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door work, including, also, the vacation it would also form a handsome addition schools which use the parks two ses to the Bushnell Park group of buildsions each week, was nearly 99,000. ings, to be discussed later. Third, on
Located at Vine and Mather Streets Main Street, south of the Morgan memat the North end, whither it moved orial, and, fourth, on the corner of this year from Riverside Park, is the Pearl and Trumbull streets, this latter Baby Hospital, presided over by trained site to occupy practically all the block nurses and under the supervision of a between Trumbull and Lewis streets, committee of physicians. This has with the exception of the land on which proved a godsend to many wee citizens stands the National Fire Insurance of the East Side, who, without the care- building: ful nursing and fresh air of this tented In this connection has arisen the ward would have yielded up their lives question as to whether this building in an unequal struggle.
shall be a permanent structure, or planA municipal building which shall ned only for a term of, say, twentyhave ample office room is now a burn five years. It would seem as though, ing question in Hartford. The his
The his- in view of the necessarily large outlay toric City Hall has been outgrown. of money, it would be more economical Four sites, favored by the majority of in the end to secure a site on which a those interested as being the most building suitable to serve indefinitely suitable among a possible nineteen, are: might be erected. first, at the corner of Pearl and Ford Much building naturally has been streets, where now stands the row of going on which has added to the artiswooden buildings referred to in an tic beauty of the city, in which the earlier paragraph, and, second, on the Municipal Art Society has not had a south side of Asylum Hill, west of the direct hand. railroad tracks. If placed on either The new bridge, costing about spot, it would be easily accessible from $1,600,000, and called The Hartford all parts of the city and especially from Bridge, is one of the largest stone the railway station. If the former site bridges in the world, being 1192/2 feet were chosen, located as it would be long, over all, and 80 feet wide, 60 across the street from the Y. M. C. A., feet between curbs.
LEVEN years ago Mr. William the wooded park—a defect which
B. de Las Casas, the able chair- some, selfishly inclined, might regard
man of the Metropolitan Park as a virtue—has been a certain inacCommission, wrote for THE NEW ENG- cessibility. For fifteen years or more LAND MAGAZINE so entertaining and the Fells have been there, unapproachcomprehensive an account of the Mid- ably charming at all seasons of the dlesex Fells that any subsequent expo- year, their wind-swept crags blushing sition, either of its charms or of the with the sumach and barberry or opadifficulties and prejudices amidst which lescent with the mantle of new fallen it was created to be a breathing place snow; their lakes gleaming like diafor a community of more than a mil- monds in the sunlight or glowing like lion people, is likely to involve repeti- pearls under a cloudy sky. Yet to tion and dilution. No one else, in all glimpse the beauties of the reservation probability, has so sympathetically and it has heretofore been necessary either so accurately described the delights to have a special vehicle, in which to that await the sojourner in a region of traverse the excellent roadways of the breezy uplands and glistening lakes, all reservation or to walk for a considerwithin a ten-mile radius of the Golden able distance from points well outside Dome on Beacon Hill. Nowhere else the Fells. The trolley service that have been brought together so many has brought most of the parks of historical data concerning the Middle- greater Boston within easy reach of the sex Fells, beginning with the famous populated blocks has barely apexpedition of Governor John Win- proached this open area of three thouthrop in 1632 which gave a name to sand acres. Cheese Rock and ending with the story Even back in the days of the prelimof the earlier efforts of the newly ap- inary Metropolitan Park Commission, pointed Commission to accommodate whose work, under the secretaryship to the needs of the populace using them of Mr. Sylvester Baxter, is gratefully the conditions in the woodland en remembered; it was intended that trusted to their control.
eventually a line of street cars should There really remains only to add an bisect the park, making the attractions occasional. postscript to Mr. de Las of Spot Pond and its environing hills Casas' monumental contribution, to the readily and inexpensively available to effect that some one of the important all the people who regard the dome of steps scheduled in the popularization the Statehouse as the Hub of the Uniof this beautiful area have been taken. verse. This original plan has at last
And one of these forward steps was been carried out, in part. On August made in the summer just passing. 15, 1909, the Boston Elevated Railway Heretofore one of the limitations of Company, which, about two years be
fore, had received authorization to paths on which there is less chance of build into the Fells from Medford to meeting fellow sojourners than on most Spot Pond, opened its line. The privi- country roads of New England; with lege of continuing the route to Stone- mildly adventurous scaling of rocky ham Square and thence of developing fastnesses that overhang quiet lakes; a much-needed short line to the cities with study of the outlines of distant of the Merrimac Valley rests with the mountain ranges from the tops of the Boston and Northern Company. Work Bear Hill and Lawrence observatories; on this latter extension is progressing with hunting wild fowl and small anirapidly at the present writing
mals with the harmless camera. AlThe effects of the consequent demo- though fishing and swimming in the cratization of the great reservation of reservoirs is necessarily forbidden, as 3000 acres will be interesting to watch. is the despoilment of the vegetation, The Middlesex Fells, in the past ten there are pleasing occupations enough
body of titleless proprietors-urban- Particularly in the winter months ites and suburbanites who, on every the Fells give the Bostonian a keen possible occasion, spend an hour or a foretaste of the pleasures he may enhalf day or a day within its bounds. joy if, as a member of the Appalachian
To this public-landed gentry the Club, he makes one of those fascinating name of "Fells," first applied to the jaunts on snow shoes across the bare region by Mr. Baxter back in the sev- ridges of the White Mountains. The enties, is synonymous with quiet walks lure of the white mantled hills has long over well-graded roadways and by- been felt in the dull grey city. The
sale of snow shoes and skis in the cold provide themselves with skis and ess winters of 1903-4 and 1904-5 was re
ski-running in the Fells; for such fc markably brisk; a large proportion of it is better to cling to the valleys a them must have been used in the Mid to take no slope that drops more th dlesex Fells, where wobbly trails ex five feet in a hundred. Those, too, w tended through every glade. The sub before or after trial find that skis a sequent seasons have been a little dis- absolutely unsafe, discover solace appointing, on account of the failure of days of early and late winter when t Boreas to assist. Only another old ice on the lakes of the Fells is in pe fashioned winter, however, is needed to fect condition and skating is allowed. double the number of groups of ruddy For these and other sports the b cheeked young men and maidens strid reservation to the north of Boston ing among pines and oaks with the nearly ideal. Geologically it is t walk taught by Indian guides. It will most primitive of the forested parks also bring out again the cohorts of the metropolitan district-a region adventurous boys and girls on the roots of ancient mountains, worn Norsemen's locomotives,
locomotives, skimming by the grind of the glaciers and weat down rocky hillsides, leaping across ered into greyness by the storms of ravines and coasting far out upon the thousand centuries. It displays for t surface of the snow-covered lakes. naturalist some of the flora and fau This is a pasture for the young and of the uplands of northern New En lithe. Elderly gentlemen and stout land. The reserved mountain cha ladies of the modern Athens sometimes to the south of Boston, the Blue H