The Oregon daily journal. (Portland, Or.) 1902-1972, September 03, 1911, Page 41, Image 41

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This Is Advice Given Motorists
by Commissioner William D.
i Sohier of Massachusetts
$300,000 for Oiling Roads.
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Automoblllsts are quick to complain
bout poor' roads .or the lack of what
corns to be a proper cart in maintain
ing them to a proper touring standard
Yet comparatively few automobllists
item to realise that they . themselves
may be of. great aid to - the various
local and state highway authorities
by observing proper discretion at .times
while driving; over stretches of, road
Just beginning- to deteriorate or which
may be undergoing temporary repairs,
By endeavoring through careful driv.
Ing and an intelligent observation of
road conditions, the motorists of the
country, may become a "very valuable
and active adjunct in the good roads
movement, a movement in which mo
torists and automobile organizations are
vitally- interested, but In which the in
dividual motorist often forgets his own
Seasonable Driving.
The Touring Club of America through
its various-branches, has made a special
effort this year, to Impress upon tour
ists the great majority of whom use
the .splendid highways all over the
country without paying; additional fees,
the Importance of reasonable driving
wherever conditions show that a little
care win neip immediately in Deneni
lng the roads.
Commissioner. William D. Sohier of
the . Massachusetts Highway commis
sion, iq a recent statement to Secre
tary F. H. Elliott Of the T. C A., on
road conditions in his state and the
Increasing amount of work done every
year- to properly maintain them, shows
very.jclearly how motorists may render
vajry practical aid to the commission
In its efforts toward road perfection.
J "AH drivers of automobiles." he says,
. "must have noticed the ruts that have
formed not only In gravel roads, but
also In the oiled roads.
Keep Clear of Huts,
"If the owners and operators of cars
would only drl-M out of that rut or
wheel mark, and spread the travel over
a width of 10 or 12 feet on the road
way, many miles of road, which are now
rapidly .deteriorating, would be injured
very little, if at all. On the oiled roads
the automobiles would improve the sur
face and compact the oil and sand to
get her. ,
Every one also must have noticed
places where the travel had spread all
over the road, and also roads where the
wheel tracks of the automobiles had
Smoothed down end compacted these
oiled roads, but continuous operation In
one place naturally produces a rut and
wears the oil out at that particular
place. Where the road Is oiled perhaps
IS feet wide, the tracks only run over a
pace of about IX Inches wide on each
Xnstanee Zs Cited.
As a sample of this lack of care In
driving and the evils that It causes.
Commissioner Sohier cites the fact that
the macadam road around Jacob's Lad
der, used by' all tourists In the Berk-
shires, which was opened In September,
1909, was torn -ip by ruts and several
holes before July 1910. It cost "Tabout
$1400 a mile to put the road into good
condition and oil It,
Massachusetts has about 850 miles of
stnte highway, but there are many other
miles -of good roade In the main routes.
How the road cost has Increased to keep
pace with the increasing popularity of
automobile fravel may be seen from the
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statement of the Massachusetts high
way commission, as follows:
"The Massachusetts highway comlnl
sion formerly spent only tlOO.000 a year
for the maintenance of Its state high
ways, and this st a time when there
were substantially 700 miles,
Tund Available.
"Since 1908. It was found that very
much more money would be heeded. In
1909 the legislature of Massachusetts
more than, doubled Its appropriation for
the maintenance of roads, and the-auto-moblle
fees and fines were also made
available for use on the roads. The
legislature increased Its appropriation
from 1100,000 to $260,000 and has been
appropriating $200,000 a year since, or
double what It appropriated four years
It la estimated, says Commissioner
ohler. "that about $300,000 will be
available from the automobile fees this
year for use In oiling the roads. In 1910
the commission spent over half a mil
lion dollars for the maintenance of state
highways, whereas five years before It
pent but $100,000 a year."
The Massachusetts highway commis
sion Is spending in treating the roads
In this manner considerably more than
the total amount which is available
from the automobile fees secured In that
state; and it should be remembered that
all the other Items for the repair of
roads, like new surfacing, cleaning gut
ters and catch basins, etc., etc., have
also been paid for Just as they had been
before the automobile came Into existence.
(Pabllitaeri' Fih Immi Wire.)
New Tork, Sept. 2. The hotels are
beginning to fill up with visitor from
all sections of. the country, buyers and
merchants most of them, but a good
sprinkling of Just plain visitors and
voyagers returning from Europe.
No matter what part of the country
ou may be from, If you walk un
Broadway; say from Madison to Long
acre squares, and keep your eyes open
tne cnances are gooa that you'll meet
somebody rrom home. There Is no
place on the face of the earth unless it
be Washington where the chances of
meeting home folks are as good as In
New 1 York for the very pleasant func
tion like the route of brilliantly lighted
Broadway mentioned above.
September, Is the best time to be In
New York. It is there that the amuse
ments of the summer and autumn meet
Cdney Island Is still In full blast The
amusement parks there are open and,
the wa'.ter Is fine. This Is true of all
the nearby resorts. While. the season
is supposedto close on Labor day,
really it lasts through the month..
Then with Labor, day the town
amusements start the season, the thea
tres begin to open up,, people are get
ting back from their vacations, the
weather a a rule U Ideal and there is
every' reasen v why thei New. ; Yorker
should be, glad he Is living.. . And by
the same token the stranger hasreason
to be glad he is her
Top picture F. W. Vogler, manager Northwest Auto company, and Frank Finger, salesman at wheel
new five passenger Reo. Lower picture J. C. Hess, manager local branch Cartercar agency
Speaker Champ Clark Says
That Nation Should Coop
erate With States in Build
ing the Highways.
Federal aid in road building may be
come an actuality within the next 12
months. From all over the country
accumulates positive evidence of the
pronounced belief that the national gov
ernment should give attention to Dei-
ter Interstate commonlcatlon by road
and men prominent In affairs of state
are declaring themselves one after an
other as being in accord with this pro
gressive policy. Of the nation's lead
ers, none Is more emphatic than Speaker
Champ Clark, who. in a communication
to President Robert P. Hooper of the
American Automobile association, ex
presses this opinion:
"I believe the time Has come ior me
general government to actively and pow
erfully cooperate with tne states in
building a great system of public high
wavs. I believe the building of the
Lincoln highway would be the entering
wedge for the creation of a splendid
system of roads that would bring its
benefits to every citizen In the country "
Congressman Borland, of Missouri,
who is putting forward the .Lincoln
highway bill In the house of representa
tives, summarises the matter very
Mighwj Best Monument.
'What we need is a monument that
will be of some use to the people now
living on earth. If we could have the
views on the subject of the great com
moner, Abraham Lincoln, himself, I am
satisfied he would be in favor of such
tribute. There is no monument so
enduring as a highway."
In commenting upon tne proposed
route, Chairman George C. Dlehl, of the
National Good Roads Board, concisely
puts forth these words:
'A rood broad nignway, connecting
historic Gettysburg with the capital of
the nation, will be traveled by thous
ands, where now the route Is follow d
by hundreds, owing to Its serving as a
road in name only. Motor driven vehi
cles are Interstate as well as Intrastate,
and that which they accomplish In
obliterating etate lines will prove more
effective than any other means in ce
menting this nation Into a solidified
whole, for, where men, meet and ex
change views, there has been a broaden
ing of the viewpoint, and a more tnor
ough understanding of the wants of
one another.
Good Boads STeeded.
"With the time-saving and distance-
decreasing vehicle at our disposal, it
follows as a natural sequence that we
must supply the right kind of road, and
maintain It properly. In order to secure
and retain the benefits that have been
brought about by the coming of tne au-tomoblle-J-a
thing more valuable to the
farmer than to the urban resident, a
fact which Is dally becoming more ap
parent to the man in the country."
Exceptionally gooa conxirmaiion oi
the statement of Chairman Dlehl. that
the man In the country is realising that
the motor-driven vehicle Is more for
him than for the man In the city, comes
from Kansas. Thomas McKay is a
farmer who lives 14 miles from Oberlln,
where the local farmers' Institute held
session. Thereat Farmer McKay
spoke as follows:
'Some or us rarmecs are standing in
our own light, we argue that we
should not build good roads for motor
oars to travel over. .
: Za Oood for rana. ,y
"I have-no 'motor car, . but It seem
to me that a road that Is good for a
motor car la good Jot a farmer to haul
a big load of wheat over, or. for me to
drive my surrey over to take my family
to town. . we are too afraid that we
will do something' wntch . wll benefit
someone else, and, in fast, we are the
losers by our own acts. I hays, already
graded a mile of road along my' farm on
Prairie Dog creek. Just to show you
people that I desire. a good road, reach
ing from the southern part ofVhe coun
try, wnere I Hva, to Oberlln, I will
agree to take my boy and my team, If
necessary, and grade anothw mile of
that It miles if the rest of you busi
ness men and farmers Uvins; along the
road will do your', share."
Some of the farmers In attendance
wanted to know the o.-t. find then
agreed to do their share if McKay would
superintend the Job. McKay would not
be bluffed, and his fellow farmers sup
plied their share of the money and the
14 miles stretch of improved dirt road
was soon placed in travelable condition.
Port Jervls, N. Y.. Sept 2. Mrs.
Lena Stahl said today she was sorry
she did not hit harder when she ap
plied a horsewhip to the shoulders of
Robert E. Smith and drove him across
the Delaware "river into 'Pennsylvania.
He was arrested on - complaint of Sam
uel Vanlegen, who accused him of
agreeing to sell 200 barn of toilet soap
for $10.60 and deliver 40 yards of car
pet as a premium. " Wood was dimissed
after he had gone to the town of Cud
debackville and returned to several
housewives the sums they had paid to
him. f
Mrs. Stahl came from Montague, N.
J., to ask Wood why the soap and the
carpet had not appeared at her home
In accordance with an agreement. When
she found that she could not obtain a
warrant in New York state because) she
had dealt with the man In New Jer
sey she produced her lash and drove
the soap seller out of "the Jurlsdlctiot
of both the commonwealths mentioned.
Journal Want Ada bring results,
Hartford! Tires
This is to inform you that on and after September
1 we shall distribute the three well known lines of
tires named above, "AMERICA'S PREDOMINANT
TIRES," and shall be in a position to fill all orders
We will be in larger quarters at our new location,
80-82 Seventh Street, about September 15, where we
will be in a position to handle our business with greater
Automobile Accessories of All Kinds. Motorcycles
and Bicycles
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