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Evening capital news. (Boise, Idaho) 1901-1927, May 14, 1916, Image 18

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The Automobile-Telescope Apartment invented by Gustave De Bretteville and Used by Him for "Land Cruising." MrT De Bretteville is
Shown Taking Observations Through a "Port Hole." The Kitchen Extension with Its Cooking Range Fed
from Small Gas Tanks Is Shown at the Extreme Right.
Some of the Newest Designs of i( Land-Going
Yachts" with Bedrooms , Kitchens
OURJNG the country In 'Hand
going yachts" promises to
become a popular pastime.
It was Introduced on an elaborate
scale last Summer by Mr. Roland
R. Conklin, a New York millionaire,
but has since been taken up. In a
more modest way, by numbers of
auto-owners who recognised Its
great possibilities.
Gustave De Bretteville, of San
FYancisco, for Instance, haw con
structed what he calls an auto
mobllotelescope apartment It con
tains a comfortable bed, a bath,
kitcheh facilities and a dining-room.
This car Is intended to accomodate
only two persons, and everything is
so efficiently arranged that there
Isn't the slighter suggestion of
f| The bed is of regulation else and
is lighted by electricity. Cooking
utensils and facilities and store
•ature of a houseboat thaa a yacht
room for supplies make it possible
for the travellers to provide them
selve» with warm meals Just as
regularly as if they were home.
Cooking operations are not com
menced until the car comes to a
standstill, meats being cooked
usually at night and warmed for
meals during the following day. In
fair weather, meals are eaten out
of doors, a collapsible table and
chairs being carried for that
When the weather Is Inclement
the travellers keep Indoors, the
dining-room being ample enough to
hold two people comfortably.
Books, writing materials, cards and
other diversions help to make the
time pass quickly when the tourists
tire of watching the scenery, and
there are always little oddw and
ends of mending and repairing to
be done on a voyage of this kind
to keep the mistress of the house
busy just the same as there is on
One of the photographs on thi»
page shows the automohlle-tele
scope-apartment. at rest, with its
owners breakfasting comfortably
on the road. Hot coffee, warm rolls,
alt cooked on the travelling cook
stove, comprise the meal, but the
farilitie» are equal to the task of
roasting a turkey or a Joint of beef
or any other major cooking opera
Equally efficient is the "automo
bungaiow" used by S. W. Beasley,
of Pomona, Cal., while on hie
Journeys abo'ut the countryside en
gaged In distributing religious litera
ture. This conveyance Is in effect
a transportable bungalow drawn by
a light runabout. It is more In the
and Even Bath Tubs
but It admirably serves the purpose
of provldlog Its owner with a com
fortable shelter while he 1s travel
ing through the country.
The photogftph of Mr. Beasley's
"automobungaiow" on this page
shows that the rear w-heels have
been removed from the runabout.
In their place ie a Jack-shaft pro
vided with a differential. The
runabout frame is extended back
to make the front wheels of thç
house serve as the middle set of
wheels for the train.
One of the remarkable features
about this conveyance is that the
runabout is not marred in the least
by the use to which it is put and
can be changed back into its
original form within twenty minutes
by removing the sprocket wheels
and disconnecting the extension.
This» feature 1 b very valuable to
Mr. Beasley because it enables him
to use the runabout in connection
with his extension work whenever
he arrives in a community where
be desires to operate.
The sleeping accommodations of
this structure comprise one full
sisod and three three-quarter-wiaed
beds. When they are folded up
they are shut off from the living
room by a curtain on the inside.
When they are let down, this cur
tain forms a roof and side-rurtalna
are provided so that each bed may
be separately enclosed.
The "kitchen'' is located at. the
end of the bungalow and consists
of a gasoline range, sink, china
closet and ice-box. Hot and cold
water are forced up from a tank
under the house by means of an
atr pipe fed by a bicycle pump.
Above the sink is the chinB closet,
the linen closet and cooling chain
her or ice-box being on either side.
There is a collapsible dining
room or library table. A dressing
room, about the siae of a telephone
booth, contains a ciothes-pre»s, and
outside of it Is a built-in writing
desk with a mirror over It. A built
in bookcase is under the desk. The
automobungaiow is Intended to ac
commodate live persona, its cost,
including ail the fixtures and
utensil», is put by Mr. Beasley at
Simple, but very complete, U the
two-story auto-house used by M.
Amagoris, of Paris, which Is also
shown on this page. The car itself
Is not structurally different from
an ordinary large limousine, al
though it» interior is equipped with
ell the conveniences to be found in
a well-appointed private dwelling.
Wa shall he a little
Copyright, ISIS,
Bathing, cooking and dining fa
cilities are here provided,
sleeping-chamber is located on the
roof of the limousine, canvas being
used for the sides and tops.
By far the most elaborate pro
duction tn the way of a "land-going
yacht," however, is that of Mr. R. R.
Conklin, before referred to. It was
built, at a cost of $25,000 for the
primary purpose of conveying Mr.
Conklin and part of hl» family from
their home at Huntington, I,. I,, ail
the way to the San Francisco Expo
sition. The party consisted of Mr.
Conklin, his wife, two children, two
nephews and a young woman guest,
a cook, a governess and two
chauffeurs—eleven in all.
Owing to the wretched condition
of the roads which the "land-yachf"
encountered, the "Gipsy Van," as
the conveyance was called, was
abandoned tn Chicago, the rest of
the trip being mude by rail.
"Despite the fact that we did not
follow «ur original plan of cross
ing the continent in the 'Gipsy
Van,' " declared Mr. Conklin upon
his return to New York, "we all
considered the voyage a distinct
success. I have had the van
brought back to New York, and we
shall use it again this Summer for
long trips-,
more careful in our choice of
routes, however. On roads which
were half-way decent our convey
ance answered every requirement
and demonstrated that 'land-cruis
ing' in this way is. in many re
spects, as delightful and as restful
as ocean-cruising, and possesses
many advantages which yachting
lacks "
One of the most interesting
souvenirs of the trip last, season
was the "log-book" which Mr.
Conklin had prepared for private
distribution among his friend». It
contained a complete narrative of
the voyage written by various mem
bers of the party and was illustrat
ed with numerous photographs
taken during the trip. No attempt
was made to skip over the slight
mishaps which characterized the
voyage. On the contrary, by word
and picture, every minute incident
was duly recorded so that thorn
who participated in the unique tour
might ever recall the bitter as well
as the sweet experiences they en
dured. Photographs of the "Gipsy
Van" stuck axle-deep in the mud
at Briarcliff. N. Y., when only two
days "out of" Huntington, were In
cluded in the "log-book," as were Ä
also picture* showing the vehicle
minus its upper-deck, an operation
which was made necessary when a
viaduct which was too low for It to
pass under was encountered on a
road four miles east of Michigan.
City, Ind.
The "Gipsy Van" may best be de
scribed, perhaps, by Imagining that
we approach It from behind and
then enter on a tour of inspection.
The door in the back is opened
by turning a handle which auto
matically lets down a couple of
steps. Having ascended these steps
and shut the door after us, we see
on our left hand a large icebox in
two sections, one higher than the
other. On the lower section of the
icebox rests- a folding wash basin
with mirror and other toilet
articles. Attached to the main Ice
box, which holds 100 pounds of ice,
is a filter which is connected by
pipes to the ice chamber, providing
a flow of cold water at all times
Over the icebox and extending to
the roof of the car are shelves for
preseries, groceries, etc., which do
not require icing.
Directly overhead as one enters
iy a shower bath, with curtain at
tachment. The overflow of water
is taken care of by a very in
genious contrivance concealed in
the floor of the caravan. A num
ber of small trap doors are raised,
and when secured in place they
form the sides of a bath and pre
vent leakage of water. A plug re
moved from the centre of the hath
floor lets out the water while the
shower is running.
Next to the big icebox on the left
hand side of the car is a sink with
running hot and cold water for the
washing of dishes, and next to this
is an electric range, with broiler
and oven A large cabinet for sup
plies adjoining the range completes
the left-hand side of this first com
partment, which is called the
On the right hand side, upon en
tering, is a lavatory, then a large
cupboard and an ingenious card
table which can be converted into
a set of steps, by means of which
is reached the "upper deck." or roof
garden. \ writing des-k adjoins
this cupboard, and in addition to
library requisites holds the cameras
and Aims. The kitchen is seven
feet long.
We then come to the sitting room
or salon. In the daytime this com
partment, which Is some ten feet
long, is furnished with three im
mens« settees, ail of which face
toward the front. These lounges
are covered in a very artistic
fashion, the whole scheme of in
terior decoration being designed
with a view to the beautiful as well
as the practical. A talking ma
by tha Star Company. Great Britain
The Auto
On the Road"—
Above It Mr. and
Mrs. De Butteville
Are Seen Eating
a Meal Cooked
in the Automobile
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S. W.
Beasley in
It Carries
5 Persons
Its Beds,
That Fold
the Side,
Are Shown
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occupies one corner of this salon.
At night the salon is converted
into a bedroom for »ix "people.
Three sleeping berths let down
from the ceiling of the room, al
though they are designed in such
a way that during the daytime no
one would ever suspect their ex
istence, and the three settees, are
readily converted into comfortable
beds. Mattresses six inches thick
of s-pecial construction are pro
vided to insure comfort.
Each berth is provided with Its
own electric reading lamps, one at
each end. and has special arrange
ments for hanging clothes.
We now come to the front apart
ment. or driver's cab, which is
separated from the salon by a large
window, allowing the passengers to
have a front view aw well as a side
one. The window is screened at
night to allow of perfect privacy in
the car proper.
The driving cab contains sleep
ing berths for the two chauffeurs,
which are concealed during the day:
tool boxes and storeroom for ac
On the roof, which Is reached by
means of the steps before men
tioned and through a trap-door
which iw easily opened as on*
ascends, is provided storeroom for
most of the equipment carried, in
cluding a valise for each one of the
eight passengers, guns, ammu
nition, tank* tor water, oil and
Rlgbta Reserved.
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A "Two-Story" Automobile Used for "Land Cruising" fajj
M. Amagoris, of Paris.

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