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ue of the Register notes, and as Medford people recently gone from us have told with pleasant memories. But the investigating, progressive canal agent and manager of those early days had more rapid transit in view. Horses and oxen were too slow and over in England the power of steam had been utilized, while in Scotland it had been used with but little success on a canal. Up in the backwoods of New Hampshire a curious engine had been developed by an unlettered native genius, years before Fulton made his successful experiment on the Hudson. Canal manager Sullivan, with great visions of future inland navigation by canal and river, had a boat equipped with an engine of this pattern; and one day, a century ago, it came to Medford (as documents prove) and later, all the way to the New Hampshire capital. If the Medford boys went swimming at Second beach in those days, we may be sure there was a grand rush to the tow-path beside the river to see the novel sight. Novel it certainly w