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[p. 37] distance from the street, and were not recognizable, even by an art critic, in the scattered broken limbs, disfigured heads and torsos we found while visiting the partially demolished mansion in 1916, ‘Art junk’ they surely were then, but not when selected by the discriminating owner a century before. But nothing is secure from modern vandalism, as witness the overturning of the statue on Cambridge common within a year, and of Sagamore John's monument nearer home.

Not all Medford statuary was of marble, however. Colonel Royall indulged his aesthetic tastes away back in provincial days. A figure of the wing-footed messenger of the gods, carved from wood, and bearing the caduceus, surmounted the cupola of the octagonal pavilion on the elevation beyond the Royall mansion. Through all the vicissitudes of more than a century it remained in position, defying the elements. A legend of former days is embodied in the following, sent to our sanctum:—

One of the most interesting objects on the Royall estate was the wooden statue of Mercury surmounting the summer house. He stood there poised, a graceful figure, ready for his flight as messenger of the gods. Each day, when he heard the one o'clock bell ring, he lifted his arm; when the sound ceased he lowered the arm to his side.

It is said that some Medford school children were late to school because of watching for the same. Add this to our list of ‘Medford myths,’ if you please.

The remains of this ‘wooden god’ are carefully preserved today among the Royall relics.

The wood-carvers' art was, in early days, much in vogue, and many a Medford ship had a carved figurehead of artistic design and workmanship. One of these, the Mystic Belle, after ploughing the seas for years, found a resting place here in Medford, and note of same was published at the time. Who knows where? Another, the figure of a bird, was for some years near the Fellsway.

At one later time there seemed to be a mania for lawn

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