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American Cycling Party

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The following artiele is taken f rom the Bermuda Colonist of February 4th, and will be of interest to our readers : The last steamer, the "Trinidad," from New York, which arrived Sunday evening, bronght in a party tliat is doing much to brighteu life on the island. The consista of a number of wheelmen from the various states. They are under the guidance of Mr. H. S. Higgins of Portland, Maine, who is Bomewhat "f a traveler, and that too on the wheel, having taken two lorge cycling parties through Europe. It is not only wheelmen tliis time but wheel-women aleo, for several of the gentlemen are accompauied by their wives who are expert cyclists. Yesterday, flying up Front street on a tandem we notieed Mr. and Mrs. Junius E. Beal of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Others making up the company are Mr. and M rs, I'. L,. Van Alstyne, Sandusky, O. ; W. Irvin Hare; Brooklyn : J. M. McFadden, New York City; John Robson, Malden, Mass.; Ira T. Canfleld, Baltimore, lid.; E. F. Travis, Coopor, Mich. : W. C. Roseboom and Mis.s Roseboom, Rochester, N.Y. ; Harward E. Althemus and Mrs. Henry Althemus, Phiiadelphia; O. II. Allërtou, jr., Pittsborg; Mrs. Charles Leggett, New York City. It is expected that the cyclista will remain at Hamilton for several weeks. They are quartered at the Princess Hotel. The original intention was to remain over only one steamer, but so fine did they fínd the views of the islanifon their flrst run yesterday,which was to Gibb's Hill Lighthouse, that last evening there was considerable talk on the part of some of prolonging their stay. With the company is Mr. W. E. Hicks, a New York journalist, who was with the European cycling tour of 1889 as were Messrs. Beal and Roseboom. The presence of Mr. Hicks here as the correspondent of a syndicale of newspapers in the States, inilicates that there is an awakening desire on the part of the Americans to know more of us and ours. Mr. Higgins, than whom no one could be a better judge of roads, is much pleased with the Bermuda roads. To a representative of the Colonist, he said last evening : our roada are hard for the most part, and fairly well kept, and there is only one thing needed to keep them perfect, and that is the renioval of the 'bumps' as we cyelists cali them. Front street is a good evidence of this, the rain has washed little gullies here and there, and holes have not been filled up - which unevenness shakes up a wheelman and nis wheel sometimes to a disagreeable degree. If these were removed, and the soft sand we occasionally lind at the foot of hills replaced by a macadamized Burface, I think your roads would compare favorably with those of France, a paradise of roads." Mr. Higgins' party is being followed carefully by the wheelmen of the States who have long feit the need of a winter resort where the roads would be worth the long journey from home. "I have no doubt," said Mr. Higgins last evening, "that if our party goes successfully through this tour, a hundred or more wheelmen from the States will visit Bermuda every winter." Mr. Higgins is nationally famous in the States as a tour master, and is already projecting a tour that will astonish the world. It will be a tour of the world on wheels. The party will be composed of 20 or 30 cyclists, and will leave Xew York for Europe in the autumn of 1892, arriving in Chicago by way of San Francisco in the spring of 1893. Eight months will be used in the tour.


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