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A An Acre of Navy lleans in Every
„"t School District in Iowa.
Owing to the extreme necessity of
Taising more food to feed our sol
diers and those of our Allies, the
State Superintendent of Public In-
struction deems it necessary that
the schools of Iowa respond in every
"way to tfte government's call for
*, greater food production.
At a special meeting of Countv
Superintendents of the state, held
in Des Moines the last week in Feb
ruary, a plan was presented which
», -we will call oui* school war bean
project. The plan calls for raising
at least an acre of navy beans in
every school district in Iowa. Pu
pils may take up this work at home
V1 personally or collectively on school
ground if sucl is available. It is
suggested that teachers and pupils
try to encourage the raising of beans
toy farmers and others, the same to
count to the credit of the district in
the report of amount raised in the
district. This work should be taken
up by the teacher and pupils in ev
ery school in the state and brought
to the attention of every person who
might raise beans. In all cases the
•work will be known as the school
district bean raising project encour-
,-aged by the school teachers and chil
dren of Iowa, working with the local
club and garden leaders, farmers,
and others. Some pupils should be
able to get garden club credit for
& raising beans. We urge the hearty
co-operation of all forces in the dis
trict" on this important district ac
Prizes: Prizes are offered to the
school district and to the county
that produces the most beans. Those
offered are as follows:
Selected fifty-dollar school library,
S. J. Clarke & Co., Chicago, and
cash—ten dollars, Successful Farm
ing, Des Moines.
First in production, ten dollars,
Successful Farming, Des Moines.
City of 15,000 and Above—
One set of Mc.Master's History of
the People of the United States, D.
Appleton & Co., Chicago.
Towns of 1,000 and Under 15.000—
Webster's New International Dic
Towns and Villages Below 1,000
School library of ten volumes, A.
Flanagan Co., Chicago.
School library of six volumes,
Charles Scribner's Sons, Chicago.
Township School Corporation or
Agricultural and farm library,
nine volumes, Ginn & Co., Chicago.
School library, six volumes, Silver,
Burdett & Co., Chicago.
Home and school cyclopedia, O.
G. Waffle of Dodd, Mead & Co..
Agricultural and farm library,
six volumes, Webb Publishing Co.,
Rural Independent District—
Agriculture and 'he farming busi
ness, The Bobbs-AIerrill Company,
Indianapolis, and School and Home
Gardening, J. B. Lippincott Co.,
If every school district in Iowa
produces at least one acre of beans,
the result will be very gratifying.
I wish to urge our school districts
to enter this contest in earnest from
a sense of patriotic duty and for the
benefit that will accrue to the
schools and pupils. Funds for Red
Cross, Y. M. C. A., school library,
etc., may be realized through the
Organize Now—- i, -vH
Teachers are urged to organize
their schools at once, enroll with the
county superintendent and secure
seed from local merchants or seed
houses. If you cannot secure seed
at home, I suggest that you write-to
Iowa seed companies or consult with
your county agent or with the local
club leader regarding sources of
Beed, etc. Your banks and merch
ants may be willing to finance you
with seed until the crop is harvest
Each school district is requested
to keep a record of the amount of
seed planted, acreage planted as near
as it can be measured, and the bush
els of leans produced in the dis
trict. An enrollment blank and a
production report blank are fur
nished for teachers to fill out.
Prizes will be awarded, as stated
above, on the most beans produced
by the various classes of school dis
-iricts and aggregate of school dis
tricts of county
Teachers pupils, and parents of
Iowa, let me urge you to apply
yourselves to this project and to do
your best. Food will win the pres
ent war and we must supply our
own and our Allies who are all
fighting for humanity, democracy,
and world peace.
Superintendent of Public Instruc
Mr, Taft on the War Camps.
A former secretary of war as well
as a former president, William H.
Taft is a witness ill army matters
whose word the country
as final in authority. The results of
his inspection of thirteen national
army camps, besides Camp Sheridan
and the tfreat Lakes Naval Station,
given in an address before the Na
tional Geographic Society, are set
forth in its magazine.
Cost grealtly exceeded estimates,
but Mr. Taft "cannot find that there
is real ground for criicism," in the
circumstances. Haste was the first
requisite contractors' profits "vari
ed from 2 to 3 per cent." Th6
health of the jnen has been excel
lent. The demh-rate for all troops
from disease only, to Feb. 8, was
8.1, compared with 25 for all troops
in the Spanish war, from disease
only, and 24.2 in the Japanese army
in the war with Russia.
Like all practical men, Mr. Taft
recognises tjfrat, quick training was
the paramount consideration. Hence,
though health was better in the
northern camps and dust a serious
obstacle in the south, he holds that
all the camps should have been plac
ed in the south for greater facility
in winter training. The men are
"comfortably housed." Their moral
condition is well guarded and "no
camps ha-ve ever been so free from
drunkenness." Every camp had its
base hospital at the time of his vis
it, and little illness could "fairly be
attributed to insufficient clothing.
"The drafted men's food," s*rs
Mr. Taft," "is of the best. My own
boy in the ranks has told me that
they have a tradition among men—
and think it is sustained—that their
food is better than that of the
officers." Mr. Taft himself believes
that the officers have deprived them
selves needlessly of some comforts
through a mistaken ideal of Spartan
While the draft law "doubtless
needs amendments," Mr. Talt's gen
eral conclusion Was that it had vin
dicated itself in every way and
that upon the whele "we ku begun
the war right.'* It Hi a conclusion
with which (ewer of our people will
quarrel as every brings fresh
prodfs *f tie *nver«ai promptness
of the Aaetrtaaa eaptdhetifn to the
comen otae ef humanity
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5-Pass. Car with All-
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5-Pass. Sedan 1275
6-Pass. Town Car 1275
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Figures of the Test
Daily Av. Miles Bet
Milence Gal GasoUta*
Nov. 23 511.9 22.2
24 551.4 22.82
25 537.4 21.49
26 505.9 22.47
27 516.5 21.70
28 509.6 23.02
29 515.5 26.40
30 480.1 22.80
Dec. 1 498 8 23.99
2 484.6 21.77
3 506.6 20.71
4 Rain 438 9 19.51
5 502.7 19.44
6 517 0 22.15
7 503.0 22.35
8 493.3 22 03
9 472.6 21.33
10 477 7 23.43
11 495 2 23.82
12 540.1 23.56
13 539.3 23.18
14 Rain 465.9 23.85
15 523.1 22.95
16 539 1 21.99
17 492.8 22.09
•4 18 512.0 21.72
19 525.9 28.33
20 527.5 23.44
21 496.8 24.50
22 490.8 22.30
23 487.1 23.13
24 480.5 21.75
25 477.5 22.83
26 492.6 22.30
27 487.1 19.79
28 477.4 18.91
29 523.9 18.20
30 466.9 20.24
31 504.9 21.06
1 501.4 19.82
2 Rain 451.8 20.07
3 Rain 479.1 21.56
4 Rain 455.6 19.82
5 Rain 562.5 19.10
Average speed per hour
Average day's run
•Longest day's run
Average mile* per gal.
Smallest day's mileage
Greatest average males
Average tire life
•Note that lonpe*t day's run
made on last day of the test.
J. E. Clampitt
U' .. ft.
%'M THE LEON REPORTER, THURSDAY, MAY 2, 1918.
Do You Know the Terms
of that 22
You know, of course, that the Maxwell Motor Car is the long distance champion
of the world.
You have read that a "stock" Maxwell 5-passenger car ran for 44 days and
nights without stopping the motor.
And that, in the 44 days non-stop test, the Maxwell covered 22,022 miles, at
an average speed of 25 miles per hour..
But have you, up to now, realized the full significance of that performance?
Do you know that no other motor car in the world has ever equalled or even
approached that performance?
In a word, did you take this test seriously when you heard of it?
Or did you set it down as a "selling stunt" to give the publicity man something
to talk about?
It's worth your while to read and to study the conditions under which that test
You know that the American Automobile Association (familiarly known as the
"A.A.A.") is the official arbiter of every automobile test and contest.
But perhaps you didn't know that when a maker places his product under A. A. A.
supervision he must do absolutely as told and abide by the decisions of the Board.
That's why there are so few A. A. A. Official Records!
This 22,000-mile Maxwell non-stop test was official from start to finish.
Therein lies its value to you.
It proves absolutely the quality of the car—of the very Maxwell you buy.
For verily this was a "stock" Maxwell. Listen:—
First: the inspectors disassembled the motor to see that no special pistons, valves,
bearing-metal or other parts had been used.
Every other unit was as critically inspected. Then the car was re-assembled
under their own supervision.
As we had much at stake and the test was made in winter (November 23 to
January 5) we asked permission to take certain little precautions against acci
Sounds reasonable, doesn't it?
But they refused permission to do any §uch thing.
For example:—They would not permit a rubber cover over the magneto it
They refused to let us tape the ignition wire terminals—they are not taped on
the Maxwells we sell—so of course it wasn't "stock."
Neither would they let us use a spiral coiled pipe in place of the usual straight
one from tank to carburetor to guard against a breakage from the constant,
unremitting vibration—it isn't "stock."
Nor to use a special high priced foreign make of spark plug—the run was made
on the same spark plugs with which all Maxwells are equipped.
So rigid were the rules, we were unable to carry a spare tire on the rear—it
wasn't "stock." A telegram to headquarters in New York finally brought a
special permit to carry a spare tire.
"It isn't stock!" "It isn't stock!"
That was the laconic reply of those A. A. A. inspectors to every last suggestion that
called for anything tiut the precise condition of the standard, stock model Maxwell
that any customer can buy from any one of 3000 dealers anywhere.
We are glad now—mighty glad—that the rules were so strict and so rigidly
Any other car that ever attempts to equal that record must do it under official
supervision—and comply with the same terms.
And it will have to go some.
For Maxwell set the standard when it performed this wonderful feat.
Maxwell complied with those rules—and made good.
Every drop of gasoline and oil and water was measured out and poured in by
the inspectors themselves. They would not even let our man pour it in!
Every four hours the car had to report at the official station for checking.
And it had to be there on the minute.
And every minute there was an inspector beside the driver on the front seat—
two more men in the rear. One got out only to let another in—day and
night for 44 days and nights!
There was one technical stop.
It i« interesting to know the circumstances.
Dead of night—a driving storm—a cloudburst—suddenly another car appeared
in the road ahead.
In his effort to avoid a collision the Maxwell driver stalled his motor.
At least the observers thought it stopped and so reported.
The car did not stop, however, so its momentum again started the motor (if it
had indeed stalled) when the clutch was let in.
The contest board exonerated our driver on grounds that his action was neces
sary to save life.
That shows you how rigid were the rules—how conscientiously applied by the
You who have owned and driven motor cars—you who know how small a thing
may clog a carburetor or a feed pipe "short" a spark or stall a motor—will
realize what a wonderfully well made car this must be to go through that test
under those conditions—44 days—22,022 miles without stopping.
The exact amount of gasoline, of oil, of water used the tire mileage, tire
troubles, tire changes the distance and the routes are matters of official record,
attested under oath and guaranteed by the A. A. A.
(By the way, the average was nearly 10,000 miles per tire.)
Any Maxwell owner—or anyone interested may see those records.
And—here's the most wonderful part—though no attempt was or could be made
for economy the Maxwell averaged 22 miles per gallon of gasoline. *w.
•Some other car may, some time, equal some one of those performances. But to
equal them all in the same test— that car must be a Maxwell.