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[p. 35] attending the grammar school there. Like others, he had a curiosity to ‘peek into the old rum distillery, sneak under the fence at the race track,’ and go to the library for books. The library was then in the town house. He wrote, ‘there were some fine places on the way, with statuary in their front yards.’ As none of this latter is now to be seen, a few observations may be of interest. A century ago people of artistic taste and of wealth thus embellished their grounds. Prominent in Medford were those of Thatcher Magoun, on High street. A substantial fence nearly five feet high adjoined the sidewalk. This, unlike the high board fence before the Gray mansion opposite, was of square palings, all of which passed through the continuous rails; but, at intervals, a paling was of iron, firmly set into the granite base beneath, thus supporting the whole. Thus enclosed, the entire grounds were still visible and attracted much attention. The winding walks were of red gravel in which no grass or weeds could grow, and bordered more or less with box, a close-growing evergreen plant. In spring the flower beds were ablaze with tulips and hyacinths and other flowers in their season, and the shrubbery of various kinds, tastefully arranged and well cared for. Beside the walks were four and on the pedestals of the terrace were two statues of white marble, and at least two marble vases, which sometimes held flowering plants. The grounds sloped away to the river and extended westward to the Tufts estate, and in this portion were several pagodas— or ‘summer houses,’ as people used to style them. In Mr. Magoun's life time these grounds were neatly kept (the statuary had its annual grooming), all in contrast to present condition. It was one of the ‘show-places’ of Medford in those days. One day (since the twentieth century came in) the writer, going down High street, noticed a hay wagon at the Magoun gateway. Men were bringing out the statuary; each piece stood in a big basket, and somewhat
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