From the March 22, 1909, Duluth Evening Herald:
Auto ride for drunks
New police patrol will be in service next week
“Free ride with every jag” for every woodsman
Duluth’s new automobile police patrol wagon is due to arrive in the city next Friday. After a few trial trips on local hills, it probably will be put in active service the following Monday.
For several years past certain interests in Duluth have been trying to devise ways and means to induce the gay and frolicsome lumberjack to stop off here and spend his money.
It is a recognized fact that fewer woodsmen spend their time and money in the Zenith City now than formerly. There are reasons for this. One is that most of them, several years ago, were paid off in Duluth, where now they are paid at the camps. Another is that inducements are now held out to buy tickets from the nearest depot straight through to the Twin Cities, and they stop off in Duluth only a few hours.
But this spring the situation should be different. The police have solved the problem of the saloon men. What other city in the state can offer a lumberjack a free automobile ride as a grand climax to the customary spree? It isn’t every woodsman that gets a chance to ride in such style, and as soon as the news of Duluth’s new auto patrol gets noised through the north woods, it is expected, upon the breaking up of the camps, that there will be a rush of lumberjacks to Duluth. No longer will they buy through tickets to the Twin Cities. They will be content to spend their good money in Duluth, and will be happy in the knowledge that, the drunker they get, the better will be their chances of a ride in the auto patrol to the police station.
The new patrol wagon was designed especially for the Duluth hills. It is of high power, and guaranteed to be able to make the steepest grade in the city without difficulty. The maximum speed is twenty miles an hour, and the minimum is four miles an hour. The city is safe in buying the machine, for the purchase is made under an absolute guarantee that it will prove satisfactory. If anything goes wrong within a year the municipality will be able to gets its money back. The auto is given on thirty days’ trial and an experienced man is sent along to run it for that length of time, and to teach police department drivers the details of operation.