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. . . . Ana a feller could cry quarter
Ef he fired away his ramrod arter tu much rum and water,
Recollect wut fun we hed, you'n I ana Ezry Hollis,
Up there to Waltham plain last fall, a-havina the Cornwallis?

His ‘Glossary’ styles this to be ‘a sort of muster in masquerade, supposed to have had its origin soon after the Revolution, and to commemorate the surrender of Lord Cornwallis. It took the place of the old Guy Fawkes procession.’ Doubtless the Cornwallis was as grotesque in its features as were those of Guy Fawkes Day. The irregularity, and often absence of uniform and equipment—some having a salt fish strapped on the back instead of blanket or knapsack—bordered somewhat on the ridiculous. All these developed in later time into the ‘Antique and Horrible’ parade of Fourth of July morning.

Mr. Stetson's use of the word ‘inadvertently’ brings to our notice an incident that occurred about the same time.

The Lexington Artillery was encamped near the home of its captain in Woburn. While the company were at dinner some reckless one fired a solid shot at ‘Rag Rock,’ a lofty ledge near by, but with such poor aim that the shot went over the hill and fell beyond it.

We have never heard of its being found. Should it ever be, let none (as some did in Medford) attribute it to the British attack on Bunker Hill, but to a dare-devil recklessness, induced by ‘tu much rum and water,’ presumably the former.

The allusion to the shot from the farm in Lexington has raised this query among military men: Is there any record of the firing of cannon there on that eventful day in 1775?

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