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drill and public parades to the full. They had their seasons of gayety and pleasure like other organizations, firemen, military and civic. It is unfortunate that no files of the Medford Journal or the Chronicle are to be found, as these covered the time of the company's history, but a few references to the latter's functions are found in the first volume of the Mercury. In those former papers were accounts of things then transpiring of interest to Medford people of today. In 1876 Edwin C. Burbank was in command, in 1878 George T. Sampson, and in 1880 Julian D'Este. On September 17, 1880, the battery appeared in the third division of the great procession at Boston's two hundred and fiftieth anniversary. We have been told that on that, or some similar occasion, its remarkably fine appearance was noted by someone on the reviewing stand, or by the State authorities, who are said to have ordered its dissolution. Certain it is that in September of the next year the battery fired