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RECENTLY there was published locally a vague item to the general
effect that the Board,of City Magistrates wanted a law to make it, necessary for all motorists to take out driving licenses with ! the idea that this would put a check on reckless driving. Something was : said at the time about motorists being privileged to drive a car ten times before taking out such a licer.se. As a matter of fact, all motorists resident in the greater city must have | licenses to drive from the very first occasion upon which they take out their cars. There is a ten-day (equal to ten times) exemption for motor? ists resident outside of greater New York. If they have exceeded the ten-day period they must take out a license. In other words, what, the magistrates are after is a state-wide license law. This would be all right, if it meant anything at all. But it doesn't. Merely licensing operators as it is done according to the present registra? tion system, without any examination at all, gives no indication of the driving ability of any automobilist, and it is found that the most expert drhers. who could pass any examination, are very often quite reckless. Or to put it the other way, quite reckless drivers are often mechanically equipped to pass any test the state might offer. But if taking out an ' operator's license is dependent only upon registering and the paying of the $1 fco the whole proposition is manifestly absurd. The only valid reason for extending the license to the whole state is to eliminate the present unfair discrimination against motorists of the greater city. Some Harmful Phrtises nPHE National Automobile Chamber of Commerce has sent out to auto-' * mobile editors a m>ucsl to avoid the use of words and phrases harm? ful to the automobile industry, because they create a wrong impression in the public mind. We hereby pledge ourselves in accordance with this request to avoid the following: Pleasure Car (should be passenger car) Joy Riding Stunts Non-essential Industries (should be non-war industries) Speedster (should be runabout) Sport? Car (should be 'cro ??-country car) i Une part of this list will be a sort of blow to manufacturers who ? have made a specialty of the word "sport" in designating certain models. There has been a variety of ingenious names built up, such as "speed? ster," "sportster" and the like, which will have to go by the board probably. We learn from the N. A. ('. C. statement that manufacturers and dealers have ceased using the term "pleasure car" for passenger car. ; Investigations show that 7?"> per cent of the automobiles owned by farmers arc bought as a necessary part of their farm equipment, and that cars : owned by farmers are used for business purposes 8'J per cent of the time; also that 80 per cent of automobile owners in the country would be seriously handicapped in their business activities if deprived of their cars. The motor vehicle is distinctly utilitarian and is particularly essential under present conditions v? increased, agricultural and industrial activity1 and shortage of man power. It, belongs in the class of time-saving and labor-saving machinery. The fuel administration, in exempting garage?; from the Monday closing order, held that automobiles were public utilities. The statement of the fuel administration classifying automobiles as public utilities ought to put, a check on the activities of persons who insist that the consumption of fuel by automobiles is all wrong, for such reasons, as alleged by one complainant-, that the general public on heatlcss Mondays is discouraged from using candies. Aside from the fact that there, is t?o | shortage of gasolene?in fact, <?uitc the reverse?the government classifi? cation of motor cars as public utilities should put the final word on the advisability of permitting motor cars to run on our streets. Deferring the License Year t> OR ONE reason or another each year the period for the use of the preceding year's automobile license is always extended beyond Febru? ary, I lie date when the new licenses arc supposed to go into effect. Nat? urally if the ?Secretary of State expects to have every one come in promptly ?>i? time to get new licenses, this habit of extending the period of tho use of the old plates will have to cease. This year, because of railroad troubles, the supply of plates did not get in on time. Under these conditions motorists arc not blamable for delay. Last year there was another reason, and the year before that another, ^ The thing for the Secretary of State to do is to get the plates out promptly on time and have the law strictly enforced. Otherwise there might as weil bv. written into the state law a paragraph allowing fifteen days" grace. j i A Traffic I angle Point A BAO traffic situation has arisen at Seventy-second Street at its june-' ?*? ?*? lion with Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway. Particularly at pr?s-1 ont while re?pairs are under way to the car tracks motor car traffic is bunched up in bad fashion at very short notice. In the evening, when there is heavy traffic, the automobiles run into the neck of a bottle to the cast of the subway station. Not only arc the : cars held up, but the congestion is such that accident is likely to result. | It has been suggested to us by a motorist, who is frequently delayed, at this crossing, that the only solution is to take down the present subway ; station and build one considerably narrower. This will admit of widening! the street so that traffic will not be so badly tangled up. It would mean, of cours?.-, the relaying of the streetcar tracks, too. But very considerable, changes should be made in the traffic arrange-' ments at this point, because motorists arc badly hampered by the present? conditions. Beating Out the Separator ? \FTER long argument and considerable expense it now appears likely that the local battle over the oil separator will be decided against1 that device. For years automobile dealers who had service stations and the garage men fought against the necessity of installing separators. It was insisted by the Fire Department that only by the use of such devices could the' danger of having gasolene drain into sewers be avoided. Every time a ? scries of manholes popped up into the air the agitation for separators Mas renewed. It v?as contended by the dealers and garage men that the separators did not actually separate, and at the most so small a quantity of gasolene ever went into the sewage, compared to the enormous quantities of other elements, that the danger of an explosion due to this cause was negligible, j But in the end the Ejre Department won and the expensive installa-! tious had to he made. It looks now as if an investigation were to be made j by the Fire Department, or at least by the Department of Sewers, which ! probably will lead to the elimination of oil separators from subsequent building plans. This will not save the money that has been wasted for this device already installed, but if justice is done, even at this late date, it will, gratify those who have fought a long battle against the separator, which, i if it did not separate gasolene from the sewage, at least separated the! garage men and dealers from their money. "Tour South'" Will Be Lure for Motorists "Tour -South This Spring" is the slogan of a movement by the automo bile clubs and industrial organizations of Louisville, Nashville, Chattanooga, Memphis, Birmingham, Atlanta, New Orleans and other southern cities which %\ill urge Middle Western and New England tourists to visit the South when the scenery and historic spots are at their bent. The Coodrich company will aid ma? terially in the movement. From infor mation and data collected by the tire testing fleet, ?low touring the South, the Goodrich National Touring Bureau has compiled thousands of road maps and road logs which point out every mile of the way from any point in the North, and which log all of the main , travelled highways in the South. This Tour-in formation will be distributed free to any motorist through dealers stocked with Goodrich tires. Added to the scenery of the South and its spots of historic interest, the South offers even bigg??r inducements to the tourist. Scores of army camps are located there. Parents, relatives, wives, sweethearts and friends will journey south to visit "the boy" and witness him in bis preparation to fight Fritz. Many will be attracted to wit? ness Uncle Sam's "soldier-making" plants. Poor highways leading to the South have been the "bugbear" of Southern touring. This year tourists will be as? sured of excellent highways. Under the supervision of the highway trans? port committee of the Council of Na? tional Defence, and with the coopera? tion of state and county, Dixie's high? ways arc conditioned to such an exten? sive degree that very few sections of the country will boast better highways. The Dixie Highway, one of the most beautiful routes in America, is now being rushed through to completion. A bad stretch of about thirty miles on top of the Cumberland Mountains is being completely rebuilt as part of the programme of the Tennessee State Highway Commission, which recently artanged te spend $3,000,000 on the highways und lanes of its state. GARFIEID ASSURES AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY |T| Will NOT BF JEOPARDIZED BY REDUCTION OF COAll NOW 6ARFIELD Vou cANT HAVE AHY COOIML'3 Till YOU BRINC AVMMA TMt' COAL WISCONSIN PROPOSES TO ?TIMUUTE DRIVE-AWACI 0Y NOT REQUIRING LICENSES FOR CARS IN TRan5?|| __H rue?*-<2>~ '?t?<_? I ?*nMt p>o?i tm/\t ?r.vrr? GOVERNMENT FINDS rr COST 14,0CENTS A GAU?N SIMPW TO PRODUC? GASOIINE IN 1917* v?u .vtr mm , ///?Q ceno 13 W?l/U' II COl/l t^ ?7U?/T TO MAKl; IT? />NW THE-', DiPEFRENCE TW/JEN IMA' A?V pepou/v an profits -etc B?STON TO HOLD COMBINATION PASSENGER |CAR AND TRUCK Sr\OW ON MARCH 2h?i AUt/'i - < UI\Ui^\ DOtS 'IIE <?V/lNTt|TY AND RATIO OF VANADIUPI (yVRHONATtD ?T?EL. IN Tilt tfipTON /.XC?r UNDUE INFLUENCE ON ?"HE Variation i OF Hi.KMl'litA?IV it'ALEP ViftftArjONS iJUCH Ai tKt.'-T JM CYLIMP/K" DEALERS ARE URGED TO MAKE Pf?lvE -AW4V-3I NOW B?fOR? 5NJ0W3 ARE MELTED , AW ITS] too floppy. DEALERS 4I?E OPTOMIST/C OVER THE PROSPECTS OF A WO SPRING PRIVE" / / y I '? K " ..? V~N -V l?n*4M?i?5fer^ ?\iv>;^>u?^5r X Va? V<? y Seiberling Is Made! Lincoln Highway Head' Succeeding Lieutenant Colonel Henry . B. -Tay, who since the organization e?f the Lincoln Highway Association, in J913, lias been president, F. A. Seiber? ling, president of the Goodycar Tire and Rubber Company, e?f Akron, Ohio, was recently elected to the Lincoln ! Highway presidency. Mr. Seiberling has been a director e?f the Lincoln i Highway Association for the la.-t four 1 jcars and has always taken a keen in- ! t?rest in the big work being conducted. . Ho and hi.; company have contributed i a sum in execs:-, e?f $100,000 for road ; work on the desert section of the high- ! way in Utah. Though a man e?f big \ affairs in the business world, Mr. Sei- | bcrling lias expressed tlio intention of' devoting a f-;!l measure of his time to the extended programme laid out tor the coming year. With the exception of Ihe presidency, no changes were made in the officers of ; the association. Vice-Presidents Roy D. Chap?n and Cart (?. Fisher were it-i elected, as were Treasurer Emory W. (lark, Secretary A. P. Bernent and Held Secretary H. C. Ostermann. ? II. F. Campbell, of Indianapolis, n ? founder of tito Lincoln Highway As? sociation, was elected to the board ot directors of the association, and will i serve on the executive committee with the following associates for the coining ; year: President A. P. Seiberling, Vice ? President Chapin, Director A. Y. Cowan, Director I'aul Denting and Secretan : A. F Lenient. | Significant Sayings These last twelve months have not been happy limes (<.?}? the organizations burdened by over-capitalization, heavy bonded indebtedness, a weak product or feeble management.? Harru M. Jcw cit. __ H isn't nearly so difficult t<> "keep up with the times" in (he matters of aulo-I n.t;bile design as it is to resist tho, temptation to do so. ?I, T. Tilomas. Even if gasoleno were scarce, which the government assures us is not the cas?', it, would still be economy to use' in automobile. _'. ('. Howard. This year the element of performance v.-ill be the chief consideration of buy? ers of cars. George il. Siowc. A few manufacturers are usine; the war as an excuse to raise their prices! unnecessarily. They belong in the front rank of the slacker brigade.?i?. C. Jhtcxcha.w. Personal Mention Arnold Wood, who has been for some time associated with John F. Plummer us vice-president ?if Colonial Motors, Inc., has resigned. Colonial Motors,' Inc., distribute Liberty motors in this! district. Charles A. Ackcrman. for the last three years used car manager for the New York branch of the Studebaker' Corporation of America, has been ap? pointed sales manager for the Franklin Motor tar Company of New York, Franklin distributer. He will have su? pervision over both new and used car sales departments. Charles E. Riess, local Hupmobile distributer, for the month of February-, is at Palm Peach. He is accompanied by Mrs. Riess ami his son, Pyron H. P.iess. About the first of March, on his wi.y north, lie will visit his son, Ser? jeant George L. Riess, at Camp Wads worth, SparUnhurg, S. C. The King Car Corporation, local dis? tributer of the "King Eight," has been reorganized with E. A. Scheu succeeding J. D. Porter as general manager. The new organization will enlarge its sales force and inaugurate a big sales plan covering extensive territory. William C. Poertner left last week for California. Poertner, who is the National distributer, took his golf clubs r.nd his gun along with him. He is not on a business trip. Part9 Boys Work on Skates They use this idea in the big mail order houses, too. In (lie local Buick service station stockroom boys go around on roller skates collecting par!? for orders. They work }wice as fast that way. 1 New Jersey Fights1 Bad Motor Truck Law The motor truck owner;; of New Jer? sey arc? making a strong effort to have the Legislature amend the motor truck law passed last vrar, with regard lo the methods of licensing and regulat? ing the speed of motor trucks and other commercial vehicles. The. present law, it is stated, has broken down with regard to the method of licensing motor trucks and has caused almost as much confusion in its limited area of New Jersey as has the freight congestion on the railroads throughout the East over re>.il and other shipments. It was apparent as soon as tho state began to issue licenses for motor truck? at the beginning of 1918 that, the law was in a tangle, and much confusion existed. This was due to the clauso which us-od a system of size of vehicle and truck carrying capacity and size of tire as a basis fur fixing tin? license. j An owner had to have his truck weighed, produce a certificate to this effect., slat'? lis lo;i?l capacity and size of tires. Then when ?11 this figuring was done a lie. use fee was fixed, liven the clerks in the motor vehicle agent.-.' department were confused. Owners. with anywhere from live trucks un Ins!, time and money in the process of weigh? ing and figuring, and there was general dissatisfaction. The plan is to set a license fee f?.r a truck according to its capacity, with no other elements tei he figured in. Thus, so much for a one ton truck, so much for a two-ton truck, and so on. Truck-', ace designed to carry rated capacities, the maker specifying a ccr tain maximum weight of heel;?. It, is thus possible to arrive at; the average weight fur respective size trucks by tak? ing data supplied from the manufact urer. adding these figures, dividing by the total nunibor ?if vehicles considered and thereby getting the sanie results that the state now secures, '(his method, too, saves the. owner lime, expense of weighing and gives the state exactly the same results as it now obtains. This method also cuts out, all figuring ; by the. state and saves it keeping a tile for each individual truck. Depriving the Children lor Benefit of Airplanes In response to the. request from the government for an increase in the; pro eluction of castor beans, which are. to be- made into a lubricant for the Lib? erty engine, more than 100,000 acres in Texas arc to be devoted to this prod? uct. The average is fifty bushels to the acre, and a crop of 5,000.000 bushels i? Texas alone is practically assured. Motor Truck Era Is Just Dawning This is indeed the era of the mo lor truck. The commercial vehicle up to Ihc past year or two nowhere near kept pace with (he passenger car, the ratio of use being about 10 to 1 in favor of the latter. Now, with the peculiar railroad situation in Ibis country, the ?aluc of the mo? tor I ruck le>r long and short hauls is being daily demonstrated. The use of motor trucks on 1,000 mile trips j is not startling any more. For hauls in the ncighborhiwd of 100 miles the thing admits of no argu i nient. War has called away from this country thousands of commercial ve- ! hides, complete and in the chassis, j T<? Like care of the work of building j for the Allied, governments it has j been necessary for some of the lead- j ing makers of trucks to neglect the I domestic commercial tield. As a re? sult new truck companies have cut in, and cut in successfully. Every day's mail brings to this office arti- i c?es of Murions sorts ou the motor truck, proving in ready fashion just how valuable they are. ? Those Old Cars How dear t?> my heart are the cars of i my childhood, \\ hen fond recollection presents them to view; The records of those old machines, if; compiled, would Seem strange when compared -with the marks that are new. | The ?>l?l little "Loen," the small Stan-; ley steamer The "Kettle on Wheels" that could [ go fast not far; The "big" Winton "Bullet" was also a' screamer. 1 lie "Red Devil," too, was a wonder fui car. 'I hen there was the "Olds"?'twas con-i sidered a treasure, ; "Nothing to watch but tho road," so they said; Hut motoring then was not much of a pleasure, A twenty-mile ride-one would near-; 1 y be dead ! How often we had to get out and get under, The work that we did and the things' we did vow! j How dear to my heart are those cars? , and no wonder! Dear for the fact they are obsolete now! H. S. OSBORNE. Varnish Is Best to; Renew Dull Finishes Don't use "polish" or "varnish rcno ??ator'' on your car, advises the service department of the Automobile Club of America, in "Motor Travel." When the surface looks ?lull have it re-polished.' Some; of these materials cat the life out of the finish. Sonn? of them plaster it over with a waxy of greasy coat which gives it temporarily a shiny appearance, but in reality impregnates the finish and tends to destroy it. Some of them are bad because they do not remove, the dust and grime on the sur? face, but in their application grind ihcm into the finish? soon marring and scratching it beyond repair. Worst of ill, perhaps, these polishes are hard '.o get off the surface, once they are jpp'icd, arid make it, practically im ?ossiblo for the painter to refinish the ?ar when this becomes necessary. thin of the best, known manufactur? es of body varnish in the country has , ni tilo hundreds of letters from prac- : ical painters, commenting on the pol sil evil. Such expressions as these are ; frequent in the letters: "We refuse to revarnish a car that j las been polished. The old paint, coats i nust be removed elo'.vn to the wood or uetal and the car entirely refinished." ! "We refuse to guarantee a finishing ?ob 01) which polish has been used." "We really should charge extra if rolish has been used." "A job em which peilish has been isc<) may go out. ?>f the paint shop; looking fairly good, but in a few days ?r weeks the polish underneath works jp through to the surface and kills the; list re." Car owners are urged to make it an absolute rule never to allow a drop of' .)olish or renovator of any kind to be put on their cars. The proper method of caring for ?he finish is to have it washed care? fully with an easy flow of clean, cold; .cater and a clean sponge. The water; -hould not be "squirted" onto the sur? face, as this will tend to force the! Just into the finish. Do not use soap on the body of the ;ar. Even the best soaps are far too ! strong for the varnish. If proper care be used in washing the car, a good finish will last many ? months. As soon a?j tho surface be-; ?rins to have a scratched, eiull appear? ance, take it to the paint shop and ! have a coat of varnish applied. This varnish, if it. be a good varnish, : properly applied, will protect the; color and other undercoats anel put off the j day when the old paint must be re-j moved down to the wood or metal. You will save money and keep your car look ing better by following these sugges tions. The picture shows a striking Pcerhesa model with a vornan drner at the wheel. The background is peculiarly aPn""\l'fl5 -tff "* Jbtrfjihoutb. contrasted with th? ?snowy outlines we are used to. When Water Pump Works All Is Well But Be Sure it Gets the Sort of Care That Will Keep It Going Right By William H. Stewart, Jr. When the water pump works prop? erly all is well, but when it fails mat- \ .era go from bad to worse and a long : irain of troubles may follow. The eff? iciency of the cooling system depends : jpon this faithful little device, and ipon it also depends the. efficiency of the engine. When one faiis the other: fails. Tiie engine will iosc power, the cyl ?nders and ring3 may become scored, and the pistons may seiza, wrecking Lhe crankshaft and possibly breaking . the crank case. Keep o clcse watch on j the water pump. Of course, the foregoing list or troubles will not happen without pre- j liminary warning, so the careful driver, must be on the lookout for such syrup- . loins and quick to correct them when (.hey occur. Keep Shaft Bearing Lubricated The best cure for trouble is preven- ; tion; therefore- one must give tin water pump the re?iuired attention and then sec that it is doing its work prop crly. The first detail of care is lubri? cation. There shoui'l be a grease cup on the pump shaft bearing, since the shaft revolves at a fairly high rate of: speed and needs lubrication. No such provision is made on some pumps, as it ! is considered that the water working into the bearing will lubricate it suffi? ciently. Crease is used instead of oil because it stays in the bearing better. Oil will run in with the water ami be wasted. I! ?,?. ill also interfere with the cooling effect and will help to rot the rubber hose at top and bottom of radiator and any rubber gaskets that might be in use. Next, see that it is working prop? erly. The radiator must be filled and the engine started in order to observe this. Remove cap of tiller opening. On most cars the water can be seen return- ; ing as it. shoots into the top of the radiator with considerable force. But some radiator designers put a baffle-plate in front of the return pipe, which forces, the water sideways or down, so that it cannot be .-^v\i in motion, Another test must be used here; in fact it maty be used on any ear having a pump system. It is to hold the hand against the bottom of the radiator. If the bottom is hot. the pump is working; if the bottom is cold the pump is not. working. Normally the bottom of the radiator should be hol. but not e?,uitc as hot, as the top. The heat reaching the bottom is due to the action of the pump, which draws out, the water ami so makes room for more water at the top. The hot water entering at the top is con? tinually moving downward, making the bottom hot, also. If the pump stops working e?r the radiator and pipes be? come clogged the hot water is not drawn down; the draft from the fan cools the water quickly, and so the bottom of the radiator becomes cold. , It may be questioned why the bottom of the radiator is not always cold; in? asmuch as the purpose of the radiator is to co?>l the water. But this arises I from a mistaken iijea o\' the functions of the radiator and the entire cooling; system. The purpose is not to coo! the engine, but to prevent the engine from overheating. The water leaving the radiator shoul?! be still close to ..he boiling pnint, or 212 degrees Fahren-j licit. If it gets below ISn degree j the engine begins to lose power. Thus, we see that the radiator merely gets rid of some of tiie heat not all of it. Cuan] Against Leaks At ail times one should be on ?he lookout for leaks in any part of the cooling system. The usual place on tiie pump is at. tiie stuffing box. This surrounds the pump shaft, and is packed with some sort of material to prevent leakage of water from tiie in? terior. Craphite-asbestos packing is the best, but cotton Taste or cloth with seme ?-up i;r^-ci^i^ rubbed into it and rolled mW? the right shape will do as well. When the stuffing box cannot be tightened any more ami it stilt leaks. it must be repacked. This is done by unscrewing the cover and putting in as much of the rolled packing as it will hold. He very careful to lighten it just enough to prevent leaking. If too much force is applied it binds too tight? ly on the shaft, cutting into it and mak? ing it so rough that it chews up any new packing about as fast as it can bo replaced. When properly packed it should last a year without repacking, although it may need tightening occa? sional!:.. If there is a leak around Cue ?-i-iver of the pump, or if the cover has beer, removed, a new gasket should be fitted. This may be made from a piece of thick wrapping paper, but must In ap? plied with shellac in order to bolt! properly. Rubber gaskets are not ad? visable on a water puni)), since heat dis? integrates rubber. A paper gasket is easily made by lay? ing the paper over the surface and marking the outline by drawing the, thumb along it. It may then be cut out with the scissors. Another way is t<> work it out by means of a hammer, but this method would best be learned from a machinist. 1? there is any ?langer of freezing do not be satisfied by draining the system through the tap at the bottom of the radiator. There should be a drain plug at the bottom of the pump which must also be opened. The pump forms a water pocket which invites freezing with consequent bursting of tiie parts. -?-? Bionx Automobile Show Opens Doors The first annual Bronx automobile .-how, under the auspices .--of the Bronx Automobile Dealers' Association, opened -yesterday in the. Second Field Artillery Armory, 166th Street, near Third Avenue, Borough of The Bronx. The show- will continue daily from noon to 10:;!0 p. m., closing Saturday. February 1?5. Borough President Bruckner made the address of welcome. About sixty exhibitors at the Ar? mory show passenger cars, motor trucks, delivery wagons, trailers, ac? cessories, etc. Brooklyn Show Promising With a total of seventy-seven exhib? itors, the Brooklyn Automobile Show which opens February _3 in the 23( Regiment Armory, Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, has prospects of an exhib? '.ion that will surpass efforts of othe seasons. Thirty-five makes of passen ger cars will be displayed during th first week, which is exclusively an ex hibit of passenger automobiles, an? forty-two makes of business vehicle will be seen beginning March o a continuing until March 0. Tire Prices Not Soon Due To Advance Rise Is Looked For in Early Summer, When U. S. Needs More Cotton There have been reports and rumors that the prices of tires wer? about to record another advance, but as far as can be learned this is r.ot an imme? diate possibility. February I was the Jat-3 assigned by report for the forth coming ri.^e, but that day came and went Without raising a ripple. Those who know in the tire trade 6eem to expect there will be no great change in prices until perhaps the early pgr? <>f the summer. It is believed that the prie?? advance ,?.?11 c>?.ie coincidentally with the go-,-, ??rnrnent's summer call for cotton fab? ric, at present the most expensive elc inent in the manufacture of tires, itubbcr, which threatened for a time to go .hooting away up, is r.o?v selling at very low figures. But the price ob tairod for cotton, of which so much goes into the making of casings, is ?..hat has caused advances in price, nearly 32 per cent, since Dcccmbei. '1 lie government U5C3 for tents an enormous amount of cotton fabr.c of about the sun.'; texture a ; that re? quired for motor-car tins, except that it is stronger and heavier. The gov? ernment requirements for tent--, its first order, was about the amourt of cotton fabric that the entire motor-car industry uses in Mine month3, we were informed the ?ither ?lay. The next order, which will prob?.bly come alon^ in July, ???.il! call for twice that amount, it i; easy to ,-cc, therefore, why ?h?. tire makers look for another price ad? vance about the first, of the summer. Most tire builders have enough cot? ton on hand or in sight for their pres? en t needs. They are not getting an,. '.oo much, <?:' that, are! with some of ??hem production is under the point o' demand for stocking up purposes. On? manufacturer's representative told me ?ha! the- winter, ?~?>r the first lime in the history of his company, the factory ?.? a.r not taming out enough tire.s to ill! the shelves of the various sub branches and those of the dealers who are accustomed to ill no their .-'.ock: i;i the winter. The spring situation is not e.'rperted (o be so very bad. at that. The v inter has been ;o b?<l for driving that nota great many men, after all, except those who were actually forced to do so, 'nave hail their cars out on the road. An? other thing is iliat with car produc? tion cut down as it lias been. Die dc mand for equipment stocks has been less. If the demand had been fully up to the average, with cotton prices and stocks what they are. the prices would have advanced long ago. Th.? tire man refcrre?! to said that to-day's prices on ?a.singa arc about level with those of 1907. Prices sli'l clown steadily fer about, nine Tear?., reaching the lowest ;-, Ucccmber. 1916. Since, then, as stated before, the ad? vances have totalled about 32 per cent. It is worth while noting that the tire companies have been consistent in that they have reduce?! the prices for tube?. These beinpi|^ii! of rubber, and requir? ing no fabric, ought to be lower in a market characterized by lower prices for rubber, 'there is some consolation for motorists in this particular. Routing by Strip for Postal Map Road S Tie freight congestion on all of the roads in the Ka.-t has recently become so acute that even ;i e postal service has begun to suffer through delays in the delivery of second and third c!u>s mail. It is now proposed to remedy this condition by the extension of motor truck delivery to various central dis? tributing points within a radius of 100 miles of New York. The touring bureau of the American Automobile Association ; cooperating uith the postal authorities m order to establish a series of trunk route for the use of mail trucks engaged in interurban service. Si rip maps hav. been compiled covering the principa) through routes to Philadelphia, New Haven, Poughkeepsic. Middletown.Porl Jervis and other distributing centre", within one day's haul ironi New York. These strip maps ?how graphically landmarks, turns in the road, railroad crossings, bridges, etc., ami the street names in cities. They are prin'ed in four colors and are folded m such a way that they can be readily slipped into the pocket when not actually ?" use. Many of the trunk routes radiating from New York ;.re already covered hi this way. Those still umini:'lied a1';' being pushed lo completion, track driver.-? will fin?] these little mapa veri? table miik.'s of condensed information, and the A. A. A. officials believe that their advent marks a long step forward in the prevailing system of mapping local highways. Supplementing this service there*"' be kept em lile? up-to-the-minute data regarding the condition of these trunk highways, as well as the roads ofW*| i ondary importance which radiate n a'' directions from the various distnbut ing centre;. This mass of information ? is available at the New York office o. ?the A. A. A., 501 Fifth Avenue, tu ? tourists, as well as the Post office De? partment. Motor Industry Uses Little Coal tons eacn, six usea inore man ?'vv\?zz and seven consumed more than 6,000?" 000 tons each. Steel works and rolltn?? mills used more than 'J?.OO?.OOO tons during that sear, clay products com? panies more* than S.500,000, cement plants nearly 6,750,000 and paper and wood pulp mills more than 6,250,000 tons. Packing Soldiers' Goods by Hay Bales The hay baler has been utilized b> the United States government as ?* means of conserving freight car *P*ce uuier supp.ies nave Decn presses ?? bound into bales as a means of con? serving space. This could not be apnlied succ?s*' drums "' he ?at serving space. This could not be applied suc< fully, for instance, to bass drum empty lime barrels. Thirty of the ter weigh less than three kegs of ri< road ?pikes, yet they require fifty the space.