CROWDS AT THE BICYCLE SHOW.
The New York Times
January 26, 1900
Mrs. Langtry Attends and Inspects the Automobile Exhibit.
As the Bicycle and Automobile Show draws to a close the interest in it seems to increase, and yesterday, despite the rain, more than 15,000 persons visited Madison Square Garden. The average visitor is more interested in the automobile than anything else. This is well shown by the large crowds which gather wherever the vehicles are on exhibition. Mrs. Langtry inspected this part of the exhibition yesterday and spent considerable time examining one of the high-priced Victorias.
Charles Murphy, of mile-a-minute fame, gave another exhinition of the nerve-shaking order last evening on his home trainer, and this time succeeded in reducing the record to 55 seconds. When the time was announced the crowd, which had stopped promenading to watch him accomplish his feat, applauded.
The bicycle exhibits this year are more numerous than ever, and many have new features. The bicycles are arranged in order from the oldest to the latest models and form in themselves a history of the art of cycle making. A gasoline motor weighing only forty-five pounds was placed on exhibition yesterday. It is of one-horse power, and can be attached to any bicycle, which it can drive, it is said, at a speed of from thirty to thirty-five miles an hour.
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