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[p. 23] change is made in the exterior appearance, but new sills and timbers beneath a new floor make the old homestead secure.

This would delight the heart of Medford's historian could he visit his childhood's home. But we fancy he would take exception to the recent statement of a Boston daily that Jonathan Brooks was the founder of the Brooks family in America, and that Governor Brooks was born, lived and died in this house, as was also stated by the same Journalist who was given the subject to ‘cover.’ Upon being told, prior to its publication, that the same was incorrect, he replied, ‘I haven't time to hunt up the facts, but must write something.’

Molasses rock, above the Fellsway, is said to be in danger of destruction. We have never heard of any historic significance attached to it. The peculiar feature whereby it got its ‘sweet name’ is its geological formation. Several sections of a different kind of rock, running perpendicularly through it, give it an appearance not unlike the ‘we paint the earth’ advertising signs. Molasses or paint spilt on its top might look thus, but wouldn't be as lasting.

We regret to record the demolition of the Meridian monument, erected in Medford by Harvard College over sixty years ago,1 during recent months. A stone dwelling, of the cottage type, has been erected on the bluff overlooking Winthrop street, and part of the stones of the cairn form a small portion of its walls. At a recent visit to the spot, the capstone and a few of the larger quoins lay near its site, as yet disused.

We are told that the owner of the new structure is interested in educational matters, which adds to the surprise and regret occasioned by the seeming needless removal of the old scientific landmark.

1 See Register, Vol. XVI, p. 45.

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