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Ivan de Jongh Gives Valu
able Figures for Power .
Wagon Owners
G. M. C. Official Tells How
to Keep Down Operat
ing Expenses
Ivan L. de Jongh, general manager
of the Pioneer Motor Truck? corpora
tion, distributers for G. M. C. trucks
on the coast, has the following to say
with regard to speeds: ■
"The subject of speeds of the proper
type for the different size motor trucks
, is a question that is very interesting
to the truck world, and has been the
subject of much discussion pro and
con. Of course, the proper speeds are
' governed by several features, which
may vary—the construction and? bal
• ance of the .truck, the flexibility of
its design, the roads over which it runs
and the type of load that it carries. ?
• "But going upon the assumption that
the - trucks and roads and conditions
•re normal, the following speeds seem
to be the popular ones: Approximately
• 20 to 25 miles for. the 1,000 pound
| truck; 16 miles for; the one ton; 14 to
15 for the two ton .truck; 12 to 13 for
the three ton. and 10 to 11 miles for
the Aye ton. •-'-?,
- "The manufacturers are fairly uni
-8 versal on this point. This does not
mean, of course, that a man should
run his truck anywhere 7 near ?'the
limits of these speeds at all times; but
means that he should be enabled,?wben
a good piece of road presents itself, to
drive his. truck over same at the ; top
, speed without racking : it, and cutting
down the time, thereby increasing his
earning capacity.
« "There is absolutely no economy In
■ the motor truck save the -two features
• of speed and endurance over? horses.
. Any wagon can be loaded as quickly
or unloaded as quickly as any truck, j
Any team of horses can operate iup I
to the capacity of 15 to 16 miles at j
the same speed if it were possible |
cheaper, than a truck. In other words, |
to drive a team 16 miles in a day with I
a three ton load and to drive a truck j
over the same distance at the ';._ same j
speed, the cost of the horses -would be |
almost half of that of the "truck.
Therefore, a saving of time must be
f made between the point of loading and j
unloading and the speed must be suf- j
ficient to give the truck a daily mile
age, if possible, equal to three teams,
sor 45 miles. Whenever this Is accom
plished there Is no. doubt ofj the econ
omy. Of course, on long runs, where
no stops are required and where? the
same load is carried for the entire dis
tance, a greater mileage could be ob
tained with less Injury to the truck
than the same mileage J would cost If
stopping, starting, loading and/ un
loading were necessary. '-! - - "-•.:'■"■■'
"The objects in the speeds "of a truck
Is to show an economy of sufficient
substantiality to warrant the use of
# the motor truck in place of the horse,
and a happy medium Is the point aimed
•at by the builders. If the builder or
user is hoggish and, desires to. run his
truck* at . an" excessive speed, then he
soon destroys the life of it, due to road ':,
shocks, vibration and chrystallisation, !
I thus robbing him, of the net earnings,
,and, on the other hand, often bringing
about a condition where the builder
and user are too conservative, j and. by
low speed, rob. themselves of gross
earnings sufficient to give them y the
proper net earnings. Thus the speeds
maintained by the standard builders
of -£oday are for the purpose of regu
lating this important? feature, 7 abso
luetely essential to the welfare of the
truck world." - -"?!??'?
Knox Wagon Undergoes Strenuous
- Treatment In Eastern Factory
? "Merlden, Conn., Is famous for Its
steep hills and has another oddity in
that one of its largest manufacturing
plants is located on the top of one of
the steepest; hills in the city,"'says?'S.
M. Crim of the Reliance Automobile
company, agents for , the Knox. 7 "This
necessitates an immense ??amountf of
hard trucking work, the larger part of
which is done by a big Knox four ton
truck.- - y. -..-??„ \X.X\
"This vehicle has now been in serv-j
ice for about a year and a ' half "X- and !
averages three round trips a day to the
branch factory in the valley at Tales-?
ville, three miles away, hauling its full
capacity load six days in the week* up
the steep grades to the main plant on
the hill. . ?; •' ;.',
??: "Occasionally it. is called upon 7 to
make four round trips to Yalesville,
and in addition to this hard task fre
quently runs on special ? hauls to the
'freight house or * other places between*
times, and yet the -repair men at = the 1
garage state that the truck has scarce
ly, seen the Inside of the repair shop
since it was first put into operation." -
Locomobile! Stand Strenuous Test la
! - s ? New York Improvements ,
t Motor trucks will play. an Important
part in the construction of the • new
Lexington avenue subway in New, York
• city, contracts for which have been* let
to the Stevens Construction company,
-.van have already? bought four Loco
mobile 5 ton trucks to* be used in? tak
ing care of the excavated material,
carrying -it from the .subway to the
Idirt trains. The choice of; the Loco
iijpblle was* made after, a competitive
?fpet, in which the trucks were required
Jt'o trivel under full load " over a road
deep In mud and with long stretches of
loose sand. At the end of the road was
: al loosely constructed dirt ramp, up
jwhlcji? the test required the trucks to
back, dumping their load into a freight
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Frank" O. Renatrom Tells of Switch la
\'X% Demand for Car*
7 That the market for cars Is liable to
?fluctuate Is the observation of the
I astute motor car ; dealer? There is ;no
* telling what the public will?demand
ioyernight. "We had 20 or more road- :
sters -on hand' Just; a few days - ago,"?
•Ays Frank Renstrom, the • Regal? dis
tributer, "and there was a j shortage \of
touring cars •in our supply department.
It looked as though we would 1 run out
. fat-. touring cars and would be f stocked
? nj> for ' a week on roadsters, but the
. demand switched from touring cars to !
tbe two passenger vehicles in? Just a?
,-f(iw hours' time,"? and our ; roadsters |
|.-*ere? all closed * out the day after we j
had been " concerned as to the shortage |
jojji.. touring cars and the - surplusv of j
«.,*,,. _________
IWith 18 entries already listed "and
, ethers : promised. Including l= many
•r&mous drivers,?" the three" and* a half
mile course : being given J constant oiling
and rolling/to put it ip excellent trim,
Tacoma's ;" auto i road ?• racesk" for 1913
promise to? furnish the opportunity for
?, world's, dirt track record*.
Motor Truck Serves Many Lines of Trade
Hauling Puzzles Solved by Power Wagon
Alco truck : in ; service in Juneau, Alaska : (upper left); White trucks hauling supplies \in southern desert country (upper right); C. Af. C. truck CoVlr
verted into mountain stage (lower left); Overland wagon used for local delivery purpose (lower right).
Knox Tractor Proving
Factor in Building Opera
tions Near Sacramento
The Knox Martin . tractor Is \ making j
quite a reputation In Sacramento. . Sev.
er».l of the tractors ; have been sold to
lumber interests in the capital.; city.'
Roy J. Browne, ". manager of the Sacra
mento Lumber company, has reported j
to Samuel M. Crlmm, the head of the 1
Reliance Automobile company, local
agents for the tractor,; that It Is prac
tically. replacing the horse. Mr. Browne
: says:.' '.. *"- , ?, - . .
"Now that we have the tractor £ we;
i are wondering J how we ever got along
j before. A r few*days ago we had : a hur-
I ried order from Orangevale•; for some
I lumber to complete some contract .work.
It was 'necessary to get this lumber
there with all possible speed. Ordinar
ily we " would have * had ;to ;; refuse the
order, ? which? was?conditional? on the
time of delivery. We were able to . de
liver the lumber at a speed of *18; miles
an ? hour, which would have been im
possible with a horse drawn .vehicle, 7
"A short time after we had an order
for 100 foot timber, 24 \by 24 Inches,
which was another rush job, and which
we were able to deliver at the rate of
15 miles an hour. ; 7'' .--7??.-? .-?
"The ; great"; amount of • building that
has .been, going on around Sacramento
calls for these '• quick deliveries, and
were it not for the Knox Martin tractor
the total amount of our sales would not
show' such pleasing figures." ?< 7
X * Two Chicago motorcyclists £ recently
came to the aid of an automobile which
had broken down, and with the aid of
long ropes towed ! the Injured; machine
to a garage. 7??7?-:'**>???*:??
11 Motor trucks are largely dependent I m
mm like every other piece of machinery Mm
Mm on the men who operate and care for thorn flu
||]|| GMC tracks in all oar "branch cities"are Mm
M m cared for by thoroughly competent fac- 11 m
M H tory-trained men. m m
m 5 "Every, truck—on the jobevery morning** is 9Eg
£9ki the slogan of oar service department. 9H
j|IS GMC service also means "the right truck for Mll
Oil your b-ucm mi" or electric typein the EaS-fl
mh! proper size to insure tfee biggest return on your HtM
Warn mWaw investment. '' ' ■ ™* E8 s f
II Pioneer Motor Track Corporation HI
§9 8 515 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco , IB
at jgß Pacific Coast Diatribntor H H
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Six Cylinder Model Captures
Trophy Offered by Sac
ramento Paper
'7.The remarkable run recently made. by
the "Six" ' cylinder Chalmers ; rom; Sac
ramento * to" Hotel Tallac, Lake Tahoe,
and return, under its own power, and
■which won the cup given by the Sacra"-',
mento Star for the first car -to make the
round trip to Tahoe on its '■. own power,
has created a great deal of Chalmers
enthusiasm and, as 5a « result, , sales are
reported.from ; both Stockton and Sacra
mento. This is one of the hardest trips
reported this season and the Chalmers
car? came - out f in excellent condition.
Halsey W. Smith, driving the car, left
the kj Hotel* Sacramento ?at 4:30 In the
evening i and placed his ' name '. again on
the register at 6:20 o'clock the next
morning.? ? His running time i. for 7.the
round trip was 14 : hours and 30 minutes.
-'? The trophy was offered by the Sacra 3
mento . Star about two weeks ago, and
during that time several cars attempted
to make the trip and claim the cup.?•?'??
The : successful car was a■* Chalmers
"Six" five passenger touring model that
was not even stripped. Accompanying
Smith on, the trip were: L. G. Warren,
local -agent; ; for.the; Republic ; Tire <com-
pany?* Frank? E. Burnside and ? A.? H.
Simon.??? 7? -XX-'X^XX'X-'.^-XX ???■;• ■:
f The trophy, a beautiful sliver cup, has
been delivered to the Pioneer Automo
bile company. ?? ?7'7. ? '?? ?
?? After a long series of tests in which;
iiiahy' American? and \ foreign fears com
peted, 7 the Canadian S government has
©ought a fleet of X Studebaker * * "25"
roadsters -' for ■ use of dominion officials
at Regina and in the service of * * the
northwest j mounted police. '?.
Max Rosenfeld of Auto Sales
Company Tells of In
creased Business
: '.?-"Thief spring business In high priced
motor tars has never opened quite ■so
well as | this * year,";* says! Max L Rosen
f eld, the head ; , of * the Auto c . Sales com
pany. "It is a fulfillment of the prom
ise held out earlier in the season, when I
all indications pointed to at, record j
breaking,, spring; season. The?increase
in sales of Alco cars all over the United
States for the last*month 5 over the cor
responding 'period '*& year" ago was 31
per cent. "_'-;, ,".."? '•"'"'
"It simply goes to show that the de- |
man d? for,' high priced j cars Is becoming I
greater each season. Those who can J
I afford the best will always buy the
best,';- regardless *of k price, because they j
realize it's the wisest purchase tin the j
? "This is the day when the demand* Is j
for the thing of superior quality and !
workmanship, whether It is an automo- |
bile or. Jewelry, i furniture ior silverware?]
It is an outward display of that In- j
born desire? for the best, just the > same
as the willingness to pay more to. travel
.comfortably by steamship or railroad.
g "From all Indications * this year will i
surpass those § that § have ■ gone 'before?
Moreover, the ? fame \of American ~ cars
is ;spreading; abroad. There was a time
when j our engineers* sat ? at? the :' feet of
.those: of Europe; this year *at record 'Is
being set in the exportation of Ameri
can automobiles to Europe. Among our
recent sales, for instance, was one of a
6-cyllnder; Alco to a man In Florence,

Russians make their * automobile
shows > a ? competitive test of ? beauty
»nd * merit. At Warsaw's ; recent ' sport
ing and industrial exhibition, a Stude
bakery "25" was the 7 winner of the
coveted - medal. ■?..7 ■ :??•?•.."
HARMLESS : ---}x
It seals punctures the instant
they are made. '\]
It adds less'*than eight pounds
to the weight of your/car? :
It is not a tire filler—does not
affect the resiliency of your.
tires a bit-
It y does not'y solidify in your
tubesit keeps * friction x. heat
at a minimum. r
It does not injure your tubes
in any way— guarantee
protects you fully in every
way. *.
Come in and be convinced.
A demonstration' will show
you how to ":■:: save tire bills,
add to the comfort of your
tour or business trip * and be
absolutely freed from the wor
ries of punctures. *. ■■xi:
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General Manager
1934 Van Ness Aye.
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~.., Phone Franklin 6806. . J
Members of Local Organiza
tion Initiated Into "Effi
ciency Symposium"
The sales force? of the Lozier Motor
company' of this i city was * gathered *at
the* Cliff house last Thursday evening
to be Initiated "into ; what A. R. ' Dawson,
local/manager, defines as an T y "Ef
ficiency Symposium? of 1 Salesmen." [.
- "The - idea of bringing s salesmen toy
gether for a congenial; dinner is • not a
new one," says Mr. Dawson, "but
wherever the right spirit prevails these
meetings? tend to develop co-operation
and thereby enhance sales. ?;■*'■".j ???':?
* * "Efficiency;in s salesmanship is slowly
; but surely,* taking the place of non- ]
Intelligent hustle and bustle. Increas
ing efficiency is an Individual problem,
yet It does not In the least detract from
* collective effort. By,? a careful cement
ing i. together of -.the sales organiza
tion we hope; to 1 get everybody.* pulling
together toward the attainment; of that
much sought goal of goals, highest ef
ficiency. The < symposium or congenial
dinner part of the plan is simply good
fellowship." XX'XX ?■■•• •* *-: :.',v;?' '."?■" ' : -- : '-'- : ' :p: ".
Among those y present s were t? Pacific
Coast Manager Rose; A. R. Dawson,
. manager hof the San * Francisco 1 , branch;
A. B. Bennlson, J. N. Burge. F. R.
I Sheets, H. E. Warner and William Run
del. ' ???'> y ??*??? y????"*-??;?-;-■-'7/?"
--i??- : F. A. M. MEMBERSHIP ::'*?:.•
The >F. A. M. a imembership has just
crossed* the 22,600 mark, the member
j ship ' card fof that number having been '
I Issued ;to Ira? Jacobs of Tulsa, Okla.
I Approximately 1
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I 275,000 Motorists I
I have proven by I
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Animals Are Being Replaced
?in Europe by Modern
Power Vehicle
."The motor truck Is bound to mark
the passing of the army mule, just as it
has begun to oust that animal's shorter
eared half brother, the horse, from the
transportation scheme of civil life."
said John N. Willys, president of; the
Garford 1 company, to . Walter ;• Andrews,
'' head lof s the * truck) department ;ofi J. W.
Leavitt & Co., agents for the Garford;
on his return j from an '} extended \ Euro
-1 pean tour, in which the l" r subject of
commercial ij motor vehicles was closely
; studied. "It is only ( a* matter of months
before that picturesque and faithful
adjunct of * our? military rforce \ Is rele
gated l to the much more prosaic life*
■of the farm. The motor truck Is dem
onstrating its superiority over the mule
or horse drawn wagon system and ; the
economic I foresight of i the,; war depart
ment is bound to call for its installa
tion. -..-.-
"What has been and is being accom
plished by? European governments t in
. helrnatterlof J army;i transportation* can
bejaccompllshedr In Sour (own /country.'
The|possibilitlesj;of rjthe?! truck fin. our
own army schemes |is I made - evident Jin
the report recently made by high army
officials of the war *? department. Ac
cording to this report the total*, weight
of ■% supplies and Impedlamenta that
must \be t carried with an army division
of 20,000 men is 2,883.000 pounds, or a
full load for 961 of such army wagons
as are now used. These figures*, in road
space alone, show?that there Is . a great
waste with present % methods. ' That
number of wagons requires a f space '■ of
approximately 11.* miles fon? a• r- 20 * yard
road, 8 ) a column th at'-is > vastly too large
to be economically j handled:?? And, * be
sides, with 11 miles of wagons occupy
ing the roads, there Is no "space left,
unless It is before or .behind the column,
for the troops. ~* • -.
y "With mule and wagon ..transporta
tion the troops are ; confined; to a move
ment of only about 24 miles per day, for
this is the limit of distance. which mules
or horses can cover in a day without
injury. An ] army can not: move faster
than ? Its supplies;?,therefore ? the * men
ran .go no farther in a day than the
teams can «, haul the wagons, though
35 to 40 r miles per day is not consldSred
a* prohibitive ? distance; for* soldiers ?6ri
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"With truck transportation this hand
icap Is entirely eliminated. .Not only
can the supplies be moved ,with half to
four-fifths vehicles a motor
truck will carry from two to five- times
as large a load as a mule wagon
thereby ? working a great economy tin
road * space, but ? the; trucks can * travel
at a vastly greater speed;than the men.
When three to** five miles? an hour '..-. Is
considered j good speed ? for a heavily
laden mule.wagon?. the truck can travel
at the rate of 10 to 20 miles an hour and
can keep it up 24; hours a day if;neces
sary without tiring."
Galveston Alone Schedule-* * Auto .-.'Meet
-7 y at "Water's '■ Edge'•. 7
j* Only? one beach race is ? scheduled to
be held this > season, and plans for it
are ? already under ;..way.; It ? will ?be
staged on the Galveston (Tex.) beach,
which has been the scene of three nota
ble speed*contests. "The big. feature of
the meet will be :a* 200* mile race, for
which a prize of . $5,000 Is * offered. This
sum is more than *is ' offered 7to *'•; the
winner of ; the Vanderbilt cup? race to
be *J run 7; at Savannah. Inasmuch ?' as
Pablo beach and Ormond-Daytona, in
Florida, no longer hold .; out Induce
ments for j[ J beach racing, Galveston %is
going at this enterprise %in a big/way
and expects to eclipse the meets of J the
last three years, which have been pro
nounced -very= successful. ? .77?,''
Four International Harvester Wagons
•7: for ; Big iDepartmentr; Store 7
Four International -Harvester trucks
! have just been delivered to the -Em-*
i porium r ***by!*tlie*Oseh-McFarland?'corn
} pany of this city, to fbe utilized for
! city service. "O. ,?C. it-McFar th i
! head of the company, , says? in regard
|to the sale: "The International Har
vester trucks were selected by the
! Emporium, only after exhaustive I tests"
lof 7 all other light delivery trucks'ln
the city had been made. In the opin-
I ion of the firm, the International Har
| vester 7 company * trucks * are just * the
right-weight,? have the proper X capac
ity and geared as they -should be**for,
f the?work demanded of them. 7These
four trucks are the first of i complete'
motor equipment for the Emporium. ??
Don Lee, Who Has Been at
.' Factory? for Ten Days,
Tells of Conditions
Don Lee, the Cadillac* distributer tot.
California, Is : now at ; the ; Cadillac fac
tory, and P. T. Prather, manager of
the San 'Francisco branch, is en route
to join him for the annual spring con
ference of the leading 'dealers
? ! Mr. Lee has -been« at the factory for.
10 f days, and In ?a? letter says: j "This
has been the greatest! year. 5 the 'Cadillao
company has known. ?*Bef ore the end
of the season 14,000 1913 : Cadillac cars
will f have £ been i sold. ? .7
"There will undoubtedly be a short
age of Cadillacs?? as every dealer? Is
asking;-* for more . cars -and?not a ,day
passes that some dealer does not come
to the factory^ to learn r why he ? can
hot?have? X few more. .Efforts«:have
been made to J secure -cars»from' dealers
in certain * sections, ? but - almost; to a
man these dealers not only hold
to what they "have," but ask .for* more. ?'
. "Throughout the east there has been
a slight t unsteadiness in the? financial
market, but ' this apparently passed over
and, from every} indication and; accord
ing rto the judgment of ** the leading
bankers, the coming year will be one
of the greatest;prosperity. ;'", ?« 1 ?:? ,
7?" I? find 7 considerable interest In the
Los Angeles-San Francisco y road race.
The fame of the long dash up the
state ? has reached > the ; $ east?? and rjthe
motorists 7? generally ? marvel ;£ at 'the
strenuous contests ■ that are planned for
this section. Some j,of "they eastern
drivers will go west for -the* race,, but
as : a rule they do not care for this
kind of racing. *: It is altogether too
hard for' these boulevard drivers. They,
know the .western; boys can beat them
at the 7 road driving game." .?.
B. H. Pratt of ; Fisk Com
pany Says High Cost of
Rubber Holds Up Prices
"Automobile tires are . bound to be
expensive articles, so long as they
embody': a desirable; quantity.;, of > good
rubber,?no matter where or by whom
they, are made," said- B. H. Pratt,*, the •
Pacific? coast manager of ~ the? Fisk
Tire' company. -?' 7?7??-?? '?■ '7? '■"???-" •■
■. "For the fact is that rubber has be
j come; one of the most costly? of raw
materials,"* compared:' by > weight, now
employed; In manufacturing, and auto
mbbillng ?; has % helped* ? to ? make V it V so.
The natural rubber/* resources"are no
greater today than a century ago, and .
the number of uncivilised J.natives In
the tropical jungles who - can be ca
joled :? or ? forced Vto bleed the rubber
trees does .. not y increase with? the
growth of ; the demand for rubber. ? ,',
"Some sof ; the older rubber manu
* facturers are?" now paying f*fouar ?or
five times as much for fine rubber as
.when they, first entered the business,
whereas in the same period ; most. Other
! commodities, raw or manufactured, (pave
i declined greatly ■In cost. The world's
| requirements^ for rubber have grown
| constantly from "the.?* beginning, but
never so rapidly as in late years.
.* "Every additional automobile tire
has its effect in raising the:price, level
of | raw' rubber and also the * cost of all
manufactures of rubber, whether J for
mechanical, surgical, sporting or
household uses. ~ No doubt • rubber pro
duced {on .plantation's will [In time I re
duce the present > stringency, .but not
before? many years-have passed.
7 "Not only Is ; the best ;' of rubber ex
quisite in ;a - tire, but'for-a, pneumatic,
cotton duck is equally so, and cotton
Is * another commodity which -j fails to
become cheaper.?with the* advance of
time?;?:' 7 . ; ?.?y-???;.7 '-'■■ ,' 7, * XX" 7 ?■*? ,-?'.?'.
"Then there* are many substances
which?* for one '. reason or : another, are
compounded with rubber In manufac
ture, and these remain high In cost to
the consumer. 7 ;,7?yy
"When there ;- is «added *to this ?the
necessity?,; for employing skilled labor
In 7 every process *of *, making a;; pneu
matic tire, it may be easy to see why
there* are so few bargain J counter, sales
of" good tires." . - ?-y ; .
?? It Is estimated that • there will be
1,750 riders in they motorcycle'; patrol
recently organized in Kansas. ■

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