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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SOLD TO RILEY

 

that he really wanted. Imagine my horror when, at an auction        of premium antiques, I heard him bid 5160.00 apiece for two   chairs that caught his fancy. Nothing like this ever happened be-fore, and I asked him if he knew what he was doing. He ignored my question and kept on bidding. When he finally bid 5260.00 apiece, the auctioneer became momentarily speechless; then, looking him straight in the eye, asked quietly and seriously,  "Brother Riley — have you gone out of your mind?" — which expressed my feelings exactly.
   In spite of this chiding he kept right on. I do not remember    when he withdrew from the contest or what the chairs eventually sold for, but I remember being very relieved when he finally    shook his head at the auctioneer, indicating his unwillingness to     go any higher. Before the day was out, however, he had bought     a swell-front mahogany bureau and a set of Sheraton chairs, but    at no such fantastic prices.
   The Sheraton chairs were delicate and loose-jointed. We kept them in the guest room and I associate them especially with      Aunt Lillian Dunham's visits. Whenever she was about to come, they had to be removed from their usual places because Aunt   Lillian was enormous and needed something more substantial  under her. Once when she arrived my mother was horrified to    find the chairs still in place.
   "Don't sit on those chairs," she warned Aunt Lillian. "They're    not strong enough to hold you. I'll get you some others."
   Aunt Lillian was not a real aunt, but Aunt Katherine Bennett's sister. Aunt Katherine was no sylph either, which might very      well account for her concern over Aunt Lillian's obesity. A few days before Aunt Lillian's arrival a typewritten list entitled

 

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