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Plan Many Economies to
Free Men for Govern
ment Service.
Th?? war service committee represent
ing th? National Automobile Dealers'
Aesociation at a meeting held in Chi
cago recently irade the following ree*
ommendations to A. W. Shaw, chair
man of the commercial economy board.
After investigating the situation it
was the opinion of the committee that
their best service to the government
would be in assisting in raising me
chanics and automobile drivers and to
accomplish this that it was necessary
to rearrange some of the practices
now prevalent in the conducting of
the retail automobile business.
National D?talera ?? Help.
F. W. A. Vesper, president of the
National Automobile Dealers* Associa
tion and chairman of the war service
committee, ?conferred with Mr. Shaw
on Tuesday of this week and arranged
that the National Assortation should
further this work and steps will be
taken to thi? ejnd immediately. Rec
ommendations m&de will receive wide
circulation and will be sent to all of
the affiliated associations in all of the
cities where dealer organizations now
??xist and in tho.*?? places where no as
sociations are already organized such
will he formed to take over the work.
In discussing ihe matter Mr. Vesper
said that automobile dealers generally
were extremely interested in this
movement and already declared thetr
willingness to co-operate with the
committee to the futlest extent.
Meetings will be held in all of the
principal cities and the proposition
will be presented to the bodies before
any immediate action will be taken.
War Ser-taire -Toaiulttee Kcport.
1. Vnnecessary Service?Careful in
vestigation has disclosed the fact that
unnecessary service, requiring the use
of mechanics, whose services might be
dispensed with and released for the
t " of the government or for work in
other channels, due to the practice of
?--u u. g free service coupon books,
???ervice card;*, and other unnecessary
work done because of a custom?for a
greet majority of the work is of minor
t'haracter. such as adjustments, etc.,
which the owner should make himself
?can be eliminated and a very ma?
Urtai saving of man power be made.
It ?sunday Work?The large propor
tion of t he mechanical work
? .on** on Sundays is occasioned
by the use of cara almost en
tirely for pleasure purposes and
is usua 11 ? emergency service on
the road. It is suggested that a proper
curtailment of this Sunday service
will bring about a material ?saving of
labor and release mechanics.
?.. Night Service?? substantial sav
ing of mechanics' lime can be mud?- by
the elimination of all-night service ex
cept where absolutely aeeeaaary for
cars used in actual essential pursuits,
including work on commercial vehicles
in use for commercial purposes and on
trucks which may require attention.
It is suggested that it is entirely prac
ticable that the work be handled at
some one designated shop or in larger
places divided up among a few, thu3
releasing a large amount of labor now
necessary to keep open a number of
?e-rhanlt-al Kdaration.
4. Education of Mechanics?It is en
tirely practical for dealers' ass-ocia
tions in larger cities to establish
(lasses for the purpose of educating
mechanics, drivers* etc., and for
shops generally to encourage appren
tices. In smaller cities, where no
association exists, classes may be
formed by the co-operation of deal
ers and could be held in garages in
the evening and at odd times.
.'?. Establishing cash basis?It has
been demonstrated that the cash
basis for labor, parts and supplies
is of great economical value, as it
??laminates' a lot of unnecessary work,
reduces clerical help and office main
tenance and reduces losses. Also,
much unnecessary work is saved when
?ash payment is required because it
has been demonstrated, in towns
working on cash basis, users do
large amount of the ordinary small
adjustment work themselves and only
call upon the mechanic when actual
necessity requires it.
*?. Education of Users?It is clearly
evident that users are not properly
informed regarding the handling of
the cars, thus making demands for |
service an.A unnecessary work ex-1
iremely great. If a user is properly
instructed in the handling of his car
?and urged to keep his *car properly
?Our-pp-ed. to see that his tools are
in order and all there, that his jack
is In working condition, that his
?atra inner tube and other extra
equipment is in proper repair, a large
amount of unnecessary mechanics'
time will be saved, as it has been
demonstrated .by investigation that a
larg? proportion of the emergency
work Is occasioned because the users*
equipment is not in proper condition
so that he can take care of his emer
gency or road repairs himself.
Stappale et Waste.
7. Elimination of Waste?Inquiry de
velop? the fact that a great deal
of material, such as gasoline, oil.
grease, etc., can be saved by proper
.-?hop methods, and immediate steps
have been taken to canvass this im
l>ortant matter in systematic manner.
8. Reduction in Demonstrating Ex
pense?While- not a general practice,
yet In some localities a large reduc
tion In the number of demonstrating
cars and cars used by salesmen will
show a material sa?, ing in expense
for tbe dealer as well as time re
quired in keeping these demonstrat
ing cars in order.
Melvin T. Copland, secretary of the
board, fh acknowledging report of
the commltte?, said: "We are glad
to learn that your committee has
gone Into the subject so thoroughly
In working out measures of conserv
ing materials and labor In your trade.
Inder present conditions it is highly
mportant that every practical means
?f conservation be put Into? effect in
der to aid In carrying on the war."
Mr. Vesper called a meeting of the
itnittee and board of directors of
National Automobile Dealers* As
oli, to meet in ?St. Louis early
. at which time plans will
l?ated to carry on Um work
A , rrfiiia ?- -*-fil'
Here Are Pictures of Some Late Arrivals
Our genial friend, A. J. Woodruff,
of the Woodruff Motor Company, 13__
Fourteenth street, has a few words
to ?ay on co-operation:
"This is a period when co-operation
counts. Every little thing you do to
aid human efficiency helps that cause
in which we are all detertnined to win.
"Mr. Motorist, did it eve*? occur to
you that by filling that empty seat in.
your car on your way to business,
you would "Te performing a patriotic
service at slight cost or inconvenience
to yourself?
"You know what your car means to
you. You say you couldn't very well
get aJon? without it. You say It oc
cupies the same relation to time and
money as does the elevator, the tele
phone, the typewriter and the adding
machine. You are enthusiastic about
what it does for you, and you are
exactly right about it, too.
"Now, then, if you can save minutes
and enjoy better health by driving to
business, why not pick up a few folks
on the way? Why not make it avail
able for them to get to their duties
earlier, cleaner, brighter, more fit and
ready? Maybe *heir car is laid up.
Maybe they do not own one.
"You see them crowding into a trol-.
ley car or waiting impatiently for the
next one. You see them again emerg
ing from the same packed, poorly
aired car,^bedraggled and out of sorts.
You sympathize with them, as you
"Translate that sympathy into ac
tion. Give them a lift. It won't cost
you much gas and it will do you a
lot of real good, spreading good fel
lowship in that way."
1. Keep to the right, especially on
turns. This does not mean right cen
ter. In the event of an accident, nine
tinte? out of ten. If you're on the
right you're tn the right.
5. Stay clear of the car track? when
ever you can. You'll save tires, as
well aa the temper? of many in the
trolley behind. Remember that the
tracks are reserved chiefly and pri
aarlly for the trolley.
X The trai?c policeman i? your
friend. Regard him as ?uch. Co-op
erate, don't hinder. If you adopt the
latter course you'll find yourself in
court, anyway. The bluecoat In the
center of the street has the same re
lation to you as the watchman at a
railroad crossing.
4. Don't Indulge In "friendly races"
In city street? The resulta ire tw
frequently painful in more waya than
sign just as the policeman is chang
ing the signal. If you're traveling
south a driver of a car going east may
also attempt to pass the corner as
the sign turns. Then you'll be get
ting nil your mail at a hospital for a
6. Use your horn judicially in warn
In-? pedestrians. The average automo
bile horn has an effect just the oppo
site of what is desired; it frightens
and causes indecision.
?? You and your car will have a
longer life if you give the benefit of
doubt to the other vehicle. We neeo
fmore courtesy of the road, anyhow.
The Long Island Railroad say-3: "Bet
ter wait a minute at a crossing than
an hour in a doctor's office." The
same applies on the streets.
S. A wet street- Is a dangv trail. On
rainy daya most drivers are careful.
The time to watch also is at night In
spring and ?ummer when you pass
here and 'there through a street or
avenue Just flushed, when your tires,
of course, are without chains.
9. Be careful In leaving your ma
chine on a steeply inclining atreet.
There have been three cases in ae
many weeks of auto? plunging down
those streets.
10. The trafile courts are overbur
dened with trials for offenders who
might have avoided trouble easily ir
they had observed some simple reg
Less tire trouble and greater mileage
will result if the motoriat watchec
the seemingly unimportant details
That the Maxwell Motor Car is the long distance champion o.
the world.
You have read that a "stock" Maxwell 5-passenger car ran (or
44 days and nights without stopping the motor.
And that, in the 44 days non-stop test, the Maxwell covered
22,022 miles, at an average speed of 25 miles per hour.
But have you, up to now, realized the full significance of that
(By the way, the average was nearly 10,000 mile$ .ptr \irc.)
Toorin??, 5-pt_MMf?
$825.00 $825.00 $1,275.00
Pitee??At the Factory.
A limited number of Maxwell Track? for immediate delivery.
H. B. Leary, Jr.
14th ?5t N.W.
Phone. ___"??G
***? *'?**??." ^----j--:^-?'-??"----??
about hi? car, advises the B. F. Good
rich Rubber Company.
One source of trouble that many
motorists overlook is the rim, which
If allowed to rust can cause a tire to
deteriorate about a? quickly ss any
other way. A very good way to avoid 1
this trouble I? to keep your rims cov
ered with regular rim paint.
If you use clincher rims it 1? a goorl
policy to examine them occasionally
for irregularitt?*-? as well as for rust.
If persons watch these little details
they are bound to have better success
in getting service from their tire*.
.general Improvement of
Traffic Conditions Result
of Development.
Development of the motor truck and
trailer aa a transportation factor in
enterica, relieving the railroad cong?**
t.ort, la bringing about tirne-saving and
labor-saving methods in loading and
unloading the trucks at tnterrnediate
-?oints, and Is developing rapidly ways
_nd means for the improvement of
transportation conditions generally to
?nable the truck masters to mast even ?
railroad prices en transportation, an?,
make a reasonable profit upon their
labor and upkeep of transportation
units. One plan which has b-een pro
posed to me meets with unqualified
approvai. A gentleman came to me
?ome days ago with a plan of relayed
trailers over a rather lengthy through- I
rreight route. It is his plan to load
through freight on the truck, and to
then take tn tow trailers for th*- Tir.?-*
main station along the route, at which
point the trailer would be dropped, snd
another containing local freight for
rtoints along the route to*the next main
nation would be taken in tow. In
this case on a route of MO miles ti\e
trailers would he used, each for local
freight. Another excellent suggestion
made to me has points of merit. This
plan calla for division* tn the truck
one for each main city on the rout?
Merchandise for each point would he
then quickly removed and other mer
chandlse loaded In the compart m< ? *
for a city farther along. That would
add materially to the speed of trans
portation methods, and would aav?
confusion. Another suggestion covers
a loading platform arranged saw
tooth style, allowing the loading of
the truck and its unloading, from both
back and aide, at the same time. Trail
era would alao be loaded In this way.
and the truck and trailer would then
be required to lose no time at sii in
starting out on a trip or restarting
from a reloading station. These and
many other plana either now or about
to be In operation will materiali*, ri
duce the expense of tra-_sportation of
merchandiae. and also enable trans
portation companies using traile-?? in
meet railroad rates and still make a
profit when that time shall have ai
ri ved. as it will some time, when tho
war shall have ended and when ral -
roads have the power to handle th*
transportation which they cannot do
now. Shipment by trucks and by trat
era will be favored at all times, with
the expense about equal, for time vu
he saved for all time in motor truck
transportation over raiiroa?>, which
are bound to be congested, under im
proved conditions which will
after the war.
Stray piece* of copper wire have
many usea. but it oft-en Is necessary
to straighten out wire that has al
ready been used. See that t**< *e
are no sharp bends or kinds In the
wire and straighten out hy hand any
i*iich that are round. Faaten an
? nd of the wire to some firm an
chorage, grip It In the vise if ?**' 1
be. Loop th?* other end of the
wir? around the hammer handle or
similar instrument, and then pull
out the length of wire. Repeat this
operation as often as necessary. If
the wire ia of soft coper it ai-1
stretch a little, which improve? it.
In some cars looseness of the ar
gine bolts, those holding the motor
in place, may cause misalignm* r *
of the engine, and serious trouble
msy result. If there is even _: c *
looseness of the bolts it may per
mit the motor support to hammrr
and pound, and in time the support
ing arm may actually break.
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