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same this racing' on the Indian
apolis motor speedway that was baptized in blood and lived up to its baptism ever since. -There was plenty of entertainment, of Roman gladiator and Spanish bull fight sortr only more thrilling to jaded nerves. Several tims a' rush of people to the far side of the broad in field "brought the occupants of grandstands and boxes eagerly to their feet with binoculars. They held their breath and bandied sur mises as to what speed maniac had teen suddenly sponged off the list of contestants. -These incidents, however, mere ly marked th.e demolition of rac ing automobiles each worth a small fortune. It was Luck alone that cheated Death of his usual tolh' -Once, a huge -car hurtled up the steep curve of the track at one of the turns, struck the cement coping at its rim, snapped off a telephone pole like a toothpick and came to a staggering stop. The driver clung to his steering wheel and his mechanic sprawled across the tracks Neither was seriously hurt Later, another monster dived pfE the track into the paddock and it turned-over, but Death was in Bad luck "again: .' To malce this speed Iuria6y holi day, 27-automobile manufactur ers and private owners spent $1., 000' apiece for the privilege of nominating machines" for' ihe race. Three entrants failed to each, for repairs, fuel and! assist ants in the "repair pits Two of the racing machines, cost $35,000 to build. A fair average .valua tion would He $8,000. Four cars skidded off the track and were wrecked. A dozen more were disabled before the race was over. Thef depreciation in value of every automobil in the contest was over 50 per cent. Oh, it wasa great day for burn-, ing up money ! Some of the vast crowd had driven, far over rain-soaked roads. Others came in Pullmans and day coaches. One railroad ran over 50 special sleepers from Chicago alone. Hotel accommodations were exhausted, and hundreds slept in waiting rooms or sat up all night The spectators paid from three to nine dollars for, seats. Some paid as high as. $100 for transportation. Restaurant tables were sold at a premium by head waiters. Thirst dispensers worked in re lays. Everybody bet. Pew cared to wager that the race would be run without fa talities, but much money changed hands on the number that would be killed and injured. Take it aM around this annua! race meet is a far better drawing card than a bull fight: and be sides,, bull fights' are-prohibited by law. Who wants to see a bull prodded to death, anyway, when iic -m jcc no incnpir tneir wits against Death, with tires that burst and steel that crumples,' And Death may be more lucky next uecoranon aay qualify. The remaining 24 ex pended another thousand dollars 7714. u(aXzCocl71 Va i-z, nti w ZJ..-Tll?&m'., - 1-ZmamAJ!Bi.