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1957 Althea Gibson is first African American to win Wimbledon, 1775 Congress issues a Declaration on the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms, 1958 Juan Manuel Fangio bids goodbye to Grand Prix racing in France, 1864 Confederate General Jubal Early occupies Hagerstown, 1963 US policymakers express optimism, 1946 George Bugs Moran is arrested, 1988 Explosion on North Sea oil rig, 1942 Frank family takes refuge, 1944 The Hartford Circus Fire, 1967 Civil war in Nigeria, 1971 Satchmo dies, 1976 Women inducted into US Naval Academy, 1994 Forrest Gump opens wins Hanks a second Oscar, 1935 Dalai Lama leader of Tibet and bestselling author is born, 1957 John meets Paul for the first time, 1862 Mark Twain begins reporting in Virginia City, 1946 George Walker Bush is born, 1933 Major League Baseballs first AllStar Game is held, 1957 Althea Gibson wins Wimbledon, 1955 Diem says South Vietnam not bound by Geneva Agreements, 1964 Viet Cong attack Special Forces at Nam Dong, 1918 Czech troops take Russian port of Vladivostok for Allies, 1944 Georges Mandel French patriot is executed,


A Journey with Sailormen

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It was night. I had just arrived at the station and the train wheeled into the station slowly, just as the clouds pulled away from the moon. It was a full moon night and I planned to watch it for the entire trip. The train was quite long. By the time I found my compartment the train had started moving. The clouds seemed to surround the moon now, like a ring of bodyguards. So I looked at the people in the compartment.

            There were the four of us. An old lady with a nice bag, two hefty, sailor-like men, and me. The lady seemed disinterested in talking, so I turned to the sailors. I asked,” So, where to? I’m on my way to London.”

They laughed heartily.

“Sir, I believe either we are you are mistaken, for we are off to Alaska.” Aghast, I checked my iPad, while they talked about their recent trip to France. They talked about Paris, the Eiffel tower and champagne.

            They talked about the cuisine. Their knowledge made my mouth water. One talked about the tasty dish, Ratatoillie. But the other said it was called, “Mousetoillie”. They started arguing, much to my amusement. The lady was sleeping, in a minute they started shouting, and a floc of pelicans could not make a louder noise.

            In no time at all, they were all over each other, scratching and kicking and punching. I do not support violence, so I attempted to stop them from fighting. The lady woke up by the commotion.

            I tried to threaten them by saying, “I’ll pull the chain!” Almost on cue, the lady pulled it hard. The train stopped. A guard came in with an angry face.

            “Who pulled the chain? I was sleeping.” The three men pointed to the poor old lady. The guard looked puzzled as he took her away, muttering something I could not hear.

            The moon came out, and the window occupied me. The sailors talked about what they were going to do in Alaska, but I did not pay attention. Soon, we reached London.

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