Mart Mulholland Races Down Main Street
GREAT RACE OF THE FIRE TEAMS Exciting Spurt on Main Street Makes ' Early History for New Year. Just as tile whistles rang out the old and welcomed the new year the three fire companies Mitchells, Colum - bias and the Hendrick Hook and Ladder company, with their handsome outfits, 'were out to assist in the programme for the change of years Father Time. , ' - After giving the Columbia team several fast runs on Main street, Driver Nealon ended up on South Main street just to the rear of the Hooks. The driver of the latter's team. Mart Mulholland, let his trio of ground coverers out after making the turn near Jackson's meat market ani Neaion did the same with the fiery grays. The latter at the start were, about '50 yards in the rear, but had a flying start. The Hooks were handicapped because of their truck, the wheels cutting into the snow, while the Columbias had a sleigh. Up the street the five horses came, urged on by the firemen on the wagons and the crowds on the street at a terrific rate, straining every nerve to win what was probably the most exciting race of the year the old year as well as the new. Both drivers leaning far over, with reins drawn taut to be prepared for any emergency that might arise during the contest, added to the realistic race. It was a great sight to see the teams straining' every nerve to increase their speed to land ahead at the finish, and it was a race that made the people who viewed it, and they were many feel proud of the horses and increase their pride in the department. " At the Anthracite hotel the Columbias, amidst the shouts of their admirers, made a space between the two outfits and won by a few yards. Later the Hooks made another run up Main streets, and never in this section was real estate gone over so rapidly. The wagon ; wheels ran smoothly on the rails of the street car company's road and the trio of handsome, spirited and fast horses came as near to flying as they do to the feed boxes at meal time. After the Hooks and Columbias had turned off to a side street to have some more fun the Mitchell boys, with their beauties, came down the Main street and were greeted on all sides with vociferous cheering. The team of chestnuts never looked better groomed and strangers in the city who were out with the rest of the boys were loud in their admiration for the speed of the fire horses, the energy of the firemen and the whole exhibition. James Ward, a New York fireman, who has been spending several days in the city and who for several years was battalion chief of the Boston fire department, was among those who complimented citizens upon the up - to - date fire department. When some persons wrho knew but little about the treatment of horses, ventured the remark in the presence of Mr. "Ward that the fire horses were . being killed by being run so much in ' or.e night, he answered that fire teams in a city of this size could not have enough runs. They should be sent over streets, safe streets, every night several times at their best speed and not allowed to mope in the barn, to live like Fifth avenue trap animals. !