Re: [Harp-L] history

What about the 'Richter scale' then? ...C D E G G C,  I suppose; certainly an earth-shaker in this territory!

>>> Jonathan Ross <jross38@xxxxxxxxxxx> 17/11/2008 12:49 >>>

It's Jon, short for Jonathan.  No "h".

"I do have formal training in the historical research arts and that  
award from the West Virginia Press Association for Best Investigative  
Journalism (that was a previous award, not the one I won this year)"

Good for you.  I don't accept arguments from authority and I also  
have formal training in history.  All of which is completely besides  
the point--you still haven't given any response to the issues I raised.

You made two claims in your original post.  First, that there was  
someone named "Joseph Richter" who "invented Richter" and second that  
the Anton Richter who had a harmonica company was his brother.  You  
stated these as facts.  Definitive statements have a distinct meaning  
when studying history.  They mean that these are known from direct  
evidence.  I see no direct evidence here, not even logical  
supposition (which should still be couched in caveats).  I've looked  
into these some myself, but also talked about these with people who  
know more than I on the subject.  And then I quoted the person who  
probably has done more research into harmonica history than anyone  
I've yet seen.  I pointed out that the first assumption you made can  
by no means be thought of as a fact--there is little evidence for an  
inventor named "Joseph Richter" and what there is can be considered  
highly questionable.  Further, there is little to no evidence of any  
connection between these two Richters--which seems to be a common  
Bohemian name at the time.

Deal with the issues I raise, not me personally.  If you are  
incapable of the former, that really isn't my problem.

  ()()    JR "Bulldogge" Ross
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