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2. The Bennetts
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4. The Abbey
5. Landmarks and Personalities
6. The Great Road
7. The South Side
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9. Sold to Riley
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THE BENNETTS

 

other stringed instrument. They restored it and modernized it      and filled it with what Aunt Katherine called American antiqui-   ties. "We're looking forward to camping there," Aunt Katherine once told me, "because Uncle John loves it so. It's close enough   to Chesham so we can send two maids there in the morning to open the house — and we can motor over after tea and arrive in time to dress for dinner."
   There was a barn on the place with remarkable acoustics — a place where Uncle John could play the violin to his heart's    content. He was no virtuoso but he loved to play and admire the tonal qualities of the finer instruments he had collected, includ-     ing a Stradavarius or two. During the textile depression of the   early thirties when his business was hard pressed for funds and Aunt Katherine's never ceasing extravagance was as never ceasing as ever, he decided to raise some money by selling his violin collection. So he took them all to an auction gallery in New York and attended the sale in order to bid them in if necessary. He      had overestimated their value and ended up still owning the     violins and, at the same time, owing the auctioneer a substantial commission !
   As for La Chanterelle, the spring after the restoration was completed Uncle John hired a neighbor to burn some brush, and while the neighbor was at lunch the wind came up and the un-attended fire spread into the surrounding fields. By the time he returned the buildings were all ablaze and no part of them could   be saved. Many of Aunt Katherine's friends sent her flowers and notes of condolence, while the neighbor, whose carelessness      had been responsible for the tragedy, sent Uncle John a bill for burning brush !

 

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