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[p. 73] the state prison, of a church dedication at Malden, reported the Medford Lyceum lecture of the previous week, and the Methodist ‘Ladies' Levee.’

There was a column and a quarter about the proposed ‘horse railroad’ down Ship street, and of the meeting held to promote it, which was ‘a highly respectable meeting of the citizens.’ Though our proposed railroad down Riverside avenue has not yet materialized, that one did, but through Main street.

There was a fire at West Medford,—a servant-girl took a hot brick into bed, setting the bed-clothes afire.

The names and tonnage of eight vessels built in Medford the previous year were given, and the Bunker Hill (one thousand tons) was in building. There was but one death notice (of Malden) and one marriage notice—‘Wm. Mumford to Caroline Griffin, by Rev. Theodore Parker.’ The latter was in East Medford, and we are told that it does not appear on the town record.

There were but few advertisements, but one gives clue as to where the paper was printed: ‘C. C. P. Moody, 52 Washington street, Boston.’ He did creditable work.

There were ‘Foreign Affairs,’ ‘Domestic Intelligence,’ ‘The World as it is,’ various miscellany, ‘Chips from a dry stick’ (the latter amusing).

Its closing item was the quarterly list of uncalled-for letters at the Medford post-office, by Postmaster Winnek, one hundred and thirty-one of them.

It was followed at weekly intervals during January, February and March, and each issue was equally interesting, as Medford matters are here mentioned that can be found nowhere else. The Medford Lyceum was an interesting feature of the times and on one of the occasions Editor Morgan was the speaker.

But his enterprise was ahead of the times and was not financially sustained. Though he said in his lecture,

I've always found the same old hen
Who'd peck for one, could peck for ten,

he was under the grim necessity of writing ‘Our Valedictory’


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