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The New York Times
December 23, 1909

Riding With an Actress, He Runs Into a Pile of Building Material.

John T. Rainier, Jr., a Yale student and son of the President of the Rainier Automobile Company, drove an automobile into a pile of building material in St. Nicholas Avenue, at 142d Street, at 2:30 o'clock yesterday morning.  He and Miss Adele Wilson, an actress, of 50 Cathedral Parkway, were thrown out.  The girl got a scalp wound, but Rainier escaped with bruises.

The automobile belonged to P. G. Grant, who owns a garage at Sixty-fourth Street and Broadway.  Mr. Grant said that while young Rainer could have had any car of his for the asking, he had taken the car Tuesday night without permission.  The car was wrecked.

Miss Wilson was taken to the Harlem Hospital and Rainier was locked up for driving without a license.  He have his name as Rogers, but his identity was discovered when his father reached the Harlem court to bail him out.  Magistrate Krotel held him in $500 bail for trial, which Mr. Rainier finally provided.  Young Rainier was driving without a chauffeur's license.

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