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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (May 21, 1911)
TIIE OMAHA fTOPAT MAY 81, 1911.
I Driver Who Will Locate New Route
R. w. cnAta in '
RED WINO" E-M-F CAR, WHICH WILL TRAVERSE) OMAHA-KANSAS CITY "BEE" LINH ON
Carry) n a tneRe from Th Omaha Be
to tba Kanaaa City Star, th famous "Red
Win E-F-M car, with R. W. Craig at
tha whaal, will b atnt away early Wednes
day morning from the Bee building on a
run to the Mlaeourl metropolis to prove
the feaslbUlty of the "Bee" Una between
the two oltles aa a. route of automobile
travel. This la In accordance with the
plan announced In The Bee two weeks ago.
The course of the ttt-mlle dash will be
carefully routed by Mr. Craig during the
trip aa4 full notations taken of the best
etretohes of road and hill climbs. The
reoord established by the "Red Wing" It
1 Is believed will demonstrate beyond a
doubt that touring conditions between the
two cities make It possible for very fast
time to be made. Later The Bee will hang
op a trophy for the best time that can
be made by any stock ear over the "Bee"
AutomoMllsts and tourists have been re
luctant in the past to establish a regular
rout of road travel between the two cities
because of the belief that the Missouri
. 'river bluffs rendered the road Impassable.
' The routs selected by Mr. Craig will
obviate the major part of these difficulties.
This summer guide boards will be erected
to direct tourists along the route of the
Bee" Line, which connects Omaha with
Its largest neighboring city.
Aside from the value of the "Bee" Line
to tourists of Omaha and Kansas City,
considerable historic Interest attaches to
the route, connecting as It does the west
ern terminal of the old Oregon trail and
the principal point on the Santa Fe trail.
The connection of the two trails has been
the subject of Innumerable magaslne arti
cles and discussions In good roads conven
tions. As the Santa Fe trail connects with
the old Cumberland road, which extends to
the Atlantic coast, the "Bee" Line marks
the connecting link la a real "Ocean to
Ocean" highway. ,
The "Red Wing" car to be used by Mr.
Craig, who Is manager of the Omaha
branch of the E-M-F company, Is one
of the famous automobiles which has been
made by the company. According to the
affidavit now In the possession of Mr.
Craig, signed by W. B. Frymlre and H. A.
Dalit of Btoomfleld, Neb., the car has
actually traveled HMO miles, and Is now
as good as new. It was purchased by Mr.
Craig two weeks ago and will be used here
after solely for advertising purposes.
The details of the trip, with full data
as to the route, will be announced later In
their money, no matter how dleonuraglng
their early experlenrea were. With t'helr
support, those who wre struggling against
heavy odds to make the power wagon what
It Is today knew that ultimate success was
only a matter of perslntenoa.
By 1907 their efforts had been rewarded
to an extent that made poiwlhle the flret
exclusive exhibition of commercial vehicles
In this country, which was held in Chicago
in the winter of that year at the same time
as the annunl showing of pleasure cars.
Looking back on It now, it must he con
ceded that while It was a brave effort and
worthy of success, It was somewhat pre
mature. The world had not yet fully de
ckled to abandon the horse. It hasn't even
now. The sudden transition that was looked
forward to by many enthusiasts, and whose
actual advent was glowingly announced
every time the commercial vehicle came
prominently Into public notice, did not ma
terialise. Revolutions In the commonplace
matters of every day like are not to be
brought about In a day or a year.
Todny we do not hear anything more
about the passing of the horse. The horse
Is still with us, but thoso who were form
erly wont to anticipate their visions of the
future by announcing his elimination from
the drudgery of centuries are too busy
building and marketing commercial vehicles
to give that phase of the matter much
thought. As a factor in present day com
mercial life the horse Is rapidly being rele
gated to the place (hat awaits every waste,
ful and Inefficient! method of doing some
thing that can be accomplished more eco
nomically by improved machinery.
Every Field Invaded.
It Is safe to say that there Is now scarcely
any field of Importance In which horse
haulage has hitherto reigned supreme that
has not already been Invaded to some ex
tent by the motor-wagon.' Sticking ever
lastingly at it has resulted in the Intro
duction of the gasoline motor into every
possible branch of the commercial field,
from the light box on three bicycle wheels. '
driven by a motor cycle engine and guided
by a boy, up to the ponderous traction train
designed to establish an economical outlet
fr the product of mines at a distance from
the railway. Between these two extremes
there Is apparently nothing that runs on
wheels that Is Intended for the transporta
tion of fqclght or passengers to which the
motor has not been successfully applied.
Thnve who witnessed the first unsuccess
ful attempts of building satisfactory motor
trucks knew It was only a question of
bringing practice and theory more closely
Into agreement, and that Is what has been
so thoroughly brought about In the last
few years that there Is no longer any
necessity for basing anticipated results on
calculations. They can be predicated on
experience,, and not merely In Isolated In
stances, but from scores of Installations.
Even with the more or leas flexible factor
of tire mileage, the actual ability of an
equipment of motor wagons and Its main
tenance costs, almost down to the fraction
of a dollar, can now be stated with the
same confidence and accuracy possible with
the locomotive, steamship or other means
of transport that have been In use so long
as to have become ona of the common
places of every-day life.
The case of a certain department store In
New York may be cited aa an excellent
example of this. Its Initial equipment con
sisted of forty motor vehicles, mostly de
livery wagons of the electric type with
several three to five ton gasoline trucks,
and it represented an outlay of fully flOO,-
000. Horses and wagons sufficient to render
the same service could undoubtedly wave
been purchased for probably less than half
that amount, but the labor and maintenance
charges of tha first two or three years
would have more than wiped out the dif
ference. An even more striking Instance In
the commercial vehicle Is afforded by the
case of one of New York's large companies
that does a general eab. omnioua ana uv
ery business. This ooneern may well be re
garded aa a pioneer In the field, as It placed
a service of electrically propelled car on I
New Torks streets as far back as w.
For obvious reasons. It clung to the old
electric cab and crude design for a number
of years. Though ponderously heavy and
expensive to operate, this had the saving
grace of reliability-something wmcn was
not true of the gasoline car of earlier days.
As the latter became more and more de
pendable, however, different makea were
tried one after another, until the equip
ment represented about as heterogenous a
oolleetlon of motor vehicles aa could be
found anywhere In one service. During the
last year it was decided to standardise the
equipment aa a means of cutting down
maintenance and repair costs. Afl the old
cars were sold for whatever they would
bring. To replace them and at the same
time Increase the equipment to take care
of the rapidly growing demands on the
service Involved an outlay of close to
Just what the equipment of some of the
large express companea represents In dol
lars and cents today would be a difficult
thing to estimate, as they have been large
purchasers of motor vehicles for several
years past. And though they are large
single Instances of the general use of the
commercial vehicle, they cut a very small
figure as compared with the aggregate of
other users, such as breweries, furniture
manufacturers, moving concerns, machin
ery, coal and lumber dealers, marketmen
and the like. There la probably no busi
ness of any Importance In a city like New
York that does not now employ motor
wagons. Within the last few years the
municipalities themselves have efitered the
ranks, and the passing of the fire horse Is
quite as certain as that of Its workaday
contemporary. Wherever speed, endurance
and economy are at a premium, the motor
wagon has no equal and nothing can stop
Its advance Into general use. C.
ward tn Harper'a Weekly.
FROM PUBLIC LIBRARY
Heat Maaaalnea rerrrilt Vsvtfal Art
and Occupation and Other
Fields the List.
For the benefit of those Interested In tha
publications relating to useful arte and
occupations, the Omaha publlo library hs
the following periodicals available for cir
culation: American Forestry, Amerloan Homes
and Garden, American Maohlnlst, Building
and Carpentry, Business and tha Book
keeper, Caasler's Magaslne, Concrete, F.lec
trlcal World and Engineer, Electrician
(London), Engineering Magaslne, Inland
Printer, Painters' Magaslne, Thotographlo
Times, rhoto-Mlnlatura, Printers' Ink, Re
liable Toultry Journal.
In the fields of fashion, mosle art end
the household, the library has La Bon
Ton, Delineator, Etude, International
Studio, Ladles' Home Journal, Woman's
Home Companion. .
Education, political and social science,
literature and religion are treated by Cur
rent Literature, Dublin Review, Edin
burgh Review, Education, Educational Re
view, Hlbbert Journal, Journal of Political
Economy, Kindergarten Magaslne, Manual
Training, Nineteenth Century, Peychologl
cal Review, School Review, Westminster
Sporting Editor (after visitor departs)-
Notice that chap, BilIT Wall, hea posi
tively unique In his line,"
City Editor Manager of pugilists, lent
Sporting Editor Sura! He's got a string
of six on his staff at present, but he never
even hinted that one of them was the
White Man's Hope. Puck,
PASSING OF THE TRUCK HORSE
Business Aspect of a Decade of He
MACHINES BEAT AHIMAL POWER
CoaameretaJI K Vehicle an Ooaomlo
Faetar la ta Baal a LI fa of 1
. Todar- Maay ObtaIn
Whan tha first motor, vehicles for, busi
ness mad their appearance, a little mora
than ten years ago,' their advent was en
thusiastically hailed as marking tha pass
ing of the horse, and predictions that ani
mal power for. trucking and general haul
age purpoaca would soon ba a thing of the
past were numerous.
Tea years ago the aommarcial motor ve
hicle was an Infant of great promise, but
ona that required a great deal of develop
ment before it could become of much value
to tha world at large. The pleasure auto
mobile Itself was aa yet a very uncertain
fledgling, and, as the working out of Its
destiny marked tha Una of least resistance
for both capital and Inventive effort. It
was only naturae that attention should be
devoted to It to the exclusion of something
not promising so immediate a financial re
turn. But In every field of endeavor there
are always some far-sighted workers who
are so confident of tha future that they
cannot rest content la other pursuits while
awaiting the advent of conditions which
will make possible the realisation of their
alma It was tha work of such enthusiasts
as thesa that kept Interest In the commer
clal vehicle alive and hastened Its develop
ment, despite every discouragement and
drawback. For tha same business "man
who uncomplainingly paid whatever It cost
to run his pleasure car figured Investment,
returns and depreciation .down to a fine
point when it cam to a power wagon and
then stuck to his horses In the majority of
Instances. Tha alna of tha undeveloped
touring car of Clat day were a burden too
great for Its contemporary designed for
pureljr commercial uses to bear with 'suc
cess. Being held up on the road for hours
In a pleasure oar while the motor was
tinkered with, or the arrival of a new part
waa expected, waa not uncommonly re
garded In the light of a joke. But similar
delays to a load of valuable merchandise
could not be looked at with the same
equanimity. The result as figured In dol
lars and cents did not appeal to tha aver
age merchant The now almost forgotten
cry of derlson, "Get a horse," waa then a
Despite all checks, tha commercial vehicle
continued to develop and advance, though
Its progress was painfully alow as com
pared with that of the pleasure car, for
the reasons that have already been men
tioned. The enthusiasts, however, were not
all to be found In the ranks of tha Inventors
and manufacturers of cars. Some of them
were users of commercial vehicles, and they
were willing to back their opinions with
Uliat to Look for in a r.lotor Oar
Now-a-daya the buyer of a motor car must ask other
questions than "Will it take'me there and bring me back!"
Any good car of a dozen makes will do that.
But ask these questions before purchasing:
How long will this car keep its youth ; its good appear
ance; its wholesome sound t Will it be economical! Is there
an organization back of this car that can make good the
guarantee of service! Has this car beauty of line and fin
ish! Refinements! Style! Will it give the utmost com
fort at all times! v
Will it be a good seller in a year, two years, five years
from now! A Chalmers car will bo, because our strict one
price policy establishes a standard price for second-hand
Chalmers cars As for the answers to the other questions,
we believe tlio Chalmers company can give better answers
than any other company.
Chalmers ears are good cars. 1 ou
have the "w ord of 15,000 Chalmers own
ers if you care to ask them. And yon
have the word of other makers and
sellers of t ars if you caro to ask them.
You have the record of Clialmers
cars in all kinds of contests their
crowning victory being the winning of
the Glidden Trophy in the longest and
most trying tour ever held.
yuu ian uak tn
Chalmers "SO" TourtOaT Our.
H. E. Fredrickson Auto Co.
2044-G-8 Fornam Street, Omaha, Neb.
The Largest Single Order
ever given for automobile
Tires and Rims has just
been placed with the
States Tire Company
by the Studebaker Corporation-Manufacturers
of the popular E-M-F "30"
and Flanders "20" Cars
The order calls for practically 135,000 tires and an equal number of Continental
Demountable Rims Gilbert type (Standard Universal Rirn No. 3).
This single order FOR TIRES ONLY will amount to over FOUR MILLION
Never before has an automobile concern making cars in immense quantities
contracted for a strictly high grade tire for its entire output of cars.
The transaction is distinctly to the credit of both the Studebaker Corporation
and the United States Tire Company -
To the former, because of its unwillingness to supply any but tires f proven quality
n its cars; regardless mi additional cost involved.
T tke United States Tire Company, because the selection of its tires in preference to
all others was made after three years, experience with one of its four brands Morran
& Wrijrht. (
It is of interest to note that three years ago the then E-M-F
Company decided that the magneto was an essential part of
every automobile and ought, therefore, to be included in the
price of the car. This policy undoubtedly cost the company
thousands of dollars in possible profits, but it has resulted in
having magnetos furnished without extra cost on practically
all American cars.
By its present decision to use only Continental Demount
able Kims as standard equipment, it is adopting another policy
that is well-nigh revolutionary in the automobile business, as
heretofore rims of this character have beenxonfined to the
highest priced cars. : . .
Three years ago the E-M-F Co. selected Morgan & Wright
tires as standard equipment WITHOUT OPTION ON OTHEK
These tires were selected, not because they could be had
at a less price (which was not the case) but because the E-M-F .
Co. had demonstrated to their entire satisfaction that these
tires were the most desirable tires to put on their cars.
The placing of the immense order referred to above is a
flattering testimonial to the manner in which these tires have
stood up on the E-M-F cars during these three years.
The Studebaker Corporation has selected the United States Tires and.
Continental Rims because of their expressed belief that this equipment
on their entire product gives both the dealer and the man who buys the
car the BEST equipment the American tire market affords.
United States Tires are sold under four brand names: Continental, 0. & J., Hartford and Morgan & Wriirht. and are manu-
luiiuieu iu iavo oi i no larcest aim nesr onu nnfn titp n nrs in tha vArM i twIoi tha nront c .idai .... .... n
a UNIFORM SUPERIORITY" in all these brands a fact of immense importance to the motorist. Iu other words United Statm
Tires HAVE THE STRENGTH OF FOUR, yet they sell at precisely the same price asked for other kinds. They are undeniably
America's Predominant Tires
United States Tire Company, New York
Branches, Agencies or Dealers Everywhere
Omaha Distributors, OMAHA RUBBER COMPANY, 1608 Harney SI
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