Appaloosian Archives: Martingale's Automatic Centaur

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William Steinmayer

Engineer W.G. St.J. Martingale (1819 - 1859) pauses for fuel and water at the 'Taur village of East Henchthorpe, during an outing to Dithering Heath, in this photo dated 1855. With him are the Bishop of Mortshire and family; tending the firebox is his faithful assistant Stuggins. The centaur couple in the background are identified only as 'Old Noddy & His Mare'. Martingale wrote in his journal: 'I fired up my beloved 'Concord' & made an Expedition of it with the Bishop &c. By my calculations, we made the Journey from Upper Millstone to the Heath in 2 hrs 17 min (barring stops); and returned in 1 hr 58 mins, giving us an average rate of 32 Miles to the Hour.....' Of his stop in East Henchthorpe: 'The locals received us well enough, tho' with the customary Reserve they have towards Humans.... One village ancient amused me greatly with his observation that 'Ee do go pow'rful fast for a 'Ewman; but nor wud Oi, if moi a*** were a-foire, Zur....' (from a glass plate negative in the collection of the British Cryptotechnological Society). Martingale's career will, i hope, be more fully explored in an upcoming issue of Herd Mentality. 7@=e

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