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    In a couple of weeks I was planning to write up the story of an ancestor who was the first English colonist to settle an area of northern N.H. His wife was about to have their 5th child and he marched the whole family 30 miles, shotgun at the ready for bears and wolves.

    They finally reached a rude hut, the only building in their new "town." His wife gave birth that first night (probably spurred by the 30 mile walk) while the older kids slept in the grass outside. They found signs the local natives had been there recently, so he hollowed out a pine trunk and used a long branch to paddle the family, newborn and all, six miles down an icy river to a fort. But that was 1770, not 1898.

    Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

    by fenway49 on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 05:50:02 AM PDT

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