Imágenes de páginas
[blocks in formation]

Health Policies

Granting stated sums of indemnity for disability caused by sickness.

Liability Policies

covering the liability of Manufacturers and other Employers to strangers who may be injured upon their premises. The liability of Contractors to Employees and to strangers for injuries sustained upon buildings or other works under contract, etc.

[merged small][ocr errors][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small]

Please mention THE CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE when you write to advertisers.

[graphic][graphic][merged small][ocr errors][merged small][merged small][merged small][ocr errors][merged small][merged small][ocr errors]
[blocks in formation]


UST after the War of 1812, the schooner "Mary," a Mystic vessel hailing from New London, was visited, while lying at Dublin, Ireland, by a British officer who asked Captain George Wolf, her commander, if he knew a place near New London by the name of Mystic. "It's a cursed little hornet's nest," said the English officer; "those Mystic fellows tried to blow up our ships with their torpedces. We meant to burn their place, and we came nigh doing it, too." How they tried it, and how they failed is another story that would be appreciated by the yachtsman who attempts to come up channel by night. It was a war time reputation, fairly enough won, no doubt, but first impressions are different now-adays.


About a mile up from the Sound, both banks of the Mystic river, lies the village of Mystic. On the east along the river a plain reaches back a quarter of a mile to a hill; on the west, the hill-side comes down to the river. And over the plain and the hill-side the roofs and the steeples appear amid the dark green of the maples, and the yellow afternoon light

No. 8.

touches white walls and the leaves and the still water where sail-boats and launches come in to the wharves. The first view is usually from the river, where the "Shore Line" railroad bridge crosses just below the town. This first view is the true one :

historically and artistically, the river has made Mystic-the whale-ships, the clipper-ships, the steam-ships, the yachts, the picturesque shores, and the breath of the salt sea which fills with singular content

ment her four thousand inhabitants and

brings back with unfailing devotion her wandering sons when the summer months come around.

Happier than those peoples declared happy because they have no history, are those that are happy and fortunate because of their history. Mystic has borne "the white man's burden from that June morning, in 1638, when Captain John Mason and ninety men fought the battle of the Pequot War, on the crest of the The west hill overlooking the river. Indian fortress was a stockade surrounding a village; from four to seven hundred

Pequots were there. The Pequot name

was so terrible in those days that the

Narragansett allies, who had led the column in its march through the Narragansett country, became very much afraid when they got upon Pequot ground. "Let them stay back, and see how Englishmen will fight," said Mason to Uncas. They


saw some new things that morning. The single Pequot guard discovered soldiers in the gray light and gave the alarm, but it was too late. Into the northeast entrance the English came, and the fighting began, in desultory fashion while the Indians were rousing themselves to the crisis, and then in deepening fury until overmastering numbers began to bear the English back. "We must burn them!" cried Mason, and seizing a torch he started the fire. The north wind carried the flames, and the tide of battle was

turned. Save a handful of Pequots who broke through the line, all perished in the fight or the fire. The site of the fort is a hayfield to-day, and two hundred yards to the south on the highway-" Pequot Avenue" it is called-is a statue in bronze


of John Mason. The tablet on the base bears this inscription:

ERECTED A. D. 1889. by the State of Connecticut, to commemorate the heroic achievement of MAJOR JOHN MASON, and his comrades; who near this spot in 1637, overthrew the Pequot Indians, and preserved the settlements from destruction.

The muster roll of the men who fought with Mason would be prized now-a-days by the makers of genealogies, but it is not

known to be in existence. The sword of John Mason is still a cherished possession of his descendants, who live to-day upon the beautiful island which was granted their ancestor out of the land he had wrested from the Pequots. It is a good sword, a kind of Puritan sword-plain and

[ocr errors]
« AnteriorContinuar »