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NO. 56. VOLUME LXXX.—
SAN FRANCISCO, SUNDAY MORNING, JULY 26, 1896— THIRTY-TWO PAGES.
SAN FRANCISCO BICYCLE RIDERS AS DISCIPLES OF PROGRESS.
Enthusiastic Outpouring of Devotees of Wheel Who Jlre Determined on Improving the City's Thoroughfares— Fully One .Hundred Thousand Spectators Viewed the Parade.
tent factor in determining future municipal administration. The turnout last night was, as it were, a test of the political strength of the wheelmen, and it showed how great that strength really is. It is said that the wheelman vote will amount to something like 30,000, and with such a balance of power they are quite likely to effect a change in the policy that has long prevailed in street improvement, of putting treets. down smooth pavements among the sand Such a parade as last night's has never dunes and on the rocky hillsides of the »efore greeted the eyes of San Franciscans remote suburbs and leaving the principal .nd it was estimated that at least 100,000 thoroughfares of the City in a condition of A Brilliant Section of the parade as It appeared a FeW pectators lined the streets. The number comparative impassibility that would ' if wheelmen who started with the proces- shame all but Silurians. | end of Folsom street was there anything play of lanterns and American small flags. with lurid rays which, when thrown on ionis estimated to have been at least 5000. The demand with which last night's to compare with the scene that was wit- Henry Mohr, 2934 Folsom, was as good as the passing decorated bicycles, produced a They came from every direction on wheels great demonstration willdo much to secure nessed there at 8 o'clock last evening. his neighbors in the illuminating line. most pleasin? effect. n every stage of decoration and thronged compliance will probably be but the Old and young, fat and lean turned out as This exhibition was kept up and down Captain George A. Raabe, with his fifty fie streets in the vicinity of Twenty-sec- initial one of a series for street improve- if by magic upon the adjoining streets aids, took up their stations on Twenty- the street as far as the eye could reach, nd and Folsom until even the pedestrians ment reform. leading into this newly bituminized thor- sixth street, west of Folsom, and there while the procession went on and on. ould scarcely move. The wisdom shown by the wheelmen in oughfare. Houses that heretofore were patiently awaited the formation of the The following divisions and organizaLong beiore the order to fall in was co-operating thus to secure the one de- content with an ordinary hall light beon Shotwell street. In the tions of wheelmen were in the line: dven thousands had assembled. Posi- sired improvement seems very likely to be came illuminated from basement to gar- procession every man, woman and child ' Advance platoon mounted police. iona of vantage from which to view the 'rewarded with success. The very fact that ret. Not content with turning on a full meantime of a wheel were busy trimming Grand marshal, Captain George A. Raabe. in charge iarade had been pre-empted all along Fol- they stand together as a body instead of stream of gas lights in every room First division—Mounted. com- their lamps and attaching their Chinese om street. The sidewalks were thronged being divided by each one working for manding a South Side Improvement clubs. view an abundance of Chinese or blocks and the windows of every some local improvement affecting his own lanterns were strung from roof to stakes lanterns to every conceivable limb of the Merchants' Association, Association of Imsilent modern horse. .ouse were crowded with spectators. promi- in the ground about the gardens. provement clubs. It neighborhood proves that their Some bad huge umbrellas, some had ras the same all along the hue of march, nence as a public factor will be considerNoticeable among the residences which small ones, while others had none— but all Citizens— Allmounted. Alpha Cycling Club Second division— Ladies' the contrast between the u>ual quiet- able. «ut made more than an ordinnay display lady riders, preceded by chilhad their wheels decorated with red and and ess that prevails along the Mission streets Mission residents are particularly inter- that of Captain W. A. Philips, 2832 were white bands bound round the rims, on the dren unattached under the care of special detail Folon wheels cade the activity and bustle last night ested in securing the repaying of Market som street, whose three-story building sriokes, and, in fact, all over the entire of mounted police. specially prominent. street and obtaining a means of commu- was a transparency worthy of comment. Third division— Marshals, John Burke and bike. Each bicycle had its ever-present procession moved down Fol- nication While the with the City, such as Golden Captain A. F. Spear, 2908 Folsom, bell, ranging in tone from the husky rat- James Joyce; unattached wheelmen. went well. The street has Gate avenue furnishes to Western om street all Fourth division— Visitingwheelmen; Acme Addi- had "old glory" out at fall length, with a tle of the cowbell to the sharp tinkle of teen recently paved and the smooth surclub Wheelmen, Oakland; Ariel Bicycle Club, tion residents. Nevertheless, proposed im- i string of Chinese lanterns on other side. the silver-tongued alarm. pavement is a perpetual delight provements will Vallejo; Alameda Cyclers, Alameda; Diamond »ce of the affect nearly every wheel- H. C. Somers, 2906 Folsom, At last a squad of mounted police hove CyclorK, Alameda; Crescent Athletic Club, o wheelmen. When, however, the line of man in this City and out of tlie City as surpass his neighbor in his line tried to sight on the corner of Folsom and Berkeley; Petaluma Wheelmen, Petaluma; of decorough and uneven laroh turned onto the well. Many of the cyclers who now ride rating. George Flack's residence, 2900 in Twenty-sixth streets and gave the order to Palo Alto Wheelmen, Palo Alto; Menlo Park owntown cobblestones the trouble be- to San Jose by way of Oakland and San Folsom, shone forth in splendor Wheelmen, Mountain View; Napa Wheelmen, with a form on Shotwell street and wheel round ;an. Falls apd collisions somewhat shat- Leandro do so because they dread N'apa; Reliance Wheelmen, Oakland; Santa the ride variety of lights. ered the serried ranks of wheelmen and over the rough cobblestones and along the share to give eclat Mrs. F. Nelion did her Twenty-sixth in rear of the grand marshal Rosa Wheelmen, Santa Rosa; San Leandro to the occasion. George and bis aids. Wheelmen, San Leandro. »r the rest of the distance to the speak- slippery cable-slots of this City. If a Bueker and F. S. Nieson added much in As this order was heard and understood Fifth division— City clubs: C. A. C. C; Bay rs' stand on Van Ness avenue the march smooth street gave them an opportunity their line. But the handsomest decorated there was a movement such as never be- City Wheelmen and unattached friends, with ras a race of individuals rather than of of getting out into the country and down place on this section, so far as its unique- fore was witnessed in San Francisco. floats, transparencies, etc. odies. toward San Mateo County without risk- ness was concerned, was the residence of Chinese lanterns commenced to Sixthdivision California Cycling Club and move as The scene on Van Ness avenue after the ing tiieir necks and shaking themselves William McMurray, 2926 Folsom, where unattached friends, with floats. tragglers had reunited was a wonderfully and their wheels to pieces on the cobbles each rose bush and vine bore its burden ifby magic.as the bead of the procession Seventh division— Call Cycling Club and unAs soon one. As in the Mission a ereat many wheelmen would take the of lanterns. \u25a0moated friends; Golden Gate Cycling Club swung into Folsom that boulevard was attached the procession started, so on the San Mateo route to San Jose, instead of and unattached friends. rhen The front of Cosgrove Bros.' store on lighted up by a sudden flare of calcium Eighth division— lmperial Club and unat.venue at the finish the sidewalks and crossing the bay to Oakland. Folsom and Twenty-sixth streets and tacbed Never in the history of the southeast handsomely set out with an abundant was lights from doorstepsstreet balconies until tached friends, with band, floats, etc. ouch of the street were black with people, dis- that portion of the was illuminated Ninth division— Libert; Cycling Club and Cycling: ted fires blazed on every corner, and at be corner of Fell and Van Ness a huge onfire threw its glare upon the motley Some of the Bicycle Glub Emblems y\re Familiar irv Sar\ Francisco. in vari-colaultitu.de. Emblazoned upon a wail opa-ed Chinese lanterns osite the speakers' stand, the inscription 'Finish Folsom Street" admonished the ssembled cyclers that Market street was ot the only street that needed improve«ent "Repave Market street," however, was be warcry last night. Placards of every ize and color and glaring transparencies eiterated the laconic demand for street inirovement. And few of the thousands of pectators who witnessed the great e'emon-1ration last night failed to realize that bis warcry is coing to be one of the great logans of the coming municipal camaign. It was easily apparent that a new |«ment had come into local politics, and bat the wheelmen'! vote would be a poof every age, race, color— bicyclists from every stratum of cycledom, from the scorcher withhia interrogation-point hump to the hoary•eaded patriarch biker, pitting in military trectness on antique 60-ponnder wheels— n short, everyoody who could claim any legree of proficiency in managing a wheel, urned out last nigbt to take part in the ;reat demonstration in favor of pood
Minutes After the Start.
unattached friends; Olympic Club Wheelmen and unattached friends. Tenth division— Olympic Cyclers and unattachsa friends; Pathnuder Bicycle Club and unattached friends. Eleventh division—San Francisco Road Club and unattached friends; bugle corps, float, etc.; San Francisco Y.M. C. A. Cycling Club and friends; Waverly Cycling Club and friends. Twelfth division— Unattached clubs: National Guard Wheelmen ;Presidio Wheelmen, U. S. A. Thirteenth division— The Thirteen Club; Union Iron Works Wheelmen ;John Jgcott Marshall float; Potrero Wheelmen. Fourteenth division— Pacific Cycling Club;
the procession like the ocean and looking; back on Market street the horsemen saw nothing of the wheel cavalcade they were leading but an occasional lamp boDbing above a black stream of people., The bursting of a rocket in the air followed by a glare of red fire was the signal for the wheelmen to move, and then the band near the head of the column struck up a popular air. Divisions and clubs wheeled into line and began the trip down Folsom street. The residents along that thoroughfare were all alive to the occasion, and on nearly every house front were displayed Japanese lanterns and
Verein Kintractat Wheelmen. Fifteenth division— Golden Gate Wheelmen; Barker Cycling Club; Phoenix Cycling Club; LilyCycling Club; Mali-Carrier Cycling Club. As the troop of horsemen in the ran of the procession made their way at a clipping gait along Folsom street the crowd, which bad assumed large proportions even as far as Fourth street, gave away easily. But when Tenth street was reached the street was a mass of people clean to the center. The squad of police in front of the grand marshal were scarcely able to make a pass ace way through. On Market street the horsemen made a slow determined charge from Eighth down to Kearny. The cable-cars were so burdened on their sides, roof and platform that they sagge d perceptibly. Itwould have required a hundred policemen to hold in check the enormous crowd on the downtown streets; it surged in on
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