The Rum Rebellion and the Dirty Dozen
William Bligh has been governor of New South Wales, Australia for a little over a year, now. It is a place where the United Kingdom sends its criminals and malcontents. (They cannot send them to America any more.) Governor Bligh has a reputation as a tough guy. He was the captain of HMS Bounty whose crew mutinied due to ill treatment. The review board absolved the Captain of blame, but he remains a controversial subject. When he arrived in Australia, he was greeted by Major Johnston who represented the military and Mr. MacArthur who represented the civilians. Neither of them are sweethearts but they make things work. As governor, Bligh, starts handing out relief supplies to the farmers who had suffered under a recent flood, but Australia is run under a barter economy. Those supplies were Australian money! Bligh is putting a stop to the use of rum as money. He begins by confiscating stills, but he is meeting with a lot of resistance. (Can you say "Whiskey Rebellion?") Soon the establishment is calling for his head. Major Johnston officially signs a warrant for the governor's arrest. A military contingent marches to the Governor's house and yanks Bligh out from under his bed. Eventually they put him on a boat and tell him to sail back to England. Naturally, he sails to Tasmania. He will be briefly reinstated as governor and recalled to England.
The Ballad of Omie Wise
- Oh, listen to my story, I'll tell you no lies,
- How John Lewis did murder poor little Omie Wise.
A young girl in trouble has few options these days, but Naomi "Omie" Wise is not that young anymore and John Lewis has made her pregnant. This will be her 3rd child. At this point, marriage is not in the cards because John is engaged to another woman. Naomi seems not to care. She wants the money. John Lewis promises to pay, and arranges to meet her down by the local spring. If she had taken him to court, he would have been forced to put up a bastardy bond, so payments like this are common. They are also commonly abused, so when Naomi shows up to collect her money, there is a fight. Witnesses hear a woman shrieking, and they see John Lewis running away. A few days later someone will find Naomi's body face down in the water. She will be buried in Randolf County, North Carolina. The murder and trial create a sensation and songs will be sung of "Omie" Wise into the modern day. 
In Other News
- Captain Samuel Brown patents the iron anchor chain. His chain design will be used on ships for the next 100 years. 
This Year in Wikipedia
Year 1808, Wikipedia.
- Filthy Thirteen - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 15 June 2016. “Of the activities of the Filthy Thirteen, Jack Agnew once said, 'We weren’t murderers or anything, we just didn’t do everything we were supposed to do in some ways and did a whole lot more than they wanted us to do in other ways. We were always in trouble.'”
- Naomi Wise - Notes on the History of Randolph County, NC. randolphhistory.wordpress.com (June 3, 2009). Retrieved on 15 June 2016. “The murder on which the song is based really happened in Randolph County more than two hundred years ago, yet sadly, little physical evidence remains. The tombstone shown above is located in the graveyard at Providence Friends Meeting, on Providence Church Road west of New Salem Road in Providence Township, Although a hundred or more years old, the stone is not original; it moreover bears an inaccurate date of her death. Perhaps that makes it the perfect emblem of the story of Naomi Wise.”
- Omie Wise. YouTube (2016). Retrieved on 15 June 2016. “Doc Watson performs the bittersweet traditional American murder ballad 'Omie Wise' from his wonderful folk album, 'The Essential Doc Watson.'”
- Copacabana (song) - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 15 June 2016. “The story starts in the late 1940s, focused on Lola, a Copacabana showgirl, and her lover Tony, a bartender at the club. One night, a mobster named Rico takes an interest in Lola, but he overplays his hand while trying to seduce her and is attacked by Tony. The ensuing fight results in a shooting. Thirty years later, the club has been transformed into a discotheque, but a crazed and drunken Lola, having lost Tony, still spends her nights at the Copacabana dressed in her 1940's finery.”
- Copacabana 1978. YouTube (2016). Retrieved on 15 June 2016.
- Folsom Prison blues. YouTube (2016). Retrieved on 15 June 2016. “Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison blues. Shown on the programme Country at the BBC, but originally from BBC programme Later... with Jools Holland 1994.”
- Samuel Brown (Royal Navy officer) - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 15 June 2016. “In 1808 Brown took out patents for twisted open chain links, joining shackles and swivels. His shackle and swivel designs were scarcely improved on for the next 100 years.”
- Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events. Simon and Schuster, 378-379.
- Henry Crabb Robinson - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 15 June 2016. “He then became correspondent for The Times in Altona in 1807. Later on he was sent to Galicia, in Spain, as a war correspondent in the Peninsular War.”
- File:Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphonie 5 c-moll - 1. Allegro con brio.ogg - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 15 June 2016. “Conductor: Simon Schindler Ensemble: Fulda Symphonic Orchestra”
- Symphony No. 5 (Beethoven) - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 15 June 2016. “The Symphony No. 5 in C minor of Ludwig van Beethoven, Op. 67, was written between 1804–1808. It is one of the best-known compositions in classical music, and one of the most frequently played symphonies. First performed in Vienna's Theater an der Wien in 1808, the work achieved its prodigious reputation soon afterward.”