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(1) About 2000 years ago, Mt. Vesuvius in southern Italy exploded, carbonizing a private library in Herculaneum.  The papyrus scrolls are extremely fragile and many have been damaged.  Using technology similar to a CAT scan, two specialists have been able to look through the scrolls, one page at a time.  (2) William Culverville, a British miner in the Cariboo mining district of British Columbia, skedaddled (i.e., escaped debts) to Nevada.  While driving a stagecoach, he saw an opportunity to begin a ranch, which later became the city of Caliente, Nevada.

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