William Hurry - Rang Out Liberty
HE RANG OUT LIBERTY. It of of is on of to forty- become The Crave ot William Harry Added to Patriotism's Landmarks. The grave of the man who first rang the Liberty bell has been found. For many years all trace had been lost of .the bell ringer who obeyed the injunc tion lettered on the statehouse bell in Philadelphia, by ringing It vigorously and "proclaiming liberty throughout the laud and to the inhabitants thereof." It was known to few historians In a vague way that his name was William Hurry and that he was a man well advanced In years on that Immortal day, but the familiar poem, "The Liberty Bellman," with Its thrilling lines "Ring I" he Bhout3. "Ring, grandpal . Ring, oh. ring tor liberty I" And straightway at the signal The old bellman lifts his hand And sends the good news making Iron muslo through the land, had surrounded Hurry with a legendary atmosphere that made many persons regard him as a 6ort of myth. Antiquarians and historians had made frequent searches for the body to prove his reality, If nothing more, but these were all In vain Until recently the graveyard of the old Tine Street Pres byterian church, Fourth and Tine streets, Philadelphia, was discovered to be the last resting place of the famous Revolutionary character. Credit for this discovery goes to Ja cob Low, sexton of the church. When Low came upon nurry's grave the headstone was sunk almost out of sight Only two letters, "It" and "Y," of the name Hurry were visible. Low's curiosity was aroused, and, raising the stone with careful precautions against breaking it, he cleared it of the moss and mold and was overjoyed to find that .It marked the grave of the Liberty bellman. An examination of tbe stone shows that at the time he rang the bell Hurry was a man of fifty-five years. He was born Oct 22, 1721. Hurry's activity In the cause of free dom did not stop with the ringing of the old bell, now next to the original drafts of the Declaration of Independ ence and the constitution of the United States the most prized relic connected with the birth of the nation. He volun teered for service In the Continental army and served with distinction in a number of battles. His signature on call for volunteers Is still in possession of the old church. It Is a somewhat pathetic circum stance that Hurry did not live to see the complete triumph of the colonists over Great Britain. He died In 1781, two years before the surrender of Cornwallls. Washington Post THE FOURTH AT BAM BANG.