A B Davis High School - Maroon and White Yearbook (Mount Vernon, NY)

 - Class of 1933

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WAROON AND WHITE JUST TWENTY MINUTES It all comes back to me as I sit here looking at the great old clock standing near the east window. The clock is a mas- sive structure and well-built, as every- thing was built in those long gone days of stirring adventure--adventure such as we never have today. The old clock has an aperture in it. where the pendulum swings. large enough for a small child to enter with ease. The great time-piece ceased running manyyears ago, but it had long since proved its worth. It is an an- tique much sought after by collectors but is more priceless to our family than to any of them. I have often wondered why the clock was built so large. Perhaps it was because all furniture was constructed in such tremendous proportions in those days. However, it was very lucky for my ancestor that this was so. The story con- cerning it was told to me by my father. whose grandfather found the treasured document, patched and yellow with age, on which the tale was related inside the clock. The story centers about the Car- roll house in Virginia during the Revolu- tionary War. I have read the old manu- script so many times, each time with the same amount of interest. that the prac- tically illegible words come to me from memory. My father's great-grandfather is speaking to me. I can almost see him in the shadows surrounding the old clock. "My young descendant, I have told this tale to each of my children, each in his turn. I was a young boy about seven years old. I lived alone with my mother, for my father was away fighting the British to save our country from tyranny. My father was a lieutenant under our most esteemed leader, George Washington, and I hardly ever saw him, for the war never reached our remote home. My dear mother and I were often very lonesome sitting in front of the open hearth. She sat and stared into the dancing flames for long periods of time. I knew she was thinking of father at those times, wonder- ing whether he was well, or whether he was sorely wounded and in need of her care. Page One Hundred and Thirty-eight "One morning early in December we received word that my father was coming home that evening for a brief stop to see us. I-Ie was carrying important papers from Washington to General Morgan. I am proud to say that many times my father was the only one whom General Washington trusted to deliver dispatches. My mother forgot all her cares and sor- rows and didn't stop singing once except to speak to me. I was happy too. for my father told me such interesting stories when he was home. I kept asking her how long it would be before he would arrive, and she always answered me: " 'Just a few hours more. Johnny. Won't daddy like this pie? It's his favor- ite, and he hasn't had much to eat in a long time.' "At last there remained but two hours before dad was to come. My mother was looking gayer every minute. She removed her apron and told me that she was going to meet dad. I begged to be allowed to accompany her, but she wouldn't permit it, and told me that I must stay home to protect the house from the British. This made me feel quite important, and Ireadily agreed. Before she left me, she kissed me and told me to wash myself so as to look my best for daddy. I watched her as she rode away on old Whitefoot. and stayed at the window until she had disappeared from sight. Then I got out my slate and drew pictures to pass away the time. AII at once I heard horses galloping. The sound came nearer and nearer. I jumped up joyfully. My father must have ar- rived sooner than he had expected. I ran to the door and was about to shout out when the sight that struck my eyes made me speechless. Five 'redcoats' with an of- ficer at their head were rounding the bend in the road leading up to our house. I rushed back into the house to get my coat as soon as I had regained my senses. Father must be warned. He was carrying important papers and must not come home, but before I could get my coat, I heard the enemy at the door. I ran into the parlor and became almost sick with NINETEEN THIRTYfTl-IREE

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