Once a month she travels to Baltimore to visit her old Aunt Maude.
What she really did was to see a gentleman known as the Colonel (he had no wife and no family).
Mrs. Bixby was standing at the station, waiting for the train to take her back to New York. When suddenly, one of the Colonel's servants appeared through the crowd and presented her with a large cardboard box.
The Colonel gave her a magnificent mink coat as a farewell.