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Words of wisdom live on

February 24, 2013
Mary Burns Deas , The OBSERVER

"I cannot tell a lie," is the famous quote attributed to George Washington in the story of how as a young boy he had barked a cherry tree sapling with his new hatchet and when asked by his father, readily admitted to the deed. Even though many claim it all to be a myth, there is compelling evidence of its truth given the time it was written and personal and primary source interviews. A good account for next year when his birthday rolls around again, exploring this era nonetheless for the last columns with "A unanimous decision" and "Washington's wisdom through the ages" led to a string of other interesting stories and quotes of Washington's contemporaries. Just for fun and a quick review of early American history, consider how much is still familiar or remembered, keeping in mind that some is as basic as fourth grade.



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