Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Lewis and Clark Arrive at the Pacific Ocean

It was on this day (Nov 7), 1805 that Lewis and Clark reached the Pacific Ocean.
In 1803, United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France. This was a huge tract of over 800,000 square miles, taking in nearly the entire mid-section of North America from present-day Texas and Louisiana up to Montana and North Dakota.

Much of the new territory was unexplored. Jefferson decided to send an expedition up the Missouri River to its source in the western mountains and beyond to the Pacific Ocean. Jefferson hoped that the expedition would be able to find the elusive Northwest Passage, a water route across the country, which would be a great boon to commerce.

So in that same year, Jefferson commissioned the Corps of Discovery under the command of his trusted private secretary, Meriwether Lewis. Besides seeking the Northwest Passage, Lewis was to map the new territory, assess its natural resources, and make contact with its inhabitants, befriending them if possible. Lewis recruited his friend William Clark to share equally in the command of the expedition, as well as a force of over 40 men. The members of the Corps of Discovery were soldiers, but their purpose was peaceful -- exploration, diplomacy, and science. Lewis was commissioned as a Captain of the Army of the United States.

The expedition started from St. Louis, where the Missouri empties into the Mississippi, on May 14, 1804. Along the way, Clark oversaw the men and carefully mapped the route. Lewis made scientific observations and collected specimens of animals and plants. The trip was arduous -- the men lived outdoors, hunted for food, and rowed the keelboat (along with two smaller boats) up the river, often towing the boat from the shore when the current got too heavy or the river became difficult to navigate. The party made only 12 or 14 miles on a good day.

The explorers reached the Pacific coastal area in early November, a year and a half after leaving St. Louis. They built Fort Clatsop, named after the neighboring Indian nation, on the south side of the mouth of the Columbia, near what is now Astoria, Oregon, and spent the winter in cold, wet, miserable weather, preparing for the trip back home, returning to St. Louis on September 23, 1806.
As most of your know, we were recently involved in a law suit with the Rhino Times in Greensboro, North Carolina. After 4 attempts to settle out of court we finally accepted Rhino’s 5th offer when it was clear we would sacrifice no constitutionally protected rights. In their 5th offer to settle, the only requirment Rhino Times made was that we would discourage members and supporters from putting Knights Party literature inside editions of The Rhino Times. This, of course, is something we have always stated. After all it would be foolish to put literature inside an old newspaper 2, 3 of 4 months old and then hope someone would decide to read the old newspaper and by accident find our literature. So, again, the settlement agreement only required us to advise people not to put literature inside the Rhino Times. Use of the Rhino Times as, bird cage lining, fish wrap or weight in literature distribution is still left up to the decision of the person who owns the old and discarded copies of The Rhino Times or any other newspaper.

Well, evidently people began pointing out to the Rhino Times that they had won nothing and the settlement agreement "forced" us to agree to something we have always done. It would be like someone suing you and would only drop the lawsuit if you would agree not to be a mass murderer.

It appears that the publisher of The Rhino Times realized that people were laughing behind their back. As a result, it looks like the Rhino Times is attempting to recover their lost pride and there are things ‘happening" that is going to bring them back into our lives.

I will bring you up to date in a few days as we get a better understanding of what they are attempting to do to recover their lost pride and how we will respond to them.

Watch this site, but it appears we are going to have a second round with The Rhino Times.

We are so happy that Paul Fromm is going to be a guest speaker for us again this coming April at the Faith & Freedom Conference. Paul is one of the most widely traveled speakers in the White Nationalist movement and I hope you will make plans to attend. We will have more information on this conference later.

I have a new edition of The Torch printed and being assembled. It should be ready to go in the mail this week and delivered about 10 days later.

For now, don’t forget the Christmas Fellowship Conference on December 1 and 2. This is our smaller event of the year, but one that everyone really enjoys. We have speeches, games, music and wonderful fellowship. Come if you can!

If you want more information call me at 870-427-3414.

God bless!

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