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Page 14 - Alma MacDonald - A War Bride in West Mabou

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1998/6/1 (341 reads)

Wedding of Aima Hodges & Donald Johnny Murdock MacDonald these would have to go on the ticket. You'd come into the bus station and there would be a queue a mile long, and they'd be cursing you because they couldn't get on the bus; you were only allowed 64 peo? ple on: 52 seated and 12 standing. That's all you were allowed. They'd be trying to crowd on the bus, and you'd be trying to push them off; it used to be awful, that. The workmen were very good to get along Specialized Lighting for All Your Business Needs, Since 1981 20/20 ELECTRIC CO., LTD. THE LIGHTING COMPANY WITH VISION SPECIALIZING IN FULL SPECTRUM & QUALITY TUFFSKIN LIGHTING Sales Representatives Phone: 1-800-565-9438 throughout Atlantic Canada Fax: (902) 539-2882 with; they seemed to have their change for you, and they always called me the "Little Irish Lassie." Blue eyes and quick tem? pered! (Laughter.) There was never non? sense: we wouldn't put up with anything from them, because if you did, they'd pick at you and pick at you. Then a lot would try to get away without paying, you know, and you never knew when an inspector was going to get on your bus. He went around to everybody to check the tickets and see that they were punched out right, so you had to be sure everybody paid. You had two decks to look after; the only time they put a floater on was in the morning, and that was just a two-mile trip. A full bus load and half the time you didn't have a chance to get the up? stairs people, and people used to try to give you a pound note or something, so they'd hold you back, and a lot would get off without paying. So they'd put a float? er on. You had the bell to look after, too--one press of the button for stop, two for go, and if there was an emergency you pressed it three times, and the driver would know there was something wrong. Sometimes you'd get a drunk airman or sol? dier causing a ruckus. Because of the blackout, at night you couldn't see but about six feet in front of the bus if you were lucky. A round black shield on the bus, with three little slits for the headlights, that was all the light for the drivers. Your buses, they were very dim, the lights, and you had a little light on your shoulder strap so you see your tickets. The buses never stopped, running seven days a week. There were workers travelling to the airplane facto? ries , and to ammunition dumps, where they made and stored the ammunition under- WE HAVE INFORMATION ON YOUR PROPERTY • AND YOU SHOULD KNOW WHAT IT IS! We have over 20 pieces of information on every number you see on this map, and we have a number on every property in Cape Breton, Richmoncj, Victoria, and Inverness Counties. - A SERVICE WORTH INVESTIGATING ~ .b';&=iHted Cape Breton Land Information Centre From BADDECK Department of Municipal Affairs Land Information Management Services Division ~ 500 George Place, Sydney, N. S. BIP 1K6 ~ CONTROL SYSTEM of concrete monuments for surveying BASE MAPS: Orthophoto for rural areas. Line Maps for cities, town, villages PROPERTY MAPS with boundary information and ownership information REGISTRY ASSISTANCE for government and private users Your Property Is Our Business • Ask Us About It TELEPHONE (902) 563-2280 or 563-2281 • FAX 563-0503 14
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