Clark the following passages are recorded from Boston or New York to San Francisco: Dauntless, 116 days; John Wade, 116 days; Kingfisher, 114 days; Fleetwing, 121 days; Norwester, 122 days; Morning Star, 146 days; Syren, 118 days.
Other ships of this period, but not in this list of extreme clipper type, which made fast voyages to San Francisco from Boston or New York were the National Eagle, 134 days; Wild Ranger, 122 and 127 days; Osborn Howes, 153 days; Good Hope, 143 days.
The Thatcher Magoun made the trip from San Francisco to New York in 94 days.
The record passage was 76 days made by the Northern Light to Boston and the Comet to New York.
Besides the California passages, the Whirlwind made the voyage from New York to Melbourne in 80 days.
The Ringleader made the same trip in 78 days, the best day's run being 336 knots.
The Shooting Star made the run from Canton to Boston in 86 days, and the Phantom made the passage from Callao to Rio Janeiro in 32 days, this
t wander much farther west, but must note again the bulky red nose of Pasture hill, back of the Centre, or old high, school.
Do you note the deep cut into the hill for the enlargement of that building, then called Gog and Magog or Siamese Twins, and do any of you men remember the elevation which used to be behind Mr. Colby's, and that long flight of granite steps in it up to Mr. Hall's garden?
All the changes in High street, as far as the Unitarian parsonage, came after 1830, when Thatcher Magoun, Sr., built his famous house, now the Public Library.
On this side of the Armory was the first Grace Church, now a double dwelling, and near to it was the engine house, built when they ran with the machine— the old hand tub. This has been moved and is now the Grand Army hall.
The Orthodox Church, built in 1824, was burned in 1860 and rebuilt on the same site.
Do any of you men remember the old presidential campaigns, with their torch-light processions and fireworks?