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From: "LBoswell" <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Under the North Star
Date: Sun, 5 Jul 2009 20:34:12 -0400
References: <FB31B9B2612744B6B1418A91B8402B5A@Meyer><4A514133.2000409@carolina.rr.com>
In-Reply-To: <4A514133.2000409@carolina.rr.com>

You mean like peter pan, following the north star? Just kidding, I'd agree
but I'd add "in a northerly direction." Some travelled quite far to find
seasonal work in forestry or earlier, in the fur trade. Up to 1000 km in
some cases. Some of the routes were well established even in that period.
What's the state of railways in that time period. Some established I think?

But I think we've collectively milked a lot of possibles from a few lines.
We're like her, in a sense, chasing a meaning that will likely remain lost
somewhere 'under the north star'. Figuratively or literally.

Would be interesting to track the Hortens


----- Original Message -----
From: "Kathy Gunter Sullivan" <>
Cc: <>
Sent: Sunday, July 05, 2009 8:11 PM
Subject: Re: [APG] Under the North Star

>I think it was a common phrase for getting lost. I do not believe the
> letter writer meant it literally. It was a figure of speech. I don't
> believe it was meant as relevant in the estimated time frame of 1854 to
> the destination, direction, or transportation system the folks were
> using (North, Canada, Minnesota, railroad underground, tavern).
>>> They got under the North Star which caused them to lose their sense of
>>> direction. I think she is using the phrase to mean "they must have
>>> gotten lost."
>>> Kathy Gunter Sullivan
>>> AGP Member, North Carolin
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