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The New York Times
July 27, 1914

Commercial Vehicles Convention to be Held This Fall Indorsed.

At the business meeting of the Directors of the National Automobile Chamber of Commerce, held at Christmas Cove, Me., July 21, the plan of the Commercial Vehicle Committee for a convention of commercial vehicle interests to be held this fall was indorsed Dodge Brothers of Detroit were admitted to membership in the Chamber and reports were presented by the committees on patents, traffic, good roads, legislation and shows.  The meeting was held during a house party given by S. A. Miles.


Appreciating the necessity for establishing standards in the commercial vehicle field, not covered by the Society of Automobile Engineers, the Motor Truck Club of America is now preparing to publish much of the work of this nature on which it has been engaged.  One of the standard forms now ready to be issued by the club will readily fit into the individual system of bookkeeping and will indicate exactly what work is required on the part of the purchaser as to material or accessories while a truck is in the garageman's or dealer's hands for repair.


"Automobile Row" was interested yesterday to hear of the transfer of the agency for S. G. V. cars for the Metropolitan district to the Whitefield Motor Car Company, which will succeed the Gotham Motor Company in this line.  The new company will be located at 242 West Fifty-ninth Street.  Frank H. Bowen will be general manager and the company has secured the services of Harry Lounsberry, who has been connected with cars of this make for some time.  The Directors will be Alan L. Corey, Morgan J. O'Brien, Jr., Dewees W. Dilworth, Seth Barton French, Harold W. Carhart, and Mr. Bowen.  The Row was also interested in the arrival at the salesrooms of Partridge, Clark & Keerigan, of the 1915 Lexington light six, which was driven overland from Connersville, Ind., by J. C. Moore, chief engineer, and A. A. Woodruff, sales manager of the Lexington-Howard Company.  A feature of the new car, deliveries of which will begin Sept. 15, is the Moore multiple exhaust system.  Another new model to come to town is the latest Franklin "six-thirty."  The body has been increased in size and a shutter installed in place of the grill in the hood, while the oil, gas and air controls, as well as the starting and lighting switches, are all centered in the cowl near the wheel.

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