Mexico July 16, 1916

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MACHINE GUN SQUADS RIDE FIRESTONE - SHOD MOTORCYCLES "On to Mexico," was the cry of Uncle Sam's machine gun squads in pursuit of the elusive Villa. Mounted on motor - cvclea and carrying complete equipment these in' n chug - chugging over Mexican Foil, leaving in the dusty trails bordered bv cacti and mesquite the clean - cut Imprint of the word "Non - Skid." for these motorcvcles are all Friestone - equipped. Motorcycle machine gun and amunition cars are a new departure with the Government although even in the short time they have been in use they have demonstrated the suitability and superiority of the motorcycle for machine gun service. These cars, designed by William S. Harley of the Harley - Davidson Motor comptny, posses the utmost utility and mobility and are able to plough through deep mud without trouble. The gun car is Resigned to carry 2.400 round of amunition in addition to spare parts case, extra barrell for., gun. two entrenching spades and a broad - ax. The machines are painted an olive - drab color, the idea being that thic color is not easily cliscevnable at a distance. Every detail of construction was diligently worked out by Mr. Harley in conjunction with officers of the ordinance department of the U. S. Army. It would not be at all surprising if in the near future the machine gun companies of the regular army and tho National guard as well will be re - organized the guns, amunition and men being carried on motorcycles. In the Mexican campaign Firestone Tires have again demonstrated their unusual durability and general efficiency. And whenever tires for machine gun . companies are considered Firestone due to sheer performance will merit Government recognition. The Standard Motor Car company Is the Scranton distributor of Firestone tires.

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  1. The Scranton Republican,
  2. 08 Jul 1916, Sat,
  3. Page 14

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