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The River's death Roll.

MEDFORD has paid her toll to Neptune as often as he has relentlessly demanded, and it has meant the sacrifice of the young and the old, the townsman and the stranger, the great and the humble. It happens whenever and wherever the spirit of human curiosity, ambition, or adventure sets itself against the strength of the god of the waters.

In the following list, compiled by Francis A. Wait, the deaths were in the Mystic river, unless otherwise noted:—

Asyeil, DavidSept. 13, 184618
Beard, Lewis FoundApr. 9, 184938
Blanchard, SamuelMar. 27, 18198
Boffee—s, Thomas June 4, 178514
Bradbury, Henry Wymond Nov. 8, 1810 6
Brill, William S. G. Mar. 3, 1806 10
Brooks, Samuel (‘suposs'd to have been lost at Sea’) 1800
Butterfield, Isaac W. Apr. 4, 1842
Butters, William H. (‘by a fall from Mast head on board the ship James L. Shepard’)1Dec. 3, [1844]
Caldwell, Robert May 16, 804
Fish, Josiah (canal) July 19, 1887 36
Floyd, Edward H. June 27, 1827 13
Goodwin, Winthrop T.Mar. 27, 1849 6-11-17
Hall, John Apr. 9, 1813
Hall, John Nov. 8, 1818 55
Hall, Richard (shipwrecked) Oct. 19, 1798
Hall, Timothy June 29, 1837
Hardy, JohnFeb. 9, 1846 39
Hatch, ReubenApr. 9, 1770
Hathaway, Edward K. July 7, 1844 5-10

Son of A. K. Hathaway, the school teacher, who lived on Ashland street.—F. A. W.

Heyward, Henry Ware Nov. 30, 1838 6
Jacobs, WalterJuly, 1822


On the second floor of a building setting back from Main street, near Cradock bridge, on the northerly corner was a Total Abstinence Club room. On the end of the building, quite near the water, were outside stairs. Butterfield, coming down these stairs, walked into the river. He was a farm hand at Peter C. Hall's, on Winthrop street.

F. A. W.

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