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4 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE -Thursday, December 23, 1999 Serving Jefferson County Since 1844 Edward "Pat" Docken , EDITOR & PUBLISHER nd it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world shall be taxed. And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Gali- lee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swad- dling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 9 EDITOR'S NOTE: The editorial being reprinted here is, in our opinion, the most famous in U.S. newspaper history and was authored by Francis Pharcellus Church for The New York Sun in 1897. We have reprinted the editorial from time to time as part of a Christmas tradition. pleasure in answering at once prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun. Dear Editor, I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no world would be extinguished. Santa Claus. Not believe in Santa Claus? You might as Papa says: "If you see it in The Sun, it's,so." well not believe in fairiest You might get your Please tell me the truth: Is there a Santa papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys Claus? Virginia O'Hanlon on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but 115 West 95th Street even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no have been affected by the skepticism of a skep- Santa Claus. The most real things in the world tical age. They do not believe except what they are those that neither children nor men can see. see. They think that nothing can be which is Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of not comprehensible by their little minds. All course not, but that's no proof that they are not minds, Virginia, whether they be men's orthere. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the children's are little. In this great universe of wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intel- world. lect, as compared with the boundless world You tear apart the baby's rattle and see what about him as measured by the intelligence ca- makes the noise inside, but there is a veil cover- pable of grasping the whole of truth and knowl- ing the unseen world which not the strongest edge. man, not even the united strength of all the Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He ex- strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. ists as certainly as love and generosity and de- Only faith, fancy, poetry, love and romance can votion exist, and you know that they abound push aside that curtain and view the beauty and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. and glgry beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in Alas! How dreary would be the world if there all this world there is nothing else real and were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if abiding. there were no Virginias. There would be no No Santa Claus! Thank God he lives and he childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to lives forever. A thousand years from now, Vir- make tolerable this existence. We would have ginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The now, he will continue to make glad the heart of eternal light with which childhood fills the childhood. By Bill Theriault fort they built and the Indian at- P.O. Box 173 tack upon it. It says that Catherine BakertonWV25410 Byerle, a young woman in the Dial 876-3321 party, was shot by Indians as she If you travel Flowing Springs brought water to the thirsty de- Road between Shepherdstown and fenders at the fort. The authentic- Harpers Ferry or take the MARC ity of date of death on her tomb- train from Martinsburg to work, stone (1707) has generated a con- you've probably seen it. A cluster of troversy that continues to this day. aging buildings where the road She is buried in a nearby grave- crosses the railroad tracks. This is yard. Close by is the grave of Gen- eral William Darke, a veteran of Duffields, a once-thriving commu- nity that contains many valuable the French and Indian Wars. reminders of our heritage. Darke's property lies to the east of The Historic Windshield Survey Duffields; his house is gone but the of Jefferson County, completed in slave quarters still stand. A West 1973, listed 14 sites at Duffields as Virginia Highway Marker provides having potential historic signifi- the only indication of the area's cance. There are probably at least significance to the passerby. half a dozen more. Duffield's Depot saw lots of ac- tivity during the Civil War. It was Duffields came into being in the the place of enlistment for Com- 1840s, as a result of the expansion pany H of the 2nd Virginia Infan- of the B & O Railroad from Harp- try (Stonewall Brigade). On Sep- ers Ferry to Wheeling. The rail- tember 8, 1861, at a Confederate road station was built some time in encampment near Duffields, pri- the late 1840s or early 1850s. Like vate James H. Miller tried to kill many communities that developed his commanding officer, Captain where roads and railroads crossed, John Henderson, who had ordered Duffields became a local commer- the arrest of Miller's friend, cial center, a place where farmers Oldham Herald. Miller was court could bring and ship their crops, martialed for mutiny, insubordina- But even before the railroadtion, and attempted murder. He came, the area was rich in local was found guilty of all charges and history. The railroad crosses and was executed by firing squad in the recrosses Elk Branch several times spring of 1862. as it flows from the Shenandoah Duffields was also a favorite ,Junction area, emptying into the site for Confederate Colonel John Potomac River near the Bakerton Singleton Mosby's raids on the B & underpass. Before the roads and O Railroad. The famous "Green- railroads came to the area, Shaw- back Raid" occurred not far from nee, Catawba, and Delaware Indi- Duffields on October 13-14, 1864. ans followed Elk Branch from the Learning that a Federal paymas- iPotomac to its source, camping ter had felt Washington on the Bal- near the springs that fed it. timore and Ohio tracks, Mosby had , Engle family tradition tells of a his men pull up the rails on one group of German immigrants who side the of dual-track main line. ' tried to settle there in 1707, of the Their first attempt to stop a train Letters to the Editor REMINDS BYRD HE IS "PART OF ONSLAUGHT" To the Editor: I am trying to remind Senator Byrd that, in my opinion, he is a big part of the onslaught of "filthy books, filthy music and videos and the merchants that stock them on their shelves" that he is urging us :~ to "boycott." He deliberately missed his chance when he chose to not vote for ouster of President Clinton. I remind him that Clinton's demonstrated low moral- ity and pornographic actions are outstanding examples of all that the senator railed against last Sunday. Senator Byrd's refusal to origi- nate or to press for laws controlling widespread airing of that filth he seemingly objects to has denied me equal protection of my civil rights as guaranteed bypur Constitution. His devotion to his Party Politics rather than to American's citizens forces me to endure all that filth; he has wronged me by denying my equal rights that President Teddy Roosevelt referred to when he said: "I ask that we meet the many prob- lems with which we are confronted and give to each individual the largest possible liberty of indi- vidual action that is consistent with seeing that he does not wrong other individuals." Senator Byrd is part of the Con- gress that created "prayers have been driven from schools and most school activities" and he can only advise us citizens to boycott mer- chants? Byrd concluded with "the people have an obligation to speak out, as Christ spoke out." This is my effort to speak out. It's time for you to resign, Senator. Stan Hadden Harpers Ferry HOSPICE DONORS, SUPPORTERS ARE MOST APPRECIATED Dear Editor, Hospice of the Panhandle has served individuals at the end of life for almost 20 years. During this time the community has con- stantly supported hospice both fi- nancially and with wonderful vol- unteers. Over the years hospice has grown and been faced with many challenges. " Contrary to rumors in the com- munity, Hospice of the Panhandle is a financially viable and vibrant organization. The board of Direc- tors has paid close attention to the needs of the community and the resources required to match those needs. Community support, through fundraisers and growth of Hospice. During this holiday season, we step to recognize every donor and supporter. We want to remind them how important their gifts are to the continuing of our mission and assure them that through their generosity, the work of Hos- pice will continue this year and for years to come. Sincerely, Jim Seibert, President Margaret Cogswell, Executive Director A NOTE OF APPRECIATION Those of us helping the be- reaved in the Grief Support Net- work want to express gratitude to wonderful congregations of the Charles Town Presbyterian Church, Trinity United Methodist Church in Martinsburg; and the Washington Square United Meth- odist Church in Hagerstown. These are dynamic vibrant places, bustling with giving work. Also, to Phil Slauson, Betty Mooney, Gloria Hite, and Grace Rowland, Carolyn Smith, and Ollie Bond for giving so much of themselves, having learned to bless others from les- sons taken from their own wounds. Jim Surkamp Volunteer Coordinator, The Grief Support Network, Inc. Shepherdstown was an.embarrassin cause the train rushed the other track. After the second track, they other train carrying eral paymasters, who express. Mosby's men train and robbed the and found some $168 backs. Mosby then train burned and fled turning safely across doah River. After the war, one of the local activities. In 1875, County Grange Store rated at Duffields and i general merchandise area. Duffields also had a black community brunt of racial hatred' once. According to an ferson County ceased), sometime War II: "They had a Ku at Harper's Ferry So fellas at Duffields got one night, and they controlling doing things they business. So together, and they had g 20 in white suits and l the track From never had any ored people from Shenandoah Junction, calmed right down. scared. My uncle never cause no trouble, ored fella, if you scare he'll straighten out himself. But if you inch, they'll take a what they were They got together and them." There's a lot more you - both good Duffields is an Jefferson that has been ignored battles waged over Farm, Route 9 stown bypass. As important as are, they do not I term cooperation and that we need to tourism a significant economy. In the long most Jefferson will support that can generate folks are much less the noble goals of the' ists. Duffields tunity to ing terested in interested in eco~ ment. With enough energy, Duffields can historic district, businesses can tax credit of up to our heritage and prosper. As the local battle# Preservatiox we should remember easier to wage war tain peace. It's easier suits at your tion their motives than mutual goals and year after year. The Jefferson Landmarks mitted to ing a working tween preservation interests in the be preserved and so can other historicallyt sites in the county. If you are interested Jefferson County's tearing down its i Landmarks They are held on the day of each Commission Meeting doors east of the Court House in Meetings begin at 7 meeting is ESTABLISHED 1844 Published Weekly on Thursday by The Jefferson Publishing Corn 210 North George Street Charles Town, West' Telephone: (304) 725-2046 Second Class! Mail Address: P.O. Box 966 Paid at Charles Charles Town, W.Va. 25414 USPS No. Annual Subscription Price To Jefferson County addresses $21.00 To all other West Virginia addresses $23.00, To all other USA addresses $24.00, no tax EDITOR & PUBLISHER Edward "Pat" Dockeney POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to The Box 966, Charles Town, WV 25414. Spirit of Jeffereon-Farmer'J J