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Washington Post, The (Newspaper) - July 20, 1913, Washington, District Of Columbia 'f MILWAUKEE-57 CHICAGO-33N A LIFE SAVING TRUCK. 'Goodrick xR0ofe Book for roar tour Free form Goodrich Guide Posts are as dependable as Goodrich Tires in the Long Run Over fifty thousand miles of American high- ways are marked by Goodrich guide posts, and more are being put up right along. Goodrich 'guide the motorist how to go where he wants to go. Goodrich Tires take him there. Yon can depend upon the exact knowledge of rubber which comes from- our forty-three years experience in manufacturing all kinds of rubber is crystalized in the Goodrich principle lof Unit Molding. Etfery Goodrich Tire is made and molded as a unit. The layers of fine, strong fabric, strips of pure rubber, side strips, bead, and the thick tough tread are literally molded into a unit in our single vulcanization. The result is aunit tire which gives resistance and resiliency, as both tire users and automobile manufacturers testify by their choice. Your tire dealer will supply you with the particular Goodrich Tire which best meets the requirements of your car, whether it.is the Goodrich American Clincher, Goodrich Quick Detachable, Goodrich Straight Bead, Goodrich Cord for electrics, Goodrich Metal Stud, Goodrich Pneumatic Truck, Goodrich Bailey Tread or Goodrich Safety Tread. Write for our free folders telling how to avoid common, tire injuries and how to get the most tire service. The B. R Goodrich Co. There is nothing in Goodrich Advertising .that isn't in Goodrich Goods ranch- 1502 14th St. N. W. Factories: Akron, 'Ohio Branches -cad Serrlce Stations In All Principal Cities. Detlers Everywhere, Write for Goodrich Route Book, covering the auto tour you select. These books are sent free on request THE WASHINGTON POST AUTOMOBILE ROUTE BOOK A Touring Guide to Many Cities in Maryland, Virginia, and Penn- sylvania, Including the Most Direct Route to New York Containing the Following Routes: Washington to Baltimore. Baltimore to Washington. Washington to Philadelphia. Philadelphia to New York. New York to Philadelphia. Philadelphia .to Washington. Washington to Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon to Washington. Washington to Great Falls. (Virginia side.) Washington to La Plata. La Plata to Washington. Washington to Leonard town. (Also Benedict.) Washington to Seneca. Seneca to Washington.. Washington to Gettysburg. Gettysburg to Washington. (Via Baltimore.) Washington to Upper Marlboro. Washington to Hagerstown. Washington to Frederick. Upper Marlboro to Washington. Washington to Cumberland. Washington to Staunton. Staunton to Richmond. Richmond to Orange. Orange to Washington. Warrenton to Washington. Washington to Warrenton. Washington to Harpers Ferry. Hagerstown to Harrisburg. Harrisburg to Hanover. Hanover to Baltimore. Harrisburg to Philadelphia. (Via Allentown.) Washington to Annapolis. Annapolis to Washington. (Via Baltimore.) Harpers Ferry to Winchester. Washington to Westminster. Washington to York. Washington.to Richmond. Washington to Wilmington. 15c By For Sale at the Circulation Department of The Post National Electrical Supply Co., 1328 N. Y. Ave.; Irvin T. Donohue. 1803 M St. N. W.: Potomac Motor Car Co., 1230 Conn. Ave.; The Cook Stod- dard Co.. 1138 Conn. Ave. TOURING Washington to Leesburg. Via Gaithers- burg. 0.0-THE WASHINGTON POST BUILD- ING-. Start west on Pennsylvania avenue, bearing slightly to left one square 'beyond, crossing trolley into narrow Street, with Treasury on right and Sherman monument on left. of street; turn right around Treasury, with White oh left. square on left. straight ahead Into Fifteenth street, with McPherson square on right. left into Massachusetts avenue; Louise Home On left. Keep straight ahead, going to right around Scott circle. circle; one-half -way round and straight on out Massachusetts avenue, circle; one-half Vay round and straight on out Massachusetts avenue, going on to macadam one- tenth mile beyond. trolley and turn right Into "Wisconsin avenue, following trolley. Keep to right, crossing trolley. trolley. bridge over railroad. straight ahead, crossing trol- ley, and leave tracks to left. trolley and follow same. courthouse on left and at top of short grade lurn right at Warfleld's store into Frederick road and follow wires. with.wires. straight ahead with wires. Iweep straight ahead Vith wires. railroad. left. railroad. right. to left on macadam; to left on macadam. ORCHARD. Turn right. to left on macadam. right. Keep straight ahead. of road: turn right. right and cross bridge over Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. PERRY. Cross Potomac River on ftatboat. left. Courthouse on left. Pickled Pickings. Krom the Pittsburgh Post. "My wife will know I drank too much at the banquet." "Why, you are .walking straight enough." "But look at the bum umbrella I picked out." SEE THE 1913 MICHIGAN Palace The Detroit electric ambulance which has been In service the Enicrsronpy Hospital for a little over a year. speed and adaptability have enabled It to brine many unfortunate to the hospital In time to aave a life, where the Blower KOlnK borse-draTVB vehicle -would have proved unavailing. DRIVERS OF HORSE-DRAWN WAGONS i MAKE BEST PILOTS FOR MOTOR TRUCKS Are dt Wheels of Largest Percentage of Power Quickly, Know Street Traffic Problems, and Can Care for Customers, BV GEORGE M. GRAHAM. by the Nortb American.) horse, giving way 'before the Advance of the motor truck, started, for oblivion, it did not -take along driver. A place has been found for the man who held the reins. He is rstill an essen- tial part of the delivery system. A new power ihas not destroyed his use- fulness, it has expanded it. Interviews with men wrio direct the de- livery departments of local firms demon- that no fewer- than 90 per cent of those who are now piloting motor trucks were formerly drivers of horse-drawn VeSlcles in the employ of the same firms. no.demand for the pleasure car -at iWe Awheel- of .tlie delivery vehicles. A teamster is the first need, and It has been found that-'the ideal plan is to train In the horse driver. He knows the trade, can care for the customers. He is a ra- tional man in the handling of the vehicle, and has no desire to break any speed records. The 'business man is, therefore, not called upon, when he installs trucks, to do away with the services of a faithful and .valuable employe. -He merely diverts him to a. somewhat different kind ot work. Much Depends on Driver. Bunt-ness men' recognize that the prob.- successful -delivery rests almost as much with the driver, and with the "sys- with the truck itself. No matter .control of various adjustments may be taken out of'the driver's hands, nor how great an advance may be made toward making the machine foolproof, it must always be remembered the motor vehicle Is highly sensitive piece of machinery, requiring intelligent attention for i'ts consistent performance. The trained automobile driver has this knowledge, but he is not a teamster, and is not familiar with the handling traf- fic and the hauling and delivering of goods. It Is largely through the cooperation of manufacturers of motor vehicles that the problem of training the driver has been carried to so successful a solution. In the case of express companies and department stores, for example, these-.be- ing selected as among the big-gest users of motor trucks, the process .of training drivers has been worked out to a most effective system. The manufacturer, the man who sold the vehicles, is called on for a force of men to train in the operation of the cars. The supervision does not enil with a week OB two of actual teaching that the fac- tory expert gives to the former horse pilot. A local representative of the maker of the car watches the work of the driver, keeps an eye on the condition -of the ve- hicle, and in this manner is able to tell what kind of care the driver Is, taking of it. v. On all questions tha.t arise the expert Is ready with needed information and suggestions. Thus gradually the operator gains knowledge and confidence. This is all he needs. He has the grasp of the laws of the street. He understands all the rules at the railway stations, steam- boat landings, and freight stations gen- erally. He haa the still more Important ability to handle the customers of his firm. Given a .roan of moderate intelligence, if is only a short time before he has become sufficiently competent to handle the ma- chine with virtual immunity from trouble, j Experts Make the Repairs. Big firms further protect themselves by maintaining their own garages and re- pair shops. In such cases the driver is limited to handling the car In actual op- eration. He is not allowed to make any repairs or adjustments on It. This is left entirely to the trained mechanics in the repair shops. W-heh the .machine goes wrong for any reason on the street, the duty of the driver Is done when he has phoned to_ headquarters and asked for help. Then the mechanic goes out and either fixes up the machine on the spot or hauls it to the shop to be repaired. By methods like these, the larger users of motor trucks have been able to com- pletely banish all the difficult problems of driving. Such firms Tvould not con- sider ha-ving any but their former horse i drivers handling the machines. They have found that system gives the ideal result. A remarkable fact'in this connection Is the eagerness of the driver to get. an au-. tomobile job. This Is. develop- ment, In the genesis of the industry the driver ranged himself as an obstacle.in the path of motor-truck progress. The driver used to feel that when the horse went he would go, and so it was often against the antagonism of drivers and stable superintendents that enterprising business men 'ma-de -their first step away from the old-fashioned methods of de- livery. But this is all changed now. The horse driver has found that the motor vehicle In commercial service opens up uridreamed-M'possibllities for him. Higher wage's, better cleaner work, less of worry- In the hot weather and in the snows of winter, and an ad- vance'in rating from a mere handler of reins a flat-footed pair of slowr moving horsels to the skilled pilot of the most modern means of transportation are all factors that account for the change of heart on the part of. the driver. Many instances could given to show this transformation. In a great -local department store the shift from horse to auto truck Is a pro- motion for the drivers who have done the best work, and the system is arranged on a civil service basis. A local bread-making firm' gained so many new., suburban from the great capacity of the motor truck that some of the drivers, who are paid on commissions, Increased their earnings from to weekly. The -benefit to the industry from the changed attitude of the driver cannot be overestimated. The 'obstinate horse pilot blocked many a sale, and often when a machine was put in operation the sullen driver made It the victim of his own lack of skill. Tit was made to bear the burden of his faults. The drlv.er was then able In many in- stances to turn against power delivery the progressive man who should have been Its champion, since he was among the pioneers, in'giving it a trial. But the tain no longer dares indulge a dislike for the power trucfc He has to learn the management of motor trucks or get out of the de- business, for the whole tendency calls for the abandoning 'of horse sys- tems. The new driver desiring to make good in his changed calling and to be an pert driver Instead of a bungler is not content sirfiply to drive the machine and deliveries. He now gives close attention to protecting the machine from abuses in order to extend Us life as much as possible. He has mastered the tendency to over- speed the machine and he also guards against overloading. This Is a fault that was common, .to many a pilot of motor trucks who had been but lately taken from horse teams. He had been told that the truck would reduce the num- ber, of trips to be made in delivering his firm's Ho fell to the temptation to carry this plan too far. It was not enough, for example, for "him to cut the nutnber of trips from, say, four to two. He sought to d.o still better, with the result that tie piled a .weight on the vehicle that it was never meant to tjear. Manufacturers have been active in showing drivers the dangers of the over- loading and overspeedlng. Many have installed on their machines governors, which limit the speed, and make it Im- possible to go beyond a certain pre- determined pace without breaking the seals. When this is done the maker of the machine has his alibi. He is in pos- session of proof tflat it has been the abuse of the truck that has caused trouble. Guard Against Overload. Firms also keep a. watch on loads car- ried by cars of their make In order to pre- vent the Vehicle from being unjustly weighted down with a cargo far beyond its capacity. But it is found that the co- operation of the driver is the best pre- ventive of these abuses, and that the men are constantly more and more willing to lend their assistance toward this impor- tant end. The favorable conditions by which the user of a truck is able to have his horse driver trained to 'pilot It are not limited to the great firms that employ quantities of power vehicles. The man who has use for only one truck stands on an equality with department stores or the express company in respect .to the readiness with which he can get aid from the maker of or agent of the vehicle. There are in this city many firms which use only one, or at most, two trucks. Their delivery is not big enough to call for more. They have no garages, no me- chanical expert, no force of repairmen. The mail who drives the truck represents the entire delivery force. Yet with the help of the company Which sold the truck small firm Is just as weij} iixed as its bigger rivals. ''Every motor truck company, with fts well-maintained service plant, is In a po- sition to supply the smaller truck' user all the facilities he could have by In- stalling his own plant. The driver can be trained by the agent's experts, the gar- age, repair shop, and mechanical expert are ever at the service of the owner of motor truck, and In case of any trouble he can get quick and competent assistance. Lots of concerns whose business calls for only one or two power trucks will bear witness to the fact that the assist- ance of the service station of the sellers of the vehicle mallei It possible to oper- ate the truck with the man wjio formerly drove the horse vehicle, and to do it at a minimum of expense. i Drive the Trucks Safely. It might have been expected that the sudden transformation of a lot of .horse drivers Into chauffeurs would have made trouble on the streets. A whole- train of accidents would have been the in- evitable result had the plan been a mis- taken one. The best proof of the wis- dom of the system is in the comparative rarity of- accidents lit which motor trucks figure. More and more vehicles of this kind are being used all the time. The streets .of the big cities are filled with them; they are operating where the con- gestion Is the greatest; they move-along at a, goodly rate, of speed, in. order to reap the full measure .of. profit for- their owners.'; The of these trucks, of all sizes and carrying all kinds of loads, are being driven by irien who have only recently exchanged the reins for the wheel, yet there is no Increase of acci- dents, traffic moves along with greater smoothness than ever before. This.shows that the horse driver, properly trained, makes the Ideal pilot for the power vehicle. Statistics are at hand to demonstrate the same point. In one month in New York 52 persons were killed on the streets In aqcldents of, various kinds. Horse- drawn vehicles Killed 27, trolley cars 10, leaving only 15 to be charged to all kinds of motor car and com- mercial. All this means tfiat the business man who contemplated installing motor trjicks, but who hesitated Be'cause he did not want to lose a faithful and competent driver, or who felt that he could not in- stall a sufficiently complete plant to keep his machine running in its best form, has no reason to hesitate. His driver can, with proper Instruction, be made a master truck chauffeur, and the service station and repair force of the firm that sells'the truck is a constant guarantee that it will be well taken care of. It is a first advantage of the power commercial vehicle to business that its "benefits are just as much for the small firm as the great one. In fact, the motor truck is often the medium by which the j little company can make its expansion and become the big one. TELEPHONE WEST 213 M. T, Coma. An, W. W. fkouo H. 1S37-S. 1214 V St. N. W. Phone North 1503 Equal facilities for G.i.sobnt1 and Elec- tric Automobiles Day