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OTOGING
BY HOWARD S. FISK.
WITH the final completion of
the highway between the
National Capital and Leo
: ardtown. Md.t the dream
of the motorists and resi
dents of that section of lower Mary
' , 11.i !,;,s at last come true. Today
th< r. ?\ists an ideal roadway to this
historic town on the Potomac river,
i ml it is hard to believe that such a
change could be brought about within
such .? brief space of time. I'p to with
in i few years ago, when the writer
blazed the trail through the deep sands
?.f Maryland to Leonardtown, little had
ever been heard of the town and less
1
j fith and Tib streets northwest. Mrs.
j Surratt, it will remembered, was con
| victed and hung in connection with the
conspiracy which resulted in the as
sassination of President Lincoln by .John
Wilkes Booth. For a number of years
the town bore the name of Surratts
ville, but this was later changed to
Clinton post office, which is the present
name of the village.
Strike Concrete Road at T. B.
From Clinton the route led directly
into the village of T. B., where our
odometer registered lf<.'> miles. Turning
to the right in front of the post office
we entered upon a splendid concrete road,
which we followed directly into Waldorf,
24.u miles from our starting point. On
is through a slightly rolling country,
surrounded on both sides with fertile
farm lands. The macadam road ended
just as we struck the corporate limits
of Leonard town. Through the town
there exists a gravel road, which nat
urally ? !ill not compare with the fine
road wi had just motored over.
Turning to the right into the main
street of the town we pulled up in front
of the town square, with 55.7 miles
I registered on the odometer of the ma
! chine. We arrived at Leonardtown at
j n o'clock, where we stopped an hour for
l dinner. The return trip was over the
same route.
The outing proved to be a most en
joyable one, despite the brisk north
west wind. which blew steadily
throughout the entire day. No stops
for mechanical or tire trouble were
1915 Auburn Deliveries.
Among those who purchased 1915
I Auburn I -3?> touring cars during the
! past week were John O. Slve of the
i secret service, who is stationed at tho
j White House: Henry C. Finkel and
j Harry Elder. A model 4-y? roadster
j of the same make was also delivered
?to I>r. J. B. Greg*; Custis, jr.
Studebaker Deliveries.
During the past week 1915 Stude
baker "Sixes" were delivered to J. W.
Beasley, Leopold Birkle and John A.
Murphy: a four-cylinder touring car
of the same make to A. L. Haislip and
Francis P. Daily a roadster.
HIGHWAY BETWEEN NATIONAL CAPITAL AND LEONARDTOWN, MD.
-*? '-V
^elvwntovjn: Hwhe-svili?. Road
HNTE3UNQ- JiuqHESVlLLE,
srs?* v a a> n n i) s
ggga g ^-r?
?-r ? - J" Yn f ?r r> <Y ^ rr y <r fr 11
CONCKE.'IE.^OAD THRJXTC5K CjH?3LL,OTTE.3$*LTJ Old guRRftTTTJioME^STEAD
t half a dozen motorists had gath
i .j. < ourage enough to attempt the
t i p.
\ mmi? of macadam about fourteen
r , ? ii. leiiKth was constructed sev
\.irs uk" northward from Leo
. idtown to Merhanicsvllle, w here the
-v.'mtos:, I'otomac and Chesapeake
? ? i r?? i ruinates. From Washing
-?? ir?i >. .? r?l to Waldorf a tine road
? '<??<?.! cotisiructt-d, hut it was the
, s i . t .v?'?n Waldorf and Mechanics
' proved such a "husrbear" to
? ovists. The sand in places was
?! .. u?ot deep. and the going was
? ? ? ,'?us that few owners of auto
,.l.lies ? tred to abuse their machines
the puri*?se of making the run. As
? -11!* of such conditions a motor
i- wh.? r appeared on the scene proved
he quite :< novelty and the center of
traction
Smooth Roadway All Along.
oday ever> thing- is entirely changed.
There Jr no deep sand to plow through,
. o boiling over of radiators, nor rutty
?oeds to negotiate. Instead, there Is a
-nooth, velvetlike roadway, passing
' trough farm lands rich In production
r.d attractive scenery every mile of the
ay. The distance from Washington to
-eonardtown Is about fifty-six miles,
aklng a delightful day's run in a motor
ar.
The run was made a few days ago
a party of lo^al motorists, who, tak
p advantage of the excellent weather
? ordltions. selected Leonardtown as
ie objective point. The trip was made
the same bi>c T^ocomobfle 6-"48"
touring car which recently negotiated
the 300-mile run to Cumberland and
? turn in one day. At the wheel was
tf. A. Jenks, manager of the Wash
nj*ton branch of the Locombile Com
pany of America; Harry E. Ducksteln,
J. Sutton and The Star's automobile
scribe.
1-eavtng the National Capital at noon
.?? route was out Pennsylvania ave
nue southeast to 11th street, where we
t jrned to the right and headed for
.v.uostia Crossing the new bridge
?toss the Anacostla river we turned
?'? the left Into Good Hope road.
* * * ?
Arrive at Good Hope.
< ?:i arriving at the little village of
Good Hope, 4.J> miles out, we turned
to the right, bearing to the left at the
? e\t fork into Walker road and con
tinuing' 011 to Silver Hill, 6.9 miles. The
oad from Good Hope to the District
? ? is badly worn in places, but after
rossing the line we picked up with an
i.-.tl macadam road. At Silver Hill we
rook the right fork, and within a
-Uort time we were passing through
Corners, otherwise known as
'?up Springs, another small settle
? it. situated on the main road. Camp
> pi inns is K?.4 miles from Washington.
Traveling in a southerly direction,
?f 11i 11 ued over the smooth stretch
? lii-liw;i \ and pulled into Clinton
1 ? ost o*1i<??? formerly known as Surratts
iIWe halted there for a brief
period in order to view the old Sur
itt- home on the left side of the
oad, opposite the post ofTiee. It was
iri the old homestead that Mrs. Surratt
Jived befor? her removal t ?? Wash
ington, where she later conducted a
boarding house on 1I street between
arriving at the outskirts of the town wo :
turned sharply to the left, leaving the j
good road behind us. Motoring slowly
through the place we found a good gravel
thoroughfare on the other side of the
town, this same type of roadway extend
ing to the next town on our itinerary,
Bryantown, 30.7 miles from the National
Capital.
Bearing slightly to the left we motored
over the road which has only recently '
been completed between this point and i
Hughesville, less than four rniles distant. I
The road is of the gravel type, but. very j
wa\y i n places. The road has been
straightened out in many places, and is
a decided improvement over the old sandy .
road which formerly existed between the }
two towns This road brought its into {
Hughesville from the north. Passing ,
directly through the town, we proceeded [
over th?- new concrete road which has
been constructed through Charlotte Hall '
and on to Mechanicsville. The new road ;
parallels the railroad tracks as it passes .
through the renter of the town, Char- j
lotte Hall is H8.1' miles from Washington. !
* * * *
Inviting Highway Continues.
The same inviting highway continues I
beyond Charlotte Hall to Mechanicsville
Hero the concrete road terminates, but a
velvetlike macadam road is encountered.
The town of Mechanicsville is one of the
busiest In this section of Maryland, being
the terminus of a railroad. The mail
matter for points further south are sent
to the Mechanicsville post office, dis
tributed and then shipped by automobile
to the various post offices in that vicinity
The run to Helen iiost office, five miles
to the south, is a short one. Care should
be exercised on arriving at this point, as
the road makes a vharp turn to the left.
Helen h* 46 6 miles distant from this
city.
The next town en route is Morganzu.
where a decided curve to the right in
the center of the town puts a crimp
in the straightaway driving and re
quires careful handling of a machine,
as the turn is no sooner negotiated
than the front wheels are immediately
: swung into a left turn over a concrete
culvert. It reminds one more of an S
turn in a road race than the typical
highway. At Morganza the odometer
of the machine registered IS.I miles.
After pulling the stiff grade on tl?e
southern extremity of the town we
next passed through 1-oveville, swing
ing to the left as we motored along.
* * * *
Fertile Lands Border Road.
Along the road from this point men
were engaged in widening the shoul
ders of the road and trimming up the
embankments on the sides. The road
f Gasoline, 12c.
WHY PAY MORE?
\ew Kqiilpmrnf.
ORUVERIEil AT 4 I IIII.
Wm. P. Barnhart & Co.,
made during: the day's run, which add- ;
ed greatly to the pleasure of the trip.
Itinerary of. Bun.
The itinerary of the run was as fol
io w s:
MUe
??.'?
:t.4
4.K
10.4
12;?
1 Hit
?JJ.O
7
.'{4.4
41.?;
4?;.?
4S.1
Town<
Wrtshingtou. l>.
. Aiia<?o*tis
Hop"
SJlv.T Hill
.' ainp Springs
' linton P. (t. . . .
52.3
50. ft
48. S
43.3
4J.S
B.
T.
Walflorf
. Krvantown
. J lii^h^svilJf
f'lisirlolt* Hail
.M<?rzHii7.ii
l.eoimnlit.wu
Motor Tour Across Continent.
The present year will find a numl?c
of motorists crossing the continent to
i attend the San Francisco exposition
{The firm of H. W. Dunning & Co. ol
Boston has arranged for motor tours
leaving the "Huh" in May, June and
.Italy, returning from San Francisco in
July, August and September. The
route will he along the famous L?ineoln
i highway and the scenic Midland trail.
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A New Pierce-Arrow Owner.
\ fierce-Arrow 7-48 touring car, fully
equipped, was purchased last week by
Senator Henry F. Uppitt of Rhode Is
land.
Electric Meeting This Week.
A meeting of the Washington section
of the Klectric Vehicle Association of
America will be held Thursda.s evening
at 8 o'clock, at. the offices of the Po
tomac Fleetri*' Power Company. A
feature of the meeting will be the dis
play of motion pictures of the Fnited
States Life-saving Service, which will
he shown for the tirst time, prior to
being sent to the San Francisco expo
sition.
Six Cylinder Used Cars
From 50% to 30% Off List Price
1914 Locomobile "48" 7 Pas. Touring $3,100
Completely equipped up to now.
Rebuilt and newly painted.
Guaranteed as new.
1913 Chalmers Special Speedster $900
Full equipment.
Excellent condition.
1914 Pullman "46" 5 Pas. Touring $1,400
Equipped with wir^ wheels.
electric starting and lighting
system, and otherwise completely
equipped.
1913 Chalmers Six 5 Pas. Touring $1,000
With all up-to-date equipment.
including seat covers.
1912 Locomobile 7 Pas. Touring; Car $1,500
Repainted.
Guaranteed as new.
Attractive Terms if Desired.
The Locomobile Company of America
Washington Branch
H. A. JENKS, Resident Manager,
1124 Conn. Ave. Tel. N. 2030
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BUILD TRACTORS FOR V. S.
Waverley Electric Company's Prod
uct to Be Used at Bremerton Yard.
Electric shop tractors of a special
type are being: built by the Waverley
Electric Company, Indianapolis, Ind.,
on order from the United States gov
ernment for the navy yard at Bremer
ton, Puget sound. They are designed
for transporting loads of three tons
about the navy yard.
Structural steel construction of rec- j
tangular chassis frames reinforced!
with longitudinal cross members, cast- 1
steel wheels with twenty-four-inch
solid tires, a structural steel bumper
on the tractor braced against head-end
collision, short and wide riveted steel
platforms surmounted by steel turn
tables?the first impression might well
be that of a gun platform for an
armored car.
Yet the purely industrial purpose for
which they were designed becomes evi
dent on closer inspection. When trac
tor and trailer are fully loaded with
three tons each they will have a maxi
mum speed of five and a half miles an
hour running on the level.
A thirty-cell twenty-one plate bat
tery is provided for this not extrava
gant speed, and it is ample for a mile
age of thirty miles on a single charge.
The driver's seat is offset from the
body of the tractor, giving room for
the longest beam that could be carried
on ordinary flat cars. The ends of such
u beam will rest on the two turn
tables. giving it free play for turning
as the cars round the corners of a
building or pass from the main run
I way to a cross aisle. The turntables
are of great use also in loading and
unloading beams, angles and plates.
Ford Deliveries Last Week.
The sale artd delivery of 1915 Ford
cars for the past week were reported
yesterday as follows:
Touring?John D. Green, C. L. Con
stantini. Max Raum, M. E. Hays, J. H.
Carter, Darwin Weaver, L. W. Beeson,
Lieut. Commander J. P. Murdock, M.
I* Brashears, M. T. Ebert, Dr. J. P.
Gunion, Thomas D. Collins, C. W.
Clagett, S. M. McCall, C. W. Hardesty,
J. W. Miller. M. Becker. H. P. Ander
son, T. A. E. Hodgklnson, Edith
Thompson and W. B. Wallich.
Runabouts?Leroy Livingston, A. A.
Weschler, Charles J. Langmead, Roy
T. Lassly, F. P. May Hardware Com
pany, W. II. Hall, J. A. Turner, Walter
O'Hara and Singer Sewing Machine
Company.
Delivery wagons-1?Ed J. .Tarvis, Os
car R. Weber, H. T. Gover and Na
tional Electric Supply Company.
Town car, Ten Eyck Wendell.
On Inspection Tour.
Sales Director Norval A. Hawkins of
the Ford Motor Company lias left on
a six-week inspection tour of Ford
branches and dealers through the
south and southwest. Mr. Hawkins
will include in his trip Los Angeles and
San Francisco.
Has Successful Trip.
William P. B&mhart of the firm of
William P. Bamhart & Co.. returned
last week from a seven-week trip
through Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, West
Virginia and Pennsyvania in the inter
est of the King and Pullman lines. He
reports closing contracts for several
hundred cars, delivery of over 100 hav
ing been made since he left this city.
He stated on his return that he found
business conditions excellent and the
farmers placing orders for cars in lartfc
numbers. He leaves today for Clarks
burg-, W. Va., and 011 his return will
go to Charlotte, X. C.. Tuesday morn
ing.
An Electrical Visitor.
E. P. Chalfant, secretary of the Elec
trlc Automobile Manufacturers' Asso
ciation, visited all of the local electric
motor car dealers Friday. In the even
ing: he held a meeting: at the Ebbitt
House, at which time he told his au
ditors the progress made by the asso
ciation in its work and other matters
of interest to the local dealers.
wood, jr.: Gen. H. <5. Sharpe, I'nited
States Army: Mrs. William <\ Blundon
and the A. V. M. Spring: Wheel Com
pany.
Appointed Battery Representative.
The firm of Charles Rubel & i'o.. 1312
14th street northwest, has been ap
pointed representative in the National
Capital and vicinity for the Willard
Storage Battery Company of Cleveland.
Ohio.
motors of Antwerp, Belgium: 1! ?
other was Mr. de Jong's ns^oeiai*
1 *. Citroen, who repr?-suits the Miner\.
'onipanv in th? British empire and
now stationed in London. Both of thes
European manufacturers express- ?
their amazement, not only at the un
equaled size of the Ford' piant ati<
operation, but at the system and pro
gressive eftteien y that malce 30?\
motor cars a year possible.
Belgians Visit Ford Plant.
1915 Cadillac Deliveries.
During the past week 1915 eight
cylinder Cadillac seven-passenger tour
ing cars were delivered to T. W. Lock
Two of the prominent figures in the
motor car industry of Europe were
guests at the Ford Motor t'ompany
plant recently.* one was S. ?ie Jong,
administrator-director of the Minerva
Orders Seven-Passenger Chandler.
Mrs. Julia I. Saunders is the latest
1 purchaser of lceven-passenge'"
| Chandler "light-weight six' touring
car. l>eliver\ will l?.? made In the nea
future. Messrs. Uagan and Taylor ha\?
! also placed an order for a ? ar of the
1 same type.
The Henderson-Rowe Auto Co.
Announce the Arrival of the
MONROE
LIGHT ROADSTER
A thoroughly up-to-date, powerful and comfortable auto
mobile.
96-inch wheel base, three-speed sliding gear transmission,
overhead valve motor, Zenith non-adjustable carburetor,
weight, 1,325 pounds. Built after the best modern automobile
engineering practice?light, strong and complete. 30 miles on
one gallon of gasoline.
Equipped with Auto-Lite electric starting and lighting sys
tem.
F.O.B. Flint
Phone Main 3543
1012 14th St. N.W.
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World's Foremost Electric Automobile
Social and financial leaders are the best judges of style, quality and values and demand the best obtainable.
At any important social event or at places where "PEOPLE VVORTH WHILE" congregate you will see at
least three DETROIT Electric equipages to one of all other electrics combined.
The Electrics That Experts Choose
Men of action, men with red blood in their veins, who do the world's work, and do it well, learn to appreci=
ate things at their REAL WORTH. They are not fooled by frills?they demand HONEST VALUE.
Consider this list of men who oWn and use DETROIT ELECTRIC CARS
Alodel 50?Detroit Electric Cabriolet, showing top up and top down.
THOMAS A. EDISON, Greatest
Electrical (ienius of the Age.
OK. CHARLES P. STEINMETZ,
World's Greatest Electrician.
HENRY FORD, President, Ford
Motor Co.
C. H. WILLS, Factory Mgr, Ford
Motor Co.
HENRY B. JOY, President, Pack
ard Motor Car Co.
LEE COUNSELMAN, Vice Pres.
and Gen. Mgr., Chalmers Motor
Co.
GEO. W. DUNHAM, Chief Engi
neer, Chalmers Motor Co.
J. FRANK DLRVEA, Vice Pres.
and Factory Mgr, Stevens-Dur
yea Automobile Co.
HOWARD MARMON, Pres, Nor
dyke & Marmon Co.
S. J. KL'QL A, Vice Pres, Cole Mo
tor Car Co.
J. W ALTER DRAKE, Pres, Hup
mobile Motor Car Co.
GILBERT W. LEE,
Lozier Motor Co.
Director,
Pres.,
CHARLES J. BUTLER,
Morgan & Wright Co.
C. J. MOORE, Operating Manager,
Packard Motor Car Co.
Model 52?5-passenger Brougham?Duplex Drive.
The choice of these men? ALTIIOKITII S J'AT.KY < >.\ K OF THEM?forms the greatest tribute ever paid to the
Detroit Electric. These experts know automobile values: thev understand mechanical construction; they are familiar with
materials; they require style and sheer intrinsic merit in the electric they drive.
And their experience has led them to choose the Detroit Electric" above all others. ?
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