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Two Thousand Miles On An Automobile

Being a Desultory Narrative of a Trip Through New England, New York, Canada, and the West, by Chauffeur

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Published: 1902
Language: English
Wordcount: 80,409 / 234 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 51.9
LoC Categories: G, TL
Downloads: 906
Added to site: 2004.07.03
mnybks.net#: 8596
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Travel

The charm of automobiling lies less in the sport itself than in the unusual contact with people and things, hence any description of a tour would be incomplete without reflections by the way; the imagination once in will not out; it even seeks to usurp the humbler function of observation. However, the arrangement of chapters and headings--like finger-posts or danger signs--is such that the wary reader may avoid the bad places and go through from cover to cover, choosing his own route. To facilitate the finding of what few morsels of practical value the book may contain, an index has been prepared which will enable the casual reader to select his pages with discrimination.

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, as a rule, only too glad to have the novelty under his roof, and takes pride in showing it to the visiting townsfolk. They do not know what to charge, and therefore charge nothing. It is often with difficulty anything can be forced upon them; they are quite averse to accepting gratuities; meanwhile, the farmer, whose horse and cart have taken up far less room and caused far less trouble, pays the fixed charge.

These conditions prevail only in localities where automobiles are seen infrequently. Along the highways where they travel frequently all is quite changed; many a stable will not house them at any price, and those that will, charge goodly sums for the service.

It is one thing to own an automobile, another thing to operate it. It is one thing to sit imposingly at the steering-wheel until something goes wrong, and quite another thing to repair and go on.

There are chauffeurs and chauffeurs,--the latter wear the paraphernalia and are photographed, while the former are working under th

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Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
2006.01.31
Dwight Peck
****.

Pretty silly and inflated sometimes, but always entertaining, especially if you know the areas under discussion.


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