EL EASO HERALD
Monday, May 17, 1920.
National Ship by Truck
Good Roads Week May 17-22
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
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."
Senator CAPPER of Kansas says:
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.
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
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
Adrian Pool, Texas State Representative, El Paso,
"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
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.
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
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.
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