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THE BENNETTS

 

mountains never waned. Her record run was leaving Boston at     an early hour, driving to Pinkham Notch, climbing Mount Wash-ington and arriving at the summit by mid-afternoon, descending   and driving back to Boston that night — a far cry from the orig-  inal five day trip. This was indeed a remarkable feat, for in those days there were no super highways.
   Spurred on by this achievement, she made several early morn- ing starts from Boston to see the sunrise from the summit of Monadnock. Her greatest triumph, however, was climbing the "Chimney" of Katandin. To be sure she was roped to exper-  ienced mountain climbers, but at least she got there.
   Before leaving the Robbinses I might mention something that happened when I was visiting them in Ipswich. Late one after-  noon their daughter Anne arrived quite jittery. She had recently   got her driver's license and like any new driver was over-conscien-tious about certain formalities such as hand signals. While driving through Everett on the way home, she put her hand out as far as she could to show the traffic officer that she intended to turn       left. When the officer beckoned her to proceed she still kept her hand out and as she passed him he took hold of it and gave it an affectionate little squeeze.

AUNT ESTHER

   Aunt Esther, my mother's youngest sister, married Uncle Augustus Fiske — so here again I had a set of cousins who, like the Robbinses, were both first and second. I often visited the Fiskes at their summer house in Cataumet. I learned to row a    boat there but being unable to swim my cruising range was     limited by a twenty foot painter tied to the railing of the boat

 

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