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The New York Times
June 3, 1900

Few Accidents Happened, but the Sportsmen Were Thoroughly Soaked by Rain.

PHILADELPHIA, June 2.—Up to 11 o'clock to-night twelve horseless vehicles had completed the run from New York to this city under the auspices of the Automobile Club of America.

The first to arrive was the Winton gasoline automobile occupied by G. F. Chamberlain and G. H. Macey.  They arrived at the Hotel Bellvue, the finishing point of the run, at 7:26 P. M.  Sixteen minutes later Percy Owen and H. A. McFarland, also riding in a Winton, drew up at the hotel, and they were followed in four minutes by G. H. Metz, who operated a tricycle.  Then there was an interval until 9 o'clock, when S. T. Davis, Jr., and A. R. Shattick arrived in a locomobile.  At 9:10 three more machines made their appearance, the first being occupied by George W. Smith, the second by Malcolm Rafferty, and the last one by A. L. Hastings and A. G. Batchelder.

The next five machines rolled in at exactly 11 o'clock.  They were occupied by Langdon Barker and Capt. Hedges, Harry L. Magee and Edwin Adams, L. R. Adams and Fred Gans, W. H. Hall and K. M. Fletcher, and John Milliken and R. J. Kraf.

There was quite a crowd gathered at the finishing point to see the weary travelers arrive.  All of them reported that the run to this city from Princeton was a little better than that from New York to the Jersey town.  Late in the afternoon a severe thunderstorm broke over the western part of New Jersey and made the roads difficult to run over at times.  There were but few mishaps.  The rain was so heavy that some of the participants in the run became soaked to the skin and gave up the journey on that account at Moorestown.  Most of the men, however, carried mackintoshes and were able to stand the heavy rain.

Upon the arrival of the "autos" at the Bellevue the operators were taken in hand by a local committee, and after they had removed the accumulation of New Jersey soil from their persons they were ready for a good dinner, at which they fell to with a will.

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