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The New York Times
December 14, 1909

Richmond Hill Boy Not Only Has a License, but His Own Car.

Grefward Daggett, 15 years old, was arraigned before Magistrate Connolly in Flushing yesterday to answer to the charge of running an automobile on Hoffman Boulevard at the rate of thirty-two miles an hour.  The boy said that he was the son of a wealthy resident of Central Avenue, Richmond Hill, and exhibited a chauffeur's license.

The Magistrate said that he had been led to believe that a license would not be granted to any one under eighteen years of age, but the boy's father, who was in court, said that his son was capable of running the machine, and that it was his own.  Magistrate Connolly held young Daggett for Special Sessions in $200 bail.

Louis Nagel, the former bicycle champion, of 63 West Ninety-third Street, was next arraigned, charged with speeding along Broadway-Flushing on the previous day.  In the car at the time Nagel was arrested was Harry Payne Whitney.  Mr. Whitney did not appear in court yesterday, and Magistrate Connolly held Nagel for Special Sessions in $200 bail.

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