Dec. 14, 1906 (Friday)
BREAKING (BONE) NEWS FROM THE SIX-DAY BICYCLE RACE AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN: This morning's New York Times has a front page report of a nasty collision that hapened about 2:30 a.m. today during the marathon bicycle race at Madison Square Garden. Seven riders were thrown; the race was stopped for more than an hour. Evidently, rider Joe Fogel caused the problem when he fell from his bike. He fell right in front of (Arthur?) Vanderstuyft (left), who shot right into the stands and fell into the lap of a woman at ringside. Not surprisingly, the woman fainted. Vanderstuyft was unconscious and might be badly hurt. Others tumbled, too, causing a big mess at the track. This is the eighth time Fogler or his partner, Root, have fallen in the race -- nullifying gains by other riders. Sounds like some good ol' boy NASCAR tactics to me. Some of the people in the crowd were so mad at Fogel that "they wanted to mob him," the Times says.
A NEW COLLEGE IS IN THE WORKS FOR WOMEN: The trustes of Hobart College have decided to accept a plan to establish a women's college, thanks to an endowment of $475,000 in money and real estate, from William Smith (left). (The New York Times uses a smaller figure -- $350,00 -- than The Syracuse Herald.) The new college will have five members on the board; two must be WOMEN. Work on the buildings should begin in early 1907. Now, the schools are quite closely linked, as Hobart and William Smith Colleges. (It might sound like it required a fairly small amount of money -- $475,000 -- to secure naming rights for nearly a century, but you must remember to multiply the number by about 20 for 2006 dollars.)