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A FORGOTTEN MAN ENDOWED WITH TRUE GRIT SET A LAND-SPEED RECORD IN 1848
Bil Gilbert
December 10, 1979
Given the pride we Americans often take in our reputation and ability as hustlers, it seems a pity, almost a historical injustice, that there are not statues in our parks, calendar portraits in barbershops, even grade-school pageants commemorating the life of F. X. Aubry. In his day—more than a century and a quarter ago—Aubry, a wispy, hyperactive young man, was generally acclaimed as the greatest of all hustlers, the hardest of hard chargers. Though now relegated to historical footnotes, his accomplishments were such as to give him a solid claim to these titles.
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December 10, 1979

A Forgotten Man Endowed With True Grit Set A Land-speed Record In 1848

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The point still seems a valid one.

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