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THE BENNETTS

 

for her nieces and nephews. At a time when my life's ambition    was to become a street car conductor, my parents allowed me to go on a trolley excursion and Aunt Celin consented to go with    me. I planned the trip well in advance, using time-tables from a  rack outside the Hotel Vendome barbershop where I always had my hair cut. As our trip was limited to a single day, we took a triangular course with Wayland, Worcester and Fitchburg the vertices.
   The trip from Natick to Worcester was old hat — I had done it before — but the trip from Worcester to Fitchburg was a new   and thrilling experience, especially in the hills outside of Sterling where, after a labored ascent, the motorman would turn the car loose and let her go cavorting down hill a mile a minute — rattling, swaying, and roaring along the tracks. This, and the shrill whistle that he blew at intervals, added greatly to the excitement and I decided I no longer wanted to be a conductor but a motorman. Many times I envisioned myself breaking speed records on      those hills !
   We decided to eat our picnic lunch in an abandoned pasture  near Leominster. It was strewn with boulders and overgrown    with scrub oak and birches four or five feet high. The sun was warm but a gentle breeze made the day comfortable and dis-couraged insects.
   "You've wet your trousers," Aunt Celin observed, as we went through a gap in the stonewall. "You can't go on the car like     that." Then she hung my lower garments to dry on one of the   scrub trees.
   A combination of sun and wind soon erased all evidence of      the mishap, and as we walked down to the street car stop three

 

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