25 years ago The latest in a series of efforts to...


January 07, 1996|By Compiled from the files of the Historical Society of Carroll County.

25 years ago The latest in a series of efforts to discredit the Star-Spangled Banner as this country's National Anthem has come from the Artistic Administrator of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington, D.C. George London, a 50-year-old Canadian vocalist who has made a name for himself in the opera world by singing grand opera parts in the Hollywood Bowl, in San Francisco and in Vienna, Austria, and who also sang the title role "Boris Godunov" in Moscow. He has given it as his opinion that the Star-Spangled Banner is "difficult for most people to sing." Mr. London may be an authority on opera music, but apparently he possesses weak objections to patriotic airs. Authorities in the type of music which stirs and stimulates patriotic feelings, such as John Philip Sousa, the "March King," have given it as their opinion that it is an excellent composition, well-adopted not only for singing, but for marching. Millions have grown to love Francis Scott Key's stirring version. Perhaps it is not so much the fact that the music is objectionable as it is that the words were inspired during a British attack on Fort McHenry. After all, Mr. London is a Canadian native, and may still have some feeling for the land of his birth, which has pretty close ties with the British Crown. -- Community Reporter, Jan. 1, 1971.

75 years ago It appears that the State Roads Commission, as well as the city papers, have at least awakened to the fact that there is still another "lost tollgate in the state," referring to the one in Uniontown which is "still doing business at the old stand." Chairman Mackall, after learning of his gate, announced that the road is not one of the main thoroughfares and that it will likely not become part of the state roads system. The fact remains that this tollgate is in Maryland and that an improved highway over the route of this pike would open up decent travel between the county seat and several districts in the western part of the county, which annually contribute quite liberally to the county's treasury. -- Union Bridge Pilot, Jan. 7, 1921.

100 years ago On New Year's Eve, Miss Belle Cover entertained a company of invited guests. Games of a simple but entertaining character were indulged in. "Buzz," "Charades," etc., were heartily participated in and afforded enjoyment and pleasure to all. The gentlemen chose partners for refreshments by means of "shadows." The ladies passed by an open door where a sheet had been placed and the light having been extinguished in the room where the gentlemen were, a shadow of the lady was made on the sheet and the gentlemen in turn selected a shadow. At the refreshment table, souvenir butterflies were given to each one. After waiting to see 1896 ushered in, with the departure of 1895, all said "good night" after having spent a pleasant evening. -- American Sentinel, Jan. 4, 1896.

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