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THE OMAHA . SUNDAY , BEE: JULY 21, 1918.,
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(IQAD BUILDI NG
Most of States Have jJighway
' , Departments Looking After
"Roa$ maintenance must go on un
' interruptedly or the taxpayers of the
country will have to pay an enormous
bill for therestoration of the high
ways after the war' jays the Good
- Roads Press Service. '
"Something like a quarter of a cen
, tury ago, systematic, intelligent road
'y improvement was commenced by a
few of the states in the northeastern
part of, the country. Today there is a
highway department in practically
every state, and in most of the states
the department is one of the major
divisions of the government. During
this era of road improvement, the an
nual expenditure' throughout the a
tion has grown from an insignificant
urn to a total well over $250,000 000.
"To date probably not more than
VA per cent of the country's road
mileage has been surfaced. Consid
ered merely, as a percentage, this
' showing is not encouraging, but when
it is remembered that this one-eighth
means an actual mileage of some
thing over 300,000, the magnitude of
, the work accomplished is better ap
preciated. Another fact that must
. be taken into consideration is that
, a large majority of the traffic of the
country is carried on a small propor
, tion of the total mileage and the
greater part of the work of improve
, ment has been' done on these more
important highways. . ,
Some Money Wjieted.
"Some of the money spent for road
' betterment has been wasted. Some
of it has been used for permanent
v work, the amount involved represent
ing an investment that carfnot be lost.
A very large proportion of the total
expenditure has been used for the
construction of pavements and pur-
faces of varying durability and of dif
ferent needs as to maintenance. Tht
money they represent is an invest
ment also, but one that can and will
be lost if the- upkeep of the roads is
"The country's roads are worth bil
lions of dollars, even if nothing more
than their first cost is taken 'into ac
count. Their present value, in terms
of service rendered, is literally incal
culable, for without them every ac
tivity would have to cease. .-
Need of Public Highways.
The successful proseVution of the
war is the chief business of the Amer
ican people today. But that doesn't
mean that every American should be
fighting or working in a munition
, plant or on a farm. There are count
less other activities that are contribu
tory to the three obvious essentials
and every one of them in turn is ab
solutely dependent upon transporta
tion. The things men use are seldom
used , where they are produced; they
N have' to be carried over the roads.
" ""ove'r he railroads, up and down rivers,
tnrougn canals and across oceans.
Many of them are carried by water;
most of them are also carried by rail.
Practically all of them are-carried by
road, sometimes once, oftener at least
"The nation's highway system is
the foundation 6f its whole vast and
complicated'machinery of transports
, tion. ' The public highways are indis
pensable and thev must be kept in
ondttion unless all, the work we have
done is to avail us nothing and the
work yet before us is to be left un
done. Money must be spent and labor
' and materials must be used now,"
. Changes Made in Sales Force
Of Cole Motor Car Company
A change in the sales department of
xne ,ot woior car company, Indian,
apohs, has been reported. C. P. Hon.
derson, who for about eight years has
acted as 'general sales manager of th
organization, has resigned to take up
permanent residence in California and
in so doins relinauished th
sales managership to assume the west,
era sales management of the company.
In the future he will devote himself to
tne Development of Cole sales on the
J. E. Roberts, formerly western Hi
tnct manager of the Cole company,
has been promoted to the general
sales nangement. Mr. Roberts has
been affiilated'with the Cole Motor
" fornpany for many years. Hi is
wiaeiy mown tnroughout the indus
try, for prior to his direct connection
with the factory he was district man-
pi ine cnicago distributor of the
J. D. Riker, formerly promotion de-
F-nmeni manager, has severed his
w..UCi.,u wun tne tole organiza-
the army. H. R, Hyman, for several
. manager of tne Cole,
will now take over Mr. Riker's duties
in addition to the supervision of the
Henderson to Pacific Coast
To Handle Cole and Lexington
Frank B. Ansted, president of the
l-exHigton Motor company, Conners
Tille, I ndj announces the appointment
ot c, v . Henderson as wwtern. sales
Mr. Henderson, from 1909 to 1911.
T?.idcm,'fied with the Henderson
Motor Sales company of Indianapolis.
Ia 1912 he formed the Henderson
Motor. Car company, which concern
taanufactured motor cars. He had
tmtil recently been general sales man
agCir the Cole Motor Car company,
which position he resigned to take up
his present work. This combined ex
perience has. it is said, given him a
thorough acquaintance with both the
selling and .manufacturing pf motor
He will represent the Cote line in
the west in addition to the Lexington
Minute Man Sixes. . v . - 1
yThis makes an ideal arrangement"
said Mr. Henderson, in speakinsr of
bis new connection "Th. ir....;, r
the two companies, one at IndianapoJ
ub nu me oiuer ai lonnersville, a
very anoir. Distance apart, makes i
an easy matter to handle them joint
iy, wnise tne opening of permanent
western omces .will facilitate deli
tries for both.ripanies.'' v :
Mr. Henderson is now onenlnff of.
fleet at San Francisco, having driven
. Streaming to Seaboard
Detroit and Michigan, bemy the
stronghold of the motor car and mo-to-
truck industries have been called
upon to supply great numbers of both
cars and trucks for army service, both
in the United States and overseas.
Early last January began the move
ment of these vehicles from Detroit to
points of embarkation. Indeed the
moyement of motor vehicles over the
road has been a boon to the govern
ment by affording a very large meas
ure of railroad relief. '
Many Detroit factories are working
on government contracts and much of
the war material they produce is sent
ON GASH BAS$
Omaha Dealers Decide to'Com-
plyWith the Request of
In view of the request of the war
economy board of the Council of Na
tional Defense, Washington, D; G,
that the entire automobile industry
put their business on a strictly cash
basis, eliminating all free service, the
storage battery concerns of Omaha
have agreed to comply with this re
quest and to co-operate to the fullest
extent with fhe Omaha Automobile
Trade association .in the furtherance
of this purpose.
These measures have been adopted
as a purely patriotic service, with the
idea of having each car owner take
care of his own individual car in so
far as it is within his power;' and in
this way by absolving the various au
tomobile concerns from the free in
spections and small adjustments, re
lease the men who have been in the
habit of performing this work so that
they may be available for government
, In regard to the discontinuing all
fre battery testing and of making a
normal charge for this work, this does
not entail a hardship on the owner
for the reason that an owner may
readily learn to take the reading of
his own battery,-and if he does not
feel justified in doing this work him
self he will be very willing to pay
for such service. w
The action in adopting the C. O. D
basis with all customers, without any
exceptions, will eliminate an innum
erable amount of clerical details and
will permit the battery business be
ing operated with the least number
of employes and make the organ iza-
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lion as u is reaujusicu mucn mor J e in
dent than it was previously.
Cause of Leaks. '
Many cars have wires or rods
leading from the front' of the radiator
to the priming device on the carBure
ter. These rods pass through one
of the air passages of the radiator.
The tubes of radiators are made of
very thin material and in the course
of a season's use, the primer rod in
rattling around through the vibration
of the car, may cause a leak that will
be troublesome. The remedy is to
insert a stiff piece of- tubing in the
ir passage that holds the rod.
VAN BRUNT AUTOMOBILE COMPANY
forward in the motor trucks produced
in the same city.
When the forward movement began
last winter it,was necessarily slow.
New production has reached a high
point, and both cars and trucks are
moving to the seaboard ii) a steady
stream, long trains leaving Detroit
every day in charge of army officers
and army drivers.
The picture shows 50 Dodge Broth,
ers quartermasters tracks, photo
graphed at Dodge Brothers works
andSeady for delivery to the govern
ment. From the point of production,
the trucks are driven to a government
storage garage in Detroit and thence
are driven to the port of embarkation
in fleets of varying number.
! Joins Cannon In Truck
Business On Autb Row
JOHN F. PiAJNKETT.
Announcement was made last week
to the effect that John F. Plunkett
had come to Omaha to associate him
self with H. H;' Cannon in the Iowa
Motor Truck company. Mr. Plun
kett will carry the title of director of
In speaking of Mr. Plunkett's ap
pointment Cannon expressed a great
deal of satisfaction in having secured
Mr. Plunkett s .services. Mr. Plun
kett has been in the automobile busi
ness for" six or seven years and ap
parently is very well fitted for the
Cannon and Plunkett just returned
from Denver. Colo., where they have
teen inspecting the new Iowa Motor
truck brancti recently established in
Denver. Plunkett leaves today for
Ottumwa, la., for a few days' work
at the, Iowa Motor Truck factory.
According to Cannon, dealers all
over the territory are quite enthused
over the truck prospects. Mr. A. N
Durbin and T. F. Gualey of the Cur
bin Auto company of North Platte
who were at the Omaha office Satur
day of last week, voiced an opinion
that the truck sales would far exceed
any figures which had been estimated
so far. .
Tire Valve Tip.
It is important to keep the tir
valve and stay bolts drawn up tight
because if they are not so maintained
water is very likely to get into the
casing when the car is being driven
over wet roads.
CTWE more seriously people
consider the purchase of
vmotor cars, the more re
spect they have for Model 90
cars, v, ; V- ' :, . '
The favorable" impression the
exterior-design and beauty this
Thrift Car gives is sustained by
its reliable, ffficienr and adequate
Comfort, Service and Price
Utti Tonr Modtl oo Towing Cm. tSgsf. a. . TeltSt
" Pntt nhjut k ANf Mfcmj uotKM
The Thrift Cac
South American Forests and
Out of Way Places Invaded
by Automobile of Anieri
can Make. '
,For the first time in history an au
tomobile has made a round trip from
Buenos Aires, Argentine, to Val
paraiso,' Chile, crossing the Andes
mountain twice. That honor, long
coverted by venturesome motorists,
goes to Americans and an American
Word has been received at the
Omaha agency, that D. B. Richard
son, Argentine representative of the
Studebaker corporation, with Paul
Rhodes, a member of his staff, and
his wife and tw& daughters, piloted a
Series 18 Studebaker Six on the
round trip journey through a land
that is notorious for its high alti
tudes and treacherous mountain
roads. Lack of railways in extensive
regions of the South -American re
publics, where numerous and impor
tant places are little short of com
pletely isolated, and the extensive
propaganda of American manufactur
ers o encourage a wider use of auto
mobiles as a means of communication,
makes Richardson's exploit of more
than ordinary interest.
Start on Trip.
" In a regular standard six-cylinder
Studebaker car equipped with wire
wheels, the Richardson party reft
Buenos Aires on the first leg of their
journey, taking the route to Riva
davia, through Moron, I.as Heras.
Lobos, Las Flores and Pringles to
Bahia Blanca and then to Patagones.
after having crossed the Colorado
river on a raft. After many discourag
ing attempts they succeeded in cross
ing a branch of the sea, which cuts
into the road, arriving at Maquinchao
a week later.
While crossing the River Limay on
a raft, the Studebaker broke loose
from its fastenings and plunged into
the water, but, without serious conse
quences. Between Zapalajmd Las
Lajas it was necessary to tie the car
to atree to keep it from sliding off
into a bottomless gulch.
After many days of hardship, trav
eling over roads that were but little
more than mule trails, and in some
places not even that, . the motorists
pushed their way into Valparaiso,
having crossed the South American
continent from San Antonio on the
Atlantic to Chile. On this long ex
cursion of nearly three months, the
Studebaker and its hardy passengers
had covered 3,604 miles, beating all
South American records for distance.
Gary Truck Is Now Handled
By Peterson Truck Company
Announcement was recently made
to the effect that R. W. Peterson, had
established new headquarters for the
Peterson Truck company in the Daven
port garage and will handle the Gary
truck. Peterson has been interested in
truck activities for some time and is
very enthusiastic regarding the future
of the business.
"The Gary," asserts Peterson, "is
proving to be a popular model. The
sturdy construction and extra heavy
rear axle make it a desirable model
for all kinds of road work." , v
2107 Faraans St
Phone. D. SS64
Expert Radiator -Repairing
We take dents out of auto bodies.
We straighten, out auto bodies.
Fenders, Hoods, Cowles, Gasoline
Tanks, Oil Tanks, Battery
Council Bluffs, la.
Lincoln Man to Handle '
Federal Truclcs Here
1 A6y- -til nrnin f
Announcement was made last week
to the effect thaf the Nebraska Fed
eral Truck company, distributors of
Federal Motor trucks, would open an
Omaha office at 2417 Farnam street.
This office will be in .charge of George
Adams of Lincoln, Neb.
The Federal truck is very well
known throughout the United States
and is manufactured in sizes ranging
from one to seven tons. The seven
ton job is a recent model and accord
ing to its makers it is a regular freight
car operating under its own power.
Unusual Display Sign, to
Be Shown on Auto Row
One of the most unusual and attrac
tive display signs in Omaha will be
placed on the roof of the building at
2205 Farnam street. This is to be the
new home of the Auto Electric Serv
ice Co., starting, lighting, and ignition
specialists, and Nebraska distributors
of the Permalife storage battery.
The building is at present being re
modeled and will be ready for occu
pancy in another week. The Thomas
Cusack Co. is designing and will erect
the immense roof bulletin. This will
be one continuous board with three
distinct signs. Two of these signs will
be permanent displays, and the middle
one will be changeable. The entire
sign will be in attractive colors and
will be illuminated at night, this will
attract attention and will be a big ad
vertisement for Omaha s motor row
If Other Motor Cars Can
Do This-Why Don't They?
"More Miles per Gallon
"More Miles on Tires"
S-PmtMBcar Car I 825
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& Supply Co.
2216-18 Farnam St.
Fhon Tyl.r 2462.
1id-City Motor Company
Doubles Its Territory
The Mid-City Motor and Supply
Co., of Omaha, through Walter S
Johnson, head of the "company, last
week succeeded in gaining control of
the distribution of Maxwell motor
cars and trucks in 35 additional coun
ties in Nebraska. The Mid-City
Motor and Supply Co., now control
has become a remarkably frequent ut-
terance wherever the efficiency of opera
tion of haulage equipment is the topic
The frequency with which this ex
pression is made by FEDERAL users
may best be judged by the . unusual per
centage dT repeat orders received over
62 of our business. . .
your present haulage equipment and you
add a means for more profits. Our Traf-.
fic engineers will gladly show you how
Nebraska Federal Truck Co.
2417 Farnam St. Omaha, Neb.
Distributors for FEDERAL Motor Truck Co., Detroit
Contnctm ok FEDERALS ti eed tf the Job
When you set out to select the motor car
that will best suit your own particular
needs and your purse, you demand as
primary requisites, the highest ' degree of
reliability with economy of operation.
And every salesmen you meet insists his
car is that car. ;
If you are informed, as you should be, you
are liable to quote some of those Maxwell
records to see what he will say, mostly.
He must say something and usually he
affects to disbelieve those records.
You remind him that they are official
made under the sanction and supervision
of A. A. A. officials.
Then he insists that his car will do as well
Your cue, at this point, is to ask that per
fectly fair and most pertinent question,
"Then why doesn't your car go out and
We'll tell you why it can't
Any Maxwell salesman can take you
through this car, from motor to rear axle,
taking up in turn every unit and comparing
design and construction and strengths with
any and all other cars of similar size and
capacity. x .
And he will show you right there why this
Maxwell can, and that rival can't.
For it is all there in the design; in the
dimensions of parts; in the quality of ma
terials and in the making.
Let him show you. He will take all the
time you will give him and you owe it to "
yourself to know before you decide, -
Then when any salesman tries to convince
you that you ought to pay$100 or $150 or
$200 more for a motor car ask him to
show you one as good as this MaxwelL .
Insist on proofs not mere statements.
For if a car will do it, surely that fact Is
susceptible of proof.
"Claims', are, all right, but only proofs
punt." That is the Maxwell slogan.
If you would have the claims and promises
of salesmen backed by proofs, and in official
form Uat car must be a MaxwelL
the entire state, with the exception
of 24 counties located in the south
east and southwestern part of the
This concern has done exceptional
ly well in handling the sale of Max
well products in this territory and
due to this fact the Maxwell factory
have evidenced their confidence in the
Mid-City Motor and Supply Co., to the
extent of increasing their territory to
nearly twice its original area. ,
1 to5 ons I
cross-couosry to that point
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