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On April 23, 1838, the first steamboat to cross the Atlantic Ocean from England to America arrived in New York City. Come along with Tidbits as we remember the contribution made by steamships. SIRIUS vs GREAT WESTERN

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• The SS Great Western was the first paddle-wheel steamship built with the intention of crossing the Atlantic, and it was the largest passenger ship in the world at the time. Built in Bristol, England, it was launched on March 31, 1838, whereupon a fire broke out in the engine room. Damage was minimal, but fifty passengers cancelled their bookings, leaving only seven passengers to make the trip.

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• The average speed of the Sirius was 8.03 knots (14.87 km/h) but the Great Western made the trip at 8.66 knots (16.04 km/h). The Great Western went on to make 45 ocean crossings in the next eight years, averaging 16 days west to New York and 13 days going back to Britain, in a day when the journey usually took 40 days on a sail-powered boat. Turn the page for more!

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• Taking advantage of the delay, rival steamship Sirius embarked for New York, keen on beating the Great Western across the ocean. The Sirius left on April 4, followed by the Great Western on April 8. Even with the start, the Sirius beat the Great Western by only a single day, arriving on April 23.

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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 Omaha 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. Recommended Reading: “The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Making of Douglas MacArthur” by Mark Perry (Basic Books, $29.99) Reviewed by Larry Cox Even a half-century after his death, Gen. Douglas MacArthur remains one of the most controversial military leaders in American history. His accomplishments often were overshadowed by his outsized personality, his self-importance and his disregard for civilian authority. In fact, it was this disregard that caused him to clash with President Harry Truman, triggering his sensational firing. MacArthur was born in 1880 in Little Rock, Ark. After training at West Point, he joined the U.S. Army engineers, and served with distinction in France during World War I. In 1932, Democratic presidential candidate Franklin Roosevelt dubbed MacArthur “the most dangerous man in America.” Roosevelt was aware of the incredible popularity MacArthur had earned from both political parties following World War I, and he knew the war hero could prove an obstacle for his New Deal plans if the general decided to make a run for the White House. After FDR was elected president, he defused MacArthur by offering him a permanent but largely ceremonial post in the Philippines, which he kept until his promotion to commander of the U.S. Army forces in the Far East as America began gearing up for war with Japan. MacArthur inspired extreme emotions. Army Air Corps chief Benjamin Foulois perhaps summed it up best, saying MacArthur was the kind of man people either deeply respected or hated with a passion. It wasn’t difficult to dislike MacArthur. He was headstrong, vain, had a rebellious streak ... and a massive ego. His capricious personality even came close to sabotaging the American war effort. Military historian Mark Perry is convinced that MacArthur’s legacy has been unfairly skewed, and he sets out to put the record straight in his new book. Perry contends that despite his flaws, MacArthur became a military legend who not only led America to victory in the Pacific, but also reshaped modern warfare in the process. (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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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.

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• 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. • In 1853 the Rock Island Railroad built a drawbridge over the Mississippi River in order to let trains cross the river. When a steamboat called the Effie Afton smashed against the bridge and sunk with the loss of many lives, the owner hired a young lawyer who argued that the railroad was at fault and should be forced to remove the bridge. Although the steamboat company spent $20,000 on litigation, the case was lost. Soon railroad bridges were popping up along the length of the river. The young lawyer, however, went on to greater things. His name was Abe Lincoln.

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HOLLYWOOD -- While late-night 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 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) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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4/26,27 Keen Days 8 am-6 pm on Saturday; Noon-4 pm on Sunday; Saager's Shoe Shop, 613 North Main Street, Milton-Freewater. Enter to win a free pair of shoes. Receive a gift with your purchase. Ask about other trunk show specials. Meet with a Keen Representative from 10am-3pm on Saturday. For more info: Call 541-938-5162 or email 4/27 Living History Presentation 2 pm; Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road, Walla Walla. Barbara Daniel will portray Sarah Miner, pioneer school teacher. For more info: Call 509-525-7703 or online at 4/27 Gospel Meeting 3-4 pm; Swenson Farm, 221 Valley Chapel Road, Walla Walla. All are welcome to listen to the good news of the gospel. For more info: Call 509-522-1632 4/29 Candidates Forum 6:30 pm; Community Building, 109 NE 5th, Milton-Freewater. Each candidate will be given the opportunity to state the aims and principles they aspire to achieve in office. For more info: Call 541-938-6355

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A GOOD LOSER (continued) • Later Thomas returned to Glasgow and opened his own store, which was so successful that he kept opening more. He engaged in innovative marketing 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. Spotting an opportunity, Thomas opened a tea trading office and established wholesale distribution channels that allowed working-class people to be able to easily afford tea. He bought his tea in such large amounts that he was able to undercut competitor’s prices. • This was such a successful venture that he began to invest in tea plantations. In Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), coffee plantation owners had recently suffered a coffee blight that ruined their crop, so Thomas convinced them to plant tea instead. • In a time when most tea was sold by the pound, Thomas pioneered selling it packaged in individual bags.

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• 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 The new race was called the America’s Cup, after the first boat to win it, the AmericA. And the grocery store merchant who lost that race often but became famous for his tea was named Thomas Lipton. Today, Lipton products are available in over 110 countries worldwide.

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Rhubarb Strawberry Crumb Dessert 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 butterflavored 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 butterflavored 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) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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