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THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: JULY 27, 1919. Douglas Motors Factory j.; Running to Full Capacity . J Belt Line Plant Turns Out Trucks as Well as Pleasure ji Cars and Is Now Employing Over 100 Men ; Plan While perhaps it is not known by a majority of the citi zens of Omaha, out on the Belt Line railroad at Thirtieth and Sprague streets, there is as complete an automobile and auto truck factory as can be found anywhere in the United States. It is the plant of the Douglas Motors corporation, of which George Christopher is president and treasurer. The corporation is capitalized for $1,000,000, practically all the stock being owned by 960 farmers scattered over -Nebraska. Right at this time the Douglas Motors corporation is daily turning nut five trucks and one pleasure car. The plant is working up to its ca pacity and if the men who are at the head of the concern receive suf ficient encouragement from Omaha and Omaha business men. it will be greatly enlarged in the near future, the purpose of Mr. Christopher be ing to build this into one of the greatest truck and automobile man ufacturing establishments in the country. He cites the fact that with in a radius of 500 miles of Omaha there lies the richest agricultural section of the United States and that consequently for years to come this vast area will be in the market for goods turned out by the Omaha plant. The Douglas Motors corporation it Dodge Bros. Owners In Omaha and Council Bluffs Will confer a favor to Dodge Brothers and the 0'Brien-Eavis-Coad Auto Co. by parking their cars on Tenth street from Douglas to Farnam, and on Farnam street west, at 10 o'clock Tuesday morn ing to greet the Trans continental Motor Convoy when it arrives from Council Bluffs. QBrien-Davi5-Cdad Auto Co. 1814 -IB-IB FARNAM ST. OMAHA. NEBR. started in a small way three years ago but it was not until last fall that the actual work of building trucks and automobiles was well under way. About thar time the company was reorganized and Mr. Christopher, formerly one of the leading farm and ranch owners of the western part of the state elected president and treasurer. As soon as he took charge of the property, he commenced to push out foe busi ness. Through his efforts the pres ent factory, 100x350 feet, was erect ed on a tract of four acres of ground. This building is one story high, of brick, steel and cement con struction and equipped with the lat est and best machinery for truck and automobile construction. Not An Assembling Plant. The Douglas Motors corporation property is not an assembling plant, such as are scattered over the coun try and designated as 1 automobile factories. Instead, it is a real truck and automobile maunfacturing plant. It builds its machines from the ground up, giving steady em ployment to more than 100 men, nearly all skilled mechanics. It has its own foundry, its own wheel de partment, its own radiator manufac turing department and manufac tures all radiators put onto its trucks and pleasure cars. While the Douglas Motors corpo ration is working up to the capacity of the plant, it is one concern that is unable to keep up with its orders. Right at this time it has orders from New York for 1,000 pleasure cars and trucks, orders for 200 from Se attle and orders for 500 from St. Louis, to say nothing of the scores of smaller orders coming in from points nearer to Omaha. Ships Cars Abroad. Within the last six months the Douglas Motors corporation has shipped trucks to Japan, China and to Java. Others have been sent to South America and still others to Europe. Everywhere that they have been tried out they have given satisfaction and as a result, the sell ing territory has been extended at home and abroad until the plant is swamped with orders that it is un able to fill until its output capacity is enlarged. President Christopher points with pride to the fact that the Douglas Motors corporation has no credit ors, does not owe a man, woman, or child a dollar and on top of all this, has money in the bank. Stockholders in the Douglas Mot ors corporation are reported to be well satisfied with the business be ing done by the plant at the present time, but it is said that they are not enirely pleased with inactivity that has been displayed by Omaha cap italists and business men. It is said that of the $1,000,000 capital stock, Omaha has taken but little. Officers With Truck Train Mounted On Harley-Davidsons The United States truck train which will arrive in this city Tues day afternoon isbeing piloted on its cross-country trip by Capt. A. W. Merrington and Lt. Ralph W. Enos. both of whom have seen service in France in the motor transport corps. The two officers are mounted on Harley-Davidson machines. They precede the truck train, locate the proper routes and aid in directing the trucks on their journey. Bee Want Ads Produce Results. i5i(3mrni 11. 11 11 11 11 11 n n 11 n ii 11 11 IT ii mi mi if ii ii a ii ii ii ii nun mi iDic 1 A DDDGEBRDTHER5 BU5INE55 CAR Business men count upon continuity of service from this car with the same cer tainty they count upon an unusually low haulage cost Both factors have come to be regarded as certainties in the two years the car has been in use. It will pay you to visit us and xamin thi car. Q'BRIEN-D AVI5-QjAD AUTD Cq 1814-16-18 FARNAM 5T OMAHA, NEBR From Michigan to Pacific by Auto, 10 Days i i Every now and then J. W. Leav itt, California distributor of Olds mobile automobiles, makes a trans continental trip in a new car. Each time he learns something new about the car's ability. On June 9 Mr. Leavitt sent the following telegram to the Olds motor works, Lansing, Mich.: "Arrived San Francisco ferry Sun day evening, 7:30, making trip, 2,350 miles, in 10 days 13J4 hours, from Lansing. One day in Nebraska made only 97 miles, traveling stead ily for 10 hours in the mud. No water put in radiator on entire trip. Not a spark plug touched. No ad justment to fan belt. Car running fine." The accompanying picture shows some of the rough going which Mr. Leavitt and his wife encountered en route. Mr. Leavitt says that these occasional trips are not made for pleasure, but to find out definitely just how the car stands up. It is quite evident from Mr. Leavitt's telegram to the factory that he is very well satisfied with the manner in which his car performs. Three Balloon Experts of Army Photographed at Fort Two of These Men, One an Officer and the Other a Civilian, Are Stationed in Omaha, While the Other Is Chief of the Air Service. Left to right: A. Leo Stevens, chief balloon instructor, United Stales army; Col. C. DeForest Chandler, chief of balloon and air service, United States army; Lt. Col. Jacob W. S. Wu'est, command ing officer, United States balloon school, Fort Omaha. Mr. Stevens is a pioneer in bal loon and dirigible air navigation, before the war being the nation's foremost manufacturer of balloons. He was called into the country's Cars for Export Are Cause of Shortage in Deliveries at Home Some who are chafing at the de lay in securing cars are at a loss to understand why the factories should be so behind in their orders. The reasons are several and good ones. To begin with the demand has greatly increased, as many peo ple from patriotic and other mo tives withheld their buying of new cars while the war was in progress. The factories were down to a very low rate of production toward the end of 1918 and it took a little time to get back into the swing after the restrictions on production were re moved. Even the plants that are back to a peace time basis find difficulty in securing material and parts. Not the least of the factors aggravating the present situation is the urgency for the makers to take advantage of the present psychological mo ment to extend foreign business even at the risk of sacrificing some business in the home market. A New York dealer who recently made a trip to the factory found his explanation of the difficulty in ob taining cars as he passed through the shipping department and saw the number of cars marked for ex port. Even the prohibitions that have existed against the exportation of automobiles to England and France have not prevented an in crease of exportation of automo biles to the Far East, and South American markets have been de veloping in the meantime. Striking instances are the exports to the Philippine Islands which for the four months ended April 30 this year exceeded the whole exporta tion of automobiles for the Islands in 1918 in value and the number for that period was two-thirds of the total number exported in 1918. To Japan for the four months mention ed in 1919, the automobiles export ed were considerably in excess of the total number for 1918. The number to Java for the first four months of 1919 was about the same as for the whole preceeding year. To Straighten Front Axle. A method of straightening a front axle that has been bent in a ver tical plane is to take two lengths of four-by-four inch joist, long enough to reach from the upper side of the axle, just outside of each spring plate, to a cross timber of the ceil ing or roof of the garage. Then if the jack is placed beneath the axle at the bend, enough pressure may be applied by means of it to force the axle back into shape. The Best Water. Not all car owners know that pure rain water is the best that can be used in the "cooling system. This is because it is free from mineral substances, which are present in or dinary water and which are deposit ed on the metal walls of the radiator, piping, jackets, etc., to their detri ment. When rain water is available. service at the beginning of the war and now heads the Fort Omaha school. Colonel Chandler, previous to the war was a lieutenant in the United States air service. He studied bal looning under Stevens in the east and with the ground work thus ob tained rose rapidly. This picture was taken by a Bee photographer last Tuesday when Colonel Chandler was here inspect ing Fort Omaha. Cole Aero Eights Fitted With Brake Adjusters In line with its policy of incor porating in the Cole Aero-Eight every possible convenience and economy, the Cole Motor Car Co. is equipping all of its present mod els with an automatic brake adjuster which makes annoying adjustment of the service brake unnecessary. It is an exclusive Cole feature that automatically takes up the wear on the service brake bands. Every time the service brake is used there is a certain amount of wear on the brake band. In order to properly apply the brakes on a car ordinarily it is necessary each time to force the brake pedal down a little farther. This wear takes place gradtrally, but none the less certainly. The day oftentimes ar rives when the motorist is unable to stop the car quickly with the service brake alone and must resort to the emergency. Motor Trucks Would Help Transportation Problem "According to Frank A. Vander lip before the senate foreign rela tions committee, the breakdown of transportation is one of the most serious difficulties in Europe," says J. M. Opper of the Jones-Opper company. "Mr. Vanderlip gives as the cause for this unusual situation the fact that the locomotives of Europe were worn out before their time owing to the pressure of war transportation, when repairs and replacements were not made as in normal times. "To start European industries the railroads must be supplied with roll ing stock, engines and cars and the United States is in the best position to furnish equipment at the best price and shortest delivery time. "It is my opinion that American business concerns should immedi ately provide ample motor truck equipment for their transportation departments to avoid serious de lays, as the industrial arteries of any c ry are its transportation facilities." Nearly All Parts of New Allen Car Are Changed "Of this season's motor car offer ings, none will attract more atten tion than the new Allen," says J. T. Bartlett of Lininger Implement com pany, local Allen dealers. This enthusiastic statement was made by him just after receiving and thoroughly trying out the first new Allen to reach them. "The new Allen model, a five pas senger touring, known as series 43, U in no sense a continuation of past Allen models. Practically every de tail of the car, from the motor and transmission built in this company's own shops to the body and general lines, has been radically changed," he said. "The car is the same moderate size and weight type formerly built, but having stated that feature all similarity with past models ceases though the makers have undoubtedly incorporated into this new model many basic items of design found successful in past models.' Bee Want Ads Produce Results. More for your money! World's Biggest Truck Values Summarizing our claims for Grant Trucks, we haven't any hesitancy about affirming that they offer you more for every dollar invested than any other trucks in America. Grant trucks give you more in service, more in I economy, more in equip- ment. No other trucks ' are so completely equip ped. They are backed by one of the world's largest and most successful pro ducers of passenger cars and trucks. If you are going to buy a truck, in fairness to yourself investigate Grant trucks. Phone or write. 1800 pounds, complete with express body painted, ready for the road, $1125 tons capacity, completely equipped chassis, $1885 2 tons capacity, completely equipped chassis, $2150 f. o. b. Cleveland Omaha Auto Sales Co. T060-62 Farnam St. OMAHA, NEB. GRANT MOTOR CAR CORPORATION - CLEVELAND M ' M v,m THE UNIVERSAL CAR The Ford Model T One-Ton Truck is now a little over three years old, and we have yet to hear of the first trouble it has given. That's because of the worm drive. Not a bit of the power of the motor is lost through the worm drive. It simply cannot be. Up to the introduction of the Ford Motor Truck, you could only get the worm dnve in the highest priced motor trucks. It is too expensive an equipment for ordinary priced trucks. That's one of the reasons why we put it on the Ford Truck. Quality in materials, scientific application of transmis sion of power, dependability in service and economy in operation are cardinal virtues in Ford production. These are what made the Ford "The Universal Car," and these are the qualities that will make the Ford One-Ton Truck "The Universal Motor Truck." In town, in the city, in village and farm, the Ford Motor Truck is the essential necessity because it solves the problem of economical transportation. Come in and let us give you a demonstration. Let us have a chance to point out the superior merits of the Ford Motor Truck. Any one of the firms listed below will be only too glad to take your order and give you delivery with the least delay pos sible, and assure you of splendid "after service." The Ford Motor Truck sells at $550.00 without the body, but any of us will supply you with such a body as you may desire. SAMPLE-HART MOTOR CO., 18th and Burt Sts. UNIVERSAL MOTOR CO., 3562 Leavenworth St. C. E. PAULSON MOTOR CO., 20th and Ames Ave. HOLMES-ADKINS CO., 4911 South 24th St. McCAFFREY MOTOR CO., 1 5th and Jackson Sts.