* It is the turn of the century and Father's family lives in a new three-story house in New Rochelle, New York.
* The shooting of Stanford White by Harry K. Shaw is touted as crime of the century.
* Mother's Younger Brother has fallen in love with Evelyn Nesbit, the reason for the White murder.
* Harry Houdini is the sensation of the world as he performs his amazing escapes.
* Houdini's car breaks down in front of the family's house and he is invited in.
* Father is waiting to go on Admiral Perry's expedition to the North Pole.
* The family and some of Father's employees come to the Pier to see Father off.
* Leaving New York Harbor, Father is depressed but practical about seeing a shipload of immigrants coming in.
* Father thinks about the number of American flags the new arrivals will buy from his flag, bunting, and...
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