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authority for the following incident in connection with the house now standing on the corner of Riverside avenue and Main street. At the time that Mr. Jonathan Porter took down the old Royal Oak Tavern and built the house above referred to, Mr. Benjamin Hall was confined to his house by sickness. Mr. Hall's house was so situated that his window overlooked the market-place, and he was much interested in watching the progress of the building. All at once an idea occurred to him; calling his maMr. Hall's house was so situated that his window overlooked the market-place, and he was much interested in watching the progress of the building. All at once an idea occurred to him; calling his man, he told him to go and find Mr. Porter and tell him that he had better set his house up a good height, as the marketplace was low, and that in all probability the grade would be raised. Mr. Porter heeded the suggestion and set his building on a high underpinning. An inspection of the cellar wall of the building on the inside will show that the grade of the street has been raised all of three feet in front of the house. I remember the time when four or five steps were necessary to enter the