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TRAFFIC AGITATIC
PRODUCTIVE (
Five Important Measu
Bettering Co-Opei
Automobilists an
0T THEODORE P. NOTES. th
_ great deal of good will undoubtedly
result from the traffic agitation de
* and study now being instituted by ab
many citisens and the police depart- j ^
ment. ne
Publicity and agitation are good 'ge
because they cause people to think.
hut the permanent result of any such I j
movement will be lost until actual' at
corrective steps are taken for the y?
traffic evils which seem to have over- cu
taken this city. pol
In looking over the traffic problem
of Washington there seem to be five drj
big measures that should be imme- do
diately adopted; the others, the minor foi
ones, will follow along after the big dr
principles have become workable.
These are: A traffic court, a cen- au
tralized traffic squad, more policemen, sti
especially more motorized policemen; ev
a campaign of education for the walk- ad
ing public of the city and strict rules trl
in regard to the issuance of operators'
permits. ad
* The three most important of these thi
five are undoubtedly more policemen,
education for the walking public and ,
the examination for prospective automobile
drivers. th<
Roles I'p to Date. coi
The traffic rules of this city, with few to
exceptions, are acknowledged to be up thi
to date, workable and fair to the motor- !
1st, so that the many accidents are due be
to the inadequate police department, pa
which is unable to enforce the regula- wa
lions now written. cai
For this reason Washington breeds a 0f
' large number of reckless drivers who -wi
have no fear whatever of arrest. They th<
know that the motor cycle men on the dei
force are few and stationed at widely bU
separated intervals, and take particular p0;
care to go by those stations at a mod- j
erate rate of speed. When once out of wj)
the danger zone and into the zone of trii
bicycle policemen and footmen, the ve]
speed increases and the first thing that CPj
happens is a serious collision with p|a
another automobile; most probably one ste
of the careful drivers of the city, or the th<
maining or killing of pedestrians. po:
Now if the entire city was a danger ott
zone, that is, a zone of motor policemen,
there would be an instant stoppage of
this reckless driving because at any "
minute the reckless one might 4nok back ref
and find a "cop" near the rear of his
car with every intent and purpose of ?Jf
catching him. Sounds reasonable,
doesn't It?
From Peoestrlaan* Angle. t0
Now for the other side of the ques- cat
lion?the pedestrian. On any com- bui
mittee which is studying traffic there km
should be. in the writer's opinion, an acc
equal number of pedestrians and j
automobilists. This is not often the In
case; either the pedestrian element or not
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Dort confide:
is the fact 1
established !
character oi
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e motorist element Is predominant. 11 '
d the result is bound to be preju;ial
to one or the other. The he- i N<
strian is in favor of instantly thei
ollshing every automobile driver a g
m the streets, though nis hopes of deli
nlng an automobile some day are mor
ver given up, and the motorist is mat
nerally in favor of having elevated eve
uss-overs for streets, "to do away met
th the jay-walker." met
iow, Mr. Pedestrian, we will look ans
your side of the question. Don't spei
u think that with the reckless driv- kno
r and the inconsiderate driving not
rbed by an adequate motorised leat
lice squad your burdens in life Tt
>uld be much easier to bear? And tral
that is the case and the reckless cou
vers are arrested, that you should van
your part to make driving easier traf
r the careful and considerate squ;
ivers? no <
Try to realize, If you can, that an 1c 1
tomobillst is. under a constant flee
ain, dodging cars coming from wot
ery direction and every angle and, pari
ded to that, a large army of pedes- a n
ans In every part of the street. one
'It certainly is hard to drive now- oil"
ays. witlvall the people walking in mer
? streets." remarks the motorist. 'ow
Hard to W??k in These Times.
'It certainly is hard to walk in poli
ese times, with more automobiles rest
nstantly in your way, and liable l|l?
^PP
run you down at any minute." wailB ag j
t pedestrian. Ot
S'ow. to eliminate this there must of t
a system of give and take on the pre(
rt of the automobilist and the Disi
ilker. The former will agree to be 0f (
reful and considerate of the rights hep
the pedestrian and the pedestrian now
11 agree to look before he steps in iatii
? street, cross only at regularly olh<
signated crosswalks and lighten the abo
rden for the motorist as much as T1
ssible. vioi
t is hard to conceive of a motorist Poli
,o will deliberately subject a pedes- viol
in to the danger of being hit by his busi
licle. And it is equally hard to con- offic
ve of a pedestrian who will defiantly tabl
ce himself in that danger.' So in- whc
ad of knocking each other constantly,
s two factions should try, as far as
isible, to realise the difficulties of each
ler and strike oft a happy medium.
]'.lamination *or Permits. ney
The next point is the examination In . .
rard to the issuance of operators' per- ,ecl
ts. At the first meeting of the newly the
ranized Safety Council of the District any
Columbia, recently, this question was
cussed. A number of the speakers ay
nted out that few accidents happened will
the very inexperienced drivers be- or <
lse they were generally extra careful, ...
t that the drivers who thought "they
ew it all" were the ones who had the one
. IUCII IS. Ull I
?hat argument does not hold water, bee
the first place, the new driver has will
: the judgment of the more expe- god
Quality Goes Gear Through
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of a Dort knows with a ver)
satisfying certainty that his cai
1 long and loyally with a defi
cost per mile.
rsonal experience with his cai
ctended no more than five hun
ret he faces the future with hi:
ntly, for in the back of his mine
:hat 80,000 other owners havt
surelv and firmlv the unusua
: Dort performance and th<
thrift with which it operates
ound and sincere belief in th<
capabilities has spread furthei
from the immediate circle o
I today it has all the aspects o
mviction.
ven those of you who have ye
your first Dort will find, if yot
mind, that there has already
ithin you a surprisingly strong
oward the Dort as the mos
tomobile investment you coulf
:im( payment plan you can own a Dor
a email ran hpayment.
i?Delivered in Washington
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ced one. and judgment is a very im- i
ant adjunct to the running of a car.
sndly, the new driver cannot get
3 to the Idea of working both feet,
the clOtch accelerator and brake,
one hand on the gear lever, and
ir at the same time. To illustrate
, ask a new driver to alow down at a
ter, shift into second, and make the
1 at the same time. The probabiliare
that he will either forget to
t in making the turn or will do the
ting and forget to steer at the same
p.
ow take the experienced driver and
him to do the same thing. He will
it without the slightest trouble or
ight. Why? Because it is absoly
instinctive. To shift a gear he
i not have to think for an instant,
s done.
Kent Oris log Tea*.
>w take the two drivers and put
n in heavy traffic where there is
reat deal of shifting, steering and
cate work to be done. Who Is
e liable to have the accident, the
l who has to ston and think when
r he maltes the slightest moveit
or the man to whom these moveits
are absolutely Instinctive. The
wer Is a real driving test for pro:tive
motorists to see whether they
w the A B Cs of driving and will
wreck their cars as soon as they
re the District building,
le other two points are the cenized
traffic squad and the traffic
rt. The following reasons are adced
by W. P. Rayner. well known
fic authority, for the centralized
ad: Men on this squad, having
Other duties, could do their trafwork
well: with a centralized ofand
one head, the regulations
ild be interpreted the same in all
ts of the city. At the present time
gulatton Is enforced one way by
officer and another way by ansr;
that the hours of duty of these
i could be so arranged so as to althem
to go to court without the
of sleep. In this connection it is
ited out that some members of the
ce force do not want to make ars
because it means loss of sleep
next morning when they must
ear in court. This should not be,
t encourages violations of the law.
her points are: That the roll call
hese traffic men should be in some
:inct, and the headquarters in the
trict building, and that the record
very driver in the city could be
t in the central office. As It is
' a man may commit a serious vloDn
in one part of the city and the
:r precincts would know nothing
ut It.
le need for a traffic court is obis.
There Is too much delay in the
ce Court waiting for trial of petty
ations. It takes the time of the
Iness man and also of the police
:er. This traffic court, when esished,
should have a special judge
i is a competent traffic authority.
KEEP THE CAB, CLEAN
. is a sound method of procedure
r to allow dust and dirt to colin
the top, in the Interior, on
floor. In the upholstery, or upon
part of the skeleton of the car.
b American Motorist. If the owner
! remember that each spot of dust
dirt injures the car and shortens
career: if he will understand that
loose bolt, made so by grit antj,
, caused the collapse of the Quebridge,
better personal attention
[ be given by him to the near
line88 of cleanliness.
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world'* champion, having 930 point* t<
hi* credit. Gaston Chevrolet wai
leading Milton nntll hia nntimel;
death on the track at Lo* Angelea 01
Thursday,
1(EEP AUTONUTS TIGHT.
If the owner drives his car constantly
It will be an excellent thing
for him to use his monkey wrenct
now and then, says American Motorist.
Especially with a new car, it ii
not a bad plan to go over nuts ant
bolts occasionally. Even the tightesi
nut will be more or less afltectec
by constant vibration and a loos*
bolt should be tightened, since th<
play to which the looseness give!
rise may result in the necessity foi
later repairs. As the car grows t
little older the bolts and nuts settl*
and there is less occasion for tightening.
The foregoing advice applies wltl
particular force to spring clips, i
pulling up of the nuts of which wil
take but a few minutes of the op
erator's time about once a month
keeping the springs properly seatec
and adding much to the sense 01
security that is enjoyed by the mat
who looks after things and knowi
Sometimes it happens that the mo
torist is unable to keep the nuti
fastening- the bolts absolutely tight
Try as he may, the nut will comi
loose again. If a lockwasher canno
be applied, a good remedy is to pui
a drop of solder on the thread ol
the nut, or, in the absence of solder
a little paint or varnish will set thi
nut tight and prevent it from beconv
ing loose again.
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Companies of New Jersey and Louis!
ana, which announced a drop of
cent per gallon recently.
The statement of Walter C. Teagh
president of the New Jersey compan;
gave credence to prophecies made i
motor circles during the summer tha
the unprecedented production of fu<
would ultimately lower price levels.
Oftlcial government reports and flg
ures of the oil authorities show tha
fuel production will break all record
in 1920. The American Petroleum In
stltute predicts a domestic oil outpu
of 450,000,000 barrels, plus a Mexlca
production of 125,000,000 barrels. Thl
means a gain of 19 per cent in th
United States fields.
Bureau of Mines' Figures.
The United States bureau of mlnei
figures show that in August the high
' est production figures of the year fo
gasoline were reached with a tots
* of 14,327.143 gallons.
* In addition to the gain in produc
r tlon much of the fuel formerly wast
1 ed can be saved. The bureau of mine
has pointed out how 300,000,000 gal
: Ions of gasoline can be saved out c
the 600,000.000 gallons, which evap
orate from oil on the way throug
pipe lines to refineries.
Local and national associations of ca
* owners are also encouraging users t
i keep their carburetors adjusted an
. engines overhauled so as to get fullei
mileage from the gallon. Much fui
3 loss can be saved in this way.
I Refining companies have augments
t the general production due to greate
i oil outout by introducing better "crack
? ing" processes to get gasoline fror
s petroleum. As a result, in some field
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. MOTORISTS EXreCT
LOWERGASPRICE!
Domestic Production fo
1920 Will Break All Records,
Striking Figures.
Motorists are expecting a nation
wide reduction in gasoline prices t
follow the action of the Standard O
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V With the first cold blasts of winter e
? automobile owners should again be *
reminded of the importance of proper ^
ventilation of the garage when h
p tuning the motor preparatory to a p
morning start or in allowing the ma- fl
chine to idl$ for extended periods s
while making adjustments or repairs, c
says A. G. Seiler, touring manager of J u
the A. A. A.. "Keep the garage doors a
open whenever the motor is running,"
[m is the warning which has been sound- n
ed year after year, but owners still o
? commit the folly which claims so tl
II many victims during the winter tl
1. months. a
j "Every one who runs an automobile t1
now knows or ought to know the t<
mysterious danger which lurks in the e
fumes of carbon monoxide gas blown
r, from the exhaust of a gasoline en- p
n gine in a closed or poorly ventilated ti
,t garage. Hundreds of sudden deaths t]
>1 known as petromortis.' have been ii
produced bv the stealthv gas. and now it
- and then a post-mortem guess will ii
t declare heart disease as the cause in ti
8 such cases." . w
* Carbon monoxide enters into the e
* formula of illuminating gas, and a h
" trilling leak in gas pipes or flexible a
T hose will expose occupants to danger ei
of death. A tramp will seek warmth o
at a cinder pile near an old building p
and is found dead?monoxide poison- s<
ing. A farmer keeps a kerosene lamp tl
burning in a tightly closed bedroom cj
* and is found dead the next morning?
lI monoxide poisoning. A quarry work- d
" the gasoline output from the same S
8 amount of oil is now doubled. r<
j Year's Growth Remarkable.
Heavy investments are being made A
h by the oil companies not only in new B
refining machinery, but also in ex- o
ir ploration, drilling and research. Faced
o by a possible serious shortage early in n
d the present year, the petroleum in- tl
it dustry has achieved a degree of g
81 growth never before experienced
within so short a period,
d One of the largest oil contracts on
r record has been closed between the 11
Mexican Petroleum Company and the h
n Standard Oil Company of New York b
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SIDE POISONING 1
r approaches too quickly a place
here dynamite has just exploded and
alls dead from carbon monoxide
assing. The hallroom boarder takes
is bath in the fitful warmth of a
ortable gas heater without proper \
ue connections and is found unconcious.
Any gas heater without direct
onnection with the flue carrying off
nburned gases is a menace to health
nd a constant danger to life.
Peculiar effects are caused by
tonoxide gassing before any fatality
ccurs. The victim feels a sudden _
hrobbing and extreme pressure in
he temples, pain in the abdomen and "
peculiar weakness or "caving in at *
he knees" and he feels as if "glued" J"
0 the spot, powerless in making any a
ffort to save himself. j
Too many persons unfortunately 'D
roceed on the theory that it is still n
ime to open doors or windows when
he gases are first detected, but this f
1 utterly wrong, for carbon monox- . o
le, the gas that kills, is odorless and ! C
ivisible. The best'policy is not to c
ike any chances. Open the doors or f
indows, provided they reach close '
nough to the floor to allow the ?
eavy fumes to escape and if the J"
'eather is too severe, making it nec- ;
ssary to keep the h^at in. then the '
nly alternative is to connect a metal v
ipe or hose securely to the exhaust, 0
o that the fumes may be forced to t
he outer air. Even with this preaution
there might be a small leak t
rhich in time would have the death- F
ealing effect.
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tandard of New York 150,000,000 bar- F
?ls of gasoline during 1921. }
Added to the possibilities of the North s
Ltnerican fields are those in South t
.merica, Egypt and the East Indies, c
iussia is also a great potential source t
f oil. r
The flexibility of the oil industry in
testing rapidly increased demands leads
he motorists to look forward to ample 1
asoline supplies at lowered prices. (
To enable a motorist to aiarnal to a
allowing- driver at night an inventor
aa patented a lamp and battery to
e fastened to the back of a man's
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ENGINEERSFQRMED
Vashington Section Organization
Follows Cosmos
Club Meeting.
At a meeting: in the Cosmos Club
ecently local members oi* the Society
f Automotive Knit inters organized a
Yasliington section. The meeting
tas opened by C. H. Young, w ho inroduced
Coker K. Ciarkson, secretary
nd general manager of the society,
fr. Ciarkson sketched briefly the
rigin of the society and its developlent
to its present position.
Capt. St. Ciair Street, air service,
ollowed with a very interesting talk
n his flight to Alaska and return,
iapt. Street drew some remarkable
omparlsons between the time made
rom point to point on his triji and
he traveling time by present means
f transportation in parts of the teritory.
His enthusiastic comments or
he performance of ihe Liberty mo
ors with which the planes wert
quipped was of particular interest, ir.
lew of the part taken by idemberr
f the society in the development ol
his engine.
After the talks the Washington sec
ion was formally launched, and Pr
I. C. Dickinson of the bureau o!
tandards was unanimously electee'
s chairman. Col. K. H. l'ope war
lected vice chairman; Archibald
Hack, secretary, and Conrad H
Toung. treasurer. An informal ses
ion followed, when the chair threw
he floor open to all present for dis
ussion of the proposed section ac
Ivitteg.
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