Transport: Governors

From a control device used on ancient windmills James Watt in 1788 evolved the steam-engine speed governor, a revolving spindle which works through centrifugal force. Most popular type of governor for gasoline engines, officially termed "hit-and-miss," shuts off the fuel supply at excess speed, is usually "jimmied" by impatient truck-drivers immediately after installation. Last week Massachusetts' 650,000 motorists had good cause to believe they might all become "hit-and-miss" drivers when State Public Works Commissioner Frank E. Lyman asked the Legislature to restrict the speed of Massachusetts motorcars by means of a governor...

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