This railroad was built as a hobby by Mr. W. H. Nichols at his Nichols Machine Company in Waltham, Mass. Mr. Nichols was a pioneer in the hobby of building "live steam" locomotives. He built a multi-gauge track at his factory and hosted "meets" of the Boston Society of Model Engineers. The film clip shows his 7-1/4" gauge locomotive "Ella Cinders" pulling a trainload of people around the track. The locomotive was copied after one that Mr. Nichols remembered from his home in Canada on the Hamilton & Dundas Railway. The prototype was a "dummy" locomotive which had a streetcar type body built over the boiler. Mr. Nichols never finished that part, and ran the miniature locomotive with no cab at all. The model still exists, and is owned by decendents of Mr. Nichols. It was still operable into the 1990s, and is scheduled for a rebuild in the near future. The boy in the close-up and running the train in the film is Charles S. Purinton. "Charlie" was the son of the late Charles A. "Carl" Purinton, founder of the Brotherhood of Live Steamers and that group's secretary for many years. Carl built and operated many model steam locomotives over the years until his death at 101 in February, 1999. Charlie also was an avid live steamer and locomotive builder who constructed many model engines. He passed away in November, 2010. The man seen working on the engine in the film clip is W. H. Nichols himself.
Researchers work with mentally retarded children in the United States. Bruce Baker, Clinical Psychologist, Walter E Fernald State School, Waltham, Massachusetts talks about Project 67 in which his team used rewards to bring modifications in the behavior of the mentally retarded children. Several mentally retarded children play with puzzles. A retarded child makes his bed. Some tokens in his hand. A researcher nearby. A researcher with Debra and another girl. A retarded girl in a wheelchair. In a kitchen a girl lays table mats on the table. Retarded people sit in a room with specially designed walls. A retarded boy lifted and put into a special chair. Many retarded people seated in a room. A retarded girl works on a puzzle. An instructor arranges rollers in the hair of a girl in front of a mirror. Debra enters a room. Her instructor in the room. The instructor works with Debra. Cards with dots printed on them and tokens on the table. Debra with another researcher. A woman helps a retarded boy to identify pictures which appear on a screen. A woman teaches a retarded girl to iron. Debra arranges tokens on a sheet. Addition sums appear on a screen. A retarded boy selects the correct answer from the four options given. Debra and other retarded children in a class with a researcher. Debra in front of a computer screen which shows the digit 1. A man sits nearby.
William T Murdock, a suspect communist shipped to Liverpool from Boston, Massachusetts. A boat arrives at dock. Murdock climbs up on dock. Policemen escort him to ship. They climb up stairs of ship.
Alleged Anarchist sympathizers bomb Sacco-Vanzetti case's Judge, Webster Thayer's house in Worcester, Massachusetts (Culprits never arrested). Broken house of the Judge. Damaged roof of house lay on ground. Table lamp, piano and furniture damaged. Blood stains on pillow over bed. Policemen stand, talk and go in front of house. People stand behind rope and watch. Men stand past house. Wreckage of house and damaged stairs.
Sportsmen from all over the world participate in the Patriot's Day marathon race in Boston Massachusetts. Athletes running on road during race. Crowd cheers the runners. German athlete Paul De Bruyn wins the marathon and makes his place in next Olympic games.
Kidnapping of twenty month child of aviator Charles Lindbergh, Cuttyhunk, Massachusetts. Negotiator of Lindberg, Dr. John F. Condon in a cemetery with a ransom of $50,000 demanded by kidnapper. Lindberg flies in sky above the area for a clue of his kidnapped child. A kidnapper scales a ladder, tries to reach a baby on first floor but a alarm sounds and he runs back. The mother arrives and picks up her child.