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The devil's fiddle. The year 1921 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the introduction of the devil's fiddle in Medford, and, in fact, in neighboring towns, for its discordant tones were everywhere heard. Never heard of it, does some one say? But any that heard it did not soon forget it. It was not a remarkably melodious instrument, any more than was the horse fiddle used in certain Calithumpian serenades that were an opprobrious feature of other days. What bright or mischievous boy in
that two similar tins attached by one taut string would answer each other without injury to any finger tips— and four years later came the telephone.
But who amid the nerve distracting sounds of 1871 would have dared to prophecy what is fact in 1921, and here in Medford?
It has taken the telephone fifty years to reach its present state of perfection.
Wireless telegraphy has been known only half as long, and the wireless telephone but a few years.
Who would then have dared to predict that f