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The Thirteenth Earl of Cassillis p580

{580} invertebrate forms and creatures like the dinosaurs. The mammals did not appear until about seventy million (70,000,000) years ago, and the latest comer of all was Homo sapiens. Some scientists tell us he is roughly only a million years old, two thousand times younger than his planet.

So, if a man, as represented in this present specimen, finds winters long here in damp Washington and short in balmy Florida, he may be excused if he seeks to preserve here in his family history pleasant memories of the land of fruit and flowers. The diary as writ:

1939

January 5. -- Just received this diary from Adelaide, after dinner at Eleanor's, 7.10 by Adelaide's watch, 7.05 by Aurelia's and 7.02 by Jean's

6th. -- Leaving 712 Montgomery Avenue at 6 a. m., we had a waffle breakfast at the Palms, Fredericksburg, 54 miles out, at 8.15. Beautiful moonlight drive until daybreak at about 6.30. Not until about 9 o'clock, in full sunshine, did we realize what a speed fiend we had at the wheel. Anywhere from 50 to 75 miles was apt to be reeled off. Indeed, leaving after breakfast at 8.55 we arrived in Richmond, 56 miles, at 9.55. Driving through to Petersburg we lunched about noon, and then set out -- or rather we did not set out, we flew -- for Raleigh, N. C., which place we reached at 2.45. We are domiciled across from the Governor's mansion in a fine old North Carolina house with ceilings of 12 feet. Ma and I strolled about town after we had accompanied Grandpa Bains in a search for dining quarters. At the place finally chosen hot biscuit were served. I asked the waiter had they a name? “Yes,” he said, “Carolina biscuit.” “Another plate, please,” I said. He grinned each time I repeated the request. Having eaten Delaware biscuit made by a lady of color who was an expert in the art, this lover of biscuit discovered in the North Carolina brand a hot competitor. Dropped in to see Doctor Crittenden of the North Carolina Historical Commission, but he was busy. However, I was given a copy of the "Commission's Sixteenth Biennial Report", in which is listed among the accessions the "Wilmington Herald" special bulletin reporting the firing upon of Fort Sumter, which I had donated some time ago. We have seen four wrecks thus far, all near McKenney, about 35 miles inside the North Carolina border. The first was where two cars were thrown off the road in passing, due to the road being very narrow and having soft shoulders. The next was because of the collapse of the right hind wheel tire on a large trailer. Then there was a huge truck loaded with furniture over the bank, due to the same cause, and last another truck on its side for the same reason. We were delayed only in the second instance, and then only for about fifteen minutes. The character of the country thus far is rolling farm land, paved roads good except as noted. The weather has been beautifully clear and not at all cold. There was about four inches of snow in Washington on the 5th.

7th. -- Arrived at Walterboro at 5.30 and have registered at the Walterboro Hotel, room 25, rates reasonable, room for two, $1 and dinner 50 cents. Our driver must have slowed down somewhat, for it was 2.45 when we reached Raleigh, with average driving time set at six and a half hours, according to the time map. Our speedometer showed 278 miles, while that same map calls for 273, which is close enough. Fifty miles out of Raleigh



2012-PTR note:Indexing/links to person pages-I am going to link the people in this diary section to their person pages only once


Source

This page is from John Seitz Beck's book about the Kennedy family. It was written after his retirement in the 1930s. The original manuscript is typed on a 1930s typewriter with 5 carbons!!! It has been transcribed and added to this site by Peggy Tarrant Robinson. The page numbers, done in red correspond with the original page numbers on the 1930s typed copy.


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