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"Dope Jobs," Which Are
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By HABRY WARD.
The ocean-to-ocan relay of the
American Federation of Motorcyclist,
by which a messags from the War De
partment will be carried by motor
cycle messenger from New York to
8an Dleio, Cal., will (tart October 20.
Plana are being perfected whereby the
meiiaia will fly acroaa the country In
record-breaking time, being delivered
-rom one relay to another without the
toil of a minute. A clear road Is prac
tically assured. The route will be from
New Tork through Baltimore, 'Wash
ington, Wheeling, Columbus, Indianap
olis, St Louis, Alberquerque, Phoenix,
and Turns to Ban Diego. The division
from Philadelphia to Wheeling, passing
through this city, will be In charge of
Howard B. French, of Washington and
l Is planned to have three riders In
each relay, and each relay wilt carry
the message approximately 100 miles.
The motorcyclists will ride day and
right, rain or shine. In each relay one
rider .will be designated to carry the
message. He will be followed closely
by a second rider, who. In an emer
gency, will take the message from the
Tint rider and carry It to the end of
the relay. Rider No. 3, will follow be
hind and will be ready to take up and
carry the measure should anything de
lay the first two riders. With this pre
caution, it Is believed there will be no
chance of a serious delay In any relay
from coast to coast.
"This will be the neatest test of
motorcycle endurance, reliability and
efficiency the country has ever seen,"
said President Patterson, of the Federa
tion of American Motorcyclists. "Im
mense progress has been made In
motorcycle construction and the ma
chine of today Is one which will meet
the conditions of this great test suc
cessfully. The motorcycle will make
good in this relay. All that la neces
sary Is for us to have the riders pre
pared and the way cleared. Members
of the Federation of American Motor
cyclists are eager to take a part In this
big event, and are- volunteering their
services In such numbers that every de
tail of the relay will be satisfactory and
perfectly arranged In ample time. I
look for a time record that will compare
favorably with that of the fastest
transcontinental trains a record that
will astonish the country."
A. I. Bennett, District sales manager
of the Abbott Motor Company, is spend
ing a few days in Washington, and It
Is likely he will place the agency for
the Abbott-Detroit car before he leaves.
8everal dealers are bidding for this
agency, and Mr. Bennett expects to
make his decision a to which dealer
hall have It within the next two or
"Our factory Is working to Its full
(capacity in an endeavor to catch up
wth orders," said Mr. Bennett. "The
outlook for the lsul season Is bright.
and Abbott-Detroit cars are receiving
attention all over the country. Tne
popularity of the car is Indicated by the
fact3 thkt during 1112 the New York
agent) sold 680' machines, the Chicago
agent E04 cars, while the Texas agent,
with 'headquarters at Dallas, disposed
of ,3Z5,macnines.r we lntena to nave
lire arent In Washington, and I am
now negotiating with several leading
dealers who desire to take on our line.
"The sraceful lines of the several
models, coupled with the fact that
Abbott-Detroit cars have many notable
achievements to their credit, make the
car a ready seller, and the dealer who
signs up with the factory will have a
winner from the start."
The Henderson-Row Auto Company
has taken possession of Its new sales
room and service department at 1127
Fourteenth street. Coincident with the
removal of the company to Its new
quarters was the receipt of the first
carload of Little cars, the agency for
which was placed with the company
a few days ago. The Little car, made
by the company organised some time
ago by W. C. Durant, one of the wis
ards of the automobile Industry, Is ex
pected to make a hit right from the
With Its Dleasliut lines, unit cower
plant and selective sliding transmission,
the Little "Four" roadster has created
a sensation since it has been on the
market, sand Manager Henderson Is
confident It will be one of the big sell
ere of the season. ' The motor la of
twenty horsepower, the four cylinders
being cast In pairs, the valves being
efctra large, with adjustable push rods.
Ignition Is by means of a high ten
sion magneto, with dry cells for start
ing, The clutch Is of the cone type,
with bait" thrust and lined with Ray
bestos facing. The motor has full nick
The Washington branch of the B. F.
Goodrich Company, makers of Good
rich tires, has been removed from 1703
Fourteemn street, to ins Fourteenth
street, where the Diamond tire branch
Is located. .
There la a never-ending struggle .be
tween' the superintendent of the repair
shop or service department of the au
tomoblte concerns and the Insurance
firm, which occasionally has to have a
car repaired. "Insurance Jobs" are ex
ceedingly distasteful to the repair man.
There are firms which can always be
depended upon to do the work on a car
much cheaper than the service depart
ment will attempt to do it This la
often the consideration which proves
most attractive to the insurance company.
The spirit which actuates the "scar-.
In concern" Is entirely different from
that which moves the repair depart
ment If a car which has met with an
accident Is brought In to the service
department of the branch or agency
which sells It the compelling; Idea is to
put the car Into such shape that It will
be as good as new or as near that as
can be arranged. The others are more
likely to do what are called "dope
Jobs," things that will look all right
and will probably last a limited time,
although they can hardly be depended
upon to stand up.
' Hesitate to Estimate.
A great many repair departments
hesitate about estimating on repair Jobs,
because they know that the very
schedules of needed repairs that they
make up at expense to themselves wilt
simply be used by certain Insurance
concerns as guides to other nouses
which do the work at less cost
For Instance, there is one concern
whose foreman will make an estimate
only on a cash payment of 1100. His
reason Is this: To take down a car and
to Inspect it thoroughly In every part
and to make sure Just how much new
stuff must be put In and what hours
of labor are necessary to complete the
work and so to turn It out as good a
car as It was before the accident are
things which mean a great many hours
of time used by mechanics and .also call
for a large amount of exact mechanical
knowledge, which certainly deserves be
ing paid for.
"If it were a surety that the Job
would be turned in to his repair shop
he probably would not be disposed to
charge for making the estimate, but he
knows that If he prepares a full list,
giving In detail the things that will
have to be done, chances are that this
will be taken at once to some other con
cern, whose mechanics do not get the
same scale of wages as do his, and who
are able when It is plainly Indicated to
them Just what Is necessary to be done,
to do the work at perhaps anywhere
from 30 to 45 per cent less than the
regular repair shop would charge for It.
Refused by Concerns. ,
"Then, again, not having the same
pride In the work or not being Impelled
by any feeling that It will reflect oa the
merits of the car It the Job la not well
done, the outside concern Is not going
to put the same careful atentlon on
things that the regular shop would.
Furthermore, inasmuch as the repair
era that the Insurance company are
more likely to hire win nave to come
for needed Darts back to the agency re
pair shop, and as selling these parts Is
necessarily a source of a certain
amount of profit without any chance of
loss, this is another reason why rather
than undertake tne annoyance or tne
Insurance company's work It Is refused
by the average concern.
FRED A. AUBERT.
ODD MOTOR CAR OF
Abbott-Detroit Roadster Said
t to Be Only One of Its
Kind in World.
Known as the "battleship , roadster,"
an Abbott-Detroit car of unique con
struction nas been attracting consid
erable attention In Washington recent
ly. It Is owned by R. N.'Koblegard,
president of the Koblegard Plantations,
in Florida, who uses It constantly when
he Is In this city during certain parts
of the year.
The Abbott-Detroit "battleship roads
ter" Is said to be the only one of Its
type in the world, and Is a arlklng Il
lustration of the Abbott makers' orig
inality and ability to get away from
beaten paths While this roadster may
be considered radical. It is of pleasing
design, and has been accorded a cor
dial reception wherever seen. The rad
lator la V-shaped, and the body con
structlon Is of sheet steel with rows
of rlet' heads showing. It has other
striking features to miike It stand out
In contrast with other makes of cars.
Abbott-Detroit cars hae been in the
limelight on numerous occasions. One
of the greatest automobile feats ever
attempted was the 100,000-mlle trip of
the Abbott-Detroit "Bull Dog," which
Dr. Charles Q, Perctval recently fin
ished. In making this great mileage
he traveled all over the United States.
Mexico, and Canada, and he has the
distinction of having driven a car far
ther North than any other man.
Abbott-Detroit cars have also been
prominent In racing events.
Car for Gandil
Chic Gndll, Washington's prlie
lint baseman, has placed an or
der with Miller 'Brothers' Anto
4 Supply Company, for a Ford
touring car. It frill be delivered
to him, as soon as be arrives
from the spring; training camp
next year. Gandll Intends to
lire In the country while the Na
tionals are at home nest sum
mer, and will nse the car In
making quick trips to and from
the ball park.
Disposal of Old Machines Is
Becoming More Difficult
Task Every Day.
WlthMts graceful lines and sturdy con
struction the Premier "Little Six," I
which tnade Its Initial appearance In
Washington this week, haa been greatly
-admired by a host' of- motorists who
s haye flocked to the aales rooms of the
Matheson Motor car company to look
over the new model. '
The "Little Six" Is the latest creation
of the Premier Motor Car Company, of
Indianapolis, who are the pioneer build
ers of six-cylinder 'cars, and. Judging,
from the enthusiasm with which It has
been received In Washington, Manager
KUIott P. Hough feels that he has a
winner for 1913.
The new model is equipped- with a
4 by B motor, pneumatic starter, air In-
flater, independent generator for elec
trio lights, top, glass front speedo
meter, imported megneto, electrio horn
and many other little conveniences that
help to make motoring pleasant and
The Premier makers will hereafter
devote themselves entirely to the manu
facture of six-cylinder cars.
It will probably, surprise prospective
motor car buyers to learn, that novelties
of design and construction are not con
sidered as inducements to the purchase
or one maxe.or anomer nan as mucn as
time-tried features are.
'As 'one 'of the pioneer dealers puts it,
"(ho cars that have made good have
done so because their 'designer got
down to , bedrock at the start They
studdled 'and experimented until they
hi the right mechanical principles and
then they stuck to' them, i
"New things may be talking points
and a clever salesman can often get
away with them," ha continued, "but
It's the. good, old reliable things that
do th.er duty, without constant tinker
ing that make satisfied motorists. Take
the clutch as "an example. It'a appar
ently a small thing Just one of the "In
nards' that "Is out of "sight and should
be out of mind as well. On a food car.
It Is; but language falls to convey an
appreciation of the troubles to which
a poor clutch can give rise to.
Agency Is Purchased
One of the events of the -week In au
tomobile trade circles was the purchase
of the branch business of the Kelly
Springfield Tire Company by Fred L.
Harvejcutter and Thornton Checlcy.
They will conduct the business under
the trade name of Kelly-Sprlngfleld Tire
Company, at the same quarters, at 1730
Mr. Harvejcutter has been manager
for George Meeley, agent for Flrestono
tires, for the last year, and has a -wide
acquaintance. Mr. Chesley Is promi
nent In financial circles, and Is Identi
fied with a number of enterprises, 'in
cluding the Washlnston baseball, club.
Marmon Car To Attempt
"Hundred Century Run"
"Ten thousand miles In 100 running
days Is the feat to be attempted by the
Marmon 'hundred century car which
left Indianapolis October 2, on a re
markable touring test," said Arthur
Foraker, of the Potomac Motor Car
Company, Marmon agents here.
"Where do second-hand cars got" Is
a problem to automobile dealers. Their
problem is, "How did we ever get rid
The disposal of second-hand cars
when owners want to buy new ones Is
one of the greatest difficulties that
the dealer has to meet, for every owner
wanta more for his car than buyers of
second-hand cars are willing to pay.
In Columbus, Ohio, last winder, It is
said, an agreement was entered Into
by the automobile, dealers whereby a
certain scale oi prices was to oe paia
for second-hand cars when traded In
for new machines This plsn was franied
so that one dealer coma not take aa
vantage of another by offering an ab
normal discount for a second-hand car,
The only deviation allowed from the
scale of prices was to the dealer who
handled the same linn of cars aa that
which the owner desired to sell." That
particular dealer was allowed to offer
any discount' he desired for the second
hand car. It Is doubtful whether the
terms of the agreement were always
ohnerved. ' '
The problem tof the second-hand cars
Is slmnle ecbnomlcs. Every man desires
a strictly up-to-date automobile because
It Is better looking' and more stylish
than his old. Still when he wishes to
sell his old car the owner does not take
this human desire Into consideration
and cannot forget the price which he
paid for It.
The Ebbitt Cafe
In recognition of the growing popularity
which isf already overtaxing the present Cafe
accommodations, we shall open the CRYS
TAL and ONYX ROOMS adjoining the
main lobby for a la Carte Service on Satur
day Evenings beginning October 19.
Extensive improvements are being made
for the comfort and convenience of the
public and the musical specialties which
are features of the Ebbitt will be attractions
in the new Dining Roqms' , .,;. ,
G. F. Schutt, Proprietor
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THE, MUNvSEY BUILDING
A-sample of the new 1913 Ford Touring
has just been shipped and will be on ex
hibition at our salesrooms next week. This
car needs only to be seen to be appreciated.
Immediate deliveries on Ford Torpedo
Ford Model T Touring Car $720.00 9630.00
Ford " T Torpedo Bunabont.... 620.00 655.00
Ford " T Delivery Wagon 780.00 655.00
Ford " T Town Car 930.00 880.00
At the Garage Ford Fart will be sold by us at 10
per cent leas than Ford List. Repairs will be materially
Hcduccd In I'rlces.
LOWEST FniCES GOODS SOLD FOB CASH ONLY.
Mil 1 ED DD AC Automobile and
lYULLLK DKUde. Supply House
1105 Fourteenth St
Phone North 4170. Garage, 1480 Church St. N. W.
THIS magnificent, marble front, fire-proof building is one of the classiest and
most up-to-date office buildings in Washington.
It faces Pennsylvania Avenue between 13th a)id 14th Streets and is
surrounded by the principal hotels, theaters, and newspaper offices. The new ,
Municipal Building is directly opposite and the surface' lines running to the Union
Station, the White House, the Capitol Building, and most of the Government Build
ings, pass the door.
The PostofRce and U. S. Treasury Building are but two squares distant, and
the main offices of the Western Union an d Postal Telegraph Companies are within
a few hundred feet of the building.
The character of the building and its location appeals particularly to Lawyers,
Brokers, Newspapermen, Corporations, and all who desire refined up-to-date offices
in close touch with the business and political life of Washington.
A spacious marble entrance leads to the elevator rotunda and stairway. The
corridors, and halls are lined with marble, with mosaic floors. The interior trim is
of oak, with selected maple floors.
The. toilet rooms on each floor are light and well ventilated, with white tile
floors and wainscoting, and marble partitions, making them at all times light and
Its elevator equipment is unsurpassed, as it has four Otis elevators with a
speed of 400 feet per minute, which are at the- service of the tenants day and night,
including Sundays. Its heating plant is of the best. Telephone and ticker wires
run 'to each room, thus avoiding delays and annoyance in procuring these connec
tions. Its electrical equipment is most complete, tungsten lights being used
throughout the building.
The Munsey Building has a frontage of 70 feet and extends back 150 feet to a
20-foot alley. It is eleven stories in height, exclusive of basement, with two courts
14 feet by 52 feet, so that every office in the building has ample direct natural light
and perfect ventilation, there being no inside or dark offices.
The upper floors, towering above the adjacent buildings, afford a magnificent
view of Washington and the surrounding country.
Its offices are so planned that they can be rented singly or en suite and ar
ranged in any combination desired, special care having been given to their sfte and
division, based on the experience of the latest and best examples of office buildings.
Its management is such that tenants may always be assured of the utmost in
service, accommodations, and courteous treatment. ,.
If you are contemplating a change in location, do not fail to inspect the
Munsey Building, as its superior advantages, central location, and reasonable rents
will appeal to you.
Extremely Low Rental Terms
H. H. FULLER
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