Thursday, November 10, 2011

General George Washington's Sword.

"I cannot tell a lie. I did cut down the cherry tree."

April 3, 1911, The Evening World, Page 3, Column 5, THIEVES IN RUINS OF CAPITOL FIRE; GUARD DOUBLED,

Desks in Senate Clerk's Room Broken Open and Rifled---After Old Coins.
ALBANY. April 2.--Sentries on duty at the State Capitol to-day redoubled their vigilance to prevent thievery, which has been rampant since it became known that many valuable old coins are scattered among the debris in the burned State Library. Some of the desks in the Senate Clerk's room were broken open yesterday and rifled of their contents. The military authorities are investigating.

George Washington's famous sword, said to have been given to him by Frederick the Great, has been recovered. It was found undamaged under a heap of charred books.
But didn't I. N. Phelps Stokes, the man who says he participated in finding this sword, tell us an entirely different story---that amongst three rescuers, none of them at first recognized the twisted piece of metal they encountered while salvaging in the sacrosanct precincts of a rare relic and manuscript room, as being an ornamental anything, let alone an officers sword:
"It will be remembered that the loss of General Washington's sword and the General Worth sword was reported at the time of the fire. The Washington sword was recovered rather curiously. As we worked the first day I saw a workman pick up a twisted bit of metal and show it to another. The other shook his head, thinking the thing useless, and the finder threw it away.

"Mechanically I noticed the incident and saw where it fell. I thought the bit of iron was one of the supporters of the shelves. The whole room was filled with bits of twisted metal.

"The next day I heard of the loss of the Washington sword and recalled the piece of twisted iron I had seen the men handle. It occurred to me that that bit might have been the sword, and as I remembered where it had fallen I got the men to dig there, and it turned out just as we hoped. It was the sword, very much out of shape, but it can easily be straightened and made the same as ever.

OK, about the blade---maybe. But what of the hilt? the pommel? the cross guard? the grip? Are there no scabbards?

April 30, 1911, New York Times, Magazine Section, Part Five, Page 2, I.N. PHELPS STOKES Tells Thrilling Story of Rescue of Albany Archives;

And do note how the New York Times fawns and gushes as they handle Stokes.
Every word out of all these mouths is a total lie, as they participate in a massive organized crime syndicate to defraud an unwitting, passive, or cowardly American people. Sound familiar? It only got--will get, worse.

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