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Culled from German and Austrian Journals which Came Into Our Hands* as well as from Other Sources. News of the Industry in Enemy Countries is of Current Interest to All Our Readers.
General von Mackensen recently reported that motors had proved invaluable in Poland, and that he had marvelled at the reliability of them when proceeding over dilapidated roads.
Owing to the scarcity of horses Karlsruhe has bought an electric vehicle at the cost of 35,000 marks
(21750). It is to be used principally for the distribution of the war allowances of foodstuffs to the community.
The export of the following articles has been absolute ll prohibited: steam engines of all kinds, inter nal-combustion engines, metal smelting ovens, ships' fittings of all kinds, machine ploughs, propellers, pumps, etc.
Max Bussing, the junior chief of the firm of H. Bussing, of Brunswick, was recently decorated by the Duke of Brunswick. The Bussing firm is one of the largest suppliers of heavy motor transport vehicles to the German andAustrian armies.
The German Army. have several I3uessing lorries specially fitted out as ice making machines, from which supplies are • Obtained for the various field hospitals.
The " Autornobil Welt" writes that one of the main disadvantages with whch Germans in South-west Africa had to contend daring the recent operation's was the lack of motor transport. There was, of course, ne means of sending motors to their assistance. The shortage of tyres, we learn from a Dutch source, is responsible for the adoption of three-wheelers in Germany. This is particularly noticeable in South Germany. The advantages claimed for threewheeled machines are economy of tyres, petrol and oil.
One of the Dutch.motor journals retains at least a dozen advertise month of agents for German Opel cars, Benz-Sohne is bne of several German manufacturers delivering to Holland at present: 20 h.p. Benz cars will also be delivered.
Another Dutch ferm recently took delivery of 30 Mercedes cars.
Bezg and Co., the Renische Automobil and Motorenfabrik, of ]N4nnlaeim, have declared a dividend of 20 per cent. for '1915-16; this compares with 12 per cent, for the previous year.
The Danish paper " Politiken " publishes the following letter concerning the voyage to and from the States of, the " Deutschland." It is typical of the fanciful stories concerning its trip, of which we have read as concerning other goods than tires :—" You might be interested to learn that I have heard from a reliable source that the " Deutschland " carried on her return voyage from America, sufficient rubber for the manufacture of 1,000,000 motor tires, and that Germany is now able to export tires to Denmark." The " Lusitania " could hardly carry the quantity of material of._ which we have heard from time to time as having been brought over in this wonderful boat.
A company has been formed in Germany with a tipital of 27000 to run a unique theatrical enterprise. This is a .motorborne theatre, which comprises one lorry to convey °bile the scenery and properties; two large touring cars for the artists, another motor lorry conveying a generating set. for lighting purposes, and a special car containing the limelight sets. In addition, a tent and other accessories are carried_ The company in all comprises 53 persons, the majority of them amateurs, and entrance to the entertainment is free to the soldiers. Plays are produced in the villages behind the firing line. We are able to illustrate the motor theatre en route, unloading, and the personnel, which, as may be seen, is in uniform. The equipment seems to be fairly complete.