undred years ago. Because of this it bore the name Old Hickory.
In later years it was mounted as a ship's gun on the Kate Hastings, one of the vessels of Henry Hastings of Medford.
Still later it was given by him to George Nichols, who had it for some years, and who at last loaned it for exhibition in another town.
We are told it was to a club, Wild Goose by name.
At all events, it went on a wild-goose chase and never came back to Medford.
After Mr. Nichols got it, it was remounted, Theophilus (Tope) Johnson making an oaken carriage, such as it formerly had.
It was heard often in the ante-bellum days on Fourth of July, election times, and during war time in Medford.
Special mention is made of the racket made one Sunday forenoon, on the receipt of news of the capture of Jeff Davis.
The gun was placed on the marsh, where is now the parkway and Armory bridge, and the indignation of the worshipers at the Trinitarian Church just across the river was intense as they hastily reti