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THE DRIVERLESS CAR

THIS IS A STORY ABOUT THIS YOUNG FELLA WHO WAS HITCH HIKING ON A
LONELY COUNTRY ROAD IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. IT WAS RAINING AND
COLD AND NO CARS HAD PASSED IN OVER AN HOUR. THE BOY LOOKED DOWN
THR ROAD AND SAW THE HEADLIGHTS OF AN APPROACHING CAR. THE CAR WAS
GOING REAL SLOW. IT WOULD STOP NOW AND THEN AND THEN START GOING
REAL SLOW. WHEN FINALLY THE CAR GOT TO THE BOY IT STOPPED. THE
BOY LOOKED IN AND SAW THAT THERE WAS NO ONE DRIVING. WELL IT WAS
RAINING AND COLD AND THE BOY WAS TIRED SO THE BOY GOT INSIDE THE CAR
THEN THE CAR STARTED TO GO REAL SLOW. THE BOY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO
MAKE OF IT BUT FIGURED IT WAS BETTER THAN BEING OUT IN THE COLD RAIN
SO HE SAID TO THE EMPTY DRIVER'S SEAT NEXT TO HIM, "DROP ME OFF AT
THE NEXT TOWN." THE CAR KEPT ON GOING REAL SLOW AND ABOUT AN HOUR
LATER CAME TO A TOWN AND STOPPED IN FRONT OF A HOTEL. THE BOY GOT
OUT OF THE CAR. ALL OF A SUDDEN A MAN ALL BEAT OUT AND SOAKING WET
CAME UP TO HIM OUT OF NO WHERE AND SAYS, "IT SURE IS A TERRIBLE NIGH
OUT." "IT SURE IS," SAID THE BOY. "YOU KNOW," SAYS THE MAN, "I RAN
OUT OF GAS AND I'VE BEEN PUSHING THIS CAR ALL THE WAY FROM THE LAST
TOWN BACK THERE." THE BOY JUST SMILED BACK AT THE MAN AND SAID AS H
TURNED AND WALKED AWAY, "THANKS FOR THE RIDE."

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): SURPRISE ENDING CARS DRIVING MYSTERY

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man

Date learned: 11-07-1968

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