The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, August 17, 1919, SECTION FIVE, Page 5, Image 73

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    TIIE SUNDAY OREGON IAN, PORTLAND, AUGUST 17, 1919.
PLAIN OLD DEMAND
metal disk 14 Inches in diameter, with
TO
a white field and a black border line
one Incb wide and with black perpen
dicular and horiiontal cross line 2 "4
IS SHORTAGE CAUSE ?
inches wide with a black letter "B
COST
nches high in each of the upper
rs. It is to be installed on each
the crossing at a distance of
sot less than 300 feet.
Hen
ASHLAXD CAMP LIKED BEST
Not Labor or Material, ButLnto Tonrlst. H. Pr.u for
Huge Demand, Says Covey.
DEALER BACK FROM EAST
More Cars Being Built Now Than
la Pre-War Dajs, He Says,
Bat More- Sold, Too.
After all has been said and done.
the real cause of automobile shortage
today Isn't labor conditions or lack of
material, but plain demand. A demand
that not only has absorbed cars faster
than they can be built. In greater quan
tities than they were built In pre-war
days, but one that seems, likely to con
tinue unabated for an Indefinite period.
That Is the straight up and down on
the automobile actuation as viewed by
Howard M. Covey of the Covey Motor
Car company, who returned to Port
land last week after a month's absence
In the east, two weeks of which ha
spent la Detroit. He looked things over
pretty carefully there, did Mr, Covey,
to ret an accurate line on things
they are. not as they may seem, and
those are bis conclusions.
"Labor troubles appear to have been
adjusted and all the factories I saw
. were working approximately full-
handed and with top-notch efficiency.'
said Mr. Covey. "The plain truth is
that the factories are swamped by de
mand. They can't fill it. And that,
not labor, and not lack of material, is
why cars are so hard to let- These
may be factors, but the main factor is
plain old demand.
- Men Care Tea Before War.
As a matter of fact, there are very
few factories now that are not turning
out more -cars than they did at the
height of production In pre-war days.
3Iost dealers are getting more cars than
they did in pre-war days. That is true
In our case. Our allotments of Dodge
and Cadillac cars are larger than ever
before, but we are selling more cars.
"From all the evidence, there is going
to be an oversold condition In the auto
mobile Industry for a good while to
come. Even working at their utmost
and building additions to their plants
as they are. the factories find them
selves unable to catch up with the de
mand. Figuring conservatively. I do
not see how the makers of such stand
ard lines, for example, aa the Cadillac,
Holrk. Dodge and others, are going to
begin to catch up before next fall
that Is. a year from this coming falL
"There are unquestionably a greater
number of persons able to buy cars, and
good cars, at this time than ever be
fore. This la particularly true of the
smaller towns. A few years ago In the
pre-war days, very few Cadillacs. Just
to cite an instance, would be found In
the entailer towns. If such a town
bad one Cadillac, even, it was worthy
of note, and at that time the Cadillac
old for much less than at present.
Small Tewae Take 'Esk
"But nvder the new prosperity one
ef our largest sources of calls for cars
of the Cadillac class is from these
smaller towns, which onuhe face of It
ahows much greater prosperity.
"As to prices of automobiles, I be
lieve they have come pretty nearly to
reaching a stable level. Everything
else haa advanced and the prices of
automobiles have bad to go up with
the others, but In most Instances the
advances have-been much less than In
other lines.
"I do not look for much higher prices
then at present. There will be a few
advances here and there where not
quite the proper level has been attaind,
but generally speaking the present
level looks to me to be fairly per
manent.
"On the other hand, there Is certainly
no likelihood of a drop in prices, at
least not for a long time to come.
Mr. Covey had a few adventures
while In the east not exactly on his
schedule. One was the race riots
Chicago. He wss in that town when
the rioting began and when it reached
Its height, and there were exciting
times, he says.
Famed Llthla Park.
ASHLAND. Or.. Aug. 16. (Special.)
Oregon is far ahead of any of the
southwestern statea in providing camp
ing facillttea for auto tourists accord
ing to an Oklahoma party who are
camped in the original auto-camp In
Llthia park here this week. This party
lias covered 2900 miles on a tour of the
Pacific coast, camping all the way
with the exception of a few nights In
California towns where they were un
able to And camping places.
They say that they found five good
auto camps In the five Oregon towns
in which they spent nights and were
more than pleased with the hospitable
greeting extended them at the camps
snd by the merchants of the cities.
They are remaining over for a few
days, in Lit Ma park to rest up before
continuing their trip home and are
Public Pays for High Cost of
-Detours and Such. '
TRUCK MEN URGED TO HELP
Firestone Ship-by .Truck Bureau
Preaching the Gospel of Good
Roads Through Country.
"Work and vote for good roads,"
urges K. A. Price, who has charge of
the shlp-by-truck bureau In the Port
land territory. "It costs something to
ONE REASON' WHY THE NEW OLDSMOBILE IS SO EASY RIDING.
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Arnold Cehea ef Oregoa Oldssseblle eosspaay. polntliig to sieiv rear spring
aespesisloa on 1030 care. The frasae spriaa hern la bronglitlown la the rear
m the new ears, allowing; the spring to be exceptionally flat. The spring
In nderalana aader the rear axle. Thin refinement, one ef many on the
new models, has made a remarkable Improvement la the riding qualities
f the car.
making excursions from here to Crater
lake and the Oregon caves.
Despite the fact that the torn up
condition of the Pacific highway in
Oregon takes much of the fun out of
touring the number of cars at the local
camp nightly is Increasing rather than
decreasing. Additional gas plates have
been installed and "plans for imme
diate enlargement of the camp, which
now accommodates 40 cars, are under
way.
C0I1I) SUPERSEDES FABRIC
OLD-STYLE TIRE RAPIDLr
BEING REPLACED.
IS
Elimination of Construction Already
Considered Obsolete Only
Matter of Time.
MACK DEALERS Ifl SESSION B
BIG MEETING OF EXECCTIVES
IN SAX FRANCISCO.
C. Atwcll of Portland Attends,
Representing; Branch Here
at tlie Conference.
Executives of the International-Mark
corporation, representing Los Angeles,
Ksn Francisco. Portland and battle,
met at San Francisco last week for
their first semi-annual conference. A
number of matters of importance con
cerning the distribution of motor
trucks on the laciftc coast were dis
cussed at the three-day conference.
The International-Mack corporation
distributes Mack motor trucks in Mon
tana. Wyoming. Colorado. New Mexico,
Idaho. Utah. Arizona, Washington, Ore
gon. Nevada and California, northern
alexlco and British Columbia. It is per
haps the largest motor truck organiza
tion territorially In the entire United
States, iu-h year, within Its confines
millions of dollars worth of business is
transacted. J. A- Stoner is vice-president
and general manager of the or
ganisation and attended the confer
ence. The motor truck represents one of
the most rapid developments of the en
tire motor vehicle industry today. In
the last It years It has grown from
practically nothing to the point where.
If it had not been for material and
labor shortages this year, the total out
put would represent .nn.ooo trucks ex
clusive ef those known as converted
unite and light delivery vehicles.
Mack trucks have been produced and
marketed for It years. They represent
the early pioneers of this branch of the
luduatry. From a small beginning they
have attained such prominence that
two Immense plants at Allentown. Pa.,
and Plaint ield. N. J are now devoted
to their manufacture. It la claimed
that the international Motor company,
builders of Mack trucks, are the larg
est exclusive motor truck manufactur
ers in the country. Thta does not in
clude what are known aa truck as
semblers. F. C. AtweTl will represent the International-Mark
corporation of Portland
at the conference.
CNIFORM, SIGNS ARE NEEDED
Similar Signs for Crossings Said to
Be Motoring Aids.
The Tonker bill calling for uniform
warning signs at railroad crossings haa
been signed tSjr the governor! of New
Tork slate and thus becomes a law.
This waa tntorduced and passed upon
the reqiest ef the New Tork State Mo
tor Federation's legislative ccmaiittee.
This warning sign is to be a circular
It is universally admitted today
throughout the automobile tire In
dustry that the "fabric" or canvas type
of pneumatlo tire is doomed and that
as soon as factory equipment can be
changed the "cord" tire will be pro
duced "exclusively.
The cord tire haa Introduced itself
almost over night and its superiority
nquestloned. The older tire makers.
who have been literally forced to
itch from "fabric" to "cord" are pro-
ducine:. without exception, what Is
known as fabric cord tires. They had
hardly reached the stage of quantity
production when a decidedly revolu
tlonary Idea was introduced to the In
fant industry in the form of a "giant
cord" tire, manufactured on special.
patented machinery, controlled by the
Carlisle Cord Tire company.
The perfection of this machinery
through years of research and experl
mentation, forms another chapter in
the romance of the pneumatic tire.
Manufacture waa started at Andover,
Mass. Within two years the company
business haa expanded beyond the ex
pectationa of its founders and a large
factory is being constructed at Stam
ford. Conn- on a site of 10 acres.
This development has been watched
with interest by cord tire experts and
engineers because the Carlisle method
ia a radical departure irora past, prac
tice In cord tire building.
Like many machines which have
revolutionized modes of manufacture
its simplicity is its main feature. A
boy or girl could not only understand
It but operate it. Very little is left to
the skill of the operator. This almoat
uncanny machine does it all ana so
well that perfect tire building is turned
from an intricate and tedioua process
to a very simple one.
WELL-KSOW- SALF.SMA-J WITH
FIKK-HORX MOTOR CAR
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tret them: It will cost incalculably more
to do without them.
"Some one must pay for bad road-."
said Mr. Price to a group of truck
owners at his headquarters. "Some 'one
Is footing the bill now for the long
detours made necessary by Impassable
stretches of so-called highway; for the
extra time, gasoline, oil and repairs
involved in lengthened trips; for dam
aged freight, rotting fruit and delayed
food; and that somebody is the ulti
mate consumer. In other words, you
and I are the sufferers.
"Of late, however, things have begun
to move. As you possibly know, the
United States government has net aside
IS74.O00.0OO to be used in the next three
years, provided the states raise dollar
for. dollar. And the states are cer
tainly doing their part.
1037 Road Projects.
"So far. at least S385.000.000 has been
accounted for, and that sum is avail
able for improvements in 1919. Dur
ing April alone the secretary of agri
culture approved 120 distinct good
roads projects. 55 of which were ex
ecuted. This brought the total num
ber of su;h undertakings in the United
States to 1057.
"I have referred to the larger as
pects of the question, but the most en
couraglng sign of all is the springing
up everywhere of smaller enterprise!
a few miles here, a few miles then
webbing good roads already in exist
ence into a vast network of splendid
long motor routes, and these enter
prises are Innumerable.
"One of the beat examples is the
stretch between Cleveland and Akron.
Over this 40-mile reach In northern
Ohio, about 4000 tons of freight pass
In motor trucks In every 24- hours. In
central Kansas the traffic in a certain
locality has been so heavy that trucks
have been equipped with flanges whichj
enable the vehicles to run on railroad
tracks.
Bareaa Aid Valuable.
"To make it possible for such prog
ress to continue, we must build, and
build fast,- so that our highways may
not become crowded aa our railways
did.
Just now the Firestone Tire & Rub
ber company, which has sponsored the
cause of "Setter highways for years, is
perrormiiig a m3st Important service
n connection with hishway develop
ment. A bureau of Information has
been established at every branch of the
organisation where reliable informa
tion may be obtained as to motor ei1
press routes leading in every direction.
"Truck owners may register their
names and the capacity of their trucks
in order that shippers may know just
what facilities are to be had in every
part of the country. These ship-by-
truck bureaus are growing in popular
ity every day as they grow in useful
ness, and every shipper and truck own
er is cordially invited to take advan
tage of them."
When your tire has given you all
the mileage you can safely demand
ofit
When the rubber tread is worn thjin
but the fabric is still serviceable
When your next move seems to be
the purchase of a new tire call at
the nearest Gates Half-Sole Service
' Station listed below and learn how
to get a complete new tire with
9 greater than standard mileage guarantee, at
one-half the cost you have been accustomed
to paying. ,
A. new scientific principle of tire construc
tion invented by Chas. , C Gates, E. M.
which incorporates your casing within a new
. factory built Gates Half-Sole Tire, makes this
radical redaction in cost and unusual gain in
safety and comfort possible.
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tXTENDtrM 00MPIETE1T WJ
A glance at the illustration, which"
shows the reinforced double fabric
strength and double cushion re
siliency, explains why over 600,000
car-owners, including the largest
business concerns . in the country,
regularly and repeatedly purchase
Gates Half-Sole Tires.
These exclusive cost reducing
worry ending Gates advantages ap
peal to every motorist regardless of cost, yet
Gates Half-Sole Tires, guaranteed puncture
proof, cost only half as muck as ordinary tires
of corresponding size. "
More than 1,250 Gates Half-Sole Service
Stations are now serving motorists every
where. The list below is to help you locate
the one nearest to you
Authorized Service Stations Conducted by-Dealers Listed Below:
OREGON
PORTLAND 0. R. Wiley, 430 Alder St.
BAKER More Mileage Tire Co.
CONDON Shelley Garage.
tORVALLIS A. G, Held.
DALLAS -Shreeve'a Garage, Geo. C. Ellison, Prop.
EUGENE Jay Moore.
GRANTS PASS W. It. Condlt Tire Shop.
HEPPNER Stephen M. Irwin.
HOOD RIVER Heights Garage.
JUNCTION CITY S. M. Fries.
KLAMATH FALLS Charles B. Johnson.
LA GRANDE C. R. Lelghton and F. E. Oxner.
LEBANON Frank Soolittle.
MeMINNVILLE B Street Garage.
MBDFORD E. R. Roberta
NEWBERG W. S. Stnll.
PENDLETON Bradley Tire Shop.
SALEM Quackcnbush Auto Supply Co.
- SILVERTON P. W. A of taker.
THE DALLES Cates & Company.
WOODBURN N. Becker & Son.
WASHINGTON
ABERDEEN Searls Spencer, 317 E. Wlakka St.
CENTRALI A Centralia Tire Co.
VANCOUVER Cherry A Cherry.
Dealers wishing to make inquiry concerning open territory should address the home office at Denver
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Xeftlstered U. S- Patent Office
MANUFACTURED BY THE GATES RUBBER COMPANY, DENVER. COLORADO
Gates Half-Sole Tires
Gates Tested Inner Tubes .
Gates Fabric Tires
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have been made to secure a Packard
3-ton truck with requisite tire equip
ment for these tests and a loan of other
units would be welcomed by the gov
ernment officials. -
Tests to show the resistance of vari
ous types of road surface such as con
crete, asphalt, etc., are soon to be under
taken. About SO road slabs built of
these materials will be broken under
the Impact of a machine which approxi
mates the impact effect delivered by
motor trucks.
By measuring the amount of Impact
actually delivered by the motor trucks
to roads and by proceeding further in
testinsr the destruction of actual road
slabs subjected to impact, government
officials hope to obtain very definite
Information which will permit them to
design a high type of pavement or high
types that will resist definite traffic
conditions.
ill!
On approaching" the brow of a hill
be sure you are on the right side of
the road. Someone may be approach-
nsr in thm opposite direction.
lJV-,:,1''''allft' Till
TRCCK IMPACTS ARE TESTED
Government Finds Loaded Vehicle
Hits Six Times Hardest.
Preliminary road impact tests made
by the Bureau of Public Roads indicate
hat the impact pressure exerted by a
motor truck in motion ia about six
times that of a truck at rest The tests
were conducted with a class B govern
ment truck loaded up to five tons, run
ning up to 15 miles an hour and allowed
to fall from varying heights on the im
pact measuring apparatus. These tests
ill be continued with trucks ranging
from the lightest weight to the heaviest
until complete data Is obtained.
The question of the relative impact
exerted by trucks with solid versus
giant pneumatic tires will also be in-1
vestlrated. Permits arrangements
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WE ANNOUNCE A SPECIAL SALE OF EE
USED CARS I
Largest Assortment in the City All Late Models .
Chandler - ' ' E5
Late model. A nice family car with good tires, top and paint. A car you
will not be ashamed to own. g
Oakland Six, 1919 , ,
5 cord tires, new finish. Run but few miles. ES
Jef fry Six 5
Late Model 5 cord tires, good finish. An astounding bargain
Late Seven-Passenger Buick ' EE
Runs and looks like new, also Light Six Buick.
1918 and 1919 Maxwells ' - Ejs
You can save, from $250.00 to $500.00 on these cars. .
Oldsmobile Light Six EE
That you. can hardly tell from new. Will give good terms on this car. EE
Oldsmobile Eight " E
In fine shape with cord tires. Would make a nice family car. E
EE A Late Model Velie Six-Cylinder 5-Passenger Car 5
EE - In excellent shape. Can give good terms.
EE .We have some Maxwells, Panel Body, Light Delivery Cars, just the thing for -s
EE - Laundry, Grocery, Florist or other quick delivery work. Attractive Prices
EE " and Terms. Eb
I W. H. WALLINGFORD CO. 1
522 Alder St. Phone Bdwy. 2492
-EE SEE MR. CAREY EE
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