To the sons and daughters of Massachusetts, who love her history and traditions, this little book is dedicated.

Many things given therein were dug from mines never before explored by the literary craftsman, and have the value of original discoveries.  They were first printed in various journals between the years 1880-1890 which fact should be borne in mind by the reader who discovers that certain conditions portrayed in the descriptive articles no longer exist.

May, 1907

C. B. T.