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UST after the War of 1812, the touches white walls and the leaves and the
schooner “Mary," a Mystic vessel still water where sail-boats and launches hailing from New London, was visited, come in to the wharves. The first view is while lying at Dublin, Ireland, by a British usually from the river, where the “Shore officer who asked Captain George Wolf, Line" railroad bridge crosses just below her commander, if he knew a place near the town. This first view is the true one : New London by the name of Mystic. historically and artistically, the river has “It's a cursed little hornet's nest,” said made Mystic—the whale-ships, the clipthe English officer; “those Mystic fellows per-ships, the steam-ships, the yachts, the tried to blow up our ships with their picturesque shores, and the breath of the torpedces
. We meant to burn their place, salt sea which fills with singular contentand we came nigh doing it, too." How ment her four thousand inhabitants and they tried it, and how they failed is another brings back with unfailing devotion her story that would be appreciated by the
wandering sons when the summer months yachtsman who attempts to come up
come around. channel by night. It was a war time
Happier than those peoples declared reputation, fairly enough won, no doubt, happy because they have no history, are but first impressions are different now-a
those that are happy and fortunate because days.
of their history. Mystic has borne “ the About a mile up from the Sound,
white man's burden” from that June both banks of the Mystic river, lies the
morning, in 1638, when Captain John On the east along the
Mason and ninety men fought the battle river a plain reaches back a quarter of a
of the Pequot War, on the crest of the mile to a hill; on the west, the hill-side
west hill overlooking the river. comes down to the river. And over the
Indian fortress was a stockade surrounding plain and the hill-side the roofs and the
a village; from four to seven hundred steeples appear amid the dark green of Pequots were there.
The Pequot name the maples, and the yellow afternoon light
so terrible in those days that the
village of Mystic.
Narragansett allies, who had led the
turned. Save a handful of Pequots who column in its march through the Narra- bruke through the line, all perished in the gansett country, became very much afraid fight or the fire. The site of the fort is a when they got upon Pequot ground. “Let hayfield to-day, and two hundred yards to them stay back, and see how Englishmen the south
the south on the highway-"Pequot will fight,” said Mason to Uncas. They 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, saw some new things that morning. The
and his comrades; who near this spot in single Pequot guard discovered
1637, overthrew the Pequot Indians,
the soldiers in the gray light and gave the
and preserved the settlements
from destruction alarm, but it was too late. Into the north
The muster roll of the men who fought east entrance the English came, and the
with Mason would be prized now-a-days fighting began, in desultory fashion while by the makers of genealogies
, but it is not the Indians were rousing themselves to
known to be in existence. The sword of the crisis, and then in deepening fury John Mason is still a cherished possession until overmastering numbers began to bear
of his descendants, who live to-day upon the English back. “We must burn them !”
the beautiful island which was granted cried Mason, and seizing a torch he
their ancestor out of the land he had started the fire. The north wind carried
wrested from the Pequots. It is a good the flames, and the tide of battle was
sword, a kind of Puritan sword-plain and