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HONOLULU STAR-BULLETIN, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1917.
,iwu..ii. r.UCIIELIN TIRE REPRESENTATIVE IS AN OPTIMIST Mr. -Benson of San Francisco Believes Conditions Favor able; Likes Hawaii E. J!. Benson, head or the San Fran cisco branch of the .Mkbelin Ttre Co., is an optimist. He carries about an air of having enjoyed his meals, and incidentally is more than pleased with the condition of business in Hawaii. Mr. Benson recent arrived in San Francisco to take the place of Mr. Cummings who is In one of the train ing; camps. It has always been the policy of the Mtchelln company to be represented in Hawaii at least once -each year, and Mr. Benson has been very much represented. He has made a trip to Hawaii. Kauai ajid -Maui, -and is -enthusiastic about conditions on these islands. .Mr. Benson believes in his family enjoying the good things that may be seen in Hawaii, and Mrs. Benson and . his daughter accompanied him to Ho nolulu They are located at the Sea side hotel, wnere they have plenty of - opportunity to enjoy the swimming. - One thing which impressed the San Franclsca representative very much 'was . Kflauea. Upon his return from the Big Island, Mr. Benson immediate ly began to sing the praises of Hawaii, and was so impressed with the scene at . . Halemaumau that 'he said ; he would, pay another vi6it at the first opportunity.. . Mr. i Benson "is well satisfied with the volume of business on Hawaii. and is also, pleased with the showing made by the company during the past year on the mainland. He is not pessimistic about the price of tires soaring to un forbidden heights, and believes: (hat .6<$qiu Vlll be favorable during; the next rffi.vc ' ... HELP WIN THIS WAR; DONT WASTE GASOLINE tH . r-r-t- 1. Store gasoline in underground ; steel tanks. Use wheeled steel tanks - with measuring pump and hose. They prevent loss by fire, evaporation and spilling. -.V :i ' 'V -; 2. Don't spill or expose gasoline to J.aic it evaporates rapidly and Is dan gerous. w. r; ;- . - . 3. Don'tV.use gasoline for, cleaning 'and washinguse kerosene or other jnaterials to cat grease. " . . -; - f " 4. Stop all gasoline leakages. ! 5. Adjust brake bands so they do not drag. See that all bearings run freely. -"1V--V . 6. Dont let engine rua;when car Js funding. It Is good tor starter ty. be nset frequently.- . ' ' -.V ' 1. Have carburetors adf; : ted at, s'er; rice stations of. carburet' yr autmo ' bile comna.nips--ttb.ey. ' makerrl ', xary adjustments'.wiuat thwge.'v'-t.' . 8. Keep needle valve cleai and ad just carburetor (while engine is : hot) ! to use as lean mixture as possible.VA1 'rich mixture fouls the engine and is ; wasteful. - .;;-?: t ?v:f 9. Pre-heat - air. entering carburetor and keep radiator covered in t-cold w eather this will insure better vapor- 'ization. . - ;X : ' . 10. See that spark (lug : is timed correctly .with engine and drive with trar)i fully advanced- a late spark in; creasea gasoline consumption. rT 11. Have a not spark, keep plugs clean and spark points properly ad justed. r ---:;-:5v.' f'r'i- 12, Avoid bigh speed. ' The average car is most economical at 15 to 23 mllesanhour. : :. ' 13. Don't accelerate and 6top quick ly It wastes gas and wears out tires. Stop engine and coast long hills. . -- -14. Cut down aimless and. needless 'use of cars. Do a number of . errands ,ia one trip, : .: ' Your observance ,. of th e above im portant suggestions for avofding gaso line, waste will not only provide; the War Department with the gasoline re quired to win tne war, bat wia also benefit you personally through ' more efficient and more economical opera lion of your motor car. " J -si. ' STAR CULLET?NGIVES YOU '- .' TODAY'S NEWS TODAY - I m : X FOR IN . s- X lit lu!, i Window Shopping From Car r 1 11 - ' . i.i , fiv I l CZtT. I A COAT Wy.' V 9 taiMaWnS It raony to Buy Stofert fires Would Help Here Local Dealer. Believes That Regulation of Purchasing Will Stop Theft of Tires and Other Accessories If Thief Cannot Sell His Stolen Goods, He Will Not Feel Much Like Wasting His Time at the Jimmy Valentine Trade Substitution Old Game If a law Is passed making It a felony to receive or buy automobile tires which" have had their serial numbers cut off, it is almost certain that the theft of auto tires will cease. This is theopinion of a local dealer. Experts who have made a study of auto thiev ery' have coma to the conclusion that the : only ' way to deal with the well known tire thief. . who is causing a loss of tens , of thousands of dollars to motorists, is to regulate the purchase f such stolen articles. A man will not steal, a tire and try to sell it to some questionable dealer, or an unsuspect ing motorist who Is looking for bar gains in second-hand tires, If he knows that 'the police keep a record of every tolen' serial ' number and trace the thief through that sale. Western cities have had to face the perplexing prob lem of stopping the theft ot tires, and many, states have already, passed laws making it A 'penal offence to purchase goods that tail to display jtfce original aerial nnmbert.'--; C'Xii'il ' r-Evefy tire that is turned out from the factory bears a lengthy serial num ber "on the' side of the casing. This number i la ao placed that even the most ' strenuous wear will not efface iti There is no reason on earth why these serial numbers should be taken off any more than the dates on silver coins, should be chipped beyond recog nition, v Police bfflciala declare . that they; cannot' trace the sale of stolen tires because the thieves chip off the serial"' numbera before turning them ovVriffot, cash.'' Undoubtedly,- say the police,' if the numbers were left on the casings,v they could locate the stolen tires by searching the second-hand tire shops ind thus trace the thieves. - v lt this la the case, why not keep the serial 'numbers on the tires? Draft a law," and have the legislature pass it, making) i a felony for any person to sett' or tray tires which do not bear the factory 'seriarnumbers. If those who hive been in the habit of appropriat ing ; other people's tires ; realize that they will jrun afoul of the law and are liable fta discovery if they sell a tire that does not bear the aerial numbers, they, will hesitate a long time before ,they take that tire. vV , ' On the; other hand, if dealera who have been receiving stolen tires, either; consciously ; or unconsciously, know that to buy or sell a tire that has had! the serial numbers effaced. Is a crlm-j l!Il!Ii!iuill!in!li!l!IIIIIIII!Il!l!llllil!lllllllllllllllllllllllil No H. Hackfeld & Co., Metropolitan Meat inal offense, they will in all proba bility refuse to accept the tires. And, furthermore, when the unsuspecting bargain hunter learns that the pur chasing of a tire that does not bear the factory number is an offense in the eyes of the law, he will confine his dealings to legitimate firms. The quickest solution to the tire theft problem Js the elimination of the market for the stolen goods. The best way, and in fact the only way that seems at all practical now to eliminate the market, la to pass the law requir ing serial numbers on all tires that are offered to the public. It is certain that the tire crooks are receiving big mon ey by stealing tires and selling them to either unsuspecting buyers or un scrupulous dealers. If the thieves dis cover that the buyer is becoming wary because of the law .regarding serial numbers, and refuses to buy the tires, the crook will die a natural death be cause of the toss of his market.: . . vf jThe 5 number of -tires stolen from autos standing In the main streets of Honolulu amount to a considerable total during several months' time. A car left standing along the curb dur ing the evening is easy prey for the tire crook. If there, are one or two spare tires on the rear of the machine, the thief sneaks up to the car, gen erally in a motor of his own, breaks the padlock holding the-tires to the car. and makes away with the stolen booty. The swiftness with which the thieves operate proves that they use a machine to make their getaways. It would be a rather startling, sight, and one that would cause police interfer ence, if a suspicious looking character were seen rolling a' huge inflated tire down the street., . In many Instances, quite a few that are never reported to the police, stor ies are told of the exchange of tires by the bandits. Instead of stealing the spare tires outright, the thief sub stitutes an old tire for the. innocent motorist's spare casing. . Sometimes the thief gets a poor deaj. The story is told of one local man who left his car standing In front a down-town hotel one evening. When he got into his car he happened to notice1 that his spare tire looked unusually worn and aged. Upon examination he found that Someone had taken his spare tire and lef another in Its placed . When he got back to his garage he Delays No i La cm A Few Satisfied Users of Ltd Mancei. Love's Biscuit and Bread Co. Oahu Ice and Electric Co. ' voim on Fort Street examined the inner tube of the strange tire and found that with one vulcaniz ing he would have a better tube than the one that was stolen. Probably the next time that thief runs across this man's car he will hesitate before sub-, stituting another tire. . j But these are rare cases, and the j motorist is generally the helpless vie-: tim of the ruthless tire bandit: Pass a law making it a felony to receive or ! dispose of tires that do not bear the' serial numbers, and the community! will notice a decided let up in the rav-j ages of the tire crook. Another unusual practise which the! ex-tire and. auto bandit has resorted to since gasoline has aviated in price is the stealing of the fuel from autos standing along the street curbs, if; you see a suspicious looking person fj filling a gasoline tank of a car stand-; ing'alongslde this curb, take a second! look. The thieves have resorted to' science in their new depredations they have utilized the principle of the ' syphon. . By syphoning the gasoline out of the tanks in the rear of stand ing macuines, the bandits are able to secure many gallons of the now-precious fluid. While this practise has not come into general use among the motor crooks In Honolulu, it is best to be forewarned and be on the! look out to nip the criminal before he blossoms out into an epidemic. The theft of tools is still a common occurrence, but not nearly so expen sive as .losing tires. The insurance companies, police and motorists should get together and have an ordinance .pass$dregulAtiftft the sale of tires. Send a man to Jail if be sells or buys a. tire that does not carry the factory serial number. The crook will lose his market 'and his nerve,, and the fre quent reports of "another tire stole" will have become as unfamiliar as the Egyptian language. VIC NEWELL DISCOVERS STRANGE LOOKING BONES Vic Newell of the Smooot & Stein hauser company is. confident that he has discovered a dianosaurus. While digging a ditch near the Smoot & Steinhauser branch on King street workmen discovered the bpnes of a man, and also discovered bones that by all rights should , belong to an animal larger than an elephant. , Mr. Newell intends to get into touch with the Smithsonian Institute and inci dentally advertise' Firejstone Hires. George Wells, proprietor of the Royal Hawaiian garage, has-received a -picture of the boys of the "ambu lance corps, : who recently left Allen town for France. In the group were William Wells, Francis Brown, Fred Biven, Billy Noble and Ernest Pod more. A large number of the friends of the. boys have visited the automo bile house to look at the boys in their natty uniforms. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiipiiiiiiiipiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii vv vv j rv m - m vv jj m k The Logical Tire DEUV Punctures T. H. Davies Hawaii Meat GOODYEAR SERVICE STATIONS AMERICAN AUTOS LEAD IN ORIENT American-made automobiles are in high favor throughout the Orient and are today leading the Continental cars by a large majority. This information comes from F. B, Kelp, factory- representative of the Chandler Motor company throughout the Pacific region, who has just re turned from a J.T00-mile tour through the Orient, where he placed ten new agencies for the Chandler car ?nd re newed contracts with practically all the old dealers in the countries he visited. Kelp's trip took him to Hawaii, the Fiji islands, New Zealand, Australia, Tasmania, Java. Sumatra, the Feder ated Malay States, the Hritish Straits Settlements Slam, French Indo-China, Hongkong, Shanghai. Canton. . the northern provinces of China, the Phil A First Prize of $500.00 was recently awarded a Buick Motor Car owner in an extensively advertised long distance mileage contest conducted by a Roller The Buick Car, in all kinds of weather over all kinds of roads. The car was manu- y factured in 1909 and had been in almost continuous service ever since." ' Wv.t In its travels 1 5, 0Q0 gallons. of petrol were consumed, 200 f. tires were used and the car covered a distance equal to 9!4 times ? around the world. ,r;''tjg The same quality material and workmanship which made this ' f record possible is being used hi the construction of the Buidc .Car?.:; today. That is why the (growth in production has never beenabler to keep pace with the increase in demand. 4 . .' y'U ' Inese cars are in stock. "rfeadv for immediate dehverv. sv-. When Better Cars Are Built . Buick Will Build Them ' VONHAMM-YOUNG& HONOLULU . li Guaranteed MOTZ TIRES & Co., Ltd Co., Ltd. Yoiminig ippine islands and Japan. He was gone almost a year and had a most success ful business trip for hi company. Wherever he closed a new agency. Keip had a Chandler car to make an immediate delivery, and in traveling with samples like this he had a splen did opportunity of viewing the coun try and demonstrating the car. He states that the European cars in the Orieut were seemingly built for the splendid roads of Kurope and are not holding up as "Well as the Amer ican machines that are built more rug gedly and can stand the gaff of rough roads. Java, according to Keip. leads in the matter of good roads. This island, with its population of 40.000,000, of uhieh 100,000 are whites, has a splen did highway system for almost its en tire length and has more automobtlea than most of the other Oriental countries,-- ' Throughout the Orient the average price of gasoline is To cents gold a gallon, and lubricating oil sells at -gold a gallon: The parish house of St. Agnes Ger man Catholic church in St. Paul was wrecked by a bomb. MOTOR CARS Bearing manufacturer. winning this prize, had traveled 262,000 miles 7000 Miles Honolulu Brewing & Malting Co., Ltd. C. Q. Yee Hop, Ltd. TT TI H ff tx II A1FS 1 - ,wf SEA LION STANDS AS CHANSL0R & LYON IN 1 ACCESSORY CIRCLES: Arthur Wayne, manager of Smoot ti Steinhauser, wasn't sure about the i sea uoa orana at iirst. v a en urn first was notified that Chanslor to Lyon were putting out a good: grade of oil. he wondered why it was called a Lion. Chan lion wouldn't go. SO the firm decided that the Sea Lion would stand as their trade mark. Smoot & Steinhauser have xeceiv ed a large consignment of the Sea Lion oil which is much cheaper in price than VeedoL The special oil for the Holt Caterpillar has become try popular. Wayne says that his company has more than 50 barrels on hand at present. Smoot & Steinhauser are proud of the fact that they have sent two of their employes to the O. R. T. and are further pleased that both received commissions. Fred C Moore was made a first lieutenant, and JUrry Henry was named as a second" lieuten ant. . 'r , rl - - i HONOLULU f.::!!!!;a!!!!!i!III!!i!lllllHUi!!llilllP llllllllH IllllllllUIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIilllllllll