A hundred and fifteen years ago, a drunken lout tried to pull a woman off her bicycle. She instead jumped off and administered a short and presumably unexpected tutorial on the merits of Llap-Goch scientific pugilism:


This has recently been all over Twitter and Tumblr, where of course it was without attribution. However I was able to find an abridged version of the story (sans illustration and some of the details, see center column “News And Notes” about nine items down) in the August 12, 1899 supplement to the Evening Post of Wellington, New Zealand. It remains unclear whether the “insulting remarks” that triggered the incident were of the general sort that women endure all too often, or whether they were specific to the quaint but once-common notion that women on bicycles were scandalous.

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