C. W. Matheson
MATHESON TOO SILENT, SAYS BANK OFFICIAL Driver of Six Afraid of Running Down Pedestrians and Appeals to Police Motorists have good cause to "sit up and take notice" at the experience of John L. Mitchell, an officer of the First National hank of Norwich, Conn., who proves beyond a doubt that whil« silence in operation of an automobile may be a desirable attribute, an extremely quiet car Is not without its drawbacks. Mr. Mitchell was the purchaser of a new Matheson "Silent Six" a few weeks ago, and from flip outset he hart trouble owing to Its remarkably quiet operation. He applied in the chief of police for a permit to open his muffler cutout so that in i ase of a pedestrian failing to pee the approach of the machine he might at least be notified of Its presence, as the engine was positively noiseless. T'nder recent date Mr. Mitchell wrote C. W. Matheson, the manufacturer, as follows: "The chief informed me that while the law read that cut-outs were not to be used he whs powerless to irrant me this permission, or even to personally advise me to run with the cut-out open until I had been warned not to do so. The chief is a (rood friend of mine, and I explained to him that while driving through town people were continually stepping In front of the car because of the extreme silence of the engine, and ever since my call, notwithstanding the apparent unsatisfactory nature of the same, I am running dally through the crowded parts Of the city with tlie cut-out fully opened, and am not then making as much noise as the a verage car."