Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 20, 1976 · Page 111
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 111

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 20, 1976
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Some Revolution Stories Proving to Be Fictitious By Vivian Brown The A undated Preii Practically everybody knows that Betsy a battlefield heroine, and Paul Revere Ross designed the first flag at the request made his famous ride to Concord shouting of George Washington; Molly Pitcher was a warning that the "British are coming." t t ^ ^ j X i TRADE-IN SALE DOES YOUR FUR LOOK LIKE 1776? Phone 346-0577 TRADE IT ON A 1976 STYLE NOW. THIS WEEK ONLY--SPECIAL TRADE-IN ALLOWANCES ON YOUR OLD FURS. Steiger's 817 QUARRIER ST. . America has changed a lot since 1776! Take women's fashions for instance... Jane's has been serving this area for 16 years. To Celebrate Jhis Special Event Save 20% Entire Stock 1776 Master Charge BankAmericard Layaway Open Mon. thru Fri. 9:30 'til 5:30 Sot.'til 5:00 p.m. 1 598 Washington Street, East, Charleston Phone 342-4332 FREE Parking In Rear But a lot of fiction got mixed in with a little bit of fact, says historian Virginius Dabney, editor of a commemorative book. "The Patriots," which excludes the three in its essays of 50 leading patriots of the Revolutionary era. "Betsy may have designed the flag but there is no documentary evidence that she did. It wasn't until the 1870s that her grandson made the claim that Washington had asked her to do it " As for Molly Pitcher -- true, she did bring water to soothe the fevered solidiers on the battlefield of Monmouth, but that exploit "hardly qualifies her for heroism," Dabney contends. "Paul Revere's ride was a figment of Longfellow's imagination," Dabney went on. "If you want an example of Longfellow's poetic license, read 'The Wreck of the Hesperus' which wasn't wrecked at all. In fact, historical evidence shows that Revere was captured by the British before he got to Concord, and that the Americans saw the famous signal in the tower of Old North Church before Revere had even mounted his horse." * * * SETTING THE record straight is one thing the book is all about, insists Dabney, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1948 tor ' his editorials. Leading historians, editors, writers and other authorities are among the contributors to the book. These include Kingman Brewster Jr., president of Yale; historian Bruce Cation; Henry Cabot Lodge, former U.S. senator and ambassador to the United Nations; William Buckley Jr., author and editor. The introductory essay was written by the famous historian, Henry Steele Commager. The book aims to provide an accurate account of the people who provided leadership during the revolutionary era. As we get into the Bicentennial there will be a lot of distortion of real facts in the deluge of published material, Dabney declares. Some authors will write for sensationalism. * * * "THE PATRIOTS" isn't a total loss for women. Two of the three named in the book, Abigail Adams and Mercy WWar- ren, were "pioneer feminists." They were way ahead of their time, Dabney insists, "in advocating that women should be treated on a par with men. When the Declaration of Independence was coming up, Abigail asked her husband ".. .to remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. . ." Mercy Warren, a poet and playwright, wrote a three-volume history of the Revolution that was published in 1805. She and Abigail were friends who had similar interests and corresponded with each other. "And of course there is Martha Washington, who was not as intellectual as the other two, but was a strong character and a great help to George. It was a big ordeal, a week's trip, to travel from Mount Vernon to Washington's winter headquarters each year." * * * THERE WAS a real heroine of the battlefields, but she came to light too late for inclusion in the book, Dabney explained. She was Deborah Samson, who enrolled in the Continental Army, participated in the battle of Yorktown and attempted to treat her own wounds. The doctors discovered the soldier was a she. Dabney, who was editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 1936 to 1969, has served as president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and has received many awards. He is author of a number of books and since 1971 has been chairman of the U. S. Bicentennial Society, a nongovernmental agency, which commissioned the book. ("The Patriots" is published by Athe- neum.) OPEN Monday 'til 9 908 Quarrier 150 2 piece polyester PANT SUITS Choose Blazer or Shirt Jac Style Colors: mint, light blue, navy, yellow or red. Sizes 8 to 18 regular '32 Special Special purchase, cotton SUNBACK DRESSES Cottons by Malia of Hawaii -- scoop neck and halter styles... long or short Sizes 6 to 16 regular $ 44 Special... MONDAY - TUESDAY - WEDNESDAY! COTTON WRAP SKIRTS by Malia of Hawaii Long styles Short styles BankAmericard, Master Charge, Q. S. Charge 6K --June 20,1976 Sunday Gazette-Mail Charleston, West Virginia Some Notable Holiday Weekend Events in D.C. Among notable Bicentennial events in Washington during the July 4 holiday period will be: ··A 76-hour vigil at the National Archives. The building's great documents, including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, will for the first time be open for observation around the clock from Friday at 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Monday night. »-The opening of the National Air and Space Museum July 1st at 7th and Independence Avenue. The museum will house the original Kitty Hawk flyer of the, Wright Brothers. »-The opening of the National Visitors Center at Union Station, designed to provide Washington visitors with all the information they need to enjoy the city. AHCarolnaSoapsCandles 25% off Final Clearance Glassware, etc. 50% off The Berry Patch 711 Lee Street 344-1585 Virginius Dabney 'The Patriots' Editor Advanced Education Widespread Church-related colleges in West Virginia in 1876 included Bethany and Broaddus Female College (later Alderson-Broaddus). which moved in 1876 from Winchester, Va., to Clarksburg. Men were admitted to Broaddus in 1877. Linsly Institute, which housed state offices for several years in Wheeling, was established in 1814. The Lancasterian system of education was practiced there. It included using the Old Testament for reading lessons and the cowhide for discipline. Other schools offering advanced education in the mid-1870s included West Virginia College at Flemingtbn, Taylor County; Wheeling Female College and Wheeling Business College; Charlestown Academy, and Lewisburg Female Institute. Shelton College opened in St. Albans in 1878. Previously, it was known as Coalsmouth High School. By 1876 there was already an extensive Catholic school system in West Virginia. The first school was opened in Wheeling in 1846. The Order of St. Joseph nuns were operating four Catholic schools in Wheeling by 1867. St. Mary's Academy, a girls school, opened in Charleston the same year. In 1876 it stood at the corner of Broad and Quarrier Streets. Other Catholic schools operating in 1876 were in Parkersburg, Grafton, Clarksburg and Huntington. Diirbin Festivities DURBIN--A fair and a parade are scheduled here July 1 in honor of the Bicentennial. The Forward '76 Project of Durbin will feature renovation of the mayor's office and the community center. Open Monday 'til 9:00 p.m.--Corner Quarrier Hale 1, 2 and 3 piece Nylon Jersey Summer Dresses , 9 g.S75toS30 $Jg99 Tops Blouses Reg. $16. to $26 $1199 ) 1 1 Zipout Lining Raincoats Reg. 580. Cotton and Poly Slacks Reg. $14. $15 Selected Group of Spring and Summer ' ' , 1 Merchandise Reduced ',1 \"-' r ° 900 Quarrier St. Charleston, W. Va. 25301 We Honor BankAmericard Master Charge Phone 344-4421 muiifiCN/i SAlt JUNE 21,22,23 Excellent Group of LONG SLEEVE DRESS SHIRTS polyester knits, dacron and cotton blends broadcloth Solids* Plaids* Stripes Spread and button down collars sizes 15 to! 7 Vi values to $14.95 $ 3.99 no refunds no exchanges 1 Group MENS DRESS SLACKS dacron wool blend-tropical weight solids · che ks · stripes straight legs a few flares Broken sizes no alterations no refunds $ values to 27.95 4.99 no exchanges Complete stock of summer SUITS · SPORT COATS DRESS SLACKS this summer's fashions complete selection of LEISURE SUITS Three Daysonly June 21, 22, 23 of West Virginia THIS SALE IN EFFECT AT OUR CHARLESTON STORE ONLY

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