The horse and rider galloped down Green Lane and turned down Pond Road. There in the front yard was Grace waiting for her new boyfriend to show up for their Saturday date. Suddenly she looked down the road and saw Malcolm on horseback speeding towards her. It took a couple seconds for her to realize that there was something different about her swain that afternoon. He was stark naked! Grace screamed and her face turned scarlet as she blushed from embarrassment. Immediately she brought her calico apron up over her face to spare her eyes from seeing what she shouldn’t be seeing.
It was many-a-week before the horrified Grace would allow Malcolm to speak to her again. Even then she was always incredulous about his story of a wild man appearing on Green Lane and his explanation as to why he was on horseback in his altogether. Malcolm was never again visited by the wild man nor did he ever discover his identity. While Douglas never admitted his role in the event, he did have the personal satisfaction of tormenting his tormentor.
Rick Holmes is the official town historian of Derry. His office hours at the Municipal Center are Mondays from 8 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Several of his books on local history are available at Mack’s Apples and Derry’s libraries.