AMERICANA: Call to Arms

'Twas the big freeze of '77

A group got together, numb 'ring

'bout eleven.

The farmers, the fishermen,

John Alley too,

Compatriots all, to decide what

to do.

A rallying cry was heard the

isle through.

It's time to secede from you

know who!

So begins what some irate residents of Martha's Vineyard (winter population: 8,000), an island off Massachusetts, say could well be their new national anthem. Anthem? A band of rebellious islanders, among them Selectman John Alley, a West Tisbury storekeeper, and Newspaperman George Adams, are preparing for independence: a flag has been designed, proposals for gambling casinos are circulating, and applications have been submitted for...

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