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Jacket Required

In the dusty hot month of August in 1901 a group of Gym Cycling Club members road up to Hamilton out of Cincinnati. When they arrived they were famished, so they cleaned up the best they could and went to the finest restaurant. It so happened that the Duke of Buckingham and Count Arata were also there. The Enquirer reports that the Duke and the Count acted as if they owned the place. They called upon the proprietor and some whispered words were exchanged. He the turned and spoke in “plain Ohio language: ‘You can’t eat here without coats,’ to which Buckingham declared “Discovered!” So the boys were hustled onto the street again. They begged nine other places for a meal before finally being allowed to dine with the bell hops at a hotel after 2. Suggestions were offered in sympathy by onlookers; they could rent a room and it delivered, the could borrow jackets, or the could drape blankets over their shoulders.
Well rules are rules: jackets required. Even for prominent wheelmen far from home on a hot August day.

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