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MOST MOTORISTS I
EARN LESS THAN
Proposed Tax Would Bei!
Head of A. A. A. Shows How1
Tolls Are Now Collected
At Heavy Rates.
Summarising the opposition of tne ;
American Automobile Association to J
any further taxation of motor ve- ?
hfcles. with the reasons therefor, j
President George C- Diehl has au- j
thorised for publication the follow- |
The American Automobile Asso- j
ciation is a national organisation j
whose members are owners and
users of motor vehicles in the Uni- ;
ted Statea. As Americans, these
owners are willing and ready to j
pay their Just proportion of taxation
to the support of the government.
but they are unalterably opposed
to the enactment of Inequitable
and unsound legislation which
will further increase an already
burdensome and uneconomic tax.
lO.OOt.0OO Can Jfow.
There are today some 10,000.000
motor vehicles in the United States. ;
of which approximately 1.000.000 j
are motor trucks. According to
data prepared by the Bureau of
Public Roads one roan tn every i
eleven owns a motor vehicle
These 10.000.000 Owners are now j
paying several separate and distinct i
taxes aggregating $348,769,878. or
$34.67 per car detailed as follows: I
Federal excise tax, passenger
ran. 1920 $?.?00.294
Federal excise tax. mo tar
truck*. 1920 13.160,456
Federal excise tax. parts, accessories.
Federal registration vehicles for
State motor vehicle registration
fees . 102.000.000
Tentonal property taxes 75.000,000
State motor fuel, franchise, mileage.
business, ett 10.000,000
Lots! motor fuel, franchise,
mileage, business, etc 10,000.000
Municipal registration and license
"Ability to Pan* Oa."
While it may be said that some
of these taxes are levied upon
manufacturers and dealers, the fact
Is that they are always passed on
to the purchaser. It follows that
any increase would add to the already
excessive burden charge*
against the automobile user.
If these cars were luxuries, we
would expect them to be among the
most heavily-taxed of commodities,
but they are not as was recognized
by President Harding In his first
message to Congress when he said:
The motor car has become an Indispensable
instrument in our political.
social and Industrial life.**
Fundamentally, the motor vehicle
Is an element in transportation ana
if. as Secretary Mellon has indicated,
we should repeal or cut down
transportation taxes, then certainly
the burden on this factor in highway
transportation which last year
was estimated to have hauled more
than 1.000,000,000 tons of freight
and carried almost 5.000.000,000
passengers is entitled to the sam?
consideration as the older agencies.
Railroad and water operation is dependent
upon delivery of the load.
Highway transport is tffe indispensable
link in the chain.
Penalised for Kttorf,
The truth of this statement is
perhaps best exemplified by the fact
:hat practically one-third of all motor
vehicles are owned and operated
by farmers who must today
not only pay for the use of the?r
cars in taxation but are also penalized
for their misfortunes through
the taxes on parts, accessories and
, It is unnecessary to indicate how
Jeeply the motor venfcle has peneirated
into farm life. It is enough
:o say that "2 per cent of all cars
ire sold in towns having a population
of 50.000 or Jess. 55 per cent
in towns of 5,000 or less and 33 per
*ent in towns and hamlets of l,0u0
That approximately 66 per cent
af all passenger cars are owned and
operated by men having an income
)f $4,000 or less Is another slgnifi;ant
fact which should give pause
:o those who contemplate this inrrease
as a tax against wealth.
There is. moreover, another phase
which thoughtful men will consider
carefully before seeking additional
:axes of this character. Today the
sntlre cost of construction and
aaintcnanco of State highways or
?f State bonds for road improve?ent
is levlrd against the motor
rehlcle in many States. The preemption
of this source of revenn*
rj the States would bf immediately
attrfTcd with by any further Federal
tax and would cause a strong
ind reasoned protest by State legslatures
who already ??ce many of
.h?>ir earlier sources of revenue
aken over by the national governnent.
*?\n Injast Burden.**
Tt is true that the Federal govrnment.
wisely, we believe, has
ided the States In road building,
ut It would be as fallacious for the
iation to tax the motor vehicle for
oad construction as for the States
o do so. particularly in view of
i vhat Mr. Harding has termed "a
I hocking waste" in the lack of adeuate
funds for road maintenance,
beyond that, however, the automobile
owner today is paying more to
he Federal government in excise
axes than the government has ever
1815-1817 L Street N.W.
By Day, Week ?r Moath
Make Ucsrrvatioas Now and Be
Prr pmred for Wlater
How motorists will be aided
iexpenjjpd despite the fact that roads
are of beneflt to all and should be
paid for by all.
Summing- up these facts, it is the
belief of those fn the American
J Automobile Association that an uni
just burden would be added to the
I difficulties already besetting the car
owner by the imposition of further
| taxes, a burden which would in fact
add measurably to the cost of transportation
and which could have the
jsame influence as high rates have
had In the railroad field?a gradual
drying up of revenue which in time
must perceptibly affect th? national
The average assessed value of
automobiles in the District of Co[.Km.b'a?iS
about ,400' Assuming
(that all cars in the United States
are assessed at $400 each, the total
assessed value of the 10,000.000 cars
I would be about $4,000,000,000.
Taxed 8 Per Ce?t I*?w.
| The present tax of $349,000,000,
| therefore means that the averago
motorist is now taxed on his car
SHo per cent.
J When it is realized that the averag
property owner in the District
! Of Columbia pays only l.?5 per cent
1^=., 1 the figure Is not much
greater than this throughout the
country. |t will be readily seen that
the burden to the motorist is already
Burroughs for Principal
Of Upper Marlboro High
UPPER MARLBORO. M'l.. Aug. ?.
j The Prince Georges County Board
of Education has appointed Eugene
8. Burrough. until Aug 1 last superintendent
of schools for the county
principal of the high school here.
He succeeds Miss Maude Gibbons.
to become assistant
superintendent. When Mr. Bur?MnfrtS.Wa^
"0t reuPP0|nted county
superintendent following the exhcf
his term August *.
fitica? reasoifs! th" ^ P|
Touring Car SMS Roadtter*
Panel Business Car $1113
? 8 PER CE1
h Auto Routes I
in making tncir way through
j Gabriel Snubbers, Metal Visor
For Windshield Now Part
Of Stock Model.
"Our recent announcement in regard
to stock equipment on Oakland
six closed models has been enthusiastically
received by our
dealers throughout the country,"
says C. J. Nephler, general sales
manager of the Oakland Motor Car
Company, Pontiac, Mich.
"In addition to cord tires and j
wire wheels which we adopted as,
i stock equipment on today's Oak- I
1 land six sedans and coupes, we have
now added Gabriel Snubbers and a.
j metal visor for the windshield.
"Another recent innovation in ourl
manufacturing policy is the *hon-j
ing' of cylinders. Every cylinder is j
honed by a special process until it
is as smooth as glass. It is, in
I reality, the old hand honing process
, adapted to a machine operation. A
series of honing stones are mounted
on the outside of a cylindrical fixture
and held against tho surface
of the cylinder by individual
j springs. This gives a floating construction
in which the stones arc in
a flexible position so that they <K? i
I not force themselves roughly j
against the cylinder wall. A smooth!
surface is gained and the cylinder
bore is held within very closo
'Today's Oakland six. cylinders
arc now receiving five complete
operations." concluded Mr. Nephler.
"rough boring, second boring, third
boring, finish reaming and honing."
US Sedan 117?S Coupe *1*3
Screen Business Car $1035
M tin 666a
VT ON MA(
CONVENTION WILL <
OF AUTO INDUSTRY
"Back to Normal" Gen- "
eral Topic of Meeting
In Detroit. c
Further plana for the "bark to c
normal" convention of thd Motor anfl t
Accessory Manufacturers Associa- i
tlon, to be held at the Hotel Statler, ?
Detroit. Mich.. September 14. 15 ana t
16, are announced by General Man- fi
ager M. L. Hemlnway.
In addition to the major theme of
the convention, "Bringing the Auto- <
motive Industry Back to Normal." t
the keynote of the papers und dis- <
cushions will be "Business Conditions
in the Automotive Industry. ,
and Prospects for the Future." It is
planned to have this topic presented
and subjected to open-forum discus- j 1
sion, (a) from the standpoint of the I
raw material producer; (b) from the | *
standpoint of the parts manufactu- |
rers and unit and equipment makers;
(c) from the standpoint of the I
vehicle manufacturers; (d) from the j
standpoint of selling: the automobile j
to the ultimate consumer market.
Leading executives in the various M
branches of the industry will be j
assigned to direct the discussions, j
Another feature *of the convention j
which should be particular^' stini- j
ulatlng will be a symposium on the!
subject, "Selling Strategy to Bring:
the Automotive Industry Back to j
Normal." Speakers in this sym- J '
posium will be sales and advertls- I
ing executives of the automotive in- I |
Although the convention Is primarily*
a credit conference, the at- <
tendance will not be confined to
credit and financial officials of the
constituent companies. In view of
the votal problems challenging the 1
interest of the entire industry this ,
vear. it is expected that many Of
the sales and advertising directors
\nd general executives of the afBllited
companies will be present.
Resigns Salvation Army
Corps of Charlottesville
CHARLOTTESVILLE. Va.. Aug. 6
?Envoy A. T. Francis will tomorrow
hold his farewell services as
head of the local corps of the Salvation
Army. He is severing his
connection with the army work,
after nine years of continuous service,
during six of which he has been
in charge of corps in various places,
and will henceforth be connected
with the mountain mission work of
the Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Francis will leave next week
to take up the Shoe Creek Mission,
in -Nelson County, whero he will
have his headquarters, and also of
two mission churches in that section
of the mountains.
| HUDSON SE&
jjjf This car is?well, just cc
H If I told you how good it 1<
| I hne it is throughout. you'd
1 me. But oh boy!?and at tl
They claim these motors
use. This must have been a
started, that's all I got to si
Bain Specialist marked the
I PAIGE TOURI
bargain. The last one like
second day. I don't give thi
longer at its price.
I OVERLAND TOL
The big size?but the sm:
you ever saw on a car as
first-class shape, besides.
Liked this one so well I
and gave the folks a ride
right?a peach of a buy a
more than we ask. But on
prices get smashed. Oh, y
Til 9 ^
. __ . .
^wid Central J
For Auto Show
Grand Central Palace wm asaln
*> the seethe of the annual national
uiomobile Khow in New York City i
anuary 7-n, j9.2 J
Decision was made earlier in the I
ear to exhibit at Madison Square
iardcn if the palace could not be
?cured, a waa-believe* that the if
inhibition hall which ha. hou.ed i
he Sew York automobile shows '
n recent year* would be convert- '
>d Intp office suites; and an op-1 |
Ion was accordingly taken on the '
rarden with the understanding that '
!%. ilfr?er ",arter'< of the palace
?ould be litiized if available. '
^ The national automobile show at ?
hlcago will be held in the Coll- '
leum and the First Keglmcnt Arm- '
>ry. January 28-Kebruary 4. 1922. c
lioth national shows are under *
the auspice* of the National Autonobile
Chamber of Commerce.
HIDE FOR EVERYONE i
IN MARMON WEEK
Vuto Company Will Repeat <
Demonstration Idea to
Preliminary plans have been 1 1
practically,completed for the coun- 1
try-wide demonstration week to be 11
field during the week of August | I
15-20 by Nordykc and Marmon
Company and its representatives.
When the demonstration week
was introduced last October its
unusual features caught the fancy
of the public to such an extent 1
lhat it was felt that It should be
an annual institution. The Idea
back of such a week is to make a !
ride in the "Marmon 34" an actual '
experience for every one. In con-J
Junction with this ride, there was|
Introduced last year the Marmon!
scorecard. on which the passenger
was asked to make his own com-!
parisons of the Marmon and other |
cars on twelve basic points. It!
was the beginning of selective!
buying In the motor car field. No
broad claims were made, the com-1
parisons were left entirely to the Judgment
of the purchaser, the
case was In his hands.
The same general scheme will
be followed this year. Throughout
the entire country Marmon dis-1
tributors and dealers w ill be co-1
operating simultaneously toward
the end that during the week the!
Marmon car will be presented to
their community by actual contact.!
the Boss Say*
me and see it. T~\
jokcil, and how fill | P
I never believe AVV
1 last Si
ouring new (
get better with IfTl
peach when |t VyLlgl,
ly. And a Bar- j ?
,kk<-1- sell. .
high-powered f |^1_
this went the I flilf" 1
is one a minute I
I It's yoi
illest pricc tag "
good. And In ^OOCl C'
re I See
dro-ve it home .
I know it's
t two hundred
es. it's H 1920, I t/CMIC#
JOB WITH TRUCK,
lump From Cleveland to,
Detroit at Lower Rate
Than by Rail.
* ??? -s
When an elderly couple, living on
Vhftethorn a^nue. Cleveland, were
old by their son-in-law that they ?
ould move lo Detroit without lotrig:
a single night under their own
oof. they mere'y looked at each
>th#r and smiled.
They had never heard of such a
Ulng -before. Breakfast at 6 o'clock
ind asleep at 10 o'clock that night
n a new liomn 203 miles distant
as something which they were inlined
to take with the proverbial
;rain of salt.
Within the family circle the mater
of moving had been up for d!srussion
frequently, only to be casr
LSide each time at the thought of
:rating and packing, shipping deays
and t3e inconvenience and ex>en?e
of living in temporary quarters.
The same disagreeable featjres
that worried their grandparents
worried this present-day,
couple, for they took no account
>f the improvements that motorized
ransportation had brought about.
What they Anally learned through
the use of a pneumatic-tired Packard
moving van operated by the
Wayne Furniture and Packing Company
of Detroit, was that the Job of
moving had lost practically all of
its terrors, real or fancied. Within
a. maximum of twelve hours they
found that every piece of furniture
in their possession could be moved
from Whitethorn avenue, Cleveland,
to Clairmont avenue. Detroit, with
no crating or packing in the ordinary
sense of the word, and with
excellent assurance of the prompt
and safe arrival of the load.
In addition to all of this they discovered
the cost of the Job to be $41
less than it would have been by
rail. The trip was made under very
poor road conditions, which necessitated
thirty-three miles of dctouring.
Provided favorable road conditions.
ten-hour service could easily
be given between the two cities.
Teachers' Exams Aug:. 15-16.
HYATTSVILLE. Md . Aug. I
State examinations for teachers |
certificates will be held in the grammar
school here and at Upper Marlboro
August 15 and 16. Nicholas
Orem. superintendent of schools foi
Prince Georges County, has an- i
S??p Thrm T>!
CHAS. E. MILLER. IXC.
rortn.rl. UHl-r Bra. ' Aula Supplj Doom.
812 14th 9?.. 4 Doors North at B
? "Clear the i
I Prices <
were only th
inday. But a
it in a flock fo
And the Bos:
tver prices tha;
ur big chance t
irand enjoy yc
zarly Write Your 0\
ITIONED CAR SAL
? the New Haynes Eve
lOTEST new levies
? HH , a
HJfJSCHWARZE JOINS ? 5
R.H.COLLINS FIRM 2K?
i in IT i ii j ?*t urn?-d tv Xm the -rat >1*4. n> >
H. M. acta war**. electrical end- department, la 1*1*. when the cor
neer of the Cadillac Motor Car oaax ?m propaflnc to InMiiri
Company, has refllrned to become i electric tlarting. ll?htm? ? tc '
a member of the enslneerin* atafT nitlon. ?
of R H. Collin*, until recently It la elated that to Mr Sehwarxpresident
and general manager of more than to any other man Ir
the Cadillac Company and now en- the automobile Indiurtr) . la dv* -tlx
gaged In designing a high-grade credit for having mad* practical It
automobile which will baar hi* the electric a*lf-*tarting. lighting
own nameplate. ai??l ignition principle, a* embodies
Previous to jolaing the Cadillac In the llll Cadillac, the ftret car
orxanliatlon llfteen year* ago. Mr. to be equipped with this feature
Schwarae wa* employed in electrl- Ourln* the world war. Mr
cal can a traction aad maintenance Schwarae had charge of all electrlwortj
with Ou Waatlnghouae. Bell cal work for the aircraft <fivJAm
Telephone aad American Oar and of the General Motors Cor p? rati oa
The Supcr^c Small Cur
Australian Endurance Contest, 640 miles, over
32 contestants, pick of foreign and American cars.
Sweepstakes and class winner in Los AngelesYosemite
Economy Run, 21 contestants.
Continuous satisfactory performance in owner's
Templar quality is inborn, extending throughout
the car. It embodies the comfort, performance i
and appearance of the highest priced cars, with the
convenience of handling and low cost of up-keep of
the cheapest cars.
Quality cannot be obtained for less.
As a Templar Owner, we guarantee your service
cannot exceed $50 for the first year. Ask as.
Washington-Templar Motors Co.
1901 14th Street N. W.
iree of HUDSON TOURING ;
|4o t ? Ai Seven-passenger and?three brand-new I
dl o ICil cord ]Lires. Might have a little paint?but ?
you could buy enough color to paint the I
lot of town with the money you save on the price.
vv wv, 0LDSM0B1LE TOURING
f* IIS to Another 192? job that haa been a lady a
darling. In first-class shape, l'aint is ex- .
aetly like new. But the pric^is a long way
> says, | off, just the same. *
| The new ear fellows sure made a raid
\/Q I 1 ipC thin week. Brought in cars of nearly every
V dl UVO make?but Vvery one a good one. We
. bought th.^m "right"?we sell them right
and then jou're our friend, aren't you? . n
n CTPf a HAYNES TOURING
S^vl d A 1916 car that is full of *go" right this
^ minute. You simply can't wear these
| P liaynes cars out. The first one built is
II 1 I right here in Washington, you know. You
"Lit U vl 1 ? couldn't pay much less for ? haircut than
we're asking for this. Some Bargain!
ay! CHEVROLET TOURING |
A little car for the man who wants to get I
Ai there and back every time. It'a economical. I
Y OUL Can to?* And Economy is the first word 6n the I
price tag. It'a downright cheap! &
ivn I icket ^
ESROOM I 1
et N. W. f ?pJay ,
f M I 9 to 3
rywhere'' ^ H
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