tion of speed of greater importance.
The first vessel built in this part of the country on these ideas was the Game Cock, built by Samuel Hall at East Boston in 1850, and the same year James O. Curtis of Medford built the Shooting Star, 900 tons, for Reed and Wade of Boston.
She was one of twenty-six ships which made the passad Jacket and Game Cock.
Captain Clark mentions twenty-three Medford ships in a list of one hundred and seventy-three extreme type of clipper ships built between 1850 and 1857, and in a record of one hundred and twenty-eight passages made to San Francisco in 110 days or less between 1850 and 1860, from New York or Boston, sevent1850 and 1860, from New York or Boston, seventeen were made by thirteen Medford ships as follows:—
ShipDaysPort of DepartureDate of Arrival
Shooting Star105BostonAug. 17, 1852
Courser108BostonApril 28, 1852
Phantom105BostonApril 21, 1853
Golden Eagle105BostonAug. 25, 1854
Don Quixote106BostonMarch 29, 1855
Ringleader107BostonFeb. 12, 1856
dows, but big door openings in its ends.
It was not a very old barn, perhaps thirty or forty years then.
How it ever escaped the tornado of '51 or the incendiary fires of the years before the war always seemed a mystery.
We utilized it for a shop and storehouse for two years, until it was taken down and a house built of its good material.
High street is the old way to the weare, the road to Menotomy, which became West Cambridge in 1807, but took the name of Arlington in 1867.
But until 1850 a portion of old Charlestown intervened between it and the river.
In 1870 there were only five houses in that strip along the street and none on the Medford side, so there was an unobstructed view of the village and church spires of Arlington from the railway platform at West Medford.
We saw a broad open plain, level at first, and sloping gradually to the river's edge, with but here and there a tree, beyond the pear trees left on the Smith garden plot.
The Brooks estate was bordered with