re was a small building left on the place on Canal street. It had but one room, where an insane person was kept—Nathaniel Crowell, commonly called Nat Crow.
It had one window with iron bars.
It would seem in those days insane people were looked on as criminals, and treated worse.
The boys secured this building, had a door cut in it large enough to run the engine into, and, it seems, fastened by a staple, as one day we were surprised to see a poster which read—
Mystic no. 4.
Five dollars Reward.
The above sum is offered for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who entered the above Co's engine house by drawing the staple on the night of the 19th inst.
Per order Arthur G. Smith, Clerk. John Hebden, Foreman.
I cannot recall any fire they attended, as that was tabooed.
I have said it was short-lived.
Alas! they could not raise money enough to clear off the debt, and the tub was claimed by the builder, who was also the foreman. Jennie S. Brigh