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[400] commenced so soon, and has been prosecuted so diligently, that all traces of this full artery have, in many sections, wholly disappeared; but we truly hope that the solid stone bridge, built by the Hon. Peter C. Brooks, to span it, and which has been for a quarter of a century a most picturesque object in the distance, will be allowed to remain in memoriam,--a gravestone to mark where the highway of waters lies buried.

Two “single locks” were found necessary in Medford,--one on the north bank of Mystic River, almost contiguous to the Lowell Railroad track, in West Medford; and the other near the entrance of Medford Turnpike. This last was a “side lock,” used for transferring ship-timber from the canal to the river.

There were benefits and pleasures incidental to the current of these waters through Medford which after-generations must lose. Dry and sandy soils, contiguous to the canal, became signally fertile by its irrigations and filterings; hedges and shrubbery on its sides became doubly beautiful. It furnished soft water to hundreds of families; it tempted the laborer and the boys to enjoy the luxury of a bath; it invited the young of both sexes to sit and angle for perch and bream; and it presented to the skater the smoothest ice between its sheltering banks.

Retail prices current in Medford.

(the best of each article is taken; and the average price for the last ten years.)

Tea (green), per lb. $0.60-0.70
Tea (black), per lb. 0.40-0.45
Coffee (Java), per lb. 0.16
Sugar (white), per lb. 0.09
Sugar (brown), per lb. 0.08
Molasses, per gal. 0.37
Butter, per lb. 0.25
Milk, per qt. 0.05
Vinegar, per gal. 0.14
Salt, per bushel 0.50
Eggs, per dozen 0.15
Flour, per barrel 8.00
Corn (northern), per bushel 0.85
Corn (southern), per bushel 0.80
Rye (northern), per bushel 1.00
Oats (northern), per bushel$0.50
Rice, per lb.0.05
Potatoes, per bushel0.40-0.50
Turnips, per bushel0.30
Onions, per bushel0.75
Beets, per bushel0.50
Apples, per barrel2.00
Beef, per lb.0.10-0.20
Pork, per lb.0.10
Veal, per lb.0.10
Mutton, per lb.0.10
Turkeys per lb.0.12
Chickens, per lb.0.12
Ducks per lb.0.15
Soap (soft), per barrel4.00
Soap (bar), per lb.0.08
Iron, per cwt.6.00
Steel, per cwt.10.00-12.00
Sole-leather, per lb.0.25
English hay, per ton20.00
Wood (oak), per cord8.00
Wood (pine), per cord5.00
Charcoal, per basket0.33
Anthracite coal, per ton7.00

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