1896 The Lancet  
who has been chosen Mayor of Southport, was formerly a member of the corporation, representing West Ward for three years, and he has also occupied the position of county councillor for Southport. As a barrister-at-law of the Inner Temple he has worthily filled his position as a Justice of the Peace for Southport, and his record is not likely to be dimmed now that he is made chief magistrate. AUTO-MOTOR TRAFFIC. SATURDAY, Nov. 14th, was a red-letter day in the history of motor traffic on common
more » ... traffic on common roads, and the facilities afforded by the new Act were taken advantage of immediately after twelve o'clock midnight on Friday. Scarcely had Big Ben ceased to chime the hour when a motor car passed under the shadow of the clock tower, but it was not until 10.30 on Saturday morning that the long awaited procession to Brighton commenced. In spite of the unfavourable state of the weather some fifty vehicles assembled outside the Hotel Metropole previously to the start, and the large concourse of people who assembled testified to the interest which the general public take in the subject. So anxious was the crowd to examine the new vehicles that only about half the number were able to make a start, the others being completely hemmed in. The route to Reigate was also lined with people and crowded by vehicular traffic and bicyclists. At Reigate, where it had been arranged that those taking part in the run should stop for lunch, a large body of people assembled to witness the arrival of the cars, but the slow arrival of the vehicles, and the evil smell from some of them when they did arrive, considerably tried the patience of the sightseers, many of whom did not hesitate to audibly express their disgust. It was nearly a quarter to one before the first vehicle reached Reigate and by 2.30 probably not more than a dozen had rounded the corner of the market-square, to be cheered or jeered as fancy swayed the people. Several of the vehicles put up at Reigate and did not continue the run. The continuation of the journey to Brighton was marred by an accident which, it is said, may prove fatal. A little child while attempting to cross the road at Crawley in front of a car was run over, and it is alleged that the vehicle was going at considerably above the regulation rate of twelve miles an hour. We understand, however, that the official inquiry has absolved the car driver from blame. At Preston Park, where, according to the programme, the motors were to meet for a kind of triumphant entry into Brighton, a number of people assembled notwithstanding the heavy rain, which, helped by a strong wind, was beating upon them ; but, owing to the fact that quite half the cars were not able to start from London at all, that the rules of the programme were broken by some, and the various accidents on the road, what was intended to be a grand parade only proved a disappointing spectacle. The committee of the Motor-Car Club have issued a report on the Brighton ride, in which they state that, considering the unfavourable circumstances, and that twenty motors out, of the twenty-two which left Brixton arrived at Brighton during the evening without accident, the run constitutes a feat far exceeding their most sanguine expectations. They award gold medals to the first eight motors which arrived at Brighton. These were two Bollee cars, a Panhard omnibus, a Panhard and Levassor carriage, Mr. H. J. Lawson's carriage, a Britannic bath chair, a Daimler phaeton, and a Penningtoib tricycle. .
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