Consulting our dictionary we find a tower to be a structure tall or lofty as compared with its basal size, and are referred to spire, pagoda, campanile and steeple as related thereto.
We remember that in our earliest schooldays a geography or atlas had upon its cover a grouped picture of the world's then tallest buildings, the great pyramid of Egypt forming its background.
Its apex of five hundred feet was the limit of human constructive ability.
Contemporary with it was Gleason's Pictorial, which carried into many homes, weekly, a view of Boston from the harbor, its crowning feature the State house dome and cupola, accentuated by the many church spires of that time.
That was before the age of steel and the erection of modern office buildings; and no one thought then that the granite custom-house would grow to a height exceeding Cheops, or of a three-hundred-foot structure in Medford.
The same authority (the dictionary) tells us that towers were originally buil
In 1658 by indenture dated December 3 but signed December 9 Thomas Gleason leased of Capt. Samuel Scarlett acting for his wife the messuagredeemed by Scarlett in the right of his wife, leased by him to Thomas Gleason who entered under the lease and soon had his hands full of worknel Cooke began to mow the grass in the meadow below the mill.
Thomas Gleason, assisted doubtless by his brawny sons, set upon the men, drovehe hay.
In the County Court held at Cambridge April 3, 1660, Thomas Gleason in behalf of Capt. Samuel Scarlett sues Ri: Gardiner in an accos Davison plaintiffs in the behalf of Charlestown aforesaid and Thomas Gleason aforesaid defendant in refference to a certain parcel of land now in the possession of said Gleason given by Squa Sachem to Jotham Gibbons
The Court in a hearing of the Case and All persons concerned dows his view of the matter.
At the time of making the lease to Thomas Gleason all four trustees except John Wilson were dead, and his affidav
e court proceedings as reported by him, and by the same publishers, in 1821.
Still another, probably elicited by the first named, deals with the publicity given to the reputed penitence of criminals, and is a careful exposition and defence of the then existing law.
A later publication of forty-eight pages, in 1845,— Mike Martin, or the last of the highwaymen.
A Tale of Reality—was by F. A. Durivage, the editor of the Olive Branch, and frequent contributor to the columns of the famous Gleason's Pictorial of the '50s. As his work was twenty-four years later, it is evident that whatever reality of the tale there was, he derived from the earlier one of Waldo, With his vivid imagination and ability in embellishment, there was a woman in the case, and Durivage's work, like many others, is very readable, but not altogether reliable.
His book was illustrated by a wood-cut, showing Martin upon a horse, overtaking his victim in a chaise (its top turned down), lashing the horse, and dire