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ge into Medford town, which is all very fine; but he really rode into Medford near the top of Winter hill. Do those that read the poem know how nearly Medford came to being left out of the ride that on the Cambridge road which led up the valley of Sucker brook to Lexington. From the top of Winter hill the Menotomy road closely borders the Medford boundary, to near that old powder-house the royal forces had then recently raided. While still in Charlestown, beyond Winter hill, Revere caught sight of some horsemen he thought to be British officers, and so did not continue in that direct ere, he turned to the right toward Lexington, into the course he deflected from at the top of Winter hill, but still ahead in the game. The time we have referred to (1775) was midway between Medfow many in our territorial boundary? Certainly the Royall house, possibly one on the slope of Winter hill,—perhaps that which sheltered the Baroness Reidezel after Burgoyne's defeat at Saratoga,—a ve
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 24., The Turnpike highwayman's Fate. (search)
and said to have been Mike Martin's, but which was a revolver. Another writer, perhaps with some reason, gives the Devil's Den in Menotomy Rocks park at Arlington as his hiding place, giving a minute and interesting account of its features. The date of this latter cannot be fixed but, as before stated, perhaps was 1886. Another haunt of Martin's is said to have been on the slope of Central hill, where was (and still is) the spring, just northward from the railroad station known as Winter hill. But neither Martin nor any one else ever dreamed of a railroad then. The sheriff doubtless had then and there good reason to ask of the assembly respect of the rites of religion, but it is a sad commentary on some phases of modern civilization that, after the lapse of a century, the chief executive of the commonwealth has found it needful to appeal to our citizenry for respect of law and order, or that younger men than Mike Martin can commit more daring crimes in daylight and succeed