By our Historical Information Officer
When Captain John Smith was in America, helping to build Jamestown, some of the men didn't like to work. When they cut wood, they would swear. Captain Smith said "this must be stopped." So he, at the end of the day, called all of the men who had sworn and counted their oaths. For each oath, a cup of cold water was poured down their sleeve. Soon this cold-water cure stopped the men from swearing.
Captain John Smith (1580-1631) 1st Governor of Virginia, 1616
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