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[p. 36] swathed, was roped in and lifted into the wagon, then roped to the top rail for safe riding. It was a grotesque sight (which some others also witnessed), and as the horse-drawn wagon moved down High street it did seem as if Ichabod was written on and about the place. We have recently tried to ascertain what the statues represented and have only succeeded in one instance,— Esculapius, the patron saint of the medical profession. We had a vague idea that four of the six were ‘the Seasons,’ as one we took to be Winter seemed to be shivering and gathering his robe closely about him. But what became of them? We are unable to answer with certainty. In a Boston daily of June 6, 1907, was a statement that their then owner ‘Offers Art Junk for Lynn's City Lawn,’ i.e., desired to sell them for decorative purpose. The statues were photographed in one group, the illustrative cut being the width of three newspaper columns. The article said, ‘much of the stuff had little value except as oddities.’ Indeed, we have heard similar deprecatory remarks made very recently, to which latter we cannot agree. They could not have been simply ‘plaster casts’ and have remained exposed to the weather the year round for over sixty years; nor is it at all likely that men of wealth and taste, as were these owners, would have surrounded their homes with any inferior specimens of art. There were also two statues on the elder Magoun's estate, which like those already named, are shown in the steel engravings in Brooks' History of Medford (1855). These, with similar marble vases, are mentioned in the letter of Mr. Magoun to the selectmen, as included in his gift, and are shown in the illustration in the Usher publication of 1886. But where are they today? On the front lawn of the old Brooks mansion on Grove street, also, were two smaller statues of white marble, on pedestals of darker stone; whether others were beyond the mansion in the extensive grounds we cannot say, neither what these represented. They were at a
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