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Mythical rum.

Again, to the editor comes another clipping, this time from the missionary magazine of the Presbyterian Church, The Amethyst. It is a page-wide half-tone, over which is the query (in capitals), ‘What will this do for Foreign Missions?’ The illustration is what its title indicates, and we doubt not it is correct, as photography does not ordinarily lie: ‘Photograph of thirteen car loads of rum on the track at Medford, Mass., consigned to Japan.’ Each car side is covered with a white placard, thus:
rum

Felton & sons Crystal spring, New England Boston to Japan

We had known, or at least had heard, that in former days rum had been made in Medford, and had also heard the time-worn story, possibly true, of missionaries and rum going on the same ship to Africa. We had also heard the names of the latest distillers, and that the Medford product was the best ever made, and further, that its excellent quality was enhanced by the spring water used in the process of making. But we were not prepared for such a gratuitous and unfavorable advertising of Old Medford (and by this we mean the city) as this widely circulated religious and missionary publication gives our [p. 71] home city. So we draw the line and take exception to the words ‘Medford, Mass.’ being thus associated.

Photography does not lie, but we certainly question the truth of those printed words. The tracks at Medford are not extensive enough, nor have they the background of the picture, neither is there anywhere in Medford along the Southern Division line, any such background; and again, the semaphores in the half-tone are not of the style used in Medford.

A Medford paper, at the time of the removal of the distilling plant to another city, made the statement that it was to be used elsewhere. Can it be possible that the ancient virtues of the Medford plant, combined with some other ‘crystal spring’ water, produce rum which, if rolled along the track at Medford, Mass., is fitted for export to Japan, or adds to its quality? We don't believe it. It is a myth, and as such we want none of it—nor yet otherwise.

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