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A PLEASING INCIDENT.

* — , On Jane 17th, 1775 a British man-of-war lying m Mystic Ktver threw a cannon ball at a little American army intrenohed on Bankers Hill. The ship threw more than one ball, bnt this particular nue was ploked up after the fight and saved. The other day it the 25Utn anniversary of the Boston Anolent and Honorable Artillery Company, the veritable ball was returned to a party of British artillery who had come over to help oelekratu the occasion. Toe presentation was made at the dinner by Colonel Walker, "I hold m my hand," said Colonel Walker, *• a oann >n ball thrown by a British ship of war at the patrMlo army on Bunkers Hill, June 17th, 1776, Through the kindness of Mr Ma»sam, who gives it to his company to present to yon, I give It to yon to carry ho<x>e as a memento" (handing the cannon bail to Major Datraru amid hearty chobrs and applause). "It was thrown at us m war. We give it to you m peace kb a token of the amtty which lives to.d»y between oar great nations, and which we all pray may live for ever." "Thtre is time for wonderful chaness m a hundred years," s»vb the Newhaven *' Palladium," m commenting on the above. "It would have given the grlzz'ed old fighters of the British war ship a queer feeling if they oould have known, when they 'touched her off' and sent that ball screeching at the Yankee breastworks on that June day, 1775, that a hundred years later the ball would ba handed back over « friendly dinner table as a token of amity and concord between the two greatest aud mast enllghted power* on tbe earth.",

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A PLEASING INCIDENT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1999, 28 November 1888

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A PLEASING INCIDENT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1999, 28 November 1888

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