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' ------Br RICHARD F. EL'SSIER. --—-- - ~ ' • □L'TOMOBIl.E shows will soon be a thing of the past. For the last two years manufacturers have been steadily grumbling at the output of cash and energy to maintain an exhibit at the various expositions In the large cities and this year the grumbling has risen to an incessant roar. It is, how ever. a fact that all the well ltnown manufacturers and also the manufactu rers of automobile accessories will be represented at the annual exhibit In Grand Central palace In New York city this month, despite threats and objec tions. From what can be gathered from the chaff of gossip it seems that all the manufacturers are willing to drop the annual shows., but each and everyone of them are unwilling to take the step by themselves. If this is the true condi tion of affairs some good Samaritan should get the manufacturers together In an agreement to stop exhibiting at the same time. it is stated on excellent authority that the annual expenditures of high class manufacturers for show purposes amounts to $25,000,000, and as this sum In the last analysis comes out of the pocket of the man who buys the auto mobile the sympathies of the motor car owner is naturally with the manufac turer In this Instance. There is little to he said in favor of the automobile shows. They mean very little advertising to any one company and the sales accrued at the various shows in the last few years have not merited the expenditures of the manufac turers. And as the tendency is toward, lowering the cost of manufacture and cost of distribution it is not a far cry to the elimination of automobile shows by 1915. 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Z3d It., N.T. medium-sized motor car. The large and spacious automobile with enor mous tires and staggering cost of upkeep is on the wane in popularity and the attention of the automobile public Is turning to the small and compact runabout and miniature touring car. But the peculiar thing about the sit uation is the fact that the vast majority of manufacturers are gravitating slowly but surely towards larger and larger cars; this in spite of the great and un precedented demand for small and me dium-sized cars. It is an open question whether the car makers are following out the best policy. Up to the first of lsdft October 130, 000 cars had been registered in the office of the secretary of state of New York and 50 per cent of this number of auto mobiles were of less than 25 horse power. These statistics from the north would I seem to Indicate that the new cars being | purchased are by persons of moderate j means, whose tastes incline toward the I medium powered, modest priced vehicle, while the wealthy on the other hand all possess one or more of the large cars and are not buying more of the same kind. WHAT THE AUTO EDITOR INTENDS TO ACCOMPLISH Everybody seems to have a mission nowadays and the automobile editor is no exception to the rule. The mission of that humble personage is to encourage motoring; to point out the many advan tages that the automobile and other motor driven conveyances offer towards wholesome outdoor pleasure. In these columns tlie automobile situa tion will be reviewed every Sunday, and in tlj^best way possible the light of pub licitywill be thrown on every phase of the automobile industry. Tho pro gramme includes: To preach the gospel of good roads and the making of better highways; to help with the practical problems of op eration and to announce the discovery of new things for motorists; also in va rious ways to offer advice and sugges tions with a view of reducing the cost, increasing the pleasure and comfort of motoring, and thus bring it within the range of a greater number of people. Articles will also appear to foster a love for touring in country places and thus create a demand for good roads. All the men engaged in any line of the automobile business in Birmingham are cordially invited to send suggestions and information regarding the motor car industry. PLANNING SALES CAMPAIGN FOR MAXWELL CAR Judge Dan A. Green, the local agent of the MaxWell Motor company, is plan ning a huge sales campaign for his pet automobile. He has already started the campaign with a two-page advertisement in The Age-Herald this morning. “The Maxwell factories are large enough to make 300 automobiles every day,” said Judge Green, “and they will manufacture 300 cars per day just as i soon as they can be sold that fast. This j is the age of the medium priced motor I car and for $750 no one can get a greater value than by purchasing a Maxwell. The best thing to be said of the Max well Is that we are now- manufacturing upwards of 200 per day and falling behind in filling the demand. Carloads of Max wells are now headed for Birmingham. Come early and avoid the rush.” — HEAVY TRUCKS ARE NOT NECESSARILY SLOW “There is an idea in the automobite w'cirld that a light truck should run very much faster than a heavy truck,” said Gentry Elston of the Birmingham Motor company. “Some go as far as to say that a truck one-half the capacity of another should go twice as fast. “However, taking examples from many analogous transport services, it was soon found that the large ship traveled faster than the smaller one, that the large locomatlve traveled at higher speed than the smaller one, that a Irage auto mobile traveled faster than a small and light one. “This question of the speed of a truck is figured out on a scientific basis—among the many points considered in reaching this decision is the weight of the truck and the load it is to carry. Wear also is a very important point, for the rate of deterioration increases on the square of the speed. This applies to tires, springs, motor and also to the fatigue of non wearing parts such as the frame mem bers, axel tubes. “In addition to the above, the speed at which a truck runs in traffic is gov erned greatly by the speed of the traffic, and actual tests showed, except on long clear runs, that there was no material advantage in having an excess of speed. "For these and many technical reasons, the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car company decided to make the speed of their 2-ton truck about 16 miles per hour.” HORSE TOO EXPENSIVE, SAYS W. M. DRENNEN The wastefulness of horses as compared to the motor truck in the opinion of W. M. Drennen of the Overland company, is enormous.. He said: “No one who has not taken the pre ■ caution of comparing the two methods, has any conception of the wastefulness of the horse as compared to the motor truck in the transportation of merchandise. We have the horse habit so firmly fixed that even the most startling arguments against the equine have thus far failed to rout this expensive domestic animal. Ac cording to United States government re ports, a large majority of our three prin cipal crops go to feed the horse while throughout the country the high cost of food products is working havoc. With the elimination of the horse, this vast amount of material could be utilized for human consumption and the cost of living ma terially lessened. “The hay crop of the United States for this year will amount to $740,000,<K)0. The horse cats nearly all of this. If horses were replaced by motor trucks, probably 90 per cent of the land now used for grow ing hay could be devoted to raising food stuffs. And the high cost of living would take a drop. “A total of $334,000,000 worth of oats is raised annually in our country. The horse eats the most of it. If this oat-raising land could be utilized there would be mil lions of bushels of potatoes and other food stuffs raised. “The corn crop this year is conserva tively-valued at $2,000,000,000. The horse eats a very large part of this; another demon stration of criminal waste in the scheme for maintenance of human population. These three crops have a total value this year of $3,074,000,000. A large part of this money goes for the feeding of 25,000,000 horses and mules. If we could eliminate half of this total number of draught ani mals—and this could be accomplished by the use of motor trucks—there would bo a saving of $1,587,000,000, or an average of nearly $18 for each of the $90,000,000 people in the United Slates. And $18 added to the available living fund of each of our people would mean vastly improved living conditions for everyone concerned. * PACKARD COMPANY HAS NEW MODEL Charles Denegre of the Packard com pany, stated a few days ago that the month of November far outdistanced any previous month in tiie sale of Packard motor cars. He said: “Sales of Packard vehicles during the month of November have eclipsed the record of any corresponding month since the Packard Motor Car company started in business. According to an official es timate compiled this week, the total busi ness for the month will he approximately $1,284,000. “The Packard company is fortunate in having a new and attractive model to offer during this period of critical de mand* Much, of our present impetus is An Automobile In India due to the ‘2-38’ which recently was put on the market. The 20 body styles offered with this chassis are causing more than Hie customary amount of comment. The *2-38’ so far answers all the chief prob lems of design and manufacture that we feel justified in believing it to be a type which will endure practically unchanged for five years or more. “These are transitional times in the motor car industry. No concern manu facturing either cars or trucks can stay in business without its lair margin of profit. The business has reached a point where careful, conservative management is necessary to realize even a fair margin of profit. “The Packard company is confident of the future. Our volume of business this fall has exceeded our expectations, but our factory equipment and organization are In better shape than ever before to meet any reasonable demand of the market for either cars, bodies, trucks or parts. We have no bank obligations whatsoever and our net earnings for the last fiscal year amounted to $2,157,472.” GRESHAM REAPPOINTED MOTORCYCLE COMMISSIONER President B. J. Patterson of the Fed eration of American Motorcyclists has just appointed the following ^tate com missioners for the ensuing year: W. D. Gresham. Birmingham; L. W. Page, Moss Point, Mo.; J. D. Miller, Atlanta, Ga.; R. I j. Garrison, Memphis, Tenn.; T. O. Wftnslenben, Washington, D. C.; H. F. Hornie, Louisville, Ky.; William Wood, Baltimore. M(l,; M. M. Consul, St. Johns bury, Vt.; Phillip Kennard, Tampa. Fla.; A. R. Ketchum, Ann Arbor, Mich.; M. H. Hawkins, Honolulu, II. I.; M. D. Baird, Minneapolis. Minn., and E. B. Ewell, Richmond, Va. CADILLAC’S POWER PUMP MEANS SAVING IN TIRES “While we feel justified in laying espe cial stress on numerous mechanical fea tures which are exclusive Cadillac devel opments, such as the two-speed direct drive axle,*’ says Red Smith of the Cadil lac Motor Car Company, “yet we have j other features looking to the motorist’s comfort, w’hich, in their way, are just as important. “For example, we have added to the standard equipment of the 1914 Cadillac a power tire pump. Any experienced motorist will realize how much that device adds to the pleasure of driving and how much it eliminates in the way of worry and discomfort. “It is well known that the labor of pumping up a tire by band is so irk some that many times a driver will run ills car on tires deflated below tlie pres sure needed for economical driving. Tire manufacturers, in fact, have declared that the limited mileage secured by many drivers is due to the fact that they shirk the work of keeping the tires filled up to the proper pressure. jThus our power —......«.... tire pump will he found a source of tire economy as well as one of comfort.” ANNUAL MEETING OF AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION The American Automobile association at its annual meeting Just held in Richmond. I Va.. declared unequivocally that federal ! participation in highways improvement should be expressed so as to obligate the several states to expend upon their mar ket roads directly serving the farm popu lation a sum proportionate to the national expenditure on the most used commercial roads connecting the several states. It is the contention of the automobilists that the betterment of main and lateral roads ^^MyFaVoriteDrinl^’^m J.C.W. 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John N. Crooks of Connecticut continues as secretary. II. A. Bonnell of New Jersey, as treasurer, and A. G. Batchelder as chairman of the executive board. In the appointment of board chairmen. President Wilson named the following: Good roads, George C. Diehl. New York; legislative, C. C. Janes, Ohio; touring( Howard Longstroth. Pennsylvania; con tests. William Schimpf, New York. The executive hoard contains members from practically every state. Emphatic indorsement was given to the Adamson measure, which provides that after the automobile owner has registered his ear In his own state he shall be privileged to go any where In the United States without additional registration. For many years the A. A. A. has sought federal registration of automobiles but the bill put forward by Itepresentative Adam son of Georgia, exactly meets the needs of the situation, and it will enlist the unanimous support of all users of self propelled vehicles. 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