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City Detectives group, June 8, 1913

[Detail] City Detectives group, June 8, 1913

Solve this mystery: Who is this woman?

The mystery woman says:

"Read my poem. Do you see autumn as I do? I wrote this poem when I was thirteen for my friend, Mr. A. G. Bell. Who am I? What colors do I see?"


Oh, what a glory doth the world put on
These peerless, perfect autumn days
There is a beautiful spirit of gladness everywhere....

Autumn was written by Helen Keller at the age of thirteen, in 1893, for her friend and mentor, Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone and a teacher of the deaf. Search on autumn, poem to find "Autumn," poem by Helen Keller, 27 October 1893 in Words and Deeds in American History.

What happens to this man?

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Casey Jones is the name of the song and it is found in California Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties, 1938-1940.

Casey Jones was an engineer on the railroad. He was eight hours late delivering the 'western mail'. He said he would " her [the train] 'til she leaves the rail." He would make the train go so fast that it could leave the train tracks. His wife sat on the bed crying because she had just received a message that Casey had died.

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Where was this photograph taken?

HINT: This color photograph was taken from a bridge in 1942.

This is the Carr Fork Canyon as seen from "G" Bridge, Bingham Copper Mine, Utah. It is in Color Photographs from FSA/OWI, 1938-1944.

True or False? Cattle have only been raised in the western part of the United States.

False. Cattle were raised in Florida, among other states.

Check Detroit Publishing Company using the keywords Florida, cattle for a list of photographs.

One example is Cattle for export at Pensacola, Fla.

True or False? The only forms of transportation used during the Civil War were the horse (and wagon) and sailing ships.

The answer is False.

Search in Civil War using the keyword balloon for a photograph of "Professor Thaddeus S. Lowe observing the battle from his balloon Intrepid."