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same route, in the afternoon, as far as the square, came three hundred men from Salem. They turned down the Charlestown road where, as they reached the top of Winter hill at the edge of early evening, they witnessed the running fight upon the exhausted British. To the minutemen Abigail Brooks, wife of the Rev. Edward Brooks, ser Minuteman. Which way to the fighting? Porter. They are fighting even now in Menotomy. You had best take the main road to Charlestown. You'll catch them at Winter hill assuredly. Whence come ye? Minuteman. Salem. Tufts. Danvers and Lynn have passed already. Ye are late. Minuteman. All has gone wrong with us. Mistake upon mistake. I fear we'll be too late for any fight at all. Tufts. If ye go to Winter hill I think you'll cut them off there. I'll march alongside. (Exeunt all but Porter.) (Fife and drum.) Porter (to his sign). Royal Oak. Royal Oak no more. No Colonel-Royall, no King Royal. Fare ye well, Royal Oak. I'll paint ye over t
of the high fence and entrance gateway. We were (long ago) told in story, how an admirer of the latter came with an attendant, to examine, measure and make a copy of it,—and incidentally were told by Mr. Magoun how much he paid his designer for it, adding quite expressly his personal opinion of them. Who the architect was who designed the extension, tower and general elaboration added to the original house of Captain Ward we cannot say, but we note the fact of the erection at top of Winter hill, just over the line in Somerville, of the Governor Everett house in some recent year demolished, also in the ‘70s the Emmons Hamlin house, near Symmes corner in Winchester, both of the same design. Careful inquiry of elderly Medford men, as to who the master builder was, has none too satisfactory replies, but the most reliable is that it was William B. Thomas. Whoever he was, he did a creditable piece of work, as the lapse of time proves. The place was looking at its best fifty years