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Maxwell Motor Reservists Eager to Invade Mexico
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A prt of the First Company of the California Automobile Reserve Corps.
The picture was taken in I,os Angeles and shows the motorist reserves In full
jniforni in their 191 S Maxwell cars. Lieutenant Lyman P. Clark, at the wheel
of the first car. is in command of the corps.
Famous Pathfinder Again
Hits Transcontinental Trail
An unscheduled event at the Pan
ama California International Exhibit
on at San Diego recently resulted in
the covering with much honor, the
battle-scarred veteran of thousands of
miles,, "Lena." "Lena'' Is none other
than one of the most famous auto
mobiles in existence, a Pathfinder "40"
which served as the official car of the
American Automobile Association and
as the United States official public
roads car, and during her life so far
has charted live transcontinental
highways and is still in active run
ning service. "The next bit of work
for 'Lena' to do in her remarkably
efficient manner, is to induce Eastern
Motorist to tour to the Pacific Cda-st
this season," was • the statement of
W. E. Stalnaker, vice-president and
director of sales of the Pathiinder
Company. "Lena" is owned by the
Pathfinder Company and since hear
ing our proposal to start a stock,
twelve-cylinder Pathfinder touring car
on a trip across fhe continent, nego
tiating the entire distance in high, our
l.os Angeles dealer has interested the
Automobile Club of Southern Cali
fornia in an effort to terminate this
run at the San Diego Fair instead of
San Francisco as we have originally
planned. I cannot say definitely what
we will (16. but from the active inter
est which has been shown and the as
surances of a royal welcoming, we
may take up this proposition. George
1. Lufkin, manager Pathfinder agency
in l.os Angeles, left last week for San
Diego in the battered, yet worthy, old
car, accompanied by representatives of
a moving picture weekly, and one of
the heads of the Motor Transporta
tion Bureau of the Exposition. He
writes us that "Lena" attracted as
much attention as any of the note
worthy displays of art, science, or re
nown: everywhere crowds gathered
around the old car, so shabby after its
time and travel-worn achievements,
as its history was recounted from
mouth to mouth. "From San Diego
the Pathfinder will make a run to
Salt Lake City, placing the official
exposition trail signs along the route,
incidentl.v enlisting the co-operation
of the towns along the way toward
getting us to end the proposed high
gear run at the San Diego fair. This
run is planned for some time later on
when the weather is more settled.
>• Pathfinder the Great,' our twelve
cylinder model with a gear ratio of
4.81, will be stripped of all gears ex
< opt high and reverse for the thirty
five hundred mile run."
Every possible care will be taken to
procure local witnesses of unap
proachable Integrity to note the car's
performance In places where the go
imr is had. Hills will be negotiated
only in the forward sear and evidence
will be obtained to establish definite
grounds for the public's confidence.
"There will be no attempt at exces
sive speed; Instead the pace will be
the same that the average private
owner would care to take in making
the trip. When motorists find that
they can make this trip with cob-webs
growing in first and second speeds,
two results will be obtained. First, a
greatly increased number of motorists
"ill take the trip; second, many will
nuy the car that can make this jour
ney all the way in high. We have
never before staged a transcontinental
run, as has been the practice of a few
other companies. The occasion of
•Lena's' debut was when the West
ward brothers blazed the trail, back
in 191J and 191.1, with their five trans
continental routes. At this time, the
Pathfinder was selected without solici
tation from its makers. We are confi
dent that 'Pathfinder the Great' will
secure the acclaim of the great Amer
ican motordom by its performance as
did the older sister, 'Lena.'
Powerful Dort Motor
Saves Factory Shutdown
Flint, Mich.. April 22.— I The power
ful Dort motor, which has shown
such wonderful efficiency in the Dort
louring car. had an opportunity again
Jo demonstrate its remarkable worth
in a novel way last week.
The Spring thaw and unusually
heavy rains combined in raising the
Flint river, beside which the Dort fac
tory is located, to a height of sixteen
feet above its normal level. A
miniature flood resulted, and drove all
the workmen from the shops. But for
a happy idea of J. D. Mansfield, the
general sales manager, the shops
would have been shut down for sev
eral (fays, a very serious thing at this
time of the year, with dealers all over
the country clamoring for Dort cars.
Two chassis were run out of the
motor assembly department and their
engines attached to a large four-Inch
centrifugal force pump lent by the
local fire department. In less than two
hours the water level in the entire
Dort factory has been appreciably re
duced, and by afternoon all the men
were at work again. Tn spite of the
T p.r', that the river continued at ils
hi«li level for two or three days,
there was no trouble in keeping the
Dort shops and offices free of water.
Shiremanstown. Pa., April 22.
Joseph W. Clouser died at his home
on East Main street, yesterday after
noon, aged 72 years. *
Ensminger Motor Co.
Third & Cumberland Sts.
Court Decides in Favor
of Protecting Dealer
On March 31, 1916. there ended in
the United States District Court, in
Cleveland, Ohio, a trial which has last
ed for three weeks, and Is of vital In
terest to the dealers throughout the
The suit was one brought by a con
sumers' league known as the Automo
bile Co-operative Association of
America, which was organized in New
York in 190S and went out of business
in 1911. The suit was against the B. F.
Goodrich Company, the Diamond Hub
bet - Company, the Firestone Tire and
Rubber Company, the Republic Rubber
Company and the United States Tire
The Cnsumers' League—the plaintiff
—complained that these companies had
refused to sell tires to it at dealers'
prices: that such refusal was the re
sult of a combined action or conspi
racy on the part of these companies,
and that the result of such conspiracy
had been to cause tills Consumers' Lea
gue to fail in business. The suit was
brought for ?4->O,OOO damages under the
Sherman antitrust law.
The fight was continued by the Good
rich, Diamond and Republic companies.
It appeared from the evidence there
after taken—consisting of testimony of
a number of prominent dealers anil of
suffioers ami branch managers of the
tire companies—that the Goodrich com
pany bad always and consistently re
fused to sell to clubs, consumers' lea
gues and kindred organizations at deal
ers' prices, recognizing that to do so
would be unfair to, and would under
mine the business of, the legitimate
Though the court, at the conclusion
of the evidence, decided—and subse
quently so charged the jury—that no
damages were proven or could be re
covered even if the defendants were
guilty under the Sherman law, the de
fendants were unwilling to stop, but
desired to have the propriety of their
acts passed upon. The matter was one
of principle to us.
So the case was argued before the
jury which has not brought in a ver
dict completely in favor of the defen
The court, in its charge to the jury,
jointed out that the reason stated by
the -defendants for not selling to the
plaintiff at dealers' prices was that
"they were forced to decide between
two alternatives—to deal with the co-
operative leagues, such as the plain
tiff was assumed to be, and lose the
business of the regular dealers, or to
say 'we will not deal with the co
operative leagues and we will keep the
favor and the support of the regular
dealers.' "
Further, the court said:
"If the plaintiff was not entitled to
the consideration accorded to, and re
ceived by, regular retail dealers in the
ordinary course of trade, then to re
fuse to deal with them as regular re
tail dealers was no restraint of trade."
Again, the court said that the jury
would have to ask itself this ques
tion. namely:
"Was there any necessity for Mr.
Raymond, representing the Goodrich
j company, with its standing in the trade,
to appeal to other tire makers to join
with it in such an agreement against
1 this corporation? Was there any bene
■ lit to accrue to the Goodrich Com
pany to do this sort of thing?"
And the jury decided in favor of the
The Goodrich Company will continue
with its uniform and long-established
policy, which has been and is and will
lie to protect its dealers, and refuse to
sell at dealers' prices to consumers
! under whatever form of association
they may be banded together.
Service Feature Essential
to Even Best of Trucks
"It mutters not how good the tire or
how careful the driver, prompt service
is wanted sometime, somewhere. When
the. service is wanted, it is wanted
badly, and the house that gives prompt
service saves the truck owner vexatious
and costly delays," said Alfred H.
Shaffer, local distributor of Gibne.v
solid tires, in an interview to-day.
Continuing, he said: " 'How soon' is
the purport of the message flashed by
telegraph, telephone or messenger
i when wear and tear or accident to
tirer; lias put a truck out of commis
sion; and the being on the job in
stantly is the keynote to Gibnev solid
tire service and really spells the prog
ress-. of the city's transportation prob
"Naturally, our service starts with a
stock of tires of all sizes and types we
manufacture pressed-on, demount
able, notch and cushion solid tires—
but it is in the infinite detail of quick
application of these tires that we guard
against delay to Gibney tire users.
Rushed from the disabled truck, the
wheel needing a new tire is placed in
a hydraulic press. With steel cylinders
acting as buffers, the old tire is pressed
01. under 100 tons pressure, to be re
bulU or discarded. A steel band for
the felloe, if such is necessary, is
taken care of by appliances on hand.
A band heater, fed with natural gas
prepares it for the wheel, and cold
water quickly shrinks it immovably
into place. Replaced on the hydraulic
press, the wheel receives its new tire
under necessary pressure, steel cylin
ders again acting as buffers. 'The
whole operation is worked by our ex-
Perts with marvelous rapidity.
"Every detail of prompt service
guards against unnecessary delay. We
know that a truck out of commission
is a distinct monetary loss to the
owner, and our object is to save the
owner all we can by handling his prob
lem intelligently and efficiently with
minimum loss of time."
Touring New England
States For Military Data
Massachusetts has stepped to the
front in furthering military prepared
ness not only within Its own borders
but throughout New Kngland.
Under the auspices of the Bay State,
a Ifodge Brothers motorcar is now
touring the New England States gath
ering information relative to the num-1
Price now SIO9O. Three years ago this car would have cost you S2OOO.
She's active, lacks "nerves," and very modern —the 3400 r. p. m. Chalmers
She's active, full of life, lacks "nerves," and de- 3400 r. p. m. is just another way of stating horse
livers a terrific wallop with only the slightest effort. power. It's the modern way. Becaus«*t shows
I mean by that a power-wallop. Because she power through supreme engine speed*and not
turns up 3400 revolutions per minute. Her crank through large bore and stroke, which means a brute
shaft speed surpasses that of any other American of an engine, and hence a vehicle of great weight.
car - The day of such a car has gone by. You and
Though there are three built in the U. S. A. I want a light, spunky beast that responds to the
that get a bit beyond 3100 r. p. m. slightest touch of the accelerator, that pulverizes
It's like an electric fan, which turns up 4000 that drives straight as a sunbeam, that has
r. p. m., or a turbine which does around 4300. the lure in her lines, and obeys.
Of course, the Chalmers engine doesn't hit 3400 That's the 3400 r. p. m. Chalmers. I've never
all the time. 3400 is the maximum. When the car had any person buy one and tell me she wasn't
is running 5 miles an hour she turns up 250 r. p. m. there. For she is—loo per cent.
At 10 miles an hour she does 500 r. p. m. At R un in an d I will show you a car that has
15 she does 750. At 20, 10)00. At 30, 1500. doubled my business.
So you see the engine isn't hitting the highest Ask me about our service inspection coupons,
speed at the slower car speeds—those speeds you They are negotiable with all Chalmers dealers
drive 90 per cent of the time. everywhere. This system is a most important con-
In a way it's like horse-power. You say the sideiation in buying your car.
horse-power of your car is 40. You mean by that Five-Passenger Touring Car, SIO9O Detroit
the maximum is 40. Three-Passenger Cabriolet, $1440 Detroit
«r , ~A .. , . , ~ Two-Passenger Roadster, SIO7O Detroit
Yet at 10 miles an hour you are using probably ~ , rr , 1} , . r> j , JL , , ,
ia i _ TK7"I, - l 4. ort 'l i Colors: Touring Car and Roadster, Oriford maroon with hood to
leSS than 10 n. p. While at -0 miles an hour you match, or Meteor blue with black hood. Cabriolet, Oriford maroon or
are using about 17 or 18 h. p. And SO on. Valentine green with hoods to match or Meteor blue with black hood.
DEALERS: Keystone Motor Car Co.
Ideal Automobile Co., Lebanon, Pa. 1019-1025 Market Street
York Garage & Service Co., York, Pa.
Snyder & \\ ingert, Chambersburg, Pa.
C. T. Rombcrgcr, Elizabethville, Pa.
A. D. Shatzer, Greencastle, Pa. ' o»>vvw€A
Xew Eberhart Garage, Geo. F. Eberliart, Prop., Gettysburg, Pa.
M. E. Schlegel, Thompsontown, Pa. M s r<
ber of motorcars available for military
duty, the condition of the roads, dis
tance by roads between points, gen
eral topography of the region and such
other material as would be of advant
age In the event of war and the at
tempted invasion of this section of the
nation by a foreign government.
Maps will be made and other data
gathered together and turned over to
the Fifth Division of the Organized
Militia (the National Guard of the New
England States).
The trip, which will cover several
weeks, has the sanction and commen
dation of Governor McCall, of Massa
chusetts and Brigadier-General C. H.
Cole, head of the Military Department
of the State.
The governor has addressed an of
ficial message to the governors of the
surrounding States, reading as follows:
"I am to-day witnessing the start of
a scout car and its crew which pro
poses to visit each of the New England
States and in the course of the jour
ney call upon you. They are endeavor
ing to fit themselves for military duty
and serve their country in whatever
emergencies that may arrive. It Is the
hope that the experiences of this car
in traversing all kinds of roads in much
untraveled country, fording streams,
climbing hills, and mountains may dem
onstrate the availability of automo
biles for successful military service
even V-liere good roads are lacking. If
the experience gained by them mav aid
our State military organization in their
preparedness program or lo stimulate
i interest In equipping a branch of the
1 service with skilled automobile oper
ators for any emergency, this car will
not have made the trip In vain."
Brigadier-General Cole sent a simi
lar letter to the commanding officers of
the guardsmen in the various States and
dwelt particularly on the advantages
that would accrue to the troops if there
was a regularly organized motor de
partment in each State.
The start of the car from Boston was
a civic event. Tiie Dodge Brothers' car.
] which was selected because of its woll-
I known road ability, attracted a big
crowd to the Beacon street entrance to
! the State House in Boston and it was
i accompanied by the cheers of thous
ands as Governor McCall shook hands
I with the crew and wished them God
speed on their trip.
The car Is fully equipped for a rough
journey as it is the intention of the
party to thoroughly cover the Canadian
border as well as gather information
in the more populous sections.
The car Is in charge of C. W. Henrv,
of the Massachusetts Volunteer
Militia and military regulations will
govern it throughout the trip.
Particular attention will be paid to
gathering statistics relative to the num
ber of motorcars available for service
In quickly handling troops if the neces
sity should arise. It is estimated that
there are 10,000 cars of the type of the
Dodge Brothers car, light but strong,
that could be secured if necessary.
The Dodge Brothers car has always
proven Its worth in Mexico where Ave
! touring cars are In use with the first
body of troops that went over the line.
General Pershing made his personal en
trance into Mexico in a Dodge Brothers
car and all live of the cars negotiated
roads that had to bo blasted out later to
allow the trucks and supply wagons
New Empire Roadster
an Addition to Line
A new roadster of four-passenger
capacity is the latest addition to the
line of the Empire Automobile Com
pany. The car, which made its first
appearance last week, is one of the
most attractive types announced this
season. In general the lines conform
with those of the touring car models
with the high cowl and sides, but prob
ably the most noticeable feature is the
roominess of the car. There are two
doors in front and Iwo passengers are
accommodated by the individual type
front seats. Between these seats is an
aisleway ten inches wide to give easy
entrance lo the rear seats. The width
of this, 36 inches, gives exceptional
seating space for the other two pas
sengers. Utmost comfort is assured
the occupants of (his rear seat by full
IS-inch space between this and the
front, chairs.
An exclusive and striking feature is
found in the luggage compartment.
This occupies the entire rear deck and
is reached, not at the rear, but by
means of an entrance afforded by (lie
dropping of (lie rear seat upholstery,
the cushion being hinged at the bot
tom for this purpose. With this pad
in place the compartment becomes
dust proof, giving perfect protection
to baggage. The compartment is so
large that two suitcases, in addition
' to many other accessories needed in
I touring, may be carried there.
The top, of one-man type, is also
There's a Difference In Coal
--A vast difference. Tou may be burning more coal than la neces
sary, because you are not burning the kind especially adapted to your
Talk the matter over with us —we'll steer you right on the par
ticular kind of coal you ought to be using—and supply you with the
best heat-fflvlnr fuel you cm buy. Costs the same—and "goes further.
Aoo—either phone Brd and Chestnnt Streets
distinctive in line, giving the car an
appearance of marked superiority.
This roadster body is mounted on
the six-cylinder chassis, which has
Continental motor, single bearing fun
floating rear axle, electric starting and
lighting, etc. Willi the long wheelbase
of 120 inches and perfected spring
suspension, exceptional easy-riding
comfort is attained. Deliveries of this
i new type are scheduled for May.

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