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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (May 26, 1918)
THK OMAHA 5UND AY BEE:" MAY . 26, 1918.
SHORT-LINE It. It.
Driving Giant Truck is Woman's Latest ,
Accomplishment; New York Girl Starts It
s y Four-Passenger SPORTSTER
BY MOTOR TRUCK
400,000 Motor Trucks in Serv
ice Throughout country
Good Roads Will increase
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' "The introduction of the motor
truck into our commercial life soundi
the deathknell of the ihort-line rail
road," was the declaration of F. A.
Seiberling, president of the Goodyear
Tire and Rubber company and also
of the Lincoln Highway association,
at the recent annual meeting of the
Chamber of Commerce, of the United
States at Chicago.
"Perhaps never again," continued
Mr. Seiberling, "except where heavy
tonnage is to be handled, will short
line railroads be built in this country.
Due to its proven economic value, the
motor truck is moving irresistibly
forward and now will be forced by
the pressure of war necessity to do
in a. year or two what economic effi
ciency would have led it to do soon
er or later dominate the short-haul
field. . , '
. "We must substitute in our short
hatl traffic the motor truck for the
freight car; the permanent, continu
ous, paved highway for the steel-railed
nt rnr1r-ha11atted roadbed: and the
loading and receiving platform of
me individual snipper iui uic lamuau
Jrards ' and freight terminals need
essly congested with freight which
could be hauled on motor trucks. The
motor truck carries its own terminal
facilities, being" able to carry t pro
duct from its point of , origin to "its
point of destination. ' .'-'
: Truck Operation Cheap. '
"Disregarding entirely the saving Id
cost of short-haul transportation, it
must be done to relieve the railroads.
It would have to be done even if the
cost were the same or greater than
rail delivery. But the fact that it is
cheaper, quicker and more efficient
than the short-haul railroad assures
the permanent and continuous devel
opment of motor truck transportation,
even after the war emergency which
gave, it birth has passed.
"Within t range of 50 to 100 miles
the motor truck is easily today on
better than even terms with the rail
roads. All that is needed is the build
ing of hard-surfaced highways of ade-
Siate strength, capable of carrying
a new burden that this great ad
vance in transportation will require.
Such highways we must have. It is
to longer question of whether we
should or should not build them with
money, labor and equipment, which,
it was at first thought, could be better
devoted during the war to other pur-
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The picture above is of Miss Myra
Spndle driving a giant five-ton In
diana truck. Miss Spindler learned
how to handle the truck successfully
under the direction of Mr. Paul
Campbell, New York sales agent 'or
the Indiana truck, and she is now op
erating it regularly and with' entire
A short time ago Mr. Campbell de
cided that as competent men drivers
were being taken in large numbers
for Unitea States army service, that
the time was right to experiment
with women drivers. Miss Spindler
was formerly engaged as conductor
ess on the Twenty-third cross town
line and was an eager applicant for
the position. She had no difficulty in
learning the art of driving and can
handle the truck equally as well as
men drivers. So far as known, she
is New York's first woman driver of
a motor truck.
poses. It is now only a question as
to where and how these new arteries
of trlffic should be constructed.
Must Have Good Roads.
"We have today 400,000 motor
trucks in service in this country.
Those competent to judge estimate
that within five years after the war
shall end this number will exceed
4,000,000, and that nothing can stop
this great economic movement ex
cept the failure (which would be a na
tional calamity) to build hard-surfaced
roads of adequate strength to
carry the greater tonnage at the
higher speed that will be required.
"We need and should have at once,
created and empowered by proper
legislation, a strong, independent fed
eral highway department, adequate
ly supplied with money and broad dis
cretionary powers over its ex
penditure, so organized that it, could
make a thorough survey of motor
truck transportation requirements
and dictate to state, county and town
ship units upon what roads their
money should be expended. Small
censure, however, can be laid on these
road-constructing units for our lack
of connecting highways, for no ma
chinery has been provided to enable
them to co-operate with each other
"T ere Ire thousands ot internet!
enemy aliens and federal prisoners
now idly wasting their time as wards
of the government or devoting it to
pastimes or ineffective labor, selected
by 'their individual preferment, who
might in this crisis be assisting in
speedngi up America's transportation
and war-time efficiency."
Miller Rubber Co. Stages Big
Tire Te,st Hun in Southland
Four big, travel-stained Pierce-Ar-row
cars rolled into the garage of the
Miller Rubber company of Akron the
other day. thereby ending a 79,000
mile endurance campaign waged
against Miller Uniform Cord tires. It
was the most exhaustive road test
this particular product of the com
pany had ever been subjected to and
the result is said to have been very
encouraging to the Miller, organiza
Leaving Akron on the 30th of De
cember, the drivers had instructions
to "give the tires the limit" in the
way-of abuse and hard wear. The
fleet' of ' four cars, two of which
weighed 6,000 pounds each, imme
diately headed for Orlando, Fla.,
where the warm winter sun was to
add further strain on the hard work
Day in and" day. out. over city
streets, and sharply winding country
roads, in rain and shine, the heavy
can plunged forward on the Miller
In spite of the stiff grind more se
vere than the average car .will see in
a life time of service some of the
tires attained a mileage of more than
15,000 miles, while 7,000. 8.000 and 10,-
000 miles were common, ' ' ,
"The benefit derived bv road test
ing," explained Frank C. Millhoff,
general sales manager of the com'
pany. "lies in the fact that it soon
shows up weak or defective points of
manufacture. We knew that road
testing would soon reveal the strength
or weakness of our cord tire building
Peterson Purchases Dill's
Holdings in Dill Motor Co,
Announcement was made last week
that R. C. Peterson had purchased the
holdings of Albert Dill in the Dill
The firm name will be changed to
the R. C. Peterson Motor Car com
pany and another car. the Columbia,
will be added to the line of ears sold,
The new firm will handle the Jordan,
Columbia and Olympian automobiles.
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We are glad to announce that we have
closed a direct factory. distribut contract for ,, :v
the well-known Dart Trucks. . ;
These trucks are made in one," two and .
-three and one-half toi; capacities. : (
Made Right and Priced Right
Transportation, is one of the really vital
problems of the day.
The Solution'" - ' Y
There is only one solution to the problem: ;
THE MOTOR TRUCK. '
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; If jrou are in the market Ibra motor truck
,-then in your own interests inspect the Dart 1 :
' ) line. A post card or a phone call will bring
j catalog and full iriformatipn. , A
A full-line of all models now onview at bur -showrooms.'
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Victor Motor Company
2623-2525 FAEN AM STREET, OMAHA, NEB.
Direct Factory Distributors for Nebraska and Western Iowa
Associate Dealers Wanted v , -
Palm beach, Florida
THE tifl of tHe west, fte
most conges ted city traf
fic, or fie deep aanda of fie
south only serve to empha
size the adaptability of the
Aero-Eight to all motoring
There is always a reserve of
power for emergencies, a
Quick surge of acceleration
and a delightful economy of
The Cole Aero-Eight heralds
a new era in motor car de
sign and engineering.
CROWNING the efficient per
formance of the Aero-Eight
is its original body style which
combines distinctive beauty with
maximum comfort. . '
It is a new type of mechanism
scientifically designed and equipped
with all advanced features of im
The closer one scrutinizes the new
Cole Aero-Eight models the more
one appreciates their fine crafts
manship and individuality.
Traynor Automobile Co.
DE BROWN AUTO SALES CO.
WholeuL Distributors for Iowa and Nebraska
11th and L St., Lincoln, Neb. 1414 Locust SL, Des Mota, la. 2210 Famam St. Phone Douf. 5268.
, COLE MOTOR CAR COMPANY, INDIANAPOLIS, U. S. A.
The Thrift Car fr
ORE than 100,000 baye sireaoy been
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OnMNeb. Council Bluffsr Iowa-
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