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FOKTY-THIRD YEAR. NO. 81.
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. SALEM. OREfiOM. RATTTTmAV 4PRTT iooa - ' " "
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Ceo. E. Halvorsen, president o the
Marlon Automobile qpmpany, when in
terviewed regarding1 the automobile'
"The Marlon Automobile company
was formed on July i( 1919, because
we believed that there was a plain m
Salem for another large, progressive
automobile company, especially one
which would conduct a general, auto
mobile business and endeavor to give
to Salem and vicinity the very highest
type of up-to-date garage seivlce.
The first night we had six cars In our
large garage, but our business has in
creased steadily until now we are plan
ning to Increase our floor space to take
care of the business.
Our business is growing in every de
partment, we offer our customers the
best possibleservlce and our service
will be Improved wh.ei.uver possible.
We expect tills ye'ir to bo the be3t
year for the automobile business ever
known and we expect to get our share.
Our firm handles the well known
Siudebaker, Franklin and Oldsmobilo
cars and we have Just taken the
agency for the Commonwealth, new in
this territory, but with a splendid repu
tation In the East. We also handle
the Master, White and Oldsmobilej
Trucks, and carry a complete line of
tires, tubes, parts and accessories.
500,000 Fords .
Turned Out In
When the first six months of the
Ford Motor Company fiscal year
ended January 31st, more than half
a million of the sturdy little Fords
had left the factory ( to Join their
three and a half million brothers and
sisters on the world's highways. And
Ford officials express confidence in
their ability to turn loose the other
half of the million by July 31st, when
their year ends.
However, thoy say that a million a
year is far from the ultimate in motor!
car manufacturing; and that with thel
completion of the blast furnace and'
body plants which Henry Ford is now
building in Detroit, the yearly output
rapacity Is bound to assume larger
dimensions. The present capacity la
The blast furnace project on which
Mr. Ford has been working for the
p.mt three years will enable the Ford
company to make Ford parts direct
from the iron ore instead of buying
the iron ingots and then melting them
present time there are approximately
15,000 men engaged at the blast fur-!
naces and in the new body plant. But
it is quite probable that that number
will be more than doubled once the
steel mills which will bo the lar
gest in America begin to operate.1
I'ord men do not attempt to place
any estimate on what the produc
tion of cars will be In the future, but
point to the fact that they have not
been able to supply the .demand for
the past ten years and that at the
present time there are some 230.000
unfilled orders on" file. "
'Aurora Banker '
me lamous "bull dog" feature ot
the Studebaker exhibit at the recent
Portland auto show, has been purchas
ed by a Marlon county man, Henry I.
Bents, banker and hop grower of Au
rora. The "bull dog" was the big special
feature of the Portland show and at
tracted great attention. All exposed
metal parts about $he car such as rad
iator shell, projectile side lamps, trunk
rack in the rear with guard rails, wind
shield framed and racing model steps,
are of nickel. The seat covers are a
beautiful sky blue whipcord velour,
and the car has a leather Victoria top.
Its equipment even Includes a wicker
Solf club basket which Mr. Bents maj
or may not use. The car has disc
wheels, finished in nickel.- - .
The car owner should remember
that when the clutch Is fierce In taking
hold and does not have a 'slight slip,
the mechanism that transmits the
Power from the engine. to the drive
wheels, particularly as regards pin
ions, universal and the gear teeth re
ceive destructive strains.
The Lexi-gasifier puts
the gas into the engine
as a cool, dry vapor.
Gives more power. Re
duces fuel cost An
feature. See it today!
The B.& C. Motor Co,
178 S. Commercial
, Uxlngton Motiw Company
ConnersrUle, Indiana, I . S. A.
Of New Suspicion
Many car owners today, are being
attracted by long time guarantees
when buying accessories,, but the wise
motorist will stop to consider whether
he wants to buy a guarantee or an arti
cle of dependable merchandise. More
and more, the American motorist w,
coming to regard. the long guarantee
with a bit of suspicion. "If this article
is made right in the first place," he
says, "and the manufacturer is sincere
in his desire to protect his good repu
tation, why should It be necessary for
him to shout his guarantee from the.
house-tops or parade it in front of me
in his effort to sell nie his product?"
Such reasoning is perfectly logical
Any manufacturer knows when he aa
vertises his product, that he Is making
his name familiar to thousands of pros
pective customers. He spends a goodly
number of dollars annually to do this,
and to get value received from this ex
penditure, his product must live up to
all that he says about it In his ad
vertising. A fair guarantee on motor
car accesosrles Is practically impossi
ble, because the service which any ar
tiole can provide depends vervlarcoiv
upon the care which the owner gives It
Any guarantee for a specified length
of time or specified amount of service
must necessarily be based on averages.
For this reason, the careful man Is
made to pay for the acts of the careless
Take tires as a familiar example:
Two tires of the same make and of
same quality throughout, will be sold
to two men under a definite mileage
guarantee. This mileage guarantee is
based on the average mileage of these
tires In the hands of all users. One of
these tires may go to a motorist, who
never gives a thought to his tires until
they are flat,. He runs them under in
flated either because he does not hnow
th pressure In them or-he Is too lazy to
find out. He rides blightely In the
stretcar tracks or scapes along the
curbing . simply because Is careless.
The man who buys the other tire gives
it a fair show to live up to its reputa
tion. He gauges his tires properly,
drives where he should and as he
should, watches the little cuts and re
pairs them before thev ret worse. That
man gets real mileage from his tires
but In the long run, lie pays for the
guarantee given to his more careless
Another striking exnmple Is storage
batteries. The average storage battery
will give good service if it Is given
good care. The best battery made will
not last its full life time, If it Is abused
and ignored. The battery which Is al
lowed to become dry or is overworked
or is frozen or overhe&ted must neces
sarily give up the ghost earlier than
one wnicn nas naa a rair chance to
make' ornnri. The ftnpnlflerl e-tmrnntep
on a storage batFery does the motorist
not one whit or good if it won t start
lils car in an emergency. You cannot
crank a car with a guarantee any more
thn.n vmi can inflate a tire and aret
home on it with a mileage guarantee.
To set "or time the distributor, full
retard the spark and set the distributor
gear contact -or segment so that it Is
Just about to leave the No. 1 cylinder
carbon brush, then mesh the gears,
being particular to see that the break
er points are just at th.point of open
aive stem guides are best removed
by driving them out from the top, us
ing a hard wood block or a piece of
oft metal, avoiding possible. Injured to
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fOMMOST AUTOMQTIVk '
fNMSM SWT TRAM -KAC1
The Capital Journal, starting with During the war Stone served as an
this issue, is Inaugurating a series of official inspector of airplane engines
educational articles on automotive' f"d fr"! one.to an.hetr,"
thn leadinz factories where the Lib-
subjects entitled "Larry" I-ssor.-"jrety motors were being built. Sever;
Thev are being conducted by Larry years before he had retired from the
O. - M 1 1, . .1 1 ! . " . . .
oiuur. uiib ui inn leaumK favo uitv- auto racing same, dui wnen in war
era of the country, but better known waa over Stone re-entered the racing
as an automotive engineer, having, game ani waa quite a prominent fig
been rated as among the ten leadv ure jn the 1919 dirt track races,
ing automotive genii of the day. I Among some of th 3 b'g events in
Racing automobiles, because of which he participated were the auto
their special ad delicate mechanism j rttcea at the jowa state Fair at Dea
demand the attention of the best en-JMoileSi tne Wisconsin Stale Fair at
glnejrs and mechanics. Years of ser- Milwaukee; the Labor Day Motor
vice on the race track, many hours! Deruy at Quincy; the Wichita Inter
of hard study In the shop -and exper- natonal sweepstakes and the Dallas
ience on hard tests, have taught Lar-1 American Legion Races. During prac
ry S'one many lessons which may be ticaUy the entire 1919 season he drove
of benefit to the readers. tne famoU8 Minerva race car and in
In the next of this series, the read-1 lnstance, at Burlington. Iowa,
era cf the Capital Journal will b giv- narrowly escaped death when he went
en an idea of the life and experience Qver the 20 foot banUed.up turn,
of Larry Stone which will show how;th three fenoes an landed , ,
no .a im in uj a. itauici iui inauj . . . f . . . Ttlh. , n-ihntprt to
readers of the auto section.
This article will be by Bill Briten
stein, well known writer In sporting
and racing circles, who will cite some
of the qualities which make Stone an
outstanding figure in automobile and
auto racing circles. I
In each issue Stone ' wili answer
unnecessary recklessness and Stoiu
drew down a three months suspension
and had his racing license revoked
for 90 days. But Stone still followed
the race game. Ross Marine, the
Chicago millionaire, owner of the
speedy Peugeot Blue, hired him to
"... i j . . , , e ...... . 1
questions which will be propounded cmB' "
by readers of the auto section.- The cars lur " p",uu -same
may deal with any auto problem I 80n- tne a"t0 Pol, king, who also
which confronts any reader or may" I owns the famou Jumbo Be,nz- en'
deal with auto race data and dope. . I Sine as mechanical super-
The questions may be eher sent Visor Until the daring driver could ge:
direct to Larry D. -Stone, 'care -of , back int0 the race Bame again
Auto Editor of the Capital .Journal,! stone has tne "Ptation of being
In either case the questions will re-' better acquainted with more raoe cars
ceive the personal attention of Lar- than ther auto expert. During
ry Stone, who will make ai effort to' tne winter months he has been it
answer thera quickly and .litniigent-1 Kansas City overhauling the famoits
ly. Fiat-Golden for a fast season on tFe
Following the descriptive article of!dlrt tracks. Starting this month In
the author of this column, v ill be. the Texas Stone wlU race throughout the
first of "Larry's Lessons."
LARRY D. STONE :, v-.
T By Bill Breitenstcin.
Before the readers of the Larry's
Lessons column hear the auto wort's
of wisdom from Larry p. Stone hinf.
self, it will be well, to say a word
about Stone and tell Just how and
why he is qualified to tjach lessons
and answer the auto queries which hi.
will do from week to week.
. Stone in his day has beeiran Inde
pendent race driver, an A. A. A. race
driver and a licensed pilo In the In
ternational Motor Contests associaton,
the latter being the governing body
of practically all the dirt track races
Much of Stone's practical experi
ence which has made him such a
fig"Ure among auto engineers Is due to
his early training with the Knox and
Alco firms In the days when cars of
that make were popular. As a test
ing engineer Stone had many exper
iences thnt were both exciting and tt
structlve. His participation in var
ious "hill-climbs" of more or leFs
ancient auto history, he was always
a leading figure.
Stone has piloted or superintended
the driving of many cars on lona
hard grinds, which were part of fao
tory tests. He has been the skipper
of trail trains through the desart
sands of Nevada, along the precipi
tous slopes of southwestern Montana
in the Big Hole country; had charge
of one of the first army truck trains
sent Into Mexico in the Villa pursuit
and for a time was In charge of trav
elling mission, in which a complete
miniature church was taken from
place to place on wheels. According
,to Stone, his chief diet at that time
was raw "Billy-Goat" meat.
season as a- licensed pilot in the In.
ternatlonal Motor Contests associaton
iHe will keep In constant touch with
his headquarters in Kansas City and
will answer all auto questions sent
through the Auto Editor.
Classed as an expert In pneumatics,
Josef Hofmann, the celebrated pianist,
Is the Inventor of a shock absorber
which hi been nntented In Eurone.
There la one' great basic essential
that has not kept pace with the motor
car proper. That Is In the matter of
headlights. An automobile must have
lights that the driver may see where
he is going. It must have lights for
protection, for safety, but so design
ed aa to protect other cars on the
First there were oil lamps, then
gas lamps, then electric lamps. With
the advent of electricity, the ten
dency in automobile lighting was to
greater candle power. Today, on the
modern automobile, lights have reach
ed almost search-light intensity. Con
sequently they have been a constant
menace to other - cars on the road,
so great a menace that ot the 000
persons killed annually in automo
bile accidents, it is estimated 33 per
cent are the result of blinding head
lights As a direct result of th"e glare
menace, the headlamp dimmer, num
erous reflectors and lenses were de
signed. But the dimmer, because 1
does not give sufficient candle pow
er for the driver to see clearly ahead,
especially In the country, to avoid
road hazards, has not solved the
question, nor have the numerous other
Two States Scientific.
With almost prophetic vision, the
Society of Illuminating Engineers,
composed of the world's greatest
authorities on illumination, after an
exhaustive study of the problem
made a .report in which the results
obtained by the tilted or controlable
reflector were held to offer the only
ideal solution f the problem. In 'this
report, recommendations were made
that were incorporated in the New
York anti-glare law, the only sclen
tifically drawn law In the nation with
the sole exception, of that of Califor
! And the Society of Illuminating
Engineers is the authority that gave
America Its present uniform railroad
headlamp regulatory laws.
Two big automobile companies,
whose engineers have been constant
ly working on the glaring headlamp
problem, have perfected devices which
represent the farthest advanoe in the
way of anti-glare"-devices. They are
It has come to our attention, says
Mr. Degge, that owners of Willard
thread rubber batteries are in soma
cases being advised, reinsulaxion la nec
essary. This dvice la either given
through ignorance or for monetary
gain. - . "
We, as an authorised Willard Serv
ice Station, will replace free of charge,
threaded rubber Insulation
found defective in any way, regardless
standard equipment on Lexington an
Deflecting; light Used.
Both devices make use of the sam
principle, that . of moving the re
flector so as to deflect the projected,'
beam of light, differing only In oper
ating details. When in the upward
position they throw a powerful light strong.
Car Care Should
Be Habitual Is
' "The care of an automobile is real
ly no care at all if it is done In the
right way," says F. O. Delano, of the
Salem Automobile Company, local
dealer in Chevrolet passenger and
"Motor car trouble usually result
from putting off adjustments that
should be regularly attended to. Ia
most cases the cause can be traced to -the
carelessness of the owner and
could easily have been prevented.
"Proper care begins with the pur
chase. A car should be chosen whose) .
weight is so nicely balanced that there ,
is no undue strain on any vital part.
The materials should be light but
Springs should have ampl '
several hundred feet ahead. But in
the driving. tr tilted position, the
light is confined to a level below the'
eyes of the driver of an approaching
car, yet lighting the road distinctly (load that may be put ln the Dody and
Road To Newport
Newport, April S. Automobile own
ers will be glad to learn that the road
into Newport from the Willamette val
ley will bo greatly Improved this year.
The Lincoln county court' has turned
over the improving of the road be
tween Toledo and Newport, a distance
of eight miles, to the state highway de
partment. The state waa to ballast the road
with rock and the county was to do
the grading; now the state will let the
contract and superintend the construc
tion, the county putting up the cash for
its share. The road between Toledo and
Newport will be finished early in JulJ
which brings Toledo, the county seat,
very close to Newport, the largest town
in the county; ,
play to protect all mechanical units,
from the chock of the road.
"Above all It Is important that tha
motor has ample power to move any
take It wherever necessary.
"Such a car as this Is easy to take
care of because hard use does not
affect It. But even so it should have
regular and Intelligent attention from
those who depend upon its service.
"Just as a horseback rider runs
his eye and hand over his animal be
fore he mounts, so the automobile)
driver should inspect his machine. A
glance under the hood, with the motor,
running, attention to any sound that
is not in tune, a measurement of gas;
water and oil, and a test ot wiring
and even tires, should all become a
matter of habit.
"These are Just a few high spots)
the careful owner takes into consider
ation. He always gives them his at
tention at the start. Making sure that
they are, right ln the begtrnlng soon
becomes second nature.
"The practice of a rapid Inspection
ot vital units costs nothing and saves
all unnecessary annoyance and ex
pense in the end." ,
- Don't run In ruts, cor tracks or
against curbing. The side walls of a
tire are much thinner than the tread
In case the - lights fall because of and will not stand this kind of usage,
trouble in the system it Is possible to i The London "growler" type ot
operate them directly from the genera-1 horse-drawn cab-drivers are fast d la
tor by disconnecting and tapping the! appearing from the streets of the Ensr
battery leads separately to prevent pos- I lish metroplls, due to popularity ot
slble shorts. I'taxlcabs. 4
BATTERY t! ; 1
WIRE wheels, wood
wheels and disc
wheels all have 'their
boosters, but everybody1
agrees on rubbtr tires.
When everybody knows
the advantages of
Thnadtd Rubber over
ordinary insulation, the
demand for it will be as
DEGGE & BURRELL
. 238 North High Street
Through Service we Grow'1
The Commonwealth Four-Forty is a splendid car selling for $1595,
Master and Oldsmobile Trucks ready for delivery, . i
We will take your order for a White Truck.
We conduct a general automobile business and we invite your patronage. Our
garage is always open. Our air and water service station is very accessible. Gas
sold at all hours
. . We operate a modern, up-to'date repair shop and we have abundant floor
space for storage. Cars washed and polished.
United States, Goodrich and
risk 1 ires
Complete line of Accessories and Parts
Marion Automobile Company
235 S. Coml. St.