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Page 6 POS'T-GAZETTE,'JANUARY 17, 2014 SaintAgnes, Virgin and Martyr by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Saint Agnes suffered mar- tyrdom for her Faith in Rome at the age of thirteen in the year 304 under the emperor Diocletian. She became one of the best known and most highly regarded of the Roman martyrs. Since the close of the fourth century the Fathers of the Church and Christian poets have sung her praises and ex- tolled her virginity and hero- ism under torture. It is clear, however, from the diversity in the earliest accounts available from that period, that is, the end of the fourth century that there is no accurate and reliable narra- tive, at least in writing, con- cerning the details of her martyrdom. On one point only is there mutual agree- ment, the youth of Agnes, Saint Ambrose gives her age men of Rome, attracted by her wealth and beauty com- peted with each other to obtain her hand in marriage but she refused them all say- ing, "Jesus Christ is my only spouse." Enraged by her refusals, her suitors brought her be- fore the Prefect Sempronius accusing her of being a Christian. The Prefect prom- ised Agnes wonderful gifts if she would only deny God, but Agnes refused. He tried to change her mind by putting her in chains, still she re- fused. He then sent her to a house of prostitution, yet she remained untouched. Finally, there was a trial from which Sempronius ex- cused himself and another figure presided, sentencing her to death. Agnes was con- demned to death by behead- ing. It is said that she went to her death willingly. Be- cause of her youth, many tried to save her. She did not pay attention to those who begged her to save herself, saying, "I would offend my spouse, if I were to try to please you. He chose me first and He shall have meI" Then she prayed and bowed her head and was beheaded. Agnes was buried on the Via Nomentana; later the Emperor Constantine erected a church in her honor. Saint Agnes Feast is celebrated on as 12, St. Augustine as 13. January 21 st. she is the What is also certain is the Patron of the Children of fact that the young noble- Mary. CROSSWORD The POST-GAZETTE newspaper is a paper of general circulation. We are qualified to accept legal notices from any court in each town that we serve. LE( ;AL NOTICES For information on placing a Legal Notice in the POST-GAZETTE, please call (617) 227-8929; or mail notice to: POST-GAZETTE P.O. BOX 135, BOSTON, MA 02113 Attn: Legal Notices Great Molasses Flood (Continued from Page 1) of the Navy, Army, Red Cross and the Boston Police De- partment arrived to take on the search and rescue mis- sion. They spent four days looking for the bodies of vic- tims with the hope they would find more survivors as well. Thanks to the large number of people involved in clean-up efforts, it ended up taking about two weeks to remove all the molasses. For months after the flood, you could still see the brown of the molasses seeping through the Boston Harbor. In looking for reasons for the disaster, it was found that the collapsed tank was constructed poorly. That is- sue, coupled with the fact that the temperature that day rose from two degrees all the way to forty-one degrees, is what is believed to be the reason for the collapse and flood. The United States Al- cohol Industrial Company, which owned the Purity Dis- tilling Company, was found responsible for the tragedy and, after three years of hearings, eventually was forced to pay approximately $600,000 in costs to victims of the flood. The Great Molasses Flood might be an obscure footnote in the history of Boston to some, but it is still very much in the memories of the residents of the North End. In 2003, local author and historian Stephen Puleo's book Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919, in which he gives the first full account of the flood, was published to national critical acclaim, even becoming a finalist for the prestigious Julia Ward Howe Award for literary merit. To further ensure the tragedy is never forgotten, at the site of the flood, located where now stands Langone and Puopolo Parks, the Bostonian Society placed a memorial plaque which reads: "On January 15, 1919, a molasses tank at 529 Com- mercial Street exploded under pressure, killing 21 people. A 40-foot wave of molasses buckled the el- evated railroad tracks, crushed buildings and inun- dated the neighborhood. Structural defects in the tank combined with unsea- sonably warm temperatures contributed to the disaster." Hoops & Hockey (Continued from Page 16) He turned pro after the 1960 U.S. Nationals and thus was not on the fatal flight in February, 1961 that wiped out the U.S. team that was on its way to the World Championships when the plane crashed just outside Brussels, Belgium. He eventually moved to the West Coast and took up coaching. Over the decades, the roster of skaters that he has worked with is most impressive. It includes 2010 Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek plus former World champions Michelle Kwan and Linda Fratianne. In addition, he has been inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame and the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. He was also named Olympic Coach of the Year in 1997. It appears that Gracie Gold has positioned herself well for a shot at golden glory. She has the coach, she has the technical content within the short and long programs plus the interpretative move- ments to make it all mesh with her musical choices. 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