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THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: FEBRUARY 25. 1917.
7 P CONTRACTORS NEED MOTOR TRUCKS NOW Handling Jobs Twenty Miles Away Is Made Possible by Use of Autos: ESSENTIAL IN BUSINESS "The motor track versus the horse in the contracting business?" repeated A. Oavia, purchasing agent of the Dravo Contracting company, Pitts burgh. "We do not need further proof of any kind to answer that question decisively. Come and work with us a few days. Sit here by this tele phone, make note of the urgent calls from our superintendents for quick delivery of almost anything from a concrete mixer to additional work men, then go out on the jobs and learn why these requests for imme diate delivery service arise unexpect edly and why they must be filled with out even an hour's delay, and you will wonder how it was ever possible to complete such contracts without a fleet of heavy-duty machines. "Ursred on by prodding necessity we ventured the purchase of a three ton motor truck. in 1913. Could that costly machine ever do enough work to make the investment show a prohtr YVhat would we do if it broke down? These were a few of our worries. We even kept several teams of horses ready to take up the work where we confidently expected the motor truck to quit. We were all ready to hook on and pull it out of the mud, but, we ended by pulling the' wagons out in stead. "Before the end of the year we had installed another three-ton machine and a. light delivery wagon. Gasoline was cheaper than oats and is yet. The motor trucks were over the hills and on the job before the teams had even started their weary climb. Don't Need Railroads. "We were independent in many cases of railroad transportation. Ma terial and equipment ordered in the afternoon were delivered before the receiving doors of the freight depot opened the next morning. "During 1915 we unhesitatingly pur chased two four and a naif-ton motor trucks to replace a small stable of horses and bade 'goodby' to the delays that had hampered our fore men and workmen and to the worries and troubles that used up so much of our mental energy. The Dravo Contractine company operates as a general contracting hrm, DUt specializes on neavy lounua tion work, the laying of substructures for bridges, the sinking of shafts and caissons., the driving of tunnels and the building of steelbarges and tow boats, says the Power. Wagon, from which this interview is taken. Pres ent contracts include work for the Bethlehem Steel company at. Spar row's Point, Md.; the Republic Iron and Steel company at Youngstown, 0.; the Trumbull Steel company at Warren, O.; the Whitaker Glessner Steel company at Portmouth, 0.; the Labelle Iron Works at Steuben ville, O., and the Carnegie Steel coiri pany at Clairton. Pa. The warehouses and fabricating plants are in Pittsburgh, as well as the machine and repair shops. The motor trucks are shifted from one job to another as the occasion de mands. ' Great Facility. f i' "The facility with which our ma chines can be moved from one con tract to another," continued Mr. Da via, "fairly breathes economy. It is almost impossible now to hire drivers and teams for short-time jobs in the various cities where we operate. The rental is prohibitive and frequently such equipment cannot be obtained at any price. If we did not have our own motor trucks we could not hope successfully to complete some of the jobs, t '. "We are not dependent on the over loaded freights tor the transportation of the motor trucks. An extra sup ply of gasoline1 not only puts them Enclosed Grant Roadster Jackson Wolverine Eight Cruiser on the job in a hurry, but even trans ports a few pieces of extra equipment. The machines clean up their work and are immediately ready for another i'ob. Can you imagine our using lorses on such contracts? "Motor truck delivery of material and equipment from our Pittsburgh warehouses and shops to jobs any where within a radius ot eighteen to twenty-five miles is more quickly and economically accomplished than by any other method. Just the other day one ot our contracts in Uentley ville, thirty-five miles from Pitts burgh, required the Immediate deliv ery ot a concrete mixer to replace one which had failed. Shipment by rail would have been a matter of days; horse transportation was not to be considered. You can imagine the mental relict anorded the tore- man when motor truck No. 3, which left Pittsburgh at noon on the day of the accident, pulled up to the job at 5 o clock in the afternoon with a new "nachine. One Instance. "Last month we were starting a Wry-op job at Harmarville, which Is twenty-five miles from here, and discovered at 10 o'clock in the morn ing that, although we had a house for our. workmen, there were no beds, toves or cooking utensils available. Pretty much worried, at the prospects of a cold night without food the job foreman called in for help. One of the old 1913 Packards was piled high with the necessary equipment and be fore 3 o'clock in the afternoon pulled into camp. How would we do that without a motor truck? "We had a breakdown at Clairton sometime ago which meant replacing a centrifugal pump. The only imme diately available pump was here in Pittsburgh, and it could not be shipped by express because of its size and the delay in getting It out of the car. The ever-ready motor truck proved to be our only salvation. "Motor trucks are as essential in our business as almost anv other piece of equipment Even if the cost of operation were greater than that of the horses they replace, this time- saving ability would make them in dispensable. Truck Saves $13 Daily For the City of Buffalo Up until a few months ago the bu reau of streets, sewerage division of Buffalo, used a one-horse wagon, but now it employs a one and a quarter ton motor truck, says the Power Wagon. Not long after it had bought the machine it discovered that it could put the vehicle to more uses than were required of it in the sewerage division. Now it is used to deliver portable pipe line pavement flushing apparatus to eight gangs which are scattered all over the city. Formerly four wagons were re quired to perform this work and be sides they were obliged to stay with the gangs all day because of the dis tance from headquarters. "On each load the motor truck car ried fourteen two-inch galvanized wrought iron pipes' which are fifteen feet long and mounted on iron wheels eight inches in diameter," said J. M. Thompson, deputy street commis sioner and inventor of the apparatus. "On each unit," he continued, "a pivot discharge nozzle is fixed. Each unit weighs 125 pounds or 1,750 pounds a set Besides this we load on the motor truck a hand sprinkler, three men and all sorts of tools, etc. This work the machine delivers be tween the hours of 4 and 8 a. m. After that it takes care of its regular sewer age and complaint business duties, etc. Ihis motor truck, which averages about fifty-five miles a day, is a big money saver. We are able to get ten miles out of a gallon of gasoline and thirty-three miles out of a pint of oil. It has replaced five wagons and saves the bureau just exactly $13 a day. And besides it never complains of heat and overwork." Vim Trucks Solve Delivery Problems For the Retailers Whether manufacturer, wholesaler or retailer, your delivery vehicle is the hand that reaches out to your trade the point of contact between you and those upon whom you depend for success. Business is a strenuous fight in which every possible, fair and many times unfair weapon is brought into play. In consequence it is miglilv im portant that your delivery vehicle, that all-important point of contact be tween you and your customer, should make a distinctive impression. This is exactly what Vim delivery cars do. Its quite gentile appearance, clean flowing lines, enamel finish, snappy, responsive performance, nuke a distinct impression, immediately lift ing your business to a higher plane. The manufacturers of Vim trucks have centered their efforts on one chassis, upon which they build twelve styles of bodies, some one suitable for your line of business. H. Pelton. 2205 Farnam street, it the local dealer In Vim trucks. Dur ing the Omaha Auto show to he held this week will be shown five different Vim body type models mounted on cnassis ready tor use. GROWS YELLOW CARNATIONS G. M. C. Trucks to Be Handled In Omaha by Henry Company The Nebraska Buick Automobile company, distributors for the G. M. C. trucks in Nebraska and parts of Iowa and South Dakota, has recently formed a connection with the Henry company of Omaha for the sale of G. M. C. trucks in Omaha. Accord ing to Lee Huff and H. E. Sidells, of ficials of the Nebraska Buick com pany, a number of concerns were con sidered for this rVrritory, but the Henry company was decided upon. The location of the Henry company includes a very well-equipped me chanical department, which is prov ing of inestimable value to them in llie performing of service. 1mAj Bportar" In Japan. Ons of the newest itunta of the Ntchl- Ntchl li to employ the lady Journalist, which la considered a remarkable Innovation In a country where woman la emerging- more and more from the aecluslon of her home. "Is the lady reporter's work satisfac tory tV I asked the editor. Tea, in a way, but she Ig not aatlsfled with writing; persons; I And 4hat she wants to crowd la little pleas for woman rights' and equal suffrage. We have to go pretty carefully on that sort of thing In Japan, you understand, and keep a pretty close watch on what ahe writes, because It Is likely to havs a meaning that men do not wholly understand.". World Outlook. Milburn Exhibit Will Show Some Surprises 'The Milburn Electric exhibit at the Auto show," asserts G. E. Doug las, head of the Electric Garage com pany, will hold out a number of sur prises to those not versed in the latest electric" construction. The Milburn claims particular dis tinction in the matter of light weight and distinctive design. The manufac turers have eliminated much of the cumbersome useless weight which was so much associated with electrics in the minds of motorists until re cently. The day of heavy electrics is oast, asserts Douglas, and manufac turers are fast getting away from the heavy models. The Milburn is a long, low appear ing car, with sweeping lines and is meeting with much favor among mo torists in this particular. The market for motor trucks now ex tends from the biggest business houses of the city through all grades and sizes of business and out into the country, where farmers are buy ing more and more motor trucks every year. The International Motor Trucks which are on display in the sample rooms of our branch houses at Omaha and Council Bluffs are the one high grade line of trucks which can be sold to all grades and classes of business men and to farmers at a reasonable price. Automobile dealers in attendance at this show could hardly do them selves, a better turn than to give these trucks a personal examination and confer with our Motor Truck Sales Department as to contracts and terms. The time is coming when the motor truck will be the bread and butter of the auto mobile dealer's business, and the dealer who ties up now with a first-class line like International Motor Trucks will have a big jump on his competitors when that time comes. . ' Even though you have never thought of handling a line of motor trucks it will pay you to come in and see us. International Harvester Company of America (Incorporated) 801-7 Capitol Ave. .. ' Omaha, Neb. Seven Other New Varieties Produced By Florists for the Market Eight new carnations, the result of years of experiments, will make their debut to the flower lovinsr Dublic in the next year, having qualified for the honor of being put on the market at tne annual carnation convention just neia at Indianapolis. the new blossoms are .he results of the work of five men. one Nir Zweifel ieing a Milwaukee resident. Mr. Zweifel'i new carnation is a large, aarie red one and is called the Edna. I. M. Ward of New York ha con tributed crystal white and cottage mam. jne former is said to be the finest pure white carnation ever nrn- duced, and the latter is :. salmon shade. Merry Christmas is the name nf an unusually large, red blossom, the nrn- duct of an Indianapolis horticulturist. fink sensation and I'ocahontas. a beautiful maroon, and vellow nrince are the results of the untiring labor of F. J. Goddard, Boston, Mass. Yel low prince is said to be the first really successful yellow carnation. Carnations do not flourish . anv. where as is the general belief. The finest ones come from Maine, Boston, northern narta n( Iniliin. Till....:. Wisconsin and from New. York. They are only grown successfully, north of St. Louis, the southern ones not being marketable. Milwaukee Sentinel. Federal Trucks to Be Shown at the Omaha Show H. Pelton, automobile dealer, 2205 Farnam street, will show a W-ton Federal truck fitted with a staked platform body. Federal trucks are now being built in sizes ranging from one to nve tons and with the many styles of bodies that are employed their uses are unlimited, ranging from farm work to the heaviest kind of trucking. When attending the Automobile show this week, manufacturers, whole salers, contractors and those having to do with hauling problems may give' careful attention to the Federal truck exhibit. AIRSHIP IN BIBLE PLANS Gotham Genius Builds Flying Craft on Designs ot frophet Ezekiel. Taking his plans and specifications trom tne urn testament and the vision of the prophet Ezekiel, first and tenth chapters, A. Niflot has built an airship which he is now exhibiting. Through this Mr. Niflot attempts to prove that the first flying machine dates back 2,500 years. He has pre pared a model of the airship con ceived by Ezekiel, which stands about ten feet nigh, and in which he found all the parts of the machine described in the vision. He even suggests that the "burning coals taken from be tween the wheels and thrown over the city" implies a prophecy of air craft as a means of destruction. The model was made by Mr. Niflot, who is official interpreter in the city bu reau of fire investigation. The Niflot model has all the essen tials of a hot-air balloon, from which evolved our present-day dirigibles, and more, for it has a car or carriage capable of moving along the ground in any direction without turning;, this according to the Biblical 'escrintion of the wheels that "went in their four directions and turned not when they went." The prophet EzekieU explains Mr. Niflot, besides being a njet and a very skillful writer, was also an archi tect, and was the first man to suggest the idea of artificial water supply in a house. "Blame It on the prophet," is Mr. Niflot's response to all arguments on the impracticability of his invention. New York Telegram. THIS TOY AIDED THE WORLD Designed as Christmas Present It Has Revolutionized Com merce. Tinkering in his machine shop to design a novel Christmas present for one of his boys, Klmer A. Sperry, a few years back, stumbled onto a half dozen new applications of what had previously been regarded as a merely interesting mechanical curiosity the gyroscope. Now his inventions will keep a ship from rocking and the passengers from seasickness; an airship from air pock ets, and furnish the only true com pass that the mariner, guide or air pilot knows. Making the gun deck of a battleship as steady a gun mount as may be had on land, the gyroscope eventually will double the efficiency of the navy, it is said. Anything that needs stability, excluding poslle Central American governments and street cars, needs a gyroscope, Mr. Sperry told a Detroit audience. The use of submarines and airshins has been made possible largely through the gyroscope. Before the stabilizers were put aboard the under sea boats, because of their cigar-like shape, rolled so frightfully that no man could live in them. With one of the little tops aboard the Deutsch land can ride as evenly as a mammoth liner on a smooth sea. The principal advantage to airships has been in the gyroscope compass, which possesses the advantage of always pointing north. An ordinary magnetic com pass, in practical use tinder stress points anywhere from northwest to northeast and sometimes southeast. Detroit News. FRIENDSHIP DEFIES WAR People Across tht Hall Arc Hyphen ates, But Good Folks Just tht Sam. The people across the hall are neighbors and friends. They make about as much money as we do, and they pay the same rent for their flat. Their problems are similar to ours. They have similar tastes. Often we go to the movies together, and some times we barrow little household ne cessities from one another. We two families have shared sor rows and Joys. We have sat up with one another, and, in short, have tried to be neighborly in the best sens;. Mother got her bread recipe from the mother across the hall, ana taught her in turn a new kind of embroidery. Let some people say that, on ac count of the war, if it comes, there must be strained relations between our two families, for the people across the hall are German-Americans. But that sort of talk is absurd. The peo ple scross the hall are just friends and neighbors, and that is what they will remain. Chicago News. SMITH FORM-A-TRDCK HAS GREAT GROWTH Motor Concern Attracts Atteiu tion of Bankers by Unusual , Reoord It Has Achieved.' , i. MANY RECORDS BR0KE1 The attitude of conservative bank Ing houses of the country toward neW manufacturing industries is such th it is very rarely, particularly in tht auomobile field, that any manufaos turer achieves such important deveU opments as to attract the favorable! attention of banking institutions iq the first year of its developments. But the Smith Motor Truck con poration, manufacturers of the famous1 Smith Form-a-Truck attachment, his broken so many records in the matte of business development and achieve ment during the initial year of its growth that the stand taken by the most prominent banking connections in New York Citv in reorard to the) future developments of the Smith Mc tor Truck corporation is merely et added indication of the remarkable! strength developed by this organizai tion in such a short time. Not only has the Smith MotoJ Truck corporation been extended, every courtesy known to banking firactice, but it has become an active) ssue in financial circles, where it. is) regarded as a particularly wise in vestment. Only manufacturing and saleS achievement can gain the confidence which has been gained by the Smith! Motor Truck corporation. Primarily the whole attitude pi banking circles is one of apprecia tion of the tremendous strides which) L - k. wnmAm kw an rtro- n ira HoTl which developed an idea into a sale volume of over 10,000 attachments Hj twelve months. Nash Says That Dealers Must Make Some Money! In asserting that the success of aj motor car company depends on tha sbility of Its dealers to make money,; C. W. Nash, president of The Nash, Motors company, Kenosha, Wis.,1 voices the same theories which h worked out so successfully as presi dent of the Buick Motor company, and later as active head of the Gen-J eral Motors company. ' "In building up the selling end oj our organization we r going to in. sist on one thing that our distribu-J tors and agents show an annual profit on their business. These men are our! actual points of contact with the buy- ing public," declared Mr. Nash. ' Jusb in proportion as they are successful will our success be measured. The Nash Plant- The Nash Policy What They Mean to You The Nash plant and the Nash policies mark a new milestone in motor car manufacture. We want an opportunity to meet the motor car pros pects and dealers and explain what our policies are and what they, combined with our plant, mean to you. During Automobile Show week we will use- as a re ception room, Room 133 Fontenelle Hotel. Come in and let us explain the plans of the organiza tionbehind Jeffery Pleasure Cars and Jeff ery Quad Trucks ' You will find us at the Omaha Auto Show, space No. 30 on the Stage. NASH SALES CO. T. H. McDEARMON, Manager . Temporary Quarters Standard Motor Car Company OMAHA 2020 Farnam St. Phone Douglas 1705