Duplex Company Stockholders Celebrate
The stockholders of the Duplex-Power Car Company, Charlotte, Mich., recently held a banquet in that city to celebrate the declaration of a ten per cent, dividend of the company. Nearly 200 attended the affair. Chief Hugo R. Delfs, of the Lansing Fire Department, who is high in praise of the Duplex fire apparatus, and P. T. Colgrove, president of the Michigan Good Roads Association, a Duplex stockholder, were unable to be present to respond to toasts assigned them. Several addresses were made, most of the speakers highly praising President Frank L. Town for his excellent work in placing the company on so sound a financial basis. The company, which manufactures the powerful four-wheel drive truck, ranks as one of the foremost builders of this type of machine. A. M. Griffiths, of Kalamazoo, state sales agent of the Duplex, made an excellent address and gave an idea of the rapidity with which the Duplex is capturing the public and the great demand for the trucks which is daily increasing. Mr. Griffiths also paid a high tribute to the ability and character of Mr. Town. H. S. Earle, in an address, related the work being done by a two-ton Duplex car at a factory of his in the Maine woods. He states that one time during the past winter, the machine, with a 500-pound overload, went up a ten per cent, grade through two feet of snow for seven miles on high speed. One of the most interesting speeches of the evening was that made by President Town, who gave a history of the company since its formation and outlined plans for the future. From the start the Duplex four-wheel drive met with success in the fire service. It has shown its practical fitness for this kind of work. With an abundance of power, built of finest materials obtainable, and haying the qualifications of a highclass fire truck in every respect, it has met with praise from some of the foremost experts in the country.