GIRL PERFORMS NOTABLE FEAT
The first woman to attempt to drive an automobile up the dangerously steep sides of Eagle Rock to the summit is Miss Merle Smith of Dallas. Texas. Miss Smith daringly guided a Saxon Six to within 15 feet of the top of the lofty landmark, and only failed to reach her goal because the terrific grade of slippery limestone offered absolutely no traction. Every attempt to make the wheels of the Saxon take hold from there up proved futile.
Those who ridicule the woman who drives her car may sit up and take notice, for Eagle Rock has foiled a lot of men. And when Miss Smith was handling the car on the side of a cliff which was nearly straight up and slanted sideways about 30 degrees in addition, no man who was watching was particularly anxious to trade places with her.
The approach to the rock, which can only be climbed in an automobile from the rear, was no simple drive. It was necessary to plow uphill through high brush which became very slippery when pushed down by the front wheels. Steering was almost an impossibility, but. after considerable maneuvering, Miss Smith got the car up to the rock. Then came the real test.
Where the rock began there was a sharp edge which threatened to break the car in two. Sand bags were brought into play, and piled on either side. Beyond the bags was an abrupt sloping turn to the right. To get over the sand bags one had to go with a jump. And if one went too far beyond the bags it meant a Saxon over the cliff to the road, two hundred and fifty feet below. No one urged the dare-devil girl to attempt to go on, but she did go on, and kept going until within 15 feet of the top of the cliff was reached.
Getting the car down again was another story. Just an hour was required to get the car back to the slope of the bill in one piece. Inch by inch and foot-by-foot the Saxon was blocked down, for to let the car get away a second would have meant an accident.
When level ground was reached at last, all, especially the owner of the car, breathed easier, of course. Merle Smith never worried, for she is nervy and skillful at the wheel—a regular driver. Most of all, she had confidence in the car.