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Till! WASHINGTON U'UIHS, SATl'ltDAY, NOVKJUIKIt lli, 1912.
Automobile Club of Maryland Will Ask Reciprocity for Washington Motorists
CLUB IN MARYLAND
Reciprocal Relations With
District of Columbia
By HARRY WARD.
Washington automobile owners nrc In
tensely Interested In the newB that the
Automobile Club of Maryland Intends to
nk the next 'Maryland legislature to
Blve reciprocal relations with tho mo
torists of the District of Columbia.
Tho Maryland organisation has started
a lKorous campaign for a moru sane
and just motor vehicle, Uw. With this
object In view It has communicated to
iach of the l.oon members, asking them
to lend their Individual help to take bo
fore the legislature of 1913 a fair auto
There are many apparent defects In
the presenj. law, und they work a hard
ship to those who drive their cars In
Maryland. To the automobile onneis
of this city the greutest hardship of all
Is that provision of thu law which com
pels them to take out a yearly automo
bile llcenso In Maryland, tho cost of
which ranges from 5 to :5. according
to tho horsepower of tho car, whllo tho
motorists of every Statu In the Union
can use Maryland roads for certain pe
riods without a license, providing they
carry a license plate Issued by the Stuto
In which they reside.
In urging the granting of reciprocal
rights to Washington motorists, it will
be pointed out that the several thousand
automobile owners of this city spend
thousands of dollars each year In Mary
land. This fact Is likely to havn soma
weight In securing reciprocity with
Joseph M. Stoddard, of the Cook &
RimLinni ffimnanv. rcnrcsenVH tho auto
mobile Industry on tho publicity com
mittee of the Retail Merchants' Asso
David B. Ilendrlck, who was recently
appointed agent for tho Abbott-Detroit,
reports the snip of a seven-passenger
touring car of this make to II. N. Koble.
gard. Ho has Bold a model 11 Franklin
to L. S. Krlsloe.
Motorists nrc finding much to Interest
them at the ofllcos of tho Alreoso Tiro
Killer Company. In the Southern build
ing. Among the various exhibits Is a
tire casing that has covered IO.ojO miles
with Alrcasc, and haj been sent In In
order thut tho Inner tube, niled with
the material, might bu changed to a
new casing. Another exhibit Is one
that would be hard to duplicate. It is
a whet I with a forts -penny splko tint
whs run clear through the tiro. Inner
tube, and Its filling of iilrease. The car
was run S00 miles nfter this splko wns
discovered in the wheel.
Washington friends of I., n. Hoffman,
traveling representative of tho Frank
lin Automobile Company, were shocked
today to learn of his tragic death Thurs
day In an automobile accident near
l.jnchburg. His companion, M.
l'rlce. a motor car dealer or l.ynchhuri;.
was badly Injured about the legs. Thf..
wero In a new Franklin car and had
rtarted for Konnoke. A few miles out
of the city. In endeavoring to get around
ii wagon, tho car went over a twenty
foot embankment, turning turtle and
breaking Hoffman's neck
Mr. Hoffman had ben connected with
the automobile Industry for more than
a doien Tears and had many frlnedfi
throighout the country. He wns in
Washlngten last week lilting David
Ilendrlck. the Frnnklln agent
Tho Motor Truck Corporation reports
the wa.'e of u J.lttlH Oiant deliver)
wagon to the Frnnklln Laundry Nenrlv
evcrv promlent laundry In Wnshlngtoti
Is using Llttlo Glunt trucks In its do
Meaning of the Word
Tito word "chassis" Is In common
usage lu automobile terminal,
ofrj-. UN derivation Is French,
and It means a frame In Hood
or metnl; tho framework of a
TfOKon. Later the term was op.
piled to the framework of a lo
comothe; then to tho lotifcltad
Inal and transrerso frame mom.
hers of a motor car. Iljr ezten.
slon It also designates the n hole
of tho mechanical portion of n
motor car. More correctly, how
orcr, tho word chassis should
only apply to the metal frame
work retching the motor, gear,
set, and controlling mechanism.
ARE PURCHASED IN
Automobile Men Are Striving
To String Sales Out
Skating in Streets Makes It
Impossible For Motorists
To Avoid Accidents.
Despite the concentration and Joint ef
fort of the uhnln motor cui Industry to
establish tho sale of automobiles as an
I Mil-mi:- fur liiipiiicrn. wi" ihij hik, til
I least !") pir cent of Ii, Is iloni) In thu
spring and fall, ai-coii'ilng lo tha vIcuh
ui ti uuiuuiT Ul UBllliiKluii uuiuiuuuiiu
In the spring the dealer sells the big,
open touring inr, and lu the fall tho
motorist tin mm his attention to tho lux
urious limousine, or town car Iloth
cars serve a distinct and separate pur
pose. One serves Its owner for long
country tourln.'i In the open air and
away from the crowded ilty, and tho
nftliihp feat t'siaj u fjus si f mil
"mi i fuittn nn inn m is i tw villi "j
Hh uwntir lo ..unit"'!! hU fuinl! hIiom-
pinsi unu m irie iiumui ui nini in
rih..n nnii.lu tlm t.l.r Miitmiulri.. 1. n. I.
i'IOLI nuiiini iin "H uiii'Miniiii- in uiji
ously u pilvatn transportation ear used
as a utlllt a', while the touring tar
Is &0 or "i per i ent of the time usd for
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Jill' ntllllkj (lll'll Ult,llll'Fllll' iwn LH
be measured or Its maiket gauged, al
most as neciirately as tin rlothltig iren
gauge their sumniir mid winter neasoiis.
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j II iiMiiMiiiiiiiiv imriinpn iiiin nn runil
seuson and It" lull Just as the fulling off
In any seasonable nrcnssltv oi luxiirv
Of roJrse theie ale touting or open
cars sold In the winter, Just as there re
closed cars sold In the summer. In fact It I
Is quite necessury for automobile row to
do business all the time as there Is
still more or less extravairanne In the
selling of motor cars. It might be said
the "overhead" carried by cverv auto
mobile dealer In Washington Is fr
greater In proportion to the turning ca
pacity than any other separate busi
ness. Therefore, to keep above water and
show a balance on the right side of
the ledger tho entries must be insde In
the off season -not so many, perhaps
Just the same an the busy season.
Diamond Tire Prints
Easily Told on Street
If Conan Doyle wero beginning hlj
Sherlock Holmes stories today, them
undoubtedly would be a reference to a
monograph which Holmes had written
on the subject of tire Imprints ss a fac
tor in deduction.
Tho averago man. even the average
autnmoblln owner, sees no special sig
nificance In the tire Imprints on a city
street, but to men In the tire business,
lire trucks are full of meaning.
"In fifteen or twenty minutes' walk
I could till pretty closely how Diamond
safety tread tiles stand in this city,"
said W. V Ajdelotte, or the Diamond
Kulibi'i Company. "Tho Imprint of our
lire is us plain as print In a tile man
Wherever I go I catch myself scanning
the pavements, (Specially mi wet i.us
I I w hero they have Just been sprinkled,
Itohtnson Crusoe didn't spot the foot
prints any iinlcker than I (an pick out a
Diamond sufetv triad track from u
maze of other tire prints.
"M'lylii- the Diamond track Is easier
lo pick out thun others, for It Is dis
tinctive In having both cross und paral
lel bars, and as It never slips every set
of bars makes a sharp, clear-cut Im
print. Then, too, a great many car
linnet a use our tiro on all four wheels
hiiatise this tire will not sidetrack a
iar on a crowned street or roud."
Skeptical at Outset, But
Quick to Profit by Ad
In motoring history 1912 Is going to ho
recordede m the year In which the re
tall merchant woke up.
The Amrrncan store keuper Jias been
a hard nut for the automobile salesman
to crark. He was skeptical on expense
and on reliability of motor car delivery.
Hm wss prone to demand facts and fig
ures. These not forthcoming, he decid
ed to let somebody else try It first. Al
so, he wanted to buy, when he should
reach a favorable opinion, from somu
om he knew In a business way.
When, along with other prominent
manufacturers, thn Htudehaker Corpora
tion brought Its first delivery cars for
the 1912 market, due deference had been
paid existing (.auditions. Htudehaker
salesmen went out. Instructed to show
the man that the car would hi Ip him.
Brought Order for Car.
"Leave a couple of your hoise-drawn
wagons In the bnrn todaj , we'll do tho
work." was the customary opening, and
i the salesmen saw to It that the mer
chant kept track of the expense and
Almost always a demonstration of this
kind brought forth on order for unn
car. At tho request of the salesman
the merchant kept track of his motor
delivery cost. After tho car had been
In use for a number of months, tho
salesman called and hod tho merchant
summarize the result of his experiment,
As a rule, he celebrated tho' second visit
as well, by selling ono or more Stude
baker "M" delivery wagons.
Aside from the advantage of cconomj,
In which tho merchants all agree. It I
liitcicsting to note tho various features
In which the motor delivery wagon ha
appealed to tho different men. Lnlarge
ment of scopo v. as a prominent merit to
many. A California laitndrytnan cstah.
lished routes to neighboring towns and
doubled his receipts by use Qf a wogon
A baker likes hi because pies and cakes
rWi. onallv and reach tho consumer In
good shape. A grocer Is delighted at
the absonie of breakage of lyntlcs und
eirus. rnmnared with Ills horse-drawn
Often Developed "Repeats."
A butcher Is tickled because his Studo.
baker "' htsn't run uway or smashed
anything, au his horses did every now
and then. A commission man features
the speed of his car, which ennblcs him
to fill hurry-up orders and get tho goods
to tho point desired In a fraction of tho
time his horses used to need. A dry
rleuner says his wogon Is Invaluable for
Its advertising help.
Many of the tlrst orders developed
Into "repeats," some of tho merchants
admitting themselves convinced that
their delivery problems had been iolvel.
Lven In cases where the puichuser of a
car found that It supplied all of his
IKcrts. this car has given ii leverage for
the sale of others.
The cumulative effect of all this ex
perimenting '" according lo Hanson
Iloblnson, of the Htudehaker Company,
going lo make the light delivery wagon
ii tremendous force In 1913
MANY STATES PLAN
Amendments Considered in
New York of Interest to
When the various Slate legislatures
convene next year motor legislation Is
likely to receive considerable attention.
It is known that the Maryland legisla
ture will take up motor amendments. In
New York various amendments to the
motor vehicle law aro being prepared
for Introduction at the next session of
Tho following are the principal amend
Itequlrlng all operators of cars to be
I'rovldlng a flat horsepower registra
tion fee Instead of tho present graduated
tax. This would largely Increase the
Permitting non-residents registered In
other States to operate cars In New
York State for an unlimited period.
Legislation to abate the smoke nuis
ance and unnecessary noise,
Itequlrlng public garaces as well as
manufacturers and dealers to keep a
record of every automobile which enters
or leaves a garage.
Making the operation of a car by an
Intoxicated person or In a careless or
reckless manner a criminal offense
punishable upon conviction by imprisonment.
".Much has been said recently about
thu caieless chauffeurs and reckless mo
tor truck drivers, but rarely do wo oce
nn thing about the careless mother who
Permits her children to skate lu the
middle of the street," says a motor car
driver who has been piloting a mach.ne
for morn veurs than he cures tn ac
knowledge. "Accidents to children
ulllll.li ill tllu .IrnutU Dtlil I'll , i.tl I M ir
hold of automobiles ore frequent, but
in many cases tho accident Is claimed
to be unavoidable because the child Is
on roller skutis.
"I think roller skating In the middle
of tho street Is onn of the most dangci
ous sports that children can take part
In, but mothers have some responlhlllt
In the matter. They teach their chlldieii
to dread the fire engines and to kcp
nwuy from tho river and the rnllrim'l,
and It eems to mo they should teach
their children to fear the accidents that
result from roller skating m thu public
"Not alone arc the children respon
sible for many motoi car accident". '"
contlnu;d the motorist. "I'edesirlain
seem to have no regard for their ow n
safety, hut cross the streets without
pu)lnir the slightest attention to traffic
conditions. Only yesterday I narrowly
uvoliled running down a man who was
crossing the streets reading a news
paper. All this talk about curbing the
reckless automobile dr'.virs Is all right,
hut pedestrians should use some cau
tion whin crnssli.g streets where the
traffic Is congested. The average auto
mobile driver Ik careful in traversing
streets where the traffic Is heavy an 1
he should be met half way by the pe
destrian In crossing the street."
Wipe Gasolene Cans
Before Pouring Fluid
A simple but often forgotten pre
caution In the matter of filling the gaso
lene tank Is tn wipe tho mouth of tho
gasolene can so us to remove all dutt
and dill Otherwise, In the absence of
a strainer the gasolene will carry thu
accumulated dirt Into tho tank and
later the motorist will have trouhlo
with clogged pipes or carburetor.
Anyone who has friends has
a friend who has a Ford.
There are now more than a
hundred and sixty thousand
Fords "in service and thou
sands more in transit. Its
friends have created for it
the ii n p rec e dented Ford
Every third car a Ford and every
Ford user a Ford "booster." New
prices runabout $525 touring car
SC00 delivery car $625 -town car
$800 with all equipment, f. o. b. De
troit. Get particulars from
MILLER BROS. AUTOMOBILE & SUPPLY HOUSE
1105 14th St. N. W.
Tires and Accessories
In closing out our Accessory Department we are
prepared to offer tires, tubes, horns, and other automo
bile accessories at remarkably low figures.
Sale commences Monday.
United Motor Washington Go.
Any Curbstone Will Stop A Skid
"VDUR skill as a driver counts for nothing
- unless your tires grip and hold. There's
only one such tire, the
Safety Tread Tire
To thread your way through treacherous and
slippery places in absolute safety, you must have
Won't slip, Won't slide, Won't skid
Tires that Bite the Pavement and Give You Ample Traction
DIAMOND Safety Tread Tircfc obey your in Diamond Safety Tread Tires. Extra mil
will. The car is always under your age is built into them and you get it. Tb
safety tread is added to the regular tread-
control it gqes where you steer. It stops.
starts, turns where you want to and when you
want to, and won't skid.
No matter how slippery and treacherous
the pavement, they grip and hold. You drive
in safety and you drive with pleasure with
Diamond Safety Tread Tires.
But that's not all. There's real economy
the extra mileage makes the safety cost you
Made in all sizes and to fit any style of rim.
A tire for every car. The Diamond Safety
Tread Tire gives the greatest measure ol
tire value, and is most economical for all year
At Your Dealer's
The Diamond Store
1319 Fourteenth St. N.W.
1321 14th St. N.W.