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Post by DACSoft » November 5th, 2020, 4:26 pm

A submission to celebrate Distributed Proofreaders 20th Anniversary (viewtopic.php?p=1677758#p1677758).

Title of the work: Twenty Unsettled Miles in the Northeast Boundary

Author of the work: T. C. Mendenhall

The link to your file you copied from the uploader: https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf078_twentyunsettledmiles_mendenhall_dac_128kb.mp3

A URL link to the source from which you read (etext URL): https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/63443

Length in minutes: 46:51

As a volunteer at both LibriVox (LV) and Distributed Proofreaders (DP), I managed a project in DP and produced the source ebook for Project Gutenberg (PG) in celebration of DP's 20th Anniversary during the month of October. Then, when seeing that LV was acknowledging DP's anniversary by recording some ebooks provided by DP to PG, I thought I'd do my part by recording the ebook. This is that recording.

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Post by Sue Anderson » November 5th, 2020, 7:20 pm

DACSoft wrote:
November 5th, 2020, 4:26 pm
A submission to celebrate Distributed Proofreaders 20th Anniversary (viewtopic.php?p=1677758#p1677758).

Title of the work: Twenty Unsettled Miles in the Northeast Boundary

Author of the work: T. C. Mendenhall

The link to your file you copied from the uploader: https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf078_twentyunsettledmiles_mendenhall_dac_128kb.mp3

A URL link to the source from which you read (etext URL): https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/63443

Length in minutes: 46:51

As a volunteer at both LibriVox (LV) and Distributed Proofreaders (DP), I managed a project in DP and produced the source ebook for Project Gutenberg (PG) in celebration of DP's 20th Anniversary during the month of October. Then, when seeing that LV was acknowledging DP's anniversary by recording some ebooks provided by DP to PG, I thought I'd do my part by recording the ebook. This is that recording.

Thank you,
Hi Don, Thank you very much for contributing "Twenty Unsettled Miles" to the Short Nonfiction Collection! :D I see that the e-book was created "in honour of Distributed Proofreaders' 20th Anniversary," which makes it doubly welcome.

Mendenhall writes a very vivid description of the problem -- an international boundary running down the center of a "stream," when the "stream" is an "irregularly shaped estuary, almost everywhere more than a mile in width [which] flows with the alternations of the tides, the rise and fall of which is here eighteen to twenty feet..."

I tried with a quick dip into Wikipedia to figure out whether the boundary dispute was ever settled, since Mendenhall's account was written in 1897. Am I right in assuming there are still some border ambiguities?

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Post by soupy » November 6th, 2020, 5:37 am

Thanks for Twenty Unsettled Miles in the Northeast Boundary Donald :D

Well read -

Boundary lines in the middle of changing stream and rivers.

PLOK :thumbs:

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Post by ColleenMc » November 6th, 2020, 7:56 am

Sue Anderson wrote:
November 5th, 2020, 7:20 pm
DACSoft wrote:
November 5th, 2020, 4:26 pm
A submission to celebrate Distributed Proofreaders 20th Anniversary (viewtopic.php?p=1677758#p1677758).

Title of the work: Twenty Unsettled Miles in the Northeast Boundary

Author of the work: T. C. Mendenhall

The link to your file you copied from the uploader: https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf078_twentyunsettledmiles_mendenhall_dac_128kb.mp3

A URL link to the source from which you read (etext URL): https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/63443

Length in minutes: 46:51

As a volunteer at both LibriVox (LV) and Distributed Proofreaders (DP), I managed a project in DP and produced the source ebook for Project Gutenberg (PG) in celebration of DP's 20th Anniversary during the month of October. Then, when seeing that LV was acknowledging DP's anniversary by recording some ebooks provided by DP to PG, I thought I'd do my part by recording the ebook. This is that recording.

Thank you,
Hi Don, Thank you very much for contributing "Twenty Unsettled Miles" to the Short Nonfiction Collection! :D I see that the e-book was created "in honour of Distributed Proofreaders' 20th Anniversary," which makes it doubly welcome.

Mendenhall writes a very vivid description of the problem -- an international boundary running down the center of a "stream," when the "stream" is an "irregularly shaped estuary, almost everywhere more than a mile in width [which] flows with the alternations of the tides, the rise and fall of which is here eighteen to twenty feet..."

I tried with a quick dip into Wikipedia to figure out whether the boundary dispute was ever settled, since Mendenhall's account was written in 1897. Am I right in assuming there are still some border ambiguities?
Wow! My mind immediately goes to my experience as a police officer dealing with jurisdictional boundaries. We had areas of our city where a section of roadway was one jurisdiction and each side was a different jurisdiction from each other and from the road itself! So if a collision happened in the road between two cars, we would have to call out the county to work it, but if someone went off the road and hit a pole on the side, it would belong to whichever agency had jurisdiction on that side of the road.

There was a story (possibly apocryphal) from the worst days of the crack epidemic in the early 90s, there is a spot on the border of our town where the street and one side of the roadway was city of Atlanta, and the other side was our town. A guy was shot and found dead on the side of the road in our town. But the officers saw from the blood trail that he had been shot and started bleeding in the roadway, and called out Atlanta and demanded they take the case over. It mattered because 1) murder stats were skyrocketing in both jurisdictions and 2) those kinds of killings often go unsolved so whoever ended up with it would "eat" an unsolved case on their board for the year. According to the story it almost came to blows between the watch commanders of the two agencies. I think Atlanta finally ended up with the case.

Like I said, tho, I bet it's a cop urban legend and there are versions of it told to newbie cops in Baltimore, Philly, etc.

Anyway, I can't imagine what a nightmare a moving border would be in term of law enforcement issues!

Also, I think the backstory to your recording this section is super cool, happy 20th anniversary to DP!!

Colleen

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Post by Sue Anderson » November 6th, 2020, 10:30 am

Thanks, Colleen, for adding your human interest perspective on policing boundaries! :D The channel separating the U.S. and Canada, which Mendenhall writes about, seems to still be generating dispute. Wikipedia had this article about a historic building (a fish smokehouse) that got blown from Lubec, Maine, across the U.S./Canadian border in a storm in 2018: https://www.rt.com/usa/415778-canada-shed-border-dispute/

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Post by soupy » November 6th, 2020, 11:45 am

Just wait until they start the Antartica disputes :mrgreen:

https://www.chimuadventures.com/blog/2016/08/territorial-claims-politics-antarctica/

Politics in Antarctica – Territorial Claims
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Post by soupy » November 7th, 2020, 8:24 pm

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Post by Sue Anderson » November 8th, 2020, 6:37 am

soupy wrote:
November 7th, 2020, 8:24 pm
Progress of Ballot Reform 1888-1889
Anonymous or Centry Magazine Editorial

https://archive.org/details/centuryc37centrich/page/312/mode/1up

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Craig
Thank you, Craig! :) Some issues just never go away! For background on the state of affairs that led states to adopt ballot reform, I found this article from the Smithsonian Magazine about the corruption that accompanied the 1888 Harrison-Cleveland presidential election fight informative: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-vote-that-failed-159427766/..

PL OK!

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Post by soupy » November 8th, 2020, 10:08 am

Thanks Sue :thumbs:

Many elections have been strange - including the 2020 election.

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Post by TriciaG » November 9th, 2020, 3:27 pm

Title: Excerpt from Chapter 14 of "Life in the Clearings vs. the Bush"

Topic: In Defense of Novels. I didn't say it in the audio; I said the above only. But could the MW title be something like In Defense of Novels (Excerpt from Chapter 14 of "Life in the Clearings vs. the Bush")?

Author: Susanna Moodie

Link: https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf078_excerpt14_moodie_tg_128kb.mp3

Length: 23:24
Elizabethan Poetry: The Psalmes of David
Boring works 30-70 minutes long: Insomnia Collection 5
Short essays: Elia, and The Last Essays of Elia
Bulwer-Lytton novel: The Caxtons

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Post by Sue Anderson » November 9th, 2020, 7:01 pm

TriciaG wrote:
November 9th, 2020, 3:27 pm
Title: Excerpt from Chapter 14 of "Life in the Clearings vs. the Bush"

Topic: In Defense of Novels. I didn't say it in the audio; I said the above only. But could the MW title be something like In Defense of Novels (Excerpt from Chapter 14 of "Life in the Clearings vs. the Bush")?

Author: Susanna Moodie

Link: https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/snf078_excerpt14_moodie_tg_128kb.mp3

Length: 23:24
Hi Tricia, Thanks for this defense of novels! :) As Susanna Moodie puts it: "The mind requires recreation as well as the body, and cannot always be engaged upon serious studies without injury to the brain, and disarrangement of some of the most important organs of the body."
https://www.gutenberg.org/files/8132/8132-h/8132-h.htm
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https://archive.org/details/lifeinclearingsv00mood_0/page/224/mode/1up?q=novels

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Post by TriciaG » November 9th, 2020, 7:02 pm

Ohmygoodness! Sorry for missing the text link! I used Gutenberg, if it matters. :)
Elizabethan Poetry: The Psalmes of David
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Post by Sue Anderson » November 9th, 2020, 7:04 pm

That's ok, Tricia. No problem! :)

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Post by soupy » November 10th, 2020, 6:04 am

Thanks for the story about the use of novels of all kinds Tricia.

Welll read and PLOK :thumbs:

THE SONG OF THE SHIRT Thomas Hood (1799 - 1845)


With fingers weary and worn,
With eyelids heavy and red,
A woman sat, in unwomanly rags,
Plying her needle and thread—
Stitch! stitch! stitch!
In poverty, hunger, and dirt,
And still with a voice of dolorous pitch
She sang the "Song of the Shirt."
"Work! work! work!
While the cock is crowing aloof!
And work—work—work,
Till the stars shine through the roof!
It's Oh! to be a slave
Along with the barbarous Turk,
Where woman has never a soul to save,
If this is Christian work!
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Post by KevinS » November 10th, 2020, 9:21 pm

Sunday is a good PL day for me.

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