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

 - Class of 1933

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the seemingly unanswerable question. My mind would not commit itself. it would not decide which course I should take. I barred the door and was making my way to my bed when something happened. which dispelled all doubt in my mind as to what I should do. I saw my wife's figure coming towards me. I saw her sweet. sad face with its sweet smile. and on the spot I knew what I was going to do. for the thought of being the cause of a transformation made in her face by pain and sorrow seemed the most repulsive one that I could imagine. She took my arm and led me up to my bedroom, kissed me, and left without saying a word. Although she did not know my thoughts she was probably able to see by my face that my heart was too full to enable me to talk. The sun streaming through my window awakened me. bringing a new day and with it the grave realization of the work I had before me. Breakfast was soon out of the way and after a difhcult farewell to my wife and son. I found myself on the way to New York. It was only then that I first thought of the consequences which would follow my being appre- hended with the incriminating map on my person. However, I dismissed .this unhappy thought from my mind and tried not to think of it again. I reached my destination before mid- day and after partaking of a light lunch in a tavern I set about plotting the de- fenses of the city on the map. This was quite difficult because of the numerous soldiers who roamed the streets, but I completed it without being accosted by anvone and started on my journey back to Monmouth. I was just passing the last Sentry out- post of the citv when I heard the voice of a soldier in the booth say. "That's the man." Immediately two soldiers came out and roughly grabbing me, led me protest- ing to their commanding officer. Presently I stood before him. He scru- tinized me closely and said. "We have been informed that we should look sharp- ly for a man of your description and search him." NINETEEN THIRTY-THREE MAROON AND WHITE My heart sank and I knew everything was lost. I had taken no precautions in secreting the map which could easily be unearthed by a careful search. I had not been cautious in hiding it because I did not think it possible for anyone to know I had it. This aroused a question in my mind. Who could have told the soldiers about it? I asked the officer this as they were taking me to the guardhouse, but he stated that they had received the information in a written mes- sage which was not signed. As I sat in the bare, cold cell after the soldiers had left me. I pondered upon my position. Many questions arose in my mind. Had I made the situation any worse for my wife? Had I brought more harm to her than if I had gone back to England to prison? I felt then that the answer to all of these questions was yes, but that the circumstances which prevailed at the outset made my being captured as a spy seem insignificant. The court-martial the next day was very brief and to the point. For the crime of conspiring against my country in time of war I was sentenced to be hanged by the neck. which sentence. of course. was no shock to me. However, there happened the night fol- lowing the court-martial something which made my last two weeks upon this earth a living hell. and this is what it was. A letter. November 24. 1770 Dear Ben: Now that ye are in prison and about to be hanged my mind is happy and relaxed. As long as ye were at freedom and enioy- ing life. I could not rest. Your death was as important to me as me own life. And now before ye die, matey, I want ye to suffer just as I have done through these long years. Ye cannot imagine what it is to have a disfigured face. Ye cannot dream of all the torture and suffering me mind has undergone because of it. And what was the cause of all this? Ye was. me matev. and ye'll sure regret it. Before I close I would like to tell ve that if ye wish to visit England anv time in the near future. ye may go with an Page One 'Hundred and Forty-fiv

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