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rd capitalists had not foreseen. A lot of Walnut-tree hill, and rocks from Winter Hill had been carted onto the end of the bordering marsh making an embankment twenty feet high across it, and bridges built over the canal and river. The canal boats had been bringing granite blocks down from Chelmsford, and The strange spectacle was thus presented, perhaps for the first time, of a corporation assisting in the preparation for its own obsequies. (Quoted from Lorin L. Dame.) One day (June 24, 1835) a curious array of uncouth vehicles came trundling on the iron rails laid on those granite blocks all the way from Lowell to Boston. With much exercise of patience, men unused to such work had assembled at Lowell the various parts of that nondescript freight, and a new era of transit and mode of travel was inaugurated. We use these words in order advisedly, as it is recorded that on the previous day, the mail was carried in this new way. Well, Uncle Sam's mail is supposed to have the