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US senator: “[Automobiles are the future but] I cannot conceive our active Americans in carriages moved by any other motor but the horse”

371px-CMDepew“I imagine that one fine morning we shall wake up with apparatus ready to take us to our offices by an automobile carriage…But…I cannot conceive our active Americans adapting themselves to the pursuit of pleasure in carriages moved…by any other motor but the horse. What has made the bicycle so universally popular but the one fact that it permits of action on the part of the rider, that it affords excitement?”

Chauncey Mitchell Depew
US senator, 1899 to 1911
Quoted in ‘The Horseless Age’ by Henry W. Fischer, Munsey’s Magazine, May 1895.

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