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ch great things were expected, but was, like the Savannah, commercially a failure, though from different causes.
The Register has told the story before (Vol.
XVII, p. 92) in some detail, and now, because of its centennial, notices it again.
Accustomed as we have become to the swiftly moving motor boats on our river, we would look with some curiosity on the nondescript that ploughed its way through the old town—not on the river, but where is now no vestige of water, nor has there been since 1852, when the Middlesex canal gave up its unequal struggle with the rival railroad.
In a town of less than fifteen hundred people, with the canal's course in a sparsely settled portion, probably but few saw it. One of the employees, however, was specific enough, in writing his bill, to note the various services performed.
His name was William Phipps, and the item, Aug. 11. 1 day to Medford with steamboat, $1.50, is a part of the amount receipted for by him, and fixes the time of at least one