North Carolina Newspapers

    ( One Of The Dreamers Behind
“'Horseless Carriage” Passe:
In Poverty Despite Car Success
Automobile Pioneer Spent Fortune
On His Dream Of "Horseless
Carriage," Resped Poverty.
Detroit—David D. Buick is dead.
Mr. Buick, founder of the great
automobile company which bears
his name and maker of scores of
millionaires, died last week in a
local hospital virtually penniless.
He spent a fortune on his dream
of a "horseless carriage,” and reap
| ed poverty In return.
The emaciated, gray-hatred man
ufacturer of other years, who lost
out In the Industry he pioneered
because of hie Inability to keep
pace with its financial expansion,
died of cancer. He was seventy
1 Tour.
Mr. Buick. whose name appears
on the gleaming front of approxi
mately 3.000.000 automobiles, died a
penniless, forlorn, bitterly disap
pointed man. For years he lived and
worked to the very shadow of the
wing of fortune. At his finger tips
danced millions. Around the comer
waited uncounted and almost un
countable wealth. Time after time
he saw the doors of Midas swing
tag before him, but always, just
before he could enter those golden
m realms, they swung shut to his face
* and left him on the outside, be
wildered, pumled, disappointed.
Sells Share In Business.
Bade in the dawn of the present
century David Bulck was a mem
ber of the plumbing supply man
ufacturing company of Bulck &
Sherwood, well known in Detroit as
a sober, hard-working, serious
minded manufacturer. He kept an
other self, a dreaming, adverture
some self, from the world of his
4 business. Puttering about a machine
shop at odd-times, he had acquir
ed a knowledge of machinery and
at the same time had acquired an
Interest in the application of gaso
line motors to carriages as a means
of power.
k Henry Ford was a machinist, R.
E. Olds, an experimentalist, names
since world-famous—the Dodges,
Packard. Joy—were as yet unidenti
fied with the car Industry. Bulck,
a man of middle age, centered his
dreams more and more on one
thing—the horseless carriage.
He sold his interests in the
plumbing supply factory, sold his
patent right in a bath-tub enamel
ing process and with a little over
9100,000 and the help of his son.
TOm, began active experiments in
4 « bum in the rear of hts home. It
was a hard task he faced. New
paths to follow, new engineering
problems to solve, every part a
matter of hard, grinding, hand la
bor. In three years he 6aw his capi
tal fade away. In its place he had a
valve-ln-head motor plan, an en
gine that worked and a new style
of "buggy” to carry it.
He advertised in Detroit papers
for a partner and fresh capital.
Among the letters that came in
was one from J. H. Whiting, a
banker and carriage manufactur
er of Flint, Mich. With canny fore
sight Whiting asked that the car
be driven from Detroit to Flint, a
distance of 60 miles over rough
mases inp 10 nun.
Buick was deli"’’f”d end started
forthwith, but at Pontiac his car
gave up the ghost. of horses
dragged it back to Detroit. A sec
ond attempt was made and in tri
umph the first Buick car coughed
and rattled its way into Flint.
Whiting was convinced to the point
of putting up $35,000 and a com
pany was organized with the Buicks
holding the majority of stock.
What should have been fair sail
ing turned out to be stormy seas.
The officials of the new company
were in dispute as to sales meth
ods. While they disputed and sold
stationary engines to keep down
the costs, R. E. Olds, Henry Ford
and the Cadillac were making cars
and selling them. The Ford sold for
$850, or $100 more than the Cadil
lac, while the Oldsmobile was sell
ing at a mere $650.
Something had to be done and
that something received its Impetus
from two things the winning of
tests in which all cars were enter
ed and a highly favorable review
of the car by a trade paper. Orders
began to come in. They came in too
rapidly. Expansion following ex
pansion became not only needed
but demanded.
Buick and his associates went to
W. O. Durant, then head of the
Durant-Dort Carriage company,
who agreed to raise some money. A
whirlwind campaign was put on
with stock being sold to farmers,
ichool teachers, clerks, sold in door
to-door canvass, and more than
$1,000,000 was raised.
At last it seemed that David Buick
was on his way to a vast fortune.
The stock that sold at $100 was
worth over $6,000 today, but David
Buick had not a single share at his
^ Leaves Buick Company.
The new factory began a tumul
tuous life. David Buick was general
manager. His sop, Tom. sold his
shares and started a brass foundry
with many erders from the Buick
company. This was in 1906. In 1909
he left the' »mpany. Arguments.
putes, misunderstandings had
_>n one af'-er the other.
Buick sold some of his stock and
went to OoUfbrnia. Ho still held a
arge block of stock and cast about
or activity and discovered It. Lands
ormerly owned by the government
were rich in oil. He organized a
;ompany and once more fortune
leld out rich reward.
Before the money came In lltlga
;lon arose over title to the lands
rhe shares of Btxlck's remaining
stock began to trickle into the
market and when at last his oil
sompany collapsed David Bulck
was broke and without a share of
the company he created.
His second dream shattered
trowing old and lacking In strength
be once more sought to win a for
tune. Florida was on the boom. He
became a partner In a company
controlling many acres of land. It
He came to Detroit. He wae
seventy, broke, almost friendless
He made his home in a little flat
He could not even afford a tele
phone. All day and all night then
flashed and hummed past his doo:
cars bearing his name—but he rode
on street cars or walked. He got a
job In a trade school as an Instruc
tor, but as he grew more feeble was
made “information man.” He sat
at a duk. a thin, bent, little man
peering through heavy glasses. He
became ill a month ago and was
sent to Harper hospital, where he
“I'm not feeling sorry for myself
or worrying about the past,” he said
a short time ago. *T not accusing
any one of cheating me. It was the
breaks of the game that I lost out
in the company I founded. I’m look
ing forward to the future. Money
means nothing—except to insure
comforts for the future.”
Mr. Bulck Is survived by his wife,
Margaret, two sons, Thomas D.
and Winton R. Buick, and two
daughters, Mrs. James Coyle of De
troit and Mrs. F. O. Patterson of
Los Angeles. The funeral services
will be held at 2 p. m. Friday.
The Buick plgnt in Flint is pro
ducing cars at the rate of about
300,000 annually.
Mountain People
Fooling Experts
With Their Relics
Objects Of Supposed Prehistoric
Origin Found To Have Been
Louisville, Ky.—Kentucky moun
taineers, in a measure, always have
interested scientists. Their pure
Anglo-Saxon blood, their ideals and
ideas really make them an inter
esting people. But an idea evolved
in recent years which resulted in
many celebrated Northern and
Eastern museums displaying “rare"
Indian relics purchased at good
prices now engage the profound
study of the scientist who soon will
be called upon to testify in a fed
eral court in Louisville as to their
authenticity and whether or not fa
mous museums have been duped by
Just a plain Kentucky mountaineer’s
idea. Federal investigators say they
have and here’s the story that they
Cumberland City is tucked away
in the Cumberland Mountains of
Kentucky. Near it live Mark Hanna
Guffey, W. M. “Wade” Bell and R.
V. “Veit” Jones.
Fertile Field For Relics.
Cumberland City came to the
attention of Indian relic collectors,
antique hunters and scientists upon
discovery that the surrounding
country abounded in a vast wealth
of prehistoric objects of great value.
Many of the relics were of a strange
variety and unknown to science.
From time of discovery until Un
cle Sam took a hand there was a
steady flow of rare pottery, ob
jects of age old Indian art and
decorations, into hands of collec
tors, according to United States
District Attorney Thomas J. Sparks
of Louisville.
Certain relic collectors and ex
perts began to lose faith in their
purchases and their source and
complained to the government. An
investigation started.
Agents of the government uncov
ered Indian relics in the hills of
Clinton county until they came
1 upon a strange work shop—then
was when attention was directed at
Guffey. Bell and Jpnes.
The work shop was crude with
but an old Ford car as chief im
plement and power plant. It, how
ever, turned out wares so genuine
in appearance that, Just as federal
agents say, they found places among
the best and most authentic col
lections, with approval of many
eminent gentlemen of science.
Guffey, Bell and Jones have been
cited to come down to the city
from their mountain workshop on
charges of using the mails to de
fraud and to tell Just what they
can do with an old Ford, car and
a few kentuck mountain limestone
Death Proves Mystery.
Peoria, 111.—Murder warrants
against two men and their wives
were ordered issued following the
coroner's Inquest into the death of
Clarence Hoppe, one of 15 persons
who died in the Peoria district dur
ing the last three days, supposedly
from poisoned liquor.
May Become Ruler of Britain
Against his will, the Prince of Wales will probably be created
regent within the next month, as it becomes increasingly ap
parent that his father, Kinj^ George V, will never recover his
health sufficiently to resume his duties as ruler of the British
Empire. Impending events, including the dissolution of Par*
liament. formation of a new government after elections, and
the usual address from the throne on the opening of the new
Parliament, make such a step virtually imperative.
(InttmUoul N.warva) phot*) . .j
Behind die Stem
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(Copyright 1929 Premier Syndicate)
Hollywood.—The heebie Jeebte
season is sure here. With the balm
comes that hoop-de-la yen to go
places and knock oft work—or
what one calls work. Any rich
rilashun hidin’ out?
Wot Ho!
Richard Dix and his mother
slipped into town so quietly that
very few souls knew or know
they’re here. Understand Richard
intends to stay another ten days
ere chugging back New Yorkwards
to resume box office emoting.
Laura, Laura!
Laura Hope Crewes, divorcee of
Broadway and the legit, has decid
ed to reside in Hollywood for
moons to rise. She came originally
to teach Norma Talmadge and
Gilbert Roland English as she Is
dictioned. She has now leased the
Prank Tuttles home on Beachwood
Drive and purchased herself a
Ford coupe, incidentally her first
automobile. She had no use for a
gasoline steed in Manhattan, where
taxies i are more reasonable and
quicker. Having taken a lesson or
I two In driving the Ford. Laura
I ventured forth by herself. Much to
her distress the darn car stopped
dead in the middle of Hollywood
The man In the machine behind
her yelled: “I’ll give you a push."
He did, and c&rooned around and
ahead of her. Laura’s coupe mean*
' dered three feet and stopped again.
Another driver obligingly gave it a
push. Once more it stopped. This
could have gone on far into the
night, but luck favored the Intre
pid, if worried, Miss Crewes. and in
due pushes she coasted down a
convenient hill Into a gas station,
i “Want some gas?” asked the at
“1 don’t know,” mourned Miss
Crewes, and promptly narrated her
I The attendant investigated gas,
oil and water tanks, shook his head
at "these women folk” and re
marked: ‘She’s bone dry. That's
why she won’t run.”
Miss Crewes sighed her relief.
After all, how was she to know
that a new car is delivered minus
the liquid essentials?
Attagal, Camilla.
Camilla Horn is determined to
learn English. She and her German
mail, Helena, no longer “spracher
Deutsch,’ ’to each other. Instead,
they endeavor to help the other
with their adopted language. The
following conversation ensued
'tother day.
| Helena—"I go out.”
Camilla—“It is cold out. You
better wear your brown cape.”
Helena—“Ich habe nicht. I selled
(Iimilla (exasperated)—“Helena.
Helena, you will never learn. You
not selled it. You solded it.”
Miss Hom. by the bye. is not go
ing to Africa with the “Trader
Horn” troupe after all. Tears to
’’ave been a financial impasse be
fore contracts could be signed. Ru
mor screams an "unknown” will be
j corraled by M G M for the part.
Add Movie Vocabulary—A scarlet
fever victim la colorfully described
hereabouts as a “technicolor pa
Screen Scribs: Doris Keane has
arrived In Hollywood. Probably the
lure of the talkies. Did you chance
to see her gorgeous performance in
the legit version of “Romance”? . . I
Larry Reid, motion picture maga- 1
zine editor. Is here for a two weeks’
stay . . . Gary Cooper trudging up
to Lupe Velez’ Laurel Canyon
domicile to feed the three eagles he j
gave her in all seriousness. Lupe Is
knockin’ ’em for the w. k. loop In
New York, wafts the Eastern mur
mur . . . Dorothy ~ Appleby’ who
talky debuts in Pathe’s "Listen
Baby,” trailed to Palm Springs last |
week-end In an effort to overcome
a cold. Whilst there she visited the j
mineral springs. There, housed In i
a primitive shack, bubbles a pool of
hot quicksand which has cured the
Ills of Indians and settlers of the
community tor generations, uoro
thy immersed herself for twenty
mlnutefc in the quicksand and came
out cold-less. These springs are j
reckoned to be the mo6t curative in
California. Promoters have offered
a king’s ransom for the rights to
them, but the pool is on the Indian
reservation and the government re
fuses to grant any concessions.
The baths open at sunrise and close
at sundown. One brings her own
towel and awaits her turn until
Chief Francisco, grizzled custodian |
of the shack, waves her to the
! mystic pool. Dorothy is plum glad
she found it . . . Saturday sees
Corinne Grufith and Walter Mor
06co, Laura Laplante and Bill
Setter et al fly to Agua Caliente for
a “fateful” week-end .... Travis
Banton’s mother has arrived from
New York to visit her famous son.
He Is fashion director lor Famous
Players . . . And—that’s all except
for . . .
By Howard Greer, Fashion Director
Bebe Daniels greets the
spring with a Jaunty sports
suit of printed corded silk. A
skirt, pleated in front, and a
finger-tip coat of the heavy
silk, printed In a tapestry de
sign of reds, blues and blacks
upon a white background, ac
company a blouse of white silk.
The only detail upon the Jump
er is a scroll edging the collar
- of the suit material. An innova
tion is a stitched hat of the
same material.
Greensboro.—There Is less dan
ger In flying than in driving an au
tomobile, Ed Kilingman, World war
pilot and Greensboro business man.
declared while addressing boys of
the Greensboro high school.
“In 1627,” he said in further
proof of his assertion of the safety
of flying, “more people were killed
from being kicked by mules than
by riding in airp’ancs."
He outlined req:'-aments for
illots and gave the boys infor
mation on various branches of
i aviation.
Rare Eye Disease
Near Cherryville
Cherryrille Eagle
Glioma, a very malignant
sarcomtous growth of the sup
porting structure, more com
monly that of the nervous sys
tem—neuroglia, has been dls
eovered In this community. The
disease Is not communicable
from one person to another,
but does not react to any known
method of treatment, therefore
Its prognosis Is decidedly un
Dr. Ray Burris, has had under
his observation during the last
several days, the case, a child
four years old. He has not
made known the name of the
patient. The disease has been
developing for a period of about
ten months, and Is located In
the eyes of which one has al
ready been removed. The Eagle
has not been able to get a more
complete history of the case
and nature of the disease. How
ever we understand that Glioma
Is one of the rarest of all dis
ease, not more than a score on
record In this 'country.
Has 47 Operations,
Wants To Be Doctor
Iowa Boy Could Talk Any Woman
To Death About His Numerous
Cedar Rapids. la., March 7 —
Ralph Snodgrass. 18-year-old high
school student of Cedar Rapids,
could sing "Oh-h-h-h, my opera
tion” with feeling and experience,
for In the past six years he has
been imder the surgeon's knife 47
times and has been under anaes
thetic more than 30 times.
And because he admires the sur
geons at the university hospital at
Iowa City who have operated on
him and because he has become so
familiar with hospitals and the In
struments of surgery he has decid
ed to become a doctor I
Ralph suffered from an Infection
of the bone due to a scratch suf
fered on one of his great toes on
Labor day 1923. After spending
eight months in bed, during which
time his weight dropped from 96
to 56 pounds, he was taken to the
University hospital for his first op
eration. He was so weak, however,
that It was two weeks before suf
ficient resistance could be built up
for the operation.
The femur bone of the left leg
had decayed from the Infection. To
save the leg from amputation the
softened portion of the bone was cut
away, leaving Just a thin stem. In
turning the boy on the operating
tables this was broken, but it was
placed in splints and now nature
has almost filled the gap.
The disease broke out at differ
ent times In different places—a toe,
a leg, a collar bone, a rib had to
be scraped when the Infection ap
peared. The boy became so weak
from such continual operating that
a quart of blood had to be trans
fused at one time.
Borne of the operations were done
tinder local anaesthetics, but most
of them were under general. Four
chloroform and 25 times gas was
used. He has a total of 17 sep
arate scars, the longest of which
had to be reopened a second and
third time.
He recently returned to school
after his last operation, performed
in November.
A Man And A Mule
Yancy Builder in Alabama Times
Over the hill trailed a man be
hind a mule drawing a Dixie plow’.
The clodhopper was “broadcasting."
“Bill, you are a mule, the son of
a Jackass, and I’m a man made in
the image of God. Yet, here we
work hitched together year in and
year out. I often wonder if you work
for me or I for you. Sometimes I
think this is a partnership between
a mule and a fool. For surely I
work harder than you do. Plowing
here we cover the same distance,
but you do it on four legs and I on
two. So mathematically speaking, I
do twice as much work per leg as
you do. .
“Soon well be preparing for a
corn crop. When the crop is har
vested, I give one-third to the land
lord for being kind enough to let
me use this corner of God's universe.
The other third goes to you. and
what is left is my share. But while
you consume all your third with
the exception of a few cobs. I di
vide my third among seven chil
dren, six hens, two ducks andla
banker. Bill, you are getting die
best of me; it ain’t fair for a mule,
the son of a Jackass, to rob a man,
the lord of creation, of his sub
stance. And come to think about it,
you only help to cultivate the
ground. After that, I cut, shock and
husk it, while you look over the
pasture fence and ‘he-haw’’ at me.
“All fall and part of the winter
the whole family, from granny down
to baby, pick cotton to help raise
money to buy you a new set of
harness and pay Interest on the
mortgr-e or. you, and by the way.
what tV you care about that mort
’age? It doesn’t worry you any.
•0t a dam bit. You leave that to
me, you ungrateful, or nery cuss
"About the only time when I’m
your better is on election day, for
i can vote and you cant But if I
:ver get any more out or politics
‘han you do, I can’t see where it
She’* Safe and Sound
For twelve loop day* the
parents of Geraldine J Horn
In Brooklyn had plenty to
worry about. She disappeared
from the seminary in Lancas
ter, Pa., where she was a stu
dent, and was thought to have
met with foul play. However,
Geraldine was found at the
home of friends fn Washing
ton, D. C., just a runaway,
llnurntUuMJ MawarMl Chute) 4,
Boulder Dam Will
Be 805 Feet High
New Construction Will Have
Seven Times The Power Of
Great Niagara Falls.
Uncle Sam’s biggest construction
Job since the Panama canal—the
building of Boulder dam—has final
ly been authorized by congress. Aft
er a fight against selflgh Interests
that blocked passage of this bill
session after session the measure
found a majority of this congress
favorable to It, and it has been
signed by the president.
This dam will create an immense
artificial lake by stopping the wa
ters of the Colorado river passing
through Boulder canyon on the
boundary line between Arizona and
Nevada. The immense walls of the
canyon, solid rock to a height of
over 700 feet, form an Weal na
tural site for the dam.
When completed the dam will be
729 feet from crt^t to bottom of the
river and 805 feet wide at the top.
It will be the world's largest dam,
in fact twice as high as any now in
existence. It will impound 15 times
as much water as the great Roose
velt dam in Arizona Thedluuuuu
will create will be more than 80
miles long and 30 miles wide in
During eleven months of the year
the Colorado river creeps along
sluggishly in its bed. But in June,
when the snow begin to melt in the
mountains, it becomes a roaring tor
rent. In that -one month it Is esti
mated the river carries out ten
times as much water during the
remaining eleven months, flooding
lowlands and carrying enough rich
sUt into the Oulf of Lower Cali
fornia in Mexico to cover all of
Connecticut and Delaware one foot
,11 this the Boulder dam will
p. It will protect 60,000 farmers,
Ides several cities and villages in
them Arizona and California
m being flooded out one month
rv year and dried out the other
ven months. The reservoir
ated by the dam will hold all
water coming down the river
eighteen months without going
r the dam.
’he water in the reservoir will be
pie to irrigate 2.000.000 acres and
lalm 450,000 acres now unproduc
», to which ex-service men wUl
ire first claim.
Che bill provides an appropna
a of $165,000,000 to construct the
m but all of this is to be paid
:k with interest within 30 yews
m power and water rights. The
ai will develop 600,000 horse pow
of electricity, it is estimated, or
■en times as much as Niagara
11s now produces. It will also
e Los Angeles and 20 other
les a plentiful supply of pure wa
another source of big revenue
help pay the cost of the dam.
Don’t Crowd, Boys!
New York.—Anybody with $6 may
have two pictures hung at the an
nual exhibition of the society of
independent artiste. Some 650
plumbers, vegetarians, cubists and
mere artists have sent double that
number of paints of shoes, cocktail
shakers and what not to the Wal
Psychic Staff.
New York.—L06t while ghosts
walked at Texas Ouinan’s night
club, a $10,000 diamond sunburst is
missing from the gems of Mrs.
Margot Colin. In the dark the
I spirit of Rudolph Valentine strum
med the guitar and that of Arnold
Rothstein evaded question as to
who shot him. On the way home
Mrs. Colin discovered her loss.
The Prince of Wales sells his
horses, But it won't be the first time
he has parted from them.—Nash
ville Banner.
L •
Mr. Dairyman
J Pint-Size- $6.00
1 Pint-Size- $7.00
1 Quart-Size-$9.00
Cleveland Hardware
Read this list of Good Used Cart,
with PRICES, then come and BUY
ONE, and save the difference*
1—1927 Standard Buick Sadan-$750.
1—1927 Standard Buick Coupe-$750*
1—1926 Buick Coach—$485.*
1— 1926 Buick Coupe—$395.
2— 1925 Buick Sedans. \
1—1925 Buick Sedan $250.
1—1928 Chrysler 62 Coupe—$750*
1—1926 Chrysler 70 Sedan—$650*
1—1926 Chrysler 70 Coach—$450.
1—1928 Hudson Landau Sedan-$850.
1— 1928 Standard Hudson Sedan—
2— ^1927 Hudson Coaches—$600 each.
r ... ... .
1—1926 Ford Touring—$100.
1—1926 Chevrolet Coach—$250.
At these extremely low prices these
cars will sell. So come at once and get
your pick.
D. H. Cline
Hudson-Essex Dealer. W. Warren 3t

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