Life on the Bolotomy
Chapter 10: Excitement in the Air
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DAY WAS FINE and clear. I dressed and left the house before my mother
and father were stirring. I packed my old red wagon with the food
and equipment for the trip and tied it behind my bicycle. I set off
for Raskol’s, weaving and struggling along the street, with the wagon wandering
this way and that, independent of my steering, like a curious child holding
his mother’s hand. The part of Babbington where I lived, outside
the center of things, was still quiet, and I didn’t see another person
until I was downtown, riding on Main Street. There excitement was
in the air. At street corners, high-spirited auxiliary policemen
stood eating doughnuts, drinking coffee from paper cups, and poking at
one another’s bellies. I saluted these fellows as I rode past.
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“My Mother Takes a Tumble,” “Do Clams Bite?,” “Life on the Bolotomy,” “The Static of the Spheres,” “The Fox and the Clam,” “The Girl with the White Fur Muff,” “Take the Long Way Home,” and “Call Me Larry” were originally published in paperback by Apple-Wood Books.
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The illustration at the top of the page is an adaptation of an illustration by Stewart Rouse that first appeared on the cover of the August 1931 issue of Modern Mechanics and Inventions. The boy at the controls of the aerocycle doesn’t particularly resemble Peter Leroy—except, perhaps, for the smile.