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THE WASHINGTON TIMES; SATURDAY: AUGUST 23; 1919. ti r MOTOR CORPS NOW IN NEVADA DESERT f AUTOMOTIVE SECTION AUTOMOTIVE I SECTION. MotorTrain Is Lost 'Somewhere In Nevada' r.- The Overland Mystery .Car?. ; V: ". ? ETTffl ROADS 0 AD AUTO RG y t traasport's transcontinental motor train? Many interesting things have happened to the convoy, but this is the first time the long-string of motor trucks and automobiles has dropped from sight entirely. According to last reports the train Is "somewhere in Nevada." Due in White Gate. Nev., today, according to the schedule of mileage worked out previous to. the start, and which has been well adhered to. the train Is five days behind time, and no word has been received for two days. Last reports placed the train at Orr's Ranch, in Utah, the last .stop in that State. Sheridan's iSanch, the first objective in Nevada, lies across 125 miles of what is "known as the Nevada desert, and it is here some where that the convoy must be stall ed. No apprehension is felt here by those in touch with the train, but it is believed a sandstorm, prevalent in that section, may have blocked the trails, or hold up the train for many motorhours. However, the personnel is well equipped for such a conting ency, with-motors chuck full of grub, and a string of tank cars with fresh water for man and motor. The train's week's run. as rearrang- ForSureDeliveriesGetYour Order in Now. Al Orders FilletfinRotation Known construction and performance are essential when yon are choosing the right motor car. The Stntz will make good for you every day. MEMBER OFJME Motor Company of Washington 24th and M St. Tiione Went 71 Open Sunday Mornings. 1620-26 H St. N. W. Where is the motor jK, Wt jKtB mUlP EMERSON & ORME Distributers Member WakJn;rton Aatomotlve Trade Agaadatlo. Bf Axk fer 0te reason cftcv great ft&et-Gpcrat&r Truck. thty IHI mre hnyint ralton D Let us those y&atcfuct HI my f them Huntington Motor Company H 1905' 14& Street V A Complete ed because of loss of time, was from Evanston. wyom., to Ely, Nev.. the second stop after crossing- the desert. The mileage covered, including the last reports, was 2,40a, which is from Evanston to Orr's ranch. This is a loss of approximately 317 miles, ac cording to schedule, but does not in clude the distance that may have been covered over the mountainous desert since leaving Orr's ranch. Contrary to custom, the train was forced to leave Evanston on Sunday afternoon in order to gain time. This was due to a difficult thirty-five-mile stretch of road. The first bivouac was made at Echo Canyon, after one of the most stren uous day's battles of the whole trip thus far. The roads of disintegrated rock, with water bound macadam sur face, were good to fair, with a num ber of steep grades and sharp turns. On one sharp curve high up on the side of a mountain, timbers had to be placed to strengthen the road and prevent a landslide. The weather continued as good as had been previously met, but a dis agreeable dust cloud that persisted for days hindered the march. Making Ogden, Utah, in eight hours, camp was made, and passing through Morgan, a Mormon community, the populace flocked out to serve refresh ments to the dusty men. In Ogden the officers were entertained at dances at the Weber Club and at the 'home of Mrs. Eccles. The enlisted men were given passes and transportation to the Hot Springs Sanitarium. No sickness or mechanical difficulties were met. GeTerssr Views Train. Gov. Simon Bamberger of Utah and eighteen other State executives, who were then in conference, reviewed the train on its arrival at Salt Lake City next day. A noisy welcome awaited the dust covered train, which was convoyed by most of the city's automobiles from a distance outside the city limits. Sev eral hundred commercial trucks joined the parade when it entered the town. Many welcoming features awaited the officers and men, and the Red Cross women presented the train with a float bearing the Motor Transport's colors, white and purple. A swimming party in the famous Salt Lake was enjoyed by the whole personnel and the keys of the city were turned over to them. The roads encountered in Utah were a revelation and a rest to the much bunrped travelers. ' Fine highways, gradeless, d us tl ess, and perfectly maintained, took them out of Salt Lake City and sixty-two miles were covered, including a troublesome stretch of eight miles in a detour. Milestone 2.288, in Ogden, has been EMERSON & ORME Franklin 3860 I I I 8 Low - GIVEN sturdiness, power, speed and economical operation wisdom decides in favor of the iTruck with a low first cost Fulton Trucks are the output of the greatest factory in the world de voted exclusively to concentration on a single-model lton truck. You can buy two 1-ton Fultons for less than the cost of one 3- or 3-ton truck of equally fine construction. Service Station I Always At Your ZZyf I Ml V I T i dedicated with appropriate ceremon ies, and the subject of good roads is one of the prides of the section. Many messages from Utah to Con gress have urged the increases of the Townsend bill to a billion dollars. Roads Well Kept. Prom Sale Lake City to Orr's ranch a distance of seventy-four miles, v.as made from morning to afternoon. Generallv the roads ei l countered were hard, well matalled. and cement, all kept in first-class condition. The road from Ogden to Salt Lake City is fifty-two miles of an almost gradeless, straight line, with few turns, and those were wide ones. Only one point between Ogden and Orr's ranch, at the edge of the State, presented any trouble; this was where reconstruction was being made and soft sands mired two cars. Contrary to expectations, Orr's Ranch was found to be not a lonely station in the wilds, but a small town. Cowboy stunts, wild riding, and other such pastimes were staged for the benefit of the convoy. In return, the campers entertained with motion pic tures, searchlight demonstrations, and lectures which were thoroughly ap preciated. Leaving Orr's Ranch, the most peril ous section of the entire trip was faced, in a hundred and twenty-five miles of desolate mountainous desert. Beginning near the Utah-Nevada line, it stretches sinister, menacing, and dusty; a place of alkali sands, purple sage, mirages, glimmering heat waves and edged by saw-toothed and flat' topped heights. Water Tank Filled. It was expected that this stretch would easily be covered In a long day's run despite the thousand handi caps. All the water tanks were Allied in expectation of the waterless waste, and the food trucks were replenished. At Sheridan's Ranch, the first town on the Nevada side of the desert, a telegraph station was ready to flash news of the train's progress. Keep ing to the belated schedule, that point should have reported a safe arrival on the 20th. When the train arrives, what wond rous story of perils encountered and downed will there be to tell? Or will it be a story of one of the numerous sandstorms that blot out for days the entire landscape and for years form ed an unsurpassable barrier to foot travelers? AUTO COMMERCE CHAMBER mS TRUCK SHOW BOARD Charles Clifton, president of the National Automobile Chamber of Commerce, has appointed the follow ing truck show committee to handle the matter of commercial vehicle ex hibits: M. L. Pulcher, chairman. Federal Motor Truck Company; David S. Lud lum. Autocar Company, and A. J. Whipple. Company. Diamond T. Motor Car Cost Phone North 4332 Command 1 I SEES LONG SEIGE OF HIGH COSTS HERE T. W. Cushing, vice president and sales manager of the Maibohm MotorJ Company, Sandusky, Ohio, believes that we are due for a long siege of high prices, and gives in the follow ing interview his reasons: "To my mind there is little opportu nity for a, drop in prices of anything from food products to automobiles. Certainly prices of- cars cannot come down until we havea reconstruction of the economic conditions now exist ing. "The colossal Job of furnishing a large percentage of the world's sup. ply of food during the war, together with the thousands and thousands of tons of food products rotting In the bottom of the ocean as a result of fiendish short-sightedness, has de pleted the supply of food. We murt still bear the burden of furnishing more food for the countries whose once fertile fields are hideons ex amples of ruthless warfare. So even in the light of good crop reports there Is little hope for relief. "The price of automobiles depend 3 indirectly on the price of food. Di rectly it is dependent on two factors the cost of material 'and the cost of labor. With the thermometer of liv ing cost soaring toward the boiling point, skilled mechanics must receive a relatively higher wage. "The cost of steel and other mate rials is alsa dependent upon the high cost of living, so the mannfactnrei pays more for his materials and for labor, and, therefore, must charge more for his product. "Many people who have hesitated In placing their order for a cax, are now hastening to do so before fur ther advances are made necessary. LOCK YOUR SPARE TIRE. LOCK YOUR CAR. Itinerary of Transcontinental Motor Truck Convoy August 22. in desert, 2,408. Control point. Total miles to 317 miles behind Washington, D. C. . .. .. Frederick, Md. Chambersburg, Pa. (via Gettysburg, Pa.) Bedford, Pa Greensburg, Pa East Palestine, Ohio ... Sunday, rest period Wooster, Ohio Bucyrus, Ohio Delphos, Ohio (detour on new road) Fort Wayne, Ind South Bend, Ind Chicago Heights, III Sunday, rest period De Kalb, 111 Clinton, Iowa Cedar Rapids, Iowa Marshalltown, Iowa Jefferson, Iowa Dennison, Iowa Sunday, rest period Council Bluffs, Iowa '., Omaha, Neb Columbus, Neb Grand Island, Neb Lexington, Neb North Platte, Neb . Sunday, rest period.. i Big Springs, Neb Kimball, Neb '..... Cheyenne, Wyo Laramie, Wyo Medicine Bow, Wyo Rawlins, Wyo Sunday, rest period " Tipton Station, Wyo Green River, Wyo Fort Bridger, Wyo Evanston, Wyo Ogden, Utah Salt Lake City, Utah Oer's Ranch, Utah Sunday, rest period Sheridan's Ranch, Iba (detour on new road saving 25 miles), Nev. . Ely, Nov Eureka, Nev Austin, Nev Westgate, Nev. .' Fallon, Nev Sunday, rest period Carson, Nev. (detour on new road) Myers, Cal Placerville, Cal -. Sacramento, Cal Stockton, Cal. Oakland, Cal. Sunday, rest period San Francisco, Cal Rest periods are tentatively designated, and are subject to change as conditions may necessitate. C. B. DRAKE. Brigadier General, General Staff, Chief, Motor Transport Corps. The possibility of another period of transportation congestion is once more bringing the public highway to the front. While it is admitted that the rail ways must necessarily form the na tion's long distance transportation lines, fhe auxiliary power of the pub lic road, through the development of the gosoline engine and the motor ve hicle, is receiving thoughtful atten tion in official circles. Public discussion of high cost prob lems and the railway situation ran into the country road at two points during the 'past few days. The first point touched was that the public highway is a potential short-haul freight and express line, and that with a national system of improved roads, intersecting each State north, south, cast and west, there will thus be constructed the basis of a compre hensive, nation-wide system of traf fic arteries which State and county systems may connect. With such a system provided the development of freight and express transportation is anticipated far beyond comprehension. Its advocates assert that the motor track as it appears on the public high way today is but an infant compared to what it will be, once the public roads are built to permit ita enlarged use. Store Premiums' Now, Those who -doubt the possibilities of the highway freight and express as factors in the reduction and stabiliz ing of food costs are told to look back over the development of the railway and note that the beginning was upon a basis far less promising as a prac tical proposition than the basis upon which the gasoline-driven vehicle stands today. Dropping back to the point of short haul delivery, attention is being called to the fact that The radius of high way shipping is being gradually ex- ftended as modern roads are being built. Advocates of a national high way system, the creation of which is provided for in the Townsend bill now pending in Congress, have encoun tered the argument that approximate ly fifty miles is the maximum of mo tor delivery. Their answer is that while this may be true, it Is true only at the present time because of the il logical connections and the general condition of the road. The same economic conditions which forced railway develop ineent is forcing a national develop ment of the public highway, and the advocates of a national highway sys tem assert that each day's discussion of the present economic situation pro duces additional reasons why the Fed eral Government must ffei down to highway building on a nation-widi scale and in dead earnest. In a sense, the legislative mind at Washington seems to be approaching the present phase, of economic prob lems somewhat in a spirit of weari ness. "Will w ever get anything really finished?" is a question which seems to express their feelings, since so many problems, like the proverbial eat, keep coming back. But one fact seems to be making date, not including miles made schedtde. Approximate mil Scheduled to arrive on or before From previous con trol point. Starting Point On time July 46 On time July 8 62 On time July 9 57 On time July 10 63 On time July 11 81 Ontime July 12 On time....... July 13 83 Ontime July 14 63 Ontime July 15 70 Ontime July 16 51 Ontime July 17 76 Ontime July 18 78 On time July 19 On time.. ..... July 20 80 On time July 21 84 On time July 22 87 . On time July 23 75 On time July 24 81 On time July 25 68 On time July 26 July 27 72 On time July 28 5 On time July 29 83 On time July 30 64 On time July 31 82 Ontime Aug. 1 64 On time Aug. Aug. 75 Delayed Aug. 86 Delayed Aug. 66 Delayed Aug. 57 Delayed Aug. 59 Delayed -Aug. 62 Delayed Autr. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ueiayed Aug. 10 58 Delayed Aug. 11 60 Delayed Aug. 12 63 Delayed Aug. 13 35 Ar. Aug. 18... Aug. 14 76 Ar. Aug. 19... Aug. 15 52 Ar. Aug. 19... Aug. 16 74 Ar. Aug. 20... Aug. 17 No report Aug. 18 80 No" report Aug. 19 81 . No report Aug. 20 83 Aug. 21 70 Aug. 22 70 - Aug. 23 54 ' Aug. 24 Aug. 25 66 Aug. 26 34 Aug. 27 50 Aug. 28 52 Aug. 29 48 Aug. 30 80 Aug. 31 .Sept 1 Terminus .Sept. 2 This car acts as scout Itself very clear, and that is thae since the public highway is the first lap be tween the producer and consumer, the logical place to begin cutting down lu-ine: costs Is by eliminating perma nently the time-consuming and fnel wasting roads. To accomplish this purpose the construction of a national highway system as a necessary and logical connection with State and county systems is being looked upon with increased favor. KMSBSmKEH ROraSSH YOU never hear a groan or a whimper of complaint from this present day Chalmers. It does what you ask of it. It takes a command like a willing servant and responds like a thoroughbred. And it wears well; not only in its "inner works;" 'but in a way that you never grow tired of. (So many persons want a new car every other year!) The more it runs, the gentler, the Jeasier it seems to get over ground. You will find the underlying cause in Hot Spot and Rams-horn, two devices which have advanced Chalrriers two years ahead of other cars in engineering. They "crack up" and condition the raw gas in a way that produces terrific power with pussy-like gentle ness. You obtain a brand new sense of driving ease, and when you want to "let loose" in a quagmire road or on H. for the trans-contmentol trip of the UNIFORM ROAD LAWS TO HELP-HffiH WAYS It has been said ihat bad roads have done more harm" to goS automobiles and motor tracks than automobiles and motqx tfucks have done to the roads. Withthe Adoption by the auto- I tire, accessory, and -other Allied mann- AHQT SPOT Chaim-iets - v Never $aW,wNo" ipij a tortuous hill your Chalmers never says "No. You'll find it to be, as so many others have discovered in recent months, one of the few great cars of the world. $1685 I. o. b. Detroit. B. LEARY, Jr., niSTKIBVTOIl 1321-1323 Fourteenth St. X. W. Service Station and Tarts Department Rear 628 motor transportation corps. faetnrers of a, sane IrmitaiJoa "motor vehicle- prae&ee,' t&ere is exctfse in the world whyltsKcmld a any longer proclaimed by saany of tk wise road-building experts that noMr . trucks destroy the Toads. 3 By the adoption of thenxiform lsr 1 as proposed, .traffic is sot goteff t V a great enigma a great unkaowa J quantity. It is soon, therefore, goia to be up to the State, city, and c authorities to face the artiste." tfi faaKtyFfrd KEMSEft. -. Main 4105-4106 O St. N. W.