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the Washington tipstotd&y, Octobers, 1912
Washington Automobile Dealers Urge Prospective. Buyers to PlaeeOrders Early
ORDER 13 CAR:
? NOW! IS SLOGAN
Delay Now May Mean-Motor
f Cannot Be Delivered at
By HARRY WARD.
i Those mbtorlats who desire cars In
the' next six 'months had better plsco
their order now, U the announcement
belna made by many Washington motor
It Is not only In this city that agents
are staUiuc that It Is better to. order
now and avoid beta rushed with an
order iwhlch they cannot possibly sect
iSoutldof six months. The motor car
business has been Immense'-for the past
'fcrear, and Judging from the, number of
jorders which ,have already . been re
ceived, it will. .be far greater In the
near future. as'everybody wants a car,
and not only 'that, but wants It soon.
.Persons when ordering; a car want It
delivered right away. They do not atop
to think how muiv people are ordering;
cars and want them Immediately, like
The Washlnston automobile agents
have had this to contond with ever since
the 19U models were in evidence Pros
pective buyers state that they want
cars, but do not care to order them
now, generally saylmr, "I will loqk over
'the other lines and let you know In a
few days." A few days In this state
ment may mean a few months. Then
.11 of a sudden the buyer makes up his
,mlnd as to which car ho wants, and he
,tv ants it right away.
Another visit to the agent to order the
car and get It Immediately, but he Is
fooled. The agent tells him he cannot
f;et the order out In the near future, nor
n a couple of months. The factory Is
crowded with orders at the present
time, and there will not be .anything
doing for him In the matter of cars
until the next six months. The buyer
goes away mad. swearing by all the
kods that he will give the order to a
house which can fill It In a reasonable
Hates a. Lopg Walt.
Another fruitless visit Is paid to all
' the local agents. Tho buyer Is ranldly
'' getting in the class where he can be
'placed on the waiting list of the nut
.factory. He wants one thing, and, that
'la a, car. After a day or so. In which
he heard nothing but "Sorry, sir, we
can only give sou your car in six
months," the buyer walks into the drat
agent's place of business and says In
a weak voice. "Well, order the car. but
.1 certainly hate to wait that long for a
"This delay on the part of the fac
tory cannot be helped," said one of the
prominent dealess in' the city. "The
factories are working overtime now to
turn out the required orders for cars,
and yet they cannot cet them out on
time. One of the promli ent men In
this cltv irave an order for a car In
, May and only got the car the other
day. The man who gives his order now
will stand a good chance of getting his
car about the first of the year, but tho
man who waits, there Is no telling when
he will get the car.
. "It sounds selfish for an agent to
say, for it has the appearance of one
trying to force the buyer to buy against
his will, but It is for their best Interest
that If they are going to buy a car,
to give the order as soon as posjlble.
"Why, the past year hss been a record
breaker for 'all the factories and they
have been unable to get cars out less
than three or four months delivery.
"A man wants a car and knows that
he has need of It, yet he will take his
own sweet time and order it, putting
ntt nnd putting off. This should not
be the case. It he Is going to order It,
why he should order It at once and lfjt
the factory start on It."
The Commercial Auto and Supply
Company reports the sale of Stude
baker "20" delivery wagons to W. B,
Morgan & Company and Charles Ebel-
H. R. Wagner, of the Oramm Truck
Company, Is spending a week In the
city, and Is the guest of R. C. Smith,
president of the Overland-Washington
T T. Ijimar Jackson, the stevens-Dur-r
arent. has lust returned from a
visit to the stevens-Duryea factory at
Chlcopee Falls, Mass. "The outlook for
1913 Is splendid," said Mr. Jackson, "and
the romnanv t reDresent In Washington
has made complete plans for handling
a much larger volume or Dusiness man
ever before. New additions to the fac
tory have been made and cars are com
ing through In bunches. While at the
i factory I had the oleasure of riding In
the latest Stevens-Duryea model, and it
Is the finest machine I ever rode In. I
aspect to have one of the new models
here within the next ten days."
"Sane demonstration Is what the av
erage motor car buyer Is demanding
theea days," says Robert Martin, acting
manager of the Bulck Motor Company
"This was most forcibly demonstrated
to me the other day. I was requested
to demonstrate to a fanrr In the
-neighborhood of Washington. I was -in-formed
the farmer was financially able
to buy a motor car, but none of the
dealers had been able to Interest him.
This statement arou-ied my curiosity,
and I paid the farmer a visit. It took
me but a few minutes tn see that thono
who had remonstrated to him hnd
frightened him. Realising this, I rolled
around his grounds, his house and
barns, at about four miles an hour on
"When I had finished with the de
monstration the farmer was surprised
with the ease with which the car was
handled. I then learned from him that
the main reason he had not purchased
n car long ago, he was afraid that with
! lark of knowledge he would not be
nble to control an automobile. Others
tried to show him speed, dashing
aroud over the hills and roads, and
had thoroughly frightened him."
wllllum TJ. f!rankhlte. who has been
connected with the Bulek branch here
ror a numDer 01 jearr. nan rncu
accept a position with tho Republic
Motor Company, of which "Ted" P.
Johnston, formerly, manager of tho
Bulck Motor Company's Washington
branch. Is Kastern sales manager. Mr.
Cronkhlte. who has a host of friends
here, will b traveling representative
of the company In New Jersey. Mary
land, District of Columbia, Virginia,
and North Carolina. The Republic
company Is one of the newcomers In
the automobile world, having been or
ganized recently by W. C. Durnnt to
manufacture I.lttle and Chevrolet cats.
Mr. Cronkhlto will leave tonight to talie
up his new duties and will carry iy!th
him the best wishes of his many
friends for success In his new field.
The Auto Kxchange and Supply Com
pany haB changed Its name to the
Washington Motor Car Kqulpmpnt
Company, and will shortly remove from
lU0Fourleenth street to 1327 New York
avenue. , . ...
' " Plana a Tour,
Walter -Johnson, the ' Nationals'
premier pitcher, who will report
the world's terlea tames for The
Times, has juat purchased a 1913
Everltt "Six" touripzTcar, making
the third car of thla make he has
purchased. Johnson will take de
livery on the car in Washington
' and immediately after the conclu.
aion of the world's series be will
come here and arrange a,, trip
overland to his home in Coffey
viile, Kan. It is understood Bob
Groom will accompany him part
of the way.
IN TRAFFIG LAWS
Pedestrians Should Get
Habit of Looking to
Right or Left.
Discussing traffic laws In large cities
a noted authority says that what Is
needed today is a rational enforcement
of the laws governing the use of the
road and not more laws. The present
regulations are adequate, he claims.
What is needed throughout the land Is
more of the Ironclad New York and
Chicago traffic regulations in the traffic
centers, and these cities also need to
extend this system to the less congested
The motorist living In Battle Creek,
Mich., must get Into the habit of using
the highways properly, whether In his
home town, in Washington, in Chicago
or in San Francisco.' 'The big need is
uniformity of truffle regulations and
uniform enforcement of these rules. At
present tne tniorcemem or laws la s
traffic medley. This la well demon'
strated in the recent Issue of a club
journal, which gUes tips as to the dlt
ferent regulations that are being en
forced In the different towns and cities
within the territory of the club.
In one city speed traps are specialized
upon; In another it is a muffler cutout
ordinance that they watch for violations
of; In a third the abuse of the horn Is
tho center of attack; at a fourth it Is
an aDsura enforcement 01
mlle-an-hour speed luw.
ucn intermittent, vasclliatory en
suns, uiiu mil never rcami in creuunit
In the minds of motorists and ucdcHtrl
ans that ever-present respect for laws
which they should possess. What
would be the respect In a certain factor
of our population If our courts for
months In the year allowed persons
guilty of murder to go without punish
ment? What would be more damaging
to our system of government If our
laws were administered with an Iron
hand one season and let go In lalssex
falre fashion the next month? We
would soon be in a condition of anar
chy. vVhat Is true In our law courts Is true
In our traffic regulations. The driver
of the horse vehicles will only obey
the rational laws of the' road when
he knows that he will be punished, by
a nne or otherwise, every time he vio
lates such laws; the drlvor ot a motor
car will only obey every speed ordi
nance when he feels that violations will
Today much traffic control In semi
suburban sections Is vasclliatory. It
Is at the whim of the corner policeman.
Today he enforces the law as It Bliould
be enforced, but tomorrow he allows
John Smith to cut the corner with his
one-horse delivery wagon and a few
minutes later arersts Tom Jones in his
motor car for doing the same thing.
Tho net result Is that neither horse nor
motor driver knows exactly where he is
Neither does the pedestrian know
where he or she Is at. Today they
nnit nntintlv nt the corner while the
vehicle traffic moves at right angles
to their direction, but tomorrow they
try to rush In between moving vehicles.
Tomorrow they attempt to cross be
tween mixed traffic on a congested
street; they hurry from behind a slow
moving horse truck to Jump In front of
a more rapldlv moving motor van and
an accident results. The speed of tha
truck Is given as the cause.
Tht is not rlitht. There are three
parties responsible, perhaps, more. In
the nrsi place, ine jjbuoou tu w.
immune; in the second place, the horse
fiplvnf i nni Immune: In the third
plfice, the motor lan driver 1b not Im
mune, ana in me wurai wiuo
police department Is not immune. All
four are factors.
Perhaps the pedestrian has not 'got
the habit" of properly looking to
right or left; there is not a shadow
of doubt but that he or she violated
this recognized law. The horse vehi
cle, moving sjowly. was not near the
curb, as Is necessary. The motor
driver was going too fast for traffic
conditions. . . , ...
Oet the public, whether In vehicles
or on foot. In theTiablt of obeying
the rational traffic rules and acci
dents will rapidly diminish.
Lastly, the policeman, responsible
for the proper regulation of traffic,
was not doing bis job.
nua Ih than 1.000 miles. Equipped
with mohair top, wlndhlld. sptidoni
eter, slipcovers, electric power hom,
extra tire and tube, tkclrlo lighted and
Completely equipped with mohair top,
wlrylihleld, speedometer, allpcovers,
electric power horn, extra tire and tube,
electric Hinted and electric aelf starter.
Demonstration by Appointment.
The Cook &Stoddard Company
Te!.N.7S10. IlBS-40 Conn.Ave.
1 1 issjiiam 1 1
This Year's Cars Said To
Be Near Perfec- -tion.
Those 'who are lnk close touch with
automobile construction agree that the
1SU model approached mighty near 'per
fection. The 1913 model, they say, la a
mechanical masterpiece, representing
the highest development In motor car
Many 1913 models have already made
their appearance' In WuihlnkTWn and
seen tn their complete magnificence
they appear to be "ages ahead ot tho
excellence of last year's productions.
The. great prevailing keynote ot the
1913 car, the one rule to which, the
managers adhered to most rigidly. Is
comfort, and the result of the 1113 con
struction Is simply a "dream' of mag
nificence and grace.
Fifteen years ago the people smiled
when vou sDoke of vehicles without
horsea to drag them. Five years pas
ana tne papers were nnea witn run
away accidents, the horses shying and
frightened at the new means of trans
portation which had mude Its annear-
anco on tho public highways. Another
nve years passed ana America really
beiran to assume a nnaltlnn nt lfttr-
shlp in motor car building which the
uuipui mis year nas estaDiisnea te
yond a chanco of retraction.
During the last twelve months ' the
United States factories have unt more
than' 330.000.000 worth of cars into for
eign countries, ana toaay this country
leads all others In the numhfr nt farm
hproduced and their estimated vulue.
aii uncertainty as to the mechanical
Perfection of thu Amnrirjin hull miin.
mobile was practically eliminated years
ago. Americans makers then turned
their attention to the development of
speed and durability, and latterly to
the subject of car refinement, with the
result that automobile owners are to
day being given one of the finest 'ma
chines the market can produce.
Cranking Is a thing of the past now
adays, for all ot the 1913 models carry
self-starting devices. A simple turn of
a switch, or press of a button, and the
engine begins to hum.
"Fumbling for matches, "blessing", the
garage for neglecting to put oil or
wick in your lamps, or forgetting to
have your gas tank filled, are all wor
ries ot the past. The 1913 cars urn
all electrically equipped. Turn the
switch and you have lights all around.
Generally speaking the upholstery of
the 1913 cars Is deeper und more
"springy." The leather coverings of
some of the seatn Is, Indeed, a "treat"
for the admirer of the elegant.
Many of the cars hae been designed
with tops that do away with the long
front straps. This ndt albne obviates
considerable rattle, but adds materially
r thn onnaarnnio nt th .
.These Bre but minor touches! The si
lent motors, the Increased power, the
general Improvement!! "under the hood"
The Matheson Motnr C!at rnmnanv hu
been appointed Washington agent for the
i-remicr, wnicn it will nanaie in addi
tion to the Henderson and Matheson
"I am delighted to secure the premier
agency," said Manager Elliott P.
Hough, "and I expect to see a large
number of them on the streets within
tho next few months."
The Premier Is one of the best known
cars on the market. Twelve of them,
carrying nearly fifty people, lust year
made a memorable trip from Atlantic
City 1o 8an Francisco. Each car was
driven by Its owner and all made the
transcontinental trln without any trou
ble. The Premier has been prominent
In many reliability contests.
Blue Streak Tires
On Winning Machine
"The public already knows the effect
that automobile racing has In burning
up tires." says S. A. Falor, sales man
ager of the motorcycle tire department
of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Com
pany. "With that tn mind. It Is un
usually Interesting at this time to note
hat happened In the twenty-four-hour
race at the Brighton Beach Motordrome
recently. Ixckran and Shields, who
won the twenty-four-hour race, making
1.374 miles and two laps on Goodyear
Dlue streak tires, made tne entire dis
tance without tire trouble.
"Not only that, but the tires are now
In apparently as good condition as they
were Derore tne race began. Tney
were not new tires, either, and before
tho twenty-four-hour grind began had
already been driven through a one-hour
race, a thirty-mile race, and a fifty
mile race without trouble. I know of
no higher recommendation that can be
made for any tires' dependability .than
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Sales Manager of. the Overland-Wash.
ington Motor Company.
BE PUSHED HERE
' Motor Car Co.
One -of the newcomers In the auto
mobile trade of this city is the Potomac
Motor' Car Company, agent for Mar
mon cars. Arthur Foraker, a son of
former Senator J. B. Foraker, of Qhlo,
is fine of the moving spirits In the con
cern, which has temporary quarters
at 1313 I! street, pending the compila
tion, of Its new salesroom and service
department at UM Connecticut ave
' One of the features of the new Mar
mon -which Is making a strong lmprci
rfon on motorists ,ln general, Is the
Improvement made In the steering giar
ot tne latest model of this popular car.
According to Mr. Foraker, the new
fenture adds materially tp the safely
of the'enr, making It ,ilmpst,lnlpusiltila
for the machine to be thrown from Its
course and perhaps wrecked, should a
front tire "blow" out" at high spejd.
In the latest model of the Mormon
the .vertical spindle of the front axW
Is placed directly In the center 1 of the
wheel, thus making the steering ot
the machine surer and easier than
ever before. The change results In
the Marmon tracking absolutely trut.
nnd by the use of th? new design It
Is.posilble to turn the machine, with
ltsltS-lnch wheelbase in a forty.fobt
This feature, with others, which are
distinctive in he new models of the
Marmon, Justifies the manufacture! .
according to the local agents. In claim
ing' a distinct superiority for the latist
product of the Marmon factory. The
car hAs always been noted as on of
the most evenlv balanced of'the Amer-Ican-mude
automobiles, and Its easy
riding qualities have made it a fa
vorite among fastidious automohlle
A Tire Hint.
Bulng small tires Is poor economy. A
small tire can't do the work of a large
ere. Never overload a tire. It la bound
to glve way and cost you more In the
ena. inen, mo. any car iooks tar oet
trr with a large slxe tire than It does
with a small one.
High Dear How often do you have
jour motor overhauled?
Speedo Three times last week.
High Gear Why, how Is that?
Speedo Busted speed limits and bike
Arthur Foraker Is, a Moving
From now until Dec. 31,
JOSEPH B. TREW
Sales Manager of Overland
Company Has Had a
Nine years' connection witn' the au
tomobile business, entitles Joseph B.
Trew, sales manager of the Overland
Washington Motor Company, to be
ranked among the veterans In the mo
tor trade of this city.
Ills first service In the Industry that'
has grown to massive proportions in
the last few years, was with .the Pope
Automobile Company of Washington.
At that time automobiles were little
like the present-day creations, and It
took a clever salesman to land cus
tomers. Mr. Trew saw a great future
in the business, and, as cars continued
to Improve In construction and finish
he added materially to his experience,
and today Is rated one of the cleverest
salesmen In the trade ot Washington.
Three years ago when B. C Smith
came to WAshtngton and organized the
Overland-Washington Motor Company
ha secured the services of Mr. Trew,
and this year made' him manager of
sajfs. He has been a big factor In the
wonderful growth of the Overland busi
Mr. Trew Is a member of the Auto
mobile Club of Washington, and Is in
terested in every movement for the
advancement ot the Intents of motor
1st. It is expected an agency for the
Woods electric will be placed here with
in the next few days. J. C. Henderson.
Eastern representative of the Woods
Motor Vehicle Company, Is In Washlna
ton at the present time w th the latest
model and is now negotiating with sev
eral dealers who want to secure the
y'u Personnel of Teams
Captains of Washington bowling
teams have about completed their
search for capable alley artists for tho
coming season and the personnel of
hA vnrloua uulnts Is rapidly assuming
an aspect of permanency. During tho
past two weeks the duckpln and tenpln
artists have been uusy qualifying and
Indications are that the scores will ne
cessarily be of the highest nature In
the majority ofth leagues. ..
American Duckpln. KaUonaK'Capltai,
Commercial. Navy Yard, DuckMn. Ar
cade Duckpln, and Columbia Leagues
were all In atjlort-last night. In tho
American drcUIt alteaitw tTaired lu
Climbers defeftlngaps, ana white
Sox defeating Athletics. High scores
were reglsted by theiNatlonat Capital
Ik&Sk KB .Jff et,Uhoo
A-de Market and Immanuel. were
weTl matoupd in the Arcade league,
while Herbert.4 of the Buffalos In the
jr.V.l.w. S-ult made the htchest
score of the match against the Cuba.
Warren Line for 1913
Has Three Models
"To say a motor car Is handmade
means much or little, according to the
!ar7 Uttle. perhaps. If th. machine U
. 15.000 modol-mucn, u u i" -medium
price," say. Charles KtoPP
weTer. manager of the Warren Molor
Sales Company. "Warren cr "
handmade. From the time the bar
?... VniVm the factory unt I the liu
iihTd car' leaxes. the machine U con
stintly under the critical Inspection ol
a-corpa of engineers and expert me
chanics: It costs more to make caw
this way. but the buyer gets the bene-
""The three Warren models for 1M
have attracted widespread "ttentlo
wherever seen. The ratest model I
known as the Reeolute. It Is a six
cillnder. seven-passenger car. The 1 11
Sim. I?' a happy medium between the
Ilesoiuie ana ine "'"" " --
the Wolverine. The former Is a con
tinuation of the 191s "10' model. The
Wolverine Is a machine for town and
ccuntry. It Is a SS-horsepower car and
carries five passengers.
iGoofyear Company t
Makes Donation, (
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The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Com
' pany, Akron. Ohio, baa authorized
j; Carl 0. Fiaher to put it down' for
the atone road from New York
to San Franciico, the material for
which baa to be purchased' by a
liojco.coofund aubicribed by au
tomobile 'makers, .dealers, and
owners. Thla la one of the larg
est slnjle'donatlons to date. Com
ing unsolicited from the concern
it showa the- wide interest already
beinz taken in making road build
ing a reality by the automobile
industry furnishing the money to
buy the requisite materials.
Makes Fast Time
Owner of popular-priced 'cars, and
others interested in races in' which cars
of this type take part, are marveling
over the formal returns of the Cleve
land meeting where, in a handicap event,
"Fighting Bob" Evans, of tne Stude
baker staff ot speed merchants, drove
five miles In 4.M from a standing start,
winning from a big field which included
two Case racers, a Clno, a Hupmoblle,
a Benton, and Louts Dlsbrow's cham
pion Simplex "Zip." This Is by more
than twenty-seconds the fastest five
miles ever traveled publicly on a dirt,
mile track, by a car of less than 230
cubic Inches piston displacement.
Ono man in every three who buys an automobile this
season will buy a FORD.
Do you know why? It is because the FORD motor
car appeals to the man who is looking for the best-
value in a motor car. You can't get a better car than
the FORD at anywhere near the price.
All FORDS are Model T'sj all alike except the
bodies. And every FORD tfiis year will be reduced
in price. i
Ford Xodel, T Toaring Car 9720.00 WI0.00
Ford M T Torpedo fconaboot 620.00 555.00
F6rd - 'T )lTetTjWali.. 780,00 655JW
Ford " T Town .Car ,. 950.00 830.00.
At tut Gsrsie Ford Parts,
rrat IrM than Ford List Hepatn will W materially Re- '
dared ! Prices , '
LOWEST I'lUCES GOODS SOLD FOR CASH ONLY.
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unequaled economy of tires, fuel, oil and
upkeep. Marition manufacture means
years of service that prove Marmon value
to be greater even than Marmon luxury.
The Marmon "32." '
32-40 H. P., 120-inch wheel base, self starting,
dynamo lighting, with body types to meet every
requirement and corresponding equipment $2,850
Potomac Motor Car Co.
Phone Mam 3295.
- HIS HEALTH BACK
After Physicians Had Given
Him Up, F. L. Potter '
Finds Salvation in Car. '
Though bhyslctaos a year ago gave up
hope of sgfclng. his life, F. W. Potter,
a millionaire New York manufacturer,
has just returned to his home in robust,
rigorous health as the re"ult of a dou
ble transcontinental motor trip covering
15,000 miles in a two-seated Hudson
It was Just a year ago .that over
work broke down Potter's health and
after a vacation In the endeavor to re
cover It, physicians gave him up. Be
ltelng their edict, he set out to secure
as much pleasure aa possible In the re
maining days of his life. His first move
was to purchase an automobile and in
the early part of last winter he set out
for the Pacific coast,, accompanied by
Jack Hlllcry, another New Yorker.
For nearly two. months they battled
with the tierce Southern muds and
sands and when they reached the Santa
Fe trail In the Southwest, Mr. Potter's
health had begun to mend. Arriving in
Los Angeles the two motorists were In
good shape and immediately started on
a tour of California. In June the return
trip was made, via Portland, Ore., and
the northern boundary.
nil I We' Hold br us at 10 nerri'.&l
Oarage, 1430 Canrck St. N. W.
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with exorbitant price. But with
the comfort, elegance and beau
ty of the Marmon is combined