Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, January 23, 1910, EDITORIAL, Page 6, Image 14

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Dozen Prizes Are Offered for Different
Farts of the Long; Sun.
Pnmlnrnl Prople of Both Repabllrs
Are Taking lat.rrat la tho
Coming Uag-DltUnc
Growing In Importance and proportion!
very day the International flag t flag
contests between the United Slates and
Mexico are attracting widespread and
merited Attention from manufacturer,
dealer, private owner and clubs through
out the country. Widened In ecope, va
riety and attractiveness, this banner series
of events will prove a potent factor In the
west and In the rich republic of Mexico.
The combined contest will be held In con
nection with the centennial celebration of
Mexico-In 191l
' The flag to flag contest was originally
concejved by Q. A. Wahlgrern of Denver,
who planned an endurance and reliability
run from Denver to the City of Mexico
for a handsome trophy of his own offer
ing. In furtherance of this plan a Chalmers-Detroit
car, driven by Billy Knlpper,
with F. Ed Bpooner and g-uldt-e, last spring
made a pathflnding trip from Denver by
way of El Paso to the capital city of the
Dlai republic. Enduring great hardships
In the desert wastes, this party finally
succeeded In reaching their destination.
They were met with a most enthusiastic
reception. President Porftrlo Dlas In per
son received Mr. Wahlgreen and the path
finders who bore letters of greeting and
liocd feeling to the ruler of Mexico from
Oovernor Bhafroth of Colorado and Oov
ei nor Curry of New Mexico.
Then the thousands of motoring enthusi
asts of the great state of Texas urged upon
the management of the contest to change
the route through Atnarlllo, San Antonio
and to cross the border at Eagle Pass. The
Amarlllo and Ban Antonio ctubs undertook
the work of making' a pathflnding trip
from the border through these towns into
Mexico, where the original 'route was later
joined. The International club of Ban
Antonio, of which the most prominent clt
Ixens of both republics are members, was
especially active.
Closely following the resurveylng of the
route came the announcement of the cen
tennial celebration In Mexico In 1910. It
wae then considered advantageous to post
pone the flag to flag competition In order
to make It a part of the Mexican festivi
ties and so to promote further the era of
good feeling between the two countries,
Iattereat fa Areused.
With this plan for holding over the con
test the American manufacturers, who had
rontmnlatd etiterlncr were most heartllv
In accord. They felt that they would
scarcely be able to supply the home de
mean xor cars jusi now, wniis in uiouior
season they might be able to consider the
Mexican market, which, in the opinion of
experts, is favorably disposed to Amerl
can-made cars since the performance of
the Pathfinder.
Since the announcement of the decision
to run the flag to flag event as a part
of the Mexican centennial celebration those
Interested In both .countries have been co
operating In an endeavor to make this
contest one of the notable and memorable
features of the international program.
Once more the people of Texas have
come to the fore. The International club
of Bon Antonio and the automobile club
of the same city have been working hard
perfecting arrangements. According to the
present program Instead of having merely
the main prise or Wahlgreen trophy for
. the winner in an. endurance run from
lenver to tne city ot Mexico mere win
be about a score ot trophies; in place of
one event there will be practically a
The Wahlgreen trophy as originally In
tended will be awarded the car making the
best record from Denver to the City of
Mexico In an endurance and reliability tour
along the lines of the Olldden contest, with
such modifications s the character of the
country traversed make necessary.
There will be a trophy for the car malt
ing the best endurance and reliability
showing from Denver to San Antonio, and
another fop the car making the best
showing In endurance and reliability from
San Antonio to the City of Mexico.
A trophy will be olfered for a race
between the City of Mexico and San
Antonio and cues for-winners of locl
Texas races and endurance contests from
Kort Wqrthk Hi Paso, Eagle Pass, Amarlllo,
Houston, Dallas- and other points all
scheduled to reach San Antonio at the same
time or on the day when the contestants In
the big events arrive. Awards will be made
in gasoline economy testa and also for
the best tire showing. ' " '
A control of one or more days will be
established in San Antonio, during which
time there will be receptions, track races
and similar events. There may be a depart
ment for motorcycles In the program, but
this is yet to be determined.
The Individual owner as .well as the
manufactured will have an equal chance
In the various events and anyone who
cannot find a class or a department fitted
according to his ideas will indeed be hard
o please.'
, Monster Aato Skun.
Vpun Ike arrival of the contestants in
the City ec Mexico will be held a monster
automobile show at which the contesting
cur's ai'.i other American, models will be
qtuplaysd. Of course, tl4 Americans will
come in for more than their share of
recognition in the festivities Incident to the
centennial celebration.
Honor Andres Garsa Oalan, who has
hung up a tl.CKM cash vurse fur the winner
of the Han Antonio-Mexico rare, has the
following to say concerning the 'coming
Important events:
"Although there are now over C.OuO cars
In Mexico, the field Is yet comparatively
u n worked. Attention thus far has been
only paid to the city region where the
motor car U but a luxury. It is in the
great ranch and ' farm region where the
need ot the quick transportation afforded
by a motor car Is felt Miles of plains
Stretch in msny sections where the going
la like asphalt, and the good roads move
ment Is gathering force. , The American
built machines are deciJeJly In the rna
Joilty now, the ratio being something like
to L O.Uy in Mexico City are the Euro
pean cars to be found In any number, and
even there those manufactured In the
states are .greater In number. There are
several reasons for this. The American
cars have been found btHer adapted to
the rough going' often aa-;?untered. their
parts are more easily replaced when
broken, snd amende are lielng located . In
most of the larite crtlcs. Then the Ameri
can cars cost about one-half as much for
the same grade es the European models,
while giving better service.
"The .European builders are not' Inclined
to allow the American manufacturers to
capture the honor unchallenged, however,
end plans hsve been made to establish
factories for the manufacture of European
modols In Mexico. The government will,
of course, assist anything that will add
to the commerce of the republic, and the
labor problem Is much the same as in
Europe. This will -have to be met by the
American builders If they hope to hold
their Mil, The country Is well worth
fighting for, as the ranch owners sre
alive to the benefit of owning a motor
car and It Is only the matter of a short
time before the demand will be more than
"In the nirrvemcoit for good roads Mexieo
Is not backwarfl. The capitsl rivals Paris
In Its asphalt boulevards, and now a road
is being constructed from the City of
Mexico to Puitbla, a distance of nearly
200 miles. This Is the case all over the
republic, and the movement Is growing
In popular favor with the evidence of Its
"The flag to flajr trip Is expected to add
greatly to the Interest In motoring In
Mexico. Already I have had assurance
that European . cots .will be entered In
several of the contests. The builders
cross the water are -ery eager to win
this test, and It is up to the American
manufacturers to hold the ground they
have gained."
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Bat Few Two and Sis-Cylinder Care
exhibited at Mevr York,
At the New York shows, one thing that
impressed me greatfy was the remarkable
excellence of all automobllos lu general,"
Roy Cofoen, manager of the Raclne-Sattlny
company said,' on his return from his visit
to the two shows.
It seems," ha continued, "that, at last
the Industry has entirely passed from that
experimental stage and han reached that
stable state of perfection that tho public
has long looked for. Other things with
which I was Impressed were: The good
showing of the moderately priced cars and
the absence of the two-cyllndor, and espe
cially six-cylinder, cars from the exhibits
of several of the manufacturers who for
merly exhibited them.
"On the other hand, the four-cylinder
cars have enormously Increased In number
of models and makes."
Disgraceful Conduct
of liver and bowels In refusing to act Is
quickly remedied with Dr. King's New
Life Pills. 25c. For sale by Beaton
Drug Co.
Terry Adrocates Some Action Be Soon
Taken for Benefit of Aatoists.
Tourist Have Hard Time Trjlng to
Conform to All the- Laws of .jf
Varloas Commuattles They
Traverse. V
Charles Thaddeus Terry's plea for uni
formity In automobile legislation before
the convention of the National Civic Fed
eration In Washington last week struck a
popular, chord. As chairman of the legis
lative board of the American Automobile
association, Mr. Terry has devoted, per
haps, more study to the question of uni
form automobile legljlatlop than any other
Investigator in the country. He drew up
a few years ago the uniform state vehicle
law, the salient provisions of which have
been adopted by several state legislatures,
and he also drafted the bill for a national
registration law, which Is to be re-lnlro-duced
Into congress at the present session.
Mr. Terry, in ivlew of his familiarity
with automobito legislation In the United
States, was Invited by the officers of the
National Clvlo Federation to explain the
necessity (or uniformity In this respect.
The Importance of the subject was cfearly
realized by Mr. Terry's cleiw-cut statement,
that . thirty-six states of tho union have
general statutes regulating motor vehicles,
and no two of them are alike.
Mr. Terry's speech virtually outlined the
fundamental objects of the coming Na
tional Legislative oonventlon, to be held
under the auspices of the American Auto
mobile association. In Washington, Just one
month later, on February 16. 16 and (17, to
which the governors of all the states have
been Invited to send ad delegates their ac
credited , representatives In charge of the
enforcement of their respective automobile
laws. He said:
"There are thirty-three states which
have separate, distinct and, In many re
spects, very different motor vehicle regu
lations. When you consider this, and the
further fact that even within the borders
of a single state, in not a few Instances,
the separate counties, towns, villages and
cities have passed motor vehicle ordinances
peculiar to such localities and differing one
from another, and all differing In some re
spects from the motor vehicle law appli
cable to the state In general, you get as a
net result confusion worst comfounded.
Uniform Laws Weeded.
"There are two ways In which this par
ticular evil may be cured one ( Is by the
enaotment by congress of a federal regis
tration automobile bill, providing only, in
substance, that upon reglsatlon at a
bureau of the national capital after regis'
tratlon has been bad In the state of the
residence of the owner of the motor vehlel?.
his license to operate and use the vehicle
shall be recognised by every state In the
union, and thus freedom in the use of the
vehicle secured, without further license and
without payment of further fees; the other,
by the enactment of all the states of a
uniform motor vehicle law exempting non
resident fromNts registration provisions,
as does, for example, the law of the slate
of New York.
"No one will dissent from the proposition
that uniformity In motor vehicle regulation
Is not only expedient, but In the highest
degree desirable. It Is conceded that more
harm and Injustice are sometimes brought
about by lack of uniformity of the laws of
the verlous states than by Imperfect or
even bad laws In special instances. No
where Is this better Illustrated than In the
ccse of travel upon the highways'.
'To take a concrete example, suppose
that one were'to start In his motor vehicle
at New York to make a trip to Washing,
ton to transact business with his govern
ment. He will have no sooner left the
ferry boat on the Jersey shore, before he
wlK be stopped and notified that he can
proceed no further. He will find that what
ho had always assumed to be his natural
right, to use the highways of the country
so long as he scrupulously regarded the
rlhts of others upon the highway, has
been erected Into, a privilege to be pur
chased only by the payment of money and
the expenditure of time and trouble In
seeking out one of the government officers
and paying fees for a so-called 'license.'
He must find the proper officer at the
place where these fees are received, fill out
and sign an application blpnk, pay his
money and receive four tags, each one' of
which Is good for two days' enjoyment of
this grand privilege of using the highways,
and after he has done all these things he
will find that the state Is not yet satisfied.
He must, before he may proceed. flf nut
and execute a regular power of attorney
making the Secretary of state his agent to
receive process In .any proceeding which
may be brought against, him while he Is
enjoying this so-called Inestimable privi
lege. Trouble at State Lines. '
"When he reaches the borders of the state
of Maryland he will be again held up and
obliged, before he will be allowed to con
tinue his Journey, to go through very much
the same process as he did when he at
tempted to cross the borders of New Jer
sey. He will be put to pretty much the
same annoyance. Inconvenience and ex
pense when he attempts to cross the line
Into the District of Columbia, and It will
be very likely that when he reaches the
seat of his national government he will be
so incensed as to have entirely forgotten
the business upon which he came, and be
possessed only with the Idea ' that there
should be some power In the national gov
ernment to remedy the evil of which he
has been a victim, and that if there Is
such power, It should be speedily and ef
fectively applied.
"There seems to be no reason why regu
lations applicable in one section of the
country should not be equally applicable to
everywother section, why the provisions of
law adequate for one state should not be
equally adequate for every other state.
It would seem that In this country of ours
If we are really a nation there Is no
reason why a license to operate a motor
vehicle good ht New York should not be
Equally good In San Francisco and In
every portion of the highway between
these two cities, and why one knowing
-thoroughly . the law under which he has
secured such license should riot be able to
proceed from New York to San Francisco
In the perfect confidence that if he obeys
that law he will not bo violating the law
of any of the Jurisdictions traversed by
the highway upon which he travels.
"The automoblllst claims no special priv
ileges, but he claims the right to fair
treatment, nnd to that end, that the laws
which regulars the use of his highways
shall be so plain and reasonable that he
who runs an automobile may read them,
and may obey them, and still may travel
with comfort and freedom from Intolera
ble exactions and needless burdens."
Slslns; Vp Railroad Ruslness Cause
- Shortage In the Cipher
The most marvelous array of statistics
presented for some time past was that
offered by the Bureau of Railway News
and Statistics. These figures are so stu.
pendous that one can scarcely comprehend
their real meaning as they stand In orderly
rows, divided Into groups of three by
portly commas. Figures are mounted up
so rapidly nowadays that the statisticians
have to keep on hand an ample supply of
In ten years, nearly 17,000,000,000 people
were carried by the railroads of the United
States, and In a single year, 1908, 1,500,000,
000 tons of freight were transported over
the shining rails from one part of the
country to another.
The weight ot Individual locomotives has
increased 115 per cent, and the number 75
per cent, there being now almoat 7,000
puffing over the United States. The In
crease in the capacity of freight cars has
been approximately 120 per cent, making
their presunt carrying capacity more than
71.000,000,000 tons.
j Perhaps the statistics giving the num
ber of railroad employes are the most im
pressive; nearly 1,600,000 people, an Increase
of 67 per cent, are now on the payrolls of
United States railroads, drawing a compen
sation of $1,000,000,000 a year, an Increase
of 110 per cent over ten years ago. Na
tional Magattne. -
O 1 1R E C T O R. "V-
I , Roadster, 4 cyl., 8 passenger 1,100
I jff g mm Touring Car, 4 cyl., 5 passenger 91.350
I i Touring Car, 6 cyl., 7 passenger $3,000
yUUncU Coit Automobile Co., 2203 Farnam St.
nrarrs TANKS md PUMPS
u. m. pinnKKiun,
6821 Brandala Building.
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I BlO 8 E JrlE v The car that solves the delivery problem. Call
Hlla ilH lillln UP for demonstration.
i 01 Booth Tenth Street. Douglas 8734.
&&i&f2& Vlallaca Anfooobne Co.
motor car 24th Near Farnam Street. r
W. L. Huffman & Go i ' Inter-Stata, $ f ,750) DeTampla,
202S Farnam Straat 5550l HuprttOblle, .7.50,
DBirQif-ElRCtriC PloneeJMmplemrlnt Co.
UOUUgg. Ubblllb Ceundl Btutfe. Iowa.
Mobtfs Electric .BSr
II.E.Frodrlckson Automobile Co. Sg
044-4-4 PA NAM TWKKT
ilonry1 II. Van Brunt 3HT
"MURPHY DID IT" m. "Bfi!
A nftlftM The easiest riding car in the world.
UiUU.lUU 0-I". LOUK, 1808 Farnam Street,
State Agent. -
Standard AutomobilB Co. .asS'"
Nebraska Quick Auto Company
taw tatk, m iiirr, kw a t. sidles. ! Umj. c a van, ban
IMTCD QT ATE 1,750 FuM' wm- ciuWhT.
y I C("0 I H I L W' L """MM & CO.. 2025 Fima St.
, Dlntrlbvtor.
sJs) His im mu etiMoPLirTotcr0MPANy.
WvLTWVy U Council Bluffs. Iowa. .
?NCoit Automobile Co.-.
Douq. 7281 2318 Harney Street. A-2011
FREELAND BROS. & ASHLEY, 1102 Firosa St.
Atlantic and Council Bluffs, Iowa
R. R. KIMBALL s,Mif ! ?JT"
tOl Faraani SlraaL
li 2026 Farnam St 1
In its class without a peer.
C. F. LOUK, State Agent,
1808 Farnam St.
1102-4 Farnam St.
PIaaimak Wood's Electric
1024 Firniai St.
KISSEL KAR ssskussel auto go.
muukk Iirill $3,000 60 H. P. 2016 Farnam St.
John Deere Plow Co.,. Distributors.
Ford Motor Co., iSKSWdSmi'
Linnib)5Qe 43&V
life "w m
Safety in Automobiling
is Everything
The railroad puts safety
Rolling stock-road bed
are planned primarily for
safety. Thousands are
spent on safety appli
ances. Safety in automobiling is
as important as safety in
The Locomobile is a safe
automobile It's record
is clean.
Strong, heavy axles, Loco
mobile construction.
Second growth hickory
wheels-im mens e ly
strong, cannot come off. 1
Substantial, safe steering
mechanism, Locomobile
construction. Bronze
steering wheel, no alumi
num. Powerful brakes,
two independent sets;
durable and dependable.
When you and your family
tour in a Locomobile,
, you feel safe; you enjoy
every mile; you are free'
from worry.
1818 Farnam Street Omaha, Neb.