Assailer of tradition.
Such is the name applied to our city's Committee on Historic Sites (of 1905) in a recent article on Medford in Boston Herald
, which contains this ‘engaging tradition’:—
On the occasion of the launching of each ship there was placed in Medford square an open hogshead of rum, to the brim of which lung tin cups, wherewith and whereby the populace might indulge themselves ad lib and ad infinitum, according to their capacity.
To the editor, fifty-six years a resident, now one of three surviving ‘assailers of tradition,’ the above quotation is a novelty and is not credible.
We still emphasize James Hervey
's trite saying, ‘If we are to be historical, let us tell the truth.’
We also add that while fiction often reads interestingly, a little common sense is also eminently desirable.