annual festival and ball.
The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company acted as escort, and — according to custom — the band of the Company
furnished the music.
For some reason — the townspeople thought because the pretty girls were all engaged beforehand for the dance — the officer in command stopped the music at twelve o'clock, to the great distress of the Barnstable people who had ordered their carriages at two or later.
The party broke up in disorder far from “admired,” and our mother crystallized the general feeling in the following verses, which the Barnstableites promptly printed in a “broadside,” and sang to the then popular tune of “Lanigan's Ball” :--