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About The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current | View Entire Issue (Nov. 9, 1919)
Pages 1 to 12
Automobiles, Road Trips and
Northwest Hi'"''av News
PORTLAND, OREGON, SUNDAY MORNING, NOVE3IUER 9, 1919.
AUTO ACCIDENTS ARE NOT ALWAYS THE FAULT OF THE DRIVER
The Motorist Should Be a Lot More Careful, but So Should the Pedestrian, Too, and "Watch Your Step" Is the Only Safe Rule for the Traveler on Foot to Follow.
Oregon Confronted by Same Prob
lem of Saving tlic Trees
Along State Iligliwajs.
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. SEATTLE. Wash., Nov. 8. Shall
the scenic grandeur of "Washing
ton's famed evergreen forests be
preserved; or shall these towering
vistas of perpetual green skirting the
state's highways be demolished and
replaced by unsightly, blackened
inis is me pertinent question ue
ing asked every man and woman in
the state by the Automobile Club of
Western Washington; this is the
question that must be answered by
the united co-operation of not only
the state, but the entire Pacific
northwest and even the I'acific coast,
says the Tacoma Ledercr. Tht al
ternative is vast stretches of stump
fields flanking Washington's beauti
ful highways stumps painting a
blackened blotch on evergreen road
Washington can perpetuate native
and lrxunant forest looming up in
mipfc-y grandeur along the paved j
etgnways winding over nui anu val
ley, or a monotonous succession of
logs, stumps and crumbling roots.
In this connection the Automobile
Club of Western Washington, as a
means of co-ordinating its campaign
for good roads, is seeking to preserve
the forest scenery skirting all prin
cipal highways in the northwest. The
organization has been waging this
campaign for some time1; committees
have taken vigorous steps to prevent
logging along scenic roads and the
club's resolution aiming to prevent
the cutting of trees along highways
was adopted by the last session of the
Washington State Good Roads Asso
ciation in Yakima. Accordingly, the
co-operation of every district in the
state is asked to win federal and
state legislative support to preserve
native highway scenery.
At the October session of thfe ex
ecutive committee of the Automobile
club of Western Washington former
Senator Ralph - D. Nichols was ap
pointed permanent chairman of the
club's committee seeking to obtain
state legislation preserving the na
tural scenery and big trees along
Chairman Nichols urges that all
progressive state organizations In
cluding civic bodies, chambers of
commerce, rotary clubs and auto and
road associations, immediately pass
resolutions petitioning the state of
Washington to acquire strips of tim
ber along the highways.
The state could do this, it is ex
plained, by trading other lands for
the scenic, by trading other lands
for the scenic roadside strips. Infor
mation as to the location of scenic
stretches of land along state roads is
LIGHT COLORS FOR El'KOPE
Buyers Over There Have Ideas of
Their Own About Cars.
European buyers of American cars
have their own ideas about equip
ment. Some times it is found that the
conventional black so universal in
this country must be changed to a
gray or tan of the cars are to sell well
abroad. The sleek black leatherette
or the smooth gray mohair tops which
we affect must usually be replaced
with khaki tops on cars destined for
overseas. A few years ago when
electric starting and lighting were
first accepted as the things on this
side, old world buyers were insisting
on gas lighting and were perfectly
content with the Armstrong" starter.
Truck Non-Stop Run.
A non-stop run of 1451 miles. fCom
Green Bay, Wis., to New York Citv
in 63 hours is the remarkable record
recently established by a new Oneida
truck, model B-8, carying a load
of one and a half tons. A schedule
of 22 miles an hour was maintained,
running continuously night and day.
except lor meals and taking on sup
plies. The truck was shod with
heavy-duty Goodyear cord tires.
SHORTAGE KEEPS CHEVROLET
Arthur Fields Spends Good Part ol
Vacation Trying to Get More
Autos From Factory.
Arthur L. Fields, of the Fields Mo
tor Car company, has returned fro
a month's vacation in California, a
good part of which time was em
ployed, instead of resting, in stren
uous endeavors to get a few more
cars away from the C'hevroVet factory
at Oakland and en route to Portland.
The freight car shortage, according to
Mr. Fields, is playing red hob with
shipments from the factory. It is just
now a more important factor than
steel strike and coal strike put to
gether. Neither of these events has
had much effect on production, but
the freight car shortage not only has
prevented full shipments to coast
dealers of their allotments due. but
has kept the Oakland factory ehort
To offset the freight car lack, the
factory has begun to ship Chevrolets
to various coast cities by steamer
from San Francisco. Mr. Fields, in
fact, was responsible for initiating
this plan. He got 15 cars from the fac
tory and had them shipped to Port
land in this way. and several more
shipments are coming by steamer.
The Chevrolet factory is running
pretty well short of its full capacity
because of inability, due principally
to freight car lack, of getting full
supplies of materials from the east.
Many Franklin Cars.
SYRACUSE. N. Y.. Nov. 8. For the
second month in succession the Frank
lin Automobile company in September
exceeded the scneciuie wnich is to
bring -the production of Franklin
cars up to 18,000 for the current year.
Nine hundred and sixty-four cars were
scheduled for production that month
and the factory report shows 1004 de- I
livered to the sales department. Pro
duction in Octover shows a further
gain over September and at that the
over-demand for the Franklin cars Is
ctill 7llit farta q licaH nf m y nnf a.t,irn
IT ISN'T; always the motor car driver, by any means, who is to blame
for automobile accidents in which pedestrians are injured. Goodness
krtows, there are many careless drivers, but did it ever occur to you
that there are a lot of careless pedestrians, too? On this page are pictured
just a few of the reasons why automobile owners as a class become
grouchy and temperamental at an early age. A Cole Aero-Eight, fur
nished by the Northwest Auto company, was used in posing these photo
graphs, with Seargeant Frank Ervin, head of the Portland motorcycle
and traffic squads of the Portland police department, suggesting the poses.
Sergeant Ervin declares emphatically that pedestrians must be educated in
"safety first" requirements quite as much as motorists do.
1 . Here is a prolific cause of accidents. The pedestrian, impersonated
by Charles Young, advertising manager for the Northwest Auto company,
is slipping across the street in the middle of a block. He has just emerged
from between a couple of autos parked at the curb as the Cole Eight
comes along. Situations exactly like this occur dozens of times every
day in Portland streets, wherein accidents are averted only by good
Mud in great quantities and of va
rious kinds, from gumbo to soapy
clay, makes driving along the Pacific
highway through Southern Oregon
and Northern California mighty dif
ficult in this weather. This report of
highway conditions was brought to
Portland last week by R. H. Strong,
of the W. H. Wallingford company,
whe had just come over the highway
in a Liberty roadster.
Mr. Strong left Medford, Or., for
Yreka. Cal.. in a pouring rain. Be
tween Ashland and Hilt. Cal., this
being the stretch over the Siskiyou
mountains, paving work is in prog
ress on the Oregon side of the line,
with the going generally not very en
couraging. Far from it, in fact.
On his return trip to Portland, Mr.
Strong left Medford on a Wednesday
morning and got as far as Glendale
that day. The roads were exceed
ingly muddy, especially between
Grants Pass and Glendale. In the
Rice hill and Wolf creek sections the
clay was so slippery that driving was
Between Glendale and Roseburg the
Liberty sank so deep in th-s mud In
places that its axles touched the
ground. Mr. Strong found six cars
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3. The middle of a busy street is no place to exchange greetings and 1 1 Canyonviue and Glendale. at opposite
enas or ww creeK canyon.
By taking soundings with a long
pile, thus locating what solid bottom
brakes and the dexterity of motorists. Portlanders are still notorious as
"jayhawkers," despite a city ordinance against the. practice.
2. Far fetched? Not at all. The picture carries its own moral.
"Eyes front" ought to be a hard and fast rule of the road for the
pedestrian who's crossing the street.
half, were on Goodyear tires, the tlrs
equipment on the other 31 cars being
divided among six different makes.
The total number of Goodyear auto
mobile tires manufactured this year
will approximate 6,000,01)0 about 20
per cent of the country's total production.
gossip, yet millions of greetings and vast amounts of gossip are so
4. Another accident cause The pedestrian. ' mpersonated by Mr. ! ubertthVoughm without a .tYp"
Young, has stepped out briskly, and without looking about him, from f'won the plaudits of the other unfor-
keVii'nrl a trvet rxr i'nr a. an antnrrv-iKil -r.m num it nun .,'1- f tk. tunate car owners who hadn't been
street. Until pedestrians. ,as well as motorists, learn to be careful this I
is a situation that will result in many accidents.
5. Ever do this? Chances are you have. One of the surprising facts
of life is the watchfulness of providence over pedestrians who thus stroll. 1
through traffic reading a newspaper. 1
6. Introducing Sergeant Frank Ervin, whose "safety first" message, 1
to pedestrians as well as to motorists, is "Be careful." 1
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The trip north from Roseburg, 215
miles under present road conditions,
was made in one day. .despite very
bad road conditions for miles.
Goodyear Tires Fir-.t.
One of the prominent features of
a recent fair at Mineola, L. I., was
an exhibit of automobiles. On the
floor were 64 cars, representing 2S
makes, of which 33, or better, than
COMPRESSION THIRD BRAKE
Murmon Company Urges Motorists
to Make Use of It.
not forget that your car has
three brakes. Put the gears in 'sec
ond,' cut off spark and you'll fear
no steep grades." says the editor of
the Marmon News, the monthly pub
lication of Nordyke & Marmon com
pany of Indianapolis.
"Shut off your motor and slide into
second as you roll across the ridge.
Ion't 'drive in second.' Shut off the
spark if the throttle will not close.
Then if you huve a 'six' your motor
cools to boot. If necessary a gentle
touch of the service brake now and
then and of the emergency brake
generally will hold you nicely. At
times the abrupt or long drop will
argue for low instead of second in
compression. On all but the steepest
descents this will hold your car with
but very little use of brakes. It will
keep your brakes in reserve for real
emergencies, such as a motorcycle
shooting around the curve on your
side of the road or some similar hair
SHORTAGE OF FREIGHT CARS
Government Assigns Man to De
troit to Help Out.
Uninterrupted traffic from Detroit
and Michigan motor factories within
the last month, taking care of all de
mands to the entire satisfaction of
everyone, has emphasized the wisdom
of the action of the United States
railroad administration in a&tfigninff
an automotive traffic director to De
troit to see that every manufacturer
in the district was given fair play in
setting railroad equipment.
Insistent demands of certain manu
facturers three months ago lor equip
ment for handling their output an'
frequent complaint that certain mew
bers of the trade were being favoS
resulted in the establishment or. h.
traffic office here with C. H. Ketch
am. widely known in railroad circles,
in charge and acting under the direct
supervision of Regional Director Har
din of New York..