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Automobile of Tomorrow Will Be Constructed Like a Moving Drawing Room
Tht the automobile of the next
generation will be far different from
the trp In ure today is the predic
tion made In an Interesting- article In
a recent Issue of the Scientific Amer
ican. The entire control of the ma
chine will ba simplified and perhaps
located In a set of push buttons. A
recent invention makes possible the
opening; and closinr of garage doors
bjr thla method, and the application
of the theory, it is prophesied, will
be applied to the automobile itself.
The article, which is entitled "The
Motor Car of the Future." says that
the car will be weather-tight and
weather-proof, and that the sides,
front, rear, and roof will probably be
made of glass. In warm weather
tt)ee sides would come down, while
inside curtains, lncludtng one for the
roof of the machine, would keep out
the sun and glare when shade Is de
sired. Change In Engine.
The writer then says:
"The power plant of the car of the
not-too-near future will be under the
body and on or near the rear axle.
"A thousand gasolene engineers
are about to arise and call me wick
ed names and tell me it can't be
done. I dare say It can't with a
gasolene engine. But who said the
car of t!)e future had to have a gaso
lene engine;
"There Is at least one brand-new
development In the steam-car field,
which does this very thing puts the
power plant where it belongs, close
to the rear axle, thus dispensing with
tb lqng shaft, the unlversals and
their likelihood of breaking and
wearing out. and their power loss.
Eleetrlo automobiles of the present
all have their power plants on or near
.the point of power application.
"If. as seems reasonable t. sup
pose, the greatest of all power prob
lems is finally solved If we ever
learn to develop the power In gaso
lene, alcohol, kerosene, explosives.
coal wherever latent power Is di
rectly into electricity, then there can
be no Question as to where the pow
er plant will .be. And make no mis
take about it that development will
one day be made.
t Rf-rslntlen Gelac Ob.
iThe bksbi pf control) .of a mo-
tor"h continues,' aS-r Widergolng-
a revolution right now and the end
is far to seek.
. "The first automobile had an en
gine to pull the car, a man to start
the engine, a man to stop the car,
a man to pump the gasolene, a man
to turn down the oiler, a man to
pump the tires, a 'man to fill the
oil lamps, a man tt light them oh.
it was the same man, but the point
Is the engine didn't do anything but
pull him around. He had to attend
to all the rest of It himself.
"Today the engine supplies power
for lights, power to start Itself, power
to pump up tires, power to pump Its
own oil, power to pump Its own gaso
lene. bat Is nextT Power to stop itself,
of course! And here we ..ore on solid
ground, for the vacuum brake, which
uses engine power to create euction
and air pressure to apply brakes, is
already on the market. So is an elec
trical brake, which uses the stored
engine energy in the battery to wind
a cable or a drum and puts so much
pressure on the brake bands that the
best practice is to keep them thor
oughly oiled!
"The car of the future won't leave
anything to be done by man power.
"if the engine starts and lights
and pumps and stops itself, why,
shouldn't It steer the -ar?
"And In the future the car with
the steering wheel will be as obso
lete as the car with the hand pump
for gas or oil Is today.
"The car of the future will have
no such thing as a driver's seat. All
the seats in the car save the. rear one,
will Jje movtble. Driving will be
dne . from a small control board,
which can be held in the lap. It will
be connected to the mechanism by a
XiexjBie electric came, a small finger
lever, not a .-heel, will guide the
car,. Another will attend to speed
changes, buttons will light and warm
th ear, blow the horn, apply the
brakew everything. The driver will
ett right or left as he pleases or even.
Today's Attractions,
at the FUlm
PLA7A 4a "h su x-xv-
Special t-Reel Metro Production With
Harold Lockwood In "Unor Handicap."
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Here is the coming automobile.
otherwise heated; plenty of rocm;
on country roads, on the rear seat.
Driving will be then, what it ought
to be, a mental, not physical exercise.
"And don't protest that an elec
tric cable can't carry all the con
trolling Influences from driver tol
car, to engine, to lights, horn, brake. I
speed controls, steering. The modern
church organ has five banks of keys
and hundreds of stops. Every key
has an electrical circuit, every stop,
every coupler, every pedal has at
least one and sometimes several, and
they all the whole tseveral hundred
of them ko In one flexible cable so
that a modern console can be muveo
about in the church exact.y as the
modern control board of the future
will be moved about In the automo
bile. Car That la To Come.
"Pedals, levers, dials, contraptions
of all sorts, will disappear. The in
terior of the car of the future will
look like a little pleasure house, not
the engine room of the U-boat. The
engine I won't quarrel with you as
to whether It Is electric, gas or
steam, or located under the hood or
the rear seat will deliver and store
enough power to do everything about
the car that manual labor now does.
"The motor car of the future will
be low. You won't climb Into it you
win step into It. Six-Inch clearances
will be ample, because the future
won't have any bad roads.
"The car of the future will carrv
neither extra tires nor extra wheels.
In the first place. If the non-punctur-
aDie tire doesnt arrive which it
will, probably and If the substitute
for rubber is never made which It
will be why, some one will come
across with a substitute for air.
Electrical Control.
"By means of an Electrical 3vire
patented the automoblllat can upon
reaching his garage press a biuion
which will turn on the lights in the
building, unlock the doors and fold
them back clear of the opening all
within a few seconds," says the
Scientific American.
"The push buttons are arranged
on a metal post outside' In a .-on-venlent
place at the side 'if the
driveway where the driver cn reach
out with one hand and operate the
device. One push button np.ins up
the garage, another closes It while a
third stops the doors instantlv. Pro
vision has been made though u
spring checking device to prevent ac
cidents to persons of machines, should
they, by oversight, be standing in the
opening after the closing button has
been presfed.
"In case of emergency, as power
being ofT. etc.. a slight pull of a
lever disengages gears? and the d.ors
can be hand operated. The doors are
mechanically connected so that the
opening of one section also opens the
"When the push button drvii-e Is
outside they may be ODerated ith a
cylinder lock; so that no one beida
the owners can nt-r thr garage.
"The device is very slmpl to In
stall and can be planed wherevr
there Is twelve inches .pare above the
doorway. The maintenance after in
stallation is prartioaHy nothing.
(Copyrlrht. 1J17. Munn A Co. Scientific
American, by Oil F. Wood.)
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no noise; no steerine wheel, just
Serbia's Admiration for Our High Ideals American Army
Clothing Compared With Swiss, Italian, and German Curious
Complications in Coal Regulation "Live Wires" in Promotion
Unifying War Tax Bills.
As the House was not in session,
it was not one of our busiest days
in Coneress yesterday. But we did
considerable. Among other things,
we continued to make a careful study
of expert financial methods, repre
sented by percentages of fifty-fifty
and of sixty-five to thirty-five in
army uniforms.
Also we made a distinct and inde
pendent study of other expert finan
cial methods, illustrated in the co
ordination of coal, when men who
"know a good thing" put that good
thing over on a good man, who thinks
well of his fellows, and is also one
of the best qualified college presi
dents in this or any other country.
After doing a number of other
taings in addition to these, we gave
our wannest applause to the enun
ciation of the great principles of the
Declaration of Independence and the
Sermon on the Mount, to wit: That
we are all born free, with equal
rights to life, liberty, and the pur
suit of happiness, and that we ought
to love our neighbors as ourselves.
This reads like persiflage. It sug
gests sarcasm. It may seem to be
prompted by the 'Sinister motives"
Senator Lodge does not show in ex
amining a Democratic food adminis
trator. It is, on the contrary, a con
densed perspective view of our act
ual proceedings. We did 11 these
thinrs in that order, and then some
others of considerable, if not equal,
Vc applauded our lofty ideals
when we found how greatly we were
admired for them by a distinguished
visitor. This was Dr. Millenko Ves
nitch, chief of the Serbian va"r mis
sion. He was escorted into the Sen
ate chamber by a committee of the
Senate. He was a very plain-looking
man himself, but his distinguish
ed staff glitterf-d with orders. The
gray-boarded. licrcr-looking old gen
eral, who wiiro the most orders, stop
ped to pat one of the Senate pages
on the check. Vice President Mar
shall made a speech of welcome. It
was really one of his best efforts. He
befan with Patrick Henry's demand
for liberty or death and rose above
it. Thoae who think our Vice Presi
dent does not know how to handle the
English language ouu'ht to hear him
on an occasion, that really rails for it
He voiced our national aspirations
with a dignity worthy of the historic
As our distinguished Serbian guest
told us how our lofty ideals and ex
ample have stirred the hearts of men
for better things until we are the
hope of the world, we forgot about
C5-:t5 substitutes for all-wool roods
and applauded him with warmth. If
some one would only admire our sub
lime side oftrner, perhaps it might be
better for all concerned. It was so
yesterday, at any rate. When Dr.
Vcsnitch congratulated us on our
four distinct varieties of liberty re
ligious, political, commercial, and
industrial -we apnluuded With sin
cere devotion to them all. We were
as proud of them as we were when
he congratulated us on our principles
of local self-government and our
hatred of dominating the weak. He
d'd us good. When he left the cham
ber, we felt loftier than we had felt
before during the year.
In the matter of the Mxty-nve-
thirty-five ratio of co-ordination In
conserving the wool supply. W. B.
I.. ojn
some simple levers and buttons held
be punctured. Can you beat it?
What It Did
Blanchi, of New York. toIU tue Sen
ate Commltee on Military Affairs
that woolens are made of wool, and
that when you put 33 per ctnt of
shoddy Into cloth, it Is shoddv cloth,
not woolen cloth. He said that prior
to 1914, be had sold woolens for uni
forms to Italy, Switzerland, and Ger
many. He had sold sne to Eu
rope since 1914. but he had lately
sold out bis entire stock to the
United States Government at its re
quest. He said he had no contract
and no other Interest In testifying
than that of giving the Senators his
opinion if they wanted IL The Eu
ropean governments who had bought
uniform cloth from him nought
woolen cloth, unadulterated, and all
wool from the sbecp. It was not
shoddy, but woolen. In his opinion,
the soldiers of the United States in
Europe were entitled tn thn het
clothing, and in his opinion clothing
3 not norit ohnjili. .. r .
- ... ... ouwuj iu O.I per cent
wool was not as good as woolen
clothing, and could not be made so.
That was all.
Appearing before the Senate Com
mittee on Manufactures, Stanley B
Houck, of Minneapolis, told of the
suffering of independent coal dealers
under co-ordination. Dock com
panies handling coal along the Great
Lakes represent great coal produc
ing and selling corporation. The
dock companies have been unified
In an association The association
conferred with the Fuel Administra
tion In arranging or staoilizlng
prices. The association Is co-ordinated
and seems satisfied. Consumers
of coal in the Northwest usually buy
from the dock companies In com
petition with the great Illinois coal
fields. Under present conditions,
coal from the Illinois fields, selling
much cheaper than "dock coal," Is
diverted elsewhere. Competition has
ceased. The dock coal prices pre
vail. Under complications it would
take a special report a hundred
pages long to explain. Northwestern
dealers are being arrested for selling
Illinois roal, already on hand, at
prices above the regulation price for
Illinois contract coal, although It
Is much below the prevailing dock
price. The witness showed a Min
neapolis telegram from two dealers
who, after arrest, a day or so ago.
Implored first legal aid from him or
anyone else who could suppy It.
The witness was sure of the probity
of the Fuel Administration IIs was
sure of its patrio'ic motives and its
energy. Hut somehow something
was ocurring he could not explain.
A theory held In the committee
room and more or less elucidated in
questions, was that Dr. Garfield, who
associates with the best and purest
men In the coal business, haslet to
learn that it also Includes financial
experts who in "Putting Over t Good
Thing" are "live wires" as full)
alive as Captain Kidd might have be
come if he had lived In the electric
ase and practiced "promotion" in
stead of mere piracy.
Dr. Garfield may be deeply shock
ed by these "live wires" If. on closer
contact, he begins to know them bet
ter. The great Oil Iinds Leasing bill.
dlscuBaed in the Senate yestcrdiiy and
In process of amendment, will be pill
on its final passage before 5 o'clock
The Smoot bill, introduced and
discussed yesterday by Senator
Hmnot of Utah, is amendatory of all
war-tax bills now in force. It Ib In-
tended to combine them into a slnele
wumeo c foo
on the lap, and tires that can't
(Continued from First rage.)
even a vug-station from his Interested
hearer. Johnson begin the story of
how he watched himself die in the
Wilson hotel; how be felt that he was
facltiK death and how he was pre
pared to meet It.
Here 'a the story:
The nrntlat'a Story.
Did you ever watch yourself die?
No? Well. 1 httve.
If you were contemplating suicide,
a course that every man and every
woman at some time or other In their
lives has considered, what method
would you adopt? Would you study
-It out nnd hit upon fonje pleasant,
eay method, or would you grasp the
first weapon that came to mind?
On three different occasions during
the past year I have taken steps to
do away with myself. Twice I failed,
my efforts were wholly unsuccessful,
but the third attempt came near be
Inc my finish.
Being a dentist by profession, and
having had two years study In prac
tical medicine. I was naturally fa
miliar with drues nnd poisons. No
subject in my course held my atten
tion more closely than that of poisons.
Wondered Ahout rorrectnenft.
I often questioned the truthfulness
of my text books In reejnrd to the
after effects of tikin? deadly poisons.
I wondered If the medical writers
were correct In their conclusions.
In my studies und from personal
research I learned that aconltlne. an
alkelold made from aconite. Is the
most deadly poison known. It struck
me, when 1 made this discovery, that
In the event I should be overtaken
by misfortune and driven to suicide,
( would test out aronilinc, since It
would be certain to produce death.
I wanted no miscarriage of plans.
When once started I usually go
through with an undertaking.
This poison. I could see. had an ad
vantage over others. In the flrst place,
there is scarcely any pain !n lis wake.
Again, it leavse no slcns of demarca
tion on the body. I am t.ie who has
been uccus-! .-if being too tender
hearled. of ImvinK an cverslon to
blood, of taking eicry precaution to
avert suffering for others.
Illeeteil Suicide.
I elected to bo found o tuicide In
Wilson rather than be arrested for
murder Iu Middlesex, where the girl
I loved made her home: where my
family rcilded; where much Was
expected o.'. me. now that I had com
pleted my Cental cour.se. hung out my
sign and was a ftill-llcoged dental
I procured five crams of aconltlne.
I learned from my text book that
one-sixteenth of :t erain was a fatal
dose. .Surely enoueh to kill eighty
men would end my troubles.
So beiit wa-i I on ending my life;
.-o obsessed was I with the desire to
know wnetiicr Its action on me would
confirm the assertion of the medical
experts, that I do not remember pen
nine the cevernl letters to my fam
ily and fricndi, that the detective
found In my room at the hotel.
I was not frightened as I faced
what I thoiiKht would bo certain
death. I was merely fascinated in
Its contemplation.
Deep Sense of Heller.
I approached the end with a deep
sense of relief, for nil my troubles
would soon he at tin end; they had
already ceased to he a burden. I ap
proached the e.nil mill u licht hearl
edness that I had not experienced in
muity months
Adjusting the ahudes to my room
at the hotel. I rearranged several ar
ticles on the bureau: placed the chairs
In their proper places und turned on
the electric liKht.
.Some small personal effects I
H3 ra. v N W.
"-tin M IJ WKlllNOTOV t
Of Krerr l)tcrlptlon'-lo4rate Prleea,
un r sr. u. w.
G. 1918.
eocn-rirtc. ArcaTaNi
This is the way automobiles soon will open the f doors of the garage. He drives up to a post outside
the building, presses a button, and presto, open go the portals and on go the lights.
placed In a box and addressed it to
my mother Among- the several let
ters In the box I placed a brooch
that I had purchased as a Christmas
Lsed as a Christmas
gift for mother. Among other things
were some pictures of Alice, my dead
In timea past I had feared that T
would become excited In my last mo
ments on earth, but I found, to my
relief, that I waa calm and sober,
that It waa easy to be casual and
deliberate In my actions.
Takes the Poises.
After turning down the coverlet. I
disrobed, laid my clothea neatly on a
chair and walked over to the wash
atand with my little tube of aconl
tlne. I emptied the poison Into ft glasa
tumbler, and after adding to portion
of water, drank the concoction.
As a precaution against others be-'
Ing poinoned. I rinsed the glasa and
turned It upside down on the stand
to drain. It waa In thla position that
the glass was found later by the de
tective. I hear.
Leisurely I crawled Into bed for
what I expected to be my last long
aleep. I had vlalons of heaven a I
lay down that day, for I had only a
few hours before been reading ft Gid
eon Iiible that had been placed In my
room. (Johnson had marked certain
verses In the fourteenth chapter of
John, which, among other things
says, "In a little while I go. and the
world seeth me no more.")
Tressed Ilia Hands.
Stretching myself out In bed. J
croiaed my handa over my breast for
a time, for I remembered that was
tho proper manner for a man to as
sume In departing from thla life.
For several minutes I waited for
those unmistakable sl&ni that would
convince me that the poison waa tak
ing effect on my system.
I lived for several leconda in mor
tal dread lert it take me off without
my knowing It. for I wanted to know
for myself whether or not the text
book had told the truth.
Soon I fet a peculiar tingling In
my toes. It waa ft queer sensation,
neither painful nor unpleasant. Slow
ly that sensation crept up my legs
and through my body It reached my
stomach, then my chest, and then
coursed through my arms.
Never was my mind more active. I
followed each and every movement of
that poison-clutch as It took posses
sion of one member of my body after
the other.
Itemembererf Hook.
It flashed through my mind that the
book had told how the polaon would
produce a paralysis of sensation and
motion: of how the finger tlpa of the
patient would lose the sense of touch.
I was almost excited as I thrust my
hand from beneath the coverlet and
jrrasped the sheet. Never had I ueen
more Interested In the outcome of an
Teeth Haarnnteed to Fit aa Low
as p. Dr Vauahan'a Dental Office. 307 7th
PURSUANT to Peetlon I, Article VIII of Br
U, notlc ! nerrby alvrn that the An
nual Meeting of the Stockholders or Tr Cap
ital Traction Company for th eUctlon of a
Hoard of Directors for the cmutna year and
the trannactton of such other bualnees aa may
I brought befor the meeting;, will be held
at th otner or tha Coninr. lath and VI
trttts N W . WaMnton. D. C . on Wadnea
day, January . 1911. at 10. li o'clock A. M.
The poll will be open from 11 o'clock A. 14.
until t: o'clock noon. II. D. CKAilPTON
Secretary. 1-3
the'societt OF KQUITT AND jusTici:
otters tha publlo their certlAcatti of in
debtedners at r-ar wttb Interest at C per et-nt
per annum, paj-able or demand to enable
them to operate depots for the aale of ful
and food at reduced prices to fathers, moth.
rs. wives, daughters, tons, alatera and broth
era of soldiers and sailors of tha Unltid
States. For particulars address P. O. BOX
HI. 11th it. Station i.-jj
I UAXE a rpKlalty of preparing ana ao
knowP dKlna Income Tax returns after Jan.
oery dret. UJRENZO O. WABFIELP. No
lary Public. 1114 it it. N. W. North till.
Draft ainaaeiis rreo. u
WR ORGANIZE eorporattone read? to da
business under Delawar or D, C. lawa at
lowest nitea. for further partlculara addreea
Washington. D. Q. 14
.?r;vr3'TH!iw j ?
experiment at medical college than In
the outcome of thla rtnal test of the
veracity of the medical text book on
It was true. I could not feel the
sheet wltuin the grasp of my fingers.
Surely the end was near.
I looked up and saw the electric
light begin to flicker. It grew dim
mer. Through It all. I did not give a
thought to the folks back home; to
what the hotel management would
tblnk or say when they found me
dead. I followed the action of that
polaon ao closely, that my mind was
gripped on that one subject
Then everything went black be
fore my eyea. I was alnklng. I did
not grasp nor
not gasp nor suffer and discomfort
whatever. It wu Just like floating
slowly downward.
My last connected thought was
Another Big Week of
"CJeanOJp? Prices
At This Busy
Economy Shoe Market
I Hundreds of Pairs of Women's
$6 to $10 Novelty Boots
At $4.65
X SALE that is "putting
l rings
The styles arc all
delightfully new and
novel the values
W-fc V eV
imply wonderful.
-a.-a-a-r-aaA-i i-t'tv. C!i.
Grays and Ivory
More Than a Dozen Shades of Tan:
Black. Tans and Gray
With different color
Literally everything in the smart new
boots that will be worn for spring. All at one
sweeping price cut
Tablefuls of
Men's and Women's
Broken Sizes
Values up to $5 in small
sizes out-of-style shoes
and other remnants. In
all leathers.
414 Ninth Street
how did the writer of that text book
tell bis story ao correctly without
having the real experience. Uow did
he live to tell the atory?
I wsa startled some time later, how
long I do not know, to awake at the
Wilson Sanitarium wifh nuraea and
doctors,, working over me. I bad taken
an overdose, they aald.
I was told that when the hotel man
agement opened my room I had been
nauaeated and was delirious and that
the polaon had been pumped from my
It waa the hand of Providence, X
am confident, that reached down and
snatched me from the grave, for the
end of my atay on earth la not yet.
That experience Is conclusive, to
my mind, that I will never go to the
electric chair.
It 1 1 ' I lU-aa-BisVW f-UiL-1-tN V
V M aaaaaH I Jl A JT aaaaaH at f V
la A PrvN
In V--A. JiF
i'a -M
shoe sales
Kid Boob
cloth or buck tops.
Special Values
in the Best
Shoes for Men
At $3.85
At $4.85
At $5.35
Savings averaging nearly
one-half on the newest of

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