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Despite his many duties as supervisor, proprietor of one of the most popular hotels in Lake George, owner and manager of the Worden Garage and a member of the county Board of Supervisors now in quarterly session, he managed to take a quiet day off for much needed relaxation. (Note: Edwin J. Worden and Lake George had a love-hate relationship. In this column Feb. 9. I told an account of Worden racing his ice boat Zero on the lake and barely escaping with his life when he broke through the thin ice, putting a 4-inch laceration in his thigh. He was Lake George supervisor from 1910 to 1917.)

Boat goes to the islands

Polish Count Casimir S. Mankowski of Lake George has wired to New York to have his racing boat, “Ankle Deep” with her 16-cylinder Sterling engine shipped from the shop in Detroit by express to the Thousand Island races where she will be the entrant of the Lake George Regatta Association for the Gold Challenge Cup in the international races to be held there July 31 to Aug. 2, 1913.

The count has been sorely tempted to go to England with his hydroplane in the face of flattering inducements offered him both in the sporting and in the social world. Great credit is due the Count for his sportsmanship and his unswerving loyalty to the fans who dearly love him in Lake George.

Countess Mankowski has been very ill with pleurisy and rheumatism for the past year and to her great regret will not be able to travel to St. Lawrence to view the races. (Note: An account of Count Mankowski’s brief but exciting life on the Lake George stage was portrayed in this column July 21, 2012. Count and Countess Mankowski lived just north of Bolton Landing on an estate called Tallwoods. It was later known as the Countess Restaurant before it closed.)

Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1@nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.

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