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THE StrNDAY OREGONTAX, PORTLAND, OCTOBER 3. 1915-
2 BEAT JHMD MAZE
Motorists Visit Hillsboro, but
Get Lost on Return.
The biggest year in Franklin
history. Purchasers have
offered Premiums for Ad
WAY GOOD IN SOME PARTS
Portland Men Are More Than Two
1 lours on lleturn After Making
Trip Out 1h Fifty Minutes.
Opinions on Koitte Severe.
Destinations outside of Portland are
much easier to find than Portland in
when one is driving toward it- So
think George M. Chambers, assistant
secretary, and Clement tW. Ausman, of
the Portland Automobile Club, who had
occasion last week to travel to Hills
boro and Forest Grove.
When the two left the city last Tues
day forenoon they bundled up well in
order that the cool wind would not in
oculate rheumatism in their bones and
refrigerate their blood. The drive up
Lovejoy street made them feel wise
men overcoats were welcome.
Cornell road, which is well sheltered,
was delightfully smooth. This highway
is in excellent condition, and the trav
elers had praise for Koadmaster John
li. Teon, who has placed a solid timber
fence along the outer edge of this road.
As the little car purred along the two
viewed the scenery and the Autumn
leaves and shed their coats. They talked
of the joy of living and of the particu
lar joy of spinning along the Cornell
Dumps Come at Last a -Plenty.
Neither had been to Hillsboro over
this route before. The regular tour
book was forgotten in the hurry to get
away. An old one did not show the
Cornell route. Chambers and Ausman
trusted to luck. Their salvation, how
ever, was in signs.
At least, 12 miles were behind the
car before macadam gave out. Then
came stretches of dirt and newly-laid
rock. There was no dust, but plenty J
of bumps. Whenever a fork or cross
roads was reached road signs pointed
the right direction and mileage. The
two took particular interest in the
large acreage devoted to young plants
and fruit and ornamental trees by the
Oregon Nursery Company.
No severe complaint was made of the
highway until within two miles of
Hillsboro. Regarding this both men re
fuse to voice their opinion. The last
mile into town saved their dispositions
According to Chambers, the five
miles of base line road between Wash
ington County's two principal towns,
Hillaboro and Forest Grove, is showing
the wear and tear, and the remedy is
hard-surface pavements. And George
fhould know, as he drives to the Auto
bilo Clubhouse every day. t
Run Made In 50 Minutes.
The' run to Hillsboro from Portland
was made in 50 minutes over the un
known road. This route, by the way,
is much more scenic than any of the
others. After several rains it will be
filled with chuckholes in places, but
at present is really good, with the one
exception of two miles.
Returning to Portland was not such
an easy matter, as the Ford was headed
ovt-r a more southerly route.
Keaverton was reached in good order.
There a groceryman did his best to
help them. All was useless. A mile
and a half toward Sylvan a large sign
and a determined -looking young man
bade the travelers turn back a quarter
of a mile, turn left and again left.
Then things started.
The roads grew rougher. They had
many crooks and turns. They had
forks and intersecting roads. All were
without signs. The Ford turned right
and left until In Washington County
a rear tire deserted the wheel.
Tire Troubles Delay Return.
An obliging young buggy driver bade
the hard-working tire pumpers to turn
back and gave them a, hazy direction
to follow. Ausman declares they were
on the Shattuck and Hoffman roads .
for he looked it up on the map. Any
way, they missed Garden Home and
went through Rertha and up the Slavin
road to Hillside Parkway. It required
two hours and three tire changes for
the return trip.
Now the two young travelers are
starting the red tape rolling to have
cigna on the good roads south of the
Although not turned loose on a trans
continental non-stop run, Mr. and Mrs.
N. H. Perkins and Mr. and Mrs. Will
iam Moore of Yamhill, Or., made a re
markable record on their recent trip
to Los Angeles in their 1913 Cadillac.
On the entire trip there was not a aug
jrestion of &f puncture or blowout in
their United States tires and no car
trouble to worry about. At various
utaares along the route side trips were
made from the Pacific Highway to
Santa Monica, Redlands and other
points of interest to the traveler.
CiVDlL,Ii.C D1UTBR GOES FAR
Massuelinsets Man Goes to Fair and
Returns 'Wlthoiit Relief.
To Dr. Benjamin ir. Sfetcalf, chairman
ot the Board of Health of Winthrop.
Mass.. belongs the distinction of rciak
ioe, without relief, one of the longest
motor car tours on record. He recently
arrived home after driving lis Cadillac
Uiffht from "Winthrop to the Panama-
Pacific Kxposition at San Francisco and
. The car carried five passengers all
the way. ami a great deal of baggage
ami equipment in the way of spare
tires, etc. The actual running time on
the westward route was 22 days, while
11 days covered the actual touring on
tije return trip.
Ir. Metcalf says the two most pleas
ant features of the tour, aside from the
attractiveness of the country traversed.
were the utter absence of car troubles
of any kind and the fact that the tour
was made in comfort and without ex
cessive fatigue. In crossing the desert
it was necessary to travel at night be
cause of the great heat during the day.
Even at night it was as hot as 120 de
crees, but the Cadillac radiator did not
boil nor the motor heat to excess under
such abnormal conditions, he says.
Pueific Highway Being Marked.
KELSO. Wash.. Oct, 2. (Special.)
A. L. Meigs and party were Kelso visi
tors yesterday while engaged in blaz
ing the Pacific Highway through from
Vancouver. B. C to San Diego. This
road will be officially designated by
them as the black trail. The route is
clearly marked by means of signs on
posts and corners. Three bands on a
pole means straight ahead. A letter L,
turn to left; a letter R, turn to right.
Water Is Free for Antoists.
The Oregonlan is In receipt of a
communication from P. B. Johnson, of
Millican, Or., denying the report given
out by a party of tourists who recently
passed through Millican that Mr. John
eon charpted auto parties for the use
of water from his well, the only source
In that locality. Mr. Johnson charges
five cents a barrel for water used by
bis neighbors but he says he has al
ways refused to accept money from
auto tourist, for water.
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IP M. C. Dickinson, manager of the
Hotel Oregon and part owner of the
Hntul SoatMa r n i
far he has driven an automobile, he
would place it at soma figure well
above 150,000 miles.
it was back as tar as 1904 that Mr
SALES GAIN HEAVILY
36 Per Cent More Cars in Use
This Year Than Last.
VALUE RISES 10 PER CENT
Statistics on Industry Show Manu
facturers "ov Offer More for
Money Since Factory Costa
Have Been Cut Materially.
Continued demand for motorcars in
this country and abroad has brought a
remarkable increase in sales, the fizurcs
for the last year, as compiled and just
announced by Alfred Reeves, general
manager of the National Automobile
Chamber of Commerce, showing the pro-
auction to nave been ivs.aZt cars, val
ued wholesale at $523,463,803.
This is an advance of 36 per cent in
the number of cars and more than 10
GREAT VIOLINIST IS PHOTOGRAPHED ON COLUMBIA RIVER
MB. A N I MKS. FRITZ KKEISLF.tt AT WHEEL OK CAR 031 CKOW.N
"We think we have some fine highways on the continent, but this
Columbia Rive,r Highway Is positively wonderful."
As he spoke. Frit Kreisler. the great violinist, stood at the apex
of Crown Point last Tuesday. His eyes seemed eager "to drink in"
every delight offered in the hypnotic landscape that opened out to
the weet and in the famous Columbia Gorge to the east.
When the members of an Oregonian party in a scout car met Mr.,
Kreisler on Crown Point, he and Mrs. Kreisler were about to hurry
back to Portland to catch his train out of the city. Neither of them,
however, seemed anxious to depart, and though the time was urgent,
both good-naturedly consented to pose before the Oregonian photog
rapher on the brink of the great boulevard.
Dioklnson bought his first automobile.
This car was a National by make, but
it had such a well-defined habit of
whirling around that everyone in Port
land knew it only as "Dancing Sal."
Later Mr. Dickinson took the agency
for the Stoddard-Dayton car, and in
supplement to the dozens of cars han
per cent in value over the previous 12
With the lowering of prices resulting
from increased production and stand
ardization of many parts, together with
the present low cost of upkeep of auto
mobiles, has come a demand that never
was dreamed of by the greatest opti
mist a few years ago. The call for the
big, luxurious cars continues, although
the greatest sales during the past year
have been in the rural districts, where
the automobile's value as a time-saver
is appreciated in the highest degree.
Sales of pleasure or passenger cars of
all types to June 30. which is the end
of the year in the industry, were 665,
826, for which the manufacturers re
ceived $450,941,131. while the sales of
commercial vehicles of all types are
estimated at 37,700. valued at $72,522.
692. The figures for 12 months ending
June 30, 1914, were 515.101 cars, pas
senger and commercial, valued at
slightly more than $485,000,000.
It will be noted that while the num
ber of cars increased 36 per cent, the
value increased only 10 per cent, indi
cating the greater value the makers
have been giving purchasers as manu
facturing costs were brought down and
fewer changes were made in chassis
More than 2,000,000 cars are now reg
istered in the United States, based on
the reports of the states which require
registration. The present outlook is
for a big Increase in the demand for
the sturdy American motor vehicles
which, as factors in every-day life, are
becoming almost as common as the
telephone and other public utilities.
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dled by the agency he called some
four or five of these cars his private
Later he bought a Chalmers and then
two Pope-Hartfords. He still has
these two "Popes," keeping one har
nessed up here and the other at Seat
tie. One of the Popes has specially
LA! YACHT TRIP BEGUN
FAMILY IS MOTORING COUNTRY
WITH HOME COMFORTS.
Roland R. Conk.Un, President of ltei
York Motorbns ' Company, De
Ida Unique Vehicle.
Many novel modes of travel have
been formed, but it was up to Roland R.
Conklin, of New York, to introduce an
entirely new means of transportation
In the form of a "land yacht." This
house on wheels was designed and built
to take his family on a land yacht trip
from his country estate in Huntington,
L I., to the Panaraa-Pacifl: Exposition
In California. Every comfort of the
party was taken into consideration, and
so, believing that roof garden pleasures
were indispensible, a roof garden of the
latest pattern was built a-top the ma
chine. In the party which started on the
long trip August 21 are Mr. Conklin,
president of the New York Motorbus
Company; his wife, his son Roland, his
daughter Julia, a girl friend of Julia's,
two nephews, two governesses, a cook
and two chauffeurs.
The vehicle Is a double-decker. The
Inside dimensions are 21 feet long,
seven and one-half feet wide and six
and a half feet high.
The main or lower deck is divided
into three compartments, the forward
compartment containing the steering
gear, operating levers, driver's seat
and gasoline tank. It has two folding
berths for the chauffeurs. The center
compartment or sitting room is ten
feet long and furnished luxuriously.
Six berths, four raising into the ceiling
and the two others made up from a
couch, and two big armchairs are pro
vided in this room.
The kitchen has all the conveniences
of home and is in the rear compart
ment. The upper deck is covered with
a folding leather top and is reached by
a stairway from the rear compartment
of the lower deck. On the upper deck
are lockers for supplies. guns and
fishing tackle. The engine la of iha
six-cylinder variety developing about
In order to navigate all the rough
spots and steep Inclines on the road
san rrancisco over the Lincoln
Highway, a double gear box with nin
speeds forward and three reverse is
provided. The land yacht carries a
tender in the form of a motorcycle
which is stowed away In one of the
roomy locxers on the roof.
MOTOR KEPT GOIXG FOR WEEK
Fresno Newspaper Man Stays With
Car During Long Test.
FRESNO, Cal.. Oct. 2. The feat of
H. u. Bergh. a Fresno newspaper man.
In occupying almost continuously for
a week a seat as observer in a Max
well "stunt" car. Is put forward as
a hold bid for a world's record and a
prominent berth in history's hall of
The car was the first of the model
shipped from Detroit to the manufac
turer's representative In Fresno. In
order to give the general public and
the members of his selling organiza
tion in adjoining territory a view of
the car. the dealer determined to dui
it on the road. To demonstrate the
sturdy quality of the car. the hood was
locked and sealed, and the run made
a non-stop affair, under observation.
Monmouth High School Reopens.
MONMOUTH. Or.. Oct. 2. (Special.!
A season of active road improvement
in this district has been finished.
Gravel has been placed on tha coun
built body for racing, and Mr. Dick
inson says it win travel at a gait of
about 100 miles an hour. He says it
takes three miles of snail-like move
ment, though, to get her going good.
A few weeks ago Mr. Dickinson
bought a Cole Eight. He used this car
on his recent trip to British Columbia.
try highways and new bridges in far
off districts have been built. Full
crews have been at work during the
Summer. Automobiles have been an
aid to the movement, as many farmers,
owning cars, donated time and ma
terial. 1,00 0,000 PAID FOR PATENTS
Splltdorf Company Bays Rlghtc to
Make Dixie Magnetos.
A million dollars for baslo patents of
the Dixie Magneto was paid last week
by the Splltdorf Electrical omCpany, of
Newark, N. J., to the Sumter Electrical
Company, of Sumter, S. C, which con
trolled them through the invention of
Its president. Chanea T. Mason.
Rarely has such an immense sum of
money figured In the transfer of pat
ents, but the Splltdorf Electrical Com
pany, now establishing a world-wide
reputation as the largest manufacturer
of electrical units, considers the acqui
sition of the valuable rights to the
Dixie features worth the money.
As a matter of fact, the Splltdorf
Electrical Company is building 1500
Dixie magnetos daily single-cylinder,
two-cylinder, fours, sixes, eights and
twelves, to meet the tremendous de
mand. It Is the utter simplicity of
Dixie magneto construction, combined
with its extreme effectiveness, that
has brought the Dixie so quickly into
the limelight as 20th century Ignition.
AUTO PLANS LAID FAR AHEAD
Preparations Must Be Made Fifteen
Months Before Production.
In commenting on the problems that
face motorcar builders, Hugh Chalmers
declares that the most difficult Is mak-
"LAND YACHT" WHICH IS ON ITS WAY FROM NEW YORK TO THE PANAMA-PACIFIC INTER
NATIONAL EXPOSITION AT SAN FRANCISCO.
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The Scientific Lightweight
Now, for the first time with
in two months, we are able
to offer immediate delivery.
1916 Series Eight
Touring Car, $2100.00
Braly Auto Company
31 N. Nineteenth St.
At Used Car Prices
We are discontinuing our line of automo
biles to devote our entire time to the
implement business and are sacrificing an
entire line of cars at astonishingly low
The CARTERCAR is the machine which is
easily cared for on account of its simple
gearless transmission, eliminating all jerks
in starting and changing of speeds.
Easy terms to responsible parties.
Oregon Moline Plow Company
105 Union Ave. North
Phone East 92
Ing the decision on what kind of a car
"The importance of this decision Is
apparent when one considers the con
stant shiftings that are. going on in
the automobile business, due to rapid
engineering development, severity of
competition and the caprices of public
demand. Particularly is this true of
the 'manufactured' car as distinguished
from the 'assembled' car, because the
decision must be rendered so much
"The engineers must have time to
design their model. Experimental cars
must be built and tested thoroughly.
Necessary tools must be made for the
factory, the purchasing department
must be given time to get deliveries on
raw material. This alone often takes
three or four months. From rough
stock to finished car takes at least
three months, so even with everything
running smoothly, 15 months in ad
vance of production, all plans must be
"The preliminary action must all be
taken in complete ignorance of what
competition is going to do. A single
great error in judgment may be suffi
cient to spell ruin for the manufac
turer." FORD TRAVELS UNDER PACIFIC
Mayor Itolph and Engineers See
New Storm Sewer From Car.
Perhaps the oddest motorcar ride on
record can b credited to Mayor Rolph,
of San Francisco, who recently drove
under the Pacific Ocean in a Ford car.
The Ford was not being tried out for
submarine service. The unique tour
under the Pacific was made through
the immense Mile-Rock storm sewer,
which San Francisco has Just completed
at a cost of II. 000,000.
The great sewer, which runs out un
der the sea and will carry off the
storm waters of one section of the
city, will be put Into service when the
rock is blasted away from the outer
end and an opening made to the ocean.
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Cvatlacmt Wlta a Party to Vlait Cae PadXio Csaac ,
The Mayor, City Engineer and other
officials wished to make a trip of in
spection before a fuse put the final
touch on the job and so they made the
journey in the Ford car.
There was plenty of room for the.
Ford and city officials going out, hut
it was impossible, of course, for the
car to turn around. The car, with its
load, was therefore backed all the way
California Concern Opens New Store
O. M. Thomas, inventor of stretchless
Inside tires, with stores in Los Angeles
and San Diego, Oakland and San Fran
c.bco, Cal., has opened a place of busi
ness at S2 Broadway, Portland.
Mr. Thomas says the success of his
business depends principally on the
fact that the material of which stretch
less inside tires are made has oeen
thoroughly stretched by actual serv
ice. When placed into a tire that Is
weak or broken, the inside tire will not
stretch, but stands the strain at the
weak points, protects the tube and
prevents the tire from blowing out, he
They are said to make a tire almost
puncture proof, and as they are easily
changed from one tire to another, their
cost Is very little.
Vacation Trip Is 8000 Miles.
After nearly ten weeks, much of
which was passed at the wheel ot his
Maxwell car, R. E. Grace is back at his
home in 1-os Angeles, having traveled
leisurely a total of more than 8000
miles. His farthest east was Pensacola.
Fla and a large share of the tour was
over Southern roads not generally con
sidered feasible for touring. Mr. Grace
came through without any mishap,
In Bras'l. where the Inserts destroy wood
en telegraph poles, the railroad uses worn
out rails tor poles.
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