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FfIESH GYGLE HEWS
PROGRESS OP THE WORK OP CON
STRUCTING CYCLE PATHS IX ST.
PALL.
ORGANIZING L A, W. CLUBS.
INDUCEMENTS OFFEBED BY BOARD
OP OFFICERS OF THE LOCAL
DIVISION.
PERSONAL WHEELING GOSSIP.
First Run of the L. A. W.— Cu-uital
City Cluh Goes to Hudson
Today.
The Cycle Path association is not
spending much money just now, wait
ing for the treasury to fill up. The as
sociation rightly claims that St. Paul
is being advertised among wheelmen
all over the United States on account
of the miles of good wheeling it boasts.
The association is daily in receipt of
letters of inquiry as to St. Paul cycle
paths, as to their construction, cost,
etc. Wheelmen who make Western
trips are induced to stop off with their
wheels at St. Paul, taking in the good
riding and beautiful scenery in and
around the city.
About two miles of path are finished
on West Seventh street, and by Thurs
day next the path will be finished
through to the fort. Wheelmen can
tide out West Seventh to Tuscarora
avenue, then about five blocks on the
sidewalks to Otto street, where the cy
cle path begins.
The crew which was at work on
Paste This in Your Hat. g
On meeting another rider always turn to the right. f;
On passing another rider always pass to the left. fk
On turning a sharp corner at right angles always look behind you. V
At street crossings look to the right, to the left and in front, and ring y
your bell. h
Ride slowly in the business district where there are street cars, a
wagons and carriages. J
Do not ride more than two abreast under any circumstances. J
Do not coast down steep hills. P
Do not coast at all unless you are thorough master of your wheel, a
If your bicycle rattles get it fixed at once. X
Oil your machine at least once a week. \j
Do not get oil on the tires. • It causes the rubber to expand irregular- P
ly and may result in an explosion. a
Do not lend your bicycle to your neighbor. V
Do not continue riding until you are completely tired out. \f
Be sure your pedals are far enough from the seat to give your limbs P
free play. a
Ride at least two feet from the curb unless you want to take chances V
on a pedal catching and throwing you off on your face. \j
Do not make a practice of riding wi thout holding the handle bars. A h
great many smart people have died young. \
Don't try to beat railroad trains, don't try to break records, and don't "»
make century runs. \f
To the Girls — Don't wear bloomers.
Maryland avenue last week is now
working for the city on Summit, work
being for the present suspended on
Maryland.
* * *
M. L. Knowlton, chief consul Minne
sota division of L. A. W., has issued
the following:
To encourage organization of L. A. W. clubs
and furnish them funds for local work, the
hoard of officers of the Minnesota Division
of the L. A. W. has decided to distribute
$100 among the L. A. W. clubs in this state,
in proportion to the new club members which
shall be secured between now and July 15,
1597; provided, the new club members must
also be new recruits to the L. A. W., and
provided, further, that no club can participate
which secures less than ten new L. A. W.
members, nor receive more than 50 cents for
each new L. A. W. member.
No names will be counted except those
whose applications for membership in the
L. A. W. are sent to Chief Consul M. L.
Knowlton. 301 Guaranty Loan building, Min
neapolis, and the secretary of each competing
e:ub must send to Mr. Knowlton on or before
July It!. 1597, the regular certificate of organ
ization of an L. A. W. club, required by the
constitution, together with the names and
addresses of all club members, indicating
which ones were secured between now and
July 15. Go ahead and organize clubs.
• * •
It is surprising to note the utter dis
regard shown by wheelwomen and a
' few wheelmen for the etiquette of the
road in the matter of turning to the
right when meeting another cyclist or
a vehicle of any sort. It may not be
amiss in this connection to urge upon
new riders the advisability of making
a wide turn when rounding a corner.
The man who collided with Bert
Loomis on Summit the other day by
turning to the left at the last moment,
has learned a valuable, if painful les
son.
• * •
E. Coddon was hurt on Monday last,
while riding to Minneapolis to the
ball game.
• * ♦
J. M. Pavian, of 619 Jackson, Is the
owner of a very unique watch chain.
It is made of platinum and gold, and
i^ a diminutive cycle chain, the bar of
which is a pair of tiny handle bars,
and the two charms attached to the
chain are a wheel, with front forks,
pedal and toe-clip combined. It is a
very neatly gotten up little trinket and
much prized by the possessor.
* * »
Charles Freeman, who broke his
shoulder blade on field day at Hamline,
is improving and expects to be on the
track again soon.
* * *
The local division of the L. A. W.
took its first official run on Thursday
evening. It was not as successful as
. anticipated, on account of the early
hour appointed for starting time. Those
• who were on hand left the Windsor at
7 o'clock promptly. The run was to
Cr.mo park. Only about thirty mem
bers turned out, but they had a very
jelly run of it. Col. Cody, of Chicago,
was the guest of honor, and among the
other gentlemen participating were:
L F. Block, captain of the local divi
sion; W. H. S. Wright, H. C. Hope,
Charles W. Copley, George Boyce. Fu
ture runs are subject to call of the
captain.
* * *
"L. F. Block cautions members of the
Cycle Path association to bring in
their receipts and obtain their transfers
before the supply runs out. An up-to
date wheel without the blue label on
I front will soon be as much of a guy as
the wheel with cushion tires.
* * *
Will Read, who claims he cannot
find a lantern that will not jolt out,
leaving him liable to arrest, has evolved
a novel head-light in the shape of a
cigar. He carries it as if smoking and
was the center of attraction on the Lex
ington cycle path on Wednesday even
,r,sr ' ♦ • .
Miss Helen Baldwin Is visiting her
sister in St. Paul this week, but i 3
mostly confined to the house on ac
count of bruises showing on her eye
and nose, the result of a fall sustained
in the recent ladies' six-day race at
Duluth. She is very lame, and will
probably race no more for this sea
son.
• • •
JThe approaching meet in Philadel
phia makes transportation matters In
teresting to the wheelmen who are con
templating a vacation. A. B. Ovitt is
Jn receipt of a letter from B. B. Ayers,
of Chicago, chairman of the transpor
tation committee of the L. A. wt, ap
pointing him a member of the com- (
mittee to represent the Northwest.
The Eastern roads are nearly all car
rying wheels without charge, while the
Western roads are still holding out
their transportation charges.
* * *
A party, consisting of the chief con
sul of Illinois, Mr. Pat tee; the chief
consul of Wisconsin, Mr. Rotier; N.
H. Van Sicklen, publisher of "Bear
ings;'' Bd Westlake, sporting editor of
the Chicago Evening Post; Chas. E.
Root, president of associated cycling
clubs, of Chicago; Chas. E. Jones, pub
lisher of "Ye Gynk," and Mr. Burley
B. Ayers will visit the Twin Cities on
next Sunday. They will bring their
wheels and make a personal inspection
of our boulevards. They come in the
interest of free transportation of
wheels in our section of the country.
* * *
The Capital City Cycle club is fitting
up the rooms of its club house on East
Seventh street. A magnificent P ar l° r
suite has been purchased, and suitable
furniture for the reception rooms has
been ordered, but is not yet at the
house The gymnasium is coming In
for a good share of attention, and the
boys say they will have athletic appli
ances which will be the pride of the
city.
* * *
The Capital City Cycle club will take
its official run to Hudson today. Re
freshments will be served at the cluo
on their return. About fifteen of the
boys are in Duluth taking in the Lon
don Road road race. They left Friday
evening and will return tomorrow
morning.
* * •
W. J. Martin is in training for the
Harriet road race on the sth. He is m
splendid condition, and his friends ex
pect him to do the club proud.
* « *
E. J. Fuchs and Frank Clinton are
still in quest of their missing wheels.
They have a slight clue, and are keep
ing up the search with much vigor.
* * *
The Liaurel Cycle club took an infor
mal run on Tuesday night. About
twenty-five members were ln line.
* * *
Anohter lady, who has succumed to
the charms of the diamond frame
wheel, is Mrs. C. H. Saunders, of 669
Arkwright street. Mrs. Saunders, on
being interviewed on the question 'of
costume, said: "I wear the divided
skirt. I do not believe in the apron,
no matter how you may adjust it when
on the wheel. I would not— l will
never— ride .a drop frame again, neither
will any other lady, who has given the
diamond frame a fair trial." Mrs.
Saunders rides an average of 100 miles
per week.
* * *
A bicycle drum corps is being organ
ized. There will be about twenty
drums and as many bugles. The names
of the officers will be announced later.
* * *
The Laurel club took its regular run
on Friday evening, the destination be
ing Coimo. They took the usual route
over Lexington park out and back
over Snelling avenue. Fifty members
were in line, and the usual refresh
ments were served on their return.
Dancing closed the evening's entertain
ment. The gentlemen members of the
club will make the Northfleld century
run today.
* * *
A. B. Atkinson was arrested on
Thursday on the charge of scorching,
and, upon investigation of the charge,
was released without a fine.
* * »
A great deal of interest is shown In
the road race coming off at Lake Har
riet, on next Saturday. About $1,000
are hung up in the twenty prizes to be
competed for. It is a twenty-mile race,
being seven times around the lake!
The road will be scraped and rolled
with a ten-ton roller, so that the
lightest racing wheels may safely be
used. Lake Harriet is two and three
fourths miles in circumference.
* * *
William Matticks, of the engineer's
office in the court house, is soon to
issue an official challenge to any 200
pound man in the city for time to Lake
Harriet and return.
* * *
C. F. Shanley will ride to Faribault,
then to Mankato and back to St. Paui
today.
* * »
A cycling party, consisting of Misses
Margaret Garvin, McDermott, McDon
ough, Margaret and Laura McDonough,
Nora Clinton, and Messrs. P. J. Kelly,
T. Mayler, Mart Garvin, F. A. Green,
E. J. Barry and M. J. McCormiek, took
a run to the Mounds on Friday even
ing, returning to the home of Miss
Garvin, where light refreshments "were
served.
* * *
Representative Grondahl is still agi
tating the question of good roads in
Red Wing, and has earned a good deal
of commendation from wheelmen
throughout the state.
WILLOW GROVE MEET.
Arrangements Are Being- Made to
Greet a Host.
PHILADELPHIA, May 29.— While tho na
tional championships at Louisville last year
were open to professionals as well as ama
teurs, the programme of the races to be held
at Willow Grove "on Aug. 6 and 7 next, in
connection with the eighteenth annual meet
of the League of American Wheelmen, will
contain no less than six championship events,
four for professionals and two for amateurs —
the first time in the history of the league
that the "pros" will be given an opportunity
(under L. A. W. sanction) of fighting out
among themselves the question of to whom
belongs the title of national champion at
the various distances. The professional cham
pionships will be at a quarter, half, ono and
five miles, and the one-mile race will bring
to light that long-looked-for individual— the
mile champion of the United States. To
win that event will be an honor that will
carry with it no little distinction, and will,
in addition, be worth thousands of dollars
to the fortunate individual who first reaches
the tape in the last desperate sprint. The
winning of any of the national professional
championships, in fact, will mean much to
the man or men who capture the prizes, and
that they will be fought out to the last' inch
by the largest and fastest fleet of racing men
that ever faced the starter goes without say
ing.
The two amateur championships will bo at
a mile and two miles, and their decision
will doubtless furnish a repetition of the
bitterly contested struggles that have char
acterized these events in former years.
* * •
In addition to the championship events
there will be four professional and three
amateur races— one and two-mile handicaps
tor each class, mile open and mile (2:05 class)
for professionals and third-mile open for
amateurs. This long programme will, in the
opinion of the race meet committee, furnish
excitement galore for the crowd, and for
that reajon it was decided to turn, down the
THE SAIJVT PAUL GLOBE, SUN*) AY, MAX 30, 1897,
big list of trick-riding applicant, and entirely
dispense with that feature.
• * *
The full programme, with the order in
which the races will be run off, follows:
First Day—
■ Two-mile handicap, professional.
One-mile championship, amateur.
One-quarter-mile championship, professional.
Two-mile handicap, amateur.
One-mile championship, profesional.
One-^thlrd mile, open, amateur-
One-mile, 2:05 class, professional.
Second Day —
One-half-mile championship, professional.
One-mile handicap, amateur.
One-mile, open, professional.
Two-mile championship, amateur.
One-mile handicap, professional.
Five-mile championship, professional.
The trial heats will be run oil ln the
mornings, beginning at 9:30, the semi-finals
and finals to be reserved for the afternoons
at 3 o'clock.
* * •
The racing men will be interested to lea^i
that the accommodations provided for them
at the Willow Grove track, where the na
tional championships of the L. A. W. will
■ be decided on Aug. 6 and 7, will be all that
the most exacting of them could ask for.
Additional facilities for the comfort of the
men have been added to the already com
plete training quarters until Willow Grove
is probably better provided in this respect
than any other bicycle track in the coun
try. Plentifully supplied with toilet rooms,
shower baths, lockers (one to each man,
and unusual precautions to be taken that
the riders' valuables are safe), airy and light
(they are also fitted out completely with
electric lamps), the quarters are, In addi
tion, roomy "enough to allow each rider, ama
teur and professional, to have a cpt to him
self. One immense room will contain ac
commodations for upwards of 100 men, while
several smaller rooms, which will be devot
ed to the uses of the larger teams traveling
with the circuit, will comfortably accommo
date the crackajacks and all their rubbers.
There are large hotels and any number of
boarding houses within five minutes' walk
of the training quarters for those of the vis
iting racing men who may prefer to remain
near the track during the week previous to
the meet, when the cream of the amateur
and professional racers of the country will
gather there to indulge in preparatory work
for the great events. In this connection the
race meet committee has decided to appoint
separate training hours during tlie mornings
and afternoons for the professionals and
amateurs, hoping thus to avoid the accidents
that have marred the preparatory work ln
previous years and temporarily eclipsed
many a bright racing star. ,
• » *
The work of Improving the track is now
in progress. Although less than a year old,
and never in proper condition for the making
of fast time, the mile was made upon it
last season in 2:04 and a fraction, the sur
face at the time being decidedly soft; in
deed, poor time at Willow Grove has been
an exception, which argues well for the
lines upon which the track is built The
management will spend a large amount of
money in placing upon it a surface which,
while possessing all the advantage of asphalt,
will have none of its disadvantages, and that
good time may characterize the two days'
racing they propose to spare no expense in
making any improvement which may be
suggested by the competent track builder
who has charge of the work. By the first
week of August next the Willow Grove
track will "be one of the fastest three-lap
ovals in the country.
Simple Rules for Wheelmen.
The crusade against riders who violate the
rules of the road has had considerable ef
fect upon Milwaukee wheelmen. However,
there are many riders who, apparently, are
entirely ignorant of the road rules. Every
wheelman should read and heed the following
j;ules of conduct:
When meeting riders, pedestrians and ve
hicles keep to the right. When passing them
from behind, keep to the left.
When turning corners to the left keep
to the outside of the street.
When turning corners to the right keep as
far out as possible without trespassing on
the left side of the road.
Never expect pedestrians to get out of
your way; find a way around them.
Never ride rapidly by an electric car stand
ing to unload passengers.
Never coast down a hill having cross streets
along the way.
When meeting other riders ascending a
hill, where there is but one path, yield the
right of way to the up-riders.
Bear in mind that a rider meeting an
electric car carrying a strong headlight is
unable to see beyond the light; keep out of
his way
When riding straight ahead never vary
your course suddenly to . the right or left
without first assuring yourself, that no. other
rider is close in' your rear-.-tw on the' other
side toward which you turn.
Do not ride too close to a novice, and
in meeting a novice give plenty of room.
Street Cars liny Carry Wheels.
From Chicago comes the announcement that
one of the big street car companies is consid
ering a plan to carry wheels on its cars. It is
said that the plan meets with the approval
of the astute Mr. Yerkes, and it is likely that
this is a fact, for Mr. Yerkes, has ever been
keenly alive to Mr. Yerkes' interests.
The Chicago^movement is the result, doubt
less, of a previous movement in New York.
Some weeks ago the elevated roads of New
York put on special bicycle trains. The patron
age was so large that the number of trains
was increased and the plan was declared to be
a big success.
The story from Chicago is to the effect that
in a short time the North side street cars
•will carry bicycles. The matter will be con
sidered at the next meeting of the officials
of the North Chicago Street Railroad company,
and it is said on high authority that Mr.
Yerkes approves of the scheme. The plan
was proposed by Mr. Winston, a di
rector, and it contemplates hang
ing hooks or other suitable devices on the rear
dashboards of street cars, to which three bi
cycles can be attached. There is a string tied
to the scheme, however, for such hooks only
A FOOLISH LITTLE MAID.
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There was a little maid,
And she had a little wheel.
In front of cable cars she loved to roam, roam, roam.
But like a stupid dunce ' . -
She slipped her pedal once
And lugged her bike in pieces to her home, home, home.
can be used for bringing crippled wheels down
town.
Mr. Winston's sympathies for unfortunate
bicyclers were excited when he heard some
young women of the North side, who were
caught far up toward Evansten with crippled
wheels, and were compelled to walk several
miles before they could get assistance. Then
and there he formulated the plan which, when
realized, will transform the rear dashboards
of cable and electric North side cars Into
portable hospital wards for. wounded wheels.
If the plan is adopted— and there seems to
be little doubt that Mr. Winston's idea will
be accepted— every car on the* North side w'lll
be decorated with three bicycles hanging to
hooks on the rear platforms. It will be an easy
matter for a weary pedal-pusher to let the
air out of his tire, unscrew the bolt ln his
chain, or make a cripple ifif hia wheel without
damage to it, and thus put it r in condition to
pass the civil service examination of ffie con
ductor. When these little schemes were given
to one of the officials of jAa North side system
yesterday he laughed and; said.:
"Well, the fact is we long have had an idea
that it would be a good thing for the cars
running out to Evanston, and other electric
cars reaching Into the wilds, to, carry bicycles.
There are hundreds of bicyclers who are de
terred from attempting «mg gut of the city
rides because of the distance, their Inexperi
ence, or because the wind is 'blowing in the
wrong direction. If they And out that It will
be possible to ride ln toward home on a street
car for a nickel, with their bicycles nicely
and securely hanging from the rear platform,
they will be tempted to make longer runs,
and the company will get their fares for the
run in.
CORK TIRES.
A New Invention Designed to Pre
vent Pnnctures.
Cork tires are the latest thing ln bicycle
invention. It is claimed that they are not
susceptible to tacks and glass, and that the
troublesome puncture will soon be a thing
of the past. The new style of tire is con
structed of sections of cork which are almost
solid, the center being made of an endless
coil spring, which holds the section of cork
CORK TIRE. ' |
firmly. Any section may easily be removed
and renewed. The spring acts* something like
a bracelet which removes from the wrist
by stretching the spiral a ; little. Whether
this will wear as well or better than the
pneumatic rubber tire remains to be seen.
It has not yet been tried, but the inventor
claims everything for it/. . a
The Evolution ot the Bicycle.
"The Evolution of the Bicycle" is in
terestingly illustrated in a pamphlet published
by the Indiana Bicycle company. It sketches
the history . of the wheel from Baron de
Sivrac's invention in 1790, to the present
time. Sivrac's machine was a sort of hobby
horse on wheels. It became popular, aud
was used by women as well as men. Instead
of pedals the feet rested on the ground, and
riders merely pushed themselves along. In
1892 the velocifere appeared. The horse
feature was omitted and a saddle substituted.
A modified form of this wheel was used in
England, where one Dennis Johnson engaged
in the manufacture. Johnson opened a riding
school for the instruction of beginners, and
this is the first cycling school on record. One
of the most curious vehicles in the history
of wheels is the dog treadmill, invented by a
New York man. The high front wheel be
came popular in 1880. The first safety bicycle
of the present type was invented in Coventry,
England, by James Siarley, who called it the
bicyclette. The safety dates back only about
seventeen. years', and: its great popularity came
only a few years ago. 1 , - ,
Oldest Bicycle .Racer, i
Crown Point, Ind., claims the oldest bi
cycle racer in the United States, if not in
the world. He is Amos Edgerton, keeper
of a little grocery. He Is SO years old, but
his age dpjes not hinder when it comes to
riding a wheel.
The old man caused a sensation in bicycle
circles Thursday when he entered his name
in the fifteen-mile road race, which will take
place, today. The course of the race
lies over rough country roads, but that
does not worry Mr. Edgerton. He will have
a thirty-minute handicap, and says with that
allowance he will win the contest or die in
the road. He has been training in order to
be in condition for the race. The race is at
tracting much attention in Northern Indiana,
as some of the fastest riders in Lake county
have entered to "do" the aged racer. Many
have wagered that Mr. Edgerton will win
the race. Despite his age he is full of
energy. In 1849 he drove a yoke of oxen to
California and walked the entire distance.
On his return to Indiana he walked all the
way tack.

John Wanamaker, ex-postmaster general of
the United States, is an enthusiastic wheel
man, and haa joined the League of American
Wheelmen. His number is. 154,083.
TO ftOW DP STREW
AN INNOVATION IN THE 810
VARSITY RACES ON THE
BUD-SON.
HOW CREWS ARE TRAINING.
CHANGE'S OF MEN AND BOATS) ARE
FREQUISNT AT HAR
VARD.
CORNELL'S STROKE UNCHANGED.
Yale Quietly Working at New Lon
don-linprovemcntH ln
Columbia.
Changes and rumors of changes
characterize the preparations for the
college boat races at Poughkeepsie.
The people who first decided upon the
location and laid out the course over
looked the important matter of tide,
and the friends of New London ne
glected what might have been in im
portant argument against the Hudson
river as the place of contest. As no
change could be made in the tide and
it was deemed unwise to row earlier
than half past 4 in the* afternoon, it
was finally decided to row up stream
instead of down. This decision affects
the Cornell-Harvard- Yale 'varsity
race, which will be the chief event of
the four college races, and the fresh
men race between these three colleges,
which takes place two' days before the
'varsity race. It will not affect the
races of Cornell, Columbia and Penn
sylvania, which take place one week
later and which will be rowed down
stream, as usual.
In the old time boat races over the
Poughkeepsie course, when the Ward
brothers and the old Stranger crew
rowed, there was a superstitious fear
of pulling northward on the Hudson,
and the hour when the tide was flow
ing down was always selected. The
local committee were opposed to row
ing up the river because of the diffi
culty that sightseers would have to see
the finish and wanted the race set for
earlier in the afternoon. The college
men were unwilling to row earlier be-
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THE POUGHKEEPSIE COURSE.
cause of the probable heat and risk of
rough water.
Unusual interest is shown in the pre
liminary work of the different,, crews.
The great events at Poughkeepsie are
as follows:
June 23— Harvard- Yale-Cornell freshmen,
two miles.
June 25 — Harvard- Yale-Cornell varsity, four
miles.
June 30 — Cornell-Columbia - Pennsylvania
freshmen, two miles.
July 2— Cornell-Columbia-Pennsylvania var
sity, four miles.
The Harvard crew has attracted the
most attention on account of their
English coach and their experiences
with English shells. Several members
of the crew have for various reasons
become incapacitated, and a feeling of
nervousness is said to prevail. Mr.
Lehman is evidently taking no chances
about a boat for the Harvard crew,
for another shell was recently ordered
from Davy, the Cambridge builder of
racing craft. This will make three
shells Harvard will have, from which
the one to be used at Poughkeepsie can
be selected. The English shell Is too
light for the varsity crew, and will
probably be turned over to the fresh
men crew. The Webb shell does not
seem to please Mr. Lehman, as it has
not yet been taken out of the varsity
boathouse since its arrival.
The Yale crews will remain at New
London until June 20, training for the
Poughkeepsie race. They will not go
to Poughkeepsie until directly before
the event, just long enough to allow
the crews to get accustomed to the
course. The varsity and freshmen
crews will go practically the same day.
An instructor will accompany the
oarsmen and will give them their ex
aminations in training quarters at
Gales Ferry. Capt. Bailey, of "the Yale
crew, in discussing the apparently
strange policy of Yale in going to New
London to train for Poughkeepsie,
says: "We have had almost nothing
but rough weather all the spring and
the crew has not been able to row the
four mile distance much. The regular
four-mile course up the Quinniplac is
not available, owing to the new bridge
that is being constructed and the rough
water kept up off the harbor. We go
to New London because we are sure of
a sheltered spot there, and we go early
to get to rowing the four miles regu
larly."
Certain critics insist that Cornell has
changed its stroke in the past few
years. The following extract from a
letter received by Prof. R. H. Thurs
ton from Tom Hall, the famous 'varsity
stroke of the '94 freshmen crew, the
'91, '92, '93, '94 'varsity crews, and the
Henley crew, will be evidence to the
contrary. "I sincerely hope that Cornell
will have success on the water this
year. The importance of victory can
not be overestimated. Not only are
we competing against Yale, but also
against English methods. That the
Cornell stroke has not been changed
to an English one I know full well;
had such been the case, I should feel
doubtful of victory. We may have
learned several things while we were
in England, but our defeat there can
be accounted for in other ways than
that the stroke was In fault. We have
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claimed to be the equal .of- Yale, and
we must back up that claim; the repu
tation and honor of Cornell in this
field are at stake."
Columbia and Pennsylvania are less
talked about than Harvard, Yale and
Cornell. Columbia has been handi
capped in practice by rough water, but
the work of the crew nevertheless,
shows improvement over' last year.
Pennsylvania did not beg-in practice
with as much work as the others, but
a noticeable improvement is shown in
the character of the stroke.
CHAMPION WRESTLING.
An Athletic Development ot the St.
Louis Turnfent.
The recent turnfest at St. Louis de
veloped a new champion wrestler in
the person of Henry Albeken, who is
now able to rank with other national
athletic characters. Albeken won the
miaaieweight championship at St.Loui3,
defeating the crack middleweight men
of the United States in the turpfeat
competitions. Hocker. of Los Angeles;
Klee, of Newark, N. J., and Lindeman,
of Camden, N. J., went down before
him in succession. Albeken has been a
pupil of George Baptiste, of St. Louis,
for a year or so and makes no secret
of the fact that Baptiste had much to
do with his developing as a wrestler.
Albeken handles himself on the mat in
a manner similar to Barney McPad
den.
Cycle Tnbe Trust Formed.
From Pittsburg comes the statement that a
bicycle tube trust has just been formed, and
that henceforth the tube product will be con
trolled by an English syndicate. Representa
tives of the British combination have been at
work at Pittsburg for several weeks and last
night it was announced that their work had
been successful. The trust has bought out
right the tube plants at Elwood and Green
ville, Pa. The price paid for the two plants
and the privilege of using the Stiefel seamless
tuhe process was close to $3,000,000. The only
other tube plants in this country are at Shel
byville and Toledo, 0., and Brooklyn, N. Y.
It Is not probable these plants will be taken
into the trust. The Englishmen are also after
the Uehllng patents for casting and conveying
metals, now controlled by the Carnegies. The
American factories of the trust, which now
have a capacity of 26,000,000 feet of tubing a
year, will have their capacity doubled at an
expenditure of $2,500,000. The headquarters
of the entire combination will be In New
York, under the management of H. W. Hart
man, lately president of the Elwood tube fac
tory.
NOTES OF THE BIKE.
Bicyclists in Berlin are compelled to carry
a number about as large as a locomotive
headlight and illuminated at night, so that
when a scorcher misuses his wheel to run
down a pedestrian, the injured party or some
bystander can take notice of the number
and the offender can be spotted afterward,
if he does not see fit to stay. As the num
bors are officially registered, It Is difficult to
avoid detection.
• • •
Representatives of the four largest bicycle
tube factories in England are reported to
have been successful In forming an inter
national tube trust. The plants at Ellwood
and Green vine. Pa., have been acquired, the
price paid being about $3,000,000. The Amer
ican factories will have their capacity dou
bled, at an expenditure of $2,500,000. 11. W.
Hartman, late president of the Ellwood fac
tory, will be manager, with headquarters at
New York city.
• • *
It looks as though the day of the tricycles
has come aain. A New York company is
manufacturing up-to-date "trikes," of which
a large number have been sold In the last
two years.
• • •
When at rest a man consumes 500 cubic
Inches of air per minute. Let him ride a
wheel nine miles an hour and the air con
sumption per minute jumps to 1,600 cubic
inches; increase the speed to twelve miles
an hour and the air consumption leaps to
2,300, while at only eighteen miles per hour
the rider has increased his air consumption
to 3,000 cubic Inches for every minute he
rides at that speed.
• • •
The stock of the cycle boa*d of trade of
Philadelphia has proved one of the best In
vestments any bicycle dealer in that city
has ever put his money into.
• • •
An enterprising burglar in Steuben county,
New York, made a record last week by the
aid of a bicycle. Between nightfall and day
break he committed eight burglaries, cover-
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Hundreds in daily use. Strictly
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140. $50. $60,
DON'T YOU KNOW WHY.'
No Wholesale Agents.
No Retail Agents,
No Middleman.
We sell our Bicycles direct and add
manufacturer's profit only to manu<
facturer's cost.
'•THAT'S WHY!"
BOBBRTSUO.IRDNCD.
FACTORY. I SALEROOMS,
East Seventh Street. I Fourth and St. Peter St.
Ing the country for a distance of twelve miles.
He was finally caught.
» • •
The Cleveland-Pittsburg road race will ba
contested late In June or early in Ju'.j^ The
route will be as usual, from the public square,
Cleveland, to Chagrin Falls, via Warren,
Youngstown, Beaver Falls and Sewickley.
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The wheel is gradually getting a firm hold
on the farmer's boy. A boy was noticed the
other day near Harris'burg complacently pedal
ing along, the road behind a cow. which was
being driven home to be milked. Cowboys
on wheels! And right here in Ohio: How
strange it all is!
• * »
A great many riders noticed on the roads
ride with too long a reach, owing frequently
to the frame of the machine being so high as
to prevent the saddle being lowered. It is a
mistake to suppose that such a machine is
faster than one on which a little of the seat
pillar is exposed. As a matter of fact, it i 3
rather the reverse.
Wheelmen in Atlanta, Ga., are up in arms
against what Is known there as the Cu'.bersont
bicycle ordinance. This ordinance makes It
unlawful for any cyclist to ride c!o?t than
six feet to a trolley car or other vehicle at
street crossings. This provision, the local
wheelmen declare, is unjust and unreasonable,
and they give strong reasons to back up the
statement.
• • »
If there Is one thing more than another
which the bicycle has done, it 1? to rescue
from oblivion, the old-time country inns. Oa
the Hudson county, New York boulevard,
Merrick road and tributary roads, many of
these old road houses, which have brcn va
cated and unoccupied for years, are being ren
ovated and fitted up, without destroying any.
of their "old-timeness," as wayside inns for
wheelmen.
• • •
Cycle racing as a sport is constant"*, grow
ing in favor with the public andjs attracting
the attention of men who look at it from
the amusement standpoint only. They see
in it great opportunities, for if cycling clubs
are able to conduct race meets profitably
when all of the work of preparation is done by
those who are really amatuers at the game
it is fair to suppose that professional amuse-'
ment caterers could do much better.
• * »
Very frequently when riding a speck of
dust will be blown into the eye of the cyclist.'
Tobacco dust may also lodge beneath the lid
if he Is smoking while pedaling along. To
get rid of these things use a small camel's
hair brush. Moisten It In the mouth, push
it we'l under the lid of the eye at the corner
nearest the nose and wipe over the hall slow
ly and out at the opposite corner. One appli
cation will generally suffice.
• • •
A bicycle highwayman is a new idea.
Recently, when two French ladies of rank
were walking a'.ong the Cornlehe road, they
were stopped by a cyllst In bloomers, who dis
mounted suddenly, produced a revolver, and
then required them to give up their purses, ;
Jewelry and other valuables. This they did.
whereupon the robber maid (or matron, if
that .should happen to be her stylo) loaded
up the "swag" In her wallet and rode away,
• • *
Milwaukee has a new cycling ordinance,
which compels riders to take the rlg'.-t side •
of the street.
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Hotel Metropolitan Is enjoying the patvor.aga '
of numbers' of tourists thus early. The fine*
accommodations,. .choice cafe and service,
European or American plan, suit all.

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