A Medford Novelty.
From ‘Tracks of a Traveler,’ published in (November, 1850) Ladies' Repository
, we take the following extract:—
Behind that thicket, away yonder, lies the delightful little town of Medford.
There I have spent a day. There Capt. Sylvanus Rich inducted me into the art of ship-building.
The whole time of the visit was devoted exclusively to this object.
I came away quite a Robinson Crusoe, and could, I think, scoop out a canoe, at least, and rig it in true nautical fashion, should ever an occasion call for it.
At this place, too, I beheld a wonder.
With my own eyes I saw the buds of three large roses growing on the limb of an apple-tree!
That beats the knockers all to pieces.
The traveler who thus wrote was Rev. B. F. Tefft, D. D.
, the editor whose ‘Tracks’ covered a journey from Cincinnati, O.
, to Bangor, Me.
, and return.
In this section quoted from, he described Boston
and suburbs as seen from the State House
cupola, and in another place we find that Captain Rich
was of Brookline
He visited Bath, Me.
, and mentions its ship-building, but as inferior to that of Medford
His publication at New York and Cincinnati
, 1840-1877, was that ‘devoted to literature and religion’ issued by the ‘Book Concern’ of the Methodist Episcopal [p. 63]
Church, and held the esteem of the people as the ‘queen of the monthlies.’
It would seem that such a one as he would not be imposed on by any ‘fake,’ and now, after sixty-eight years, we ‘wonder’ (to use his word) if Medford
had then a Luther Burbank
, as we later knew, to our sorrow and cost, of ‘Professor
’ Leopold Trouvelot
, of gypsy-moth fame.
Who of our horticultural friends can throw any light on this long-ago incident?