one with such long nails never had to perform manual labor. Cracking was a problem with these long nails, though, as they sometimes were grown in excess of 2 inches long. To combat the problem, the ruling classes would wear special gold and silver covers on their nails. • Even cows have best friends, and they will spend most of their time together. • In a single year, your heart circulates about a million gallons of blood. • You almost certainly have a Social Security number, but did you ever wonder what the numbers mean? The first three numbers indicate what part of the country you were in when you applied (or when your parents applied for you), the next two numbers are a code indicating the year of your application, and the last four numbers are considered to be your citizen•s number. *** Thought for the Day: “I and the public know. / What all schoolchildren learn. / Those to whom evil is done. / Do evil in return.” -- W.H. Auden (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

• As a young man in Glasgow, Scotland, Thomas helped his parents run their small grocery store. He spent a few years living in the U.S. where his work in Take Your Business a New York City grocery store introduced him to the to the Next Level! effectiveness of publicity events and advertising. • Later Thomas returned to Glasgow and opened his Let us guide you with the own store, which was so successful that he kept proper apparel to make you opening more. He engaged in innovative marketing look your BEST! techniques including staging parades and hiring brass bands. By 1888 he owned over 300 stores. • Around the time Thomas opened his 300th grocery store, the price of tea began to fall, and his middle-class customers began drinking more of it. Spot541-210-9999 ting an opportunity, Thomas opened a tea trading of843 S. Riverside, Medford fice and established wholesale distribution channels Scan Here To that allowed working-class people to be able to easily Find Great Deals afford tea. He bought his tea in such large amounts On Apparel! that he was able to undercut competitor’s prices. • This was such a successful venture that he began to The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the ratioinvest in tea plantations. In Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), coffee plantation owners had recently suffered a cof- nal mind is a faithful servant. We have created a fee blight that ruined their crop, so Thomas convinced society that honors the servant and has forgotthem to plant tea instead. ten the gift. ~Albert Einstein • In a time when most tea was sold by the pound, Thomas pioneered selling it packaged in individual bags. • Thomas’ hobby was yachting, and he entered the America’s Cup yacht race five times, hoping to bring the trophy home to Britain. He lost every time, but the publicity he got from being ‘the world’s best loser’ caused tea sales to soar. Today, Thomas’ last name is synonymous with tea. What’s his name? Answer below.


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ANSWERS 1. Babe Ruth was 22 when he did it in 1917 for Boston. 2. Dave Giusti, with 30 saves in 1971. 3. The Philadelphia Eagles, in 1993. 4. UMass, in 1996. 5. Ron Francis, with 1,731 games. 6. Italy’s Stefania Belmondo won a gold medal in 2002 at 33 years, 27 days. 7. The 1983 British Open was the last of his eight major titles.

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If you love rhubarb as much as I do, put this winner on the menu soon! 16 (2 1/2-inch) graham cracker squares 2 cups finely chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb 3/4 cup water 1 (4-serving) package sugar-free strawberry gelatin 1 (4-serving) package sugar-free vanilla cook-and-serve pudding mix 4 cups chopped fresh strawberries Sugar substitute to equal 2 tablespoons sugar, suitable for baking 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 9-by-9-inch cake pan with butter-flavored cooking spray. Evenly arrange 9 of the graham crackers in prepared pan. 2. In a large saucepan, combine rhubarb and 1/2 cup water. Cover and cook over medium heat for 6-8 minutes or until rhubarb softens, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. 3. In small bowl, combine dry gelatin and dry pudding mix. Add remaining 1/4 cup water. Mix well to combine, using wire whisk. Blend pudding mixture into rhubarb mixture. Fold in strawberries. Evenly spoon mixture over “crust.” 4. Crush remaining graham crackers into fine crumbs. In a medium bowl, combine cracker crumbs, sugar substitute and walnuts. Evenly sprinkle over top of fruit mixture. Lightly spray top with butter-flavored cooking spray. 5. Bake for 30 minutes. Place pan on a wire rack and let set for 30 minutes. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Makes 8 servings. Freezes well. Each serving equals: 114 calories, 2g fat, 2g protein, 22g carb., 135mg sodium, 3g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1/2 Fruit. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

DVDs reviewed in this column will be available in stores the week of April 28, 2014. PHOTO: Suthep Po-ngam in “The Rocket” PICKS OF THE WEEK “Gimme Shelter” (PG-13) -- A tattooed teen named Apple (Vanessa Hudgens) runs away from her abusive addict mother (Rosario Dawson), and finds a new set of hardships ahead of her. Apple -- shaken, unwashed, starving and pregnant -- finds her father (Brendan Fraser) in an affluent New Jersey suburb. Eventually, she finds her way into a shelter for pregnant teens and forms real human connections. While based on true events, the story is told in stilted, cliched lines that sound like they could only be put together from scraps of old PSAs. This isn’t to discredit the performances. Hudgens has never been further from her peppy Disney Channel image. “Gloria” (R) -- Single and over 50, Gloria leads a fulfilling life outside of her office job. She’s into yoga, self-improvement classes and keeping up with her adult children. The audience first sees her moving confidently through a nightclub, dancing and checking out other singles. Gloria’s life turns a corner when she meets Rodolfo, a slightly older man who helps Gloria embrace her passion for life. This Chilean import strikes a fine balance between laughter and drama. Gloria isn’t a wacky older dame, nor is she a sad story about life’s later years. She’s a three-dimensional person at a point where she wants love in her life, but she’s strong enough

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to not fall apart without it. “The Rocket” (Unrated) -- Ahlo is a 10-yearold Laotian boy who must be bad luck. He was born a twin, but his brother did not survive -- an ill omen, as superstition says that one twin will be cursed and the other blessed. One day, Ahlo’s village receives news that they have to leave their land because it will be flooded to make the reservoir for a new dam. Of course, people are quick to blame such misfortune on Ahlo once they find out he’s a twin. The boy decides he’s going to re-write his fate -- he’s going to enter a rocket-building contest and win. “The Rocket” tells a unique, transporting and uplifting story. “The Selfish Giant” (Unrated) -- Best pals and partners in crime, Arbor and Swifty are perpetually in trouble at home and at school. Both are adolescents living in a bleak and recessed British town brimming with abandoned lots and rusty metal. Arbor is the wilier one who gets Swifty to ditch school. The boys start getting paid by a local scumbag for bringing in stolen scrap metal and wires with their horse carriage. From the beginning, you can see tragedy stalking the pair. TV RELEASES “Masterpiece: Mr. Selfridge Season 2” “Hill Street Blues: The Complete Series” “Francis the Talking Mule Complete Collection” “Dynasty: Season 8, Vol. 1 & 2 (2-Pack) “ “Father Brown: The Complete Collection” “Bob Hope Classic Comedy Collection” (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Metal Recycling: All types of metal accepted including appliances and cars. Special arrangements can be made to pick up vehicles at donor’s location. All vehicles must have titles. All proceeds go directly to the Fairgrounds. Cash donations can be brought to the office or mailed to PO Box 672, Grants Pass, OR 97528.

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