Clipped from US, Massachusetts, Boston, Boston Sunday Post, September 6, 1896

STouogWoman in Somerville Who Creates a Sensation by HerOostuCUTS A DASH IN KNICKERBOCKERS,Thinks Women Should Be Admitted t*L. A. W. Knee fleets And C'laims They C ould Win First Pruei-She Is a Very l'p-to- Dale NewWoman.;mheheo-n-asedSomerville has sot a cycling sensation In the shape of a most comely and wellshaped young woman, who bestrides a man’s wheel in what might as well becalled tights. She is an expert rider, as many of the push have found out who have tried to chase her up.A Post man, by diligent search, hunted up this young lady, and after much persuasion secured her photograph on her wheel in full regalia and got a very interesting interview.Sho ably represents one of the new women and Is very much up in the times as regards her opinion. She favors woman’s rights, feminine suffrage, and all of the good things enjoyed by that omnipresent ! animal—man. She believes that woman should be allowed all the privileges of the League of American Wheelmen, including tho privilege of the race track.Miss Florence Estabrook of Somerville is tho young personage who has occasioned so much comrhent with her bicycle suit. She is the first rider around Boaton who has appeared in tight-fitting knickerbockers as yet. She rides a 24-inch diamond frame, low’-dropped handle bars, and presents a very pretty and neat appearance.A NATTY COSTUME.Her costume consists of a golf cap, black and w'hite shirt waist, with a stock gracefully tied at her throat. A short | jacket and tight-fitting knickerbockers ce j reaching to the knee, black stockings and low russet shoes make up her suit. A pretty silk scarf tied around the waist under her jacket, with fringed ends hanging in graceful folds to her knee, completes the outfit.Miss Estabrook is a pretty girl, light complcxionod and of medium height. She has blue eyes and light hair. She Is well-formed, and when mounted upon her wheel produces a charming appearance that any of our Boston athletes might envy.Miss Estabrook was born In St. John, N. B., twenty-one years ago, where she attended school until H years of age, when she camo to Boston with her «ar-ents, who moved to Somerville, where she completed her school education.When asked by the writer when «he ;er, first took to riding and what her v*ews en- were In regard to ladies and their cos-Us, tumes, she replied: I first had my craze, for that is what it Is, last season, and ItPad ■was not long before I gratified It. It ' vc. . took me scarcely any time to learn to ride, LiL; and I rode home after two hours' prac-Y.; tice. After learning my Interest ln-irk, creased, and I rode all of last season. My Jge, j flTSt trip of any distance was made to ien, j Nantasket Beach and return.“I have also made trips to Sharon and other points of interest about Boston as los- ! well as to many of the other delightful rds, j places cyclists frequent. I have ridden rt??A i a great deal this season and last and have yet to feel any physical Injury resulting from it and do not believe 1 will. Many women I believe should not ride aiy-le-onk-idsheel,ct-ity'’y-w.ton,lal-To-100 \ Sarn, ! 11.'red ! wheel, while others are perfectly able to. O.irns,lo-Jel-Ki-ole-Ca-oyt.oosad,EM.i. 50ate;,rds;reinA.am-But-'rattW.im);W.andton; :ton, irds, Dor-81 in1n, ock-ss.; 5ter; ass ; g;on irds, itch, I, 50!, 40Boston; sster Bi-011 -1 A.. El-,Var-ronr, i, 61r, 80 ards,V. S.wardr*rlekdiamnzie,, BO ards, Bos-iury; ster; Wil-W. oine, ison., 120 i. 140 V. 20a'ds, a rds, Dor-do so, whereas many should never attempt it. I believe that a woman in good health is as capable of riding as far and as much as a man and I do not think it would Injure them.“To my mind half or more of the women cyclists do not ride properly. Either their saddle is too high or too low, and the same may be said of the handle bars. IMany women riders ‘hunch’ up In an endeavor to try and obtain a sporty position. If a woman Is going to lean for-Phy, 1 ward at all she should bend from the arjL waist and there alone and not in the Iaf.; upper portion of her body. In my opinion bending from the shoulders will make her round-shouldered, while bending at the waist her back and shoulders will be continuedly straight.”“What are your opinions on a women’s costume for the bicycle and what do you think of bloomers?” asked the writer.“I think bloomers are just the thing,” she answered enthusiastically. Bloomers or knickerbockers, according to the wearer’s taste, are the only things for a woman to wear on a wheel and I believe women should ride dianmnd frames entirely.“Although I think thusly I do not believe they will ever be worn to any great extent in the cities. However, bloomers are now having their second or third season and most city people are accustomed to seeing them, so that they are no novelty.“Do I ever receive Insults and shouts while riding? Oh, yes, and I think It is time that ignorant people ceased shouting and saying disrespectful things to a girl when she is going along through the streets. One would think they would be able to mind their own troubles, but they don’t. Indeed, I do not care much now, although I did at first, but I have become accustomed to it and do not mind it, but I think it is high, time that it was stopped.“I think women should have bicycle clubs as w’ell as men, and then they could have club runs and also ride with the men more. Women should also be allow’ed to race as w’eil as the men.“Indeed, there is no law to prohibit them from racing, but they cannot ride upon the tracks because the by-laws and racing rules of the L. A. W. prohibit women from racing. I understand every track in the country is under the laws and regulations of the league, and it Is impossible for them to ride. It will not be long, I hope, for I believe some day the women will have a track of their own. Then they will not be dictated to any longer by the men, but they will have meets of thedr own, where the racing men will be invited to race against the women, and then many a good man will only be able to pull second and third places, while orts- the women will carry off the first prizes, ards, “indeed, women have been kept down toolong, and the time will come when theMai- women wil1 have a 9ay in resard to thenational government. You see I am very enthusiastic in regard to women’s rightsand suffrage.”There is no doubt that Miss Estabrook is a very enthusiastic wheelwoman. Next year she intends to have a tandem of her n '95! own and invite her friends to ride with ards, her. She is perfectly at home In her cosards,’ I tume, and easy and graceful in her move-11 ! G- (roents, as well as lady-like. C. L.Rob-J. N.ames:i aDed-Wal-ids’e-idge-Cam-n; J.W.