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By John Steele Gordon

Conceived quickly after the yank Revolution ended, the good monument to George Washington used to be now not eventually accomplished till nearly a century later; the nice obelisk was once comprehensive in 1884, and is still the tallest stone constitution on the earth at 555 ft. the tale in the back of its building is a principally untold and interesting piece of yank historical past, which acclaimed historian John Steele Gordon relates with verve, connecting it to the colourful saga of the traditional obelisks of Egypt.

Nobody is familiar with what number obelisks have been crafted in historical Egypt, or maybe precisely how they have been created and erected given that they're produced from difficult granite and few recognized instruments of the time have been robust adequate to paintings granite. in general positioned in pairs on the entrances to temples, they've got nowa days been ingeniously transported worldwide to Istanbul, Paris, London, manhattan, and plenty of different destinations. Their tales remove darkness from that of the Washington Monument, once more open to the general public following earthquake harm, and provide a brand new appreciation for probably the main iconic memorial within the kingdom.

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Reenie, good to her word, maintained a safe distance behind. I miss William Worthington. I see Daniel in passing. He is two years older than I. Daniel has taken his brother’s death hard. Perhaps if we spoke together of William, it would bring comfort to us both. I did the marketing for Grandmother, filling her cupboards. Grandmother sat in her hearth chair, a blanket up around her neck. She crossed her arms under the blanket and cursed Mr. Lincoln. The bones of her elbows poked inside the blanket like a pair of fishhooks.

We got the crew and passengers safely back to Fenwick, though we had as difficult a time landing as we had pushing off. It took several attempts to bring the boat safely to shore. Keeper Dunne remained at his watch at the Light, and Father and I led the men up the beach to the house and gave them blankets. To my surprise and great relief I discovered that Mother, in our absence, had prepared food and warm drinks. My own body was so tired and so cold from the relief effort, I don’t know how I could have done by myself all Mother did for us.

Temperature within one degree of zero this morning. Monday, February 11, 1861 Clear. W. Light. Temperature up around sixty. qxd 5/6/99 12:22 AM Page 38 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 S23 R24 Thursday, February 14, 1861 Cloudy and Fog. E. Moderate. Chill again. This restless weather is much like Mother’s moods, high and low, and never a clue as to what each day might bring. After morning chores I rowed across the Ditch and walked to school with the Osbourne children at my heels.

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