C. W. Matheson
j RULE NOISY CARS OFF THE STREETS Manufacturer Urges Elimination of Growing Nuisance of Urban Life DRIVERS MOST AT FAULT Many Makers Have Not Yet Produced a Silent Running Machine Unnecessary noises on the streets <«5 any city of prominence in the United States have lo"hg been a cause of serious annoyance and discomfort to the Inhabitants, and never fail to attract the unfavorable attention of visitors from foreign shores. The Society for the Prevention of Unnecessary Noises under the strenuous guidance of Mrs. Isaac L. Rice of New York has paved the way for vast improvement in this direction in a national sense, and now C. W. Matheson of the motor car manufacturing company bearing his name comes forward with the suggestion that noisy automobiles should be barred from city streets. "With the knowledge of motor car design becoming a flije art instead of an experimental hodge-podge, there la no need for half the noise which can be charged up to the account of automobiles," said Mr. Matheson in ex- « biles," of his stand. "Of course the nation of his stand. "Of course the worst trouble lies In the hands of the drivers of cars who persistently use their muffler cut-outs or who insist in traveling with mufflers wide open. It may be amusing and gratifying to the man at the wheel who, for self-interest, travels through city streets with a continuous detonation of exhaust reports to make the mufflers wide open. and . be amusing and gratifying to the n ;it the wheel who, for .self-interest, vels through city streets with a conuous detonation of exhaust reports make the lives of everyone and every living thing within hearing miserable. "I believe it is a form of sport indulged in by some drivers to pass teams In this fashion, and, with malicious and gleeful delight, to use the exhaust or auxlllarator in place of a horn. "These practices should be entirely eliminated. Racing cars with open exhausts have no right In the city streets, and open exhausts and muffler cut-outs have no rights on machines In town «a no rights on machine! In town "Of course, many of the manufactur- ] ers <if automobiles have not solved the problem of the silent running car to | date, but noise In operation must In time count heavily against a car and its usefulness, as such a machine can certainly have no place with those who enjoy the luxury of motor travel even if they be not Interested in the suppression of unnecessary street noises. "We have keen-eyed officials and a sympathetic magistracy throughout the country attending to the speeding evil; there are anti-smoke and anti-chain ordinances more or lrss prevalent in ! many sections; then why not some concerted action Hgain I devices and machines responsible for so much noise and useless disturbance In the city .-! reets?" « . » ,—< » » par.