Liberty Bell Traditions

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SATURDAY pas C in State Sub at at pas Sun 6.30 W 9.45i Mes at X at No Bun- pastor, a. at and Wed-nesdav a. m. at m.; and s Association H. at of Sunday-school Pe-leus, of tfSATUSDAY NSGHT SERMONS v BY "RING. GRANDPA. RING!" Ttit, "Prod aim liberty throughout all th land ante all the inhabitant there-: of." Lev. xrv, it. I I stood yesterday, hat in hand, befor' the Liberty bell in Independence halLj A moment before 1 had been oat in; front ot the bronze statue of the Fa- j tber of Ills Country on the Chestnut street sidewalk. Then I visited th museum and looked with wondering' eye at the curios and relic. X trod gingerly through those Kevoluti&nary balls of fa ne where one may see the pictures of the signers, the chairs in which they sat the Inkstand which they used. Then I stood before the hell. As 1 gazed at the inscription, the teit above, my vision swam. It was no longer 3814. with the electric cars tbundering past the ball and great skyscrapers casting their shadows over Unbuilding. I stood in July Fourth. 1776. "What I Have Written." The morning was not hot, only j cloudy and sultry. Then came a thun- (Jerstorm. and through the clouds burst the Sttn. harbinger of glorious things. War had teen raging for more than a year in the colonies. Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill had been fought For fifty -four days, ever since May 10, that provincial congress had been busy with its deliberations. "Should the colonies be free and independent 4 & states?" It was a tremendous ques-1 a tion and a momentous time for those j ijtte in-brave fifty -six signers. The oldest was j Benjamin Franklin, who had reached! In his threescore and ten; the youngest j that was Thoaias Lynch. Jr.. not yet twen-1 ty-seven. Thomas Jefferson was only thirfv-tbree. There were eighteen law- "en vers." Dine merchants, seven farmers. 111110 "three physicians, three soldiers, rwo!"'hen survevors. a printer, a college president. . -v.. .,mKr! o ur.tJuiu. .muc uc ministers' sons. Eight, were of foreign birth. There was John Hancock in the president s cnair; good uv. itusn; jtev. Jottu Witherspoon. descendant of John Knox; Richard Henry Lee. the Demos thenes of the congress, the author of the resolution calling for the Declara tion. John Adams but why enumerate! Tber were all brave men. They were placing: in Jeopardy their lives, repu tations Bud estates. They pledged to each other "our lives, our fortunes aud our sacred honor." On July 2 they bad rntod hr ctataa a nrt .inn mmmisl v for immediate independence. Jefferson wrote the Declaration. He afterward declared the reason Franklin was not chosen for that -task was the fear that he would place in it some jest; he was inclined to be humorous. Did any one sign the Declaration that late July afternoon ? Thomas M. "Keen declared no one did. Jefferson said they all did. Forty years later Adams and Jefferson bad n long correspondence about this very question. Those who feel they roust defend apparent Bible contradictions would do well to bear this la mind. One tbiug: is certain that copy is cot in existence. Jefferson's original is in th 6tate department at Washington. So is the engrossed copy of Aug. 4. That is the cue containing the big signatures of John Hancock with j which the world is familiar. "Ring, Gramlpa, Ring!" j Whether it was signed that lmmor- j tnl day or nt. the resolution was. A j great crowd of people had gathered outside. They could see Hancock's j big. bijru backed chair behind the ma-1 hognny table, with its great silver ink-1 horn. Red faced John Adams and Roger Sherman, the shoemaker, stood near t lie window. Robert Morris, the financier, and Charles Carroll of Car-rollton. who outlived all the signers, were near the door. Up in the belfry hung the now famous bell brought from England in 1752, cracked the first time it was used, then recast by Isaac N'orris, speaker of the assembly, with the famous inscription around its top. Old William Hurry, whose mouldering dust now sleeps in old Pine Street Presbyterian churchyard, stood at theJ belfry door, his hand on the bell rope, ready to ring out the expected glad tidings, his little blue eyed grandson. Samuel, in the corridor below. Outside the crowd grew more dense. The air was surcharged with excitement Men had left the plow tail, the store, Ibe workshop. Would they dare pass the resolution? Suddenly at five minutes before 2 the iad dashed out clapping his hands. "Ring, grandpa, ring!" The bell rang out the welcome news prophetically cast upon its Iron throat twenty-four years before. The crowds answered with cheers. The Voice That Is Still. Many are the stories as to how the famous bell became cracked. The most authentic is that "Major Jack" Downing, a caretaker, allowed six boys to ring'the bell on Washington's i birthday. 1835. Whenever it happen ed. it was not noticed until the morn ing of June 8, 1835, when it was being j tolled for the death of Chief Justice John Marshall. Several times later It was rung on great occasions, but the tones, once powerful, were sorry reminders of the past. On Washington's birthday. 1843. it was tolled for the last time. Now for seventy-one years it has been voiceless. When in 18(50 the Prince of Wales, afterward King Edwnrd VII. of England, visited the United States the bell was in a rubbish heap in the garret. He was amazed, indignant and pleaded for it It has nerer Deen negiectea since, tacn yearlf,rAN.CE It is more venerated. Its message Is still ringing and will ring, in toe providence of the God of nations, to 7ery land on the face of the earth. When you pot off nntil tomorrow what you ought to .do today, do yon j diat you ought to do today and Schur-mdrfrl j room. 1 (lles ! it j the 1 saVeri tnem whose signed will bring ! , a , tion you. dawn, an just what to do what talk; The knew there A some Dealer, everything they New-burg of said, man the universe. he the notion, of same Is he was bolometer just from and hair, intensity Of ter look heat being er would THE OF PUBLISHED one, of Be House - I ii P

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  1. Harrisburg Daily Independent,
  2. 29 Aug 1914, Sat,
  3. Page 4

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