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TIIE - SUNDAY -OREGOXIAN. PORTLrAND, JUNE 9, -1918.
ROOD RAS REASON
FOR TRUCK LINES
SURE, WE HAVE 'EM! AUTO TRUCK EXPRESS LINES RADIATE FROM PORTLAND HUB OUT TO THE SMALLER TOWNS FOR
MILES INTO OREGON AND WASHINGTON.
Slope of Franklin Radiator Is
Real Safety Feature. '
Territory for 30 Miles About
Gets Service by Motor
Freight and Express.
DESIGNER EXPLAINS WHY
Much More of Roadway Visible to
Driver of Franklin Than With
Conventional Type With Its
Large Radiator Front.
SHORT HAULS ARE HANDLED
G. M. C. Trucks From Wentwortli &
Irwin, Distributors Here, Doing
Much of Pioneer Work In
Serving the Countryside.
Back East, where the traffic con
gestion is greatest, the TTnited States
Government is giving: active en
couragement to a movement to
have the short freight hauls handled by
automobile trucks, thus releasing rall
Toad equipment for the longer hauls.
Many inter-city automobile freight and
express lines have been established,
and they are proving so successful that
folks are wondering why It wasn't done
Not so much Is heard about lnter-clty
freight and express service by auto
mobile truck in this section. It will be
a real surprise to many persons to
learn that Portland is already the hub
of a widely extended series of truck,
express and freight lines to towns 20,
SO and even 40 miles distant.
These trucks operate on regular
schedules. They run Summer and Win
ter, rain or shine. They are speedy and
reliable. Their service beats that of
the railroads, which now have much
more business than they can attend to
promptly, all the way from hours to
William Josle Pioneer.
Wentworth & Irwin, Inc.. of Portland,
distributors for the G. M. C. truck,
have done much constructive work in
establishing a number of these Inter
city truck lines. Their 2-ton G. M. C.
truck has proved Itself particularly
adapted to this service, and from being
pioneers in the field Wentworth & Ir
win have made a special study of the
possibilities of the automobile truck
In interurban freight and express work.
Four years ago a slightly-built young
man who gave his name as William
Josle came to Wentworth & Irwin with
an idea. His idea was the then de
cidedly unique and doubtful suggestion
that a motor truck daily freight and ex
press service between Portland and
Vancouver, Orchard, Brush Prairie and
Battle Ground, Wash., about 28 miles
from here, would be a big money
maker. Mr. Josie was not a mechanic and he
didn't know a great deal about auto
mobiles. Neither did he have enough
money to pay "for the truck he pro
posed to put in this service. But he
had the idea and he talked it so per
sistently and persuasively that he won.
That truck paid for Itself, besides
giving William Josie a good living
meanwhile, in a few months. Today
he is no longer a slight young man, but
a very husky and muscular citizen, and
he now operates not only the original
2-ton truck with which he began, but
two other G. M. C. trucks as well on
this run. They operate almost on train
achedule and they never miss a day
Return Load Problem Solved.
Mr. Josie hauls out supplies, furni
ture and all manner of goods from
Portland to the country merchants and
residents of that section, and he hauls
back their produce to Portland. Get
ting return loads, of course, is the se
cret of conducting a paying business
of this kind. When no other loads are
available, which is not often, Mr. Josie
has his business so well organized that
he brings in cordwood to Portland.
About a year ago Arnold Nelson, of
Portland, bought a 2-ton G. M. C.
truck of Wentworth & Irwin and put it
to work on the run from Portland to
Sherwood, Tualatin and Newberg. He
makes one round trip each day and has
about all the freight and express ship
ments he can handle. He takes out
freight and brings in baled hay and
other seasonal produce. His return
load one day last, week consisted of a
truckload of ship knees, and he often
brings in calves, hogs and other stock.
Watkins Bros., of Portland, saw the
possibilities of an automobile freight
and express service to Oregon City.
They make daily trips and always carry
full loads. They go to Oregon City via
the East Side route and return by the
west bide, thus serving a large terrl
tory with their 2-ton G. M. C. truck.
Dan Pierce, of Forest Grove, makes
weekly round trips between the two
towns. A couple of weeks ago his out
going load consisted of sewing ma
chines. He hauls in berries and other
produce, making daily trips during the
fruit canning season. In between times
he does a local express business in
Forest Grove. He also has a 2-ton G,
M. C. truck.
McMinnville Gets Weekly Service.
J. R. Hartzell. of McMinnville, with a
lH-ton G. M. C. truck purchased from
Wentworth & Irwin, makes weekly
round trips between McMinnville and
Portland. He has been on this run a
year &nd business is increasing so that
ne soon may have to increase the serv
ice to two round trips a week.
In general, the rates by motor truck
are about on a parity with rail freight
rates, but the service is very much
quicker. Of course, some of the heavier
articles of freight are not as yet hauled
by automobile truck, but the trucks
handle a surprisingly large variety of
As the main highways are imnroved
in line with the programme of the
State Highway Commission, this auto
mobile truck interurban service is cer
tain to expand very greatly. Just how
great this expansion will be can be
Judged from the case of Southern Cali
fornia. where inter-city truck lines are
developed probably to a greater extent
than In any other state, a fact attrib
utablo entirely to the network of hard
There the unvarying result of this
extension of automobile truck service
has been the upbuilding of the smaller
towns into important centers. The
reason is very plain. The small-town
merchants are able, through the quick,
reliable motor truck service, to keep
their stocks right up to date and to
obtain almost immediately from the
city any article not in stock that Is
called for. Their customers no longer
find it necessary to go to the city to
make purchases, but spend their money
at home, and the whole community
1-rPradaor, Sundry Articles, a Piso
Anything; la freight for This 1 V-Ton
(. M. C. Express, Ran Daily Between
Portland and Oregon City by WatV.ln
Bros. 2 Losdi lilke This One of
Baled Hay Are Profitably Hauled to
Portland by Arnold Itelfion In Hla
Two-Ton H. M. C Because He Brings
Baclc Dally a Return Load From
Portland to ewberg-sherwood-Tna-latln.
a J. R. Hartzell, Who Rnns
His Two-Ton O. M. C". Express Twice
Weekly Between McMinnville and
Portland, Is Moving Honse for Some
body in This Photo. 4 William Josle
Foor 1 ears 'Ago Began Running a
G. M. C. Truck Express Dally From
Portland to Orchard, Brash Prairie
and Battle Ground, Wash. Business
Is So Good That Today He In Operat
ing Three Such Tracks. S Dn
Pierce Taking: a Load of Sewing Ma
chines to Forest Grove by G. M. C.
year company there has had a kaleid
oscopic career for more than 100 years.
During this period it has been used
successively as capltol building, col
lege, hotel, wholesale house, and now
the offices of the Goodyear.
EXIDE SERVICE IS HANDY
"BATTERY TESTED ' WHILE
SLEEP" IS SLOGAN.
Storage Battery Company Sends Oat
Service Men to Inspect Cars
This is a day of new ideas and the
latest is the brand new idea of the
Storage Battery Company. local Exide
distributors, who have started what
they call the Exide testing service.
Realizing that hundreds of cars kept
in public garages do not get the usual
attention of their storage batteries, the
Storage Battery Company has service
men who call on the garages at night
when the largest number, of machines
are in and inspect each battery,. filling
it with pure distilled water when
needed. A full report of the battery's
condition is left for the owner's pe
rusal. The service Is absolutely free and is
of great benefit to the garage men. as
it enables them to give expert free
service to their customers.
It is of equal value to the busy car
owner, as he has a full written report
on his battery each week.
The Storage Battery Company v has
been in business here for several years
and has recently moved Into its new
building at 348-350 Couch street. The
new building gives it what is said to be
the largest and best equipped exclusive
battery service station in' the North
west. . Exide batteries are handled ex
trast Is noted with the Rayfield when
compared with the other carburetors.
In that the last notches of the throttle
movement give an Increase in speed
instead of showing no increase after
throttle is three-quarters open, as in
the case of a majority of other car
buretors. "The careful construction of the car
buretor, together with Its characteris
tic features, makes it the most econom
ical on the market."
RAYFIELD GUTS COSTS
E. R. WIGGINS GIVES ADVICE
'CARBURETORS, ' '
AMERICAN TIRES IN AFRICA
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
.Builds Up Big Business There.
One of th'e foreign countries in which
American-made tires have been Intro
duced very successfully is South Af
rica. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber
Company, of South Africa, has built
up an extensive trade in this rapidly
developing automobile country, with
headquarters at Cape Town.
The building now In use by the Good-
Perfect - Balance Obtained for Mix-
- tare Especially Noticeable In
Climbing ; of - Hills.
With the high price of gasoline,
automobile owners are looking to their
carburetor -to save them all possible
on the Item of expense. "It is extreme
ly Important that the right carburetor
is used, and it will pay anyone to dis
card an old carburetor if It is not
working ' properly," said E. R. Wig
gins, of Archer & Wiggins, distributers
for the Rayfield carburetor.
"You ask me why-you should buy
Rayfied carburetor. Here are some of
the reasons: .
"While the adoption of a Rayfield
would be to your advantage for sev
eral reasons, perhaps the chief argu
ment in its favor is economy the fact
that It will "pay for Itself at the end of
a few thousand miles.
"Of great Importance also Is the in
creased speed, power, .flexibility and
the minimizing of carbon troubles.
"These desirable features are' Incor
porated in the Rayfield. Each . has
been worked out to the highest state of
"The two simple adjustments pro
vide the means of obtaining a perfect
mixture at all speeds.
"A dash regulation-of needle valve
position is provided for varying, motor
and atmospheric temperatures." This
insures easy starting and does not dis
turb the balance of the mixture, the
same ratio of gasoline and air being
maintained throughout the different
throttle positions, which enables the
driver to proceed immediately after
starting his cold motor, without being
subject to the delay and annoyance of
waiting for the engine to warm up.
"The perfect balance of the mixture
is most noticeable in hill climbing,
where the last bit of power In the mo
tor must be available. A marked con-.
A rough-and-ready method of testing
the alignment of the front wheels .is
to jack these wheels up an equal dis
tance from the ground and spin them.
While they are revolving draw a line
on the center of the tires with a piece
of chalk. Measure the distance from
the line on one tire to the correspond
ing line on the other tire at the height
of the hubs and both before and behind
the front axle. The approved gather-
will work out at about three-eighths
of an inch. '
TIRE DEALERS . ADVISED
NO CAUSE FOR PANIC IS REASSUR
and policies adopted by some people in
the trade, which do not seem to reflect
the true situation, we will give herein
some facts, as we see them, which, we
believe, will be acceptable to dealers.
; "In order to conserve boat tonnage
for military requirements the Govern
ment has restricted the importation of
rude rubber, the present order In
effect to cover a period of three months.
at which time further consideration of
the matter will be given covering an
"The rubber on hand In this country
now, together with that en route, is
sufficient to take care of normal re
quirements covering the first period of
restriction, and if the trade and public
will refuse to become panicky, due to
all sorts of rumors, and refrain from
overbuying or hoarding, it is the best
belief of this company that, unless
some unforeseen circumstances arise,
it will be entirely possible for .the tire
production of this country to take care
of the needs of the trade and public for
the present year.
"Adequate stocks to- take care of all
requirements should be carried by deal
ers, but there Is no reason existing at
this time for loading up beyond normal
requirements, either because of an im
mediate possible shortage, or for any
reason that we can now foresee.
"This is a time when the capacity of
the tire manufacturer should be used
to make sizes and styles which are go
ing to be required by dealers within a
reasonable period of time, and we
would caution our customers to place
orders for their requirements well in
advance in order , that we may shape
our production to what will actually be
required, instead of using our materials,
labor and capacity to a certain extent
In making sizes and styles which would
necessarily have to be carried on hand
for an unreasonable period of time."
Don't permit your spotlight to blind
th drivers of approaching rar..
The characteristic design of the
Franklin hood has always been a sub
ject of Interest to almost everyone who
follows automobile style.
"Many explanations have no doubt
been offered unauthorltatively for its
sloping front," says Mr. Emond. body
designer for the Franklin Automobile
Company, "but few. Indeed, unless they
are Franklin' owners, ever recognize
the element of safety that such shape
of hood embodies.
"The man who has been accustomed
to driving a Franklin has only to take
the wheel of almost any other car to
appreciate the advantage the Franklin
hood design gives when driving.
"The conventional type of hood with
its large radiator area In front shuts
off a large portion of the road directly
before the car. This makes It neces
sary to use considerable Judgment and
attention In order to pick one's way
around ruts or obstructions in the road,
particularly when making speed.
"The slope of the Franklin hood per
mits the averago man to see the road
clearly within ten feet of the front
wheels.' Bad spots can be avoided with
greater ease and surety.
"In addition to the feature of safety
found In this shape of hood. It also
plays an important part in lengthening
the life of the car, through the fact
that many bumps can be avoided that
would otherwise be not only discom
forting to the occupants of the car.
but also hard on the mechanism and
PAIGE MAKES BVSIXESS PAY
Eor-Hire Car In Seattle Goes 12 5.-
000 Miles, Earns $8000 Net.
James Johnson, who is a familiar
figure on Seattle streets, has made the
for-hlre business pay big dividends in
the past three years. He operates four
cars in the livery business and has
made the purchase price of three of his
cars from the net earnings of the busi
ness. Late In the Fall of 1915 Johnson
bought a Paige, and. according to word
received here by Cook : Gill. Paige
distributors, the car has a mileage of
125.000 miles to its credit. Johnson
figures that this car alone has netted
him in three years a little more than
S8000. and the machine is in splendid
condition now. Three additional
Paiges have been added to Johnson's
for-hlre fleet, and now all four cars
run steadily, day and night, rain or
"The Paige is adapted to the re
quirements of the for-hlre business,
because it is never In the shop, so to
speak." said Mr. Johnson. "I have not
kept track of the repairs on each in
dividual car. but they have been small.
The principal item is lost time, and I
have lost very little time on these cars.
They are out in all kinds of weather,
over all road conditions and they al
ways come through and make a profit.
I am going to buy another, and would
buy more if the labor problem wasn't
United States Tire Company, In Letter
to Trade, Sams Up the Tire
The attitude of the . United States
Tire Company with regard to the situa
tion created by the Government's regu
lation of crude rubber Importation Is
set forth in the following letter Just
Issued by that company to the trade:
'As there have been many .rumors
recently of varying nature regarding
the eriect on the production and sup
ply of tires, due to the Government
regulation of crude rubber Importation
It is real 'war economy to
buy Republic Tires because
they last longer.
They are made by'ithe
This process toughens and
strengthens the rubber.
.Tread of Republics gives
maximum non-skid with
Republic Black -Una Rod Inner
Tubes have a reputation
for freedom from trouble
The Republic Rubber. Company
PORTLAND TIRE &
71 Broadway. Phone Broadway 2162
fr. arm. n-t-toB
III' I ri-
After months of hibernating, it is a great privilege to hike for the "open" when
the first days of summer arrive. That is the season when every normal
family wants to forget sweltering cities, party manners and all die other
features of unnaturaTUving. A tiny cottage with a ten foot garden begins
to look mighty interesting for the grass is actually green, the air is pure,
and there are wonderful possibilities for a hammock and a good book.
Vhy not break away from the "cliff dwelling"1 this summer. It is really
I quite simple. Pick out a spot not too far from the office buy your
1 self a sturdy, dependable fivepassenger car like the Paige "Linwood"
1 and just see what happiness it will bring to you and every member of
! the family. t Remember, there are no mile posts when you own a Paige.
PAIGri-DETROIT - MOTOR CAR COMPANY. DETROIT. MICHIGAN
COOK -& GILL CO., Inc.
Broadway at Everett