lication of the Medford Mercury, with William E. Smythe as local editor, who was succeeded by George W. Stetson, who thus continued until 1902.
The Mercury's first issue was of December 18, 1880.
Somewhat over a year later, Mr. Lawrence purchased the Chronicle's interests and merged it with the Mercury.
Mr. Wilber (in the article to be alluded to) tells of four single publications by James M. Usher in 1889: The Reformer of April 22, the Advertiser of June 22, and the Middlesex Union of June 29, and mentions their features.
Doubtless, we saw them at their time, but they have faded from our memory.
(The Historical Society would be glad to add them to its collection if anyone has preserved them.)
But another, the Brooks Advocate, had a longer career than these.
It was issued at the time of the proposed division of the town, advocating it and the incorporation of the western section beyond Winthrop street, under the name of Brooks.
During the present month one issue of this ha