The grown — up people present, telling the story of that pleasant afternoon in later years, remembered that strawberries were served, and undoubtedly they were fine if grown on the host's ground, as they probably were; while the baby girl when she grew up had the pretty story to tell that President Monroe
took her in his arms and kissed her.
was the grandmother of Mr. Wait
and the Misses Wait
, members of our historical society.
If the after life of some who had a brief residence with us has been a recital of interest we may pardonably have a stronger feeling, one of pride even, in Medford
born sons and daughters who have made themselves useful or famous in the world, after going forth from our midst.
In this class we shall notice five.
The most picturesque period of our colonial history was the governorship of William Shirley
and the most picturesque event of his administration was the planning of the capture of Louisburg
The act of the Massachusetts
boy, the Medford
lad, will appeal even to younger readers.
He was in the band of thirteen, a reconnoitering party under Vaughan
, who, noticing that no smoke was issuing from the barrack chimneys and no flag floating from the staff, entered the battery, after an Indian had crawled in at an embrasure and opened the gate.
They found the place empty, for the French
frightened by the smoke of the burning warehouses containing their naval stores which Vaughan
had set on fire the night before, had fled in terror, after spiking the guns and cutting the halliards.
As there was no flag and Vaughan
was ready to report the capture of the fort in the name of England
, while waiting for one, William Tufts
, a boy of eighteen, climbed the staff with his red coat in his teeth and nailed it to the top.
This bold act, which evinced a sturdy and courageous nature even in a time when men were made of stern stuff for rough work, has been noticed by many writers, but