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BY HOWARD S. FISK.
T 'HE attention of local motorists will be focused this week on the second annual sociability run of the "Washington sec tion of the' Electric Vehicle Association of America, which is sched uled to take place Wednesday afternoon. "The start will be made from the Con necticut avenue entrance to the Z<>o .logical Park, down the hill past the animal houses, turning to the left be fore crossing the bridge. I'p the road, past the shops and through the ford case of a foreseen accident. The device is a broad plate in the bottom of he car. which one's feet would naturally touch. This throws off the current and sets the brakes, and it is impossible to start the car again until the foot is removed and the current once more thrown, on. Only one speed forward and one speed backward are used. Maxwell "25" Deliveries. During the past week 1915 Maxwell "25" touring cars were delivered to T. M. Haves, Leonardtown Auto Company, M Levin. L. K. Springer and J. Hoy Thompson. Studebaker Purchasers Last Week. Among those who purchased 193 5 Studebaker cars last week were "W. H. Ritchie, H. B. Hilton, Mrs. It. C. Fair banks. Eugene E. Thompson, C. C. Case, and H. F. W'oodard, a six-cylinder car of the same make. Will Sell Wintons. W. J. McLean, for some time past con nected with the Zell Motor Car Com pany, has become associated with T. Lamar Jackson, local representative for the Winton line, and will devote his at tention to the sale of this car. ATTRACTIVE ROAD SCENES ON ELECTRIC SOCIABILITY RUN TO BE HELD WEDNESDAY. and straight ahead to Pierce's Mill the | route continues. i From this point on the route is , through a picturesque section, being as follows: Cross the bridge at Pierces Mill, turn sharp to the right around the mill and continue straight out. follow ing the creek. T?on't turn to the right or left until Military road is reached (don't turn into Morrow road 3.6 miles from starting point), then turn to the right up Military road (4.3 miles from Stert) to Brightwood. Turn back alone: Colorado avenue (Old Piney branch road) to 16th street; down 16th street to I.*fayette square, turning to the left at H street; passing: the Belasco and turning ricrht into Pennsylvania ave DQe, passing in front of the hite House, turning to the left between the President's office and the State, ar and Nan building, along the right side of the Ellipse to the 17th street en trance to Potomac Park; west on the north drive to the end of the park, thence east on the river drive to the point where the new drive will be Opened to permit parking the cars. The distance is about twelve miles. The attar will be a free-for-all ?vent, and while local automobile dealers will be permitted to enter the run. they will participate as non-con testants and will not be eligible for prizes. The hour of the start has been set for 4 o'clock. At the conclusion of the run a basket lunch will be served. There will be about twenty prizes for the contestants. The first prize will be a silver vase; second prize, silver bowl and spoon; third prize, silver basket, and fourth prize, silver picture frame. The other prizes will be of a varied character, including many accessories for automobiles. A feature of the run will be the man ner in which the winner will be picked in the contest. The elapsed time of each contestant will be taken, and after being compiled the atverage time will be tak'-n according to the number of entries. The time of the contestant coming nearest to this time will be declared winner of the event, and those finishing in order next on down the line until all of the prizes have been awarded. The contestants will be sent on their way by Starter William Jose prompt ly at 4 o'clock. Others who will of ficiate at the start, acting in the capac ity of Judges, timers ami checkers, will be K. Bruce Emerson, H. E. Duckstien, ?' M. Marsh. J J. Bart ram and James . W. Orme. At the finish will be Fred L. Harveycutter, W. P. Hose and How ard S. Fisk, who will check the cars in and record the time of each of the en trants as it crosses the tape line. A j number of entries have already been I received, and from present indications the number of contestants this year will greatly exceed that of last year. electHesIt OLD-TIME PUSH CHI Little Carriers. Seating Two Persons, Are Used at Coast Expositions. Little electric chairs, seating two persons, and limited to a speed of three and one-half miles an hour, are a means of transport which is in exten sive use at the San Diego exposition, and latterly at the San Francisco ex position. These are called electriquettes, and the popularity they have attained at the California expositions has spread to a few of the ocast resorts in Cali fornia, and a number of the little chairs are humming about Venice and Santa Monica, where they have driven out the the old-time push chair. The ears owe their popularity chiefly to the ease with which they are operated, and the fact that In their complete form, as at San Diego, they are practically fool-proof, the only pos sible accident being an occasional Jam into the curbstone. As the speed is limited to three and one-half miles an hour at the exposition, the danger of these accidents is not very great. Weight Is 300 Pounds. The specially built motor is of one half-horsepower, twelve volts, and bat teries are used. The weight of the en tire car, with Its wicker top. Is 300 pounds, exclusive of the weight of the two or three passengers it ordinarily carries and the two or three extra who are sometimes loaded aboard when business is particularly heavy. The charging station on the Isthmus, or amusement street, has a capacity of 200 vehicles, something in excess of the total number at San Diego. The San Francisco exposition is not yet thoroughly equipped with them and has left off the safety device, which is a special feature at San Diego. By means of this there is utilized the quit* natural habit of bracing one's feet in POLICY PROVES POPULAR. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. to In crease Stock for More Partners. For the past ten years the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company has followed a policy of making "young partners" of such of its employes as have shown special ability and rendered highly effi cient service by making them com mon stockholders in the company. The Goodyear company has 235 of these young partners at the present time? branch managers, department heads, factory foremen and others, who have distinguished themselves by special service. The result of this policy has been so satisfactory that the company now proposes to extend it. The organiza tion has grown mightily in the past few years, just as the business has grown, and more candidates for "young partnership" are under consideration. To that end a stockholders' meeting will be held June 1 to authorize an in crease in the company's common stock, as all the present authorized common is outstanding and none is available for the proposed distribution. Effect of Traffic Regulation. Traffic regulation is becoming so common throughout the country that motorists at large are rapidly accus toming themselves to the figure of the human semaphores at street intersec tions and are learning to obey his ren dition of the sign language with good grace. Most drivers, too, have learned that traffic regulation is quite as much a benefit to themselves as to any one else, even though its requirements at times may be annoying. Probably it never occurs to the average driver, though, that matters would be consid erably expedited were he to Indicate to the officer what his intended move ments are. It really makes a good deal of difference to the man on post wheth er a car is going straight through an intersection or will make a turn to right or left. His work can be mate rially assisted if a simple gesture is made by the driver to show his intend ed movements. ELS HOW 10 CHARGE STORAGE BATTERIES E. B. Neeley Gives Instructions for Individual Owner of Electric Cars. "The instructions for charging: stor age batteries regularly given by the manufacturers are designed primarily for the individual owner," said F. B. Neeley an electric storage battery expert, a few days ago, "and, in most instances of this character, the method given is probabl^ the best that can be applied under the circumstances, but, for ga.rages where a number of batteries are regularly charged, it is frequently possible to adopt a more efficient and economical system." In addressing the members of the Washington section of the Electric Ve | hide Association of America, on this [subject recently, Mr. Neeley continued: "The constant potential charging sys tem is based upon the fact that 'exide* batteries will take efficiently, and without injury, any charging current which will not cause excessive gassing or high temperatures. Before using this system it is important that all of the wiring in the charging circuit, whether in or out of the car, be of sufficient carrying capacity for the rates which the battery will take. In many cases the fuses and wiring are too light. "In following this method the vol tage of the charging source should be fixed at about 2.3 volts per cell of i battery to be charged. In cases where ! the voltage of the charging line is | more than this, C. E. M. F. cells are placed in series with the battery, each C. E. M. F. cell being figured at about 3 volts. For example, if 44 cells are to be charged, they, at 2.3 volts, would j require 101 volts. If the voltage of i the charging line is 115, this would mean an excess of 14 volts, requiring 5 C. E. M. F. cells in series with the battery. A battery in any state of dis 9|j?-. TO build actually the best vehicles?to build them with the highest ideals In mind?to build them so that they offer the greatest amount of comfort, luxury and safety?to build them as perfectly as modern machinery and methods will per mit?to build them so that you will take pride in acknowledging: ownership?to build them with the intention of giving: the customer all that he is paying for?to build so that the vehicle is incomparable?has always been the earnest aim of The Rauch & Lang Carriage Company. Reputation and Success, there fore, have been logical and not accidental. The Bartram Electric Garage "The I.nrurnt Exclusive Electric Garage In Washington" 1204-S N. H. Atc. N.W. (at M at.). Pkone W. 488 Ju World's Foremost Electric Automobile ANNOUNCING A NEW MODEL Model 55 Special The Greatest Value Ever Offered in an Electric Automobile Delivered in $2,450 Washington, D. C. Six Other Models to Select From EMERSON & ORME B??SSff&S charge can be put on charge with the voltage properly adjusted In this man ner, and it will automatically take the current without further attention until the end of the charge. A fully dis charged battery will take a very high charging rate at the start, but the rate will taper off as the charge progresses and 'will finish considerably below the finishing rate mentioned in the general instructions. Fixed resistance will not answer for this purpose, owing to its varying characteristics with changing rates. Rate for Boosting the Battery. "There are some operating conditions under which sufficient mileage is not gotten from one charge, and it is neces sary or desirable to boost the battery or charge at a comparatively high rate for a short time. Cells may be boosted when fully discharged, or when only partially discharged. The rate at which boosting may safely be done is ar rived at by dividing the number of am pere hours actually discharged from the battery b- one, plus the time in hours available ror boosting. For ex ample, if 100 ampere hours have been discharged from a battery and there is available one hour boosting, the rate would be 50 amperes for one hour, and 50 ampere hours would be put back Into the battery. An idea may be had of the results that can be obtained by constant potential boosting from the following: "With a battery fully discharged, 22 per cent of the capacity can be put back in 20 minutes; 38 per cent in 40 minutes and 50 per cent in one hour. A battery one-half discharged will, if boosted for 20 minutes, have 65 per cent of its capacity available; if for 40 min utes, 76 per cent and if for one hour, 82 per cent. Expressed in terms of miles, this would mean that a vehicle, after having given 40 miles on a com plete discharge, could have the battery so boosted for 20 minutes as to Rive ad so boosted for 20 minutes as to give 9 ad ditional miles, and for 60 minutes 20 additional miles. "A definite idea of the results of bosting may be had from an assumed case where, up to noon, 70 per cent of the battery capacity has been used and it is desired to cover an equal distance during the afternoon. Under these cir cumstances. the battery can be boosted during the noon hour and in thit time get sufficiet charge to duplicate the morning run." Hakes Fast Bun in Argo Car. Walter L. Smith, local representative for the Argo car, made a fast run to Hagerstown. Md., a few days ago Leaving: this city at 12:45 o'clock, he pulled into Hagerstown after a run of three and a half hours, stopping in Frederick. Md.. en route. After dem onstrating the car over the country roads in the vicinity of Hagerstown to the Young Motor Car Company, he closed a contract for that firm to rep resent the car in Washington county. He turned the car over which he drove from this city. Chevrolet Purchasers. Among those wno purchased Chevro let cars during the past week were the following: R. T. Corbett. It. C. Schroth, Elizabeth A. Howell, Maurice Joyce. Edgar Whiting and John R. Pumphrey, Baby Grand touring cars Royal Mail roadsters were delivered to Benjamin Dabney and D F. Lock wood. A Monroe roadster was purchased by Karl R. Lish. Drove to New York in Cole. Lieut. Davis Lyons, after purchasing a 1915 Cole touring car. left for New York over ie road, being accompani& by Irving Henderson, C. M. Woodaxk! and Harrie G. Haskins. The party l??Jf Washington at 4 o'clock S\tur<Jfc morning for the metropolitan city Cadillac Chassis in Operation. The Cook and Stoddard Company pTa<^?# on exhibition yesterday afternoon at \h* salesroom. 1140 Connecticut avenue. ;i type 51 eight-cylinder Cadillac cut-oUt chassis, with all of the working parts in operation Lectures will be given row at 10 o'clock an-1 2:30 o'clock in con nection with this special display. 1915 Cole Sales. A 1915 eight-cylinder, seven-passeu ger Cole touring car has been sold tr Philip R. Townley. Four-cylindei Cole seven-passenger touring cars wer* purchased a few days ago by Lieui I>avid Lyons. V. S. N.. and Clinton F Brown. As a Pleasure Car The Electric Vehicle Stands Pre-eminent BECAUSE: It is cheaper to operate than any other car. Electricity is cheaper than gasoline and the price never fluctuates. There is no expense when the car is not in use. It needs no chauffeur, any one ? man, woman or child ? can operate one with perfect safety. It is comfortable and safe?no engine vibration, no dirt and smell, no danger from accidents or breakdowns. It does not need to be cranked, all you need to do is push the lever. It requires very little expense to house. No dangerous gasoline storage tanks and other paraphernalia needed?it's always ready to start, day or night, rain or shine. It is quickly started and stopped in crowded thoroughfares?the brakes working easily. It is more reliable than other cars? a less number of parts to get out of order. The life is much longer. There are no fire and explosive dangers. For pleasure the electric vehicle .has no equal. For visiting, a spin through the boulevards and parks and going to the theater at night, it will be found all that is desired. For business?driving to the office and bring ing your husband home at night, making business calls throughout the day, and especially for shopping, the electric vehicle is unrivaled. For commercial use the electric truck has all the advantages whkh stand out prominently in the pleasure car. Charging Is Easy== It is a very simple operation to charge an electric car. All that is necessary when you reach home at night is to push the plug into the car and throw the switch. The rates for current for charging are very reasonable. The Following Dealers Sell Electric Vehicles in Washington Detroit Electrics Baker Electrics Emerson & Or me, The Cook & Stoddard Co., / 1407 H St. N.W-?TeL Main 7695 Ohio Electrics Potomac Motor Co., 1226 Connecticut Ave.?TeL North 2000 1138-40 Connecticut Ave.?TeL North 7810 Rauch & Lang Electrics The Bartram Garage, New Hampshire Ave. & M St.?Tel. West 458 Potomac Electric Power Co., Cor. 14th and C Sts. N.W Furnishes Electricity for Automobile Charging