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New-York tribune. [volume] (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, November 27, 1904, Image 19

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Work of Automobile School of the
West Side Y. M. C. A.
That many y<'Ui;g men far above the average
•f drivers in this city are desirous of becoming
exjK-ricneed chauffeurs baa been demonstrated
by the Interest In the work of the automobile
■dMai. recently opened under the auspices of
the Weal Side Young Men's Christian Associa
tion, in Wesi Kifiy-sev.-nth-st. That there is a
Deed for such men as the now school proposes
to prod nee hi daily demonstrated in the streets
of tnis ajid other large cities throughout the
Harrison S. CoHmrn. educational director of
the West Side Voting Men's Christian Associa
tion, says of tho new departure: "We aim to
train young men here who will have not only a
thorough knowledge of the mechanism of auto
mobiles, but who will have a respect for them
selves, for one another, for their duties ajid
ioy.TP, aid who will be not only
capable, but trustworthy."
The \.<.rk of the new school is divided into
three coarsen — an operative course, term of
three months; lecture course, term of six
month*; draughting and designing course, term
of six months. The operative course is now
being followed by 130 pupils; there are about
one hundred and fifty in the lecture class and
about twenty-live in the designing class. The
next teim opera February 1, and already there
Is ■ lanre waiting list.
In the lecture course lectures on the three
••f machines- steam, gasolene and elec
are delivered by Charles ■Sdward Lucke.
Ph. I>.. director of experimental engineering, Co
lumbia University.
The ill 1 Hlrjllllft and draughting i.iursc is taught
by Professor Am.is.t Trowbridge. also of the
: i 'olumbia.
s i- liivid'-'i into two Bec
• „[!•• for owners and prospective owners
other for chauffeurs, both und< r the bu-
It Is in the operative class That the trials of
the novice become most painfully apparent. Mi
chines which theoretically have been "set up" in
the most approved fashion have a mean habit
isfng to w"i k when needed. Sometimes
the ignition spark won't "spark." and at other
times the starting crank falls Into the exasperat
ing habit of jumping backward instead of going
aht_:.d. When this happens the chauffeur in
embryo usually g>-ts it in the chest and is
tun. i. led over backward in the dirt.
K\.n when the difficulties of getting the en
gine working properly have been surmounted,
the beginner learns that sometimes at that
stau. a really \ricked motor car will refuse to
"mote" properly. It displays a fondness for
curbstones, fences and posts, and Is not entirely
averse to attacking unsuspecting pedestrians.
The chauffeur-tc-be learns that at times such
al these, the steering wheels and brakes have
a v. ay of mixing themselves up and running to
gether that is aggravating in the extreme.
Some of the students say that at times a really
good < hauffeur nrrjet simply turn the goodness
on fall head, to prevent his becoming as wicked
as the devil wagon he is driving. There te, too,
k of relief conveyed at such times by a
e:~ht of the flat-capped, leather coated profes
sional, who goes along with each class of be
y .s. Though he is not, p rhaps, a graduate
of an automobile school, his hand on the right
lev r at the riyht moment is looked upon as an
essential part of the course by the timid be
Fur outdoor demonstration the class Is dl-
Vidt-d into squads of four, and each person re
ceives individual instruction. At the garage in
West Fifty-fifth-sL the mer are carefully In
structed in fhe parts of the car before going
on the road for actual operation.
7h-» school has attracted much general at
tention, and already there are applications on
file at the Young Men's Christian Association
for a number of th^ first graduates to act as
c?j lUff'-'-irs. The school diff'-rs from automobile
Bchools in other <-iti>-.s. In that operative work la
taught at the beginning instead of as a supple
mentary part of the course. There are now a
large number of owners on the list waiting for
the second term to open.
In a recent address on the occasion of the
opening of the lecture course. President Win-
throp E. Scarritt of the Automobile Club of
America warmly indorsed the idea of the new
school. It is also approved by George H. Day,
general manager of the Association of Licensed
Automobile Manufacturers.
Another new educational course recently es
tablished at tlie West Side Young Men's Chris
tlan Association Is in business economy. This
course, designed for executives, managers and
department heads, affords practical instruction
In organization, policy, administration and
methods for the conduct of business in the of
fice, the store and factory. Its aim, as the name
implies, is to show how to make a business pay
wlilch did not pay before, and pay better even
if it did pay before; how to find leaks and stop
them, and how to make the best method of do
ing any business fit that business.
What Will Become of Them Now
the Bee Master Is Gone?
Just what shall be done with the city bees ii
a problem now confronting tho park officials of
this city. Whether New- York shall continue to
be a land of milk and honey or simply plod
along without the homy is a matter now to be
determined by the officials in charge of th< cltj "a
Long before the recent election, when William
P. Scbmitt was yet Park Commissioner !'>>!' The
Bronx, the bees came to New-York ami at once
settled down to business. The; have been
ping the sweets of the metropolis since early in
the summer, and a conservative estimate has it
that the industrious little workers have gathered
honey enough to make Tho Bronx parks the
sweetest places imaginable. However thai may
be, it seems that th>ir efforts will pass for
naught, for Park Commissioner John J. Brady
recently removed from office the official bee
master, John H. O'Mara, who was appointed by
his predecessor before he himself was removed
by Mayor BfcClellan. Now the city's bees, left
without a guardian, at the tender mercies of
biting winds arid a new regime of park ollieials.
will probably be sold.
There arc friends of the bees who wish ttni\
kept in the parks, however, even it" they must
continue to exist with no official caretaker. It is
claimed for them that th^y are a constant source
of entertainment and Instruction to young and
old. At !h<- same time it is conceded that they
are not Infrequently a source 'if anxiety.
The bees camp from the t>i;; apiaries of W. A.
Seiser, at Ji nkintown, Perm., and there are !argq
colonies of them In Van Cortlandt ;m«l Pelhara.
Bay parks. Thai patrons <>;" the parks might
.see the little homy gatherers at work and w>t
Interfere with them, several colonies were in
closed with a stout, high wire fence. Bui despite
this safeguard there are probably those In the
«it» r still rhertehins burning memories ••:' mo
ments spent watching the park bees who will
not lie disheartened al the prosp ct of their sale.
As for the bees themselves, they have go
doors for the wint r, and evince no inter it in
their ultimate fate.
English, French Etchings
OF 18TH ri.SlllJY.
12 West 28th St. Gr-ORGIi BUSSE.

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