of our fire stations, and assure him that the purpose of the occupants is to put out fires, rather than perpetuate eternal ones, as did the Vestals in their Roman fire house.
On Central Hill
I would show him our temples of learning, where his own language is taught to-day.
I would show him our Public Library, where his histories are perpetuated—and the institution itself as a finished accomplishment of the objects of the Roman Tabularium
I would show him our City Hall, whose architecture would suggest to him his own temple of Castor
, where assembled the lawmakers, and the temple of Saturn, where were received the taxes, and where the finances of the empire were administered.
Further down the avenue the Armory
would suggest the temple of Mars
, where, however, war is now taught as a preservative of peace.
He would miss his wine shops and circuses, and in their places I would show him our churches, where is preached the Christianity which arose and spread from the catacombs of his native city.
In contrast to Rome
's historic heritage of war and conquest, I would tell him of our patriotic heritage of heroism, in peace as well as in war. Recalling a Roman triumph to the nation's heroes, with all its barbaric splendor, I would tell him how Somerville
, a few years ago, gave a banquet to her civic heroes; how we all accorded them a veritable triumph; how we marched in their triumphal procession, brought them to our Somerville
forum, ate with them bread and salt in token of our lasting friendship; crowning them, as it were, with a chaplet of our appreciative commendation, which is more lasting than the laurel or the bay leaf.
I would show him our Old Powder House, coming down to us from Colonial days, contemporaneous with a long struggle for religious and political liberty.
I would show him our Prospect Hill
, where was raised the first American flag, and whose beautiful tower commemorating that event was the crowning accomplishment of Somerville
's most brilliant administration.
I would acknowledge to him that in the statue of Marcus Aurelius Rome
has the finest specimen of ancient monuments; so we on Central Hill
propose to erect one of the finest monuments of modern times to the memory of Somerville