th over fifty muskets, and received from Mr. Daniel Lawrence a prize of fifty dollars for so doing.
September 15, 1860, the fire which destroyed the First Trinitarian Church building seriously damaged the armory and the property of the company.
Insurance made good the financial loss, and the company set about putting up new gun-racks and refurnishing, but the rooms were hardly in order when they were again visited by fire, December 15, 1860, when the armory building, American Hall, where Small's brick block now stands, was totally destroyed.
The company lost most of its property by this fire, and as there was no insurance, a popular subscription was started in its behalf.
The town hall became the armory.
The company for some time had been agitating the question of buying new uniforms, and at this time an order was sent to a first class Boston tailor to make the suits from cloth which had been manufactured for this special purpose at one of the mills at Lowell.
The men immedi