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The New York Times
December 23, 1894

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An extraordinary horseless carriage, which is not electric, but propelled by steam, is an innovation in France.  It is built of tubes, which are incased in a light framework, and, therefore, not seen.  These tubes form the tank to supply the water direct to the cylinders, for there is no boiler.  The water is conducted into two little tubes with closed ends, over oil-lighted wicks no larger than those of a duplex lamp.  These supply steam for the cylinders sufficient to propel a carriage for four persons at the rate of fifteen miles an hour over level ground, and three or four miles an hour up ordinary road grades.  The wheels are fitted with bicycle spokes, and have solid rubber tires.  A coachman sits in front before a pair of upright handles not unlike those of a bicycle, with which he steers.  The first cost of these carriages is $1,000, but the kerosene wick is a cheap horse, and costs nothing to keep and little to make go.



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