n to the Smithsonian Institution, and he filled many important public positions.
Judge Swan presented the collection of Indian relics and curios to the Medford Public Library in 1880.
In 1856, a Medford lad of seventeen, Nathaniel Holmes Bishop, with forty dollars in his pocket, shipped before the mast and sailed to Buenos Ayres.
From there he tramped, with a caravan of natives and aliens, over the Pampas, the Cordilleras, crossed the Andes through the snow, dangerously alone, landed in Chili, where he shipped again for the long voyage around Cape Horn, and reached home with five additional dollars in his pocket.
The journal of this One Thousand Mile Walk Across South America is of thrilling interest, and filled with geographical and ethnological data and descriptions of the flora and fauna of the countries he traversed.
His interest in natural history was the incentive for making this unusual journey, and he brought home with him a rare collection.
He also wrote the Voyage of