Business: Motors

In 1900 a baby was born in Madison Square Garden, Manhattan. The public that went to see it felt much as Benjamin Franklin did when, to conceal his misgivings, he said to a French balloonist who had urged him to ascend, "Newborn infants are singularly uninteresting to me."

The Manhattan baby was the U. S. automobile industry, swaddled for its first show. The 31 cars exhibited came so far from filling the spacious Garden that an oval track was erected on the floor, around which the "horseless...

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