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st Medford boys thought they also needed one. They formed a company, appointed a captain and clerk, and engaged John Hebden, who lived in the house near Meeting-house brook, later occupied by a florist, to build it. The next move was for an engine house. A new building to take the place of the almshouse having been built on Purchase street, there was a small building left on the place on Canal street. It had but one room, where an insane person was kept—Nathaniel Crowell, commonly called Nat Crow. It had one window with iron bars. It would seem in those days insane people were looked on as criminals, and treated worse. The boys secured this building, had a door cut in it large enough to run the engine into, and, it seems, fastened by a staple, as one day we were surprised to see a poster which read— Mystic no. 4. Five dollars Reward. The above sum is offered for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who entered the above Co's engine house by drawing the