- Lost Cannon
by Wilborne Harrell
A CHOWAN HERALD FICTION STORY
WHAT HAS HAPPENED (
Ted Brant and Jim Canon, teen-,
lien, are fast friends and also expert 1
•fcia divers. They have earned an
enviable reputation as local under
water men, and are also friends and
proteges of Professor Hill, one-time
adventurer and now a teacher of his
tory in Holmes High School. Ted and
Jim often did research for Professor
Hill, and in the course pf this re
search they ran across a map pur
portedly showing where Rlackbeard
had sunk a chest of treasure in the
Sound. Both boys set out to recover
this treasure; if it exists, but as the
story opens they are on their way to
keep an appointment with Professor
Hill. These appointments usually led
to further adventure.
Professor Hill ran his hand
through his hair in a character
istic gesture. There was a twin
kle in his eye. He said, ‘‘Well,
have you boys discovered Black
beard’s treasure yet?”
Ted and Jim were seated in
Professor Hill’s business-like,
book-lined office. They grinned,
taking Professor Hill’s sly dig i
good-naturedly. “No, sir,” said
Ted. “Not yet. But you never
can tell—we may find it to
Professor Hill became serious.
He came to the point without]
further preamble. “Boys, you’ve
no doubt heard the story of the
Holy Heart of Jesus, which sail
ed from Marseilles with Captain
William Boritz, master, during
the Revolution with a cargo of
Cannon destined for Virginia and
North Carolina. Well, as the
story goes, the Holy Heart of
Jesus anchored at Edenton, de
livered Virginia’s cannon, but
North Carolina could not raise
the required poundage of tobac
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co to pay for her share. Cap
tain Boritz, his patience gone
and his sailing time at hand,
dumped the cannon in Edenton
Bay. There were twenty-three
cannon in the cargo, but all but
fifteen have been dredged up,
and as you know, are scattered
about town in various places.
“Now—Ted, and you too, Jim
—The Chowan Historical Socie
ty wants to recover those lost
fifteen cannon, and will fcay you
boys well if you will undertake
the job of locating them for the
Society. Mr. Jamison has con
tacted me and will lend his
yacht for a base of operations.
You boys can live aboard the
yacht and save a lot of time in
the operation, and have fun be
sides. And too, let’s don’t for
get Blackbeard’s treasure you
can look for that also in your
search for the cannon. There
will be a ship-to-shore radio,
and I’ve informed the police
about the two suspicious charac-]
I ters in the Bay. The police will
' keep an eye on you at all times
—and so will I.”
The Professor paused after
this, for him, rather long speech.
He picked up a paper-weight
and looked directly at Ted and
Jim. “I'd advise you to accept.
You will be well paid—” He
hesitated. “And after all is said
and done, much more practical
than hunting for a probably non
existent pirate treasure.”
Professor Hill then went into
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further detail about what he
insisted on calling Operation
Cannon, ancLwhen Ted and Jim |
left the Professor’s office, they
were prepared to undertake the
biggest and most ambitious un
derwater job of their diving ca
Ted Brant made a final ad
justment to his diving gear,
settled his goggles more firmly
on his face, and made a forward
motion with his hand to Jim
Carson. Both boys stepped to
the rail of the yacht, poised a
moment and dropped into the
water, smoothly and easily. The
water swallowed them hungrily
as they sank below the surface.
As the water closed over his
head, Ted floated down into a.
iew world. The scenic pano
. ama before him here was no:
rs varied and as exciting as the
sea, but it possessed a beauty
all its own. The sunlight, al
though rather subdued, filtered
down through the water and re
minded him of a vast cathedral
with sunlight streaming through
he stained-glass windows.
He allowed himself to rela*/
as he sank down; he felt weight
less and motion was effortless
The lead belt about his waist
his aqua-lung, balanced his body
and he was free to turn, somer
sault or barrel roll at will. With
a slight motion of his flippers
he had complete control of his
body. He glanced over at Jim,
grinned at him through his mask.
Here, if anywhere, he was mon
arch of all he surveyed.
As Ted swam leisurely along,
with a casual glance at Jim not
far away, he allowed his n»ndj
to survey the last three days 1
they had been diving from the
yacht. He and Jim had mapped I
the area, and had dived and
searched a different segment
each day. Professor Hill had
come aboard each night and
they had reported on each day’s
activities and progress. He and
Jim were thoroughly enjoying
themselves, for this was more
fun than a camping trip. It
was like a deluxe vacation —div-
ing, cooking in the galley, sit
ting around at night a6 around
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Expropriation By Foreign Countries —
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Against Union Members —
Kennedy, favoring the Union Bosses against the inidvidual
members, voted against Labor’s “Bill of Rights” which would
have protected union members against coercive and unfair ac
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a campfire, spinning adventure.
yarns with Professor Hill.
Ted, from sheer exuberance,
did a somersau't, adjusted the
underwater knife that hung at
his belt, and looked up as a
shadow passed overhead. A boat
heading for share, he thought,
did a barrel roll and instantly
forgot all about the boat or the
The underwater of the Albe
marle Sound was rather murky,
and in the landlocked Bay where
they were diving, visibility was
not too good. But down here
he didn’t have the strong cur
rents of the sea to contend with,
and the attendant dangers of
sea-diving were lacking in these
inland waters. In fact, the only
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IN GENERAL, KENNEDY HAS CONSISTENTLY VOTED:
pnn wiofi™ AGAINST—Sound Money
FOR— Extravagant Spending AGAlNST—Private Enterprise
FOR—Government in Business AGAINST—States Rights
FOB—Big Federal Government AGAlNST—lndividual Rights of
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On Every Issue Listed Above, Senators Byrd and Robertson, and a Large Majority of
Virginia's Congressmen, Have Voted Contrary to Kennedy
As Senator Byrd said on the floor of the U. S. Senate:
"There is no use for me to debate with the Senator from Massachusetts. He is at the North Pole
and I am at the South Pole on questions of concentration of power in the Federal Government."
(Cong. Record, p. 9678, 1958).
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Some Democratic officeholders and professional politicians may feel that in the interest of party
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times that he and Jim had had
any accidents were when his
mask had flooded, and Jim had
strangled on water .that entered
his snorkel. But these, Ted re
flected, were minor dangers
compared to what a diver may
encounter in the sea.
Ted looked up. A lot of his
tory, he thought floated on the
surface of these waters. He
could imagine above him Indian
| canoes, the ships of Sir Richard
Grenville, Adamus and Barlow,
i the pirate craft of Blackbeard
l and the sjiip of the patriot, John
Paul Jones. All had sailed these
waters, and later, when Edenton
was founded and became a
flourishing seaport, it was port
of entry and departure for ships
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bound for exotic places in the (
West Indies and all over the,
Lazily Ted propelled himself
along, with side glance every
now and then at Jim, who was
still pacing him. Allowing his
imagination to roam further
afield, the thought came to Ted
that the civilization that later
became America really began on
these North Carolina shores.
Actually the first colonists land-!
ed on Roanoke Island, not far
from where he was born and
spent most of his early life. i
Jim swam closer to Ted and
indicated by pointing down and
circling with his hand that they
had reached the segment of the
Sound’s bottom they would ex-
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Kennedy twice voted against giving the states the right to deal
with certain labor disputes (“no-man’s land” cases) which the
National Labor Relations Board does not handle (S. 3974;
6 13 58 and Amend, to S. 1555; 4 23/59).
Against Right-To-Work Laws —
Kennedy has voted against and is pledged to have the Federal
Government invalidate Right-to-Work Laws in Virginia and 19
Against States Rights Generally—
Kennedy voted against proposal that no Federal law shall nulli
fy state laws unless specifically so provided by Congress (S.
654; 9 20 58).
For Inflation and Against Sound Money—
Kennedy favors artificial determination of interest rates by Fed
eral Government, which would encourage inflation (S. 3497;
4 15 58 and H.R. 9035; 9 8/59).
Against Private Enterprise—
Kennedy has consistently voted against private enterprise and in
favor of massive Federal power projects at taxpayer’s expense
(S. 1333; 7 19 56. S. 555; 6 21/57).
Against Lew is Strauss —
Kennedy, playing partisan politics of a low order, voted against
confirmation of Lewis L. Strauss, a public-spirited and able
Virginian, as Secretary of Commerce (6 18/59).
Thursday, November 3, 1960
Edenton, North Carolina
plore today. Jim had a mab,
enclosed in a waterproof caajj,
and swimming closer to TetJ,
tapped his finger on the mijp
and his lips seemed to say word
lessly, this is it. Let’s go.
The bottom of the Albemarle
Sound was not as clearly defined
and as free of debris and detri
tus as the crisp, sandy bottoms
of the sea that Ted was familiar
with. Here one could sink to
his knees, or further, in places;
| and, he thought, heavy irdn
cannon could, and probably difi,
[sink out of sight after years
under water. But he told him
self subbornlv, they were com
mitted to find the cannon, anid
find them they would, if they
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