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American Government Special Collections Reference Desk


The New York Times
April 27, 1914

Great Increase in Collections Over Last Year—Trade Club Plan—Other Motor Notes.

Since Feb. 1 motorists of New York State have paid in license fees $1,008,598, as against $891,472 collected during the same period last year, according to a statement issued by Mitchell May, Secretary of State.  About half of the total has been received at the New York City Bureau, while the remaining fees have been divided about equally between the Albany and Buffalo branch offices of the State's Automobile Bureau.  Moneys derived from this source are for the exclusive purpose of maintenance and repair of the improved highways of the State.


In spite of the closing of the Manhattan Automobile Club, through assignment, there seems to be a good prospect of the continuance of an automobile trade organization on similar lines through the offices of the Motor Dealers' Contest Association.  No action will be taken by the association until after a receiver has been appointed for the club, but it is possible that after that an offer will be made to take over a portion of the club quarters at the Gainsborough and to continue some of its features at least.


An amusing mistake engendered by the disturbed conditions along the Mexican border recently gave a motor party some excitement.  James E. Farrelly of Salt Lake City was touring from his home to Los Angeles through the Imperial Valley.  At Calexico the motorists were told that the road to San Diego through the C-M Ranch was in fine condition,  and that they could save time by taking it to Campo.  Just before reaching the ranch boundaries a band of horsemen came in sight.  "Mexican bandits!" shouted Farrelly, and stepping on his accelerator, he shot by the riders in a cloud of dust. The same experience was repeated before the party reached Campo, where they learned that the "bandits" were United States line patrols, who had reported the automobile party by telephone as a group of smugglers in a high-powered car.

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