r than those of ten years ago; but as they flow within the Park Commission's jurisdiction, there is little chance of either private or municipal disagreement.
Another allusion to that crude portrayal of this Medford-Somerville corner.
While it depicted the river, canal and railroad, it also showed, hovering overhead, a balloon. We wondered quite a little at such portrayal, but of late have queried if it were not really so, for at about those years we find mention in the papers of aeronaut Lauriat and his balloon ascensions.
It may be that it was even so. Be that as it may, on the evening of July 4, 1911, the writer witnessed the flight of an airplane over this same quarter, as did the great company assembled about Somerville field.
Contrast this last occasion with the night vigil of Gov. John Winthrop, only a few rods away, on October 11, 1630, if you will.
Contrast the horseless carriage, or steam buggy, first seen in Boston streets in 1866, with the uncounted automobiles that
e present time public assemblage of people in Medford can on occasion be readily accommodated in its various church edifices and halls.
How was it a hundred years ago—or less?
We are led to this query by the following quotation from an historical address of the Rev. James T. McCullom, on the fiftieth anniversary of the formation of the second church in Medford.
On the first two Sabbaths, the meeting was held in the upper story of Mr. Francis' bake-house, the building now occupied by Mr. Lauriat as a manufactory.
After this, a hall was fitted up in the Medford House, where religious services were held till the completion of the church building.
The above is sent us by an interested contributor who writes:
I never saw it anywhere else.
It was received without question and is doubtless correct.
Had it not been, there were those then living and perhaps present to have challenged it.
The occasion in question was one of a sort that was almost new to Medford; one that