“Well, lass, we moved along at a right smart pace. But when we approached Malden, there was a great crowd assembled, with bells ringing, cannons firing, bands playing, and ladies strewing rose petals on the road. When we got close enough to hear that people were shouting ‘Welcome Lafayette,’ we realized that everyone believed me to be the Nation’s Guest!”
The listeners started to laugh heartily. This was the best tale anyone had told in Towne’s for years.
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