Guy Fawkes

: True Stories Of Wonderful Deeds

In the time of James I, many of the English people were very hardly

treated because of their religion. At last they could bear the ill-usage

no longer, and they thought of a plan to get rid of the king and queen

and their eldest son.

Many barrels of gunpowder were secretly put into a cellar under the

Parliament House, where James was to meet his lords and commons on

November 5; and a man named Guy Fawkes
as hired to set fire to it at

the right time, and so to blow up the hall above, and all in it.

All was ready, when one of the plotters remembered that a friend of his

would be at the meeting next day. As he did not wish him to be killed,

he sent him a letter, without signing his name, saying: "Do not go to

the House, for there shall be a sudden blow to many, and they shall not

see who hurts them".

The lord who received this letter took it to the King's Council, and

when King James saw it, he guessed what the "sudden blow" would be. Men

were sent to search the cellars, and there, on the very night before the

deed was to be done, Guy Fawkes was found waiting till the time should

come to set fire to the powder. He was cruelly tortured to make him tell

all he knew, but he was a brave man, and he died without betraying his


Since that time, every year, on the 5th of November, bonfires have been

lighted in many places in England, and "guys" burned, to remind people

how an English king was once saved from a great danger.