The Board of Control, of Norfolk, Va., has accepted the American-La France combination wagon after satisfactory tests had been made by Chief McLaughlin.
Test of the new combination fire truck of the Rome, N. Y., fire department was given at Oneida last week for the benefit of the local authorities, who contemplate adding a similar piece of apparatus to Oneida’s equipment. The test proved very satisfactory and showed that such a machine would meet the requirements of that city.
The new truck furnished the Hutchinson, Kan., fire department by the Anderson Coupling and Fire Supply Company, of Kansas City, Kan., was fully tested recently and proved very satisfactory. The tests were conducted by S. O. Harpster and A. L. Smith for the company and were superintended by Chief Al. Stout and Assistant Chief Ed. Bulger. Mayor Cook and a large number of city officials were well pleased with the work of the new machine.
By the purchase of $57,000 worth of American-La France motor apparatus at Chattanooga, Tenn., the horse-drawn machines will entirely disappear. The new apparatus consists of a tractor, four triple combination engines, one hose wagon and one aerial truck. The old engines were able to throw 4,500 gallons a minute while the new motor pumpers are capable of discharging 6,500 gallons.
The economy of motor vehicles was illustrated in a statement contained in reports from Washington, D. C., that a cut of $4,000,000 will appear in the appropriation asked of Congress in December to provide rural delivery during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1916. To the automobile Postmaster-General Burleson gives a large share of the credit for the reduction. The great extent to which it is displacing wagon delivery in all parts of the country has resulted in remarkable economics. Fiftythree million dollars was regarded as necessary for the conduct of this branch of the postal service in the current year. The PostmasterGeneral will ask of Congress only $49,000,000 for rural delivery during the next fiscal year.
“The Use and Abuse of Ball and Roller Bearings” is the title of a new twenty-pagt treatise by F. J. Jarosch, Chief Engineer of the Bearings Company of America. The text gives explanations and experiences which help in the selection, mounting and lubrication of ball and roller bearings in automobile gears and in all other rotating parts and is intended to help in detecting the real cause of trouble. Nineteen drawings are used to illustrate the text matter. Mr. Jarosch contributes in a very practical way valuable thoughts to a muchdiscussed subject, and automobile engineers, as well as many others who are interested in the subject, will be glad to know that a copy of this treatise may be obtained free upon request from the publishers, the Joseph Dixon Crucible Company, Jersey City, N. J.
The Animated Advertising Company is sending several gasoline trucks across the country. advertising by motion nictures a certain brand of cigarette. These trucks all left Boston several months ago, and are headed for the coast, each one taking a different route, some going straight across the country, while others hit south, and then wend their way westward. The bodies of these trucks are of glass and, at night time, as brilliantly lighted with incandescent bulbs, they roll up and down the city’s main thoroughfare, they make a handsome appearance. These glass bodies need, of course, to be in some way protected, and it is interesting to know that these trucks are equipped with Sewell icushion wheels. These trucks have come in contact with some dangerously rough roads, but not one of them has suffered any damage whatsoever owing to the protection of Sewell cushion wheels.
The official pump test of an American-La France triple combination motor car, type 12, at Woburn, Mass., took place at Horn Pond. In speaking of the test the “Woburn Daily Times” said in part: “A steady pull of three hours and a half from the pond ended with the machine acting in able fashion and throughout the whole test there was not a hitch. The engine ran continuously without a single shutdown and it is estimated that the average draft was 880 gallons per minute, which is 130 gallons greater than the specifications demanded. Many fire chiefs from other cities and towns attended the demonstration and many ejaculations of wonderment and pleasure were heard from them. They were generous in their bestowal of congratulations on Mayor Johnson and Chief Buchanan. When the draft test at the pond had been concluded, the demonstrators tried out the deck gun on Hose 1, and the capacity in this instance was figured to have reached 960 gallons. A stream was shot from the mouth of the deck gun fully 300 feet. The deck gun test was repeated in the center at 6 o’clock, the engine being stationed at the hydrant between the Pleasant street crossing and Federal street, while the deck gun rested near the city yards on Federal street. With the engine running at 160 pounds pressure, the stream from the deck gun shot over the city yard buildings, easily clearing the yard.”