Town Makes Restitution To "Goody"
"Our Town" By James W. Tucker
Thursday, September 6, 1951
"Bill" Cram Started It
[Membership card courtesy of the Bill Elliot Estate
& not in original article]
Society With An Objective
Town Takes Official Action
"And be it further resolved: that at such time as the Selectmen shall elect during the Tercentenary of the Town of Hampton, appropriate and fitting ceremonies shall be held to carry out the purposes of this resolution by publicly burning certified copies of all the official documents relating to the false accusations against Eunice ("Goody") Cole and that the ashes of the burned documents, together with soil from the reputed last resting place and from the site of the home of Eunice ("Goody") Cole be gathered in an urn and reverently placed in the ground at such place in the Town of Hampton as the Selectmen shall designate."
Millions Learn of Restoration
Newspapers and magazines, the world over, published the fact of our town's action in stories that ran from a few inches in a single column to full page, illustrated articles in color. The National Broadcasting Company featured a half hour radio re-enactment of the town meeting which was heard from coast to coast. Radio and newspaper commentators used the incident as a basis for the discussion of the gradual decline of superstition throughout the world. Millions learned of our town's generous act of restitution to one of its early citizens who by reason of ignorance based on superstition, had been whipped and imprisoned for witchcraft. And millions applauded!