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EL EASO HERALD
Monday, May 17, 1920. National Ship by Truck Good Roads Week May 17-22 1 1 THE first widespread demonstration designed to enlist all the forces connected or de pendent upon short-haul transportation will be held throughout the United States, Ma' 17-22 and known as National Ship by Truck-Good Roads Week. It has the support of. the great national associa tions vitally concerned with transportation.' Leaders in the nation's business, in the financial world and in government circles endorse the Ship by Truck-Good Roads movement arid this great demonstration of its importancJf ; Mr. William G. McAdoo states: "I heartily approve of every measure or effort to promote good roads throughout the United States and to enlarge the usefulness of the motor truck in order to increase needed transportation facilities in the country. This is highly important to business and industry of all kinds ancfespecially to the fanners of the United States. The country has outgrown our railroad facilities and it will be a long time before the railroads can be brought up to the needs of the country. The most practicable, as well as the most immediate, relief that can be pro vided is tljrough good roads and the motor truck." ffik&uU Senator CAPPER of Kansas says: tti rVi n( tUr m-MtYKf dwelnnments 6ftnc?next twenty-five years will be the motor truck on the farm. I am interested in it because it relates to the develop ment of the great West and the great western industry, agriculture. The day of the power farmer is at hand. It is to him that we turn in answer to the world's cry for greater production. He alone can supply us with the necessities of life and assure our essential national integrity, but he must be given tools worthy of his task. The motor truck, because of its adaptability, flexibility and its endurance, is one of the chief requisites m the scheme of power farming. cfcQjfJ- Senator TOWNSEND of Michigan says: "The remarkable growth of motor transportation in the past few years, and its still more tremendous potentiality for the future, have brought us to a point where past procedure is no longer sufficient. Large sums will inevitably be expended on our highways to make them useful for longer periods and to decrease transpor tation costs. ' We neecf a broadened policy which will concentrate Government funds on national highways, releasing State and County funds for use on State and County roads. Nothinglcould be more valuable than a national discussion of this question, such as that pro posed during the "National Ship by Truck-Good Roads WwL- Vf-iv 17tVi tn 22nd. " ' '&&& T. C. ATKESON, National Grange, says: "The National Grange 'believes thatthe time has come when all National Government Highway activi ties should be unified in a single administrative depart ment, and that a National Highway law should be worked out which will serve the welfare of the whole country and distribute tie expense of highway construc tion equitably between the beneficiaries. I heartily approve the general idea involved in the Ship by Truck Week and the study and attention that will thereby; be directed to the problems of highways, transportation and distribution." SAMUEL REA, President of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, says: "I am glad to take this opportunity to express my view that it is most important, in the development of the motor truck for transportation purposes, that there should be co-operation with the rail carriers, rather than competition. Without doubt, there is a field where movement by rail carrier is not economical, and where the service could better be performed by motor trucks, but on the other hand any attempt to compete in the longer hauls with rail carriers under normal conditions is, in my judgment, uneconomic and unwise. "By conferences the interests of both parties can be studied and conserved and the extension of the motor truck to develop territory not served by rail, or for short-haul and intracity movements can I believe, proceed with advantage both to the rail carriers and the motor truck interests; whikj on the other hand, if the energies of the motor truck interests are devoted to the E lacing of competing lines to take traffic for the longer auls which have been developed by the rail earners, it woufd result in no real increase in facilities, but in "com petition which would only be harmful to both interests. ' James G. McNary, President First National Bank, El Paso, Says: "Good Roads to a country are like good arteries to the human body. The doctors say that a man is as old as his arteries. His health and his vigor depend on the condition of his arteries. "Good roads are the arteries of commerce. Good highways are no less important to commerce and industry than good railroads. "The use of the motor truck must be greatly developed irf. order that we may meet the daily increasing demands of agricul ture and industry for transportation facilities. "Every good American should be an advocate of good roads. Let us have a splendid development of our national highway system and the development of the motor truck will naturally follow." Adrian Pool, Texas State Representative, El Paso, Texas, Says: "I know of nothing that will do more for the country and humanity in general than good roads. Good Roads will promote Truck Transportation, and make it possible for the producers of Foodstuffs to get their products to the ultimate Consumer in larger quantities, and at a lower cost, which will result in a reduc tion ofprices, and thereby benefit humanity. 'Theartily endorse the National Ship By Truck Good Roads Movement, May 1 7th to 22nd, and it has my full support." MR. THOMAS A. EDISON'S statement: "Your plan of a 'Good Roads Week" May 17 to. 22, during which demonstrations will be given all over the United States of the practicability of your 'Ship by Truck' movement, should have great and far-reaching effects. One of the vexing questions of today is tran portation. Railroads are burdened to the breaking point and are unable with inadequate rolling-stock, to promptly meet the demands of shippers. To combaS the high-cost of living the call is going out for more , and more production. What will become of tie pre- sent transportation avenues when producers add even a small percentage to their present outputs as they inevit ably will do to meet the call of the Nation. "Some means must be found to help the ra3roa& now and in the future. I believe it has been shown that trucks are not economical for very long hali, but; for short hauls the truck is the efficient instrument aC hand. But to get the truck's greatest efficiency there must be good roads. Good roads will not come with out a well-laid, comprehensive plan which appeals to the country at large, and a powerful and concerted effort behind that plan. The Good Roads Week' you propose will focus the attention of millions on the vital necessity of better transportation." Yours very truly, , It is the time for getting together in recognition of a great new industry that has grown up before our eyes Motor Transport. It is occasion for congratulation for the great work already accomplished for Good Roads which has broadened the truck's practicability. The motor truck takes its place today as the vital factor of short haul transportation; as much a part of our economic, commercial and industrial scheme as are the railroad and shipping industries in long-haul transportation. It has been a power in the development of our big manufacturing, wholesaling and retailing institutions. Farm territory, heretofore isolated, is now within easy range of a market, because of the motor truck and good roads. y D 03 Q& tccj Nearly every long-haul shipment requires a short haul at each end.' If you regard the railroads as the long arm of commerce , you must reckon the motor truck as the fingers which reach in, here, there and everywhere, to pick up the load or place it at its destination. The purpose of National Ship by Truck-Good Roads Week is to present to the public the necessity of a national highway system, and to visualize th achievements already attained in the motor trucking industry. The new day is here not only of a broader commercial greatness but a day of better national understand ing which comes through the chan- - J-. nels of swift, emcierit transportation. ' JfF,,n.uZa.