JULY 17, 1933
NEWS OF THE WEEK IN BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY
Safeguard Against Drop in
Living Standards, Sum
Py Times Special
NEW YORK July 17.—The auto
mobile Is revealed as a bulwark
safeguarding American standards of
living from the attacks of unfavor
able business conditions in the 1933
edition of Facts and Figures of the
Automobile Industry, released re
cently by the National Automobile
Chamber of Commerce. The book is
a 96-page statistical summary of
the manufacture, sale and use of
As evidence of the unwillingness
of American families and business
concerns to dispense with their use
of the highways, it was disclosed
that the decline in the number of
vehicles in operation and in the
quantity of gasoline which they
consumed during 1932 was only
about 6 per cent—much less than
the curtailment which occurred in
the consumption of many other es
Also of encouragement to the mo
tor industry is the disclosure that
at the beginning of the current
year approximately 6,400,000 vehicles
still in service were over six and
one-half years old—the age at
which their retirement from use
and replacement by new vehicles
normally would occur.
Position Is Maintained
The industry maintained its posi
tion as one of the nation’s largest
manufacturing industries as meas
ured by the value of finished prod
ucts sold. Capital investment in
car and truck factories alone
amounted to $1,489,900,000. Motor
factories gave employment directly
to 229,841 workmen, who received in
salaries and wages $282,929,203. The
industry provided work directly and
indirectly to 3,900,000 wage-earners.
The motor industry continued to
be the largest single consumer of
such raw materials and commodities
as steel, malleable iron, gasoline,
rubber, plate glass, nickel, lead, mo
hair and upholstery leather.
Over 17 per cent of all steel pro
duced during the year was used in
the manufacture of motor vehicles
and their accessories. The motor
industry absorbed 77.6 per cent of
the total output of alloy steel and
53 2 per cent of the total output of
1932 Decrease Small
In addition, the industry con
sumed 80.4 per cent of the year’s
rubber output. 43 per cent of the
plate glass output, 53 per cent of
the upholstery leather output, 33 per
cent of the lead output, 28 per cent
of the nickel output, 85 per cent of
the gasoline output, and 14 per cent
of the mohair output.
At the close of last year, there
were 24.136,879 motor vehicles reg
istered for operation, of which 20,-
903,422 were passenger cars and
3,233,457 were trucks. This marked
a decrease in total registrations of
6.6 per cent under the preceding
While New York maintained its
position as havtng the greatest num
ber of motor vehicles in operation—
-2.241.930 passenger cars and trucks—
Washington was the only state
which was able to report an increase
in its registrations over the preced
Average Life 7 Years
The average useful life of motor
vehicles increased during the year
from 7't to 7 1-3 years, a study
based upon production, sales and
registration statistics disclosed. Os
the total number of vehicles in
operation at the close of 1932, 58 pei
cent were more than 4Vi years old.
46.2 per cent were more than b'->
years old. 38.5 were more than 6U
years old and 30.2 per cent were
more than 7 1 2 years old.
Although there were fewer motor
vehicles in operation last year than
there have been for any year since
1927, the total special taxes collected
from highway users reached anew
prak— $1,076,022,000, or 10.7 per cent
of all taxes collected for federal,
state and local governments in the
It is estimated that highway users
paid taxes at the rate of $2,947,992 a
day. or $2,041 a minute. Collections
of state registration fees and gas
oline taxes alone last year amounted
to $34.70 per vehicle—an increase
of 300 per cent since 1919 when
the gasoline tax was first in
LOWER DOLLAR VALUE
AID TO RADIO SALES
Encouraging Reports Received From
Distributors in New Zealand.
By Timei Special
WASHINGTON, July 17—Lower
value of the dollar in terms of the
New Zealand pound is giving dis
tributors of American-made radios a
decided advantage in that field as
the new radio season opens, accord
ing to a report to the electric equip
ment division of the commerce de
partment from Trade Commissioner
Julian B. Foster, Wellington.
The report stated that local trade
circles believe that a further decline
of the dollar of even a few points
would eliminate many of- the New
Zealand assemblers and leave the
market virtually in control of dis
tributors of American-made sets.
Improved business sentiment and
optimism among consumers indicate
that the current season, June to
September, will be much better than
LONE STAR RAISES PAY
Cement Company Announces Slid
ing Scale of Increases.
The Lone Star Cement Company
with offices in the Continental Bank
building, has announced an increase
in wagpj for all employes.
George E Pierson, vice-president,
said that the increase affects all
emplovaa earning less than $5,000
a year. The increase is sched
uled on a sliding scale, starting at
29 par cent for the small wage
earner, and graduating down to 10
per cent for the larger wage earn
ers. A maximum of forty-two
working hours a week has been put
Indianapolis Railways Has Huge TasK
in Keeping THousands of Wlieels Fit
amjEE&s ''^^Ns§WK&i3: ; ’
Scenes in shops of the Indianapolis Railways, where wheels are being placed in shape. Some of the
work is done out of doors, to aid in “seasoning.”
Expert Workmen Busy on
Equipment Jobs; Mileage
Hits High Figure.
The raucous grind of flat wheels
will be a thing of the past on city
street cars, if the Indianapolis Rail
ways can end it. And its campaign
for nearer noiseless operation is
In its shops expert workmen are
kept busy keeping wheels in good
condition and working on new
wheels for the scores of cars used
on city lines.
The car mileage in Indianapolis
in 1932 was 10,205.561. With eight
wheels to the car, this means wheel
mileage of 81,644,488. This, it might
be interesting to cite for the com
parsion sharks, is not far from the
distance from the earth to the sun
—29.ooo.ooo—plus miles. It is equl
to 171 round trips to the moon, ap
proximately 238.800 miles each way.
Both cast iron and steel wheels
are used on city cars, and more than
2.000 new ones are needed each year.
An average of 225 cars is operated
each day, in addition to ninety
All wheels are bored, turned down
and pressed onto car axles in Indi
anapolis Railways shops by Indian
More than 45,000 miles is average
life of a cast iron wheel! More than
150,000 miles is the life of a steel
The average*street car runs about
150 miles a day.
If tires on buses of the Peoples
Motor Coach Company are added,
the figures are even larger. These
buses opcartcd 4,478.312 miles in
1932. At six tires to the bus, 28,839,-
872 tire miles were operated.
When added to the 81.644.488
wheel miles, we find that a total of
110,484.360 wheel miles were oper
ated under Indianapolis public
transportation units last year, or
equal to the whole distance to the
sun and part of the way back.
CITY MAN GETS PATENT
Electrical Connector Plug Device
Invented by IV. T. Anderson.
/?;/ Timm Special
WASHINGTON. July 17.—Award
of a patent by the United States
government to William T. Anderson
of Indianapolis, covering advances
in electrical connecto” plug con
struction is announced by Clarence
A O'Brien, nationally known patent
lawyer. Lawrence C. Cloe of the
firm of Cloe. Campbell, Cloe and
Cloe of Noblesville acted as local
attorneys for Anderson.
The information forwarded about
this invention by O'Brien indicates
that it is an ingeniously simplified
form of means for incorporation in
connector plugs, outlet sockets, and
the like for efficiently connecting
the necessary electrical wires there
to without the use of screws, and in
such way that the frayed or spread
portions of the wires within the
plug or socket are positively pre
vented from coming into contact
and creating a short circuit.
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‘Flying Sleeping Berth 9
Is Airways’ Innovation
Used to Speed
By Times Special
PITTSBURGH, July 17.
What was said to be the first
locomotive ever used in the
manufacture of beer has been
leased from the Baltimore &
Ohio Railroad by the Hazel
wood Beverage Company. Need
of auxiliary steam at the brew
ery, caused by the great de
mand for beer, prompted the
company to lease the engine so
as not to interfere with con
tinuous operation for quench
ing the thirst registered.
As distribution of beer was to
be increased, it would have
been necessary to increase the
steam power of the plant and
this would have entailed sev
eral weeks for installation and
the locomotive solved the prob
WAGES BOOSTED BY
Ten Per Cent Raise Given; Gain in
By Times Special
DETROIT. July 17.—G. W. Mason,
president, announced today that the
employes of Kelvinator Corporation
have been given an increase in com
pensation. averaging 10 per cent,
effective July 1. All factory em
ployes, and those on salary as well
are affected, both in the United
States and in leading cities of other
countries of the world.
JUNE BEST MONTH IN
HISTORY OF COMPANY
Advertising Credited With Sharp
Gain in Sales.
The Hoosier Electric Refrigerator
Corporation, 943 North Meridian
street, distributor of General Elec
tric refrigerators, enjoyed the great
est business in its history in June,
according to A. F. Head, manager.
June exceeded all months in sales
volume, including predepression pe
riods, Head said.
Manufacturers and Jobbers
SPACE FOB RENT
Complete Housing Facilities fer
Large or Small Plants
Private switches, served by Belt R.
R- and traction lines connecting
with all railroads.
Watchman Service Free
Indianapolis Industrial Center
19th St. and Martindale Are.
. THE INDIANAPOLIS TIMES
Peaceful Slumber Is Made
Possible in Speeding
Airplane passengers now can sleep
several thousand feet up in the
cool air in a comfortable berth and
enjoy a night s rest at a speed of
better than two miles a minute. No
clanging noises, no grinding of
wheels, just a smooth, rapid flight
across the great western spaces.
The flying sleeping berth has
made its advent on the night planes
of American Airways between
Cleveland and Los Angeles on the
company’s southern transcontinen
The berths, made by folding two
of the plane’s soft-cushioned chairs,
form a cot. These
cots then are made up with linen
and blankets by the co-pilot. Each
of the tri-motored planes accommo
•jates six sleeping passengers.
The large number of transcon
tinental passengers who have tried
out the new flying berths have been
enthusiastic over this innovation in
air travel, according to Ted E. Grif
fin, city traffic manager, who at the
same time predicted that even
greater strides will be made within
a short time on sleeping accommo
dations for air passengers.
“We plan to have sleeping planes
in operation on American Airways’
transcontinental line within a year’s
time,” he said, “that will be equipped
with built-in berths as comfortable
as a* Pullman.
“Private dressing rooms will be
provided at the airports and pas
sengers will board the planes ready
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IN BUILDING IS
Construction Activity in
Cold Months Advocated
by Council Head.
By Times Special
NEW YORK CITY, July 17.
Benefits to labor and business,
growing out of the spending of bil- j
lions on public works, will be im- '
paired seriously unless the work is j
carried on as vigorously in winter !
as in summer, according to F. W.!
Morse, president of the Producers’
“If the starting of needful public
works is delayed because of cold
weather, or if projects ’mark time’
until winter passes, much of the
tonic effect of the public works pro
gram will be lost,” said Morse.
“Some of the work will be begun
at once,” he continued, “but many
projects will not be ready for actual
! construction for four or five months.
With winter ahead, many old-fash
| ion“d builders will be tempted to
hold off. clinging *0 the old super
stition that construction can not be
carried on in winter. And the thou
sands who are dependnig on the
resumption of construction for a
living will be forced to fall back on
Work as Well as Winter
“It had been definitely proved
that, even In the severest winters,
there are very few days—usually
less than two weeks —on which work
can not be done as well as in mid
summer. Indeed, many contractors
say that their men do better work
in the cold season.
“Tcbnically, there Is no reason
why work can not go on in spite
of the weather. We know how, for
example, to handle concrete ■with
out danger from freezing.”
The old “winter slump,” Morse
pointed out, was on# of the most
vicious elements in industrial life.
Men were thrown out of work
and forced either to find a different j
type of job or to subsist on scant
savings from a summer’s earnings.
The buying power of whole com
munities was curtailed, with a cor
responding depression in its busi
ness life. And many an organiza
tion, serving the architectural and
structural crafts, found itself doing
a drastically seasonal business.
No Reason for Slump
“If there were some sound,* rea
sonable basis for the winter slump,”
said Morse, “the trouble it brings
could be written off as unavoidable.
But there is no reason for the
slump. It is one of the greatest evils
faced by the varied elements of
our construction industry.”
Morse recalled that, some years
ago, President Roosevelt, made this
“One of the surest steps toward
permanent prosperity is the putting
of American industry on a steady
basis, the year round. . . . Winter
construction not only is feasible and
practicable, but economical, aiid
worth the serious consideration of
everyone planning to build, regard
less of whether it is a home, factory,
school, hotel or public utility.”
Elimination of the winter recess
in building, Morse concluded, is one
of the essential steps in bringing
about the new deal, net only for the
men and industries immediately
concerned with construction, but for
the nation as a whole.
EXPAND FUNERAL HOME
Harry W. Moore Will Spend $5,000
At an expenditure of more than
$5,000, the Harry W. Moore funeral
establishment, 2050 East Michigan
i street, will be remodeled into one of
the finest funeral homes in the city.
According to Moore, the most
modern of funeral homes now are
divided into rooms set off from the
home proper. To follow out this
idea, anew preparation room is be
ing built, with every feature needed
to assure absolute sanitation. A
new showroom also will be built to
contain a complete stock of funeral
merchandise at all times.
Fred T. Moore recently became
affiliated with his son, Harry W.
Moore. Fred T. Moore has been con
nected with the undertaking busi
ness for twenty-eight years.
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Radio Stars Will Play and
Sing at Crosley Banquet
C. C. Mathews, Local Sales
Manager, to Say His
Farewells at Dinner.
Under auspices of the Kiefer-
Stewart Drug Company, local and
state distributors for Crosley prod
ucts, eighteen or more popular
WLW radio stars will be carded for
the feature attraction at the state
dealers’ meeting to be held after
noon and evening at the Casino,
July 20. Chicken dinner and other
refreshments will be served.
The meeting also will be the last
for C. C. Mathews, present man
ager of the local sales department,
who will leave shortly after to as
sume full charge of national sales
promotion for one of the large radio
Included in the $1,700 entertain
ment program will be Mary Rogers
well-known violinist, vocalist, and
whistler. Tony Cabooch, known as
“Push ’Em Up Tony,” along with
HAVE HUGE OUTPUT
Enormous Amounts of Food
Used in 116 Restaurants.
By Times Special
CHICAGO, July- 17.—John R.
Thompson Jr. announced that his
own bakeries, which supply his 116
restaurants in thirty-six cities, in
cluding Indianapolis, represent an
investment of $1,541,000. Chicago’s
is the biggest, with half a million;
New York, $100,000; St. Louis, $25,-
000; and Pittsburgh, $20,000. There
is a special bakery in every city
where Thompson restaurants are lo
cated. Those in the other thirty
two cities represent an investment
of SB,OOO each.
Asked about the volume of food
used every week in his big system of
restaurants, Thompson reeled off a
list of figures that was staggering.
Coffee and doughnuts are way up at
the t0p—3,780.000 cups of coffee and
College street cars to Broad
Ripple leave downtown
every few minutes. Board
cars northbound on Penn
sylvania between Washing
ton and Ohio. Fare: 7 cents.
his daughter, will be seen in person
The four Riff brothers will enter
tain, as well as other popular stars
of the air.
Miss Rogers went to the nation’s
station following a year's engage
ment at an Indianapolis theater a s
conductor of a girls’ orchestra. She
is well known throughout the mid
west as the result of her many
lyceum, Chautauqua and theater
successes and has been a featured
soloist with the nationally famous
girls’ band, the “Bricktops.”
The daughter of talented musi
cians, Miss Rogers began the study
of the violin at the age of 5. At 10
she appeared as soloist with the
De Pauw university symphony or
chestra. While still In high school
she was awarded the Tri Kappa
scholarship to the De Pauw univer
sity music school.
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GOOD GAINS IN
New Building for First Half
of Year Is Near Mark
By Times Special
CHICAGO. July 17.—New con
-1 struction in America for the first six
months of the year amounted to ap
i proximateiv $495,000,000, according
j to figures obtained in a nation
wide survey, announced today by
the Indiana Limestone Corpora
“The country is entering the
second half of the year with greater
confidence.” declares President A. E.
Dickinson. “Business in general has
assumed a sweeping recovery, and
while the construction industry has
been laggard, there are indirations
of genuine improvement. Steady
increase in other industries alone
will have a beneficial effect on new
“Asa reflection of the projected
$3,300,000,000 government public
works program, private enterprises
last month ran ahead of the
previous month and exceeded June
of last year. A significant develop
ment in construction of small dwell
ings is the fact that owners are not
j borrowing money; hoarded cash is
Increase Is Shown
“Non-residential construction Is
| showing the first tendency toward
an upturn since late in 1931. Last
months total was ahead of every
month since August. 1932.
Chicago construction activity has
shown definite upswing. June figures
exceeded totals of the first five
1 months. For the first time in
; almost a year, the value of build
; ing permits issued was more than
1 that of the month preceding.
I "Eighteen of twenty-three lead
ing Pacific coast cities recorded ad
vances in building activities.
Gains Are Noted
"Operations in New England have
1 increased for three consecutive
! months. Residential, industrial,
! and commercial construction showed
j gains. A moderate improvement is
I noted in New York.
| “In the south, with Atlanta and
Dallas as the focal points, new
| construction is the heaviest it has
| been for two years.
“A noticeabie revival Is reported
in the northwest.”
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