National Affairs: Man and the Mask

Washington chuckled, the whole country grinned. The President had been caught taking an illicit horseback ride. He has a mechanical hobbyhorse in his dressing room—a horse with a tin body, on which is cinched an ordinary saddle. By pressing successive buttons, the horse can be made to trot, to canter, to gallop at various speeds—an electrical motor supplying the motion (which is entirely vertical). Three times a day, for ten minutes, he rides.

Of course Washington chuckled. One of the Senatorial wits—from the press reports, one could gauge rather accurately that he was Senator...

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