addition to our knowledge and are indisputable evidence as to the appearance of Medford forty years ago; and these were in print four years before the publication of the Usher history, still his illustrations were mainly wood cuts.
At that time the subject of a new town hall was being agitated and a little later that of the division of the town.
Two weekly papers were being published in town, indeed there had been for ten years, for just a year after Usher's venture with the Journal, A. B. Morss began the Chronicle in 1872.
After three years of existence the Journal vanished, leaving the field alone to the Chronicle.
Neither of these papers ever used any illustrations which we can recall; they bear no evidence, as neither publisher preserved any file.
Only a few stray copies show what the papers were and give visible evidence that such existed.
In 1880 the Mercury began its long career, and two years later acquired the Chronicle's interest by purchase.
During the agitat
spension of the Journal, it had a competitor, the Medford Chronicle, edited and published by Amos B. Morss, he also of West Medford.
But Mr. Morss had an office at Medford square, having set up a prMr. Morss had an office at Medford square, having set up a printing office there a year or two before launching the Chronicle. At an early date it bore this claim,—the only newspaper printed in Medford,—doubtless correct.
Mr. Morss is credited with having beeMr. Morss is credited with having been almost the first, if not the first, publisher to use what are termed patent outsides. Be that as it may, both papers gave evidence of liberal use of scissors and paste pot in their make-up.
Therle continued to be the only paper in Medford for six years. It was with surprise that we heard Mr. Morss say (in after years) that he preserved no file of his paper; and we have found no copies anywhote one with heavy black lines, on the occasion of the death of President Garfield.
In 1880 Mr. Morss had a competitor in the journalistic field, Mr. Samuel W. Lawrence, who began the publication