The Paris-Berlin motor carriage race was the most interesting ever held, although it cannot be said it was the most important for the industry, as the vehicles used in the race were not of a type which it is particularly desirable to advance. Both the French and German press have been anxious to prevent a repetition of races 'of this kind by- legislative enactment. The precautions adopted to protect the lives of spectators were most elaborate. For weeks the course was placarded with notices of the coming race. Soldiers and mounted police were picketed at short intervals throughout the whole distance, and all the towns and many of the villages were neutralized, every competitor being piloted by cyclist marshals at slow speed until the outer limit was reached. For a couple of weeks before the race, Paris was made almost unendurable from the odor of petroleum, and day and night were made hideous by the puffing . of cars and the tooting Of horns. The automobile has never been popular with many of the inhabitants of Paris, and the p asants detest it, for these wild races from one end of France to the other are almost sure to mean maiming or death to some one, and the Paris-Berlin race was no exception to the rule, a man and child having been killed and a number of spectators and automobile drivers hurt and seriously injured. The expense of organizing this race must have been enormous, and it is impossible to say whether the immediate results will be at all proportionate to the outlay. At first contests ot this nature enabled manufacturers to discover the weak parts of their mechanisms, but now with their machines 'of the highest speed, it seems as though all parts were vulnerable and the number of extra pieces which must be carried is very large. The racing vehicle is built purely for speed, and is a distinctive type, but is dangerous, unreliable and expensive, and makers object supplying them, except to customers who are known to be expert chauffeurs. There were 170 vehicles entered for the race, and 110 made the start and 30 finished. Some of the carriages had motors of 50 and 60 horse power, and on the straight and level roads some of them made from 70 to 75 miles an hour; Fourni\lr's the winner's net time from Paris to Berlin (744 miles) being 16 hours 6 minutes, or about 47 miles an hour. In the Paris-Bordeaux race Fournier covered the distance at an average speed of 53 miles, but the length of the present route, the condition of the roads and the number of towns to be passed through all served to decrease his speed. The distance was divided into three sections, the first day's trip being from Paris to Aix-Ia-Chapelle, 282 miles; the second day from Aix-la-Chapelle to Hanover, 276 miles, and the third day from Hanover to Berlin, 184 miles. The start took place in the early morning of June 27, and an enormous throng gathered to witness the event. The carriages were dispatched two minutes apart until 7 o'clock in the morning, when the last of the horseless vehicles was started. The crowd was very enthusiastic over Mme. Du Gast, the only woman racer, whose portrait appears in one of the pho- Jlme. Du Gast, the Only Lady Entry and One of the Few to Finish. Mr. Foxhall Keene, the Only American In the Race, Just Before the Star Receiving Instruction. About tile Route. Anthony, One of the Cracks,. 100 Yards from tile start. IKE PARI8-BEBLIN IIOTOB O RACE. July 27, 1901. tographs. M. Fournier arrived at Aix-la-Chapelle at two minutes past 12 o'clock, his time being 8 hours, 28 minutes and 3 seconds. The day was marked by many accidents. On the way a child ran in front of one of the carriages and was instantly killed. The carriage of Foxhall Keene, the only American competitor, was overturned, but fortunately he was not injured. The next day the start was made from Hanover at 5 o'clock in the morning. Eighty carriages took part, starting in the same order that they arrived at Aix-la-Chapelle. M. Fournier arrived at Hanover at 2.13 P. M. in clouds of dust, having covered 276 miles in' 9 hours, 7 minutes and 39 - seconds. The correspondents who saw M. Fournier start from Hanover at 5.15 the next morning took a special train to Berlin, and when they arrived there they found the country roads lined with people. The enthusiasm at the West End race course, Berlin, at 11.46 A. M., when Fournier arrived, was almost beyond bounds. His friends broke through the line of troops, surrounded the car and cheered him loudly. The band played the Marseillaise, and the Germans carried him on their shoulders to the judges' stand and thence to the prize platform, which, like the winning post, was decorated with both French and German flags. The oth 3r racers came in soon after, M:. Girardot arriving second. Mme. du Gast came in at 4 o'clock. M. Fournier had eleven punctures in the' tires of his vehicle, which prevented him from making a better record. It may well be asked if the limit of speed in racing vehicles has been reached. It is not likely that it has, but the safe limit has been attained, and the higher the speed the more liable are the tires to destruction through excessive side strains in taking corners, in addition to the liability of puncture. Speed does not, therefore, depend entirely upon the motors; the tire is a factor of equal importance. It is almost impossible for even a trained chauffeur to carry on such sustained high speeds for days without physical collapse, the nervous strain being intense. Many of the French drivers in the recent race are still suffering from the results of the sport. The race, however, is intended to further the automobile movement all over the world by creating a great interest in it among the public, so that even though the technical lessons of the recent contest may not be very great, the net result must be gratifying.