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As the South was beginning to find itself after the American Civil War, the North, too, focused its interest on the lands below the Mason- Dixon line. Northerners swarmed over the South: journalists, agents of prospective investors, spectators with plants for railroads, writers anxious to expose themselves to a new environment.
One of these was Constance Fenimore Woolson, a young woman from New Hampshire, a grandniece of James Fenimore Cooper, who like many Northerners, was drawn to the unhappy South by affection, compassion, admiration, or the charm of the life there. With her singular gift of minute observation and a talent for analysis, her imagination lingered over the wrecked old mansions that stood nearby, perhaps in ruined rice lands, amid desolated fields and broken dikes. Such was the dwelling on the Georgia sea island that sidled and leaned in Jupiter Lights with one of its roofless wings falling into the cellar. After St. Augustine, Charleston especially attracted Miss. Woolson, crumbling as it was but aristocratic still.
In a later novel, Horace Chase, one of the best of all her books, she anticipated Thomas Wolfe in describing Ashevile, in which the young capitalist from the North who falls in love with the Southern girl sees the “Lone Star” of future mountain resorts.
Miss Woolson was a high conscious writer, careful, skillful, subtle, with a sensitive, clairvoyant feeling for human nature, with the gift of discriminating observation that characterized Howells and Henry James. She was surely best in her stories of the South, fascinated as she was by its splendor and carelessness, its tropical plants, flowers, odors and birds, and the pathos and beauty of the old order as she saw it in decay.
Not only the public but other fliers as well as were astonished when Louise Thaden and her copilot Blanche Noyes won the coveted Bendix Trophy in 1936 –not because the winner were women, but because they had captured the trophy and $7,000 in prizes in a small stock biplane rather that a soupedup racer or a large twin-engined machine made for such long transcontinental hauls.
The plane Louise Thaden flew to victory was no ordinary aircraft, however, but a sleek triumph of aeronautical design produced by airplane maker Walter Beech, the Beechcraft Model 17. It was called the Staggerwing because its lower wing was set forward of the upper wing, unlike most other biplanes, which had the lower wing set to the rear of the upper. This unusual arrangement gave the pilot excellent upward visibility and lent the craft a memorable, forward-thrusting grace, as one aerohistorian wrote, Staggerwings were “among the most enduringly beautiful airplanes ever made”.
One of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Great Pyramid of Giza was a monument of wisdom and prophecy built as a tomb for a Pharaoh Cheops in 2720 B.C. Despite its antiquity, certain aspects of its construction make it one of the truly great wonders of the world. The thirteen – acre structure near the Nile River is a solid mass of stone blocks covered with limestone. Inside are a number of hidden passageways and the burial chamber for the pharaoh. It is the largest single structure in the world. The four sides the pyramid are aligned almost exactly on true north, south, east, and west - an incredible engineering feat .The ancient Egyptians were sun worshipers and great astronomers, so computations for the Great Pyramid were based on astronomical observations.
Explorations and detailed examinations of the base of the structure reveal many intersecting lines. Further scientific study indicates that these represent a type of timeline of events - past, present and future. Many of the events have been interpreted and found to coincide with known facts of the past. Others are prophesied for future generations and are currently under investigation. Many believe that pyramids have supernatural powers, and this one is no exception. Some researchers even associate it with extraterrestrial beings of the ancient past. Was this superstructure made by ordinary beings, or one built by a race far superior to any known today?