1. The Fiske Family
2. The Bennetts
3. The Dicksons
4. The Abbey
5. Landmarks and Personalities
6. The Great Road
7. The South Side
8. Merriams and Fields
9. Sold to Riley
10. Early Automobiles
11. The Dump
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chicken inside and, no doubt, a rather offensive odor. Poor Cutting's received quite a dressing down, but after a little investi-gation the blame finally got back to where it belonged.

   When I first went to Pigeon Hill — a very small private school  for little girls and boys run by a Miss Bridge, there were only four pupils in my class — Erlund Field, the great man about town (or,  as Aunt Manie later dubbed him, "The czar of all the rushers"), Helen Paine who later became my wife, Thaddeus Nichols who came down from Wayland and myself. By the time we had  reached the fourth grade the class had increased to eight or ten,    but in the next three years the numbers dwindled as boys went     off to boarding school and girls to finishing academies. Towards  the end of my career Miss Bridge retired and was succeeded by Miss Eldredge who had two or three great hats all lavishly de-corated with bows and plumes, and she loaned the fanciest of  these to Erlund, who was taking the part of Prince Charming in      a school play. The young lady who was to become my wife recognized the hat at once, pointed jeeringly at him and laughed, "That's Miss Eldredge's hat you've got on !" His feelings were so badly hurt that he could hardly muster up enough courage to        go on stage.
   In the same play, I was a kitchen boy and Virginia Hardy the cook. The stage directions called for her to box my ears, and she did — which put a temporary halt to the action.
   One day during my first year at school, Erlund invited me to      his house for lunch and the afternoon. Now, in our house we had  an old set of plated silver for every day use. The plating had worn off the backs of the forks and spoons at their points of contact