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[p. 4] was graduated, and in 1858 and 1863 but three in each, the latter girls, and during the Civil War but six boys. The forty-three graduating classes totaled six hundred and twenty-two, the largest number being thirty-one in 1888.

The first name on the list (in 1847) is Samuel C. Lawrence, and in 1848 is John H. Hooper. Each, in his own way, a worthy and honored citizen of Medford the rest of his life. The one was the first mayor of the city and a public benefactor; the other a capable moderator and town officer, second president of our Historical Society, and painstaking and careful historian. That in the all too brief space of eighty-four pages allotted him he could tell so much of Medford history proves him such; while his abstract of Medford land titles (now in the society's library), with his contributions to the register's pages are sources of information certainly reliable.

Fortunately, the electrotype plates of Mr. Cummings' work were preserved, and now, after thirty-two years, in our columns, to our readers,

He being dead yet speaketh.

It is a pleasure to hear, also, though briefly, from the living, from one of the teaching staff of the High School of today. We quote the following from Zion's Herald of last June, a paper whose clientage is all New England—and more:—

A message from a friend.

For you the college doors swing open wide;
Begin your quest for Truth with open mind;
With courage high and purpose true and fine,
Cease not, while life is yours, to seek
To ‘know yourself,’ your ‘neighbor’ and your God.

No matter if you never gain the goal!
'Tis what you do while striving on the way
That makes your growth of character and soul
The real objective in this world today.


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