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10. Early Automobiles
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EARLY AUTOMOBILES

 

   Eddie Green drove the Mitchell for my grandfather, and one    day on a straight stretch of road my grandfather said, "Turn her loose and see what she'll do." They estimated their speed at      forty miles an hour and came home feeling quite proud of the achievement. My grandmother never shared my grandfather's yen for speed; fifteen miles an hour was fast enough for her, and we would proceed along the highway as slowly as a funeral proces-sion, but nobody cared because in those days you had the road practically to yourself.
   The Mitchell was kept in our "Bubble House", as my grand- father had no use for it in Boston where he lived. When in Weston he liked to be driven around the country but he never went very  far; the roads were poor, there were no filling stations, and the possibility of a flat tire or a breakdown too far from home was      an important consideration.
   About 1908 my father bought an air-cooled Corbin. It fre-quently overheated and caught fire, and we always had a pail of sand along as an extinguisher. In 1910 he turned this in for a  water-cooled Corbin which was delivered to us late one summer afternoon by two men who had driven it up from the factory in New Britain, Connecticut. The shadows were beginning to  lengthen as they started for home in our old air-cooled car, and    we were thankful not to be going with them.
   Once they were out of sight my father said, as with every new car, "Now I've got to show this to Lucky Johnny," for Lucky Johnny, according to my father, was an outstanding authority        on anything mechanical. Because he was unable to buy an auto-mobile that met his exacting requirements, he set up a machine  shop in his back yard and built one himself, and even equipped

 

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