With apologies to Dr. Holmes.
It was a little over sixty years ago that a very readable and interesting story was written of two young men who walked twenty-four miles to attend a Harvard professor's scientific lectures.
The younger was seventeen years old, and had a few years before been taught by a Mr. Hill of Medford.
He lived in North Woburn, and may or may not have walked thither, but those were pre-automobile days in 1770.
Of so much of the story there is no doubt; Parson Sewall, historian of Woburn, tells the same story.
He, however, says nothing about the contemplation by these young men of tempting red cheeks, on loaded boughs, in Upper Medford or elsewhere.
(Of course the red cheeks were those of apples.)
Readable and interesting stories are, as Mr. Trowbridge told the writer (relative to Tinkham Brothers' Tide Mill), mainly fiction, woven around some historic fact or incident that comes to public attention.
The Baldwin apple had come into prominence some