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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Genealogist Shamed for Littering

From The (Glasgow, Scotland) Daily Record of Feb. 4, 2006:

MISS IN A BOTTLE
Brit tells off Yank for littering sea


By Paula Murray

AN AMERICAN who sent a message in a bottle got a reply from Britain - telling him off for littering the sea.

The angry respondent - who signed his letter Henry Biggelsworth - also abused Americans in his reply to keen sailor Harvey Bennett, of Long Island, New York.

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[Bennett] visited England only last year to trace his family roots in Weymouth, in Dorset, not far from Poole, where the Biggelsworth letter was posted.

But he was stunned when he opened the envelope and found Biggelsworth's frosty reply to his message.

[snip]

"While you may consider this some profound experiment on the path and speed of oceanic currents, I have another name for it, litter."

In an even more withering tone, the letter continues: "You Americans don't seem to be happy unless you are mucking about somewhere.

"If you wish to foul your own nest, all well and good, but please refrain in future from fouling mine."

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