Daily Bread for 4.30.15

Good morning, Whitewater.

Thursday in town will be mostly sunny with a high of fifty-nine. Sunrise is 5:59 and sunset 7:54, for 14h 05m 19s of daytime. The moon is a waxing gibbous with 87.7% of its visible disk illuminated.

So why can’t we see more of our moon’s surface from Earth? MinuteEarth has the answer:

On this day in 1864, a Wisconsin lumberjack’s quick thinking saves Union gunboats from capture:

1864 – Joseph Bailey Saves Union Fleet

On this date Joseph Bailey began to direct the men of six regiments, including the 23rd Wisconsin, in a dramatic attempt to save the heart of the Union fleet during the Civil War. Bailey, who was from Wisconsin Dells and an experienced lumberjack, served as an engineer in the 4th Wisconsin Cavalry. In a doomed campaign against the Confederates on the Red River in Louisiana, Union warships found themselves trapped by low water and the rocky river bed. As Confederate soldiers approached, Bailey employed water control techniques used by loggers to construct a series of dams that successfully narrowed the river, raised the water level by six feet, and provided enough surge to free the trapped fleet of gunboats. For his role in this rescue, Bailey was promoted to the rank of brigadier general. He also received a Tiffany punch bowl from his fellow officers. [Wisconsin Lore and Legend, pg. 18.]

Here’s Thursday’s game in Puzzability‘s Giving Away in Ending series:

This Week’s Game — April 27-May 1
Giving Away the Ending
You’ll need to do a little detective work this week. For each day, we started with the title of a well-known mystery book and replaced all the letters in each word—except the last letter—with asterisks.
A  ****Y  *N  ******T
A Study in Scarlet
What to Submit:
Submit the book title (as “A Study in Scarlet” in the example) for your answer.
Thursday, April 30
****Y  ***K
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