ssential part, was also complete and ready for service.
At one time three hundred and fifty men were employed, making a scene of busy activity along its course through Medford.
The completed works supplied not only Charlestown, but Somerville, East Boston, Chelsea and Everett, and were taken over by Boston on the annexation of Charlestown, and later by the Metropolitan Commission.
Because of the pollution of the water by the leather factories of Woburn and Winchester this Mystic supply was abandoned in 1898, and since that time this brick conduit has been the disused subway of which we spoke in beginning.
That it will ever be used again now appears unlikely, unless, indeed-and who knows?-some new and now unthought—of industry, public or otherwise, should arise, to which this great work of a half century ago may in some equally unthought—of way lend itself.
Of the dam at the Partings, the pumping station and reservoir we may make other mention as of interest in Medford ann
organized in the interest of those veterans and true allegiance to the United States, it is not strange that initiative steps in time of war should be taken by the local corps.
During the Spanish American war, and in the later Mexican trouble, Grand Army hall was a busy center for work for Company E.
In the present European war, preparedness work was again started in the same hall, several of the older members of the corps enjoying the distinction of having engaged in similar work in 1861, 1898 and 1916.
In co-operation with the Special Aid Society for American Preparedness two hundred comfort bags, one for every boy who enlists from Medford, have been made and filled with useful articles.
Fourteen were sent to the enlisted boys from Wellington, being paid for by a benevolent individual from that section; twelve were called for, to supply those going from the high school; and the remainder are stored in the armory, ready for distribution, and more will be furnished if needed.