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THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: DECEJfBER 2, 1917.
NOT TO SUSPEND
BECAUSE OF WAR
Pacts Deny Alarmist Reports
Of Ban on Production of
Pleasure Cars; Many
By F. EDWAR SPOONER.
Production of pleasure cars will not
be stopped for the period of the war
by the automobile manufacturers of
America. Statements have been made
to the effect that the end of passen
ger car making was in sight. These
statements have been circulated
throughout America to an alarming
extent and have caused consternation
among the 27,000 automobile dealers
and garage men of the country. Thou
sands of these dealers are either wir
ing frantically to the manufacturers or
are making personal trips to Detroit
to secure information regarding condi
tions at first hand. -
When appealed to the National Au
tomobile Chamber of Commerce,
through its committee known as the
automobile industries committee,
stated that "in addition to their regu
lar lines of automobiles, which all
manufacturers will continue to build
to an amount depending on the mar
ket conditions," a large number of
manufacturers will co-operate with
the automobile industries committee
and war industries board in the pro
duction of munitions.
. Scare Stories Alarm.
Prominent daily publications of
America have carried statements
from special correspondents and staff
correspondents at Washington which
state that the immense automobile
plants in Detroit will be devoted in
stead of the manufacture of automo
biles to the production and storage
of ammunition, airplanes, guns, hel
mets and other war materials.
These dispatches state that the
makers will turn out only enough
cars to meet the demands of their
own business. Ill-advised writers
state that the storage of steel and
war demands on the industry will ac
count for a discontinuance of the
manufacturing of what they term
In its statement, the National Au
tomobile Chamber of Commerce says
the active co-opeftion of the auto
mobile industry with the government
started November 14. On that date
the first meeting of the automobile
industries committee and the army
and navy officials at the war indus
tries board was held. Chairman A.
W. Copeland pledged at this meeting
the men, material and the equipment
of 550 automobile ' plants and 1,080
parts and accessories makers to the
government to supply war needs.
Auto Trade Facilities.
Chairman Copland told the gov
ernment that all of the vast produc
tion facilities of the automobile in
dustry needed by the government
would be devoted to war work. The
vast manufacturing capabilities in
the automobile field were stated to
be particularly well adapted for the
purpose. rf ,
The large number of automobile
manufacturers at Washington now
showed the utmost keenness to pro
duce anything desired by the gov-
Hyatt Roller Holds World's
Record for Long-Distance Runs
k ft! t tfSllll Km V d ' V. I
Detroit, Nov. IS, 1917. "How long
do bearings last, anyhow?" is a ques
tion which has been the cause of much
speculation on the part of both motor
ists and automobile manufacturers
ever since the day of the first auto
mobile. The question, according to
B. G. Kbether, manager of the Hyatt
Roller Bearing company of Detroit.
manufacturers of Hyatt Quiet Bear
ingsis answered now as definitely
as it ever can be and in a most
We arc now prepared to tell the
motorist that Hyatt bearings will last
so long you needn't give them a sec
ond thought. In other words, like a
good watch, great length of service is
a thing to be taken for granted. In
the usual course of events, Hyatt
bearings will outwear the car in which
they are installed.
'"This statement we now give the
motorist about the Hyatt bearings in
his car is not based on a mere experi
ment conducted m our laboratories,
but developed from an endurance test
of the bearings in a motor car in ac
tual service on the road. The test to
which I refer was that made by the
"Hyatt roller,' the veteran mileage
car, which recently completed a tour
of four times the distance from1 New
York to San Francisco. Before mak
ing this tour the 'Hyatt roller had
made a record for itself as the world's
long-distance car, having traveled dur
ing the nine years of its service no
less than 261,800 miles, a distance-of
more than 10 times around the vorld0f the country.
The recent cross-country tour has
brought this mileage record up to
ernment and possible for them to
The very magnitude of the auto
mobile manufacturing business and of
the parts and accessory manufactur
ing facilities of America will prove the
savior of the automobile business.
Reports which while not officially
confirmed are almost beyond . doubt
correct state the automobile makers
will be required to give up 40 per
cent of capacity for the manufactur
ing of war materials and will be able
to avail themselves, of 60 per cent
of their capacity for the manufac
ture of automobiles, parts and accessories.
Gas Export Normal.
It is reported that the exports of
gasoline and oil have shown no ma
terial increase, because of the short
age of boats. As the number of
tank steamers increases it may be
that the increased use of gasoline
abroad will have some effect in this
country. Statements have been sent
out' that 90-cent or $1 gas was in
It may or may not be that such
wild-eyed reports as have gone forth
regarding the automobible business
are the work of German propagan
dists, but from the tenor of many of
the statements published it might
seem that some under-handed efforts
were being made to drive the auto
mobile passenger car business at least
from the field as America's third
Nationals on Ground '
Floor at Auto Show
Word has just been received by F.
E. Miller of the T. G. Northwall Co.,
distributors of National cars, that the
National company's exhibit has been
awarded a position of honor on the
ground floor at the coming automo
bile 6how in New York in January.
Ground floor positions are greatly
desired, and are allotted according to
the volume of business. While the
National company builds quality cars
and makes no claims as a quantity
concern, yet the demand for these ma
chines has so steadily increased that
the National has won its place if
distinction on the ground floor.
"It is amusing to us, who have been
attending the automobile shows ever
since their inception," said Mr. Mil
ler, "to hear the 'rrophets sound the
death knell of these show every year.
But despite these predictions, the au
tomobile shows seem to gain in pop
ularity. This year the New York
show will be exceptionally interesting
because of the important part the
automobile is taking in the war." '
Buy a Farm and Then
Purchase a Truck
There are two important invest
ments necessary to succeed in the ag
ricultural field, according to Robert
M. Mueller, a leading farmer of Da
kota county, Minnesota. He has made
both investments and found them pay
The chief in importance is the pur
chaes of a farm a home for the fam
ily and the means of earning a liveli
hood. The next financial investment
should be in a motor truck to obtain
-i . .A? t' el
economical transportation 01 iarm
products to a market.
"I feel as if an unexpected inner
itance had fallen to me because the
Maxwell truck I purchased last fall
is making a pleasure of the work
which was formerly a drudgery,"
The Minnesota farmer found that
the one-ton Maxwell truck materially
increased the time at his disposal for
both work and recreation. This gain
was made although Mueller was farm
ing on a larger scale than ever before,
PROPER CARE OF CAR
HELPS WIN THE WAR
Wastage of Parts Forces New
Ones to Be Provided;
Might Be Making
The proper care of the automobile
and the integral parts, such as the
batteries, the ignition system and
other parts upon which the econom
ical operations depends, should be a
matter of duty, at least during the
period of the war, asserts R. C. Smith
of the Delco Exide service station.
"If the war" lasts for any' length
of time there is bound to be a cur
tailment in. manufacturing, as well as
a shortage of some of the materials
used in manufacturing motor cars,"
said Mr. Smith. "At the present
there is every evidence that the gov
ernment wili arrive at a satisfactory
solution to the manufacturer of pas
senger vehicles. However, there is
one thin that .we can not over
look, and that is that it will be just
as necessary to eliminate wasteful
ness in motor car operation as it has
been to eliminate the waste of food
and numerous other commodities.
i x iii i ii. .
minougn me government can
regulate commerce and instill effic
iency into every endeavor, there
is one thing that it can not regu
late and that is the natural resources
Precisely the kind of car you would
expect Dodge Brothers to build.
Practical, substantial, good
appearing of half-ton capacity.
Tk faaoflao consumption to vim furry km.
Tfea lira mtHmg la wmnaDy alga.
Tfca price is SI3 1 DMroit
MURPHY-O'BRIEN AUTO COMPANY
1814-18 Farnam St. Omaha, Neb.
Phone Tyler 123.
"We are not acting from a ourelv
mercenary standpoint when we urge
motorists to pay particular attention
to their batteries and their ignition
systems. When these operating parts
are not 100 per cent efficient there is
an actual waste going on. It not
only costs the motorist in dollars and
cents and in car efficiency, but it
paves the way for actual waste. Some
batteries are allowed to get in such
condition, through neglect, that thev
are absolutely worthless and must be
thrown away. This in many cases is
an inexcusable waste and could be
eliminated by inspection and batterv
reading at regular intervals. When
the ignition system becomes faulty it
causes an unnecessary wear u m the
working parts which will result in
actual waste if not attended to.
"Therefore allow us to sound this
timely warning to all motorists to
economize for the sake of others if
they will not do it in the interest of
their own pocketbook."
Good Tip for Owners
Of Newly-Bought Cars
The first thing that the owner of a
new automobile should do is to go
to the battery service station and
let the battery expert test his battery,
according to Elmer Rosengren, the
local Willard expert. He gives the
following reasons for this:
"The battery really commences to
wear the instant that it is assembled.
As long as the plates are in contact
with the electrolyte the battery is
slowly discharging itself.
"If, therefore, an automobile is a
long time in transit from the manu
facturer to the dealer and then is a
long time in the hands of the dealer,
it is entirely possible that the battery
may have become considerably dis
charged. This slow discharge is per
fectly natural. Before the car owner
puts it to hard usage he should have
it fully charged. If this is once done,
the generator should keep it in that
"It is to prevent the motorist start
ing out with a half charged battery
when he expects a fully charged one
that we advise all new car owners to
have their batteries tested immedi
Are Foiled at Last
There seems to be good reason to
belive that a way has at last been
found to foil the ubiquitous and per
sistent car thiet and that the number
of stolen automobiles will soon ap
Among the new features included
on present Page models is a patented
gear shift lock which gives this car
the distinction of being absolutely
thief proof. Only by towing the car
away can it be moved against the
wishes of the owner.
In Detroit, for example, it is esti
mated that the value of cars stolen
each day is about $10,000 or more
than $3,000,000 a year; and reports
from other cities are of a similar na-
turc. N) serious did the situation be
come in Chicago that a demand was
made upon the police department to
get busy and ameliorate the evil, if
not able to wipe it out.
The new Faige lock is'an integral
part of the transmission cover. A
hardened steel tube of massive size
acts as the lock. This tube slides into
engagement with the change gear;
lever, which becomes locked solid
In this position it becomes impossibU
to move the lever out of neutral am -so
engage the gears. The machine i
locked safe against theft by a ligl
shove with the foot on this steel tub
The key js necessary only for unloct '
All makes All cars
Whether you drive your car or
store it through the winter
months your battery needs atten
tionwe will keep it in depend
able operating condition or give
it scientific storage.
Drive your car in
'R. C SMITH, Manage
2024 Farnam St. Douglas 3697.
Get This Necessary
CHRISTMAS offeri a logical
opportunity to equip your
family with this all-weather, all
purpose Model 90 Overland'
' With it you are enabled to
keep up your activities during
the bad winter months.
Its service is indispensable m
I It provides the five essentials
' tot complete satisfaction as in
' no other a? Appearance, Per-
jormance, Comfort, Service and
The windows drop into the
sides of the body and doors, and
can be quickly opeued or dewed
There is a dome light In cell
ing, three silk roller curtains,
parcel -pockets at both sides of
rear seat, foot rail, windshield
wiper, and nickel handles to
dose doors from the inside.
The entire top and sides are
decorated with gray and black
striped cloth. Every inch of
the floor is covered with thick
carpet to match the walls and
The body is Brewster Green
with black top.
It has 4-inch tires, non-skid
rear; 106-icch wheelbase; Auto-'
Lite electric starting and light
ing, and vacuum fuel syan.
Wills-Overland Inc., Omaha Branch
2047-49 Farnam St.
Phona Dougla 3291.'
' 1916 Harnay St.
Phona Douglas 3290.
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