This text is part of:
Table of Contents:
[p. 40] that built Medford's disused subway.1 (See Vol. XX, p. 1.) During the interview he produced the first year book of the seminary as printed, containing the view entitled School for Young Ladies, which we had not before seen, and kindly allowed us its use. Thus, from unexpected sources, these ‘views of Medford’ have come. We have been asked by some if we consider them good. This leads us to the following comment, we trust not over-critical, and not unfriendly: First, remembering that in the early fifties few views were obtained other than by ‘sketching from nature,’ we can overlook the faults, respecting the motive prompting the effort. Concerning the ‘delineator’ of the second-named we have no clue whatever. The point of view must have been from across High street and looking south. As the canal (discontinued in 1852) still had water enough to skate upon (see Vol. XI, No. 3) and the bridge on High street still remained, the artist (perhaps one of the girls) bent it around some to get it into the drawing (at the right), but showed the great willow tree on the farther bank. ‘Mystic Hall’ is in the right position (at the left-hand) but the big poplar was across Harvard avenue. We know, as we cut it down before building the Odd Fellows hall. The legend on that building was, in gilded iron letters, Mystic Hall Seminary, the final word removed in 1870. The S is now in the Historical rooms and the M in our editorial sanctum. The chimney seen in view was a wooden one, ‘only for looks,’ ‘false chimney,’ and common in those days. The curve in the front wall is correct, but the house with the tower should have been farther west (to right). It really was at present 516 High street. The lawn, St. Raphael's church and rectory, are now between its site and Mystic Hall. The two horsewomen are headed toward the big barn, where was the gymnasium and bowling alley, but which is not shown. To have done so would have required about four times the width. But the costumes,
1 We have heard he was time-keeper on that work.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.
An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.