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life Motors ana Motoring ja
g Unwillingness to Tell Truth About Auto
Troubles Deprives Other Drivers
of Useful Precedents.
\ Jus. what and whom the original
' Ananias dir for a living is a matter In
' which few notorists seem to he versed.
<j The subject seems to have been skipped
over n mu h the same way as a flash
of ignition skips a fouled spark plug.
Perso rally. I wouldn't know the original
Ananias if I met hint, hut Just let m«
tun a toss <is-- reincarnated anatomy in
motorlar.rj! I know him at once. We arc
not pood obi friends, to he sunc: but no
r.eed in Introduction.
Rea ly. if the original prevaricator put
over tome, pood ones in the, old days be
must regarr his tirst efforts with high-*
test cmteniot when he notes the handle
work of hit reincarnated form. That
little yarn he told Columbus about
averaging thirty-live miles tier across
the A lantlc sounds like full-fledged fact
when we. think of what he tells his
neighbor about how fast his newly-ac
quire. elghh wonder of the world will
climb Rike't Peak on "high" with seven
grown and well-nourished adults in the
tonneau, not .forgetting three young
sters who turnish wind resistance and
the rotten gas the garage man sold him.
tleeiM old ll<>> Again.
Jr tuis is the same Ananias T have
been hearing about in a legendary way.
bellev • me be old boy has been warm
ing ui.
We met rather unexpectedly the other
day. A new car had been delivered and
everything was set for the thrill of the
first trial spin, t’andidiy, 1 had given
’be selection of this wagon considerable
forethought The salesman had not just
sold me something about which he had
become all excited, i km-w what 1 want
ed long before rushing down to automo
bile row with the long green.
Accordingly. I figured that I had paid
my good money for something that
would he an eye-opener, an umnatcheq
blend of zephyr and knockout. If you
know what I mean. So far as T was
concerned if was ten to one that 1 "had
something." But—
Not being a member of the Ananias
club, nor related to the ancient and
■tishorora bb order in any way. shape or
form, I anticipated that others would
Uriel in my incomparable road runner
a. halt dozen faults which ( had care
lessly overlooked in the selection pro
cess, though T hoped T might be
spared the ordeal. Better judges of
automobile values than I have gone
off at a tangent when if. came right
down to a matter of picking the best
buy for the money, Bo f knew what
to expect and tried to be honest with
Rather I thought 1 knew. What
tefua iy happened was. as the Brit
sher might remark, an animal of an
other design. The Ananias I invited
along as cr;tic found nothing at all to
mok at. He assured me in his most
successful vein that I had done a
noble job. My selection was par ex
cellen-e. I could not have done bet
ter had I begged the big boys of the
industry to build me a special job
With all iheir individual features
tolled into one.
The car rode like a breeze, ascended
~~ ■ ~ ■■
The New
7-Passenger Sedan y By {■ B H
M M ■
Now—Willys-Knight Comfort
for Seven Passengers
THE new Willys-Knight models include two low-swung
seven-passenger cars with longer wheel-bases and with
auxiliary scats that fold into rear of front scats.
A commodious Sedan with full appointments including
windshield visor and wiper, heater in floor, step light and
• clock—and a fleet, comfortable Touring car.
Both arc powered by the remarkable Willys-Knight sleeve
valve motor which actually improves with use. Sec these
cars on our floors.
Set the Willys-Knight advertisement in the Feb. 24th Saturday Evening Post
TOURING 5-pass *1235 COUPE-SEDAN 5-pais. . , JIS9S
TOURING 7-pasa. .... $1435 SEDAN 7-pua. J 1995
ROADSTER 3-pan. .... $1235 COUPE 3-pan. SU9S
SEDAN 5-pan. .«* . . $1795 AB price* k TtUd,
R. Mcßeynolds and Son
1423 L St. N.W. Main 7228
! "’ i ~ r ''{ ' I ' ;
the peaks like an Alpine climber, en
dured beastly roads with the strength
of an onion. Idled over the city streets
like a perambulator in “low” and. in
fact, did everything a good car ought
I to do—according to the modern edi
tion of Ananias. I had previously Im
agined him to be simply a neighbor—
a good soul who drives a 1923 what
j not and -who knows a thing or two
I more, than the sanitation of spark
I plugs. Now there was no question as
! to his identity.
! "Doesn't tills seat seem a little low
(to you?” I asked hopefully, this being
; abou’ the only subject which he had not
i lavished with praise.
Ii "Nothing of the kind." he assured
me. “It's Just right. I don't’ like the
kind where you sit on your hack and
can't say as I'm fond of sitting way
j tip like a sightseeing bus. This seems
like the happy medium.”
I A happy thought promipted me to
[call attention to the way the engine
[labored in trying to mount a hill,
(which any good automobile ad writer
j would scoff at.
Still Braise Continues,
j “That’s nothing," Ananias ex
j plained. “You must remember that the
| motor is now and stiff. ’When she
j limbers up you'll wonder where the
Dills: arc. You shouldn’t have called
j ray attention to It; I thought she was
doing beautifully.”
I Then as a last resort 1 pointed to
! the oil filler pipe, which was located
J in such away that you’d never be
| able to And it without a compass or
l a pack of bloodhounds,
j "This Is the only bad feature about
J the car,” T complained, hoping that
J he might be honest enough to agree
! with me. "You have to be an ex -
i plorer to find the pipe and ari acrobat
I to pour in the oil.”
! "Ah. but you must remember,” he
replied almost convincingly, “these
cars are marvelous on oil. You never
have to think about the oil except
w hen y ou change the whole business.
Your garage man can do the acro
! batic w ork when he drains the crank
i case."
! That settled it. I knew then and
| t lie re that I had bought a lemon.
Ananias was just practicing on me—
just doing the same old thing for
which bo has been famous during the
; past several thousand centuries, only
I now with verbal equipment suitable
I for the occasion.
i And if I was at all doubtful of this
' the doubt was sufficiently punctured
I when, several days after this trial
j spin I chanced to meet a very rare
j specimen of being—a motorist who
j doesn't say what he doesn't mean.
"You ought to hear what Ananias
•said about your car.” my friend con
fided. “He claims he had lumbago
for a week, and that if it hadn't beep
for tite way the car threw him around
he’d have been paralyzed from loung
ing in those low scats of yours.”
"What else?” I asked, anxious to
hear the worst.
That Oil Pipe Again.
“He said that as a. buyer of motor
cars you arc an expert cobbler. Why.
if all ho said about your car is true 1
DOWN THE ROAD—Out of Sight—But Not Out of Mind. —By BECK.
■c ke— ft Vj vve, . ' _
you must have bought a wreck."
"Did he say anything about the oil
filler plpe?”I ventured,
"I forgot to toll jolt about that.”
was the reply. "He «*nld you appeared
to lie a little worried over the con
struction. but he claimed he assured
you that it would only be a compara
tively minor annoyance."
It was just like Ananias to lie sub
tle. When be runs out of his stock
of lies lie's quite likely to off< r some
thing with a double moaning. His
latest was the very limit. I decided
to show him how much ru«r« sensible
it. is to tell the truth and how much
less it hurts in the long run.
X did not have to wait long fur the ]
opportunity. Knight and early th»
next morning Ananias was exercising ;
my doorheil. He wanted to reveal 1
the virtues of hip own wagon and 1
could think of no better way of do- 1
ing it than to make me his passenger!
when tied still call-* with all its might |
and main.
"I have Just bought a .Suffrln six.” '
he announced. "Sixty h. p., four- |
speed transmission, adjustable bead- '
lights ar,<l r'verythlr.g I want to
know what you inink i.bout it.”
I had my opinions from fho moment
I looked at It. And what I thought
wouldn’t make a very effective ad
vertisement for any motor car, much
l»«fl the Suffrln sis. Hut. being no
relation to Annaniat?. I exposed my
real thoughts—with, of course, a cer
tain necessary diplomacy. I was
careful not to offend my host, know
ing full well that to he dropped by
the wayside ten miles from home
would not be the most pleasant event
of the day.
Disposing of the "Hattie.”
So very cautiously I took the vari
ous points In order.
"Ves, the motor does run quietly,” i
began, "but what Is that rattle around
the rear'.'”
•’This car will beat anything on '
hl!l«.” was the abrupt manner In,
which the rattling topic was dis- •
pensed with. It was evident that i
Ananias was simply trying to pull his 1
old stunt of pretending not to catch .
the question. I didn’t have the heart ?
to repeat it.
Which fact gave him carte blanche
to prevaricate ao infinitum regarding
the superiority of his purchase. On
every hill he was forced to drop into
“second.” but always while inform
ing me that he didn’t care to strain
it, lie would boast that when St got
Umbered up he would do sixty any
where. any time.
"You hear a little hum in the trans
mission. of course,” lie added. “Well.”
he explained, when I frankly admit
S is 'it 's price. c<nwrs^‘vE%YTJ!!NC
iSljfl Oidsmobile Brougham
U the most complete car of its pnec and type
( jp 1 Here's the proof —Let’s talk facts. You owe it to yourself to check
The front inti tilt forwerd g>. each competitive car point by point before you decide.
tag unuitul entrance ipece fc
psoeaser, or imiky wi* A// Steel Covered Body.. No composition panels to warp and
deteriorate rapidly. The Brougham is standard closed car con
i’ ... struction —steel panels from floor to roof.
A®# | Front Seats *are Pullman Type Chairs, The backs are non*
folding. The two who ride in front arc as comfortable as the
three on the rear scat.
W Luggage Should be Under Cover. The locked luggage compart
' ment under the rear deck is just right for two travelling bags.
Headlights that Spell Safety. These headlights are brilliant and
powerful, yet legal in every state. The anti-glare corrugations
Fire poop!*H4«iAp«rfe(*coa< in the reflectors make lenses and visors obsolete. A distinctive
fort on wfcdwr fgtteaWmu- % „ r
Oidsmobile feature.
Match this Equipment, Heater, door locks, cowl ventilator, sun
<[j 71 visor, windshield wiper, high grade upholstery, satin silvered
/l S _!Sv hardware, cowl lamps, nickeled radiator, one piece crown
id ir fenders,transmission lock,dome light, window lifters and shades,
\/ walnut steering wheel and walnut finished instrument board.
x?? Chassis Endorsed by General Motors . Built by Oidsmobile
and approved by General Motors—a double assurance of high
* quality—the Brougham Four chassis is famous for its economy
fc .j m ( and endurance records. See the Brougham at our showroom
\-k ‘ — drive it—test it. You’ll find it the most complete car of its
price and type.
/ Diritiom of Central Motors Corporation
Price Kongr: Foots — s97s to $1595; Eights—sl37s to $2025 f. a. b. Lonsmt
In (he hinged coeer of the Wo
\ 1016 Conn - Avc - y
On or about Feb. 17. we wilJ be located in our new building. 1835 14th St. VW . dp
ted that the noise was not so easily
overlooked, “that is simply due to the
newness of the gears, y'understand.”
I did not understand. But that was
of slight consequence. Ananias was
starting to tell me about the remark
able gas mileage.
“I'm already getting twenty-three,"
he declared. “And you know that
when the engine gets a little older
it will do much better.”
T was about to suggest that the oil
f Continued on (Seventh Page.)”
Old Motor Law Force
Autoisls to Send IJp Rockett
j The American Automobile Asso
ciation has Just discovered an old
i motor law which for «om<- un
known reason was never passed.
This law was to have been intro
duced in the, Bliinoi* legislature in
the early days of the automobile,
when it was known as “th** Inven
tion of the devil.” t
Motorists in general throughout
the country are said to fee! thank
ful that this statute was never
adopted. Read It and see if you
feel the same way.
I. On discovering an approach
ing team the autornobilist must
atop off side and cover his machine
with a tarpaulin painted to corre
spond with the scenery.
IX. The speed limit on country
roads this year will be a secret,
and the penally for violation will
be JlO for every mile an offender
is caught going in excess of it.
Ilf. In case an automobile makes
a team run away, the penally w ill
be |SO for the first mile, SIOO for
Motorists’ Association Points
to Double Duty and Sav
ing of Accidents.
‘ .More traffic officers is one of the
essentials to an adequate enforce
ment of th© traffic laws in most of
the cities of the country. Traffic
officers, especially the mobile forces,
render needed assistance to the oilier
arms of the police department, and
thus perform a double duty. There
fore, by all means should municipal
authorities give more attention not
only to increasing the number of j
traffic officers, but to the training of
them, to the end that the prevention .
of accidents, the aim of all traffic
control measures, be brought about."
says the National Motorists’ Associa
"It has been estimated that the
passenger mileage per year of motor
cars is around two and one-half times
that of rail passenger mileage. Kail i
transportation, it must be remem
bered. ie over fixed tracks. It is well
the. second mile. s2uu tor the third
mtio that the team runs, besides
the usual damages.
IV. On approaching a corn*
•where );e cannot command a view
of the road ahead, the sutorno
bilist must stop not less than J(">
yards from the turn, toot his horn,
rirjj a bell, fire a revolver, halloo
and send up three bombs at Inter
vale of five minutes
V. Automobiles must be season -
ably painted; that Is, so they w
/nerjre with the pastoral ensemble
and not bo startling. They mu«
be green in spring, golden in sum
mer, red in autumn and while in
VI. Automobiles running on the
j country roads at night must sene
up a red rocket every rnjle and wa
ten minutes for the road to clear. j
Thej may then proceed careful!'
blowing their horns and shooting
Homan candles.
VII. In case a horse wii! not pas*
j an automobile, notwithstanding
| the scenic tarpaulin, the autoino
! bilist will take the machine apart
1 as rapidly ns possible ai d conceal
the parts its tin* grass.
regulated and protected by warning
; signals, electrical devices and oUm
methods of a. s'Cientific charact
wtillo motor traffic < nj-.ys no gu. i,
protection. v
"In view of the above the fact tha*
accidents in which motor cars play a
part are much Jess tViv r in number
proportionately, than are those due
to other modes of transportation, is
testimonial to the increased cflirdenc,
and continued catv on the part of au
tomobile drivers.
"With the coming of spring, wbic
! always means a renewed interest in
; motoring, there will be a much
| larger percentage of motor cars on
i the streets and highways than tve
before. Therefore, the need not onb
for more trained traffic, officers, bn’
of the necessity for both pedestrian -
and motorists strictly observing tic •
admonition to slop, look and listci
• annot be too strongly emphasized
i on ALL I.AKA I
1336 14th St, N.W.
Course* for Garage Owner*. 6a.le.aien
Electrician*. Mechanic*. Vulcanize!*, Elc.
Day and Evening Classes.
American Motor School
1612-1682 Yon St. Phone North 10400

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