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GERMAN HOST PRESIDES TODAY AT GEORGE
WASHINGTON'S OLD TAVERN
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Fraunces Tavern, Near the Battery, New York, Where George Washington
Delivered His Farewell Address.
New York, Feb. 22. They're talk
ing in German today over the well
worn table in Fraunces tavern where
George Washington was wont to eat
in the days of the revolution.
A German host presides over the
historic landmark; German waiters
hustle in and out with German'dish
es, and German-speaking Americans
lift German-looking steins in the au
to a chorus of "Hoch der Praesi
dent!" But otherwise the old tavern down
by the Battery is pretty much as it
was in the days when Washington
and his staff dined there, and when
old Landlord "Black Sam" Fraunces'
daughter saved the "Father of His
Country" from an assassins plot.
It was here in this tavern, now
more than 200 years old, that Wash
ington delivered his farewell address
to his officers.
It was here, years before, that the
Sons of Liberty plotted to throw
overboard the tea. that England sent
her colonies, rather than pay the
taxes on it.
When it was built the waters of
the upper bay lapped almost at its
doors; but the shoreline has moved
southward with the centuries.
"Black Sam," a West Indian ne
gro who took the place in 1757, had
a daughter Phoebe, who acted as
Washington's housekeeper while the
general was In town.
The Englishman Hickey, who be
came one of Washington's body
guard and engineered the plot to
murder him, became the lover of
'Phoebe Fraunces. To her he con
fided the assassins' scheme, and
sought to enlist her aid for a small
part in it. But Phoebe Fraunces told
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