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Rebellion! Rebels executed; witch found and pilloried Written by Max Cunha

 

     ABINGDON- The rebellion of the Earl of Essex occurred over one month ago, yet the punishments continue for the rebels. Essex himslef was beheaded weeks ago. And today, John Crawley, 29, of Bristol, was taken to the straw covered platform as well. The axeman completed the execution in one clean cut, luckily for Crawley, because it does not always turn out this way, and multiple hacks at the neck are extremely painful. A well deserv'd beheading, for revolting against our beloved Queen! Crawley's ridiculous offence of High Treason earned him capital punishment. Clearly our Queen is sending a message to her people: rebels and betrayers of the government will NOT be tolerated!

     Another criminal was executed as well. Sir William Stockton, 26, of Oxford, was beheaded along with Crawley. However, in the opinion of many, Stockton's offence deserv'd a higher and more tortuous punishment, due to his shady and unclear history. He was and still is the number one suspect for the murder of his wife Anne. However, he was never prov'd guilty or condemned, for he escap'd his trial and ran off with Essex to participate in the rebellion. During his offence of High Treason, Stockton was wounded in the leg; he had to limp to the platform to be beheaded. So Stockton was lucky he was only beheaded, the pain of his leg combined with further torture would have been unbearable!

     A local woman was found to be a witch! Alice Hayes, a widow from just outside of town, was discover'd to be practicing witchcraft. Unidentified sources tell us that she was 'constantly brewing' something within the kitchen of her house, obviously a potion of some sort. She is also blamed for the outbreak of the black death that her witchcraft caused in the outskirts of Abingdon. And what a hilarious sight to see her pilloried! Her head and limp hands trapped within the holes of the pillory on the high platform. Many of the townspeople brought along with them spoiled fruits and vegetables to throw at the witch. Others picked up anything they could find in the street and toss'd it at the pilloried woman. What a comical sight!  Any of those blasted witches deserves such fould treatment.

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Shakespeare's New Play, "Macbeth" Written By : Samantha Engler

     William Shakespeare, popular dramatist, has written a new play determined to have its first performance this April. Yet another work in his incredibly prolific career will debut at the Globe Theatre. The play is about a man, Macbeth, who will stop at nothing including murder; to become king. Based on Shakespeare’s past performances, the play is expected to be outstanding.
     Shakespeare, unlike other famous playwrights, did not come from a family of wealth. He discontinued his education around age 13 and didn’t attend a university, but Shakespeare continued his interest in writing. In spite of the fact his formal education ceased at the age 13, his creativity and imagination propelled him to continue writing plays and sonnets for the public enjoyment.
     Macbeth, a five act play, is said to be just as exciting and mysterious as one of Shakespeare’s previous plays, Hamlet. Both plays share a common theme-superstition. However, they have different exciting stories that will uniquely keep the audience entertained.

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Governor’s Daughter’s Sudden Death caused by the “Black Death” By: Jordi Deutsch

       Another life was taken by the “Black Death” yesterday, March 18th, The Governor’s daughter, Elizabeth Rodgers, passed from the plague around mid night. Elizabeth was only three weeks old when she caught the plague and passed away when she was barely four weeks old. Elizabeth had gotten sick from her mother, Beatrice Rodgers, who had passed away only two weeks after her daughter’s birth. With no mother to feed and nourish her, Elizabeth was weak to begin with. It is a miracle that Elizabeth held on for 7 days with the condition that she was in.

      Elizabeth’s symptoms were similar to the symptoms of the other people that have been/are infected. Elizabeth developed a fever very early along with large and painful swellings all over her body. Elizabeth’s father watched over his daughter and never took his eyes off of her. He watched Elizabeth cry and cry while coughing up immense amounts of blood and the only thing he could do was hold her and pray. As the days went on, Elizabeth’s life drained from her tiny body. At 29 days old, her father said goodbye to her.

       The Governor would like to give thanks to all of the people in Abingdon, who prayed and left goods outside of the mansion’s gates.

      “I am writing this letter to thank each and every one of the people who kept my daughter in their thoughts during her sickness. Your kindness and gifts are greatly appreciated and I don’t know how I will ever be able to thank you. The plague is a life taking disease with no cure. If you know someone who is infected, stay away. Many souls have been lost and this is the only way to prevent more deaths. Thank you for your understanding and support through these rough times.”

                                                                                     -Governor H. Rodgers

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Lost Journal Recently Uncovered! Written By Nick Seis

       Recently, a citizen in the town of Abingdon, England came across a 16-year-old journal that he discovered under his house. This journal belonged to a man named Aaron Smith. Aaron Smith was a lieutenant in the English military from the years 1577-1585. Sadly, Aaron Smith was killed  in combat. His journal revealed and talked about many things related to the military. One of his journal entries read;

       "The date is April 4, 1585, the day war between England and Spain has been officially  declared. There have been years and years of conflict between us, I expected war to occur sooner. I believe the war was declared because Queen Elizabeth and King Phillip have such a clash in personalities and just can’t seem to get along. However, nobody is quite certain why this war was declared. The conflict is partially political. Both Spain and England are trading nations who are expanding into the New World and competing financial interests are bringing us to conflict. At first there was friendship Between Spain and us, however this friendship very quickly turned to tension and rivalry. This war is going to be hard to overcome because we have many obstacles to face. Our main obstacle is that we do not have a standing army at this time and rely on the strength of our 'Trayned Bandes'. Our armor does not protect me

as much as I would like, it is mainly for decoration in parades and ceremonies. We have firearms but I hope they improve as time goes on. Cleary, this will be a stressful war that
will be difficult to overcome. This is enough for today's journal entry; I’ll enter back again tomorrow."

       Very interesting entry from Aaron Smith, what a truly significant discovery this journal is. Smith was addressing his concerns about the war between England and Spain and how he felt about it. The war has been pretty evenly fought so far, except England has seemed to pull ahead slightly. It is a shame that Smith was killed in battle and could not return home. It is heartbreaking that the war is still going on today, March 19, 1601. Hopefully this war will be settled soon and no more blood will need to be shed.

 

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