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1889 - Early to Bed
Southbridge goes to bed early as a rule. A stranger in town always notices how quiet the streets are after 9 p.m. Ten o'clock usually finds scarcely any one on the streets except the night watchmen, unless there happens to be entertainment at one of the opera houses. There are a number of reasons for this. The early closing of the stores on several evenings of the week may have something to do with this. There are no evening trains to arrive and depart and no strangers to arrive at midnight and begin a hunt for a hotel as in many other towns, where trains arrive at all hours of the night. There seems also to be an absence here of the distinctively rowdy element that in many small towns devotes a large share of its time to promenading the main street and making all the noise allowable until a late hour.
The Southbridge Journal
December 26, 1889
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