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«The factory behind the Car”

We announce a new four-cylinder, 40-45 horse-power, sevenpassenger Great Arrow Touring Car, price $5,000.00. When we say “seven passenger” we mean seven comfortable seats. The two additional seats are in the tonneau, with backs and arms. They revolve so that the occupants can turn around and chat sociably with the three people in the rear. There is nothing exclusive about the idea. All good cars will probably adopt it.

The appeal of the Pierce Arrow is made upon something deeper and more vital than a change in the form of the body. It is in the car itself.

The 1907 Pierce car will be made in the new Pierce factory. We put it modestly when we say that this is the most complete automobile factory in the world. By “completeness” we mean not merely size, good location, shipping facilities and all those things; we mean especially a factory planned with the greatest care to produce such a car as the Pierce Great Arrow has always been and must continue to be.

The argument for 1907 will be “The Factory Behind the Car.”

If we could, with comparatively meager factory facilities, make the Pierce Great Arrow what it has become, the American Car for Americans, then how much better can we attain our ideal with such an equipment as is furnished by the new plant, to say nothing of greater promptness in deliveries.

The George N. Pierce Company

Buffalo, N. Y.

Members of Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers

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Volume VI


No. 4

Pipe Line Across Panama

By Wilbur Bassett


N oil pipe line from sea to if the promptness and comprehensiveness
sea across the Isthmus of of the work are important, it must be
Panama i. one of the said that the most significant fact in re-
completed achievements
of the hour whose in-
fluence in the world of
trade is already being

felt, and whose secret history will not soon be forgotten. Fifty-one miles across hills and through swamps, from Pacific to Atlantic, the massive pipe stretches away like the trunk of some giant snake, now basking in the sun along the roadway, and again lost in the ooze of tropical glades and overgrown: with rank vegetation.

The paint is scarcely dry upon this work, and the construction of tanks and pumping stations is still under way; but it may be said that the Isthmian pipe line, which a few months ago existed only in the imagination of its projector and in the diplomatic correspondence which he set on foot, is now a working factor in the breaking of the continents. But

WASH-DAY IN THE Canal Zone, Panama.
Copyright, 1906, by The Technical World Company


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induced to grant a concession for the line, subject to the approval of the United States. Thus the first bridge was crossed.

The United States gave its consent to and approval of the plan early in the present year, stipulating that the concession should terminate with the opening of the canal, and that the company should

lation to this line is that it is the property of an independent oil company—the Union Oil Company of California—and that that company thus gains power and prestige which will enable it to compete with the supposed master of the oil market.

The first plans for an Isthmian pipe line originated in the mind of John Baker, Jr., the energetic chief of the Union Oil Company's extension department. With the unparalleled output of the California and Texas fields flooding their tanks and glutting the market beyond all demand, it became imperative for the Western company to seek new counters for its wares. The Hawaiian Islands were first tried and found available; and then, in 1903, Mr. Baker made a trip to Panama and inspected the field and the trade conditions there. On his return he reported in favor of an Isthmian line, and urged his company to begin work upon it at once; but the corporation was at that time well content with the local market, and it took two years to arouse the ambitions of the Union Oil Company toward the conquest and development of the new field.

It was at last decided—in July, 1905 —that the work should be undertaken, and Mr. Baker was sent to Panama to start the wheels of the diplomatic machinery. The Republic of Panama was




ALLELED BY THE PIPE LINE. Looking south from a point about four miles

south of Colon.

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