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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (July 7, 1918)
1 HE OMAHA SUNDAY btE: JULY 7, iyi8.
AUTOS CARRY MORE
PEOPLE THAN TRAIN
Building1 of Cars Must Be Kept
Up as Link in Transpor
"It ii now pretty generally realized
that the automobile is a vital link
in the transportation system of Am
erica" says Joe C. Gerspacher, gen
eral manager, Toozer-Gerspacher
Motor company, distributors of Dort
"In 1915 automobiles carried 3,000,
000 more people than the railr.oads,
and later official figures, when forth
coming, --will undobutedly find the
"Neither the steam or electric rail
ways are equipped to handle the bur
den that would be thrown upon them
by a material reduction in the num
ber of automobiles.
Must Be Kept Up.
'"Therefore, the building of enough
automobiles to replace those worn
out annually is necessary to natior.l
"There are at the present time ap
proximately 5,000,000 passenger auto
mobiles in the United States. Al
lowing six years as the average life
of a car, tbis mean that 850,000 new
ones must be produced annually to
maintain automobile transportation
service. Those who go into the mat
ter judiciously and without prejudice
understand that for the sake of na
tional efficiency, it must bi main
tained. , ( '
"Curtailment means depreciation of
farm and suburban land values great
loss of time to doctors, farmers, con
tractors, salesmen and others who
use them daily in their work;
crippling of patriotic work in behalf
of government loans, the Red Cross,
Lincoln Highway Booster
Makes Trip Over Route
' ' '
Lincoln Highway it
AT AUTO CLUB
New Members Needed The Lin
coln highway is the only great trans
continental "street through the
states," which maintains a field secre
tary constantly on the job from coast
to coast. Millions of dollars are spent
annually in improvements on this
route through the efforts of the field
secretary, H. C. Ostermann. The
value of the publicity received by the
Lincoln highway is a big asset to
Omaha. At present Omaha does not
contribute a penny toward the up
keep of this splendid organization.
Council Bluffs last week presented
Mr. Ostermann with 75 sustaining
memberships at $5 a member. Oma
ha's quota is 150 members. Hun
dreds of. thousands of dollars are do
rated every year by good roads
boosters to maintain the working
organization ot this association, much
of the money coming from parties
living off the Lincoln highway. The
association gives back to every mem
ber $3.20 worth of valuable guides,
" ' Yellowstone Park Roads The
Auto club received a telegram that
the Yellowstone highway, from
..vjimmv w bti& pai iv, ia 4ii guuu eru
dition. However, tourists coming
tnrougn recently reported that floods
in the park, from melting snows, have
topped traffic. This will likely hold
up travel for a couple of weeks.
, Bellevue Plunge Open Secretary
Cummings, Bellevue college, called at
the club and advised that the college
plunge and dinner room is open to
the public again. Chicken and fish
dinners are being served. Patrons
have use of the tennis courts, plunge,
gym and library of 8,000 books.
" Plattsmouth Road Fixed The
Plattsmouth ' Bridge company tele
phoned the club that they, with the
county commissioners of Cass county,
have cindered the bad stretch on the
Washington highway from the bridge
A Til.ll .1 T. . .
iq x-jaiismoutn. it now remains tor
Sarpy courier to get busy on their
Club to Check Hotels The Omaha
Automobile club will hereafter issue
to each tourist, traveling through Ne
braska and Iowa, a card of greeting
to the hotels and garages, asking for
co-operation 'in road information,
t reasonable prices and hospitality. In-
tfflfAl At? Aa... ...Ill - 1. 1
k u iaii ji uiiLiiaiur will iir ri-nrirri"n
to the club and hotels and garages
which' insist in overcharging the trav
eling public will not be recommended.
' Road Work Near Florences
Through the club, needed temporary
Washington highway north of Flor
ence, up Ponca hill.
' S-Y-A Excellent The Seward-York-Aurora
cutoff, from Lincoln to
Grand Island, is now in excellent
' Seedling Mile Near Bluffs Through
efforts of Field Secretary Oster
mann of the Lincoln highway, Coun
cil Bluffs and Pottawattamie county,
will lay a seedling mile on the Lincoln
highway. The Lincoln highway as
sociation has donated 3,000 sacks of
cement for the work.
Club Asks for Signing Towns sur
rounding Omaha are being asked to
ign their crossroads from town to
town to facilitate truck and passenger
car traffic in order to relieve the rail
roads. Dingman Goes With the
Western Motor Car Co.
George L. Dingnian, recently asso
ciated with the J. T. Stewart Motor
company, has accepted the position
of manager of the truck department
of the Western Motor Car company.
The Vestern Motor Car company
has contracts for the distribution of
Diamond T and Columbia trucks,
both good trucks of established rep
The Goodyear Tire and Rubber
company, Akron, O., has encouraged
the establishment of war gardens
to the extent of allowing em
ployes to utilize all lands of the com
pany not being used for manufactur
ing purposes. One garden, however,
hat been discovered to yield both
meat and vegetables, a 12-pound tur
tle having been captured in this one
last week. '
"The war has brought about a
marked increase in all activities tend
ing to promote permanent "inprove
ment on the Lincoln highway," was
the significant statement of H. C
Ostermann, field secretary of the Lin
coln Highway association, who left
Omaha Wednesday after a short vis
it. He is en route from New York to
San Francisco on his annual trip of
inspection over the route and when
he finishes the journey will submit a
report of the road conditions to the
transport committee of the Council
Mr. Ostermann was accompanied
into Omaha by T. C MacDonald,
Iowa state highway engineer; D. .
Goodell, head of the Iowa state coun
cil of the Lincoln Highway associa
tion, and was met by George Reim,
Packard agent in Omaha. Mr. Os
termann is driving a large 12-cylinder
Packard car, painted in an artistic
manner with the national colors, red,
white and blue. The car is a fasci
nating spectacle and is the center of
interest at every point en route.
Mr. Ostermann has personally
noted each of the many phases of con
structive development along the Lin
coln highway since the, establishment
of the route in 1913, and speaks with
authority concerning the actual con
struction being undertaken during the
"Despite the retarding influences of
war conditions," Mr. Ostermann said,
"a greater amount of actual construc
tive work is being undertaken this
year than in any previous year of
Lincoln highway history, thus indi
cating the high importance with wheh
this work is regarded all the way
across the country."
Both Passenger Cars and Trucks
Needed to Conserve the Man Power
"The conservation of man-power
and time demands the use of both the
passenger car and motor truck," says
Carl Changstrom of the Standard
Motor Car Co.
"The nasseniyer rar iniir ranM
individual transportation necessary to
J- J .L. 1i' t " . t
aireci ana manage ine multiplicity 01
i. 4f.ef rial frnr rr, r f- J 1 irft,r..n.
mental activities that keep the wheels
of production turning.
lne motor truck permits rapid ana
until ll i ujigu iiaiiDjvtaiiuu ut mi,
goods and supplies produced by the
help of the passenger car, and delivers
them to shipping points or receiving
depots with a minimum use of man
power and loss of time.
"Without the passenger car, the
motor truck would have less service
to render, and without the motor
truck, the passenger car's activities
would be greatly curtailed. They
both render a valuable service to the
government, to our allies, and to the
public, that cannot be duplicated by
any other type of transportation
County Board Holds
On the New Districts
Why don't the county commission
ers announce the new commissioner
The election commissioner's office
is receiving many inquiries of that
In view of the forthcoming primar
ies on August 20, and the closing of
filings on July 20, there are some
citizens who are uttering words of
condemnation " against - the county
board for this delay.
A former member of the city coun
cil, who is thinking of filing for the
county board, had this criticism to
"It looks as if the county commis
sioners are playing horse. It seems
to me that they are trying to retard
or discourage filings. Somebody
should give them a little prodding.
There is no good reason why they
should not have announced these dis
tricts before this late date."
The election commissioner's office
reported having received many in
quiries from citizens, but no informa
tion from the county board.
Inquiry at the county board offices
elicits the information that the new
districts will be announced "in a few
In January, 1900, there were 11 gas
oline automobiles in Cleveland.
For the man who does the work
about his own car and yet does -not
care to have hands like a garage me
chanic's, the following is invaluable:
four ounces of grain alcohol, three
ounces of glycerine and three ounces
of water, shaken up in a bottle. If
this liquid is applied to the hands be
fore beginning work, a good washing
with soap and water afterwards re
moves all traces, f lne laoor-
For use in certain conditions the
ordinary type of straight plie are
inefficient. It is possible to heat an
ordinary pair of pliers and bend them
just below the jaws and above the
pivot. After they have been retem
pered again, you have a useful tool
for getting at nuts, bolts or anything
else in an inaccessible location.
Removing Rim Rust.
To remove rust from the rims of a
car, jack up the rear wheels and start
the engine running in high. The
wheels will spin and emery paper is
applied to the rim with a block and
the rust will be eaten off in short
order. By removing the fenders and
running a band from a rear to a
front wheel, the, same process may
be repeated with the tront wheels.
Finding Broken Wire.
It is a difficult matter to locate a
broken wire in an ignition cable, un
less one knows how. Here is how:
Draw each individual wire out some
where along the cable. Hold a com
pass within a half inch of the wire.
If the current is flowing through the
wire, the compass will be deflected
from its normal position in one wav
or the other. A broken wire will
have no effect on the instrument,
which thereby acts as detective.
To Clean Parts.
It is often necessary to clean small
parts of the car and washing in kero
sene is the accepted method. The
usual practice is to throw such parts
in a pail of kerosene and let them
lie in the muck which collects at
the bottom. A better way is to get
a wire basket, which will fit part
way down in the vessel used to hold
the kerosene, place the parts in this
basket, dip them in the oil and allow
the dirt to be loosened and sink to
the bottom, while the parts come out
perfectly clean and ready for use.
Protecting the Breather.
While the accepted function of the
breather is to allow excess pressure
to escape from the crankcase and also
to offer an opening for the insertion
of lubricating oil, this device also
permits the entrance of a considerable
amount of dirt and grit, which has
free access to the bearings. It is a
good plan to cover the breather with
a piece of fine brass screen, which
will exclude most of the foreign mat
Emergency Socket Wrench
A aocket wrench may be made for
any special job by taking a piece of
pipe about the same size as the nut
to be operated on, heating it and
hammering the end to tit the nut.
After this improvised tool has been
cooled in water, it makes a wholly
acceptable socket wrench, or holes
may be drilled for a rod lo le used
as a handle.
The accuracy of speedometers
varies with the different types. In
the magnetic type the accuracy de
pends upon the permanency of the
magnetic force in the circular magnet,
which is apt to vary. The centri
fugal type may vwy with the soften
ing of the resisting spring.
When the clutch starts to slip, many
drivers make the mistake of racing the
engine in the expectation that the car
will move faster. The proper way to
handle the slipping clutch is to operate
the engine slowly with little change
of speed, in the hope that the flywheel
will catch and carry the clutch around.
Racing, the engine makes matters
worse, for the clutch gets no chance
to hold and there is the chance that it
may be burned out altogether.
A persistent irregular firing in the
Ford has been found to be caused by
the current jumping from the connec
tions which project into the wood
dash under the hood, to grease and
dirt nearby. Thick, hard rubber
washers will remedy this trouble.
An early motor enthusiast went on
record with the statement that he
would buy a motor carriage immedi
ately if he were not afraid of fright
ening horses and incurring the risk
of a damage suit. ,
2107 Farnam St
Plioa D. 3S64
Expert Radiator Repairing
We take dents out of auto bodies.
We straighten out ante bodies.
Fenders, Hoods, Cowles, Gasoline
Tanks, Oil Tanks, Battery
I I I I (I I
If You Buy a Used Car
If you buy a used car you probably buy a
used battery -end, you can't tell how it has y
been used. Better come in and let us test it.
Such a battery may seriously affect the
operation of your car ; you can't tell whether .
it does or not unless you put a really new
battery on it.
When you buy a Still Better WHlard with Threaded
v Rubber Insulation you know it is new, because it is
shipped and stored Bone Dry and begins its life for
YouTl know the Still Better Willard by the Mark
branded onto the box. Get all the facts about this
remarkable battery in the booklet "A Mark with a
Meaning for You.: " , .. f
Nebraska Storage Battery Company
20th and Harney Sta. ' Phone Tyler 2920.
Wahoe StornM Battery Campany,
Wahoo; Nebraska, (
Warn Storage Battery Company,
Fremont Storage Battery Company,
Rod Oak Storage Battery Company,
v Red Oak, Iowa.
Buy Your Cadillac Now
There is no car as much in demand today' as the Type 57 Cadillac
Eight. Our June business was the biggest in our history in nufiber of
cars as well as dollars.
If you are informed, you know this condition is practically con
fined to the Cadillac. It is evidence of the public's confidence in the
Cadillac, which war conditions have served to emphasize.
Emphasize in your own mind these further facts: Your old car is
at its top value today. Every mile you run it reduces its value. Every
day that passes brings nearer the end of the selling season. 'That is
true any year. '...
This year increased prices of new cars have boosted used car
prices, too. But even increasing shortage of new cars will not likely
send used cars higher, because of the increasing difficulty of making
The present type 57 Cadillac is the fourth Eight-Cylinder Model.
More than 60,000 Cadillac Eights are in use today. The present Type
67 is to be continued indefinitely without even change of type number.
It represents the utmost certainty in an automobile today.
A shipment of new, distinguished models is now en route.
Coincident with the announcement of Dodge
Brothers' Automobile factory to the effect
that they would furnish their dealers with
Dodge "front ends' or power plants for
truck building, came an announcement of
the Iowa Motor Truc&Co. advising.that their
Dodge Brothers Commercial Chassis had,
been completed. It has been accepted and
The Iowa Commercial
Chassis for Dodge cars
harmonizes so completely
with Dodge Brothers ideas
of truck construction that
it simply represents the
idea of progressive as
N sembly of parts now em
ployed in many motor car
Many exclusive features
of the. Iowa Commercial
Chassis for Dodge cars dis
Idnguish it from all other
strength has been added in
the rear axle. The rear
axle is constructed of
heavier material for one
Let us explain the ad
vantages of the Iowa Com
1 -Ton Model E, Dodge
Unit, 140-inch Wheel
Base, 32x4-lnch Tires,
2 or 2 -Ton Model O,
Dodge Unit, 140-inch
Wheel Base, 84x4-inch
1-Ton Ford Unit, Model
E, 116-inch Wheel Base,
32x3 M -inch Tires. .$425
34x4-inch Tires and
Wheels, $25 additional
14-Ton Model E Univer
sal, Internal Brakes, 130
to 140-inch Wheel Base,
82x4-inchK Tires..... $460
2-Ton Model O Univer
sal, Internal Brakes, 130
to 140-inch Wheel .Base,
Iowa Motor Truck Company;
Ottumvra, Iowa. ".::'
Omaha Branch, 606 First National Bank Bldg.
Phone Tyler 38 and 39.
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