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Re: 100 years ago an electric car went nonstop from Jersey City to Philadelphia - Ran over dog en route
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"The electric car depopulated the canine population of Jersey City by one fox terrier....A front wheel glided easily over the dog and it did not rise to bark again."


that's some classic style. Noone writes like this anymore.

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From the New York Times 1909

"The electric car depopulated the canine population of Jersey City by one fox terrier. The fatality occurred on the Jersey City Heights, when the dog after yelping madly at the little car for a block, jumped right in front of it as though to stop its progress. A front wheel glided easily over the dog and it did not rise to bark again."

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I must say that this wasn't the cute Ken Burns doc narrated by Tom Hanks..."Horatio's Drive"

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Maybe "Babcock's Drive" would have been better remembered if he had taken the fox terrier with him!

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100 Years ago an electric car went non stop from Jersey City to Philadelphia - ran over a dog en route.

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A Babcock electric vehicle set a mind-blowing record for its time. In October of 1906 the New York Times reported one driven by F.A. Babcock Jr. traveled 100 miles on a single charge. It averaged about 14-18 mph for the journey between Jersey City and Philadelphia. Only stock batteries were used. The previous record was 40 miles.

http://gas2.org/2009/04/19/9-electric-cars-100-years-old-or-more/

The 1909 New York Times article does say that the electric car did kill a dog on it's 100 mile journey.

Here is the New York times from 1909:
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract ... 3A25750C1A9669D946797D6CF

Or get the the whole PDF article below:
http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive- ... 3A25750C1A9669D946797D6CF

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