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Appleton Post-Crescent (Newspaper) - November 2, 1959, Appleton, Wisconsin On the House Granville Sharp Leader in Fight I t To Abolish Slavery in England BY CHARLES HOUSE SUft Writer j It required a certain'amount'of courage to include in this series on unsung herpes the name of Granville Sharp for there was' in him much.which men detest. Granville Sharp was'a busybody, in the affairs of oUjers. He was vindictive, conceited, a "do- gooder" of the worst sort, and he lived off his brother and mother. It would be difficult to like Mr. Granville Sharp (1735-1813) except that he was a hero by modern standards. When" the American south accepted slav- ery it was prompted to do so by cupidity and also by the unique elements of economic pressure. But.history has shown, and will House continue to show for many, many years to come, that this acceptance has harmed and wounded the United States for centuries to come. It might have happened in England and it would have had not the meddle- some busybody who Is to- day's subject been what he was. When Sharp was 30 years old, a chance meeting with a young Negro, Jonathons Strong became the trigger which started Mm off on his unpopular campaign., Sharp found the young Ne- gro wandering the streets of London, dazed, hungry and discarded as "useless" by his master, David Lisle, an at- torney. The Negro had been a slave' to Lisle and when he had grown ill, Attorney Lisle simply dismissed him. Found Him Work Our hero for today too good to take Jonathon into his employment for him with a druggist. Also, he assisted in bringing Jonathon back to reasonable health. Jonathon w o rk e d.for two years for the druggist. But on the street one day he was seen by his former master who noted his apparent good health and wanted himjback in service. The attorney fol- lowed him to -the durggist's home, then sent two consta- bles to arrest him and return him. Jonathon, he said, was his property. Lawyer L i s 1 e-intimidated the druggist and threatened to persecute him for the ille- gal detention of his "proper- ty'." The druggist quickly re- turned Jonathon to his-former master. When-Granville Sharp at- among men of the law and of the courts. Lisle sued Granville Sharp, -but was intimidated by the book' and by a growing public opinion against him and his case. When two years pass- ed and he did not pursue his case the court fined him for not bringing the action forward. But Sharp would not rest. He formed a society called 'The Association for the Abolishment of Negro Slav- ery." The Negro, Strong, was Shirley Booth To Leave Play loss of Roses'- Washington Actress Shirley. Booth says. she will eaverthe Pulitzer prize-win- whisked away, by his master, presumably and I find no ning William Inge play, Loss of before it reaches Broadway. Th'e; due 'to-open -in New. York on Thanksgiving; is having "a tryout at the Nation- al theater in Washington. "It's third rate VIiss Booth said of her role in ha play. "I.didn't want to do it in the first place, but Lhad faith in Inge and in Daniel Mann's directing." Widow's Role "I thought maybe tbeyM de- velop the problem of. the mo- tempted to intervene, the at- torney challenged him to a duel which Sharp promptly declined. Now Sharp seems to have become eager for revenge. He took the case to court where it was shown that Lisle bad purchased the Negro in the West Indies, that he retained the bill of sale and that there were no laws prohibiting slavery, and that some years before an attorney general had ruled that a slave does not necessarily gain his free- dom simply by coming from the West Indies to England. Sharp lost his case and the attorney kept Jonathon. Sharp's form of heroism was based on tenacity. When he could find no recourse among lawyers, he embarked upon the study of law. He was widely advised to let the mat- ter drop but he would not. The nation in general considered him a vengeful busybody who was attempting to obtain not the f r.e e d o m of Jonathon Strong, but revenge upon the lawyer. Wrote His Book Sharp studied law for two years. When he had finished, he knew more about slavery throughout the world than any other man. With, his knowledge of the subject as a base, he wrote a book pom- pously titled: "On the Injustice and Dan- gerous Tendency of Tolerat- ing the Least Claim to Pri- vate Property in the Persons of Men of England." The book was much pub- licised and widely read record of what ultimately happened to him. Test Case Sef Up. Granville Sharp, however succeeded in 1770 stirring up a test case concerning anoth- er Negro slave, James Som- erset. After tedious litigation the court ruled: "Immemor ial usage preserves a positive law after the occasion or ac cident which gave rise to is forgotten; and tracing the subject to natural principles the claim of slavery never can be supported. The power (to retain a slave) never was in use here, or 'acknowledge< by the law, and therefore th cout Troop Marion George Bazile, vho has been the local Adviser, in addition to his; will be 'the new Scout-naster. The problem of a eader. had become acute. A .pecial committee from club, who -sponsor the Boy Scout program here; met at the city hall. He will be assisted "by four men who will take turns attending the weekly meetings. Tom Rogers, who has been Scoutmaster, and James Jo-lin are two of the assistants. Two more will be contacted over the weekend. The leaders will all meet Monday evening Nov. 9 to plan a program for the November 2, 1959 Appleton' Post-Crescent Club Gets Charter at Mack vi He Mackville St. Edward's Junior Good Citizens Civics club of St. Edward's school this week received its official charter from the commission on American citizenship hi Washington, D. C. The Charter formally recognizes affiliation of the local unit with the national headquartered at the Catholic university of America. of grade five 'and six comprise the club here. Newly elected officers are Geral Mahlock, president, David Bodoh, vice president, Lynn Baumann, recording secretary, Betty Jane Dorn, corresponding secretary, and Michael Bauer, sergeant-afc-arms. they're not going to and there is nothing else for me to do. It's not that I'm telling them what to do, but rather what I'm not going to do." In the play, Miss Booth has the part of a widow who sees her 21-year-old son fall in love with a middle-aged actress. Critics have said the role of the actress, played by Carol Haney, is the major one in the play. Inge won the Pulitzer in 1953 for his play, "Picnic." He also wrote "Bus Dark at the Top of the and "Come Back Little. which starred Miss Booth. science or a need for re- venge saved Great Bri- tain from the kind of self- inflicted wound suffered so long by the United States. And, coincidentally, he freed the slaves. See them at Gloudemans! p By Carl N. Neupert, M. D. SUte Health Officer "When the frost is on the pumpkin and the fodder's in the beware; another sneezin' season is a-lurking in the air! So spoke a friend of ours in jest one day recently as he misquoted James Whitcomb Riley in anticipation of the cold-catching months ahead. Despite the jest the state- ment does underline the fact that colds and other respira- tory infections are more prev- alent in the" fall and winter months. 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Your cold symptoms, moreover, may be the early signs of another dis- order. For this reason it's wise to consult your physi- cian if you develop a serious upper respiratory infection, or if a cold persists or lin- gers. New miracle drugs are ef- fective in curbing, diseases of bacterial origin such as strep" throat. But since we do not yet have a drug -that against virus infections, it is also a good idea to keep up your resistance through prop- er rest and a balanced diet. Naturally, anyone who devel- ops a respiratory infection should stay home to avoid spreading it to others. Science may in the not-too- distant future, provide us with an effective vaccine against the common cold and other respiratory ailments. Such a discovery could mean an end to the sneeze and wheeze and sniffles of the so- called sneezin' season. 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