Will Plan Opening Run Over the Highway
PRESIDENT TUFTS IN COLUMBIA TODAY
Enroute in His Car From Pinehurst to Savannah – Roads Fair.
Mr. Leonard Tufts, president of the Capital Highway association and owner of the Pinehurst resorts hotel, is the city on his way to Savannah, making the trip with a friend in his 1910 four-cylinder Reo. Mr. Tufts left Pinehurst Tuesday evening at 4:15 o’clock and spent Tuesday night at Rockingham, N. C. Wednesday night was spent in Bishopville, and last night in Columbia. Mr. Tufts will probably leave Columbia Saturday for August, going from that point to Savannah. He is not trying for a speed record on this trip.
Mr. Tufts states that he has found the road between Pinehurst and Columbia entirely practical for the opening run of the Capital Highway association, which will be held some time next month. There are several bad stretches in the road, however. One of these is between Old Fair ground and Jackson Springs in North Carolina. Another is between Society Hill and Cheraw in South Carolina, and the third is in the neighborhood of Blaney, partly in Richland county and partly in Kershaw county, South Carolina. Of course the ferry at the Wateree river is the most serious obstacle in the run, but on the whole the road between Columbia and Camden is pronounced by Mr. Tufts to be the best in the whole stretch, through there is work very badly needed both in Richland and Kershaw Counties, in the Neighborhood of Blaney. The promise is made that all these bad stretches will be put in condition before the opening run.
Mr. Tufts’ spedometer showed the following redings from Pinehurst to Columbia; 7.1 miles to West End; 11.2, Jackson Springs; 23.8, Old Fair Grounds; 34.5, Rockingham; 46.8 South Carolina line; 54.5, Kollock; 56, Cheraw; 62.5, Cash; 68.9, Society Hill; 85.9, Darlington; 97.7, Hartsville; 104.5, Lydia; 114.5, Bishopville; 120.3, Barnett’s Store; 120.7, Manville; 140.5, Camden; 173.5, Columbia.
The annual meeting of the Capital Highway association will be held in this city next Tuesday. At this time final arrangements for the opening run will be made and the date for the run will be set. It will probably be about April 20 or possibly as late as May 1. It is proposed to start from Columbia, but the August club may start from that point. The Savannah Automobile club is planning a run from Savannah to Charlotte the early part of April, and an effort will be made to induce the Savannah Club to postpone its run and join in the run of the Capital Highway association.