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A more versatile character I never met—so eager and alert to answer my questions and to make explanations. He commanded my respect the moment he greeted me, and the longer we conversed, the more I realized that he was a real ‘honest-to-goodness’ man.

I wished that I had a camera to photograph Medford's historian-editor at his desk; the influence of character on setting, and vice-versa was at perfection.

Later on, he chanced to mention the fact that he once had differences with a man as to whether or not there was ever any statuary on the front porch of the Public Library. His friend persisted in the negative, and calling to his wife, asked ‘if it wasn't so.’ She replied that there ‘used to be such a state of affairs,’ thus corroborating the affirmative. However, the dubious gentleman was escorted to this very room upstairs, and, after seeing a fine picture of the Public Library adorned with the said statuary, was emphatically convinced.

I told Mr. M——that his reference to the statuary reminded me of my recollections of the statuary on the old Magoun estate that I was accustomed to see as a youngster, when my grandmother took me to ride in my baby carriage. Quick as a flash he replied, ‘Why don't you write an account of it? Entitle it, “Reminiscences from a baby carriage” ? A great many people have undoubtedly forgotten that sculptured likenesses ever existed on those premises.’

‘I remember,’ he added, a twinkle in his eye, ‘that I happened to see those very statues carried off on a hay-wagon one day.’ The way in which he told these incidents was indeed most amusing.

In accordance with his suggestion, I wrote him the following letter:—

Editor of the Register: Medford-by-the-Mystic, Massachusetts.
honored Sir:—

It pleases me, truly, to reply to your communication of the eleventh of this month. In effect, I esteem it a great privilege to


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