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More Medford Milestone.

Since our issue of October last an observant citizen has called our attention to an error we wish to correct. We were told that the first mile-stone of the old Andover turnpike ‘was removed some years since.’ As we considered our information correct we did not verify it by a personal visit to the spot. We have recently done so, and find at about seventy paces below the entrance to the Metropolitan Police station the stone in question, which may or may not have been removed during the progress of the work of improvement along the line of Forest street. This stone is shaped much like the second, with a flat surface toward the pike (Forest street). The back and top are roughly curved, and the top has been fractured somewhat. The painted letters, 1 1 M<*> still show near the top with a larger M beneath them, and lower down and barely legible are 1/M<*> rudely cut in the stone, much as might have been with ‘hammer and nail’ (see page 10, Brooks' ‘History of Medford’) in the hands of an amateur.

This stone is in the grassy slope between Forest street and the Fellsway, upon which last the electric cars and automobiles hurry along in marked contrast to the slow travel of the old turnpike days.

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