Clipped From The Indianapolis News
THE .INDIANAPOLIS HEWS, SATURDAY, MAY 2, 189G. llifflffllGMDl JSORTHWEST I1ICYCLE ROITE." Trip Over tke Crwfrdvlll mud Lafayette HonI. One of the fleaaanteat ride la Marion county Is out he CrwfordvllI rw toad and return over the Lafayett roai. crossirfc from one road to the other along ,th banks of Big Eagla creek. Why lht rcu:e U not more traveled by wheelmen la hard to Imagine, for certainly - no road In . the ccinty preenta mora picturesque aco - I ery than the one leading from the Craw - t fordsvllle plk U Trader' Point. It la . true that this road Is hilly, but for com - ti.K - lt la unexcelled, and tbc ahort walka ; uj the cteepest hills will not come arolsa after the pleasures of a coast. Both the ; Crarfordsvti: and the Lafayette road are ' In the best - of condition hard.; Arm and . smooth, and comparatively level. Thoae. i . i . ...a wno nave rot Decn over tnis route anouia make the trip. . . - The' Crawfordsvl'le road begine at Indiana Indiana avenue and Fall creek. This Is Just a ahort diMance above where Fall creek empties Into. White river;' The roa4 runs rortheast past the new pumplne station of the Water Company and Joins the river Just this side of "the Belt road crossing. After crossing the Belt the road continues continues along, the river for a third of a mile, then swings to the west and cresses jon a high Iron bridge. There Is a alight rife artcr crossing the river, but It dexja not amount to much. A ahort distance from i TlTACfS CRWFORl3aLIJS AND the river is a small settlement a grocery store, a blacksmith shop and several houses. The Lafayette pike turns northwest northwest here, and the" CrawfordsvMe road continues due west. A mile from the river the latter crosses a dirt road, runnlr; ncrth and south. This road, Inorth, goes to the counry farm, and the red buildings rf this inptitution. are seen a half mile from the main road. A half a mile beyond beyond this U!rt road Is Little Eagle creek, and Joiit beyond fresh gravel has been put on the read. There Is, however, a Kood path, at the elde. Half a mile from the crefk another d!rt road turns north for several miles, and finally - loses Itself la the country. " It la nob a good wheeling route. The CrawforJsvllle road cross the P. & E. tracks at this point. A - quarter quarter quarter of a mile further, a d Br t road, running in a general way, north; and south, but with many tarns and tVists, crosses the Crawlor Jiville road, swings off to the south and southeast and runs Into tue National road, at ML Jackson. he ncrth, it connects with the Lafayette pike. Just wist of Snacks'a postofflee. It id picturesque in sots, and Is rapidly being worn down fit for wheeling. - The rider who - Is - out for adventure might take a "shy", at thla road, with fairly good results, results, i i - . Xearlng Bljr Euale Creek. ; A half raile beyond th'.A road the Cra w - fordsvllle roal wwinga to 'lh northwest Just before reaching JJIg Eagie creek. A pretty country home nestled In the trees is passed just before the turn: The road follows close to the tank of the creek for about half a. mile to a point where the Wall street gra,vel road s wings ,due west. This roai crosses Big Eagle creek a short distance from the Cra wfordsville road on an old wooden bridge half hidden In the trees which line the bank. The temptation to turn west over the Wall street road ts usually strong, but the going is much - better better on the Cra wfordsville road, bo it ad; vtsahle to be content with a look; at the bridge and continue oi northwest, crossing the railroad tracks a short distance beyond. beyond. 3ul after crossing the tracks the road turns more to the west and follows the course of Big Eajla creek for over half a mile. There are aome delightful bits of ficenery along - this part of ' tha read. The right bank of the creek Is heavily shaded; along the left a long sand bar runs most of the way. Just after the swing to the west is mad 9 and the railroad tracks are crossed, the Kissel gravet road turns north and runs directly to the Lafayette Lafayette pike, crossing. the. Centennial and Itusse roads. This gravel road la in good condition and n.ight prove Interesting. It la letter, however, to push on to Clermont. Clermont. The railroad tracks between the Craw fordsvlHe road and lag Ka;lo creek continue parallel to the Crawfordsville "road all the way to Clermont. Just before erom the creek aaia the road passes a beautlTul country home on a hill on the otaer 5iJ - of tae cre - k. There Is a lare grove Ui rvnt whivh sx tends down to the cr;ek Aaiik. ; The road dip - a little and thtn slro - V:p Esie cteek on a gool bridge, a snort distance north of the rail - ro - vJ brldit. A u.rt road turns south not far from ; th br, dge, crossing the Wall streft srvt - l roa 1 runs Into the OKI L.inv.:;e Stite roaJ. The Crawfordsvllie joad.Ji a little hiUy at this point, and afr brea - in - a tetp rise swings up ar, i down f...r about a mile until It reaches ttie gravel road. which turps tJ the north at the foot of a fa!rly steep bill. This la the road that runs to Traders' Point, an i what can be en of It from the Orawfor - Ssvilie road is sr IndicaUon of what - lt to come, it mirht be well, how - efr. - for the r.dr to continue on to Cler - inor.:; a rr..le away, and ret a few min - u'. - s In trie v:iij;e before attempting the h. - is oa te Iieveal road. At tleruiont. " Ar: - r - r.n - .Hrir the hill t - eyend the lie - Tf il ml, the Crawford - iv. !! rtad la level into Clt - rnwii:. and pretr - er goin could r. t be fcu.i J on a grv. I rjJ. Ciermont is r.v:rT c:;e of ther :y country l i thui is ff - stterej along the road. It ; - o - .. - c. erl stores, a hotel and t ! ' krr.''h . - i p. The run out of the v !' - i. i' k over the Crawfort'avill r i '. - i - ie. ..) . - n lh l!g h.il tl the j '. iiirv - il rnl turns north, - . : : 1'! - lUveal rot J coon ; v: v t a 1. a - e na has aa opportunity to test Ms coastinc; powers r. ht at the start, far, after climb - Inc; short hill, - It iP down a long, bur. not very ateep. decline, to B'a - Eagle creek. The approach to this bridge can be bade with safety, as the road is well banked. The bridge Is a good one. but. as there has been frean gravel placed on the road Just beyond the br.dge, it might be well to slow, up a bit in going over. Shortly after crossing the bridge, the roai swings to the east for a short distance, then north again, and the beautiful valley of the Big Eagle unfolds Itself. The road runa along the hillside, a little - distance from the creek, and the rich bottom lan Is now green or black, ss the case may be. with a dense fringe of timber beyond, and the waters of Big Eagle gleaming here and there, form a picture that is worth going going m.lea o see. Beyond the creek, the bluffs r.se abruptly in some places, ovr one hundred feet, and scattered along in the tops of the h 41s are a number of pretty homes. - To the right of the road, the hills so more - gradually and are more broken. A mile and half after crossing the creek, the Itusse p.ke turns to the east and connects with the Latay - ette pike. It is good road, but very h.lly. The next mile of the road along the valley valley is Lrt. but if can scarcely be d.tln - gulshed from a gravel road. - - It winds in and out among the hills and hreaks, - dipping here and there Tntf the valley, and then sturdily sturdily atarting hlllward again, but alw.iys changing Its course toward the valWy te - fore :t reaches the tops of the h'.lls. Aloml this road are several handsome country homes, with big banked barns, a fitting LAFATETT3 IIOADS. trlhtite to the fertility of fthe Tils Ej.Tre veJIey, At the end of this mile of d'rt road, the Centemi.al plk cuts in. To the eest.lt connects. with the Lafayette road, two miles away. - it' Joins the. - dirt road at the. creek, and. cronsinir It. swinsrs to the north, and runs to Traders' Point. Turn.ng back along the bank of the creek, winding in and out among the trees, Is a dirt road,, and there are few more delightful delightful spots :n th county for a l.ttle picn'c than along this road. Big liable is a pretty stream. Its bottom is of gravel, and the shores sandy. The green banks run down almost to the water, with a strip of sdnd making a pleasing contrast. After Oeaatna; Iltar Eagle. ' After crossing the stream, the Centen nial pike runs west for a short distance away from the stream, then - turns to the north. This road Is In excellent condition, but Is undulating. It winds in and out along the hills on the opposite aide of the valley from the road leading from the Cra wfordsville road. Thl time the hills on the eat side of the creek are seen, and below them, a quarter of a mile away,, the creek, with its heavy fringe of sycamores, their giant white trunks gleaming through the green of the foliage. a nan a mile from the bridge Is a big spring. Just to the left of the road - side on the hHI. , It la surrounded . by a rail fence. The water evklently comes from deep in the ground, as It is very cop). inejoaa continues to wind In and out among rhe hills, but for the most part la content to star nearer to the bottoms than Its neighbor on the other side of the creek. There are. however. several stiff - climbs. . The first of these Mils la rough too rough to be ridden. An ex - tens. on of the Centennial road turns west, and the main road again twhta and turns around the foot of the hills. Just beyond me point where the branch road turns west ts a pretty country home, - with a big red barn on the. hillside. A dirt road turns east.' crosses B.g Eagle and turns sou - thv Just beyond this point the Centen nial road crosses a branch of Big Eagle, and here a stop should be made. - The banks along th:s little stream are evefb more delightful than those further down on the big creek. From this point the road follows Big Kagle into Traders' Point The Centennial pike all the way Is well shaded, and oa a hot day could not be excelled - by any road In the county for comfortable riding. It is a little soft before reaching Traders' Point, but this is only for a short distance. The approach to Trader - Point Is picturesque. picturesque. The road runs Just to the edge Of the village, then Jo;ns the Lnfayette pike, after crossing a small stream. Turning, Turning, southeast on the Lafayette pike, the rider crosses Big Eagle creek, then strikes a stlrt hill. After climbing this hill the road is undulating for some distance until the vaUey of the Big Eagle Is left far behind. behind. . Hal a mile from the point Is pump at the roadside all by itseK - . The water In very good. Beyond the pump a road turns north and bumps Into Big Eagle creek a inll away. . After pas. - mg this roau ? wn arsyeito puce goes down a fairly steep nil! and crosses a - small stream. Just beyond the stream a dirt road turns east and half a mile away becomes becomes the - New Augusta' gravel road, which runs through iew Augusta, crosses the Michigan road and on to the Spring HUIs and Williams creek road. Two m.les from the point is a grocery store and blacksmith shop, where one dirt toad turns north and another runs east and, west. - There is a little settlement at this "ross - roads and a pretty white church, With a gTeen pump In th church yard. 1 I Good Wheeling, r', The Latayett pike has by "this time left the valley behind and la much more level. Its condition Is excellent for wheeling. wheeling. The Kls.ell road turns south and half & mile beyond the Centenial road swings off to the west. Between these two are a couple of dirt roads running east. 'Neither la In vttlng. A half a mile from the point where the Centenial road begins Is another cross - roads and the Ztcrsvtne and Pike township road running to the north. Just below Is Snacks's postofflee postofflee consisting of a. white church, a store, a blacksmith shop, a brick school - house and several houses. A short distance distance beyond Bnacks the Ilusse gravel road . Joins . the Lafayette p - lkre. , LUMj Eagle creek swings In near the road and runs parrlM . to - it far a short tilstance. The Lafjyette road mkes two short turns lo tha juth, then iwlni - j awr to the southeast again. The road U In even better better condition nearer the city. Two school - houses are passed, each with a green purrp in the yard. Two uninviting dirt reads tirn to the east and west half a mile apart, and - half a mUe further the read rroMes Little Eagle creek ajtd runs through Flackvllle postofflee. where there Is another blacksmith shop. At Flackvllle Flackvllle the Guion gravel road turns north and angles about until it reaches New Augusta. From this point there are two ways of reaching the city. The rider may continue continue down the Lafayette pike, parsing the county farm, and Join the Crawfonls - ville road Just, after it crosses Wtaite river, or he can turn east over the Flack gravel road to the Micnigaa. and then on east over a good dirt road to Illinois street, striking this street Just beyond Fall creek. Thia Is the? better route. The Flack gravel gravel road skirts the edge of , White Blver Park and crosses the river, the Big Four tracks and the canal just south of Armstrong Armstrong Park. ) This trip will prove a rather long one for a novice on acoonnt of the hills between between the Crawfordsvllle and Lafayette roads, but It will repay any wheelman to make the ride on account of the excellent condition of the roads and the delightful scenf ry. It Is nine and three - fourths miles from the monument to Clermont, although it is commonly called ten milea. This route Is retraced a, mile. It is four miles over the Reveal pike and dirt road to where the Centennial road crosses Big Eagle, and it is three and one - half miles over the Centennial road to Traders' Point. From the Point to Flackvllle Is seven miles, and from there across to Illinois street la three and one - fourth miles. It is m like distance from there down Into the city. This would make a trip in ail of about thirty - two miles. TO CARTERSni'RG SPRIXGS. . The Ran of the ladlanapolla Cycle Clab To - MorrorrSaaday's Ran. The Indianapolis Cycle Club will make the run to Cartersburg Springs to - morrow. The formal opening of the hotel will take place, and the members are anticipating a pleasant outing. A number of ladles will accompany the party, and friends of the club members have been Invited. It Is expected expected that one hundred cyclists will take the trip. The start will be made from the club - house, M North Delaware street, at :30 o'clock. - The route will be out over the Rockvllle pike to Avon, and then south. The National road Is not yet In the best of condition, and will be reserved for another another run to the Springs later on In the season. A trip over the Rockvllle road Friday showed It to be In admirable condition. condition. The boys, expect to - take about three hours in making the trip, as there will be a number of riders In the party who are going to make their first country' run. The pace will not be. over six or seven miles an hour. ... . . The new uniform - of the club looks well and will wear welL It consists of coat and knickerbockers of a brownish plaid, pearl sweater, with garnet stripes, stockings of mottled gray and black and blue cap, with the monogram of the club In old gold. ' The regular monthly meeting of the club will take place Monday evening, and a number of members who have not yet ordered ordered suits will do so at that time. . The run to Franklin last Sunday was made by over fifty members and friends. There were several minor accidents, but everybody had a good time. Arthur Dickson Dickson and William Beanlng, who were making making the trip on a tandem, blew up a tire Just after leaving Franklin on the .return trip, and were forced to walk to ' Greenwood. Greenwood. They had started out ahead of the crowd on the return trip, and were "guyed" by every man and woman In the party as thty tramped down the road leading their disabled machine. . THE CYCLE PATH. Coantraetloa Bet wren. TSveaty - See - onit Street and Broad Ripple The cycle path is now almost a certainty. certainty. The directors, not satisfied With any of the bids that were turned In Wednesday, have, employed a superintendent, superintendent, and will build the path from Twenty - second street to - Broad Ripple themselves. W. A. Brazlngton, who has taken the matter in hand for the directors, directors, says that the construction will be - , gin within the next three days. It was expected to start the grading to - day, but Superintendent Jones, - of the - Water Company, Company, has asked the wheelway people to wait until after the meeting of the Water Company officials, which will take place on Tuesday. It Is now hoped that the actual work will start Wednesday . morning. morning. The path will be ejght feejt wide, built of gravel and cinders. Some filling will have to be done at different spots along the tow - path and all of It leveled up. A layer of several inches of gravel will be put on and rolled hard. Then the top layer of cinders will be packed down. Now that the path is practically assured, subscriptions are coming in at a lively rate, and it is thought that there will be no lack of funds to complete the work and make as fine a cycle path as there is in the country. It will take Just a month to do the work, and by the 1st of June the cyclists will be turned' loose, on the path. . - - - t TUB WOUULT SIA. Trials and Trlbalatleas af a Xovlce In Meridian Street. A bip - cle enthusiast, rfding ln Meridian street at an early hour a few mornings ago, overtook a "wobbly" rider. "Say, there," said the wobbly rider. The enthusiast slackened his pace, . and Mhp wobbly rider wobbled up. His eyes were glued to the front wheel, glancing neither to right nor left. - He held the handle - bars in a death - like grasp. Apparently his position position was exceedingly uncomfortable. He alid over the street like a drunken man. now on one side and now on the other, and down the center, with serpentine twists and turns, the like of which Lole Fuller never conceived. - : 1 "Where am IT' he said, after several vain attempts to dislodge the curbing. "Eighth street," replied the enthusiast. "I thought I must be at Norh by this time," and the wobbly man's voice betrayed betrayed deep emotion. '. "You haven't hit the blocks yet," said the enthusiast. "Well, I don't know; I've hit everything else In the street,"' and. the wobbly man wobbled. " - The block pavement I mean," and the enthusiast smiled. "Well, I wouldn't have known it If I had," and away went the wobbly man. cutting a figure S as he went, evidently letting his wheal get away from him. When the enthusiast came up with him again, trie wobbly man said: - "My friend, please ride ahead a little way; put your wheel out of danger, and help me off this pesky thing." ' The enthusiast did as requested, anj when the wobbly man felt his feet safely touch terra flrma, he heaved a sigh of relief. He absent - mindedly drew a half - dollar from his pocket and tendered it to the enthusiast. He glanced up for the first time, and then, realizing his mistake, he was profuse in his apologies. "I have been so used to hand out halves and dol lars since I ve had this thing,' . referring to his wheel, ''that I've become Impressed with the Idea that It is a part of the sworn duty of a rider. I shall have to trouble you for die time, as I neglected to wind my watch this morning in my anxiety:1 to get an early start. "Seven - thirty, said the enthusiast. "And I have been from t coming, from' Seventeenth street." It was a sad expression which the wobbly man's face assumed after this cisclosure. "I'll tell you what." he said, "there's the est front wheel ever put Into a bike. ' It won't stay in the same place the tenth part of a eecord. I'd take the thing home If it wasn't that my wife is learning to ride, and I'm afraid I'd discourage discourage her. 1 guess I'll walk down; good - bye." The enthusiast wished him good luck, mounted his wheel and sped away. He looktd back when be reached Seventh, street, and caught sight of the wobbly man walking dejectedly - along, with head down, leading his wiueL THES BICYCLE COASTER. X Novelty Far Riders Operates . Idle the Old Switchback. . 1 The bicycle coaster has been running Informally during the week, and 1 has prove! a source of amusement and pleasure pleasure to ttu riders who frequent North - Meridian Meridian Meridian street, especially at night. The first runa were made on It last Saturday. At first K was a difficult matter to persuade persuade riders to make the trial, but this objection U now being rapidly overcome, and every evening - this week the pathway has been comfortably filled. This bicycle coaster is a uovelty, and bu far as known, is the. only one in the Vnlted States, it ts something on the order of the old awltshback, only 'the rider finally Uslj pa the ground after his exhilarating turn around the circle. Some of the inclines are very steep, and the sport looks dangerous, dangerous, but for every stee? Incline there is an immediate rise, and the speed of the wheel is checked. There has not been a J serious accident since the coaster opened. The coaster Is in the midst of a beautiful grove at Twentieth street and Meridian, rhere is a refreaiimeni pavilion In. connection connection with it and the promoters of the scheme, intend to make It a popular resort resort for bicycle riders. It is open every day and evening, but will not be run on Sunday. There will be a formal opening seme evening next week. By that time the newness of the affair will have worn off and It will not be difficult to secure riders. Many of those a - ho have visited the park during the week have? been afraid tc - try it themselves, but were content to sit down and watch the other. A XEW BICYCLE DELL Which . Does Sot Dlaflarare tfce Haadle - Dar at All. The Illustration represents a bicycle bell attached to the cuter end of one of the handles, without disfiguring It or offering any Impediment to the free use of the handle - bar. while It afford sufficient volume volume of sound for practical purposes. It comprises a combined handle and alarm bell, which may be placed on the handlebar handlebar instead of one of the ordinary handles, handles, the bell being operated by - the thumb of one hand. Secured to the outer end of the handle Is a plate with, projecting central central pct. , whose outer end supports !h bell, whose external form u such as to conform to the curvature of the handle, the rim - of the bell beingnear, but not in contact With the handle. On a lurf on the post Is a stud on which la pivoted the hub of a spring pressed bell hammer, and - a projecting tooth on the hub is engaged by a curved spring rod, forming an extension of a push rod extended extended through a tubular casing in one side of tha handle, and terminating In a thumb piece. By pressure upon the thumb piece the hLmmer Is forced back against the resistance of. Its spring, and released to deliver Its blow, the push rod being returned returned to Its normal position by a colled spring. . - This Improved device U made to fit various various sizes of handle - bars. , BICYCLE MISHAP. Accidents More or Leas Serloaa To . Rid era and Wheels - He was. coming down Indiana avenue In a hurry. Dressed In a light, cream - colored bicycle suit, a cream - white sweat - er, surmounted by a face as black as tar, he attracted quite a good deal of attention. attention. When he reached Ohio street, he dedlded to turn east. The street had been recently sprinkled, and when he went to make the turn, he started south on Illinois Illinois street at - something like a mlle - a - minute clip. The wheel stopped after sliding about fifty feet, but he went on between the wheels of the burgy and under the hoofs of a horse. When he untangled himself, there was still a r.n - of wh.te around his neck, but the cream - colored . t'lcyile su.t and his . lace were beautifully matched. . . ( The other evening a sccrcher was sailing out Illinois street at a two - minute clip. Just as he went to make a short turn at Seventh street, to avoid the tracks, Ir.e met a horse, whic'a was being driven rapidly west in Seventh street. He struck the horse amidships. Jusj as he struck he gave a yell and a leap. The. wheal went under and he went over, and when the mass wss finally untangled, he was on top ft the horse aud his wheel wedged under the shafts. A dog Is a mighty uncertain thing for a wheelman to. run up against. ' Some of them quietly lie down and let the wheel run ever them and then get up and yell frantically. Others resent the contact and wax indignant. These are tha kind to avoid, for they can give the average rider a fall that he will long remember. - A reporter reporter was spinning out Pennsylvania, street about midnight a snort time ago. He had got - wind of a big story a few minutes before, and was figuring on a great "scocp." Along about Seventh street one of th dlsjgreeable sort of doga happened happened to be crossing the pavement, and took a notion to act the part of a road hog. The wheel., struck him and the' reporter reporter went up in the air. When he came, down the dog was disappearing rapidly up the street. The reporter did not gel up for a few minutes. He thought that would be a good opportunity to arrange the details of hts interview which he was gr.ng after. When he did get up there was a feeling of goneness about him that caused him to forget even tne story he was after. - His bead was cut. one hand skinned ip and one leg disibled. His wheel looked like it had. passed through a Kansas cyclone. It was a long puil down town, but he managed to get into the oftioe just before the paper went to press. He did not any anything about Li big story, and it was never published. Not a night passes without several accidents accidents in Meridian street. It is fast growing growing to be absolutely unsafe for even the more experltnced riders to take a turn up and down; - that street in the evening.and it means annihilation to the novice who attempts It. There was a time, not so very long ago. when the wheelmen had much to complain of the fast, driving in the street in the evening, but they have now no one but themselves to blame for the accidents ahlch happen nightly. There are a few riders in the city who think it proper proper for them to do their training for the Decoration Day road race in that street at night; at least one would suppose that they were in training for that event, from the way In which they scorch up and down the pavement. These riders cause most of the trouble, and many a wheel - woman has been a victim of their recklessness, recklessness, v . One of the big pneumatic street cleanrrs played havoc with a wheel in front of the Denison House one evening this week. The rider had left his wheel at the curb and gone into the hotel. The cleaner - came along, with the throe horses abreast, driv ing close to the curb, and it was not until one of tha horsea put his foot through the front wheel of the machine that the driver noticed it. This brought the owner of the wheel to the scene In a hurry, but the damage was done, and nothing was left but to get a new wheel. While the bicycle has as much right to stand against a curb as any other vehicle, its size and Inability to retaliate, places it at a - decided disadvantage. disadvantage. Owners of wtieels are very care - lesa In leaving dhelr machines standing along the curbs, especially In the downtown downtown Streets at night. It would be much safer to stand them Cp against the buildings buildings If they are going to be absent from them for some time. There was a day. not so very long ago, when the average driver teo. a special delight in running over a bicycle, but that time is now past. The popularity of the wheel has made nearly everyone ' respect it. and, while many drivers are careless, the number that would wantcaily smash up a bicycle sranding up against a curb Is very small. The inurm, howtver, la of small consequence consequence to the rider whose wheel Is smashed, and it looks as if it would b the wiser plan to guard against accidents of this sort by placing bicycle against the buildings. A boy was scorching out College avenue the other ' evening just .about ( o'clock. He was hungry, - wanted to get home In a hurry, and was doing a record - breaking clip. Out beyond Twelfth street a gentleman gentleman was out ting rhe grass on his lawn and had piled it in a heap rar the edge of the curb. His wife waa sitting on the porcn, and hl little child, . a girl about four years old, was playing near the pile of grass. The boy kept on coming up the street. Just before b reached the child he rang his bell, and the li - ttle ene stepped bai'k directly lii his path. The boy could not turn ojt, and It was dollars to doujh - nuts tuat the child woul i be run over. The rr.oU.er screamed, a:U the la liar started for the curb. Just as the front wheel was about to strike the child, the boy reached over his handle - bars, caught, the child by her clothing anJ dropped her ever on the bunch of rraes. Tn l.ttle g.rl thougnt this very funny, and laughed, but the boy causiht a gUm?e of the father's face and kept rl?ht on going. It was a daring piece of work, but tne father and mother di.J not appreciate the skill with which the boy swung the child out of danger, and he now takes the opposite Bide of the street In paing the house. A BumEer of serious accidents have been caused during the week by the aster plugs about wliich to .much has been written. I: vas not. always the scorchers that came to grief. There would not be nearly, su much complaint If It were, because fast riding in tha streets, especially at night, ittould be prohibited, even If it takes the aid of every water plug 1 the city. Several Several women have come to grief by striking these obstructions, and so long as they remain In their present condition they are a menace to every bicycle rider who ventures ventures la the streets afc night. Bieyele ote. Otto Halmbacber and Ed Morris, of the I. I. C. made a century last Sutvliyby way of Momstown, S.ieiby ville and Franklin. The Suspension which Chairman Gideon laced on Oldie Bald has been removed, laid will ride this ytar In the professional class, and It Is probable that Ouo Zeigler, the burst phenom from the Pacific coast, will b his partner. . The American Wheelman says that If Ray Macdonald has been permitted to ride In the Olympic races at Athens, and had won an olive wreath, he - would have immediately immediately taken it to a jeweler to have had it weighed and see what it waa worth. Mr. Emmerich, auperlntervdent of the Industrial Industrial Training School, has set apart a basament room In his big building for bicycle stalls. The boys pay 6 cents, a week each for a stall, and the aggregate is sufficient to pay a man to take charge of the room. Entry blanks for the Decoration Day road race have been placed with all of the local bicycle deilers, and constant calls are being made for them. Over a dozen of the club members are now In training, and several others are going to atart the first of the week. The riders of the" Mesinger saddle are growing more numerous. - Charles Mayer Ac Co.. who are handling that saddle in connection with - the Majestic wheel say that the demind for that saddle far runs the call for wheels. S - c; other dealers are now supply; this saddle when specified by purchasers. C. M. Auer, of the Peoria Rubber Com pany, started on a week's road trip yesterday. yesterday. He will make a ' run through western Indiana and central Illinois, and expects to Kvcr seventy - five miles a day. Auer has entered in the Decoration Day road race, and expects this trip to put him in good condition for hard training. It is a good rule for a bicycle rider, who is escorting a woman, to take the Uad - at a dangerous place. If he is able to force a passage his companion - can follow him through, and If not. his wheel, and not hers, will suffer damage. 'Any man who rides with a woman should know that when a desperate chance is to be taken, he Is the one to take it. The.tOOO contribution bv the Indiana Bicycle Bicycle Company 10 thef Wheelway League was thankfully received by the directors. This insures the building of tbe first eight miles of the path at ence. Work betan to - day, and in another month the cyclist of this city will have an opportunity of enjoying the advantages of a path built exclusively for their own use. Hay ac. WillltU have opened a bicycle boarding stable over at their riding school, at Ohio and Delaware streets. Business men can leave their wheels at the stable during the day and they will be cleaned and kept In order. The cest of boarding a wheel at the stable Is 2S cents a week, and many riders are taking advantage of it. simply. ta have their wheels properly cared "for. . Dickson & Beanlng, of the Bellls Company, Company, have had built ZM bicycle stands, which they are placing In different parts of the city for the benefit of wheelmen. Each stand contains space for six wheels. They will be placed Just at the edge of the curb. and a wheel can be left In them without fear that some enthusiastic enthusiastic driver will take a faU out of It while the owner is absent. These stands are got up In good style, and are rented at a nominal sum for the season. Reports Indicate that rival tiremakers will make the fur fly this season. A big Chicago firm has secured control of ten of the most prominent professional teams in the country, and these racers will go after everything In sight for this make of tires. Another tire company, in conjunction conjunction with an Eastern cycle company, will have a speclaljjiotel train" to follow the grand circuit and be the home of the professionals who will ride the tires and wheels of the men who "psy the freight." A week from to - morrow a run will be made to Noblesville under - the direction of the Hay & Wllletts - Manufacturing Company. While all cyclists will be welcome, welcome, the run Is designed especially for the pleasure of riders of Outing wheels, each of whom 'Will receive as a souvenir a silver badge In the form of an oak leaf, with the date and place of the run stamped upon It. Subsequent runs of. a similar kind will be directed by the firm, and for each there wlll.be a silver. bar suitably stamped, which may be attached to the original badge. - The - instructors at the Wavertey "Riding Academy In the old Cyclorama building are kept busy, night and day, and the boys will not be sorry when the rush eases up a bit. As many as 150 lessons have been. given on several days during the week, . and the average . has been well over a hundred. A rreat many rid - erz desire to have their course .of instruction instruction Include one night trip, - and the Instructors have had to get . out every evening during the week and pilot .eorne of the novices through the shadows and around the water plugs. Fred; Pa tee, of the Peoria Rubber Cora - pand talks - enthuslastlcaUy over his proposed .cycle path from Indianapolis Indianapolis to Peoria, And from both cities to Chicago. His plans for the construction of the path are almost complete, and he hopes to see agents oet securing the rixht - of - wav In a few week. The path, is punned Independent of anv roads, and will be for the exclusive use of wheelmen. If built it is to be completed by the opening f next season. Meaa - while Patee has not forgotten his Offer to the directors of tha .Wheelway League and will begin the construction of the first mile of the cycle path up the canal at once. Women who ride bicycles should. If they care to ride easily and gracefully, pay particular attention to the adjustment of the handle - bar and saddle. Probably not one - half of the womtn who ride understand understand the Importance of these points. Jf the handle - bar is too high, it carries the elbow away from the body and raise the shoulder blades a tiresome and not very gracefnl position. The proper way ia to have the handle - bar adjuxted so that "when sitting erect you can reach It comfortably, having the elbows fairly close to the body, allowing the shoulder - bUdea to remain in their natural position. - If tha saddle la too low, the result ia a prominent and awkward awkward knee action and a decided loss of power. ; - The Niantlc Wheelmen, of Jersey City, organized April 7. with a charter membership membership of forty - three. They are temporarily temporarily located at No. 27 Second street, Jersey Jersey City, N. J. At a meeting held on April 14, the following ollcers were elected for the ensuing year: I"reident. Andrew A. Daly; vice - president, Edward Hart; secretary. secretary. James K. Farretlr treasurer, C - A. Stoneham; captain. Joserh Hayes; first lieutenant. Joseph E. Blgalke; second lieutenant, lieutenant, William La Due; cojor bearer, Frederick Constable; buc - ler, Walter Hart - man. The Oi'ianlics will be glad to entertain entertain vssitlng wheelmen, who might happen to be In New York or ne irhborhood. and give them information with reference to roads, etc. They will also be giad to answer answer any questions Willi reference to bicycle bicycle matters in the neighborhood of New York, and will assist any club proposing to make a tour in that section. TUB DEAR DKTARTED. St, Louis Globe - Democrat,,: - - in i x - sr '...MM?!' - "'ci - A the on the and his plenty needed, In the the He he to so of nourish up all defective la sickly an e.