reading in the morning paper that this bell had fallen to the stone floor of the chapel, owing to the vigorous ringing of the Jackson College girls, in jubilation about Tufts' victory over Bowdoin in the foot-ball game.
But like other newspaper reports, a slight accident was much overdrawn.
The girls had two strings to their bow, i.e., the bell rope and the cord of the tolling hammer, and the two do not work properly together.
The composition of this bell is seventy-eight per cent.
Lake Superior copper and twenty-two per cent. imported tin. It weighs 1,001 lbs., is 116 inches in circumference at the sound bow, and its medium tone is A. The inscription cast upon the bell is—
Tufts College given in June, 1908 by the class of 1898 Pax-et-Lux
The dedication, in which over thirty persons took part, is commemorated by a bronze tablet set in the outer doorway of the chapel tower.
All the other bells we have mentioned were, and are, of a similar composition of copper and tin, k
nd for years remained silent.
But, in 1877, the town built a schoolhouse near Malden line, which was called the Curtis school, and Mr. Curtis donated to it the shipyard bell.
It hangs in an iron yoke, with a solid wheel of wood for the bell-rope.
The tongue of this bell is somewhat peculiar, in that it swings in all directions.
This is a small bell, 14 inches high and 19 inches diameter.
An ornamental design encircles its crown, and above it is the inscription, Cast by G. L. Hanks, Cincinnati, Ohio.
No mark of weight, tone, or date is discernible upon it, and its weight is probably less than 200 lbs. At present it is, and for many years it has been, the only school bell in Medford.
The other bell referred to was the depot bell.
Installed, at the opening of the Medford Branch railroad, at first on a little platform at the end of the roof-ridge, it was later housed in a cupola.
The old-time style of ringing was similar to that of church bells—ten or fifteen minutes before the