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AIDS GOOD ROADS MOVEMENT
Perhaps no class of citizens Is more
interested in the good roads movement
than motorcyclists. And they are not
satisfied with merely wishing for Rood
roads—they are willing to give of their
time and money to the cause. And
many riders have even gone out and
worked on the roads themselves.
Fifty-five motorcyclists of Rockford,
111., have offered to spend at least one
day each in helping to Improve the road
between Rockford and Beloit, Wis. And
it la believed that each of the 500 mem
bers of the Rockford Motorcycle Club
will aid In the work. Motorcycles were
a leading feature in the recent Good
Roads D'av program at East St. I„ouin,
111., recently. Twentr-four riders of
fered their services and the services
of their machines. The machines were
used In the place of horses, and an
rtav long the two-wheelers, two abreast,
pulled the heavy wagons up and down
the highway delivering material to the
volunteer road makers. Motoreyllsts
are also arrtive in the Ohio Good lloads
Federation movement to build the
Shor<> road from Cleveland to San
REPAIRS AND SUPPLIES
PAUL D. MESSNER
AKent for Stanley Steamer Cars
Rear of 1117 NORTH THIRD
MID - WINTER PRICES
Here's a tip for you, Mr. Wide
awake. Do you know that real
money held under a dealer's nose
these dull winter days will buy more
automobile value than can be had
when the Spring sun begins to peep
through tho clouds. We havo a
number of used cars that we will
let go at Interesting figures.
CRISPEN MOTOR CAR CO.
413-417 S. CAMERON ST.
1% to 2 Ton
New Price ( Chassis)
10 to 12 Feet
Reo - Mack-
Third and Hamilton Street
I Parlin-Paimer "38" j
6 Passengers, 115-inch Wheel Ba.se, Fully Equipped n j
COMPARE IT WITH OTHERS
We'll furnish full specifications if
you write to us. Do it now.
S. H. DADDOW, ST. CLAIR, PA.
Distributor for Central and Northeast Penna.
To Dealers • Some territory still open. An excellent opportunity
1—1912 36 Chalmers Touring Car, self-starting, electric lights,
nickel plated trimmings, repainted and in first-class con
1—1912 36 Chalmers Torpedo, self-starting, power time pump,
demountable rims, repainted and in first-class condition.
1—1912 Chalmers 30 Touring Car, fore door, body repainted
and fully equipped and in first-class condition.
I—l9ll 6-60 Kline seven-passenger Touring Car, demountable
rims, nickel trimmed, overhauled, good paint and in first
class condition. A bargain.
1—1912 4-40 Kline five-passenger, overhauled, repainted and
in first-class condition. ,
I—l9oß Pierce Arrow five-passenger touring, extra tires, War
ner speedometer, bumper in very fine shape. An excellent
car to turn into 1200-lb. truck.
1—1913 Studebaker 25 Roadster, only used short while for
demonstrating purposes, revarnished, 1 extra tire, in ex-
II cellent shape. A bargain.
2—1909 Model K Pullman, pony tonneau overhauled and in
first-class condition. Bargains.
1—1912 E.M.F. Touring Car, in excellent condition and fully
equipped. A bargain.
I—l9ll Model K Pullman, five-passenger touring, fully equip
ped and good condition. Splendid car for turning into
I—Model D Franklin touring. A snap.
1019-1025 Market Street
! WILD IBOUT STORE
Wayfarers in Detroit Are Start
led by the Uncanny
Startled out of a rush hour reverie,
his hand hanging inert from the bell
cord, the conductor of a Woodward
avenue street car in Detroit, blocked
traffic for several minutes the other
evening while he gazed, open
mouthed, into the brightly lighted in
terior of tho Studebaker automobile
For once, traffic was willing to be
blocked. The sight that had so
strangely affected the collector of
fares struck others just as forcibly.
Inside the store, an automobile was
obviously running wild.
So far as human beings were con
cerned the automobile—a Studebaker
"Four" touring car —was empty. Its
lamps were all blazing and it was in
Along the. Charlotte avenue side the
car would glide, turning just in time
to avoid crashing into the glass front.
Its tail light would gleam until it
reached the back of the room, when it
would swerve and charge at the side,
where it would again miss collision by
an eyelash. Tho next turn would bring
it back on its course again, casting
the blinding rays of its headlights into
the eyes of the amazed beholders.
A crowd gathered. For a time
those In the front row would dodge
the charging car. Later on their con
fidence grew for they saw that the
car, instead of turning by some lucky
accident was following a circle and
making each lap a definite track. Then
somebody noted that, on the dust
cover that trimly enclosed the car's
top, lay a cat, oblivious to all excite
ment and sound asleep.
A policeman worked his way
through the throng and tried the door,
which opened readily. He dodged the
car and made his way to the offices
in the rear, where he found A. K.
McLuney, the branch manager.
"There's a crazy automobile runnln'
round your front room," ejaculated
"Never mind it," replied Mcliuney.
"It's a demonstration."
"Irreversible steering gear, If you
know what that means—steering gear
that stays put and doesn't rack your
arms out at the sockets."
"Well, irreversible steerin' or not,
you can't block the avenue with It!
And the next thing it'll be runnln' out
through one of them windows."
"Well, it's my car and my store and
my windows, isn't it?"
The cop went outside and vainly
implored the spectators to "move on."
The car kept running circles. The
crowd grew. And the cat slept on.
Throughout the week of the De
troit automobile show, the whole pro
cess was repeated nightly. Now and
then someone would rescue "Stude
baker," the office cat, from his perch
on the top. He took it good naturedly
but would wait for the car's next
lap when he would cleverly climb
back aboard, resuming his solitary joy
School of Applied Science
Perhaps the most unique training
school of applied mechanics in this
country is the one conducted by the
Cadillac Motor Car Company, where
young men of 18 years and older are
taught not only the basic principles of
mechanical engineering but the ideals
that underlie the construction of Cad
The idea was original with Henry
M. Iceland, president of the Cadillac
Co., in 1907. Mr. Leland foresaw that
the growth of the motor car industry
would create an abnormal demand for
mechanical workers of high ability,
and determined to begin to train men
in his own shops.
The Cadillac school is a special
training department, with equipment
of machinery and class room facili
ties. Under the direction of compe
tent mechanical engineers, the stu
dents are given class work in mate
matics and mechanical drawings, in
struction in the efficient use of var
ious machine sfor the production of
work of the highest grade and dally
lectures, illustrated with stereoptican.
To fulfill Mr. Iceland's purpose of
making tho course thoroughly prac
tical, the students are given practical
work to do In the various branches,
performing their duties the same as
journeymen and under working con
ditions and preparing themselves for
places as draughtsmen, mechanical
engineers, tool-designers and foremen.
A large number of students have
been graduated from this Cadillac
school and many havo gone forth to
responsible positions. Youths under
18 are not eligible to the course. The
company pays the students from 14
to 17 cents per hour, awards cash
prizes as it sees fit during the course
and a bonus of SIOO upon comple
tion of the two years of class work.
In return it asks that applicants be
young men of good habits who do
not smoko cigarets, chew tobacco or
Leading Auto Engineer
"Nineteen-fourteen promises bigger
things in motorcycling everywhere
than any previous year," predicts the
West End Electric and Cycle Com
pany. "Prosperity, perfect models,
V>ig production and big demand mark
the highway to success.
"The motorcycle has found its place
!n the comemrcial field and overcome
that unjust prejudice born of igno
rance. At a recent meeting of the
Society of Automobile Engineers in
New York A. L. McMurtry, one of its
most prominent members, defended
the motorcycle strongly in the follow
ing terms: 'The cheapest motor ve
hicle is the motorcycle. Next to it is
the cheap automobile. Most of you
are awaro of the characteristics of the
cheap automobile, yet few really know
the modern, high-powered motorcycle.
Of all motor-propelled vehicles, the
modern motorcycle is least understood
and most universally condemned. Al
most all the arguments against the
modern motorcycle are false because
they are based on assumptions rather
" 'The average automobile engineer
has always shown a certain amount
of contempt for motorcycles in gen
eral. Little do they realize that the
motorcycle engineer has brought his
product, to a high state of refine
ment, equal to, if not superior to, the
"When engineers of Mr. McMurtry's 1
standing begin to voice these facts it
is certain that others of his profession
will investigate and learn the truth.
hTat is going to lead to a. better public
understanding of the motorcycle, with
the result that the field of demand
will be enlarged indefinitely."
Vinegar Vat Proves
Merits of Commercial Car
"A pickle in a vingera vat is a real
dainy; but a vinegar vat 'in a pickle'
is a bird of another color," says a
sober Irishman who is a big man in
one of the large eastern firms that
manufacture table relishes.
"Let me explain: We hed to move
a several-hundred gallon vat over to
a new plant. The weight was in the
immediate neighborhood of three"*
tons. A quarry wagon with a couple
of teams could have turned the trick;
"but then we would have had to build
a special rack. So we decided to
transport the vat with a house
mover's apparatus of rollers. We
even started out in that fashion, but
it was late in the afternoon when we
began operations, so we left the vat
in the road over night, with red lan
terns hung out.
"During the night, some Johnny
on-the-spot salesman evidently got
busy, for when I passed an eye over
the operation next morning, I saw a
newspaper page advertisement pasted
on the vat. And a big blue pencil
mark had been made around the
motto which served as a heading—
' You Can Do It With a Reo.'
"Hum!—l thought. Maybe .so;
maybe so. But 1 bet they can't. It
won't take long to find out.
"We found out The local sales
room sent a two-ton, so-called; they
got busy with jacks, backed the truck
underneath, let down the three-ton
vat, and drove away without a sign
"We bought the truck next day."
Test Shows Elettric
Costs Less to Run
Than a Gasoline Car
At an educational meeting held In
Jersitj' City, N. J., the subject of mo
tor vehicles was discussed by S. C.
Thompson, of the Public Service Com
pany of New Jersey. After showing
figures to prove that the electric truck
costs less to operate than either horse
drawn or gasoline vehicles, results of
an actual test were presented com
paring the performance of a gasoline
truck and an electric truck over forty
eight months' operation. In this case
the cost of maintenance was found to
be 18:5 cents per mile for the gaso
line truck and only 8.5 cents per mile
for the electric truck. Diagrams show
ing the relative amounts of energy
consumed by different types of tires
and street surfaces also proved very
interesting. It was seen, for example,
that a motor vehicle running on as
phalt had an energy consumption of
1 kw-hr. per mile while the same
car running through soft snow con
sumed 2.06 kw-hr. per mile.
W. P. Grove Now With
Local Cadillac Agency
Prosperous business conditions at
the Crlspen Motor Car Company ne
cessitated an additional salesman to
keep in touch with the increasing
number of prospects for 1914 Cadil
lacs. W. P. Grove, who has been as
sociated with the Bowman & Co. auto
mobile department throughout the
1913 season, has associated himself
with the Cadillac sales force for the
coming season. Mr. Grove has had
six years' experience among various
concerns. For two years he was in
the factory, which makes him thor
oughly familiar with mechanical de
tail, and his electrical experience prior
to thai makes him thoroughly con
versant with the electric starting and
lightinK systems such as is it part of
! the mechanical, features of tiie
Streamline Type of
Body to Be General
I. W. Dill in commenting on the
streamline body design and the ad
vantages of a six, said:
vantages of asix, said:
There are some men who welcome
new designs in a car, and some who
[resent innovations which make pre
sent cars out-of-date.
The new streamline body on this
year's Hudson sixes is a case in point.
Some call It the handsomest design
that ever came out. and It undoubted
ly is. Some say the old straight lines,
the angle dash, still look good to me.
"But the situation is this: Stream
line bodies on the better cars are now
universal European vogue. And, 111
body designs, European vogue has al
ways set the fashion here.
"Remember foredoors. We resisted
them too. It was almost two yeans
after Europe adopted them before we
came to them here. Then, almost
over night, the open front bodies be
came practically unsalable.
"The same reason exists for the
streamline' body. These flowing lines
are artistic and right. The time is
fast coming when the dash will
look as out-of-date as the open front.
"So with four-cylinder cars. Prac
tically none have been sold for several
years at a price which' would buy a
good six. As sixes came down, fours
have disappeared from their field.
The smooth-running six has proved
itself irresistible to men who would
pay the price.
"Now comes the Hudson Six-40 —a
quality six for $1,760, f. o. b. Detroit.
A lightweight six. A six with lower
operative cost than is shown by any
equal-powered four. From coast to
coast this new Six-40 has found over
whelming welcome. These are facts
we must all consider.
"We may feel satisfied with an old
type body. We may even be content
with four cylinders. But the trend
of this time is distinctly toward sixes.
And the streamline body, in another
year, will be practically universal.
That will mean big depreciation 011
the types which are displaced."
Mr. Dill reports the sale of four
Hudson sixes Thursday and Friday of
this week at the local salesroom.
These were to prominent Harrisburg
people, two of them to the same fam
Chris Ijauridsen, of Fairbanks, Alas
ka, is making a motorcycle trip to Se
attle, Wash. Lauridsen is said to be the
first rider to attempt this trip.
Paul A. Cornev recently started on a
motorcycle trip from northern Wiscon
sin to Galveston. Tex. He expects to
reach the Southern City in fifteen days.
The West Side Motorcycle Club, of
Springfield Ohio, has become affiliated
with the Federation of American Mo
torcyclists. The club lias 53 members.
Fire Chief Stanton, of Norwich, Conn.,
uses a motorcycle in responding to all
The report of Motorcycle Policeman
Cooley. of Aurora, 111., shows that dur
ing 1913 he rode his motorcycle 11,964
miles, responding to 2,583 calls.
It Is the plan of Commissioner Dies,
of Memphis, Tenn.. to replace the horses
now used by the ten city inspectors
Two Hannibal, Mo., young men are
planning a motorcycle trip which will
cover about 30,000 miles.
The Railway & Light Company, of
Rochester, N. Y.. uses twenty-five mo
torcycles in its various departments.
Mrs. Edna B. I,lnendoll. of Hammond,
Ind.. recently made a 2,200 mile mo
torcycle trip to Omaha and Kansas City.
"We find motorcycles indispensable in
our work,' says T. C. Weber, engineer
of the Spokane Gas & Fuel Company, of
R. h. Bacon, of Pittsburgh, Pa., has
sucli obvious advantages, for both
unpleasant weather, that the supply will unques
tionably fall short of the insistent demand. If you
faMO*A are interested you had better see your Studebaker iSBSSSIw
I pi d - ier at itgfc
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v\p Harrisburg, Branch 106-108 S. 2d St. Harrisburg, Pa. 3
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just completed a motorcycle trip to
So successful was the New Year's Day
Tucson-Oracle Motorsycle Run, from
Tucson, Arizona, to the summer resort,
at Oracle, that it has been arranged to'
JANUARY 24. 1914.
make the run an annual event.
A motorcycle street sweeper, which i(
is said will do the work of 21 men, is
being demonstrated In New York City.
Paul C. Derltum, winner of the San
Diego-Phoenix road event, says thai
the engine of his motorcycle was rut
ning as perfectly at the end of the rai
as when lie started out.
The Columbus, Ohio, Railway A J,igt
Company lias purchased six motorcycU
for use in the railway transportatlo