The Chariots of War.
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As these anxious days creep by, we, of tlw commercial-vehicle industry, arc finding ourselves pressed more and more forward into the fierce limelight of nattonal publicity. The British industry which we represent, foremost of its kind in the world, is being put to an emergency test ; this, as the hours go by, it is proving well able to sus:air?, We have, at our disposal, the complete tale of the official share which the commercial-vehicle has so far borne in the mobilzzation scheme. We have taken steps to keep ourselves informed fully of what is yet to happen. Much of this must be held until its telling will no longer matter. We shall continue to publish under our present title items which we are convinced are
in no wise prejudicial to the country's interests, and to suppress or omit all the rest.
Amongst those who have been granted commissions as officers in the Army Service Corps (Mechanical Transport Division) are Alderman H: Lyon Thomson, Mr. H. Niblett, Mr. D. S. Kennedy, Mr. J. S. Critchley, Mr. J. S. Napier, Mr. J. G. Brockbank, and Mr. W. A. Brewer.
It is interesting to recall that before the commencement of the I3oer War there were well over zJ 00,000 horses in London, whereas the highest estimate in recent times is 100,000.
Road Improvement ?
Amongst the most effective steps taken by the Belgian troops to stem the German advance in the neighbourhood of Liege seems to have been the plan of stretching stout ropes of twisted barbed wire across the high road in proximity to barricades made of farm wagons and felled trees. In other cases the splendidly-metalled road was dynamited and destroyed in the effective hindrance of the artillery and transport.
Our Correspondents at the Front.
We are happy to be able to inform our readers that we have secured the services of two special tc»Tesnondents who will be right op at the front, and will have opporit inities of observing the operation of mechanical transport under exceptional circumstances. We shall, of couyse, publish none of their communications as they come to hand after they have passed the censor until such tune as we are fully convinced that nothing they may have to tell us will militate against the effective operation of nor forces. Nevertheless, our readers may rely upon the fact that the many lessons which will he learned in the field will not be lost to them eventually. Wolseley Motors, Ltd., moment " very full up Nlith War Office work.
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The whole of the United T.O.T. employees, which includes the L.G.O.C. men, are systematically organizing to contribute towards the maintenance of dependents of Reservists and other fellow-workers called to the Colours. It is understoad that the respective companies ivill eontribute equal amounts regularly cv(9.y week to those subscribed by illy employees. An almost identical scheme has been called into hehig by the tramway and electrical companies comprised in the British 'Electrical Federation. The Daimler Co. delivered 80 three-ton lorry chassis to the W.0 complete with bodies, in less than 14 days from date of order.
It is reported that the B.S.A. factory is engaged on the production of several thousands of business motor-bicycles for the War Office.
Mr. E. Keith Davies, principal Halley salesman in London, has joined the Royal Flying Corps with the rank of lieutenant. Approximately 60 men have left the Halley works to join the Colours.
The Bristol Tramways and Carriage Co., Ltd., as will have been expected, has used its machines very largely for Government purposes, although they have not been actually commandeered. The company's comprehensive organization has proved an extremely useful one.