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The Great Gold Swindle of Lubec Maine

Author : Ronald Pesha
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In 1897, a stranger named Reverend Prescott Jernegan arrived in Lubec and made a bold claim: he could extract gold from seawater. To do so, he used so-called accumulators of electrically charged rods in iron pots. Fooling many, he actually hid the gold beneath a wharf in the Bay of Fundy during the night. He and his accomplice, Charles Fisher, preached with fervent enthusiasm as they built their factory and encouraged inspections, which reversed doubters to greedy high-stakes investors. Hundreds of laborers accelerated factory expansion until July 1897, when Jernegan and Fisher fled. Although residents of Lubec attempted civil and criminal action, both men relocated, and fantasies of gold wealth flowed away. Relive the excitement, disappointment and anger of turn-of-the-century Mainers in this collection of accounts about the Lubec gold hoax.

Forgotten Tales of Down East Maine

Author : Jim Harnedy
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Maine has a collection of unique characters and tales that has helped to shape its identity. Uncover the state's hidden gems with stories like the Midas Scam in Lubec, which left investors with little but salt water to show for their investment. Meet the Artist Who Played Robin Hood, the Hermit of North Pond and the Mysterious Billy Smith. From the tragedy of the Wreck of the Circus Ship to the uplifting story of the Schoolgirl Ambassador, Maine author and veteran storyteller Jim Harnedy brings out the offbeat characters and events that have made the Pine Tree State so unique.

A History of Ambition in 50 Hoaxes History in 50

Author : Gale Eaton
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What do the Trojan Horse, Piltdown Man, Keely Motor Company, and Ponzi Scheme have in common? They were all famous hoaxes, carefully designed and bolstered with false evidence. The con artists in this book pursued a variety of ambitions—making money, winning wars, mocking authority, finding fame, trading an ordinary life for a glamorous one—but they all chose the lowest, fastest road to get there. Every hoax is a curtain, and behind it is a deceiver operating levers and smoke machines to make us see what is not there and miss what is. As P.T. Barnum knew, you can short-circuit critical thinking in any century by telling people what they want to hear. Most scams operate on a personal scale, but some have shaped the balance of world power, inspired explorers to sail uncharted seas, derailed scientific progress, or caused terrible massacres. A HISTORY OF AMBITION IN 50 HOAXES guides us through a rogue’s gallery of hustlers, liars, swindlers, imposters, scammers, pretenders, and cheats. In Gale Eaton’s wide-ranging synthesis, the history of deception is a colorful tour, with surprising insights behind every curtain. Fountas & Pinnell Level Z+

Maine A Guide Down East

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Maine a Guide to the Vacation State

Author : Ray Bearse
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Cree Tales and Beliefs

Author : George W. Bauer
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Maine Historical Society Newsletter

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Mining and Scientific Press

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Maine

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Maine a Guide Down East

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Maine: A Guide 'Down East' of the American Guide Series written by the FWP reviews the history of Maine.

Maine a Guide down East

Author : Maine League of Historical Societies and Museums
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The Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History

Author : Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History
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Maine Place Names and the Peopling of Its Towns

Author : Ava Harriet Chadbourne
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Northeast Folklore

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Annual Report of the American Historical Association

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Encyclopedia of World Crime D J

Author : Jay Robert Nash
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Maine a Bibliography of Its History

Author : John Duncan Haskell
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Writings on American History

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United States One

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Down East

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