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Life in Cambridge town. Thomas Wentworth Higginson. No town in this country has been the occasion of two literary descriptions more likely to become classic than two which bear reference to the Cambridge of fifty years ago. One of these is Lowell's well-known Fireside Travels, and the other is the scarcely less racy chapter in the Harvard Book, called Harvard Square, contributed by our townsman John Holmes, younger brother of the Autocrat,—a man mentioned more than once in Lowell's prose Lowell's prose and verse. Emerson said once of John Holmes that he represented humor, while his brother, Dr. O. W. Holmes, represented wit; and certainly every page of this Harvard Square chapter is full of the former and rarer quality. Charles Lamb's celebrated description of the Christ Church hospital and school of his boyhood does not give more of the flavor of an older day. Those who refer to that chapter will see at the head a vignette of Harvard Square in 1822, taken from a sketch made at the period
ton.1872.1823.1895.Sutton, Vermont. Publisher. Isaac Bradford.1873-74-75-76.1834.Boston, Mass. Mathematician. Frank A. Allen.1877.1835.Sanford, Maine. Merchant. Samuel L. Montague.1878-79.1829.Montague, Mass. Merchant. Jas. M. W. Hall.1880.1842.Boston, Mass. Merchant. Jas. A. Fox.1881-82-83-84.1827.Boston, Mass. Lawyer. William E. Russell.1885-86-87-88.1857.Cambridge, Mass. Lawyer. Henry H. Gilmore.1889-90.1832.1891.Warner, N. H. Manufacturer. Alpheus B. Alger.1891-92.1854.1895.Lowell, Mass. Lawyer. Wm. A. Bancroft.1893-94-95-96.1855.Groton, Mass. Lawyer. From the above it will be seen that all of our mayors have been New England men, and that of the entire number sixteen were born in Massachusetts. Two of the number were born in Cambridge, and five were Boston boys. Sixteen were born under town-meeting rule, and received their first impressions of community government in that way, while the six who were born under municipal charter government were familiar in early li
our beautiful pond, set in the midst of surrounding hills, which Mr. Olmsted has been free to call one of the finest natural features about Boston, a statement with which we, who know the spot, fully agree. In Fresh Pond Park, with its broad outlooks, improved as it will be by the able efforts of the Water Board, we have a goal where our drive may satisfactorily end. On that day in the future toward which we look when, in reality, we shall have taken this drive, we may perhaps call to mind Lowell's words: I remembered people who must call upon the Berkshire hills to teach them what a painter autumn was, while close at hand, the Fresh Pond meadows made all oriels cheap with hues that showed as if a sunset cloud had been wrecked among the maples. When all is done, the entrances to Cambridge will, at last, be beautiful. The city that holds within itself treasures with which few can be compared will have border lands worthy of its riches. On that day, when all our plans have been ma
g, 8; needed as a protection from wild beasts, 8. Park Commissioners, 403. Parks, committee to consider the subject of, 120; public grounds in 1892, 120; their inadequacy, 120; Park Commissioners appointed, 120; the beginnings of their work, 120; Broadway Common, 121; the East Cambridge embankment, 122; Cambridge Field, 122; Rindge Field, 123; four miles of river parkway, 123; the basin of the Charles, 123; Captain's Island, 124; views from the river parkway, 124; Fresh Pond Park, 125; Lowell's description of the Fresh Pond meadows, 125. Parsonage, the, 10. Parson's allowance in 1680, 10. Parsons, Emily E., 277. Peabody, Rev. A. P., 162. Peirce, Prof. Benjamin, remark of, 76. Physical training, 164, 165; Harvard's first attempt, 165-167; Kay's private gymnasium, 167; recreative games, 167; boat races, 167; first game of baseball, 168; Hemenway Gymnasium, 168; Harvard Athletic Association established, 168; football, 168; the old-style gymnasium, 168, 169; the ne