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Dear Diary | +
January 14, 1882 | +
Dear Diary,
Why do people write 'Dear Diary' in the first page? A diary can't talk back, now can it?
This world has recovered immensely from the Small Pox Epidemic. My beautiful home will soon be destroyed because it is now considered to be a carrier or distributor of the Small Pox Disease. Thankfully most of the good furniture was placed in a barn out back as well as a few other important things. Just because I consider the items important does not mean that they are valuable. It means that I treasure each and every last one.
I shall miss this home where I grew up with Mother and Father. Grant it that I lost my teenage years due to the epidemic and that was hard on me for like any young girl, I dreamed of my coming out party and pretty dresses. But I lost something that is more important to me. My parents.
Sure the government gave us a huge amount of money for the rent of the house but my parents were given much money for taking such good care of their loved ones during this time they stayed here. Plus the fact that the government is giving me a huge sum of money for the house.
My solicitor, John Henkins, is arranging for me to have a whole compartment car to myself! And a box car for my furniture which has been stored these last ten years. Fortunately, my parents told no one of where we place our belongings and they were still in excellent shape. Soon they will be loaded on the train and I will shop for a few things before leaving. The rest will be done when I get to Lansing.
Back to the situation at hand. My Solicitor, John Henkins, suggested that I go on a trip somewhere. It does not matter where just anywhere but here during the destruction of my only home that I know so well. I shall travel by train across this land for a bit. See what there is out there and what my possibilities are. I wonder who I shall meet, where I shall go, what I shall see. Only Time and God will tell.


January 16, 1882, morning | +
Dear Diary,
Well, I am ready to leave Yipsilanti. I am excited, scared, nervous and curious all balled up in one emotion.

I have maps for all of the states and a railroad one. I will keep track of my journey to where I go. I will circle the towns and make notes about each stop.

Oh, yes! My Solicitor, John Henkins, bought a personal car for me! I will have a traveling compartment that converts into a bed room. Attached to that one is a traveling compartment that I won't change.

Mr Henkins will find a few suitable traveling companions. I hope that they will be pleasant to talk to and will be good company.

Speaking of Mr Henkins, he is here to take me to Lansing.


January 16, 1882, evening | +
What a trip! It took just over 4 hours to travel the 80 miles. I have a couple hours to do something with so I bought a couple books to read and games to play during the trip if I get bored.
Mr Henkins has been able to get me into a private home of a lady who would see to my Finishing School that I missed. I am 22 years old! But according to Mr Henkins, Socializing is not as simple as it seems. I will learn a good many things that every young female needs to know. I suppose that if I must go then I must go. At least I will know what to expect in Society.
I have bought a few things for my trip. One of the books may prove to be very interesting because it is all about Hidden Treasures and Mysteries of the World. I think that I will open it now and read it.
All off my baggage is on my luggage cart and I can keep a good eye on it. A life of luxury is what I will be living for a year or so. All that I have to do now is to wait for the Conductor to escort me to my private car. All of my possessions were sent ahead to Chicago yesterday.


Lady Rosewoode carefully stepped up the small steps into her very own private traveling car. The hallway was a lovely green ivy print wall paper with silver borders. There were five compartments in all. She would use two and then she could have 3 companions traveling with her.
A small bathroom at each end. She would use the front one and claim it as a lady's room. Any men that might travel with her would have to use the far bathroom
Each car had a different color scheme. She loved the first compartment for it was in such pretty pale wallpaper with tiny darker pink and blue roses. Silver edges accented the walls off nicely.
The next compartment was done in a pale blue and a dark blue trim. She would use this compartment as her living room.
Her luggage was brought in along with several newspapers so she went to make her bedroom presentable before she read the newspapers. She would need to know what is going on in the world.
Lady Rosewoode thought to herself

Chicago, Here I came!



In My World of Steampunk

I am declaring that this is 1883 and I expect those of you RPing here to act like that time period.

There are a few things That I will mention before I start telling you more about my world.

My Rules | +
1- I do not like one liners! Please Post at Least One Paragraphs. And I Mean A Good Paragraph. Not Just Two or Three Lines. Give us Some Content! I’d like to see 25 word post. I will not count each word but if you do not help the RP move along or if someone mentions that you are not pulling your weight in the RP, I will be checking your posts.

Here are some tips to lengthen your post:
-Describe the scenery. Description of the surroundings can provide a hefty paragraph and is good filler material if you're strapped for something to say.
-Describe how your character is feeling and why. Are they morose for a particular reason? Are they happy for some reason? Elaborate on this and you may find you have to cut yourself short.
-More detail. Detail is key. If your character said something, describe their tone of voice, facial expression, or body language.

2- Internal thoughts are great but please make them appear different from your spoken words. I don't care if you use color or italics.

3- Do not post before you are accepted into the RP. Check the Resident List if you are unsure.

4- No Godmoding without permission! If you want to leave your character in someone’s hands, I need both the persons who will be gone and the person who will be allowed to ‘godmode’ post that you have agreed on this.

5- Keep Player Knowledge Separate From Character Knowledge. Just because you know something does not mean that your character was there and hearing what you have read. I hope this makes sense!

6- Respect the other players. Tolerate each other’s quirks. Suggest not criticize other RPers work. These three items will help everyone to grow in their ability of writing and characters will develop more depth. The RP will be more fun as well.

7- Nothing above PG 13. Flirting, hand holding, light kissing, and hugs. Then fade to black or take it to elsewhere.

8- Watch your language! While I prefer not to see swear words, I will allow some pass for it is in every day life now days. However, if you happen to be posting with swearing in every posting, you will be warned. If it continues, you will be kicked out of the World/RP.

9- If by chance that I miss your post, please either poke me or send me a PM saying that you were overlooked and was it on purpose or accidentally. I am The Creator but I not a god. I still have mistakes...... ;-(

10-These may be adjusted as I see the need.


The News in US in 1883 | +
January–March
January 2 – Webb C. Ball introduces railroad chronometers, which become the general railroad timepiece standards in North America.
January 17 – The U.S. Marines intervene in Hawaii, resulting in overthrow of the government of Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii.
January 21 – The Cherry Sisters first perform in Marion, Iowa.
February 1 – Thomas A. Edison finishes construction of the first motion picture studio in West Orange, New Jersey.
February 24 – American University is established by an Act of Congress in Washington, D.C.
February 28 – USS Indiana, the lead ship of her class and the first battleship in the United States Navy comparable to foreign battleships of this time, is launched at Philadelphia; she is commissioned in 1895.
March 4 – President of the United States Benjamin Harrison is succeeded by Grover Cleveland.

April–June
April 1 – The rank of Chief Petty Officer is established in the U.S. Navy.
April 8 – The first recorded college basketball game occurs in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania between the Geneva College Covenanters and the New Brighton YMCA.
May 1 – The 1893 World's Fair, also known as the World's Columbian Exposition, opens to the public in Chicago, Illinois. The first U.S. commemorative postage stamps are issued for the Exposition.
May 5 – Panic of 1893: A crash on the New York Stock Exchange starts a depression.
May 9 – Edison's 1½ inch system of Kinetoscope is first demonstrated in public at the Brooklyn Institute.

July–September
July 1 – U.S. President Grover Cleveland has a secret operation to remove cancer in his mouth.
July 6 – The small town of Pomeroy, Iowa is nearly destroyed by a tornado; 71 people are killed and 200 injured.
July 12 – Frederick Jackson Turner gives a lecture titled "The Significance of the Frontier in American History" before the American Historical Association in Chicago.[1]
August 27 – The Sea Islands Hurricane hits Savannah, Charleston, and the Sea Islands, killing 1,000–2,000.
September 11–27 – The World Parliament of Religions opens in Chicago.
September 11 – Standing ovation to Hindu monk Swami Vivekanda for his address in Response to the welcome at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago.
September 19 – Swami Vivekananda delivers an inspiring speech on his paper at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago.
September 21 – Brothers Charles and Frank Duryea drive the first gasoline-powered motorcar in America on public roads in Springfield, Massachusetts.
September 23 – The Bahá'í Faith is first publicly mentioned in the United States at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago.

October–December
October 7 – Finley Peter Dunne introduces his character Mr. Dooley in the Chicago Evening Post.
October 11 – Saint Anselm College in Goffstown, New Hampshire is officially dedicated.
November 7 – Colorado women are granted the right to vote.

7 Things You May Not Know About the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair
MAY 1, 2013 By Barbara Maranzani

On May 1, 1893, the gates opened at the World’s Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago World’s Fair. Over the next six months, more than 26 million visitors would flock to the 600-acre fairgrounds and 200-plus buildings full of art, food, entertainment and technological gadgets. The fair, ostensibly meant to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to the New World, served as a showcase for a fully rebuilt and vibrant Chicago, just two decades removed from its devastating fire. On the 120th anniversary of its opening day, here are seven facts you may not know about 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

1. Chicago had to beat out a number of other cities to get the fair.
In the late 1880s, Chicago, St. Louis, New York and Washington, D.C. all submitted bids to host the 1893 fair, but the race was soon narrowed to New York and Chicago. Big Apple financial titans including Cornelius Vanderbilt, William Waldorf Astor and J. P. Morgan pledged to raise $15 million to cover the city’s expenses, with Chicago’s mercantile and meatpacking millionaires Marshall Field, Philip Armour and Gustavus Swift following suit. But when Lyman Gage, president of one of the largest banks in the Midwest, arranged for millions more in financing, momentum swung Chicago’s way and the U.S. Congress, which was in charge of the selection, awarded the city the exposition.

2. The fair produced a number of firsts.
Among the well-loved commercial products that made their debut at the Chicago World’s Fair were Cream of Wheat, Juicy Fruit gum and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. Technological products that would soon find their way into homes nationwide, such as the dishwasher and fluorescent light bulbs, had early prototype versions on display in Chicago as well. The U.S. government also got in on the act, issuing the country’s first postcards and commemorative stamps and two new commemorative coins: a quarter and half dollar. The half dollar featured Christopher Columbus, in whose honor the fair had been staged, while the quarter depicted Queen Isabella of Spain, who had funded Columbus’ voyages—making it the first U.S. coin to honor a woman.

3. A Ferris wheel saved the fair from financial ruin.
Despite the money raised by private investors and the U.S. government (through the sale of the commemorative coins and stamps), squabbling amongst the organizers and numerous construction delays resulted in a huge budget deficit. Another costly mistake was the refusal to allow showman William “Buffalo Bill” Cody and his troupe of sharpshooters, cowboys and Native American performers to appear at the fair. A disgruntled Cody brought his Wild West extravaganza to Chicago anyway, setting up shop right outside the fairgrounds and siphoning off visitors. The fair’s precarious finances received a boost in June 1893 with the long-awaited debut of a new invention from Pittsburgh-based bridge builder and steel magnate George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. Intended to rival the highlight of the 1889 fair in Paris (the Eiffel Tower), Ferris’ 264-foot-tall wheel was an engineering marvel. It could fit 2,160 people at a time, and cost 50 cents to ride—twice the price of a ticket to the fair itself. The world’s first Ferris wheel proved so popular it was moved to Chicago’s North Side, where it remained in operation for 10 years before it was sold to the organizers of the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri.

4. It was the first exposition to have national pavilions.
Nearly 50 foreign countries and 43 states and territories were represented in Chicago. American pavilions touted the country’s diverse history, food and culture with exhibits like Virginia’s replica of George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, a century-old palm tree from California, a massive stained glass display by Louis Comfort Tiffany and a full-service Creole restaurant from Louisiana. Philadelphia even sent the Liberty Bell, as well as two replicas: one in rolled oats and one made of oranges. Not to be outdone, Norway sailed a full-sized replica of a Viking ship across the ocean for the fair, and German industrial giant Krupp spent the equivalent of more than $25 million in today’s money to mount a massive artillery display including a number of weapons that would later be used in World War I.

5. Chicago was home to both a serial killer and a political assassin during the fair.
Unbeknownst to festivalgoers, there was a mass murderer in their midst. For several years before and during the exposition, Dr. Henry Howard Holmes was busily luring victims (including a number of fairgoers) to a three-story, block-long building called the “Castle,” where they were tortured, mutilated and killed. Although H. H. Holmes’ heinous crimes weren’t discovered until after the fair ended, it’s believed that he was responsible for dozens of deaths in Chicago. It was another murder, however, that made headlines during the fair. On October 28, just two days before the exposition was set to close, Chicago’s recently reelected mayor, Carter Harrison Sr., was shot and killed by a disgruntled—and deranged—office seeker, Patrick Eugene Prendergast, who believed he was owed a political appointment by the mayor. With the city in shock, the fair’s organizers quickly decided to cancel the lavish closing ceremony in favor of a public memorial to the city’s popular slain leader.

6. The Prendergast case was the first murder trial for famed lawyer Clarence Darrow.
Darrow, who defended Prendergast, would go on to build a career as one of the nation’s preeminent criminal lawyers, representing Chicago murderers Leopold and Loeb and famously sparring with William Jennings Bryan while acting as defense attorney in the Scopes Monkey Trial. He wasn’t so lucky in the Prendergast case, however, unsuccessfully arguing that his client should be declared mentally unfit to stand trial. After his insanity defense failed, Prendergast was hanged on July 14, 1894. It was the only murder case in Darrow’s career to end in his client’s execution.

7. The Chicago World’s Fair played a key role in the creation of the City Beautiful movement.
At the core of the fair was an area that quickly became known as the White City for its buildings with white stucco siding and its streets illuminated by electric lights. Buildings and monuments by Charles McKim, Daniel Burnham, Augusts Saint-Gaudens and Richard Morris Hunt and lush landscaping by Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of New York’s Central Park, left a lasting impression on municipal planners looking for a way to bring open spaces and grand public buildings into crowded cities. Chicago itself was one of the first cities to adopt aspects of the new City Beautiful movement. Dozens of other cities across the country followed its lead, most notably Washington, D.C., where by 1902 plans were in place for a redesign of the city center that would result in the creation of the National Mall and its surrounding monuments.


This about a young lady of 22 years old who missed all of the normal life of a teenager of a well to do family due to the fact that her family opened their doors to the patients of the Small Pox Epidemic that swept through her town of Yipsilanti, Michigan. ((More details above))

She has gone through a year of Finishing School in Chicago, Illinois with several other females who missed their coming out into Society. They live with a matron who is quite strict.

I will need young gentlemen (ages 27 to 35) and young ladies (ages 23 to 27) in this RP. We will be portraying People of that time Era of 1893. The twist is that we are living in a Steampunk World that has magic abilities. I will allow almost any ability as long as it is not a very high powered one. I will decide by case. Now for the CS

Name:
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Magic Ability: List what your magic ability can do


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I forgot to put my Blog in the above post so here it is:
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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 5:47 pm 

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Anyone around? *knocks on computer screen to get attention*


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Hi
This looks like fun.
Do you mind if I join in?


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Yes you may! I am hoping for up to 5 people joining this. Do you know of anyone who might like to join too?


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Dream might like to join, I'm not sure though.
I could ask if you like.


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Ordo- Please do. I will give more information here about the RP.


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All of the information that you will need to know about the RP is in this Blog:

blog.php?u=8538&b=1473&r=767#r767

I have blended some magic into this RP but it is used subtly. No outward bright displays of magic is used because it bound to attract attention to the user. While magic is not forbidden, it is looked down upon. It is used for the positive or good things if the person is of high society. If used for negative or bad reasons, you would be considered a low class person no matter how rich you may be.

That is the reason why magic is hidden from view and usually done in private.

We will be will start out with a New Year's Eve Party to celebrate the not only the new year but to new debutantes in the Society. We will do things like they did in the year 1893. Those who are females will have lived for the previous 6-9 months in this secluded home for young ladies who missed their coming out due to the Small Pox outbreak which lead into a very bad influenza pandemic. Many people died and those who did lived through the tough times, well, they were ready to live and enjoy life.

Feel free to ask questions but it will kinda follow the timeline and we will be living in Chicago as the World's Fair was being built and opened.


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