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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 24, 1918)
THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: FEBRUARY 24. 1918.
IS NOW ON HAND
FOR THE AUTO MEN
Head of Willys-Overland Com
pany Points Out That Pros
perity Is an Element to
' Help Win the War.
By JOHN N. WILLYS,
Frtridtat, Willys-Owl". Ine.
The war has given opportunity for
a great deal of platform oratory, and,
as always happens under similar cir
cumstances, a variety of theories are
advanced, some of which are highly
practical, and some of which need
only a moment's consideration to con
vince one that the orator has not
given the subject any real thought
We have on our hands today the
most important job that any nation
ever had, and it is essential that we
analyze carefully the various theories
which have been advanced, and as a
result follow only the course which
will be of ' benefit to this nation in
this war with Germany, instead of,
through ignorance and lack of con
sideration, finding ourselves working
for the kaiser.
Mutt Thrash the Kaiser.
We most thoroughly thrash the
kaiser. The point at issue is, how best
to do it
While the manufacturers of this
country have practically unanimously
notified the government that they are
anxious to help in the production of
materials for war, there is, however,
no way of determining as yet to what
degree war essentials will absorb the
entire oroductivity of the country.
'Any attempt to direct public pur
chases beyond this limit ot war es
sentials might easily work a grievous
hardship on many industries. If thou
sands of people were thrown out of
employment a depression would be
created which mignt be reflected im
mediately in the public attitude
toward the war. We cannot fight th?
kaiser and hard times at the same
time. We require prosperity in this
country with which to win this war,
if that prosperity does not interfere
with the building of munitions.
As to the Policy.
Is it not therefore wisest for us to
follow the policy of filling the gov
ernment contracts with the utmost
speed and keep thereat of our pro;
ductivity going in accord with public
demand, so that the vast army of the
American people at home are in a
position to support the government
with a spirit of optimism, and also
with enough money to help market
the bond issues which are coming up
from time to time?
I refer now. to the broad interests
of all American industry. The auto
mobile industry in which I am per
sonally interested is so firmly en
trenched as a part of the great
transportation system of this country
that those who know the part it plays
consider it one of the fundamental
essentials of this country today. But
there are other industries which have
been classed by unthinking people as
non-essentials. I believe such class!,
fications i are pernicious and danger-
oast '-.. , . ?. . , y , .:, ,
- U'bat is essential to me, may not be
to you. As a matter of fact, you may
Popular Closed Car Types
' j "taMM
Saxon .Touring Sedan
say' that 'even the clothes you have
on your back and the boots you wear
are non-essential, because the North
American Indians lived here in the
same climate for thousands of years
without them. Similar comment
might be made concerning many in
dustries; I believe the public h capable of
deciding what is essential to them and
we should, after war needs are prop
erly supported, let the people alone
to make their own choice of their re
To illustrate how impossible it is
for any man to determine his neigh
bor's requirements, I was talking the
other day to a man who was inclined
to refer to motor cars as a non-essential,
while he regarded the railroad
as a necessity.
This Man Did Not Know.
That man di' not know that sev
eral of his neighbors were .saving
many dollars every year by traveling
from their country homes to town in
their cars instead of by railroad. , He
did not know that the motor car is
taking an even greater part in the
pioneer development of the country
than is the railroad. Nor did he know
that the seating capacity of automo
biles in this country is greater than
that of. the railroads. . He 'had not
been informed that the pleasure driv
ing of automobiles is less than 15 per
cent probably less, than the pleasure
riding on trains and trolleys.
He had not considered that every
automobile parked down town in our
cities represents a man or woman on
some time saving business event or
that the 2,700,000 automobiles in rural
communities are transporting millions
of pounds of produce daily, bringing
farms nearer to town and saving mil
lions of hours for productive time to
farmers, who formerly had to master
their transportation problems with
He did not know that salesmen to
day are saving 10 to 50 per cent of
their time with the automobile leav
ing that much extra power for Uncle
Sam... :., .
The eagerness to own the car is greater than" it
ever has been.
With nothing but good will toward theni in Ameri
can homes, how could Dodge Brothers do less than
they have done?'
Nothing has checked or hindered for so much as a
single week the continued bestowal of this recog
nition and reward.
It will pay you to examine this cr at the show.
The gasoline consumption is unusually low.
The tire mileage la unusually .high. .
Co.u,pL0 Sedan' lm' Winter Touring Car or Roadster,
1,050; Touring Car, Roadster or Commercial Car, $885
(All prices f. o. b. Detroit.)
Murphy-O'Brien Auto Company
1814-18 Farnam St..-- Omaha, Neb. Phone Tyler 123
, Service Station Blackslone Garage 3814-16 Farnam Street.
LOW CUT BODY IS
USED INGRANT SIX
High Radiator and Sloping
Windshield Are Other Fea
tures of This Nifty
The new Grant Six, model G car,
which will be displayed at the show
by the Lininger Implement company,
will prove an attraction to the many
interested spectators expected to at
tend the show this week.
"In presenting this new Grant Six
the manufacturers offer a really dis
tinguished and beautiful car of ample
size," said Manager Hines of the Lin
inger company, "and in it are in
cluded the mechanical refinements of
a high grade car, yet at a price that
must be accepted as reasonable.
"This new model G is the largest
and finest car its makers have ever
built. In appearance it has decided
individuality which separates it from
the monotonous sameness which has
heretofore characterized popular
priced cars. In economy it stands
alone so that Grant Six- owners not
only enjoy a car with lowest possible
expense for gasoline, oil and tires,
but a bo have a satisfying sense of
avoiding even the slightest waste.
Owners will average 20 miles to a
gallon of gasoline and 9,000 miles to
a gallon ot oil. ine new Grant Six
has a 114-inch wheel base. Its
length is further accentuated by the
skillful designing of the low cut body,
the high radiator and hood, the long
running board and the sloping wind
"The interior of the body is in
keeping. The roominess, the. adjust
able seats, the slight rake of the seat
backs, the latest type style French
pleated dust shedding upholstering
and the double springed seat cushions
make the Grant Six as comfortable
and as welt furnished a car as one
will find among popular models.
Not only in style and appearance
but in mechanical refinement the new
Grant Six is a car of advanced de
sign. The use of the overhead valve
type engine, full floating rear axle
and cantilever rear springs are the
most obvious marks of its up to the
Automobile Industry Does
Not Use Great Amount Coal
Although the automobile industry
ranks near the ton in magnitude
among , all the manufacturing indus
tries of the nation, it is a very light
user of coal. According to the report
of the United States bureau of census
for the year 1914, it ranked in 42d
place in tonnage of coal consumed.
Less than 500,000 tons were used in
automobile and motor truck plants in
that year, while 31 other industries
used more than 1,000.000 tons each,
six used more than 2,000,000 and seven
consumed more than 5,000,000 tons
each. Steel works and rolling mills
used more than 2,000,000 tons during
that year, clay products companies
more than 8,500,000, cement plants
nearly 6,750,000 and paper and wood
pulp mills more than 6,750,000 tons.
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THE AUTO SHOW IS10UR OPPORTUNITY
TO MAKE A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF
FmTLL AUTOMOBILE values are relative. Most cars
yA are good. Some are better than others. A few
iJsJ possess such extraordinary superiorities as to com
mand the recognition that is due to inherent leadership.
We have advertised the engineering units of the Westcott
chassis as being "the best of fhe best".
We have referred to the total elimination of grease cups from
the lubricating system of the Westcott chassis.
We have called attention to the "self-acting" top that is
standard equipment with all open Westcott bodies.
We have featured the thermostatic control of Westcott en
We have been enthusiastic in our reference to the beauty,
the comfort, the refinement and the endurance of . West
In support of our contentions we submit an interesting ex
hibit of Westcott Sixes at the Show. We invite you to
check our claims against the cars themselves, and to pass
your own verdict.
PRICES F. O. B. SPRINGFIELD, OHIO
Seven or Five Passenger Convertible Sedan $2790
Four Passenger Convertible Coupe 2790
Seven or Five Passenger Touring Cart 1940
Four Passenger Touring Roadster 1890
The Westcott Sportster 2290
Show Space No. 2$ on Stage
STANDARD MOTOR CAR CO.
2020-22 Farnam St.
CARL CHANGSTROM, Pre..
Phone Douglas 1705.
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Bee Want Ads Are Business Boosters For Business
Space L in Annex Auto Show.
Crumbliss -Van Dor en Auto Co., Inc.
i Distributors. ,
2227-29 Farnam St., Omaha. Phone Doug. 8554.
HERE even all former Velie values
are surpassed. In these nine
new Velie models you will find
matchless construction, advanced re
finements, the latest note in dignified
and smart design, comfort of deep
upholstery, famous Velie coach firu,n
as enduring as it is beautiful, all that ap
peals to buyers of nicest discernment
Now, when more than ever your car
is an economic necessity, you will
insist on the best your money can buy.
You will choose carefully the type
that fills your particular need. That is
efficiency, as well as good business.
Money cannot buy better than the Velie Red
Seal Continental Motor; Timken axles front
and rear; multiple dry disc clutch; long, under
slung springs; push button starter; indications
of the Velie quality all through. See the new
models at the Coliseum. Judge for yourself.
Catalog on Rtquttt
S-pMBMr Toortaf , $1940; 2 six! 4-pasMner Rom.
ten. S 1 S40 7-paMener Tourist, 1 1S9S; Sport ModaL
BmOdtrtcfAattxnoWn, Mater Tntdu
1619 O St., Lincoln.- Phone B-4436.
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