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JOHN QUINCY ADAMS Copyrighted1985 An original history By BERNARD VINCENT McMAHON The winter of 1829 was severe even by New England standards but Louisa, fearful of the newfangled steamboat her husband was taking to Washington, opted for the old reliable stagecoach. A blizzard howled out of Canada and buried her in Connecticut. She had to walk and crawl to the nearest town. John Quincy, aged sixty-four, took his eat in Congress to cheers and applause from friends and foes alike. If Sir Winston Churchill could declaim, "I am a child of Parliament," John Quincy could make the boast that he was a child of Congress, serving seventeen years in the lower house and elected and re-elected eight times. Writing to his son Charles: "Taught in the school of Cicero, I shall not desert in my old age the republic I defended in my youth." Underneath all this lofty idealism was the real reason, he was broke. Originally Statuary Hall in the Capital was the chamber of the House of Representatives. The young guides still demonstrate the vagaries of the acoustics by standing in the section then occupied by his opponents and whispering words audible at Adams desk. He heard what they were whispering behind his back. The burning issue in the United States was slavery and Adams viewed it as the great and foul stain upon the North American union. He agreed with Daniel Webster who shouted: "Liberty and union, now and forever, one and insep- arable." Slaveowners rented out their charges like Hertz rents cars and Adams' family contracted for their services. They could boast that they didn't own slaves: they just rented them. As the country, particularly the free states populace, learned that slavery existed in the District of Columbia petitions started to flow into Congress demanding "the peculiar institution be abolished in the federal capital. On the death of General Marquis de Lafayette in 1834 John Quincy was voted the logical one to give the general's eulogy, France's chamber of deputies voted to ay five million dollars to compensate American shipping for losses during the rench Revolution but they balked at paying it. President Andrew Jackson threatened war and Adams in Congress supported him. The government of France paid up. The south's ire was now aroused by the anti-slavery abolitionist petitions pouring into Congress in increasing volumes. They countered with a harebrained reso- lution, the infamous unconstitutional "gag rule" that blocked United States citizens from petitioning their government, guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. Here is how it read: "All petitions, memorials, resolutions, or papers, relating in any way, or to any extent whatsoever, to the subject of slavery or the abolition of slavery, shall, without either being printed or referred, be laid on the table, and that no further action whatever shall be had thereon." May 26, 1836 the resolution was passed by a vote 117 to 68. Congressman Adams said, 'I hold the (gag) resolution to be in direct violation of th'e Constitution of the United States, of the rules of this House, and of the right of my constituents." He was so outraged at this iegisla-i tion one day he stayed debating at his desk for twenty four hours. People in the Norm wno did not give one whit for or against slavery were aroused by this assault on the Constitution. A deluge of anti-slavery petitions flooded Conqress. Women's, missionary and charitable societies were the nucleous for an abolition organization. Their husbands did not object when they took to the raikoads for regional meetings; neither did the hotel keepers. The Mexican government abolished slavery, including its province, or state, of Texas. Sam Houston lead an army of slaveholders into the now free slave territory of Texas to start a revolution freeing Texas from Mexico. Slaveholder Andrew Jackson in 1836 asked Congress for an appropriation of a million dollars to move the regular army to the Texas-American border. Adams saw through Jackson's scheme, he spoke in the House: "Have we not seen American citizens going from all parts of the country to carry on the war of this province (Texas) against the government of Mexico? Who were those who fell at Alamo? And who are now fighting under the command of the hero (Sam Houston) of Texan fame? And have we not been called upon in this House, to recognize Texan independence? It seems that General Gaines (American Regular Army) considers this a war in defense of our Texans." And he continued, "Was this an intention to conquer Texas, to reestablish that slavery which has been abolished by the United-Mexican States? If that was the case, and we were to be drawn into acknowledgment of their independence, and then by that preliminary, by that acknowledgment, if we were upon their application to admit Texas to become part of the United States, then the House ought to be informed of it. ! shall be for no such war, nor for making any such addition to our territory... I hopeCongress wiihake care to go in to no war for the reestablishment of slavery where it has been abolished ... that they will not go into war in behalf of 'our Texans' or 'our Texan neighbors' (American slaveholders terms) and that they will go into no war with a foreign power, without cause other than the acquisition of territory." In 1836 two famous Americans died: Chief Justice John Marshall whose landmark decisions particularly on the separation of powers shared by the executive, legislative and the judicial branches of the American government, set a pr,'cedent to this day. The second was the fourth president of the U.S., James Madison. Again in Boston John Quincy gave the eulogy, lasting two and a half hours. The year prior 1835 an Englishman named Smithsonian had bequeathed to the U.S. Government a large sum of money for the establishment in Washington of an institution for the spreading of knowledge among men. Adams was appointed head of the Congressional committee in charge of the funds. His greatest contribution was his recommendation that the principal would be kept intact and the interest used in perpetuating the institution. The curse of the Adams fell on the congressman. He was financially broke. He was saved from bankruptcy by a former White House employee, Antoine Guista, who became a prosperous restauranteur. This generous man lent Adams five thousand dollars. Inflation had used up all his financial reserves and the slaveholders in Congress were not going to vote for raises for abolitionist congressmen. At one point he had to borrow ten dollars from his niece for fare to Quincy. he had to walk to work, lacking funds for taxi fares and finally his porch collapsed due to neglect of repairs. A ship filled with African slaves was sailing off New LondorL Conn. when the captives broke their chains, mutinied and seized the ship. Sailing into New London they were arrested. The abolition societies appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court and engaged Adams as defense counsel. He argued the slaves were freemen in Africa when they were captured, freed after they mutinied, so that they are now free men not slaves. The court agreed, releasing the black men. The slaveholders, angered at Adams, plotted to expel him from the House. They introduced a resolution to this effect in Congress arguing their case for three! days. In rebuttal Adams argued in his defense, taking six days, and asked for a week's extension. His opponents, exhausted, dropped the resolution. In 1843 accompanying his daughter to Saratoga Springs, New York for her health and leaving her there, he continued on to Lake George, Montreal and- Quebec, sailed up the St. Lawrence River on a steamboat. Returning, viewed Niagara Falls, visited Buffalo and turned the returning journey into a triumph, passing through Rochester, Auburn, Utica and Albany with great crowds along the route. Most people never had seen an ex-president. Bowing to pressure in October he accepted invitat!ons to tour Ohio, sailing on the Ohio Canal, visiting/ Jefferson, Springfield. Dayton, Lebanon and Columbus. Arriving at Cincinnati he officiated at a cornerstone laying. On this trip a pretty woman kissed him and all the rest clamored to be kissed, an innovation lasting to this day. In 1844 Congress voted to rescind The Gag Rule and the right of petition was re-established but the damage was done. The anti-slavery movement had gained a momentum that avalanched twenty years later into the American Civil War. Two days before his eightieth birthday he jogged to the old sycamore tree and skinny dipped into the Potomac. Alarmed friends notified Louisa and she banned this exercise. November 1846 the voters returned him to Congress. Walking in Cambridge with an old friend. Dr. George Parkman. to see the new Harvard medical facility John Quincy collapsed, suffering a mild stroke. Recuperating, he wrote his last will on ten pages of foolscap. His February 7, 1847 return to Congress was met with tumultuous applause, in the House chamber. In the same year on July 26 the Adams celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary, as did his father and mother in 1814. and his son Charles in I879. As they say in New England the Adams are long livers. In February of 1848 President Polk signed a peace treaty ending the Mexican War. that old Adams had opposed from its inception. Looking up from his desk he saw through aged eyes a giant of a man with an extremely homely face who upon offering his hand said, "Mr. Adams, 1 am Abraham Lincoln from Illinois." An army officer was introduced on the House floor and in a booming paradeground voice said. "Gold has been discovered at a man named Sutter's mill in California." A resolution was later introduced to award medals for American officers and men in the Mexican War. "Adams," the roll clerk called: "No!" the old man yelled. Grasping his desk he fell to the floor. They carried him to a couch in the speaker's office, reviving, he said, "Send for Henry Clay" who, crying, held his hand while they rushed to get Louisa. For two days he lay dying. His final words were: "This is the last of earth. I am content." He died in the speaker's office Feb. 23, 1848. His son summoned, by the new telegraph system, rushed to his side but was too late. The president ordered all federal offices closed for two days, the flags at half staff, army officers to wear crepe on their uniforms and on regimental colors. At dawn from every_ military installation thirteen artillery salutes were fired. In Washington every half hour from sunrise to sunset a cannon boomed and at taps a national salute of twenty nine guns echoed through the city. Springfield 4-H news This year's annual 4-H Short Course was held again at LSU. Four members of the Springfield Senior 4-H Club were chosen to attend this year. They were Mlchelle Harbison, Michelle Landry, Greg Southworth, and Shana Tantillo. The members that placed in various contests were Greg Southworth, Club Reporter; Michelle Harbison, Con- sumer Education. Participating in the Clothing contest was Micheile Landry; in Insect Identification, Shana Tantillo. Greg Southworth was elected as the Eastern Area Representative. The 4-Hers stayed three days at LSU with other 4-Hers from other schools all over the state competing and partici- pating in their particular projects. In addition to participating in various demonstrations and subject area examinations, members enjoyed many social activities. Sheriff's Report By CHUCK REED BOATING P.CCIDENT Five people suffered burns, one moderate and the others minor, when gasoline spilled in a 16-foot boat ignited near Ponchatoula Beach Sunday, according to sheriffs deputies. According to reports by deputy Mike Barron and reserve deputy B.W. Murray Jr., the fire broke out at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday on the Tangipahoa River. Tangi Ambulance took the five burned people to Seventh Ward Hospital. Taken to the hospital were Trudy Newman, 13; James Newman, 10; Tammy Carter, 21; Linda Newman 37; and Ruthie Cambre, 17. All but Linda Newman was listed as minor burns, while Linda suffered moderate burns to her legs, according to hospital officials. Ms. Cambreis from the Loranger area and the rest were from the Hammond and Ponchatoula area, according to reports. According to statements, refueling of the motor boat resulted in gasoline spilling along the bottom of the boat. The gas ignited when the outboard motor was started, victims told deputies. THEFT Two adult teenagers and a 16-year- old were arrested Sunday in connection with the theft of money from a snowball stand on the Old Baton Rouge Highway at the Pumpkin Center Road, according to deputies. Booked in the case were: Carlon Renell Brown. 19. 903 North Cherry St.. Hammond and Gary Dukes, 25, Calvery Road off the Old Baton Rouge Highway, and the 16-year-old who lives in the area of the stand. The two adults were booked with being principals to the theft and the juvenile with theft, according to arresting deputy Roy Allbritton and detective Mike Sticker. About $50 was reportedly taken in the Sunday theft, according to statements. THEFT Friday three bicycles were stolen from the Pumpkin Center area. Two were taken from a residence on Pumpkin Center Road and the other was taken from a residence on the Jerusalem Road. all were unlocked. One was a 26-inch, 10-speed red bike: another a 12-speed red bike: and the third a 20"" red bike. according to the statements from owners, A 57-year-old Hammond man suffered serious injury as a result of a wreck on the Pumpkin Center Road June 20 afternoon, according to deputies. Lawrence J. Davis. 57, Rt. 1. Box 132-BC. Hammond was taken to Seventh Ward Hospital by Acadian Ambulance personnel after thc accident which occurred at about 3:30 p.m. Davis' compact pickup truck was traveling south on Pumpkin Center Road June 20 when another south- bound vehicle, a five-ton-truck, driven by Dennis E, Bates, 19, Denham Springs made a left turn in front of the Hammond man. According to reports, Davis struck the left side of the larger truck. Davis told deputy Hank Kinghe was distracted and noticed the truck turning from in front of him too late to avoid the collision. THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, JULY 4, 1985, SEC. B, pAGE The very best way to can your delicious garden tomatoes Tomatoes are the most pop, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Massa- to within I/2 inch of top. vegetable grown in home gardens, and  chusetts. The raw pack method is being Add l-teaspoon canning is the perfect solution for enjoying surplus tomatoes all year. says Dr. Ruth Patrick. nutrition[st with the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service. Most vegetables freeze well. she says. but not so with tomatoes. Besides. canning saves valuable freezer space for other foods. It's easy to can tomatoes if you follow simple recommended procedures, adds Patrick Tomatoes, like fruits, are high in natural acids and may be safely canned using the boiling water-bath method. Heat supplied by the boiling water is sufficient to destroy bacteria. yeasts and mold which cause spoilage in acid foods. The U.S. Department of Agriculture this year continues the recommendation that all tomatoes be packed boiling hot in jars, then processed in the boiling water-bath canner, In past years, most people preferred to pack the raw tomatoes in the jars, then process. Raw pack was easy to do and gave a nice canned product. The new guidelines also call for a longer time. However, the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service has been recommending the longer time for a number of years, notes the Extension nutritionist. These new USDAguidelines--to use the hot pack method and process for a longer time--are believed to be important for better production against spoilage in tomatoes and, under certain conditions, botulism. The revised instructions are based on research by the USDA Eastern Regional Research Center in Philadelphia and aaricultural experrnent statbns at land-grant univetsit discouraged until additional research currently under way can be completed. Step-by-Step Canning Check top of jars for nicks, cracks, sharp edges. Wash thoroughly in hot, soapy water and rinse. Leave in hot water until ready to use, then invert on a clean towel. Check lids to be sure sealing compound is good and rings are not bent or rusty. Follow manufacturer's directions for using, but the general procedure is to put lids in water, bring to a simmering temperature and leave in the hot water without boiling. Fill water bath canner half full of water and heat. For easy peeling, have a pan of boiling water for scalding tomatoes. Select fresh, firm, red-ripe tomatoes. Discard those with decayed spots and cracks. Tomatoes that are too ripe may not be acid enough to can safely. Wash thoroughly and drain enough for one canner load. To peel. dip a few tomatoes at a time in boiling water for about one-half minute. (Use a wire basket or cheese- cloth bag for easy handling). After scalding, put immediately in cold water. Cut out core. remove skins and trim off any green or discolored portions. If skins don't slip off easily. either the tomatoes are not ripe enough or they were not left in the boiling water long enough. Cut tomatoes into quarters; put in cooking pan. Bring to a boil, stirring to prevent scorching. Boil 5 minutes. Fill hot iars with boiling tomatoes salt to quart, 1/2 teaspoon to a pint Salt is not essential; it only As an extra safety measure, add rill acid, lemon juice or vinegar to the f jar. Add V-teaspoon citric acid to i quart or 1/4 teaspoon to a pint, or =I --e 1-tablespoon lemon juice to a quart or teaspoons per pint. Citric add is avai at most supermarkets or drug stores. Remove air bubbles; wipe seal= edge and threads with a clean,  p, cloth, put on prepared lid and  /ktded'l band firmly, i  Worl Immediately place the filled jar fly a rack in the water-bath canner of b0m It is th, water. A jar lifter is helpful.  l=oud to Add jars for a full canner. Do led e let jars touch each other; they ( break. l'll'linc Add boiling water so that it is 11e mal 2 inches above the tops of the jars.htak Cover. When the water begins1/' boil. start counting Process quarts for 45 minutes; 35. When processing time is remove jars immediately. Do tighten rings; it might break the seal. on folded towels away from draft cool. When cooled for 12 to 24 test for a good seal. To test, ...... of lid. If dome is down and  move, the jar is sealed. | Remove rings, rinse, dry andl away to use again Store jars in a c0O" dry, dark place. Dr. Patrick says to contact a economist at the parish Extension for more information on home and freezing. AAA issues Fourth of July fuel gauge report It's been one year s]nce the state put into effect its eight cents gasoline tax, and Louisiana motorists are continuing to feel the pinch at the pumps, says the American Automobile Association. According to AAA's annual fuel gauge survey for the Fourth of July weekend, motorists are paying an average of $1.30 per gallon. Last year at this time the average price per gallon was $1.21, nine cents less. At sixteen cents per gallon, Louisiana motorists continue to pay higher state taxes for gasoline than in most areas of the country. "Only Washington, Minne- sota and Connecticut have the same_ or higher tax than LouiSiana at this time," says Cyndi Buras, director of public affairs for AAA Louisiana. There is a bit of relief for July 4 travelers. According to AAA findings fuel prices have apparently stabilized since the Memorial Day Weekend. Before Memorial Day, motorists experienced increases averaging seven cents per gallon. This holiday period finds many areas of the state, particularly St. Tammany Parish and the Baton Rouge area, reporting minor decreases. Holiday travelers should have no problem finding open stations in Louisiana or across the nation. than three-fourths of the open for the long Fourth of weekend. Also travelers can still find the pump at self-service stations. cost per gallon at full service aisles from $1.31 to $1.69 compared $1.12 to $1.42 at self service lanes. At this time shortages in leaded are not expected due to the U.S. mental Protection Agency mandate gas producers to reduce the content in fuel on July 1. HOLIDAY INN HAMMOND Buffets are our Specialty BREAKFAST BUFFET Includes: Pastries, Juice Bar, Fresh Fruit Bar, Assorted Cereals, Scrambled Eggs, French Toast, Donuts, Patty Sausage, Bacon, Biscuits, Cirmann Rolls, Grits and Muffins $3.95 Adults $2.2,5 Children Monday - Sunday 6:00 a.m. - 10.-00 a.m. WEEKLY LUNCH BUFFET Includes: Hot Soup and Garden Fresh Salad Bar, Cheese and Bread Board, 2 Entrees and I Carved Meat, Veges, & Rolls Monday - Saturday 11.-00 a,m. - 2:00 p.m. -SUNDAY LUNCHEON BUFFET Includes: Garden Fresh Salad Bar, Cheese and Bread Board, Carved Lamb and Roast Beef, Fried Catfish, Fried Chicken, One other Entree, Veges, & Rolls, also Dessert Bar $5.95 Adults $2.95 Children ll:O0 a.m. - 2.'00 p.m. Bring your Church Bulletin SPECIALTY EVENING BUFFETS recieve a 10S discount WEEKLY DINNER BUFFET Includes: Hot Soup and Garden Fresh Salad Bar, Cheese and Bread Board, 2 Meat Entrees, and Carved Roast Beef or Ham, Veges, & Rolls $6.95 Adults $3.50 Children Sunday - Wednesday 5.'00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. THURSDAY NIGHT BAR B-QUE BUFFET Bar B-Que Ribs, Sausage & Chicken, Corn on the Co, Ranch Style Potatoes, Bar B-Que BaRed Beans, Plus Chefs Choice of Additional Vegetables, Soup and Salad Bar, & Rolls (Dessert Bar also included) $7.95 Adults $3.50 Children (5-11) No Charge for Children under 4 5:00 p.m. - 9".30 p.m. FRIDAY NIGHT SEAFOOD FEAST Oysters Rockerfeller, Catfish w/Hushpuppies, Baked Fish Fried Oysters, Breaded Shrimp, Boiled Shrimp, Creole Rice, Oyster on Half Shell Boiled Crawfish Assorted Southern Style Vegetables Soup and Salad Bar, Home Baked Rolls $11.95 Adults $4.95 Children (5-11) No Charge for Children under 4 5:00 p.m. - 9"30 p.m. Let us Cater Four Next Special Party. 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