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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 20, 1918)
THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: JANUARY 20, 11118.
OPTIMISM IS THE
KEYNOTE OF AUTO
MEN, SAYS POWELL
Manager of Omaha Motor
Show Says Cloud of Doubt
Surrounding Car Industry
Has Been Punctured.
"The big automobile show in New
York punctured a cloud of doubt,
which had rested upon the industry
for several weeks previous to the
show," declared Clarle Powell, man
ager of the Omaha motor exposition,
upon his return from the Gotham
display. "There was considerable
question as to whether the factories
would make as big a showing as usual
and even if they did, as to whether
the dealers would come in for it.
"The first night proved that the
factories have put forth even strong
er efforts than in the past and it took
only a few days to show that the
dealers were coming in from all over
this country as they have in the past.
"For the first two days the attend
ance was a little slim, owing to the
weather conditions,, but ' when the
weather cleared up, the crowds came
with a rush and there were times
when it was nearly impossible to get
through the exhibits.
"The hotels, of course, were
crowded with automobile dealers, au
tomobile manufacturers and manufac
turers and jobbers in automobile ac
cessories, and the one topic of con
versation was the war and its prob
able effect on the industry.
"The enthusiasm atthe show in
dicated no Jack of interest for the
coming year, and another thing that
relieved the feeling was the report
of the petroleum war service com
mittee of the Council of National De
fense, which announced that nothing
was to be feared in the way of a
gasoline famine. -
"There il a feeling that the auto
mobile industry will be one of the
last to be restricted as it is unques
tionably one of the most potent fac
tors today in speeding up business
in all lines. In large centers like
Kiew York, for instance, to restrict
the use of automobiles would be to
paralyze traffic conditions to such an
extent that all industries wpuld
"While I was in New York an
unofficial .eport was put out by the
National Automobile Chamber of
Commerce, showing the registrations
for the entire country on "January 1.
This report showed there were 5,140,
000 cars in this country.
Great Gains Made.
'This indicates the greatest gain
in one year yet made by the motor
ists, for the count was about 4.000,
000 at the end of 19F6. New York
is there in a halo of glory, showing
the greatest gain of all the states
94,000 the total count here now be
ing in the neighborhood of 410,000.
"Alfred Reeves, general matikger
of the National Automobile Cham
ber of Commerce, who gathered
the 'dope also discovered that 10 per
cent of the cars have disappeared or
have not been registered. He figures
that inasmuch as 1,900,000 cars were
. made in this country in 1917, and that,
if all machines had been tagged, that .
the registered total would have been j
5,900,000 instead of 5,000,000. Taking
out what were exported, we find that
there are 450,000 cars, which either
have gone to the junk pile or whose
owners have put them out of service."
Apperson "Eight" Saved 4
Trixie Friganza's Turn
Another evidence of the manner in
which the automobile provides trans
portation in cases where the steam
cars fail was noted when Trixie Fri
ganza, Orpheum headlincr, rolled into
Omaha last Sunday afternoon from
Dcs Moines, la., in an Apperson tour
Miss Friganza was confronted with
a very vexing problem. , She was
booked to appear at the Orpheum's
afternoon - performance in Omaha,
but owing to the severe storm the
trains were unable to move. However,
Trixie simply had to move or disap
point her audienccin the Gate City.
Straightway she hied herself to a
nearby garage and talked a venture
some youth into driving her from Des
Moines to Omaha. They picked up
an Apperson "Eight" as their mount
and the race was on.
Trixie said they drove through
three-foot four-foot (and one six-
foot) snowdrifts in much the same
manner as she used to "ease"
through the breakers at Courtland
.Beach (only right side up). They
finished all in one piece, however, and
Trixie is strong for ' the . Apperson
Jack Rabbit .
California Stage Line
Uses Higher Grade Cars
' Proof that high grade passenger
automobiles are admirably suited for
such purposes is offered by the El
dorado Stage company, which oper
ates 20 Packard Twin Sixes between
hot Angeles, Bakersfield. Taft and
other California cities on regular
schedule, giving better service than
the trains give. This is true also of
the Apache Trail Auto Stage com
pany, operating between Phoenix,
Roosevelt Dam and Globe, Arizona.
Governor Estahan Cantu of Lower
California, the only executive of Mex
ico who has conducted the affairs of
his country peacefully and construc
tively, does practically all of his t rav
elin g in a Packard Twin Six. He is
' planning to make the automobile and
motor truck quite, as important a
means of transportation as railroad,
by means of the splendid system of
highways he is havina built, '-
Auto Club Would Extend Truck Service to
Include Nearby Towns; Marks the Route
On HA AU7Q CLV3
To help extend truck service to i time and money. You also help to
nearby cities and towns, the Omaha
Automobile club will be glad to give
any Omaha merchant road reports,
road directions and help in routing. (
At present the Iowa roads are in
excellent shape, and the Nebraska
roads while not so good, are yet being
used by hundreds of trucks and pas
senger cars. -
Truck delivery to hundreds, of
towns within a radius of 100 miles of
Omaha is entirely possible at present,
and at an economical saving in both
relieve the railroad congestion.
Most of the highways in Nebraska
around Omaha have been marked by
the club and therefore easily followed.
To the north Blair, Tekamah, Her
man, Craig and Oakland on the Wash
ington highway; Elkhorn, Waterloo,
Valley, Fremont, North Bend, Schuy
ler on the Lincoln highway; Yutan,
Mead, Wahoo, Weston on the High
land highway; Millard, Gretna. Ash
land, Greenwood. Waverly and Lin
mouth, Union, Murray, Nebraska City
on the Washington highway; and in
Iowa there's Missouri Valley, Love
land, Dunlap, Dow City and Denison
on the Lincoln highway; Oakland,
Lewis and Atlantic on the, White
Pole; Weston, Underwood, Neola,
Minden, Avoca on the River-to-River;
Glenwood, Hastings, Malvern, Emer
son, Red Oak on the Blue Grass;
Treynor, Carson, Griswold, Lyman on
the I. O. A. Short Line, and dozens
of good towns just off these men-
coin on the O. L. D.; La Platte, Platts-' tioned main roads.
Chalmers Hot' Spot Exacting Test;
Stands IS Hours Amid Ice and Snow
In the wake of one of the worst
January cold spells, according to the
New York weather bureau, in a
quarter of a century, a Chalmers
hot-spot started one night recently
in 40 seconds, after a 15-hour ex
posure in stinging icy cross-winds.
From 7:30 -in the morning until
10:30 at night a stock Chalmers wat
left standing in the path of thousands
of show visitors, in personal charge
of an expert observer, and open to in
spection by the public.
The prime object of the test was
to do every thing "in the open" under
the supervision of experienced judges
and in the face of the worst weather
conditions prevailing during the
week. ' ,
Although the weather was milder
than the previous week's intense cold,
at the same time the average temp-
fcrature for the 15-hour test was about
25 degrees below the point of freez
ing. With great quantities of snow
still banked in tfie street, the car was
surrounded by lice on the ground
and cold in the air. The Chalmers
thermometers varied, one being lower
than the " weather bureau and the
other one higher. The maximum
average was 30 degrees and the min
imum 24 degrees above zero. '
W. II. Traband, jr., former secre
tary American Automobile associa
tion contest board, now suspended,
sat in the car throughout the test and
submitted a written report, to the
At 10:30 with mercury at 23 above
zero the starter was pressed down
and the first explosion was recorded
in eight seconds. In 40 seconds, slight-
iv over a nan-minute, me engine
officially started and was running perfectly.
Do Not Neglect Machine
To Save Repair Bills
"Helping to win the war by elim
inating waste is a uatter in which
everyone is interested, especially mo
torists, who are consuming millions of
gallons of gasoline annually, but this
should not be carriedfto a point where
it becomes false economy, says J. E.
Miller of T. G. Northwall company,
local distributor of National 12 to 6
"When a carburetor is adjusted
either to 'give too thin or too rich a
mixture money is wasted. If the mix
ture is too rich too much gas is being
burned; if too thin, causing irregular
firing, the gas being burned is not
permitted to develop the best effi
ciency. It is estimated by experts
that there is a waste from leaking
carburetors alone of more than 30,000
gallons a day in this country. Poorly
adjusted carburetors waste 240,000
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USED CARS 1ST
HAVE REAL MERIT
Public Has New Confidence in
"Seconds" and Tendency
Is Toward Rebuild
Everything pertaining to the auto
mobile has undergone revolutionary
changes in the last few years. Manu
facturers have worked closer to stand
ardization; successive models are bet
ter in every way than those which
have gone before them. Retailers have
become more considerate of their pat
ronage, extending to the buyer the
service that is due him, and otherwise
making all customers feel that the dis
tributor has his best interests at
All through this period a big prob
lem has been that of the-exchanged or
used cars. In th early days they were
called secondhands and treated as
suchtaken in because they had to be
used and sold as they stood without
much thought of effect in the future.
Now the handling of sued cars has
been brought to a scientific point by
many of the dealers, and in this mar
ket today can be found automobiles
of various kinds and sizes about which
the purchaser is told just as much as
in the instance of a new car.
The evolution of the used car busi
ness is told by R. E. Davis, sales man
ager of the Murphy-O'Brien Aufo
company, Dodge Brothers dealers in
"Comparing the used car business
of today with that of 10' years ago is
like putting one of our touring sedans
up against an open job of the long
,ago with a step on the back for the
entrance to the tonneau, said Mr.
"It is an entirely different breed.
What was considered no business at
all has grown to be an important part
of the dealings of all of the largest
distributors and even the smaller re
tailers. "In the first place I will venture to
say that 90 per cent of the sales to
day are accomplished by trade-ins.
This may sound as a big figure, but
;vhen ym realize the number of cars
i t ier-.lce in Omaha you will see that
llie ivcuber who have no cars but can
aft'ord to own" them is comparatively
small. . .
"It Is a habit with many who are in
a position to do so to have a new
model every year. We expect it and
naturally we want to keep a man driv
ing our own make, and heknows that
we will allow him more for his old
car if you can apply that name to
one that has been out less than a
year." . '
Two Sons of Dr. Goodrich
Are Officers in U. S. Armv
Charles C. Goodrich, director oi
the B. F. Goodrich Rubber company
and son of its founder, Dr. Benjamin
F. Goodrich, is following in the foot
steps of his brother, David M. Good
rich. He has received a commission
from the War department in the ord
nance branch of the service and is
scheduled to sail for France in a few
days. Dave Goodrich, also a director
of the rubber corporation, is a major
of infantry. The war spirit seems to
be a heritage, as their father served
in the Civil war.
Olympian Motors Company
Elects Officers for 1918
At the annual' meeting of stock
holders of the Olympian Motors com
pany held in Pontiac, Mich., January
8, the following officers and directors
were elected: Fred K. Parke, presi
dent; William Passmore, vice presi
dent and treasurer; C. E. Callender,
secretary; L. P. Helm, production
manager; St. Clair Couzens, director
of sales and advertising.
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Phone Doug. 3290.
Council Bluffs, la.
18-20-22 4th St
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