El Paso Herald (El Paso, Tex.), Ed. 1, Saturday, September 28, 1912 Page: 18 of 26
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Six Thousand Five Hundred
lies In an Automobile Trip
Three Texans Visit Seven States and Mexico Find Very Bad Roads and Have
One Serious Breakdown California Roads Best.
Austin Texas. Sept. 2S. Motor car
trips across the continent are not at
all unusual but the route followed by
most of these tourists has become a
beaten highway of travel during the
last year or two. It remained for three
Texas younfr men to recently finish a
journey to the shore of the Pacific and
return that was remarkable in several
rrspects. In the first place they did
not" follow the ordinary roads that are
marked out in the motor car tourist
Ruides. They explored new trails and
highways and in doing1 so they not only
found exceptionally great enjoyment
for themselves but went through some
rather trying experiences. The men
in this party were Lem Scarbrongh of
Austin and Sam White and Barney
Holland of "Weathorford Texas. The
motor car was owned and driven by
Mr. White. It was Of 48 horsepower
and came through the long journey in
splendid shape. The total number of
miles traveled was 6580.
Mndc a Long Trip.
The start was made from "Weather-
ford and the outgoing route was
through the Texas panhandle Oklaho-
ma. Colorado "Wyoming Utah and Ne-
vada to San Francisco thence down
the coast to Los Angeles and San Diego
faces eastward ana began the home-
ward trip. They came back the south-
era route through Mexico Arizona and
New Mexico entering Texas at El Paso
thence across the semiarid region in
west Texas tb Roscoe where they took
the back trail to "Weatherford.
On the outgoing trip the weather was
cool and rainy much of the time. They
encountered many stretches of road
that wore made bad by mud. This con-
dition lasted almost all the way from
the northern portion of Texas until
they were well through "Wyoming.
Prom 3alt lake to Ely Nevada they
crossed a. desert country and found the
sand so bad in places that a team had
to be employed to pull the; automobile
several miles over the worst part of
Sard Experience in California.
The hardest experience however was
in the delta of the Colorado river in
Lower California. Against the advice
of men who were familiar with the
bad condition of the roads in that re-
gion they left the usual route and
turned south. In a sparsely settled sec-
tion their car got stuck in the sand.
The three tourists were unable to ex-
tricate it from its predicament and had
to walk 12 miles to a ranch house where
they hired a team to go back and pull
tho car in. While pulling the machine
over the brushcovered road it Vr&a
stripped of part of Us equipment and
this necessitated another walk of eight
miles to I.os Cuevos where they tele-
graphed to Los Angeles for the neces-
sary parts to make the repairs. Dur-
ing the time the car was out of com-
mission the young1 men suffered severe-
ly from the terrific heat which was as
high as 115 in the shade. The nights
were distressingly cold and as they
were forced to sleep upon the ground
with scanty clothing over their bodies
the experience was anything but agree-
able. Delay Ily Broken Parts.
The failure of the repair parts to ar-
rive caused them to walk to th rall-
i road where they took a train for Yuma
Ariz. wnen tne parts came it was
found one piece was still lacking and
this caused another delay which time
they spent in the open desert. In tho
meantime they employed a Mexican and
hl3 team to pull the car 30 miles to
Tama Ariz. They made a new start
from Tuma after the repairs had been
finished over a rough stretch of moun-
tain highway covered with lava rocks
almost to Phoenix Ariz. One of the
finest stretches of road and the most
delightful from a scenic standpoint was
that which they coursed over between
Phoenix and Globe.
Another unpleasant experience was
when they attemptea to reach Lake
Tahoe in Nevada. They took the wrong
road and after a very difficult drive
finally reached the altltudinous heights
where this lake is situated.
California Roads Good.
They pronounced the roads in Cali-
fornia the finest of any state they
visited. They did not encounter a sin-
gle stretch of bad highway in that
state. Most of the roads in "Wyoming
are natural ones and nothing has been
done to Improve their original condi-
tion. The good road movement in both
New Mexico and Arizona is gaining
headway. In Utah there are fine high-
ways leading out of Salt Lake City
but most of the other roads over which
they traveled In that state were In poor
condition. To their surprise they found
several roads in western Texas that are
devoted exclusively to automobile trav-
el signs being posted warning other
vehicles to keep off of same.
Unique "West Texas Road.
One of their most unique experiences
was riding over a stretch of road in
the transpecos section of thi3 -state
which was paved with bear grass. This
strong and tough material protected
the wheels of tho car from sinking Into
the sand and made travel very com-
fortable. "We camped out nearly every night
on our trip" said Mr. Scarbrouglu "Wo
carried an outfit of cooking utensils
and in the tonneau of the car was spe-
cially fitted a grub box in which our
provisions were stored. The weight of
the car and outfit was 4500 pounds.
Through the desert country sections we
carried seven evtraz gallons of
water three gallons of lubricating oil
and 10 extra gallons of gasoline. Our
outfit also embraced blankets block
and tackle shovel tarpaulin slickers
overcoats four inner tubes and two ex-
tra casings. We used six casings on the
USES AUTOMOBILE TO HELP
SAVE. SOULS; GETS RESULTS
Evangelical fields are now profitably
worked by the motor car declares N. S.
McClurkan who has traveled California
for years as an itinerant saver of souls.
Since replacing his horses with a car
Rev. Mr. McClurkan has covered an
average of 1000 miles a month regis-
tering four times as many conversions
fiom evil ways as he has been able to
make when traveling by wagon.
IT OF DBI1C
IS W0TEASY TASK
Man Who Handles Wheel
Should See to It that Hob-
by Is in Progression.
mvy.1 fffii rMVi frirar
Made in the Chalmers Shops
"Thirty Six" $1950 (Fully Equipped)
Automobile history shows that the Chalmers
Motor Company has been first in almost every
important advance that has resulted to the benefit
of the motor car buyer.
This fact means much to you as a purchaser.
It is your assurance that we will continue to be
first It means that the Chalmers owner always has
an advanced car a car that even in its second or
third year is never out of date. It is the strongest
sort of reason for your confidence in us and in our
Everyone pays tribute to the organization that
does a big thing first And public appreciation has
kept pace with Chalmers progressiveness.
Here are some facts in automobile history:
The Chalmers Company was the first to pro-
duce a real automobile at ?1500 the Chalmers
"30" placed upon the market July 1 1908.
The Chalmers Company In bringing out the
"Thirty-Six" at S1800 announced July 1 1911.
was the first to offer a. medium priced car with
self-starter genuine long stroke motor four-
forward speed transmission. Continental de-
mountable rims and other features previously
found only on high priced automobiles or not
found at all on any cars at any price.
The Chalmers engineers were th6 first to turn
their attention to the Important matters of
comfort beauty and convenience in cars of
medium price. Having built cars which an-
swered every mechanical requirement they de-
voted their efforts to refining their cars in these
Chalmers "Thirty-Six" for 1913 was the first
medium priced car to combine the following
desirable features: Turkish cushions 11-Inch
upholstery nickel trimmings electric lights
self-starter new roomy flush-sided bodies
long stroke motor demountable rims.
The Chalmers Company was the first to pro-
duce a really great 6-cylinder car at a medium
price a truly maximum car embodying not only
mechanical excellence but the utmost in luxury
and still selling at a moderate price $2400
The Chalmers Company was first in Its racing
record. It won more contests In proportion to
the number entered than any other manufac-
turer a record not yet equalled.
A Chalmers was the first medium priced car
to win the Glldden Tour and that when the
Glidden Tour was a real automobile contest
under severest rules. Our "30" won under the
same rules as the 14000 and S5000 cars.
The Chalmers Company was one of the first
to establish itself on a basis of manufacturing
practically all of the vital parts of its cars in its
Making our own parts is not only more
economical for ua: It is better for you. The
parts-maker Is in business to make money. His
first idea is quantity production at lowest cost
to himself. Our first idea in making our own
parts. Is quality. We don't have to think first
about cost for we know at the start that we
can save the parts-maker's profit.
The wisdom of our policy of manufacturing
our own parts will be more apparent in five
yearn than it is today. Because cars are not
bought now merely for one year but for sev-
eral years' use. Manufactured cars last longer
and -in addition the manufacturer who makes
his own parts can always take better care of
These are some of the points in which the
Chalmers Company has led since it started in
the automobile business. Tou can verify them
The biggest reason why the Chalmers Motor Com-
pany has been first so many times is because- wo
have organized our business properly. We have
patiently built up an organization where each de-
partment head is the best man that could be found
for the job. We have fostered the spirit of co-operation
between foreman and workmen and executives.
We have encouraged our people to think. For we
believe that brain power is more essential than horse-
power in running d factory.
And so because our organization was planned well
and because we were willing to accept the sugges-
tions of owners dealers and our own' employes we
were able to establish our leadership in the modern
price class in 1908. We have been able to hold it
by having a good organization. And we expect to
continue because we have the organization the ability
the capital the factory and the experience to do it.
To tell you more about Chalmers cars and
Chalmers methods we have prepared an instructive
and entertaining book called "Story of the Chalmers
And see our cars at the dealer's showrooms. Com-
pare them with other cars. Put them to any com-
parative test and we believe your first choice will
inevitably be a Chalmers.
Reasons Why 1913 Chalmers
Cars Are First in the Es-
timation of Discrimin-
Two creat cars claim your attention
as the Chalmers offerings for 1913 the
Chalmers "Thirty-Six" and the Chal-
mers "Six." i
The "Thirty-Six" at S1950 Is the new
model of the most popular car we ever
produced and Is equipped with every
convenience and comfort. An all-around
car at a medium price.
The "Six" at $2400 to S2600 is a truly
maximum car in power comfort and
luxury- And yet through quantity
production and unexcelled Chalmers
manufacturing facilities we are able
to offer it at a moderate price.
Note these reasons for the popularity
of these two cars:
Comfort Maximum comfort is to be
had in the luxurious Turkish cushions.
11-inch upholstery long wheel base
(130 In. on the "Six"; 118 in. on the
"Thirty-Six") improved springs big
wheels and tires.
Convenience No other car offers so
many conveniences to make driving
simple and easy. Such as Chalmers
patented self-starter. Gray & Davis
electric lights demountable rims dash
adjustment for carburetor ideal ar-
rangement of all control apparatus on
Beauty Beauty and grace distinguish
every line of the new fluth-stded
metal bodies the sweeping bell back
the hooded dash. The nickel trim-
mings leather lining and sumptuous
finish add the finishing touches of
Safety The most careful attention has
been given by Chalmers engineers to
the factors of safety: Wheels axles
frames brakes steering gear. All
are of a weight and strength to In-
sure against accident.
Long Stroke Blotor The Chalmers
motors are ideal for every require-
ment mile-a-mlnute speed slow-running
In city traffic hill-climbing o
dogged ploughing through sand o.
Four-Forward Speed Transmission
This great improvement first offered
by the Chalmers Company in a
medium priced car- affords utmost
flexibility. Tou can always select
tho gear that will carry your car
along through any kind of going
fn the fastest time and with the least
IUUn Vision Windshield This splendid
substantial windshield is readily ad-
justable to suit all conditions.
Special Silk Mohair Top No better top
is offered on any motor car.
315-317 Texas Street
The problem of driving is not
the simple affair some people
would have us believe. Granted
that- a certain state of proficiency is
acquired without much difficulty the
man who drives his own car regularly
should see to it that his hobby is in
a state of progression not of static or
retrogression each time he drives
something more should be learnt with
consequent improvement. Before pro-
ceeding further it is as well to make
clear that these lines are not addressed
to the person who knows (or thinks he
knows) all about it nor are they in-
tended as a homily on how to drive
Object to Being Driven.
Many who are in the habit of doing
their own driving have rather an ob-
jection to being driven unless they
know full well that the man at tho
wheel Is what Is termed "safe."
The reason for this apprehension is
not far to seek for though there are
certain elementary rules to be ob-
served it must be remembered that the
individuality and idiosyncrasies of the
driver are very frequently made manl-
fooir thnu fL nrocedure which appears
' quite safe to the driver may 'appeal in
quite a tniierent way to i. passenger.
A writer has declared that the char-
acter of the driver could be diagnosed
to some extent by bis method of using
the horn. This is perfectly true for
almost every action betrays certain
traits in a man's character which are
noted by the thinking observer.
The nervous irritable man toots
practically all the time the pompous
man drives right up to blocked traffic
sounds a long note assisting the ef-
ficiency of the horn by the ejection of
vocal sounds from nis larynx; the
phlegmatic individual treasures the
horn so much that he sounds it not at
all lest It might wear out and so on.
It is instructive for the owner driver
to sit in the back seat of a car and be
driven. He will see things from an as-
pect he never thought of previously
and pondering over these he may pos-
sibly discover unlooked for defects in
his own driving. For example he will
have demonstrated to him the treat-
ment he metes out to his own passen-
gers at times particularly when a
thank you marmed read is run over
with no diminution of speed.
In order to become an expert at the
wheel the graduate must possess cer-
tain well defined physical and mental
qualifications. His senses of sight
hearing touch and smell should be
perfect and he must have an innate
sense of decencv. This latter is pos-
wiMv thn rrmsf tmnnrtant sense of all.
f for without it good driving Is an ab
solute Impossibility. Tne man wno is
is a cad in the everyday walks of life Is
sti'l a cad w. ;i driving a car; even
though he may have acquired veneer
of decency this really does ndt count
miinh. for the deDOSit Is Usually SO thin
I as to be useless It rubs off at the
Is below in all its glaring hideousness.
In addition to the above road sense
will be acquired a knowledge of me-
chanics gained (if this did not exist
previously) and the powers of obser-
vation and deduction materially im-
proved all these forming the har-
monious whole Which constitutes the
equipment of the good driver.
Having passed the elementary stages
of steering changing gear etc. the
owner driver naturally wishes his
friends to partake of the pleasure he
derives from his car. Presuming that
one of those friends is of the nervous
type and prone to speak his mind he
will possibly do so and tell the driver
owner just what he thinks. There will
be as a rule much rubbish spoken
but after careful sifting there may be
a small residue of value which should
suggest how the driving appeals to
at least one passenger.
Gear Changing Art.
The point is that it Is not sufficient
to take a carload of friends there and
back safely but that the run should
be as far as the driver Is concerned
absolutely without incident. Take gear
changing for example. How many ama-
teurs change gears well? Very few.
The fine point in gear changing Is 'to
do It so that the passengers know
nothing at all about it. On coming to
a hill the good driver will know to the
fraotion of a second when to drop from
fourth to third. His ear will tell him
the noto of the engine when the revo-
lutions will remain constant or he will
know from his speedometer if not In-
stinctively the limit of his top gear
without laboring of the engine.
The finer points in regard to meshing
the gear pinions ought to have been
mastered before the owner pretends to
take friends out for a run. Tho gear
system in cars varies much. ThUB to
go from neutral to first the clutch
may have to be put right out; from
second to third half out; from third to
fourth a mere touch of the clutch
pedal and a quick movement of the
gear moves it info top nicely.
No hard and fast rule can bo laid
down for a sort of universal method of
good gear changing. Cars and drivers
differ so much that the careful man
will dig out for himself the method
which suits his particular car best. Bad
gear changing -may be due to careless-
ness fondness for the "all on top"
Idea fostered unfortunately by many
manufacturers or by sheer -nervousness
In very many cases. The driver
wants to do the job well and In his
eagerness fumbles it; promptness and
decision are the unfailing desiderata
for overcoming the trouble.
DRIVES 600 MILES;
KEROSENE AS FUEL
Los Angeles. Cal Sept 2S.G. E.
DcLong has just arrived In Los An-
geles from a point near Omaha Ne-
braska driving a "40" car all the way.
The most peculiar thing about this
creditable showing Is the fact that the
car Was driven 600 grilles on kerosene
the gasoline having given out and no
more to be had. This Is so far as
known the first Instance on record of
a car being driven any considerable
distance on kerosene. De Long has
the affidavit of the president of the
A A. A. at Cheyenne Wyoming to
back up his kerosene record.
WINNERS OF 1912 CLASSICS.
Santa Monica Road Race
Won by Teddy Tetzlaff Flat.
Won by Joe Dawson. National.
French Grand Prix Won by
George Bolllot Peugeot
Tacoma Free-for-All Won by
Teddy Tetilaff Fiat.
Elgin Trophy Race Won by
Ralph DePalma. Mercedes.
Elgin Free-for-All Won by
Ralph DoPalma. Mercedrs.
Gripping the Steering Wheel;
How To Keep From Skidding
BY PHILLIP GIBSON Bnick "Agency.
MUCH has been written in regard
to the correct position for the
hands on tne steering wheel
of an automobile while driving and
many arguments put forth in substan-
tiation of the correctness of the. vari-
ous claims made and theories advanced
yet It is my belief that there really is
not .an absolutely correct position for
the hands that is adaptable to all driv-
ers and cars. As one is quite well
aware steering wheels range in Size
anywhere from 10 to 22 inches In di-
ameter are variously placed upon eith-
er side of the car and insofar as their
relative positions are concerned with
reference to engine control mechan-
isms they are as widely different as
are the various makes of cars and.
In addition there istsuch a wide range
of difference In the sizes and peculiari-
ties of drivers as to make it almost
impossible or at least impracticable
to lay down a set of absolutely cor-
rect rules governing the handling of
the steering wheel. It is a question
that must be solved by the Individual
driver Irrespective of the arrangement
of the steering wheel and engine throt-
tling device or the particular ear in
The earlier motor cars were equipped
with a lever or tiller. Instead of a
wheel which was located at the foot
of the dash and extended to the dri-
ver's seat. There was but one man-
ner of grasping this tiller and tho re-
(Continued OH fage 3 this Section.)
Automobile & Accessories
JAY F. KNOX ATJTO CO.
315-317 Texas St.
VALLEY IMPLEMENT & VEHICLE-CO.
504 San Francisco St
& Vehicle Co.
504 San Francisco St. Phone 1632.
El Paso Auto Sales Co.
Office 713 N. Ochoa St.
DEMONSTRATION BY APPOINTMENT
S31-323 Texas Street. Bell Phone 1379.
Ignition and Lighting
WTSfiitAJf & AXDEKSOU.
Bennett Auto Co
Largest Electric Recharging
Plant in the city.
Phone 527 300 "W Frankjin
en... 0.LJLA. .J Fully equipped vukanizingplant and2gd
ST 8.SO JKUDder and tanks. Best auto repair dept. in city.
Aq I g-t Everything guaranteed. -
UtO 5Upply lO. Phone 342. 399 S. El PasoSJ.
Automobiles Trucks Passenger Cars'.a)vl
Supplies. Distributors for the Sofijty-
'"'est NEFF-STILES CO.
400 Block No. Santa Fe.
313 Texas St.
Battery Repairing and Charging.
AUTO SALES COMPANY
400 Texas Street Bell Phone 1838.
PAUL LISSO MANAGER.
Essenkay Sales Co. of El Paso.
410 Texas St. s
Western Motor ' 'everything for
Q!r rrr THE AUTOMOBILE'
SUppiy Company 405 San Francisco St. Phone 5j&
I . 1 .
S. A. DONALDSON Agti;
Not Silent but "a sound so faint .one
can scarcely distinguish it from silence'
American Motor Sales Co.
210 San Francisco St- Phone 334
UDSON AND SOUTHWESTERN AUTO
orTa(afl a in? it et oAiiXjO uuiXLr.&JNx.
MW MT F&J? K3 I JU JSLf
Corner Myrtle and Kansas St.
Z4-ns are "trO'PJaters and do anything
C&IJL&A in patingf gold silver nickel brass .ana'
copper. Auto brass parts nickel-plated
our specialty. 811 San Ant Phone 18t4-
Christy Automobile Co. Inc.
GEO. L. FISHER Mgr.
615 N. Campbell St.
CARS IN STOCK CALL ON US FOR
Christy Automobile Co. Inc.
GEO. L. FISHER Mgr.
615 N. Campbell St.
Careful Attention Given !All
Cars Stored With Us.
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