CON­TRO­VER­SIAL IDEAS NOT AL­WAYS WEL­COME

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The rear room on the first floor of Thomas Paine’s house (left) in New Rochelle, N.Y. is known as the “Paine Room.” On Christ­mas Eve 1805, a gun was fired into this room in an at­tempt on Paine’s life. The mus­ket ball “passed through about three or four inches be­low the win­dow mak­ing a hole large enough [for] a fin­ger to go through...” INSET: The bust of Paine on top of the Paine Memo­rial.

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