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The New York Times
September 2, 1894

Excerpt from an article subtitled, "Country Life and Sports of the French President"

PARIS, Wednesday, Aug. 1.-Thanks to the horseless carriage contest, new notions are already being started.  In many provincial towns there are no railroads, no tramways; only a small 'bus to go to the nearest market or to the station.  Several of these localities have already sent to inquire as to the cost of one or more steam wagons, which can be made useful to the general public.  The steam omnibus is therefore a practical fact, if it did not quite meet the highest demand of the jury, on account of the necessity of the two men required to manage it.  The days of the still familiar diligence are numbered.

Paris is not to be distanced in the progressive change, for already the "Belle Jardinière" has announced the early use of six large "steam stages" to carry their goods and their people to and from the neighboring towns.  Other large stores, such as the Louvre, will certainly follow suit, for the care, trouble, and expense of the horses required for the delivery of goods, even as near as Versailles, form a terrible item of expense.

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