You can tell Herb he is wrong about oil, Flora wrote to her Mother, from Henry's comfortable house on Commonwealth Avenue in Newton Center, Massachusetts. "I have seen the future and it is steam automobiles!"
Then it occurred to her that bringing up her brother, Herb, right at the beginning of a letter to her mother, might not be the right thing to do.
She was writing to tell her mother she arrived in Boston safely. Henry had met them at the station and they had taken a carriage with a driver home.
The carriage belonged to Henry's partner, Dr. May, for Henry had no carriage, just an auto, a Stanley Steamer.
Almost as soon as they arrived, Henry ushered them all to the garage to see his new automobile, a local product and THE FUTURE.
The fastest auto in the world, Henry had described it. And clean and safe.
He would take everyone for a drive, many drives, weather permitting.
"He wants to take Mae and me for a drive, and we will take turns riding in the bumper seat. We can't go to Nantucket, as it is far and they do not allow automobiles on the island, apparently. And we won't be taking it to Norumbega Park either, as we are going there by boat, on the Charles River."
Flora and Mae were dizzy with anticipation and tired too. The trip had been long, first to Montreal, 2.75 for the ticket, and then to Boston, 3.75 for that ticket, and 60 cents for a meal. Flora had only paid for the meal. Mae's mother, Annie, paid the train far. This trip to visit the Yankee side of the family was to thank Margaret for letting Mae board at Tighsolas during the school year.