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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THE BENNETTS

 

was covered with great white dust cloths. After he had gathered   up a few odds and ends, we taxied down to the waterfront         and got aboard an excursion steamer that plied the Hudson      River between New York City and Troy. Its name was Trojan  and it was propelled by great paddlewheels, one on either side. Chandler and I shared a stateroom and the first thing we did was  to toss to see who would get the upper berth. Chandler won,   much to my disappointment. After dinner we sat on deck be-  cause Uncle John felt it important that we see West Point. We   saw nothing special — just dark hills silhouetted against an even- ing sky and finally moonlight. During the night there was a        sharp thunderstorm and the Trojan's sister ship, which was     trailing close behind us, was struck by lightning and her flagpole shattered beyond recognition.
   Next morning, after an early breakfast, we disembarked at   Troy, New York, and took a train to Manchester, Vermont,  where we hired an automobile to drive us up the Peru Turnpike    as far as Bondville. The old Peru tollgates were still in place but   the road had been made a freeway about a month earlier. In Bondville Uncle John directed the driver onto a wood road, formerly the "Bondville Turnpike," he explained. He was always fascinated by what an automobile could do under adverse con-ditions; not knowing how to drive, he had no feeling whatsoever  for the problems caused by high centers, mud, washouts, etc.     The sight of the two cart tracks separated by fairly tall grass    made our driver wince, and justifiably, as we had sunk well into   the mud before going fifty yards. We all got out and pushed     while the driver put the car into reverse to get it onto solid    ground. Then Uncle John paid him his fee and he backed

 

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