My validation of "All It's Fury: The Story of the January 12th 1888 Blizzard by W. H. O'Gara (Compiler), Ora A. Clement (Editor)" was just accepted into the collection. Many thanks to the scanner, who helped me when I ran into a missing page, and who submitted the rtf file in a way that let me figure out where page breaks occurred even though the scanning software/hardware hadn't put them in properly. It wasn't a book I ordinarily would have read, but it turned out to be an absolutely fascinating account about the January 12, 1888 blizzard that struck from North Dakota to Texas. The book isn't some historian's dry text, although the first score of pages give you scientific background on how this weather event evolved. Most of the book is written narratives that a group of Nebraskans gathered in the early 1940s from hundreds and hundreds of the remaining survivors that had lived on homesteads and ranches in 1888. So you get to read, in their own words, what happened to them, and they include all kinds of great descriptions about what a pioneer life was like at that moment in time. It's an amazing slice of history about an incredible storm that killed hundreds of settlers and thousands upon thousands of animals, including cattle, sheep, horses, dogs, hogs, poultry, enormous flocks of wild birds and all kinds of wild animals. It came so quickly and so furiously that horses and cattle froze to death where they stood. Many suffocated when the temperatures dropped 60 to 80 degrees in 4 hours, accompanied by winds of 60 to 100 mph and driven snow that literally froze the animals nostrils and eyes shut in a matter of minutes in a casing of ice that couldn't be broken with a sledgehammer. Lots of stories about how people were saved by their teams of horses - and lots of stories about how family members died alongside their horses, unable to even find the barns that were one field away when the storm struck without warning. One of the stories that really struck me. One entire family was saved because their old mare, who was pulling their sledge, was blind and didn't need to be able to see to know where she was going to get them safely to shelter. Interesting slice of life because no one seemed to find it unusual that this family had a completely blind mare for their wagon horse! If you're a history buff, or fascinated by stories of what really happens to individuals in a natural disaster, I highly recommend this book. Judy s. cherryjam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.