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15th April 1915, Page 14
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An Offer to Collect for the Fund.


[1395] Sir,—If you will let me have some speciallyheaded cards for the National Garages, I shall be happy to have them put up.—Yours faithfully, Chelmsford. T. CLARKSON.

Portable Welding Plant. A Photograph, Reproduced by Us, Was of a Halley.


[1396] Sir,—With reference to your issue of 8th inst., we notice at the bottom of page 113 an illustration of a van on a Karrier chassis. Please note, however, that we recognize your illustration as being that of a van on a Halley chassis which was built to the order of the North British Welding Co. The wheels are of our special design, and there are no other wheels in this country exactly like them. Then again, the body was specially designed by us for the work which the vehicle is intended to do, and you will note that the chassis has special foot supports to take the strains off the chassis frame when the vehicle is being used stationary. The registration number of the vehicle is I12840 which is Lanarkshite, and was registered by us.

We shall be obliged therefore, it you will be good enough to correct this error in your next issue. Thanking you in anticipation.—Yours faithfully, HALLEY'S INDUSTRIAL MOTORS, LTD., GEO. H. HALLEY, Managing Director. [We regret the slip which is due to the wrong. marking of the original photograph and to the difficulty of identification of a rear view such aEl this—ED.]

Feeling for Openings for Money.


[1397] Sir,--We have two friends who are anxious to enter the commercial vehicle trade. One is desirous of purchasing a business outright, but would entertain financing a business which has scope for enlargement. The other wishes to invest up to 212,000 in an existing business, where his capital would be used advantageously for extension. If you know of any openings for such capital investments, we should be greatly obliged by your putting us in touch with the firms interested.—Yours faithfully, " INTERMEDIARY." [We suggest the use of our Classified Advertisement Columns.—En.] Impressment Prices and Apparently Unfair Discrimination.


[1398] Sir,-Last year we had some of our ehars-a, banes impressed, and when the impressment officer arrived the manager was unfortunately, away, and the business was completed, which included the complete ignoring of the coachwork and all the cost of mounting and dismounting it. The allowance made Was based entirely on the costs of the chassis, and these were taken at our trade prices. From our point of view we think the authorities are wrong and most unfair in doing so, as our trade discount is our living,". and they certainly ought not to start from that. . We should like to know what is done by other people in similar circumstances' as we are told that some owners have been able to get compensation through loss of business. Last year we offered the authorities a 40 h.p. threespeed Daimler, 1914 model, which they refused. Naturally we thought we were quite safe in running

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it, but last Saturday an inn5ressment officer commandeered this machine, so absolutely crippling us for the Easter traffic. This was a very bad bit of business indeed, and it gives us the impression that there is some ulterior reason for individual treatment of this kind. Easter Monday is the one day in a season like this when we have an opportunity of making money, and the unexpected loss, in this sudden way, of a big 30-seater on the Saturday before the holiday absolutely floored us, and this at a. time when 40 h.p. Knight-Daimler 1904 models are running in the same town on similar work quite unmolested..—Yours faithfully, NORTH WAIns MOTOR CO.

The C.M.U.A. Proposed Increase of Subscription.

The Editor, THE CommEaciAn MOTOR.

[1399] Sir,—We have just received the notice of the

annual meeting of the and we find on the agenda a recommendation from the general committee that the yearly enbscription shall be increased to 1,14 guineas. The chief object of the increase appears to be "the desirability of increasing the legal benefits to members."

On behalf of the rapidly increasing number of small users of motorvans, say, from one to three light vans, we ahould like to protest, through the medium of your widely-circulated journal, against this increase of the subscription, believing as we do that it will result in the withdrawal of many existing members and in an enhanced difficulty in securing new members.

If a 50 per cent, increase is necessary to provide, for the increase in the legal benefits, then let those members who participate in these benefits pay for them when they avail themselves of them and not tax the bulk of the members for the benefit of the few.

It must be remembered that this suggested increase is in addition to the withdrawal last year of the benefit of a free copy of THE COMMERCIAL • MOTOR, SO that practically a 75 per cent. increase of the subscription is demanded.

We should like to ask the Secretary of the Association, through your columns, the percentage of the members who take advantage of the legal benefits, and whether they are small owners or relatively large users of motor haulage. This information will give the members some ground upon which to base a decision on this important matter, when it is decided at the annual. meeting. We are anxious tor the future welfare of the 0.11.1..T..A., and would like to see every small user as well as every large, user a member of the Association. To secure this highly desirable result, the subscription must be kept as low' as possible.—Yours faith fully, GREAT NORTHERN LAUNDRY, Finsbury Park. T. TAYLOR, Managing Director.

[Does not this owner consider 10s. 6d. each per van per annum, to be a low charge for guaranteed legal defence, apart from the other benefits I—En.] Criticism of a Recent " C.M." Illustration. The Length of Timber Teams.


[1400] Sir—In your issue of the 18th ultimo., page 47, you illustrated a comparison between the mobility of a Garner three-ton lorry loaded with three tons of bricks and a horse-drawn vehicle loaded with a tree trunk of equal weight. The picture illustrates the comparative immobility of the horsed lorry owing to its great length and its general unhandiness. We naturally appreciate the excitement of the gentleman concerned with the Garner vehicle to push his article, but would he mind endeavouring to transfer the loads on the vehicles as they stand, as in my opinion it would be an utter impossibility to attempt to load a three-ton tree trunk on the vehicle depicted ; therefore, the particular horse-drawn vehicle stands by itself and cannot be regarded as a comparison— weight for weight, of course, not taken into consideration. Furthermore, the horses could be rearranged; it is not imperative to have them in single ale.

I shall be glad to receive your version concerning this matter, as I consider it rather a bad form of advertisement—Yours faithfully, Louis DE RUYTER. St. James' Street, Walthamstow.

[The makers of the Garner vehicles were in no way responsible for the taking of the picture in question, which was secured by one of our own staff photographers. The log, as a, matter of fact, could quite well have been accommodated on the lorry, so that the comparison was an apt one. Our corre, apondent should know the reason for the invariable single arrangement of horses with such loads..—En.]



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