The Philadelphia Public Record
Vol. XIV. No. 26 (Issue 648)
Column: The Waffleman (Pg. 10)
Yo! Here we go again with this thought: Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.
Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
What kind of men were they?
Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to
pay his debts, and died in rags.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.
Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
At the battle of Yorktown , Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.
So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they paid.
Remember: Freedom is never Free!
Conspiracy to Change USA Via Sound
"Ruminations... After years of rumors, Jay-Z will finally confirm that he is a card-carrying member of the mysterious Illuminati elite and that, with [Mayor Michael] Nutter's support (he is a Freemason, after all), Philadelphia will be the first city taken over by the New World Order." --Metro Phila., May 14, 2012
Three Players/Net Worth: Investor Warren Buffett, $44 Billion; Rapper Jay-Z, $469 Million; Publisher Steve Forbes, $430 Million
The drum (rhythm) is the controlling entity in noisy Rock n' Roll. As for noisy Rap, the rapper is the quarterback, or controlling factor with clipped, percussive sounds. The behind-the-scenes questions, are: What are the incremental process how rapper Jay-Z gained a net worth of $460 Million, and (b) Who are the players that opened doors which made the rapper's enormous wealth possible? In 2010, Elvis Presley was eclipsed by the $460 Mil rapper by "having the most number-one albums sold by a recording artist." The question is: Were those albums "music," or "imitation music"?
--Forbes, Oct. 11, 2010
Nicola Argentina (c) 2012
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