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OMAITA' SUNDAY BEE: MAY
OLDFIELD IS NOT AFRAID
Wizard of Auto Speedway Talks Non
chalantly of Danger.
MODEST OVER HIS VICTORIES
"Perhaps Nome I nknnnn ' May Have
Travdfd .last' am Past," Hr !
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"How many accidents have you had In
your ei(rht-year career of motor racing?"
visitor asked Barney Uldfleld.
"Oh, several!" answered the holder of the
world's record for speed.
"Four of 'em were pretty bad."
"Two killed one time, and one another.
Tes, I got bruised up pretty bad myself
Oldfleld Is the most modest of persons.
It's hard to see why, but H must be. It
Isn't taciturnity or anything- of the kind,
because he's perfectly willing to talk on
things that don't concern the achievements
of Barney Oldfleld It's Just plain, bare
faced, deep-rooted modesty. Moreover, he
II clean-faced, clear-eyed, good-looking and
a pleasant man to hold conversation with.
These accidents of his hVs unwilling to
talk about them, but by dint of much pres
sure will are purely incidental, and, he
soberly explains, unavoidable.
"It's like this," he -aid yesterday after
noon. "Of course, I don't always go 142
miles an hour" that's hi record "but even
at 100 things come along pretty fast. At 100
a broomstick laid across the track will
make a car shoot fifty or sixty feet with
out touching the ground. You can't stick
your hand straight out and shift the gears
the wind's too strong for anything like
that. You've got to slide it out on an angle.
When I tried the other thing I came pretty
close to leaving my best hand behind me.
At hso a broken tire means an acrobatic
motor car, with you doing the ground
stunts. It's pretty hard to think when
you're going that fast. The machine is
really going faster than the ml ml If
there's something In the way half la mile
ahead you've got to start turning right
away. A sudden twist of an Inch on the
wheel would turn you over. Oh, it's some
thing you can't really describe!",
"If you can't I don't see how anyone's
going to," commented the visitor, "espe
cially as no one else In the world's ever
gone that fast."
"Maybe somebody has," answered Old
field, "and we Just don't know about him."
(How's that, when the nearest known rec
ord to Oldfleld's Is 128 miles an hour?)
"Maybe," he went on, "it'll give you
ome idea when I tell you that the pres
aure of a pair of ordinary goggles against
my cheeks and forehead was so painful that
I couldn't drive until 1 got a special racing
mask. That was when I first tried out the
"What would happen If anything broke
going at 180?"
"Walt till something breaks and I'll tell
you. fay, I could go W0, though, In that
Bens If she'd hold the track. Man, she'll
develop 250 horse power any time. Believe
me. it's the greatest car" and Oldfleld
launched out enthusiastically upon the car.
And, at the end, you decided that, after all,
Barney Oldfleld's success wasn't due to
luck or fate, but to enthusiasm, backed by
" 1 llssMMh
The other fellow goes up Davenport hill from
gear. BUICK goes up on high gear.
Want to be shown? Just use either 'phone.
a good, healthy body and a strong heart -Kansas
fitting up a Private oarage
I'm. tl. nl oMtl for Those Who
Hvnalr Own Machines.
For the average automobile owner of
moderate means a private garage of In
expensive construction and equipped with
the necessary devices for practical repair
work can bo maintained without taxing the
pocketbook to an enormous extent, no
matter what kind of material Is used In the
construction of tho building, a cement floor
is advisable In all cases as a protection
against fire. Pieces of wood should be Im
bedded in the floor, to afford a secure
anchorage for various parts of the equip
ment. A strong bench about 6x2 feet should be
fastened to the floor and wall anil placed
near a window. It should have an under shelf
for the convenient keeping of polish cans,
grease, and other materials of like nature.
The top should be made of thick two-Inch
stock, covered with tin to prevent the oil
and grease from igniting while using a
blow torch, and also to provide a smooth
surface having no cracks through which
small parts might be lost.
Near or above the bench a cupboard or
closet should be placed, huving a number
of pigeon holes in which to keep tools and
small parts. The necessary tools ought to
Includo two hammers, light and heavy, a
ten-Inch mill file, a square file, a large and
small three-cornered files, and a small half
round file. A few small punches and chisels
should be Included, also a monkey wrench
and a pipo wrench. There should also be a
scraper for scraping bearings and a hack
saw and tin shears. A large and a small
screw driver completes the list of small tools
which aro Indispensable. A breast drill
with an assortment of drills, ranging from
1-16 to H-lnch will be found very useful.
Standard taps and dies from 3-16 to 14
Inch sizes should be Included. The soldering
outfit should consist of a blow torch, sold
ering Iron, solder, and soldering acid. A
strong four-inch vise should be fastened to
vhe bench near the legs, which would act
as a support. The vise should have false
Jaws made of copper to prevent marring
finished work. A heavy bench block for
hammering and riveting should be provided.
To mako the equipment more complete,
there should be a blacksmith's outfit, con
sisting of a forge, anvil, tongs, and a small
sledge, but tills can be dispensed with for
the sake of economy.
For tire repair tho following should be
kept In stock: Rubber cement, various
sized patches for Inner tubes, patching
canvas for Bhoes, emery cloth, a stiff wire
brush, and necessary tire replacing tools.
A vulcanlilng outfit, while not absolutely
essential. Is really desirable, as vulcanlilng
Is always preferable to repairing with rub
Motor oil, k tease, graphite, waste, car
bide and keroslne should be kept in iuf
flclent quantities for practical needs. The
gasoline tank shSuld comply with the 'fire
underwriters' regulations, and be large
enough to Insure adequate supply.
For use In washing the car or can a
hlgh-grado automobl.e soap, sponges, and
chamois skins, and a good-sized pall
should 'be Included In the outfit. Much
time and labor are saved by the use of a
wringer, which can be fastened near the
The garage should have drop lights and
a "creeper," which Ii a handy device where
the garage la built without a pit. For the
prevention of tire deterioration forked
Are You Buying an Automobile For?
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blocks having a large base on which the
axles reit, taking tho weight off the tires,
should be used.
The equipment outlined above Is all that
is necessary for the owner who wishes to
have the ordinary repairs to his car made
In his own garage New York Tlmei.
MOTORS BOOST GOOD ROADS
Tower Vehicles Started Work In Nev
Jersey and Accomplished Mnch.
Since 1892, when a law providing that
New Jersey should pay one-third of the
cost of the roadi built by tho twenty-one
counties of the state went into effect, there
has been paid out about 12,900,000 as Its share
In the improvement of 1,600 miles of high
ways. These state-improved roads are of the
broken stone type Invented by John L,oudon
Macadam, the Scotch engineer, and are
known commonly by the term "macadam
ized." Their basic principle consists of the
laying of a foundation of hard rock broken
Into pieces that will pais through an Iron
ring two and a half Inches In diameter,
over which are placed layers of smaller
stones, the whole forming a compact and
So serviceable have these roads proved
until within the last several years that
New Jersey gained a reputation of pos
sessing one of the finest systems of high
ways In the country.
With the advent of the high speed motor
car, however, It has been found that the
macadam roads tend to disintegrate and
lose their surface, largely, it is believed, by
reason of the suction exerted by the broad
automobile tires. To meet ihis difficulty
the state commissioner of public roads has
made a number of experiments, the result
of which have led him to adopt, what is
termed a bituminous road.
This type of highway consists of the use
of the macadam base, but with a top dress
ing composed either of heavy asphaltum
oil, put on while heated to about 200 de
grees Kahrenhelf, or of a tar preparation.
The commissioner, in his annual report,
says that "this type of pavement resembles
an asphalt street; In fact, for suburban
streets and country roads it is Just as
desirable. While possessing most of the
virtues, of an asphalt street. It is more
resilient and less slippery, consequently
better adapted for horse travel. It Is as
nearly dustless as a pavement cUn be made
and the surface Is not disturbed by the
action of an automobile passing over it."
The average additional cost of this type
of roadway over that of the macadam is
estimated at from $1,000 to 2.730 per mile
for a fourteen-foot width, the cost vary
ing according to the richness of the top
dressing, the method by which it Is put on
and the locality of the road improved. As
an offset, however, it is believed that the
maintenance of these roads will cost little
or nothing during their first two years, and
after that period will not exceed 280 per
mile, as compared with the annual coBt of
$400 for the proper up-keep of the macadam
Frgm this the Inference has been drawn
that the bituminous road Is to be the road
of the future, although It will require tests
of from five to six yean to Justify the
accuracy of this prediction.
KIsThl New Attendee.
Eight new agencies have recently en
tered the Omaha field. At the present
time limit every variety of machine on
the market is to be found In Omaha, and
the men who sell automobiles have long
Ince come to be recognized as a factor of
Importance in the business world.
the east on low
BUICK AUTO CO.,
MUST HAVE STATE LICENSE
Maryland's New Law Relating to
Autos Effective July 1.
BAN ON THE BOY CHAUFFEUR
All Persons Under Sixteen A'cara of
Age Who Desire to linn a Ma
chine Mast Undera-o Spe
cial Kxamlnii tlon.
BALTIMORE. May 2S.-Maryland s new
automobile law goes Into effect on July 1.
It will not be necessary for any owner of
a motor vehicle to i se a certificate of reg
istration under the new law until July 1,
after wnlch It will be a serious offense to
operate a car without the registration num
ber tags to be furnished by the new com
missioner. Under the new law dealers and
manufacturers of cars may register them
separately or nfny secure a certificate as
signing -them a definite number on their
carl for )24 a year. They can use these
numbers Interchangeably, but can never
have more than four in service at one
time. If they wish to use moro they must
pay $6 a year for extra numbers and fur
nish the designated number themselves.
These particular tags are to be for cars
used only for demonstration, and not those
for pleasure or for hire.
After July 1 no person shall operate a
car without an operator's license. This ap
plies alike to owner, chauffeur, members of
owner's family, and all others. The only
exception Is when un unlicensed person Is
being Instructed. Operators' licenses will
not be granted to persons under 16 years
of age, except after a special examination.
The fee for the operator's license Is $2,
and It need not be renewed annually. Pres
ent chauffeurs' or owners' licenses will be
accepted as evidence of ability, and no
charge will be made for certificates. Ex
aminations of applicants may be held If
the commlsslner thinks best.
The only speed regulation is that no per
son shall operate a motor vehicle at a rate
of Bpeed greater than is reasonable and
proper, having regard to the width, traffic,
and use of the highway, or so as to en
danger the property or life or limb of any
person. This may mean one mile an hour
or twenty-five, depending upon conditions.
As a check upon speeding, the law provides
that if the speed exceeds twelve miles In
towns or villages, eighteen miles in out
lying or not thickly settled sections, or
twent' -five miles in the open country. It
shall be deemed excessive.
In response to a letter from the Associa
tion of Licensed Automobiles, dealers offer
ing sixty automobiles for the reception to
Colonel Roosevelt, the reception committee
says that it will not be able to accept the
use of the automobiles. Major General
Roe, In charge of tho parade, thinks that
the automobile Is not slow enough, and as
he Is in charge of the committee, bows to
his wishes to use carriages .Instead of
FROM TRAIN TO
Railroad Booster for Improved Farm
ing Travels In Anto.
The agricultural expert. F. R. Btevens,
recently employed by the Lehigh Valley
railroad, will make his tours of the farms
In an automobile. The industrial depart
Wfi n.r not. short on cars. That is
salesroom and can make deliveries now. Why shouldn't we, with the largest factory in the world
building 41,000 cars this year? We are going to make the Buick family larger than ever. 116 new
ones were added to the already large Buick family last month in the state of Nebraska. Just take
a dance at the state record and see what the people are buying.
ment of the company has purchased the
Mr. Stevens, who was formerly connected
with the New York State department of
agriculture, was employed by the railroad
company about a month ago. In his present
work he Is receiving the co-operation of
the agricultural departments of both tho
states of Pennsylvania and New Tork.
SOME AUTO HINTS FOR AMATEURS
Knurr Mechanism of fur First, Then
Forntre In Repair Shop.
Amateurs should seize every possible op
portunity to learn about the mechanism of
the car they aro driving, or learning to
drive, and one way to do this Is to gather
all that can be gathered from the unfor
tunate experience. By learning to make
roadside repairs expeditiously, and In such
a manner as to allow the car to limp home,
the new driver soon gains confidence In
his own ability, and this is reflected in his
work at tho wheel. So It is a wise plan to
visit all tho repajr shops possible, there
to learn how repairs have been and are
being made. More than this, It Is well to
talk about these things with moro ex
Thus many an amateur has had trouble
with punctured floats, or carbureters, par
ticularly with metal floats, for they nre
the only kind that can be punctured. As
a temporary method of repairing a punc
tured copper float, the use of sealing wax
may be cited. In cases where the float
has flooded, through the perforation of the
solder, the first thing to be done Is to bore
a small hole In the float. In order to let
out the accumulated liquid, and the sur
face should be carefully cleaned around
the puncture. A piece of sealing wax
should then be obtained, and a few drops
should be melted over the hole and should
be pressed well down In order to fill it
up. It will then be found that the float Is
again good for any number of miles. One
advantage of this method la that the wax
adds little weight to the float. It Is advisa
ble to moisten whatever Is used for press
ing In the melted wax in order to prevent
Nothing can give a new driver more
trouble than a broken axle, particularly a
broken front axle. If this he of the tubular
type and the driver be fairly Ingenious, a
roadside repair may be made which will
allow of driving the ear home, which Is
some satisfaction. Thus a case In which
the tubular axle has been broken off close
to the spring chair, but Inside of it may be
repaired as follows: Obtain a piece of
wire cable, or heavy telegraph wire may
be used, or even In default of either of
these a piece of stout rope. In any case
something that can be used to tie the two
parts together. Attach this to tho springs,
leaving lots of slack between them. Then
drive Into the broken end a piece of wood,
which has been whittled down to fit, or a
round Iron bar or something similar and
handy. Having driven this Into one broken
piece, drive the other onto It, and keep
them from separating by tightening up on
the rope or cable. This may be done by
Inserting any strong stick or piece of iron.
as for instance a tire Iron, and twisting
until the whole is as tight as possible.
Then the tightening means should be so
fixed In n position as to render It impos
sible for It to come loose. It will then be
possible to limp home with the broken
axle, slow speed being a necessity.
Lamps should have not a little attention
whether in UBe or not, for sooner or later
they will come into use, and then the pre
vious neglect will manifest itself. One
thing every automoblllst should learn la
what our factory is buildirur.
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Omaha Branch. 1912-14-16 Farnam St.. LEE HUFF, Mfjni
not to fiddle around with the wicks of his
lamps. Thus, they should bo loft as they
stand when the lamp Is extinguished. The
average motorist extinguishes his lamp
by turning down the wick In order to save
the clips of the lamp door from becoming
slack from frequent using. He leaves the
wick turned down till the lamp Is next re
quired, and then forgets which way to turn
the button, with the reiult that he fre
quently turns the wick right down Into tho
oil reservoir nnd has ooner or later to
fish for It in the dark with a bent pin.
Moral: If you extinguish a lamp by turn
ing down the wick, turn It up again be
fore you quit hold, so that you may never
forget which way to revolve the button.
The best Way, however, to extinguish the
lamp is to open the door and blow out the
Itfhtt as that leaves the wick right for the
next time of lighting.
One little subject which always gives
trouble Is the matter of nuts working loose,
so that nut locks are a necessity. A slm
pio form which every automoblllst having
a hammer, cold chisel, some sheet steel
and a llttlo patience can mako for himself
is as follows: Place a short piece of sheet
steel on a block of hard wood anil punch
a hole through one end, this being a
round hole, to accommodate a screw or
rivet. At the other end tho nut for which
the lock is to bo made Is laid on the steel
and its exterior shuflo scratched In the
steel, using any sharp point, as the end of
a file. This outline serves as a guide for
tho cold chisel, which Is brought Into use
to cut away tho metal. When the end has
been formed to fit the nut, one end Is put
Into a vise, and the other end bent, to give
the whole something of a spring. To use,
the small end with a round hole Is fastened
dowa with a rivet or screw, according to
the kind of a Job wanted, which. In turn,
will depend upon Its location, and the
party doing tho work. This end being
fastened down, tho other will stand up at
a slight angle. To screw the nut down,
this must bo hold up above the top of the
nut, out of the way, but as soon ;is the
nut has been screwed home the lock can
be dropped down over It, preventing It
from backing off.
Crank shafts will break at times, and the
amateur should not start out with the
Idea that they will not, nor, more to the
point, that they cannot be repaired. This
particular repair Is concerned with a
shaft which breaks off In the checks or
flat part. To repair, the nearest black
smith makes a flat strap, making it over
one of the good parts of the shaft. Then
with this flat strap over the broken parts,
a couple of holes are drilled through, ami
pins, bolts or rivets put through. New
Insult lo Injury.
"How did Clurence come to get Into a
disgraceful fight with that camera fiend?"
"Well, you see, Clarence was walking In
the park last Sunday with his fiancee,
Mlsi FryUv And Whenever tho lady got
In range of the camera tho man would
"And so Clurence objected?"
"Well, he spoke to the man about It.
And the fellow unswered tiiat he wasn't
taking her picture, but only closing the
shutter when she passed, because the lens
was too valuable to risk. Then Clarence
got mad, and that's how it started."
Its I'atiifnl Bttdi
The last of the Labrador ducks was
about to die.
"It isn't the thing of dying, in Itself,"
gasped tho duck, "that grinds me! It's the
fact that w hile my race hereby becomes ex
tinct, tho gaunt, ungaln y, worthless shlte
poko will llvo on!"
Unohecreci even by the reflection that tho
carrion crow survived the dodo, the hapless
bird breathed Its last. Chicago Tribune.
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ALTOS BOOST HEAL ESTATE
Advance Census Reports Indicate
Property Increase Everywhere.
FARM LAND IS GOING HIGHER
Demand for Sn lenroonm iiml Garages
In (iilra Acts n n Tonic lor
Rrntnl Prices (. rvn t I'ue
tor In World's PrWattOM,
WASHINGTON', May 2S.-Advanii re
port! of the official census indicate (list
property values e cry where are on the In
crease. The statistics show a largo per
centage of advance in values. Real ostato
men attribute this largely to Ihe automo
bile. They say It has exerted a greater ef
fect upon real estate values than any other
modern Invention. Not only are valuta In
city property raising, but farm lands,
as Wall) are becoming more valuable.
In tho city the demand for salesrooms,
garages, etc., has accomplished wondeis
In boosting rentals, while on the outskirts,
the steady buying of land for factory sites
and extensions his had almost a similar
People can live farther out In the country
than they could before tho automobile camo
into general use. Farm values have gone
up and hundreds of places located within a
radius of twenty-five miles of cities have
found ready purchasers in men who use
automobiles aa their regular means of
Reports from the Willys-Overland com
pany of Toledo, O., shows that a larger
percentage of their cars, are sold to sub
urban purchasers than to city people.
Farmers are buying thousands of their cars
this year for business and pleasure.
The automclle has become an essential
part of the complex life of today, and it is
absurd to regard It as purely a pleasure
vehicle. It has revolutionized tho delivery
service of the cities and proven a potent
factor in the world's progress.
A Dos mill Ills iillar.
A Baltimore dog wears a diamond collar
worth about I1&,W0, which was made ex
pressly for his use by a prominent Jeweler,
to the order of his master, who is a resi
dent of Baltimore, Md. An elaborate ban
quet was given by the dog s owner, and In
the midst of the festivities the little dog,
a black and tan, was formally decorated
with tho gorgeous gift, the occasion be ng
the celebration of the dog's eleventh birm
ilay. "Dixie" for that Is the lucky dog's
name has traveled through practically
every large city on the continent, as well
as the United States, with his muster, who,
us may be readily understood, enteric no
no small affection for him. The collar with
which Dixie was presented contains 700 dia
monds, varying In weight from one-sixth to
one karat, und is of unique and very attrac
tive design .Strand Magazine.
ihe Price of BloQSJuenoo
Tho auctioneer held up u battered fiddle.
"What am I offered for this antique
violin?" he pathetically inquired. "Iook
it over. See the blurted finger marks of i
remorseless time. Note the stains of the
hurrying years. To the merry notes of
this fine old Instrument tho brocaded
dames of fair France may have danced I
the minuet in glittering Versailles. Per
haps the vestal virgins marched to its stir
ring rhythms in the feasts of Lupercalia.
Hal it bears an BOrallon perhaps a touch
of fire. Why, this may have been the very
fiddle on Which Nero played when Rome
"Thirty cents," said a red-nosed man In
the front row.
"It's yours." cried tho auctioneer, cheer
fully. "What next?"-Clcveland Plain
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