Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 11, 1976 · Page 68
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 68

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 11, 1976
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Coup That Failed By John School!ield Jack Jouett was a dashing young giant, 27 years old, standing 6 feet 4 inches and weighing 220 pounds. A captain in the Virginia militia, he wore a uniform to please his own taste--buckskin breeches, a bright red jacket an a plumed hat. He was an expert horseman and rode a spirited steed named Prince Charley, a powerful anima] considered the "best and fleetest horse in seven counties." Although historians have tended to ignore Jouett, he and Prince Charley were the heroes of one of the most dramatic episodes of the American Revolution. The spring and early summer of 1781 were gloomy times for the American cause. The traitor, Benedict Arnold, had led a successful raid against Richmond and captured Petersburg. Late in the spring Cornwallis had marched into Virginia from the south and with an army of 7,200 Red Coats penetrated north of Richmond to the vicinity of Hanover, about 70 miles east of Cnarlottesville. In the fall, Cornwallis would surrender his army to Washington at Yorktown; but now as he rested in his camp in the heart of Virginia he and his staff were' full of confidence. It was here that they conceived the plan to raid Charlottesville and capture the governor and legislators who had fled from Richmond to the safety of the little town in the mountains to consider emergency war measures. Cornwallis called on his bold officer of dragoons, Lt. Col. Bariastre Tarleton, for the raid on Charlottesville, which if successful would disrupt the government and have a devastating effect on patriot morale throughout the 13 states. Tarleton with 180 dragoons and 70 mounted infantrymen, relying on surprise to accomplish his mission, started on the 70-mile ride in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday morning. June 3. They rode all that morning, rested at mid-day and resumed the ride that night, planning to arrive in Charlottesville before sunrise Monday morning to capture the unsuspecting Americans, among whom were Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and at that time governor of Virginia; and Patrick Henry of " G i v e me l i b e r t y or g i v e me death" fame. Other Americans meeting with the legislature in Charlottesville were Gen. Thomas Nelson Jr., head of the Virginia militia who in a few days would succeed Jefferson as governor: Benjamin Harrison, speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses, whose youngest son, William Henry, and great-grandson. Benjamin, would become presidents of the United States: and Richard Henry Lee. former member of the Continental Congress and an ardent patriot. Nelson, Harrison and Lee were signers with Jefferson of the Declaration of Independence. Tarleton and his raiders passed Cuckoo Tavern. 40 miles from Charlottesville late that Sunday night. It was obvious to the tavern patrons, among whom was Capt. Jack Jouett. that the British were headed for Charlottesville to disrupt the government and to capture Gov. Jefferson at his home in Monticello just three miles to the southeast of Charlottesville. Someone must sound the alarm. Jouett downed one last d r i n k , saddled Prince Charley, and rode out along a different route of back trails and by-paths to alert the governor and his lawmakers. Jouett outdistanced Tarleton and his raiders as he raced 40 miles through dense forests and over almost impassable mountain trails. After nearly six hours of hazardous riding he pulled up at Monticello. It was a wild sight that greeted Jefferson. Both Jouett and Prince Charley were bruised and bleeding f r o m t h o r n s a n d t h i c k e t s a n d branches of trees. It is said that both carried the scars to their graves. Jouett. refreshed by a glass of Jefferson's best maderia. continued on to C h a r l o t t e s v i l l e and warned the legislators. He was a good three hours ahead of the British. Tarleton and his men missed the big prizes that morning'. Jefferson and his family escaped to the home of a friend. Patrick Henry. Nelson. Harrison, and Lee. along with most of the other legislators escaped across the mountains to Staunton. about 40 miles to the west. Tarleton had to settle for some patriot supplies and seven legislators. These men were given their freedom several days later. Jouett was subsequently honored by the Virginia legislature, which voted him "an elegant sword and two pistols." After the war he served in the Virginia legislature and then moved to Kentucky and served in the legislature there. He died in Kentucky in 1822 at the age of 67. (Copyright 1975 by John Schoolfield) Famous Fables By K. K. TRANSFER. General Maxwell D. Taylor learned his military lore from his grandfather, who had served in the Confederate army. "Grandpa," young Taylor asked one time, "what branch of the service were you in?" "I was in the cavalry, son." was the reply, "until I.lost .my horse.. Then I was in the infantry.";; ; QUALIFIED: When Finnish conductor Boris Sirpo and his w i f e came to the United States, they moved into a house that was rumored to be haunted. .. One night, they were wakened by a clanking in the attic. Her voice · shaking. Mrs. Sirpo asked her husband to investigate. He shook his head. "You go," he suggested. "Your .-English.!* better.;".,-;; -.,,..,; vino Think Scrounge! By John Shuttleworth How many times have you been frustrated by a craft magazine article that called for "scraps you have .around your shop"? It's tough enough to buy building materials for your main projects, let alone have all the scraps you need for those one-evening projects. Well, you can become wealthy with 2 X 4's, odd sheets of plywood, lengths of molding and other lumber and hardware if you learn to scrounge. No, that doesn't mean "steal." Scrounging is recycling -- using materials that others don't want and are glad to get rid of. Not only can it be financially advantageous to you. but also it's sound ecological practice for the planet. This country throws away, b u r n s or o t h e r w i s e d e s t r o y s hundreds of millions of board feet of u s a b l e l u m b e r e v e r y y e a r . Scrounging simultaneously lessens our disposal problem and cuts demand for new materials. Good sources of materials are all around you, most often in buildings awaiting demolition. Wrecking contractors seldom have time to do anything other than level the homes, offices, apartments or whatever and cart all the material way as quickly as possible. That's wasteful. Just keep your eyes peeled for signs of urban renewal, redevelopment or house wrecking. Locate the supervisor on the job and ask his permission to haul old materials away. He might charge you a fee, -but more often than not, he'll tell you to go right ahead -- for nothing. Kent McKeithan of Pittsburgh did just that. He paid $3 for unlimited rights to salvage anything he chose from a two-story frame house. He went in with a claw hammer and came out with 40 feet of 1 X 12 pine shelving, a large semicircular oak stairway, and assorted 1 X 2's, 2X 4's and 1 X 6's. From the pine he made custom shelves for himself and a friend. He plans to transform the stairs into a coffee table, and the remaining wood will become the formerly hard-to-find "scraps around the shop." Just try purchasing that much lumber down at your local yard for $3! No, the salvaged lumber isn't brand new or cabinet quality. But if you're looking for material for shelving or furniture, that's a pretty good deal. A d v e r t i s i n g display houses in some larger cities are another good source for scrounging. These firms build booths and signs for trade shows, fairs, and permanent exhibits th,3t. are installed in airports,, hotels and convention halls. The'busi- nesses are listed in the Yellow Pages under "Advertising, Dis- p l a y , " and they can be good sources of new plywood, fiberglass, plastics and other such materials. These advertising signs and exhibits are all made from absolutely first-class, brand new materials. This means that the leftovers and scraps from such work are -- likewise -- new and of superior grade. You may not get a lot of what you'd call "large pieces," but they'll be plenty big enough for framing pictures, making small desk cubicles and turning into planter boxes. McKei'than's last junket to a display shop netted him several pieces of birch and mahogany plywood, a few IX 2's and 2X 2's, assorted pine boards and a couple of plastic signs and painted sections of hardboard from old and junked booths. Disposal of these odds and ends are generally handled by a janitor who's only too happy to get them off his hands. Another dividend offered by these display shops is the sizable amount of sawdust they produce along with their scraps. The dust makes excellent mulch and compost since it comes almost entirely from hardwoods instead of resinous pines and other softwoods. But a real scrounger doesn't have to hang around demolition sites or display shops looking for old and new lumber. Cruise the streets immediately ahead of the annual municipal pickup of articles too large for the regular daily or weekly refuse collection. What a boggling amount and variety of goods gets thrown out as "junk" during this yearly event! If you're not too proud to search and if you look long enough, you can find most anything you want. Refrigerators (convertible to meat and fish smokers), stoves (burners for home k i l n s ) , and washing machines (with their motors and w o n d e r f u l spare p a r t s ) are just I'm CHARLESTON. W. VA. some of the items you might be able to pick and choose from. There's one final grand source of lumber that you might be able to tap from time to time: the disposal areas of companies dealing in electronic equipment, small machinery, or any other product that requires protective wooden crating. These shipping containers, while unfinished, are both strong and light. When painted (but left un- sanded), they can be used-as pre- fabbed stackable modular shelving or cabinets with an antique touch. With a little imagination, you can fashion such scraps into, say, a housing for your TV, bar, books and bric-a-brac. Any time you want, you can rearrange the units as you desire. Perhaps even more importantly, the entire "wall" can be painlessly given away or recon- signed to the trash when you move or find better replacements. The above recycling ideas, of course, by no means exhaust the possibilities that await you in every city, town and rural area of the country. No matter where you live, you probably have at least one good source of usable materials, tools and equipment right in your own back yard. So look around. There's a lot of valuable stuff just waiting to be picked up, and a lot of money to be saved. And you'll be doing your bit to solve the nation's disposal problem. Get your permission when necessary, but get out there and start your grassroots recycling program. For more recycling ideas, address a long, 13-cent stamped envelope to yourself and enclose it with 25 cents in an envelope addressed to The Mother Earth News Sunday Gazette-Mail. Charleston, W. Va. 25330. Ask for Reprint No. 47. "Ecological Living." -Jul\'-.11'..IH7H; Stiiul(i\- (·w*i l ttr-.Miil

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