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[p. 57] discloses to you the place of my visit; however, further description may furnish enlightenment. After inspecting in the alcove some very old documents and letters which were encased on the walls, and also many very queer articles of all sorts under glass, I mounted more steps and entered a door on the left. Again my eyes rested upon a most wonderful display of antiques and relics. Some dated back to pre-Revolutionary days; others represented various periods in the history of Medford. After spending not a few enjoyable moments among these very old memorial preservations, I returned to the outer room and climbed a longer flight of iron stairs. Here, on the second floor, I found the sanctum sanctorum. At the farther end, near the windows overlooking Governors avenue, was the desk of the librarian and editor of the Historical Register. Facing down the long room, and lining the walls on either side, were numerous books and pictures—a most business-like, yet home-like office, library and museum. Without any doubt, this executive officer and other members of this Historical Society spend many pleasant and profitable hours in this ‘research laboratory,’ with its abundant sources of information. But on this particular day, I was indeed very fortunate. While eagerly viewing a picture of old Medford, I heard someone turn the key, and to my great delight, the librarian himself appeared in the doorway. What a hearty welcome and handshake I received! His very presence supplied the ‘missing link.’ He was, in effect, a living oracle; and in the course of our conversation, I was convinced that he devoted himself untiringly to the endless work of this valuable institution. Although not a young man, his spirit of youth was exceedingly evident. His keen wit and sense of humor inspired me beyond measure; and it was a joy to talk with one who commanded his English so excellently. His humor influenced me twofold: some of his sage remarks causing me to smile ‘internally’; others to laugh outright.
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