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MOTORING. Cars Not in Use. A correspondent has written to me asking for advice on storing his car. He has been called up for the end of the month, and. while he is in the Army. his car will not be used at all. It is a very simple thing to lay up one's car. hut there is a right and a wrong way of doing it. If it he done properly he will find that when he returns it will be in equally good condition as when it was put by. whereas if it be carelessly done it may quite likely depreciate greatly. The car should be thoroughly washed and cleaned. The water should then be drained from the radiator, making sure that it is quite empty. It isn't always easy to run all the water off, so to make certain the engine should be run slowly for a few minutes just long enough to cause all the water to drain away. It is most important thoroughly to empty the circulation, especially if the garage admits of any frost, for if the water become frozen in the en- gine a twenty pound note may be required to make good the damege. It is also a good plan, I think, to empty the petrol tank and draw off all the lubricating oil. The car should then be jacked up so that the wheels are clear of the ground, and the tyres should be half- emptied of wind. To save the expense of four jacks t hroe blocks of wood cr piles of bricks and the ordinary jack itself may he used. All the bright parts should be rubbed over with vaseline or grease. The lamps; and other detachable parts should be taken off the car and covered over with clothes. The car itself should be en- tirely covered with a dust sheet. Last March's Blizzard. ■w i I 0 -1 -uany motorists nave gOOG cause to rememoer tne blizzard of March 27th last. I, for one. am not likely to forget it. I was motoring at the time—(the storm was at its worst about 6.30 p.m.)—and I was nearly home when a large tree crashed down with appalling sud- denness about thirty yards in front of me. By sacri- ficing my tyres somewhat I was able to pull up all right. I started to hack, knowing that about a quarter of a. mile away there was a turning which would take me home another way. When I had gone perhaps a hundred yards I bumped into another great tree, which must have fallen during the twenty minutes or so since I had passed that way. The car was thus hemmed in between two huge trees, and there it had to remain for twenty-four hours until the road was cleared. Some statistics which the Postmaster General has just pub- lished regarding the storm brought it hack to my mind, although I must confess I am not likely soon to forget it. He reports that 2,150 Post Office telegraph poles were broken, 6.050 up-routed, and 33.000 blown over. fn the destruction 17,000 miles of copper wires were so badly broken into small fragments that they had to be re-melted and re-made.. He does not include in his prort, of course, the damage that was done to the railway telegraph and telephone wires, which wa.s enor- 0 mous. On the Great Western line there were 8,000 miles of wire broken or destroyed and over 9,000 on the Midland. All the damage has now been repaired, not- withstanding the shortage of men and material. THE HUB.

Son of Breconshire Rector.


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