a few others scattered here and there, a willow or two, and a big dilapidated barn opposite the Brooks farmhouse, were the only objects to break the monotony of the scene.
This plain was then called the Smith estate, and along the street for most of the way was also walled.
After passing Grove street there were entrances in the walls, and cellar holes and remains of foundations could be seen, where the Smith residence and barns had been burned a few years before.
Next was the house of John Duane the florist, that had been built four years, and farther on his greenhouses.
This house still remains, and with some additions is now the parochial residence of St. Raphael's Church.
Beyond the greenhouse was a hedge of dogwood, and here the stone wall ended and a wooden picket fence, painted a dull yellow, enclosed the open space in front of the substantial building that bore across its front this legend,
Mystic Hall Seminary, in gilded iron capitals.
In this building Ellis Pitcher