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Road Congress in Brazil Will
Push North-South
One of the major projects urged be
fore the second Pan-American Highway
Congress at Rio de Janeiro in August by
the United States delegation will be
Immediate action toward early comple
tion of the Pan-American Highway to
link the farthest reaches of the North
ern and Southern Americas.
President Hoover has named to rep
resent this country in Brazil a group
particularly well equipped to Interpret
road building progress in the United
States to the Latin nations.
Maj. Frederic A. Reimer, East Orange,
N. J„ president of the American Road
Builders' Association and a consulting
civil engineer by profession, brings
to the commission a wealth of experi
ence in highway affairs of his native
State. Nationally, he has held active
membership in the road builders’ or
ganization for 15 years and was a di
rector and member of its executive
committee before his elevation to the
Minnesotan on Committee.
Charles M. Babcock, St. Paul, Minn.,
commissioner of highways of that State,
a past president of the American Road
Builders’ Association and present mem
ber of its executive and highway finance
committees, has played a prominent
part in State and national road build
ing progress for many years. He was
named as a representative of the United
States to the first Pan-American High
way Conference in 1925.
From Congress President Hoover se
lected Senator Tasker L. Oddie, Nevada,
member of the Senate past office and
post roads committee, and Represent
ative Cyrenus Cole, lowa. Thomas H.
MacDonald, chief of the United States
Bureau of Public Roads; Frank T.
Sheets, chief highway engineer of Illi
nois; H. H. Rice, Detroit, treasurer and
director of National Automobile Cham
ber of Commerce, and J. Walter Drake.
Detroit, former Assistant Secretary of
Commerce, who will be chairman, com
plete the delegation.
Ten-Day Conference.
As official representatives of the
President, the group will be formally
welcomed to the Brazilian meeting
which opens August 16. After the 10
days of conference sessions, with many
spectacular entertainment features to
complement the study of all phases of
road building throughout the Western
Hemisphere, the United States group
will study road developments in
Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Peru be
fore returning to the United States in
Everywhere they will find a warm
welcome, owing to the friendly feeling
created by President-elect Hoover’s
South American tour last year. The
President's observations of road build
ing needs of those countries have
kindled a great interest in the subject,
both in South America and the United
During the tour the American Road
Builders’ Association officials will con
fer with that organization’s honorary
representatives, of which there are sev
eral in each of the 21 South and Cen
tral American nations. These honorary
representatives comprise the Pan-
American division, headed by Senor
Octavio Dubois, Mexico City, president
of the National Highway Commission
of Mexico.
As a road building project fostered
by the American Road Builders’ Asso
ciation for many years, the Pan-Amer
ican Highway has tremendous possi
bilities for tourist and commercial ex
pansion, as well as for betterment of
international relations. It often has
been referred to by orators and journal
ists as a “highway of understanding”
and a "pathway to permanent peace
in the western world.”
Auto Violations Decrease.
BALTIMORE, July 13 (Special).—
Excluding an increase of 6,000 parking
arrests, there were less general automo
bile violations during the first six
months of this year than last, the 1929
figure being 11.325, compared with 12,-
539 during 1928, according to figures of
the Police Department.
A string of
All these amazing road records
Lot Angeles to Now York and ratnm—6692 mile* f▼ 1 M % I 111 X
in 6% days—beating previous record by 10 hours,
New York to Chicago—*4o miles in It hours, | LZ f f'AI J I
3*% minutes—beating previous record by 7 hours, J
New York to Miami—ls4l miles in 31 hours, 10
minute*—beating previous record by 7 hours, 57
minutes. . _
Los Angeles to Phoenix and return (Desert Derby) ni\/OC ctrOhH PX/irIpHTA rtf
892 miles in 17 hours, 47 minutes—beating yiVwO dll V/lly CVlUvllw wl
previous record by 1 hour, 11 minutes. , .
San Francisco to Los Angeles—4l2 miles in 7 FRA NKTI IN S *tTP ITI P ficl rt US
hours, 32 minutes—beating previous record by 1 I l\rt\ I IX LI I W II CIIICIIUUU3
hour, 25 minutes. * # ■ ■ _
Salt Lake City to Los Angela*—76s miles in 14 AIT- LHO gH POWfiT #
hours, 57% minutes—beating previous record by X-XAX-r IX? VA I W7TCI X
1 hour, 19% minutes.
Dallas to El Paso —6*7 miles in 12 hours, 54 T\
minutes—beating previous record by 1 hour, 44 - ■ X/
Mt. Washington climb America's steepest U
accessible peak—beating previous record by 2 4^
minutes, 10-2/5 seconds |*•-' h
Mt Mitchell climb—highest peak east of Rockies V ft
—Franklin bolds also the round-trip record. /
Look ou t Mountain climb 46 % steeper than Pike’s /•
The Department of Commerce an
nounces that during the four weeks
ended June 15, 1929, 78 large cities in
the United States reported 602 deaths
from automobile accidents. This num
ber (602) compares with 506 deaths
during the four weeks ended June 15.
1928. Most of these deaths were the re
sult of accidents which occurred within
the city limits, although a few occurred
outside of the cities.
For the years ended June 15, 1929,
and June 15, 1928, the totals for the
78 cities were, respectively, 7,799 and
7,227, which indicates a recent rate of
23.8 per 100,000 population, as against
an earlier rate of 22.4, or an Increase of
6 per cent, in the rate in a single year.
Os this number there was 80 deaths
within the city limits of Washington, D.
C., although. 122 was reported as being
in the District of Columbia, or at the
rate of 22.2 per 100,000 population.
Kansas City, Kans., heads the list with
a rate of 8.5, and of the 78 cities Wash
ington stands twenty-fifth. Os the large
cities, however, Boston, Mass., has a
rate of 15.1, New York City 18.6 and
Philadelphia 18.8.
Approximately 58 per cent of new
cars were sold on time last year, which
is just 10 per cent smaller than 1925,
when credit sales accounted for 68 per
cent of the total business.
Automobile production for the month
of June showed a recession of about
10 per cent, notwithstanding the fact
that the model A Ford reached a new
high mark for any one mohth of 215,000
cars and trucks. The highest monthly
total for any one factory before was in
October, 1925, when Ford turned out
204,000 model T cars. The Ford Co.
reports a high daily record also, when
9,100 cars and trucks rolled off their
several assembly lines on June 26.
In 1928 the parts, accessory and tire
business in the United States amounted
to $2,084,635,000.
The Court of Appeals in Kentucky re
cently handed down a decision ordering
a refund to truck owners of all moneys
paid for license fees levied on a basis
of increased ratings fixed by the Ken
tucky Tax Commission. The court’s or
der, which will be far-reaching in its
effect, holds that the manufacturer's
rating is the only basis upon which levies
can be made. From evidence submitted
there is no doubt that trucks are al
most universally overloaded, but this
particular practice will vary according
to the owners, the character of the busi
ness, etc., and to make levies on that
basis would require every truck to be
the subject of an individual investiga
tion. Any change in ratings will have
to come from the manufacturers. Al
though it is a generally accepted fact
that only a few years ago a 3-ton truck
that would carry 3 tons at a maximum
speed of 18 miles per hour was entirely
satisfactory. But today the tendency on
the part of most truck owners is to de
mand a truck that will not only carry a
75 to 100 per cent overload, but to also
maintain an average speed of 40 miles
per hour in open country.
In 1928 there were 21,379,125 pleas
ure cars and 3,113,999 motor trucks
registered in the United States.
Those mostly interested in safety on
the streets of Cleveland, Ohio, recently
sponsored a contest among the truck
drivers of a large number of fleet own
ers. The project resulted in reducing
accidents among these drivers, during
the month of May, by 40 per cent. Such
tests reveals the fact that accident tolls
can be reduced somewhat when a spe
cial effort is made on the part of the
drivers. It seems a difficult task to im
press and educate drivers and pedes
trians alike to exercise sufficient care to
reduce this ever-mounting toll of acci
dents. The contest angle seemed to
work better than any former scheme
that had been tried.
Motor car registrations prove that
55.6 per cent are owned in the rural
districts and small towns of less than
10,000 inhabitants. Cities of over 500,
000 registers but 11.4 per cent.
The parking problem Is becoming
more tense every day, not only in Wash
ington, but everywhere. In Chicago
parking has not been permitted in the
congested district for about six months.
During that time only one fatality has
been reported from the no-parking
area, whereas before fatalities were
most frequent. The outstanding fea
tures of this regulation is that it pro
vides two additional traffic lanes, for
merly taken up by parked cars. Where
traffic jams formerly were the rule, now
such Jams are the exception. It fur
ther affords excellent visibility to every
one using the streets, due to the ab
sence of these parked vehicles. Traffic
has been speeded up considerable.
THE F .. ~
Truck drivers are especially happy
as they get through for the day
earlier. Trucks that are being loaded
or unloaded in alleys or side streets
are limited to 30 minutes, and must
park parallel. On main streets an
effort is made to hold them to 15-
minute parking periods. The mer
chants whose establishments were in
this district made an awful “howr
when the ordinance first went into
effect and claimed it would ruin them.
The one who made the loudest noise
has recently admitted to the traffic au
thorities that he is doing more business
than he ever did before. Just recently
in the City of New York the traffic of
ficials, in an effort to relieve the park
ing situation in the congested district,
reduced the parking limit to one hour.
Immediately the business men’s asso
ciation went on record as opposed to
any curtailment of parking privileges.
The various merchants estimated that
anywhere from 65 to 100 per cent of
their trade was from the motorists.
This parking problem is difficult of
solution. If a long period of parking is
permitted, customers cannot reach the
shops by automobile on account of the
I with to notify my friends and the general public that I will open •
thoroughly modern plant for the repair aad service of
on Thursday, July 18th
at 1909-11 M St. N.W.
formerly service mmager milk
Xterrett & Fleming for i years
parked cars. If it is shortened too
much, then clients will have to walk,
use taxis oi street cars, except they be
driven by chauffeurs.
The real fact is that our streets are
not arranged for parked cars and at
the same time serve for an uninter
rupted flow of traffic. And they are
not going to serve indefinitely for an
ever-increasing number of cars. The
problem does not seem likely of solving
until our urban highways system is
made over or provision is made to park
cars off of the streets.
As some indication of the effect of
auto production upon other industries,
it may be note* that motor vehicles
consumed a total of 6,700,000 tons of
steel or 18 per cent of production;
441,000 long tons or 85 per cent of the
rubber consumption; 98.000,000 square
feet or 74 per cent of plate glass produc
tion; 31.506,000 square feet or 60 per
cent of leather upholstery production;
1,000,000,000 board feet of hardwood
lumber or 18 per cent; 25,000 tons of
aluminum or 27 per cent; 135,000 tons
of copper or 14 per cent.
Gasoline, road building materials and
other metals and commodities could
be added to a long list of similar items.
You'll be attracted first to one of these Flying Clouds because of their simple, straight*
forward thrust of line—their obvious well-bred distinction. But it is only when you get behind
the wheel that you will understand why Reo has built such a pre - eminent reputation in the
motor world.
For here, under your hand, is a versatility of performance, a mechanical dependability*
that you w 8 find only in the finest cars made; a car that wifl give you four, six, and even
more, years of outstanding service. And, after all, what are you buying, when you buy.
ear? c —-«■. yam con home a Rw flying Cloud at a lower price than ever befor*.
Wkeatrmted i$ the SdPmamagar apart sedan model Chad tike Nam
R«> Flying Ckntdt are priced. at die factory as foiBom: 5-Paoenger Sedans $1395,
■g , t. l mSSSSSSSSSSSSm Sport $1495; Master $1745, Sport $1870; Car of the Month $1970. 2'Passengei
* S ■ Coupe f 1375, Sportsl47s. 2-4-Passenger Coupe $1395, Sport $1495; Mart®
2 l -• " ZSSSESEEZEF* $1635, sport $1750. 5-Passenger Brougham, Master $1595, Sport $1720. 4-Paa*
gager Victoria, Master SM9S, Sport SIB2O. Roadteer, Matetr si6Bv-Sport stsKj
Sales Department JOSEPH B. TREW, President Maintenance Department
1509-11 Fourteenth St. N.W. Phonea-Decatur 1910 to 1913 1317-19 W Street N.W.
Salesroom Open Daily Until 9P. M. Sunday Until SP. M.
Martinaburg, W. Va. Staunton, Va. Rroadway, Va. Leesburg. V«. Warren ton, Va.
Fredericksburg, Ya. - Gulpcpcr, », La PUu, Md. * Winefaeiter, Va.
Equals 1919 Auto Mark.
The total of the automobiles in use
throughout the world, outside of our
country Is now equal to the registrations
In the United States for the year of
Guayule Shrub Now
Important Factor
In Tire Industry
Rubber-Producing Plant
Being Cultivated and Used
for Auto Equipment.
By tha Associated Press.
SALINAS, Calif.—Successful manu
facture of automobile tires from guayule,
a rubber-producing plant, has led to
an increased acreage of the Mexican
shrub in 18 counties of California and
Arizona. More than 4,000 acres are
planted io guayule in Monterey Coun
ty, Calif., alone.
The development of this new indus
try has progressed to the point where
1,600 pounds of rubber is obtained from
a single acre at one harvesting. Since
it requires four years for the plants
to mature, this is an average of 400
pounds of rubber per acre yearly.
Use of the guayule plant, pronounced
"y-u-lee,” for extracting rubber is not
new. It has been practiced in Mexico
for more than 20 years, and from 1
to 2 per cent of all rubber used in auto
mobile tires has been guayule. How
ever. the California and Arizona under
takings are the first successful efforts
to grow the plant commercially. The
Mexican rubber product is obtained
from native plants that grow wild.
First experiments with guayule in
the United States were conducted by
the American Rubber Producers, In
corporated, a subsidiary of the Ameri
can Rubber Co. In 1926 200 acres was
planted, and each succeeding year an
additional acre was cut in, until this
year the company’s plantings total 2,200
J. M. Williams, manager of the op
erations at Salinas, says guayule rub
ber can be produced at a profit on
land suited to its culture. It should
be of light texture, free from hardpan,
in a climate of not less than 10 inches
rainfall in Winter and level enough to
permit the use of four-row machines
and cultivators.
Guayule rubber is not obtained, as
para rubbber, by tapping the tree or
plant. The entire shrub is plowed
out and ground up. The fiber water
logs and goes to the bottom while the
■rubber floats on top and is drawn off.
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4,500,000 in Auto Industry.
The automobile industry of the
United States now employs 3,956,138
directly and about 385,000 indirectly, or
a total of nearly 4,500,000 men, boys
and women.
Maryland Motor Commis
sioner Is Given Support
by Court Ruling.
BALTIMORE, July 13.—Power of the
commissioner of motor vehicles to sus
pend or revoke the driver’s license of
any autolst convicted of violating the
motor vehicle set was upheld here by
Judge Owens in City Court in dis
missing an appeal by Raymond A.
Stokes, who lost his driver’s permit
more than a year ago.
Stokes, it wai shown, was convicted
January 2, 1928, of making a false
statement in an application for title.
He was sentenced to 10 days in jail and
shortly after that his driver’s permit
was revoked by E. Austin Baughman,
commissioner of motor vehicles.
In upholding the action of the com
missioner, Judge Owens said:
“Section 189 of article 56, as amend
ed by the act of 1927, empowers the
commissioner, after three days’ notice,
to suspend or revoke the driver’s per
mit of any driver for any cause which
he deems sufficient.
“The same motion also provides that
if the operator of any motor vehicle
on a State highway of Maryland has
been convicted of violating any division
of the subtitle the commissioner may,
in his discretion, suspend for any length
of time the operator’s license. In this
class of cases no appeal is provided for.
“There is no dispute about the con
viction—that is conclusively shown—
and absence of such power to revoke or
suspend a license would seriously inter
fere with his administrative duties.”
The motion of the commissioner to
dismiss the appeal was granted.
The divisions of the subtitle referred
to in the decision cover all manner of
violations of the motor vehicle law.
Under the decision, it was pointed out
by attorneys, the commissioner could
revoke the license of a driver convicted
of overparking as readily as one con
victed of reckless driving or one of the
more serious offenses.
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