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October 22, 1959

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OF JEFFERSON FARMERS ADVOCATE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1959 Pays Tribute To Dr. McDonald; At Harpers Ferry New, g UnionOfSti The l stor c events which took ~)l:ace at Harpers Ferry one hun- dred years ago not only played a stgnffica,nt part in the his.torical drama of our nation, but .ou~t of them came our own soverign state of West Virginia and a new and ~trouger union of all the states, ~e~st Virginia's senior United ~tes Senator Je.nnings Randolph COld a near capaci.ty crowd of 200 perso~s at the h~storian's lunch- con staged at Hilltop House Fri- day a.s a part of the Centennial observance of the John Brown raid. Senator Randolp~'s talk, one of two he made at Harpers Ferry F~id,ay a~fternoo,n, was mainly dir- ected to the historians, some of them among the nation's tops in ~s field, and to those who knew and loved the late Dr. Henry T. ~fcDonald, for 45 years president 01". Storer College and the man ~andolph credited with being the origi.n~tor of the idea for the Har- peys Ferry National Monument. .l%andolph told of coming to Har pets Ferry immediately following She disastrous floods of 1936 to meet and talk with Dr. McDonald and Lewi~ D. Nichols about what Could and should be done to help me town out of the dilemma had been brought on by ehe floods. It then that Dr. MeDea aid expressed hope that some day ~rpers Ferry would become a ,nat ional monument. Share With All Now in the year of 1959, the leg s/~ees of this wonderful in,heritan- ce of everything here at Harpers ~erry offer to share their fortune with all Americans Randolph sta- Cod. Through the insturment of ~e Harpers Perry National Mon- ument from every state i.n the un- ion can now see the very land where a dramatic incident in our history was originally enacted. A~so through the instrument of ~'-s mo,nument millions will come 0 ~ow from fire:t-hand observa- et|0n and experience the truth of ~mas Jefferson's statement 71~n he said "The view alone Harpers Ferry is wor,th a trip the At}an, tic", t~andolph de ~. Senator Randolph was in- t~j~-ttced to the group by Mrs. Cy Cavalier, Cen~ten.~ial chair- ~torney Lee Bu~hong of Char- lOS Town, chairman of the pro- gram for Historian's Day at the observance, presided ~t the din- ner program which also featured t~e reading of a paper by J. E. B. ~tuart, III, grandson of the fam- ed CorffedeP~te General of the same name. Stuart as a U. S. Army l~eutenant, had served as second in command to Colonel l~.~aert E. Lee in the capture of :Brown and his cohorts. The grandson, a re.~ident of ~1~'anhasset, N. Y, brought out that General Stuart is recognized as one of the greatest ca~al,ry leaders of all time eve.n thoug~ he was killed ~t the early age of 31. Eur- opeans were the firs.t to recognize ~e greatness of Stuart ws a cav- vAryman who "brought that arm Of the service to perfection never @t~,~lned before or since." The grandson a&~o defended Stu art for his actions a,t Gettysburg, point often criticiz~ed by saying t~h~t Stuart was merely carrying out Oe,neral Lee's orders as Lee, himself, later made clear. Al, bhough Stuar~'s cavalry raids m,%ter~a| va]ue,~ w~bh the h~Eher and more enduring spiritua,l val- ues we will be under no cosm,ic ~s pensation which exempts us from ~he fades of history. *'SuCh an awareness should cul tivate in us a se,nse of national hum;ility and a sense that we will bent prevail t~hen we speak for the widest and greatest good of free men and women everywhere." Prior to ~he program on the Storer Campus the Shel~herd Col- lege band played a concer't and af ter the speaking members of the of the finding