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Flying Age and Air Conquerors
Significant Features and Effect of
Louis Bleriot's Flight From Calais to
Dover, Across the English Channel.
In a Monoplane. :: :: :: ::
Plucky French Aviator' Who Is Known
as a uareaevii 01 the Air Achieve
ments of the Wright Brothers and
Other Aeronauts. :: :: :: ::
By JAMES A. EDGERTON.
i S the nineteenth century earned
! l the name of the age of steam
and electricity, so the twentieth
promises to win the title of the
flying age. Already a man has flown
across the English channel, which may
be as much of a inilepost in its way
as Marconi's achievement of sending
a wireless message across the same
turbulent neck of water a few years
ago. Marconi's feat was the first
marked success that called the world's
attention to the fact that telegraph
ing without wires was an accomplish
ed fact, a triumph that was speedily
followed by the greater victory of
flashing the messages of the air across
the Atlantic. It was but yesterday
that these things happened, yet so ! way, it is not without interest that it
wiftly do we move in this era of sci- j was exactly a decade which pafesed be
ntiflc enchantment that today wire- ! tween the two triumphs, Marconi scor
less telegraphy is in commercial use 1 Ing his success in 1899 and Bleriot in
In all parts of the earth. " i 1909. "Was ever any age in the history
Louis Bleriot's feat of flying across of the world so packed with marvels?
Either of these deeds in a former time
would have been sufficient alone to
have made a whole age illustrious, yet
In this day, when the.drivers of the car
of Progress could be arrested any time
for overspeeding, we jam both of them
into ten years- of time and prepare our
selves for the next wonder that our
inventors may perform!
Only a few days after the channel
bert Latham, plunged into the sea in
trying to make the same crossing. So
take it all in all the first flight across
the English channel is sufficiently
notable despite the previous triumphs
of the flying Wrights, Farman, Santos
Dumont and all the rest.
Ten Years From Marconi to Bleriot.
Returning to the initial comparison
with Marconi in sending his first wire
less across the channel, the query nat
urally suggests itself: "Will aerial nav
igation go forward by the same leaps
and bounds in the next ten years that
aerial telegraphy has experienced in
the ten years that have passed since
the first message was flashed from
England to the continent? .And by the
Ing It, indeed, no more than a summer
breeze, it Is no wonder that the dwell
ers on the "right little, tight little" isle
ate disturbed. Their boasted isolation
has departed. Their water wall" has
melted like a mist. They are suddenly UqW Chicago GiflS Are Taught
uiuuguL uu a. icvci niiu viud jj.v .j.
It is just as easy for an aeroplane to
fly over their roaring and terrifying
channel as it Is to fly over an equal
stretch of French meadows. '
No wonder that the Britons are
frantically playing 'An Englishman's
Home" and tremblingly scanning the
heavens for the next flock of French
aeroplanes or covey of German dirl-,
gibles that are on their way to drop
infernal machines all over London.
"Thus conscience doth make .cowards
of us all." John Bull, when he remem-
FIVE MINIATURE ROOMS USED
Pupils Divided Into Classes of About'
Thirty Each Every Class Has to
Learn Proper Care of All Rooms.
Real Meals Are Cooked, No School
Arithmetic never cooked a meal and
bers the mean things he has done to spelling never washed a dish, but there
other nations, depending on that "wa
ter wall" of the English channel to
protect him, cannot understand why
the other nations do not get even, now
that the beginning of the flying age
has brought them the opportunity. He
knows that he would have revenge if
the shoe were on the other foot It Is
this uneasy feeling, no doubt, that has
spread the terror over England that is
bo mysterious to the rest of the world.
John Bull knows that he has richly
earned a licking, and now that every
body else has learned to fly he sits in
chattering terror lest some of them
give him his deserts.
the English channel is an even greater
accomplishment than that of Marconi,
yet it is not so startling, since the
Wright brothers and others had al
ready conducted longer flights. For
-example, only a few days before the
crossing of the channel, Henry Far
"dan, an Englishman, had flown from
3halons to Sulppes, France, a distance
-of forty miles, thus breaking Bleriot's
s own previous record of twenty-five I passage Orville Wright in America
miles from Etampes to Orleans, the
..-longest cross country flight of an aero
plane up to that time. - The Wrights
. and most other aviators have never at-'
' tempted cross country hikes, but have
- confined themselves to prescribed
' courses, returning to tbeplace of start
ing. The flight across the channel Is a
Striking and dramatic thing in itself,
even if longer flights above land had
broke all records for a two man flight
by remaining in the air over one hour
and twenty minutes In his govern
ment trials at Fort Myer. Our Ameri
can pioneers of the aeroplane are not
yet outclassed. They it was who first
made flight in a heavier than air ma
chine a practical success, they it was
who have been copied by the French
and other inventors, and so It Is but
poetic justice that whatever triumphs
ji lip 8
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THItEE CONQUERORS. OF THE AIR AND TWO OF THEIR FLX-
are several hundred girls In Chicago,
pupils at the Dante vacation school,
who will be trained as model house
keepers as well as in reading, 'riting
and 'rithmetic before the summer is
over. And while the girls are learning
to cook, sew and keep house the boys
are learning future occupations in the
manual arts and crafts departments.
. A Real Little Flat.
A model five room flat in miniature
has been installed in one of the class
rooms., it really is a little flat, with :
walls and partitions and all the furnl- i
ture and fittings that are to be found
in a real apartment. The flat is in
He is probably safe. The other lands charge of a teacher of domestic science
are so busy perfecting their air craft
that they have no time to bother with
craven who can extract no higher
sentiments for the wonderful time
now dawning than an unreasoning and
unmanly fear for his own personal
safety. While all other lands are en
tranced in the day dawn of a new era,
he alone is grieving that his walls of
exclusion are melting away and his
mastery of the seas will not serve him
in an age when the air is to become
the highway of the world. He has
gone on building Dreadnoughts while
other nations have built biplanes, mo
noplanes and dirigibles.
let Him Get Used to It.
John Bull may be depended on to
get over his fright at the new wonder,
even as the old family horse grows ac
customed to the railway and the auto
mobile. When Dobbin finds that each
train and auto is not bent on his indi
vidual destruction, but goes on regard
less of his very existence, he In time
becomes reassured. And when Mr.
Bull discovers that the flying age ar
rived not with intent to bring about
his destruction and that It goes se
renely on Its -way as If no such portly
and beef eating gentleman were on the
planet, he may become as reassured as
Dobbin. He will have opportunity
as, the Bleriot machine Is followed by
successors, first in singles and next 4n
flocks and droves. Then Mr. Bull may
familiarize himself with the airship in
all its aspects, and the panic will dis
appear. - But there is no gainsaying
that he is scared now.
The flying age Is here. On Aug. 22,
at Rhelms, France, Is to be held an in
ternational tournament of fliers in
and the several hundred little girls are
divided into classes of about thirty
It is' the task of each class to take
care of one room of the flat on a given
day. In the parlor there is the furni
ture to be dusted and polished. In the
bedrooms there are the beds to be
made. In the dining room there is the
table to be decorated and arranged
and the linen and dishes to be cared
for. In the kitchen most important
of all there are meals to be cooked
real .meals and not schoolgirl delica
cies. Then there is a bathroom to be
cared for in the most approved sani
Plan Seems to Be a Success.
When each' class has completed a
"one room" course to the satisfaction
of the teacher it is assigned to an
other room of the flat and so on until
every class has learned the proper care
of every room and has a good founda
tion knowledge of practical housekeep
.'The plan seems to be a great suc
cess," declared Assistant Superintend- j
ent William M. Roberts the other day. j
'Mr. . Shoop, supervisor of vacation ;
schools, and I were Invited out to the i
school for luncheon a day or two ago.
We. Inspected the model flat and it j
was model, . too and then the chilli
dren served luncheon of their own1
cooking. I don't remember the menu,
but it was a good luncheon."
THE WRIGHT AEROPLANE.
Description of Machine In Which Or-
t ville Set a New Mark.
Orville Wright's aeroplane. In which
which records will be broken ana may- he broke all records by steering a pas-
already been made, and it is made
jnore striking and dramatic because of
a few attendant incidents. One of.
these was that Bleriot at the time was
crippled from a previous flight and
left behind him a pair of crutches as
be mounted his machine to fly into
lame. "If 1 cannot walk, I will show
. them I can fly," he said. He showed
them. Another thing that made this
- vent remarkable is that it was done
with a monoplane weighing only 600
pounds and having wings that fold
up until the machine Is no larger than
an automobile. The Wright machines
and most of the other successful- ones
are biplanes. The peculiarity of the
.monoplane, which is almost exclusive
ly a French development, is that it has
greater speed than the biplane, but less
stability, that is, It is more easily over
balanced by unexpected air currents.
"Set another significant feature of M.
Bleriot's achievement is the speed with
-which the flight was made. From
Calais to Dover, where the crossing
. was made, the English channel Is
twenty-one miles wide, making about
twenty-three miles from landing place
to landing place. Yet the entire trip
-was made in a half hour, making an
average rate of oyer forty-five miles
an hour, which attimes was said to
have been sixty miles. Yet a further
circumstance that adds to the pic
turesqueness of this first aeroplane
trip from France to England is the
character of the aviator. Bleriot is
known as a daredevil of the air. He
seemingly fears nothing.
His Nerve Unshaken.
All sorts of hairbreadth escapes havft
not shaken his nerve. In the past he
has had innumerable accidents and his
friends have always predicted that he
would kill himself as surely as the
- parks fly upward. Tumbles with him
have become a habit. One of his prac
tices is to throw himself on a wing of
Ills machine as he falls. This breaks
the" wing but saves the man. An oper
ator with that audacity and cool cour
age should fly far, and that is just
-what' Bleriot has done. And a final
attendant happening, or rather pair of
happenings, that sets off this daring
. frenchman's feat is' the fact that just
toefore and just after Blerlof s remark
able flight another French-aviator, Hu-
are accomplished by others they
should yet play the star engagements
and score the record triumphs.
Navigating the Fogs.
It has lon been suggested that the
fogs across the English channel are
heavy enough to navigate, and perhaps
Bleriot's feat may be taken as proof of
this. On the same theory the vicinity
of London should be ideal for biplanes,
monoplanes and any other sort of a
plane that could sail around, in or on a
fog. With such meaty, ponderous and
substantial fogs as those of London It
would be impossible for anything so
light as an airship to fall through.
The channel Is a historic body of
water that has been the graveyard of
more ships than any equal stretch of
sea on the planet. Perhaps its tur
bulence has done more than British
fortifications to protect John Bull from
Invasion. William the Conqueror man
aged to break across it, but Napoleon
could neer send over anything more
formidable than a large scare.
Relying on the diabolical disposition
of the English channel, J. Bull has
grown chesty and shaken his fist at
the world. Now that people are learn
ing to fly and can thus ignore his old
channel the portly gentleman has sud
denly lost his cocky air and has grown
flabby from fear. The mere mention
of an airship is sufficient to give the
whole English press a spasm and to
cause the ministerial benches of par
liament to fairly reek with gloom. A
few weeks ago the British were scared
to death of the Zeppelin dirigible bal
loon that had been flying about to
amuse people at the German fairs, and
now the panic shifts the cause of its
being to Bleriot's monoplane. - That a
British Dreadnought should be afraid
of a monoplane of the Bleriot type is
like an elephant throwing a fit at sight
of a butterfly.
English Channel Ont of Commission.
The thing that really disturbs our
British friends In all this Is that they
no longer hav the .natural depravity
of the English channel to fall back on,
They had counted, on that as a shield
and a defense Tforever. Now that
vehicle has been found that can fly
nbove the ' raging, churning, uncertain
and treacherous neck of water, hee3
be machines and necks also' Glenn
H. Curtlss, the man who won the
prizes at the Morris park races In New
York city and that afterward flew for
fifty-two minutes at Hempstead, will
represent America. Mr. Curtlss has a
biplane, but perhaps the lightest ma
chine of them all, weighing only .550
pounds with the operator. The motor
on Mr. Curtlss' aeroplane is said to be
a marvel' of lightness and power.
Aeronautics has today become a rec
ognized department of human thought
and activity. In every leading govern
ment large sums are now set aside for
the pursuit of the science, aerial navies
are being organized, thousands of the
world's best inventors are wrestling
with the problem and perfecting the for the space of about twelve feet. By
vehicles of flight, and In a few years
more it will become plain to all that
a new day has arisen for humanity
and that the kingdom of the air is at
senger carrying flying machine around
the Fort Myer parade ground at Wash
ington for one hour, twelve minutes
and forty seconds, consists of two
planes, one five feet above the other
and measuring thirty-six feet from tip
to tip. The seat for the operator is
placed In the-enter of the lower plane.
off to the left of the motor. The pas
senger sits on the -other side of the
motor. -r .
. The motor itself Is a product of the
Wright brothers a four cylinder thir
ty' horsepower water cooled gasoline
engine. : The gasoline is pumped di
rectly Into the intake pipes, there be
ing no carbureters.
The tips of the planes are flexible
Horticultural Wizard Working on On
to Bear a Hundred Varieties.
One bush containing a hundred vari
eties of roses! That Is the ambition of
George Shlma, better known as the Two propellers about nine feet In dla
California "potato king, one of the meter and revolving In opposite di-
means of a lever they can be turned
in a curve resembling a heliocoid, the
wings moving in opposite directions.
A second lever controls the twin rud
ders, which are supported by a brace
ten feet from the rear of the planes.
By working the two levers together
the equilibrium of the machine Is
maintained. . -
Ten feet in front of the operator's
seat two planes resembling a box kite
about fifteen by three feet are used
for controlling the ascent and descent.
wealthiest Japanese In the state.
And Shlma's dream may come true.
With infinite care Hugo Lilienthal,
Berkeley (Cal.) horticulturist and land
scape gardener, founder of the Juve
nile Horticultural society, is pruning,
trimming and grafting in an effort to
produce .the wonder bush. - Lilienthal
has promised Shlma that he will pro
duce a rosebush that. will grow 100
varieties In red, yellow and snowy
Shlma recently built a magnificent
home in College avenue, Berkeley. He
commemorated the event by writing
a check for $100 for the University of
California to furnish a students' room
in the university sanitarium.
When he began the planting of a
garden Lilienthal was employed.'- Now
Shima's garden is rapidly becoming
talked of throughout Berkeley, though
the college town has always been the
home of magnificent flowers. But the
wealthy Japanese was not satisfied,
He wanted something different from
his fellows. So he conceived the idea
of a rose bush bearing 100 varieties,
"It can be done," said Lilienthal.
"Go ahead and produce it, then,'
rectlons are used to thrust the aero
The weight of the machine, includ
ing both operator and passenger, Is a
trifle under 1,200 pounds.
By his achievement Mr. Wright, who
was accompanied in his flight by Lieu
tenant Frank P. Lahm, exceeds the
requirements of the war department's
specifications by more than twelve
minutes and breaks the' world's rec
ord for a flight with a passenger by
three minutes and five seconds.
Herbert Joyce of Sprlngdale, Wash.,
has for years been experimenting with
a peculiar breed, of poultry which he
says he brought from one of the Sand
wich group of islands, in the Pacific
ocean. , When . he first got hold of
the wild birds they made a noise not
unlike the hiss of a goose. He crossed
his wild birds with variojis types of
! domesticated poultry and has at last
obtained a rooster perfect in all re
spects with the exception of the crow
ing ability. ;
By September we will move to
our new location in the White
side Building, opposite the Pal
ace Theater, where we will
have a large and complete stock
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