M. J. O'Brien
It was only a few minutes before o'clock when the ten men who were to ride the first relay lined up on Market street, near Tenth, and awaited the word to go. The immense crowd pushed and jostled with each other to get a glimpse o the riders, while others who preferred to see them pass lined both sides of Ninth street for blocks. At exactly 9 o'clock to the second Starter McGlynn gave the word and the riders were off over the cobbles, each striving to reach Ninth street first, that he might have the advantage of leading down the cable slot as far as Potrero avenue. Kroetz of the Olympics secured the coveted position, and led the others a merry chase down Ninth street. The order was: Kroetz, Olympic; Bozio, Imperial; Robinson, San Francisco; Hardenbrook, Garden City; Languetin, Bay City; Schleuter, Acme; O'Brien, San Jose; Pratt, Alameda; Hanson, California, and Boyden, Reliance.
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