Prior to 1852 public examinations were held in April and November; but when the school year was made to end with the summer term, both were dispensed with and a private one in midwinter and a public one in July substituted.
The latter became largely an exhibition and attracted more spectators than the room could conveniently accommodate.
In 1863 the Committee voted that the examination and exhibition should occur on separate days and that the latter should be held in the Town Hall.
In view of the heavy responsibility thus suddenly laid upon then, the graduating class of that year quailed and begged reprieve; whereupon the vote was rescinded so far as that class was concerned, but left binding upon its successors.
The matter thus becoming optional, it was easy for the master to persuade the actors to inaugurate voluntarily a custom which was to prevail by law in succeeding years.
As the exhibition would receive augumented dignity from the increased n
ur allies, the French.
Ariadne. See Chapter II. is reported as taking a cargo of provisions to Cadiz under British license after obtaining informal permission of the Attorney General
Bryant and Sturgis, M. S., Vol. 1811, p. 122. and the Secretary of the Treasury.
Congress permitted this trade until the crops of 1812 had been marketed.
Morison. Maritime History of Massachusetts.
The ship Medford is reported as follows: Boston Tue. Apr. 30, 1813 ar. ship Medford, Capt'n Hall, Cadiz 42 days. Spoke nothing.
Sunday at 3 P. M. Cape Cod, was boarded from the privateer brig Sir John Sherbrook detained a few hours and permitted to proceed.
A number of persons captured in a previous prize were transferred to the Medford.
Many merchant vessels were turned into privateers to prey on British commerce and many more were built.
Among them was the letter-of-marque brig Rambler, built in 1813, in thirty-six days by Calvin Turner for Benjamin Rich of Boston.
On April 30,
e by a Medford man, Robert L. Sise, who came literally over the bridge into Medford town at the midnight hour.
Reference this may be found in the Medford
Miss Deborah Hall welcomes Paul Revere.
Sergt. Harold I. Austin as Paul Revere, greeted by Miss Hall, a descendant of Capt. Isaac Hall of the Medford Minute-Men.
Courtesy Miss Hall, a descendant of Capt. Isaac Hall of the Medford Minute-Men.
Courtesy Medford Mercury. Mercury of that time with account of the patriotic decorations and displays; also certain rhymes of more or less interest relating to the historic day.
But in 1917 there came an organized effort to make the occasion worth while and notable in Boston and the other cities and towns along the historic route.
The , is glad to open its doors to welcome the personator of Revere.
This year he was welcomed in the street by a lineal descendant of the minute-men's captain, Miss Deborah Hall.
We are able to present a view of her greeting (by courtesy of the Mercury), thanks to the ever present camera, unknown in that old day and for seventy year