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[p. 31] House of my honoured father,’ for a library building. Yet the gift of the guns was prompted by a spirit of helpfulness to his town as an economic measure. We scarcely think that the donor expected his gift to become an undue expense to it, or an ‘elephant’ on its hands.

One of the guns shows the effect of an attempt at repolishing, which gives color to the remark, ‘General Lawrence intended to have them polished and placed in the foyer of the armory.’

The library committee evidently removed the trucks ‘elsewhere’ (than the library), but we fail to find any report of its doings ‘to some future meeting.’ In the discussion in town meeting some advocated selling the guns and buying books (with the proceeds) that should be inscribed with the name of Magoun, while others dissented. So it has happened that after forty years the guns remain safely stored away in the basement of the armory, and the Medford artillery company that was honorable is now ancient and almost forgotten.


George Nichols' old gun.

This was a brass gun about two and a half feet long, said to have been used in the Everglades in the first Florida or Seminole war by General Jackson nearly a hundred years ago. Because of this it bore the name Old Hickory.

In later years it was mounted as a ship's gun on the Kate Hastings, one of the vessels of Henry Hastings of Medford. Still later it was given by him to George Nichols, who had it for some years, and who at last loaned it for exhibition in another town. We are told it was to a club, Wild Goose by name. At all events, it went on a ‘wild-goose chase’ and never came back to Medford. After Mr. Nichols got it, it was remounted, Theophilus (Tope) Johnson making an oaken carriage, such as it formerly had.

It was heard often in the ante-bellum days on Fourth of July, election times, and during war time in Medford.

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