Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 20, 1976 · Page 115
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 115

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 20, 1976
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ItK -June 20,1976 Sunday Gaxette-Mail Charleston, West Virginia Great Paint! Only 5 5* gal. (Interior) J AX SAN the richman's paint with the poorman's price now available... BUY QUALITY PAINT WRECT FROMTHEMANUFACTURERSAVE! (Contractors Prices Available) ' ·Herat wage wuan scat rife pat is wtt PLASTIC COATINGS CORP. 7300 MacCorkle Ave. S.E. One Mile Down From Turnpike locally owned 4 operated--parking in front 925-3502 JOHN ADAMS Silent, Patient, He Was Freedom's Floor Manager John Adams of Boilon accomplished many thing!, bul above all hit icork in Philadelphia in the spring and summer of 1776 made poiiible the Declaration of Independence. By Don McLeod The Auociated Presi "I never would deceive the people," he insisted, "nor especially make myself subservient to any of their crimes, follies or eccentricities. "Private mobs," he declared, "I do and will detest." It was the Stamp Act t h a t f i n a l l y brought John Adams to his destiny. He urged Braintree to instruct its legislative delegation to protest the act. As selectman of the town he was named to the committee which would draw up the instructions. Please Turn to Page UK. Use Want Ads. Dial 348-4848 KUOWTICN I/UE Storewide Savings Shorts Swimsuits Slack to OFF ims 52 Main Street, St. Albans Phone 727-1831 Open 9:30 to 5:00 p.m. Won. thru Sot.-Thurs. 'til 8:30 p.m. John Adams was the floor manager of independence. He brought it along slowly, carefully, counting and courting votes until a nation was ready to be born. "Be silent and patient," he cautioned the friends of liberty. "And time will bring forth, after the usual groans, throes and underscore and pains upon such occasions, a fine child." * * * ADAMS WAS a painfully impatient man, impatient with delay, impatient with the equivocation of fellow patriots, impatient with the reluctant and the cowardly. But his own self-control, with its moderating balm on his more radical cohorts, and his consummate skill at the legislative art led 13 angry but aimless colonies to unity and purpose and nationhood. Adams learned his art in the public affairs of Braintree, Mass., where he was born on Oct. 19,1735. John Adarns Sr. was a man of modest property, a lieutenant in the militia, a selectman of the town and deacon of the church. The boy went regularly with his father to the town meeting and in America's purest democracies learned the ponderous process of legislative consensus, the politics of compromise, the gift of persuasion. In Braintree, where everyone went to church at least twice each Sunday, young John also absorbed the religious preoccupation that would shape his politics and give him the sense of mission that later in life drove him to greatness. * * * ADAMS BEGAN his education at Dame Belcher's primary school, where he learned reading, writing and orthodoxy from "The New England Primer," and then on to Latin school in preparation for Harvard. He was a reluctant scholar, preferring sports, play, the outdoors and girls to study. But at the urging of his parents he persevered until at length he learned the joy of intellectual attainment. Upon graduation at the age of 19, he still had no idea where his destiny would lead. So he took a job as schoolmaster in Worcester and was bored. Adams fretted a great deal during this time about his future, his mission and his preparation. "I am resolved not to neglect my time as I did last year," he promised his diary at the start of his second term. "I am resolved to rise with the sun and study the scriptures on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, and to study some Latin author the other three mornings. Noons and nights I intend to read English authors. "This is my fixed determination," he Authentic Reproductions by ({j LIGHTING IN THE AMERICAN TRADITION Bicentennial Value Days Lighting Sale! Chain Fixture M Reg. $145.95 NOW $109.00 Table Lamp ==\ reg. 571.95 M NOW $53.95 Table Lamp reg. $100.95 NOW $75.70 TABLE LAMP reg, $56.95 NOW $42.70 ABIGAIL COLLECTION The spirit, loveliness, and warmth of the nation's first "First Lady" has been captured in this unique collection which bears her name. The glass is hand-blown and hand-decorated using time-honored craftsmanship unchanged since (he days of the Colonies. Chain Fixture reg. $84.95 NOW $63.70 Reg. SI00.95 ^LECTION. .. *" 75 70 This superb collection of authentic reproductions by Quoizel features a lustrous antique brass finish and an exquisite hand-applied rust, yellow, green and brown floral decoration on hand-blown glass. 106 VIRGINIA ST. E. FREE PARKING HOURS: 7l30-JT»«t.-FrL k* S*t.7tM-11s)0 M*n. 7iJO-l fM. Sale Starts Tomorrow! Gold!ait Electric Supply Co., Inc. WE ACCEPT said with all sincerity. "May 1 blush whenever I suffer one hour to pass unimproved." This overpowering sense of responsibility followed him all his life. He was never able to enjoy a vacation or holiday for fretting over the wasted time. But the young pedagogue found to his mortification that his best intentions for scholarly and pious study suffered from a greater attraction to the social and intellectual circles of Worcester. » * * WHEN HE COULD stand the boredom of the classroom no longer, Adams apprenticed himself to the town lawyer. And after he had learned all he could in Worcester, he went to Boston and was admitted to practice before the Superior Court of the colony. Having an active mind and ambitious spirit, the fledgling lawyer fell in with the rising legal stars of his day. He became absorbed in their politics as well as their law. The turning point of his life carjie in 1761 when he heard his new friend, Jarnes Otis, argue against the general writs sought by customs agents to search at will. Adams listened as Otis argued that a man's home is his castle, that any Englishman has the right to security from intrusion without valid warrant. If Parliament had approved such writs, then Parliament was wrong, Otis dared, because such a thing was contrary to the British constitution. The issue was joined as never before; the rights of Americans opposed by the interests of England. Morality, thought Adams, who was ever guided by it, must be on the side of the colonists. The young man with a stunning sense of divine calling, who had been struggling in search of his mission, was finding it. "Every man . . . appeared to me to go away, as I did, ready to take arms against writs of assistance," he concluded. "American independence was then and there born." * * * BUT INDEPENDENCE did not rush upon America all that quickly. And despite his growing devotion to the cause, Adams continued to be torm between the forces of moral crusade and conservatism. He disapproved deeply of the vulgar tactics of his cousin Samuel. «HOUSE YOUR FRIENDLY PAINT STORE AT Fl THE BREADWINNER OF PAINT: 'Charleston Paint Center, Inc. 424 Virginia St,W. Charleston, W.Va. Phone342-4193 B*nj»min A* Moored IPCiUTII While they last MOHJUESMD. JUNE 21,22,23 7 PC. BATTERY WALL CLOCK ENSEMBLE This beautiful ensemble consists of a 17" tall Battery Operated Clock and Two Matching 9" tall Sconces with Four Candles. Clock Sconces have , exquisite Antique Gold-tone Finish. This lovely set is not only useful but will add beauty to any home. A real value at this fantastic price! $1076 12 Cash Carry SAVE on 5-Pc. Maple Finish Colonial Style! A charming 36x48" table has j) H /I Ul V maple.finish plastic top. 4 mates chairs complete set. 149 99% Nylon Reversible Braided Rugs, 9x12 for only SCA76 59 Large Size COLONIAL BOSTON ROCKER exactly as pictured only 12 to sell at this real bargain price NATIONAL JUVENILE BOSTON ROCKER For the youngsters. Attractively decorated in choice of white or yel- ·low. Cosh and carry while they last. This Sale only $ 13 76 608 VIRGINIA ST. EAST

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