he town as I knew it when, a boy of nineteen, I wandered into its precincts, and that my area of treatment lay wholly between the autumn of 1853 and the summer of 1854.
All the rich material of the past was thus barred out, and all the still richer material of the years which followed I could make no use of.
At first I felt sle interested in music.
But to those without ear it counted as nothing.
Strange to say, there was no Masonic lodge, although one was established in the autumn of 1854, a month after I left town.
There was no lodge of Odd Fellows.
There had been one some years before, but owing to internal dissensions its charter had been surret if there were either of them known in Medford in 1853.
The first sewing-machine I ever saw was at the Mechanic's Fair in Faneuil Hall, in Boston, in the fall of 1854, and that would work only imperfectly.
At that time there was no communication with Boston except by the trains on the Medford Branch, which came and went four ti
During the life of Mr. Smith, there was erected, upon the land adjoining his garden, a building the lower story of which was finished for a store, with rooms for a dwelling in the rear.
The upper story consisted of a large hall used for fairs, social gatherings, and like purposes, called Mystic Hall.
I am inclined to think, notwithstanding the prospectus, that the seminary took its name from the hall rather than from the river.
After the death of Mr. Smith, the widow decided in 1854 to open a day and boarding school, or young ladies' seminary.
At that time there was a private day school in West Medford, kept by an English family named Wood—a mother and two daughters— and also one in Medford, in the basement of the engine house of Jackson No. 2, kept by a Miss Chase.
There were already on the Smith estate two buildings suitable for school purposes, and, the town of Medford having built a new almshouse on Purchase street, the old one fronting on Canal street, with the