THE LIBERTY BELL
The LIBERTY BELL is inscribed with the biblical text "Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof" [Leviticus 25.10]. The bell (c.1 ton in weight and 3.7 meters around the lip) was first rung on July 8, 1776, to celebrate the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence; it was rung for the final time in 1846 on the anniversary of Washington's birthday, when it cracked irreparably. Today, the bell hangs in Philadelphia's Liberty Bell Pavilion and is, apparently, still gently tapped every July 4.
H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)