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The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and cycling in the 1890s
67. Swiftsure returns to the treatment of pedestrians - and other bits and pieces
[But first an apology. I make plenty of mistakes in these newsletters but I don't usually knock off in the middle of a sentence as I seem to have done last time with the details of the new Hyde Clarion CC reported in the 18th May 1895 edition of the paper. It should have ended like this:
To attend the meeting in Marple, that is.]
Regular readers of this feature (if such exist) will recall that episode 58 (see history page of website) included Swiftsure's wise words on the treatment of pedestrians by cyclists in his Cycling Notes on 25 May 1895.
Nothing directly to do with cycling, but in the same issue it was reported that Oxford students had debated a motion that "the Socialist tract 'Merrie England'" (Blatchford's hugely popular little book) was "but the baseless fabric of a vision". The motion was passed by 103 to 54 - a pretty good showing for the pro-socialist camp at that time -
The Clarion commented, "The comic element is in the arguments." Also from 25 May's "Cycling Notes":
Next time - Blatchford on "sticking labels on things".