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THE WISCONSIN STEAM ROAD WAGON.

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THE WISCONSIN STEAM ROAD WAGON.

The New York Times
March 3, 1879

From the Milwaukee (Wis.) Sentinel, Feb. 27.

The foolishness of four years ago, when the Legislature passed a bill giving $10,000 to a perfect steam road wagon, to humor a good-natured member who had a hobby, has been more than carried out by the present Assembly.  The machine from Oshkosh, an alleged steam wagon, managed, after many mishaps, to get from Oshkosh to Madison, and the proprietors claim the reward.  The Assembly has passed a bill to give them $5,000, and, as the Senate is more addicted to fool legislation than the Assembly, it is probable the bill will pass.  The offer in the first place was a foolish one, but its terms have not been complied with.  A perfect steam wagon has not been produced.  The Oshkosh machine no more complies with the provisions of the law than does the present Legislature act according to the wishes of the people.

As published in The New York Times, March 3



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