and an ever increasing tax-rate, it may be that the seeds of death the orator mentioned are ripening to harvest.
Medford had a wonderful opportunity to celebrate a tercentenary, for those seeds (of both kinds) were strewn on what is now its soil, on September twenty-first, 1621, by Standish the stalwart and eight of his valorous army, led by Indian guide.
Little note has been made of this historic fact in recent years and it has been well-nigh forgotten.
But there is the testimony of Bradford, also of the author of Mourt's Relation, both written within a few years of the time, and fortunately preserved.
What a pageant might be enacted in the streets of Medford of that march in Armes up in the Countery, and how realistic and educational might be a representation of the scenes of that day of discovery, seven years before Medford's settlement.
It is the purpose of the Historical Society, as hinted at in the Register's last issue, to make note of this event at its coming meeti
uite worth while to follow out your leads as to the first white men on the site of our city, and how they came to be there.
In the first place, none of the chroniclers of the day says directly that Standish was on the expedition anyway.
Governor Bradford says they dispatched on September 18, ten men with Squanto for their guide.
He names no one else.
The author of Mourt's Relation gives no other names.
But the latter does speak of the Captaine, and we are well persuaded that no such exped, thence to the fort in the bottom lands, and a mile further on to fort on the hill where Nanepashemit was killed.
As to my own reflections thereon, two or three items stand prominently forth.
How came the Pilgrims to be here at this time?
Bradford says the party was sent to spy out and report upon the country of the Massachusetts, and to make a peace treaty with that tribe, by whom they had been more or less disturbed, and to whom Squanto gave a bad name.
Incidentally, never forgetting t