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Air and Ship Lines
To Promote Travel
On 'American Axis'
Long-Studied Plans
Taking Final Shape for
Improved Transportation
A decisive step to open the flood
gates of a billion dollar reservoir of
American travel dollars, “dammed
up" by the war s barring of Ameri
can tourists' routes to Europe and
the Mediterranean countries, and
for which the United States Gov
ernment and private transport agen
cies have long been formulating
plans, is rapidly taking final shape
in the Nation's Capital and at sea
and air ports.
The opening gun in what both
Government and private agencies
hope will prove a popular campaign
to turn the tide of travel north and
south on an “American axis” through
the 21 western republics, will take
the form of a Government-approved
“tourist rate” over the United States
airmail lines to both coasts of South
Pan-American Airways, with tours
to the Caribbean countries and the
Sh! Hefs Asleep
Asleep on an Atlantic City verandah at three in
the afternoon ... a grown-up in a chair ■lumbering
like an infant in a cradle ... slept nine hours last
night and now at it again! ... nothing wrong, only
recuperating from overwork in the City. .. had
a dat * for golf and has forgotten all about it...
sleeps oblivious to the chatter at the bridge tables
... dreams of solutions to problems he left behind
... stirs at three-thirty, blinks the life about him and
nods off again . . . just_.—
a business man caught 1
napping at Atlantic City 1 I
...but you’ll never catch \ -- ~ _— 1
him napping at home!! I sai**-—-—" ~
A deck-chair
of autumn
The colors in autumn j
woods have nothing on |
the blue of the sea. Life |
is varied and gay here |
too. Ocean Decks, bicy
cling, music, and superb
meals are just part of the
fun. Restricted clientele.
On the Boardwalk
4y ^ B for Columbus
Jjhfm Day
^ •» • ■ ^ Close your eyes, for
get your calendar, and it s
spring again here Columbus
Day. Enjoy Atlantic City as
you never have before—at the
Seaside Hotel, flattered by de
licious food, buoyed up by
the Surf 'n Sand Room. Mod
erate rates over Columbus
y. Make reservations today.
_ Just oeross from Stool Pior
/ Now. an Autumn health visit I
f beside the sea. Broad sun decks. t
\ varied sports, tempting menus. ^
1 _ JmMiMtf _|
f^\wnemiaKMnr 1
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^Tradition tells you to visit I
the Dennis in Autumn—the I
“Golden Season” by the sea. ■
Luxurious comfort in the fl
cheerfullounges..inspacious B
guest rooms (hot and cold
salt water in your private ^B
bath) ... on broad sun ^B
decks. Good food, revised ^B
and lowered rates, both
jlans, at this famous hotel.
Health baths . . . Riding . . . Golf
is waiting for You... How in
T/a/lccZy l/ac*2io*%£a+tdf
LORIOUS recreation, contented
relaxation — enhanced by mellow
Indian Summer days. The best accom
modations and excellent food at reason
able costs. Superb golf, hunting, fishing,
riding, hiking... or motoring where every
scene is a new delight. Watch Nature
paint majestic mountains with her magic
Ealette of reds and golds. Visit the Sand
ills, the Piedmont, the historical coastal
country. Distances are short, variety
endless in North Carolina. Mail coupon.
fwnur'i !l*ap««aiitv Cam—Htaa.
"Min cimum. ntiETi ncniiiiiir
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east coast of South America, and
Pan-Americ&n-Grace Airways, which
completes the link from the Panama
Canal, over the west coast of South
America to Buenos Aires, will in
augurate a weekly series of six spe
cial ‘‘itineraries" beginning October
2, three tourist ‘‘cruises” destined to
the Latin American capitals on each
Ship Lines Lay Plana.
Simultaneously, the Grace Line
and American Republics Line, the
principal United States steamed
services to the southern continent
will shortly have under way addi
tional tourist-travel plans covering
these same territories to encourage
a greater volume of sea-borne travel.
The combination of two services,
air and sea, in the opinion of offi
cials, will provide attractive travel
media for all classes of tourists, with
trips ranging from 11 days by air to
32 days by steamer.
Considered one of the most im
portant and practical steps toward
making “good neighbors" of the
American republics, the planned
stimulation of inter-America travel
will efTect a diversion of tourist
funds to these southern countries.
The diversion is counted upon to
supply an important element of ex
change with which to stimulate a
greater flow of "economic defense”
trade between the sister republics
of the Western Hemisphere.
Since the outbreak of hostilities
in Europe barred the main channels
of American tourist travel. Govern
ment agencies in Washington, in
cluding the United States Travel
Bureau of the Department of In
terior. the Pan American Union and
the unofficial Committee on Pan
American Travel have been actively
at work with the principal trans
portation companies operating to
Latin America on development of
plans to stimulate both tourist and
business travel southward.
These agencies estimate that dur
ing normal years some 500,000 Amer
icans travel tp foreign countries, of
which less than 5 per cent in tourist
classifications have gone to the
South American republics, up to the
outbreak of the European war. These
estimates are exclusive of the Amer
ican travel to Canada and motor
traffic to Mexico.
Travel Southward Gains.
During the current year, passenger
traffic by air and sea to Latin Amer
ica has mounted steadily. Recent
inauguration of additional schedules
and a reduction in travel time to
3'i days by way-of either coast to
Beaunos Aires is expected to result
in sharp stimulation of travel, par
ticularly among those whose time is
limited to two or three weeks during
the vacation periods.
Current air schedules provide a
seven-day circuit of the South
American continent as compared
with neariy two months formerly
required by surface for the same
trip. Steamship companies, likewise,
through the arrangement of tours
stopping at comparatively nearby
ports, will offer tourist trips of two
and three weeks as w-ell as the five
and six week itineraries for the
more distant South American
The agencies-co-operating on the
“travel American" program report
that similar efforts to direct traffic
northward from these far South
American countries are already pro
ducing effective results. Aside from
, the generally sympathetic reception
i given the recently instituted new
| and faster transport services be
tween North and South America, a
! number of Latin American govern
ments have already taken steps to
simplify passport and visa require
ments for special applicatian to
American citizens traveling as
; tourists.
Plays Roll in Commerce.
Both Government and unofficial
agencies which have made a close
study of pan-American relations,
specially during the past year, con
sider the establishment of an “Amer
ican axis" for travel as an important
corollary to the expected expansion
of commerce between the American
republics which, encouraged now
because of war conditions, is ex
pected to form a basis for a new
trade order after the present Euro
pean conflict.
The practical effect of diverting
sizable sums expended by travelers
j will in many cases provide the ex
change necessary to finance im
portant trade expansion.
No estimate of American travel
1 spending power in Latin America is
available at present.
Proves Ma(net at
These are rare days at P. M.
j ' —landscape filled with
" flaming scarlet and gold,
mellow browns and greens.
A pot of steaming coffee, a
sniff of sizzling steak, re
▼italize you. Come to the
top of the Poconos for Columbus Day.
Golf. Riding. Bring the whole family.
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Petert berg, end come oorly
for « grand and gloriout
vacation in tbit playground
of the Gulf Caott. Write
today for booklet!. Find
out why to many people
prefer tke Sunshine City.
Chinatown Ignores Telephone
Numbers and Dials by Name
In Chinatown’s telephone exchange in San Francisco.
the heart of San Francisco's exotic
Chinatown is a black-and-red pa
goda with exquisitely carved wood
work and upturned eaves. This
quaint building houses the only for
eign telephone exchange in the
United States.
"Dey huey bin she ah?” That's
"number, please?” in Chinese, and
20 women telephone operators sit
ting in front of modern switch
boards handle thousands of calls a
day from San Francisco's Chinese
subscribers. The operators, some of
whom have been stationed in China
town for 20 years, speak perfect
English as well as five Chinese
When a new operator is added to
the staff she spends several weeks
memorizing the names of the 2,500
subscribers, for the Chinese insist
upon asking for their parties by
name instead of by number.
In this largest Chinese city in the
world outside of the Orient the
telephone is almost constantly used.
San Francisco Chinese place hun
dreds of long-distance calls to
friends and business associates in
other Pacific Coast cities. And
after midnight the staff is busy
making connections for those who
have returned from the theaters.
Their calls include after midnight
chats and orders for food and re
freshments from nearby restaurants.
The Chinatown telephone office
was established in 1894 by Loo Kum
Shu. § graduate of the University
of California and later editor of the
Occidental Daily News, first Chinese
newspaper in San Francisco. At
that time there were 100 telephones.
The Chinese telephone book is
unusual, too. It is hand lettered
with Chinese ink made from the
ink sack of the cuttle fish.
For nearly a half century the
Oriental telephone exchange in San
Francisco's Chinese quarter has
been one of the many points of
interest in the district.
The Traveler's Notebook
Bus Line Files Application to Carry Passengers
Over the Supersafe, Soon-to-Be-Opened,
160-Mile Pennsylvania Turnpike
j # Travel Editor.
Picture a concrete highway of
four lanes without a grade crossing,
with no stop lights and no steep
grades throughout its 160 miles: a
highway that flows over and through
the rugged beauty of the Appalach
ian Mountains, seldom passing
'within sight of a town ifl the well
! populated State and never present
ing a distracting, marring billboard:
where eating facilities at popular
prices will be offered without road
side hot dog stands—picture it and
you have an actuality, the soon
to->open Pennsylvania turnpike.
As guests of the Greyhound Lines,
which has filed application to oper
; ate Harrisburg to Pittsburgh buses
over the super-safe highway, a group
of Eastern travel editors recently
made a preview trip of the 110 miles
of straightaway and 50 miles of wide,
clear, visioned curves, to be im
. pressed not only with the engineer
ing skill of the project nor the
beauty of the scenes it tapped,
but principally with the fact that
speed can be consistent with the
preservation of life.
Without delving into the causes
of accidents but with a fair knowl
edge of what the major highway
hazards are. this is the way they
figure it: The Lincoln highway tra
i verses relatively the same region
! and on the stretch between the ter
mini of the turnpike there are 939
road and street intersections and 12
railroad crossings.. On the turn
pike there are none. Last year, on
1 this section of the Lincoln highway
| iU. S. routes 11 and 30) 22 persons
were killed and there were 749 ac
cidents. These figures exclude traf
fic fatalities and crashes within the
limits of the towns and boroughs
through which the Lincoln highway
# i * :k
The turnpike, last word in auto
mobile arteries, can trace its history
back to the days of the colorful and
costly warfare of the railroad ty
coons in the 1880s. It follows gen
erally the route laid out for the old
South Penn Railroad, a project that
never was realized. After $10,000.
000 had been sunk into the scheme,
the reputed intervention of the
House of Morgan halted not only
the work on the South Penn but
I also stopped another proposed line
j that challenged the supremecv of
the New York Central farther
Utilization of iVt miles of tunnels
dug for the South Penn backed up
the practical vision of the men who
pressed through with the turnpike
idea. Almost 2^ miles more of tun
nels were dug to fulfill the standard
set by the engineers—that no grade
be more than 3 per cent; i. e.. a
3-foot rise for every 100 feet. This
standard also resulted in the saving
of about 9.000 feet of vertical climbs
over existing routes.
Delvers into automobile driving
psychology have found a reluctance,
bordering on fear, to enter vehicular
tunnels. In planning the turnpike’s
lighting, engineers took this fact
into account and specified mercury
lights to give the appearance of
daylight. Sodium vapor lights are
used to illuminate the tunnel en
trances. An eighth tunnel would
have been added to the highway,
but after study it was decided to
lift off the roof and the Clear Ridge
Cut represents the removal of 1,000.
000 cubic yards of rock and gravel.
Three of the tunnels are more
than a mile long. Assuring them of
proper ventilation are powerful,
electric-driven fans, housed in con
crete buildings rising over the en
trances of the passages. Ducts car
1 ry the fresh air to the center of tha
tunnels, the polluted air being
driven out the ends. Only at the
tunnels does the highway falter in
its four-lane course over the coun
tryside. It converges into one east
bound and one westbound lane.
A towing car and a flre-flghting
! truck will be stationed at each tun
nel for emergencies.
For the present, it was announced
last week. Pennsylvania's 50-mile
per-hour speed law will curb the
temptation to ' open her up" to the
100 miles and more made safely on
test runs. Whether or not there
will be eventually a minimum as
well as a maximum speed limit is
yet to be determined, probably after
traffic has been studied under a
variety of conditions. Establish
ment of a maximum speed of 7C
miles is considered likely,
* * * *
Aside from the inspiring scenerv
j bordering the turnpike, J2.500.00(
' will be expended for landscaping
Part of this beautification phase
will include an absolute ban or
billboards. Only highway sign;
designed to guide the motorists wil
be allowed within the broad right
of-way. But beyond the stiff wire
fences which shut off trespassers
; what? The State Highway Com
mission has decided that even there
on private land within view of the
highway, billboard are not to be
erected; or, if they are, they wil
represent wasted money. Outdooi
advertising companies have beer
: notified by the commission that an)
sign will be screened off by shrub
bery and trees.
In keeping with the motive ol
preserving the natural atmosphere
are the filling stations, erected a(
strategic intervals. The stations
while decidedly equipped for utility
are one-story buildings built along
early Pennsylvania lines, of slate
gray stone. Thus they attempt tc
melt into the landscape.
Pour of the stations are for west
bound traffic exclusively; four foi
eastbound, staggered along the
; route. The well-known caterer
Howard Johnson, has the restaurant
concession along the turnpike
with counter-service facilities at
each station. Eighty and three
j tenths miles from the eastern ter
minus of the pike is midway station
! an elaborate two-story building
located off the eastbound lane
Here will be served full-course
meals in a dining room seating
120, or on the flagstone terrace
The interior of the building is at
tractively decorated with all the
comforts of home—knotty pine anc
tinted walls, fireplaces, lounge
chairs and convenient side tables
Upstairs Is a dormitory accomodat
ing 38 persons and here, when the
moon shines down on the resort
I . Cover complete vacation an
t—pentee (of <50.00 or more)
~'A\'f this easy way eight—Pint
tour*, hotel*, spending
money, as well as your lew
PCl coat Greyhound ticket. Call
- lor complete information.
like place, will deep not the youth
In hie jalopy nor the businessman
bound for a holiday, but the men
with the leaded feet who whizz
their commercial cargoes cross
country—the truck drivers.
Midway also serves westbound
vehicles from a regular service sta
tion on the north aide of the pike.
There is no interconnecting turn
around to bring in traffic confusing
to the oneway flow in front of the
"hotel.” Desiring a fullsome meal,
served in style, the westbound
motoring party parks on the north
side and enters the large building
on the south by a pedestrian tun
nel under the highway.
* * * *
The system of collecting tolls is
designed to create a minimum bot
tleneck. Streamlined blue booths
are at each entrance. Going into
the turnpike, the motorist simply
picks up a ticket labeled with the
name of the gateway he entered,
Leaving the highway, he pays for the
mileage traveled. The fee has not
yet been announced, but it is pre
sumed a cent a mile wUl be charged
for passenger cars.
Including the eastern terminus,
at Irwin, Pa., outside Harrisburg,
and the western terminus at Mid
dlesex, near Pittsburgh, 11 inter
changes or cloverleaf road systems
introduce and discharge traffic.
They connect with cross roads with
out the danger of left turns. Leaving
the pike the motorist pulls to the
right in a gentle curve of the inter
change roadway, presents his toll
ticket at the exit booth and pays for
his miles. Entering the pike at in
terchanges along the route, the
driver goes up a cross road curve
that heads his car with the flow.
At these interchanges, the incoming
toll booths are located far enough
off the pike to permit the car to
pick up speed and Join the traffic at
a speed consistent with cars on the
Woodward Begins
22nd Year at Y. M.C. A.
The Woodward School for Boys
Ls now In its twenty-second school
year in its rooms ir the Central
! Y. M. C. A. building, 1736 G street
j NW.
The faculty this year is the
same as it was last year with the
exception of the English teacher
and the head of the social science
department. For English the school
has obtained Z. L. Macmillan, who
holds a bachelor of arts degree from
Hamilton College.
Robert B. Birge, a Yale University
graduate and Phi Beta Kappa, who
also has studied and traveled ex
tensively in Europe, heads the social
science department.
The academic standard of the
school, which is a member of the
Middle States Association of Col
leges and Secondary Schools, is
based upon the advanced require
ments for admission to the colleges
and universities of standing and
those of the College Entrance Ex
amination Boa^d. it is pointed out.
The school has the use of two
large gymnasiums and two swimming
pools in the building.
The school's Board of Managers
: consists of Alfred H. Lawson, presi
dent of the Central Y. M C. A.: Dr.
Carson P. Frailey. first vice presi
dent: Floyd D. Akers, second vice
president; Fred M. Nettleship. sec
retary; Lanier P. McLachlen, treas
urer. and Leonard W. De Gast,
general secretary of the Y. M. C. A.
•f. George A. Lewis is chairman of
the Education Committee, which in
cludes as members Justice Bolitha
J. Laws, Wayne Kendrick. Wil
liam Cassel Hanson and A. W.
Wheat Loans Reach
$112,895,000 Mark
By the Associated Press.
The Commodity Credit Corp. re
ported yesterday that loans totaling
J112395.000 had been made up to
September 25 on 157397,000 bushels
of 1940 wheat.
Mexico Stages Bull Fight
'Tryouts' in October
MEXICO CITY. Sept. 28—Sea
soned tourists to Mexico are partial
to October as one of the finest times
of the year for a visit, as it is in
October that many off the beaten
track adventures are encountered.
Next month visitors may witness
the thrilling "tentas”—tryouts of
the fighting bulls on the many
raitehes which are within easy trav
eling distance of the large centers.
Here all the color, spirit and skill
of bull fighting may be enjoyed
without the objectionable part. For
it is at the “tentas” that Mexico's
fiercest and noblest bulls are se
lected for the winter bull fights,
and here. too. young, aspiring mata
dors-to-be display their colurage
and technique for the benefit of
The heavy tropical rains have
abated in the ranchlands, and the
great fighting bull farms round up
their valuable stock. Miniature
bull rings are constructed, and the
pick of the herds are given a first
taste of battle. So it is that one
may see a lad in ragged ranch
clothes handle the cape with all
the grace and dignity of a spangled
matador—and perhaps in another
year this same boy will receive the
plaudits of brilliant crowds at Mexi
co’s great arenas.
'Ghost Towns'Alive
With Tourist Trade
DENVER, Sept. 28. —Colorado
ghost towns, some of them good for
page 1 news in any man's news
paper half a century ago, this year
are doing more business than they
can handle.
Where teeming crowds of rough 1
miners and adventurers and plaid
vested gamblers once thronged the
tourist now is having his day.
“Towns” that once counted their
populations in five figures not in
frequently house no more than a
dozen—and here visitors from every
corner of the country peer curiously
and sentimentally into long-desert- \
ed saloons, stores and gambling halls.
E Maka it a grand vacation alt tha
1 way. Traval by larga. modarn
[ ship , . . in ease and comfort.
1 Fares include fine meels and
stateroom accommodations.
Round trip from Baltimore:
AIAMI - *58
For booklet, write er phone
M. I M. Travel Bureau, 14IB H
Street, N. W„ Washington (Tel.
National 4612]—or authorised
tourist agents.
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On# Way Faras from Now York to St. Thomas, $90 up
to San Juan, $100 up • to Port au Princa, $110 up
For complete details, consult your Travel Agent or
United States Lines
912 15th Street N.W. National 2690. Offices is principal cities.
Costume Dolls Win
Latin American Tourists
To many people half the fun of
traveling consists in collecting sou- ^
venirs, and now many travelers to
South America are collecting cos
tume dolls which are typical of the
various countries visited.
These costume dolls, which may be
found in the marketplaces of vari
ous Latin American towns and vil
lages, are made by the Indians and
the country people in their spare
time. Always quaint and often
amusing, some of these dolls dis
play rare artistic ability on the part
of their designers. The materials
may range all the way from bits
of straw and corn husk to scraps
of silk and velvet left over from the
making of a fine lady’s dress.
The dolls of Brazil are especially
sought after. Those made by the
inhabitants of Bahia are most fasci
nating. These dolls—called ‘'lem
brancas"—are made to represent the
typical market women of the vil
lages. The costuming is authentic
even to the jewelry, made from
bits of tinfoil originally found on
imported cigarettes, and the tlnv
baskets of fruit which the dolls
carry on their heads are correct to
the last detail.
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