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[p. 75] pages told of local happenings in Medford, Winchester and Arlington. The local tradesmen were generous in their advertising patronage, as well as those here residing doing business in Boston, and the third page was mainly theirs, overflowing onto the last. We notice that the subject of a new town hall was then being agitated. After three years the Journal was sold, but directly after changed hands again, then to Thomas Scott, who was connected with a paper in Somerville, and soon after discontinued.

No file of this Journal has as yet been discovered. If Mr. Usher preserved one, (which he said he did), it may have been destroyed in the burning of his barn, as some burned fragments were there found. A few stray copies have found their way into the Historical Society's collection.

But before the suspension of the Journal, it had a competitor, the Medford Chronicle, edited and published by Amos B. Morss, he also of West Medford. But Mr. Morss had an office at Medford square, having set up a printing office there a year or two before launching the Chronicle. At an early date it bore this claim,—‘the only newspaper printed in Medford,’—doubtless correct. Mr. Morss is credited with having been ‘almost the first, if not the first, publisher to use what are termed ‘patent outsides.’’ Be that as it may, both papers gave evidence of liberal use of ‘scissors and paste pot’ in their make-up.

There was some rivalry, not altogether good-natured, as seen in the insertion in one (we are not saying which) of a report of a local affair which did not occur and which was duly repeated in a little different form as news in the other and promptly exposed by the first in its next issue,—a clear case of trap-setting and rejoicing over the catch; perhaps not much love lost between.

The Chronicle was a four-page, six-column paper of somewhat smaller size (fifteen by twenty-two inches), but similar in general style to its ‘esteemed contemporary.’


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