Harrisburg telegraph. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1879-1948, January 15, 1919, Page 11, Image 11

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IcGraw Gets Slice of Giants
IVhen Famous Team Is Sold
w York, Jan. 13.—The control
interest in the Xew York Na
-1 League club, held by the es
f John T. Brush, was sold yes
y to Charles A. Stoneham, a
•r; Judge Francis X. McQuade
John J. McOraw. The sura of
>.OOO was said to have been paid
he controlling Interest.
v officers of the club were an
:ed as follows: Charles A.
ham. president: Jolm J. McOraw,
>resldent and manager; Judge
:1s X. McQuade, treasurer, and
B. Foster, secretary,
i board of directors. Including
lrst three named, will consist
of Ross F. Robertson, John
en, Horace A. Stoneham and Leo
ndy. all of whom are residents
Is city.
S\ Hempstead, the retiring pres
issued the following statement:
is day I have, in conjunction
X. A. Lloyd. co-executor_and
e of the estate of John T.
, passed the stock to Messrs.
es A. Stoneham. Francis X. Mc
s and John J. McOraw. who will
ure, I am sure, keep the Giants
oroughly successful organlza
have many regrets. Indeed, but
that it was for the better in
of the estate and those de
nt upon It to accept the offer
p. Stoneham and his associates,
those associated with me feel
ilna there's a "Wilson street," .
llch once Hus W ilhelmstrasne. '
■tat won't net yonr "shirty" out ;
en "checkle-check's" u loss.
[here is one thing a big league j
!>laycr despises more than hav- i
iis salary cut, it is wearing a:
Wed uniform. The Cardinals!
0 borrow a bunch from Brook- |
ine day last year, and lost 9-2.
thing happened to Detroit with
Yankees in New York, the,
les being lost on the way.
tp Curtin five took a battle from j
nell Grammar School last even- I
n the Steele school floor, 35-28.
were Graff, Kltzmiller audi
. Dine-up: \
up Curtin Shimmell
tng, f. Lentz. f.
, f. Shover, f.
c. Nye. c.
tiller, gg. Morris, g.
. g. Shuler, g. (
id goals Deshong, 2; Graft, 6;
liller. 5; Lentz. 2; Shover. 2; I
2; Morris, 2; Shuler, 1. Foul j
Lentz. 9; Graff, 9. Referee:
s too tragic a matter to joke :
, this telescoping of railroad
, resulting in many deaths, but |
as to recall Mark Twain's sug- .
n to a Southern railway con- j
r as the slow-moving machinery j
■d through lower Georgia. "I ,
no intention." said Mark, "of in- j
ig. But would it not be better:
>k on the cow-catcher behind. 11
•e no possible danger of our run-j
>ver a cow, but there's been one ,
r to walk in here on me for the j
en miles."
of the ball players with a!
war record is Big Ed. Sweeney, j
cago. who did the bulk of catch
>r the Yankees several seasons,
a sergeant now. and his steel j
* better than ever, so that he !
ie seen again in fast company,
iwo brothers were in the war,
oth being advanced In rank. j
—And will you love me when j
older and homelier?
-My djarling. you cannot avoid
ng older, but you will never i
homelier.—Boston Transcript.
>y, howdy. Parson: howdy!" I
ly saluted Gap Johnson, of j
us Ridge, Ark., when one of the |
en had opened the door and ad
-1 the presiding elder. "Come j
In and make yourself at home '
ile cold, hain't it?. Kick some of I
dogs out of the way and back )
the fireplace and warm yourself. I
lr britches ketch afire set down j
at there there stool and put I
B1 f out."
Francisco, Jan. 14. St. Mary's
;e will be able to go Into swim- ;
competition on a magnificent :
this coming year if It is the de- 1
f the athletic authorities at the [
nd institution. A letter Ju3t re-
I from Ensign Charles Small. '
s at Philadelphia, states that he j
earned "Stubby" Krueger. the f
's champion backstroke swim- i
irom Honolulu, and Clarence
next to Duke Kahanamoku In 1
irints, ate to enter St. Mary's.
lonel Roosevelt by the calendar
only sixty years," says Herbert
ess In the Chanute Tribune,
neasurcd In deeds and thoughts
II the other phases of real vital
, compared to his life's span,
iselah died a youngster." .
urther extension of time within
1918 motor vehicle license j
may be used, has been grant
■ State Highway Commissioner
O'Neil, who notified the various I
authorities throughout the 1
to recognize 1918 tags until
ary 1.
,t suggestion made by Major
I 'lay Safe—
itick to
Becaase the quality is as good as ever it
was. They wU please and satisfy you
c—worth it
the same way. 1 have nothing but
thanks for the generous friendship
of the 'fans,' who have been loyal to
the team In Its many ups and downs
under my control.
"It is fitting to say that in releas
ing the club it continues in the hands
of Mr. McGraw, who will be advanced
to the position of part owner in the
organization and is one more step of
advancement for him from the time,
a number of years ago. when he first
entered on his duties to the club. He
Is entitled to much credit and praise
for his untiring efforts for the benefit
of the club.
"I am still much interested in the
club and its success with my asso
ciates and myself as a unit. I am
the third largest stockholder in the
Secretary Foster in a statement
"The new owners take possession
with a keen sense of responsibility
to the public of this city and of the
entire country. They realize that the
Xew York ball club is something
more than a mere private business
enterprise: that, in its playing de
partment, it belongs largely to its
patrons, and their aim will, there
fore, be to cater always primarily to
their comfort and wishes."
Mr. Stoneham was stated to be the
largest contributor to the purchase,
and is known as an ardent sport en
I Branch Rickey, former president of
the St. Louis Cardinals baseball club,
I a day or two since has been voiced
by other real lovers of the national
! game before him, but it will bear re
| peating:
"If the executives, the players and
I everyone directly Interested In the
l game will forget that the dollar sign
is associated with baseball and boost
I it as the one big national game, there j
| is no doubt in my mind regarding its ]
| Major Rickey went on to say that j
J the road is open for baseball's return, i
I Fandom is ready for it. as well as the
I players and the club owners. But it
I must be brought back on the basis of
j a game, of a skillful exhibition and
I one where Intelligent competition is
"Baseball." Major Rickey contlnu-
I ed. "is one sport that lias remained 1
dean, even though tt has been com- j
, inerciaiized. But. though it is pro- 1
j fessional, the connection of the dol- j
I lar sign with baseball has been over- i
I played."
I Which appears to be about all there
|is to say in expressing the exact |
; views of lovers of the game all over ,
the land.
Speaking of railroad wrecks, there j
j was the old lady sitting peacefully'
I in a corner of a first-class compart- i
I ment seemed more upset over the '
; fact tiiat the cord had broken than
j that there had been an accident,
j "Good gracious!" she cried. "What
ever was that on my nose?"
| "The communication cord, madam,"
I replied another passenger. "Apar
ently, our train has broken in two."
"I should think so!" was the lady's
! indignant rejoinder. "They ought to
' have more- sense than to think that
| a piece of string like that could hold
| a train together!"
| H. B. Rubin, of Rubin & Rubin.!
I will be the ilent booster at the Ki-j
wani Club luncheon to be held in the'
Penn-Harris hotel to-morrow noon. I
William A. Rodgers, of C. M. Sigler, I
Inc., will give the attendance prize.
Mayor Daniel 1,. Keister and Chief of I
| Police J. E. Wetzel will be the guests!
iat the meeting. Secretry V. H.
| Braekcnridge in his weekly letter ad-i
nionishgs the members to "watch vour
! An interesting feature of the meet
ing will be an exhibit of pictures of
| war work in Harrisburg to be ncor
j porated n a War Department record.
W. C. Alexander, salesmanager of the
[Moorhead Knitting Company and ar
dent Iviwanian beads the committee
| in charge of the collection.
i The most interesting fray was;
j Harlem Eddie Kelly staying six
rounds with Benny Leonard, world ,
: lightweight champ at the Olympic,
j in Philly. Kelly cheated Leonard out!
i of starting his 1919 knockout rec- 1
i ord. He was not only orr, his feet j
[at the end of the eighteeiK vninu- I
j tes. but in the early rounds he fought I
i the champion, did the leading and I
actually had the champion on the >
I Boston. Jan. 15. —Harry Greb. of [
I Pittsburgh, won a referee's decision I
over Leo llouck, of Lancaster, Pa., j
in a twelve-round bout here last,
Minneapolis, Minn., Jan. 15.—Wil
lie Jackson, the New York light
weight, decisively outboxed and out
fought Johnny Noye, of St. Paul, In
every round of a ten-round bout
here last night.
| S. S. Miller was elected president,
j and J. A. Miller, secretary-treasurer,:
| of the Harrisburg Cemetery Company
yesterday. The board of directors is;
composed of Clinton M. Hershey, I
John J. Hargest, D. H. Swope, S. S.
Miller, F. J. Heinley, and E. K. Fraz- ,
1 ** . / ~
Brilliant Tech Banquet
For State Champions
At the Penn-Harris
!"We claim the championship of
Pennylranla in scholastic football."
"Make it the whole world" roared
a throng of Tech undergraduates,
alumni and guests at a big league
banquet served in the grill room of
the Penn-Harris last evening to
celebrate Tech's surpassing victory
in the robust sport of pig-skinning.
Percy Grubb, faculty athletic di
rector, and a king-row one at that,
as testified to by Dr. Charles B.
Fager .the principal, made his chal
lenge as Carl Beck finished off his
third Vermont turkey leg and
"Toney" Wilsbach inhaled 80 cents
worth scented stuffing. Some seats.
Horace; bent meal that maitre
d'hotel, Davidson, has yet served.
When Coach Paul Smith blew the '
referee's whistle to let go every- I
thing, a table full of varsity players j
who had conspicuous position in !
front of the speaker's table went at i
! the Penn-Harris chow like a har- j
| vest hand after .green corn on the
cob. Nothing could be heard for i
some moments but the conscientious I
grinding of stalwart molars, and the i
throttling of ice water, for Tech >
boys train on the safe and sane, j
Coach Smith was so cautious that j
he frisked Carl Beck of a ten-cent ]
cigar -which he was smoking along
•with his oysters.
Professor Grubb felt so good over
the overwhelming record, 597 points
to the foe's measley 10, that he in- j
troducefl Dr. Fager as the "little ;
giant of Walnut street," whereupon j
the jazz leaders called for a shrili .
of tribute, responded to with such
vigor that the oldest waiter dropped
a plate of soup.
Dr. Fager was visibly effected by j
the triumph after long years of de- :
votion, a devotion that has made ;
Tech nationally known and set in I
on a pinnacle for all-around activity, j
He told something of early days and :
then spoke emphatically of the war !
record. He praised Percy Grubb, J. j
F. Reese, the money guy of Tech,
and said that Coach Smith saw the j
error of his ways in leaving Central •
igh for Tech. Of the Tech war heroes
he especially mentioned the tom
boys from the schafer family, Wil
liam, Robert, George and "Loui-
Loui." He gave particular attention
to the peronality and deeds of Mar
cel von Bereghy, who died for his j
country. He spoke of a letter from
Frank Gipple who assured him that |
no one need be ashamed of the Tech l
boys "over there." He narrated I
something of the killing of Eugene
Davis, who would not be content
until right at the front where a shell
took his life. He estimated that
Loses Sight While
Playing Game of Pool
Jaines Hendricks, who resides in
Royalton, went blind on Monday
evening. He, with several other
members of the Rescue Hose Com
pany. were playing pool on the table
of the hose house, when he thought
that his glasses were dirty, cleaned
them and put them on, it was then
discovered that the sight of both his
eyes were gone. He had to be assist
ed to his home in Royalton, and a
physician was summoned, and render
ed aid but the sight has not returned
The annual meeting of the stock
holders of the Citizens National Bank,
was held yesterday morning and
elected the following directors: 1.
H. Doutrich, J. J. Landis, J. R. Geyer,
IX W. Gingrich, Levi N-. Peck, Eugene
Laverty. Dr. H. W. George, A. L.
Etter and C. M. Foltz.
Thieves entered the junk shop of
i Klawansky Bros., Ann street, Monday
1 night, and stole twelve bags of rags
to the value of sso.'
Middletown Borough Council met
on Monday evening. W. J. Albright,
the new president, called the meeting
to order at 7.30 o'clock. Borough
Treasurer B. E. Longenecker, of the
Farmers Bank, reported $11,714.40 in
the treasurer. The newly-elected fire
chief, Clarence Weirich, and two as
sistants, were confirmed by council.
The Board of Health was given $4OO.
Each of the fire companies was given
the annual appropriation of $l6O. The
report of the committee on a new
fire truck was accepted by council
which was that the truck recently
tested was not satisfactory. The com
mittee of the Rescue Hose Company
was then authorized to get data on
motor trucks and report to council.
H. J. Wickey was elected as a mem
ber of the Board of Health for live
years. President Albright announc
ed the following borough calender for
the year: Chief burgess, S. B. Ging
rich; president, J. W. Albright. Mem
bers of council—First Ward, G. W.
Core, Grant Souders. Jerome Embick;
Second Ward, W. H. Eandis, H. E.
Deimler. S. Jr. Blecher; Third Ward,
J. W. Albright, E. S. Gerberich, A. H.
Euckenbill. Borough solicitor, J. R.
Geyer. Standing committees: Fi
nance Gerberich, Core, Euckenbill.
Highway—Euckenbill, Blecher, Soud
ers. Eight Randis, Euckenbill,
Emblck. Ordinance—Gerberich, Core,
Deimler. Water—Souders Gerberich,
Core. Fire Euckenbill, Eandls,
Souders. Bill and accounts Core,
Embick, Dimeler. Building and prop
erty Blecher, Eandis, Dimeler.
Borough officers: P. E. Irwin, clerk;
B. E. Eongeneckcv, treasurer; T. B.
Boyd, Burreyor; H. C. Flshburn, su
pervisor; Charles Houser, high con
stable; Mrs. Ervilla Mansberger,
Janitress; J. T. Boyer, light superin
tendent. Council will meet 7.30 sec
ond Monday of every month.
The Middletown school board met
on Monday evening. The schools will
close, it was decided. May 29. Miss
Phea Squires was elected as teacher
for music and drawing in the High
School, taking the place of Miss
Goldie Mason, who resigned. Presi
dent J. P. Ackerman announced the
following committees: Supply—Fuhr
inan. George and Gingrich. Finance—
Gingrich, Force and Sides. Building
—Fuhrman, Gingrich and George.
' seventy-five or 100 Tech boys saw
i something of the war.
1 | By this time V. Grant Forrer had
. | got outside of his own and the tur
, key which an Invalid on the left
; . did not consume and the gnitshing
, ' of Penn-llarris provender so threat
• ] ened to become a debauch that
1 Toastmaster Grubb shifted the scene
. | to Cap. Gilbert Ebner, who looks
. like Patrick Henry and Battling Le-
I vinsky combined. He presented him
j a beautiful silver cup. fourteen inch
j es high, donated by Max Reiter, the
jeweler, who made the same gift
: | last year.
From behind ramparts of turkey
j bones the audience now suw the
I lights douse and Peter Paul Shank
| played Hamlet's ghost, lone hand,
) giving a humorous soliloquy on To
i ledo, Johnstown and some of the
! other cold hoofs who failed to meet
i Tech. After a toast for each varsity
j man something in rhyme with a
| jolt to it. and when the room was
j bizarre with fancy hats and paper |
| streaming, the toifetmaster called j
i on Lieutenant Governor-elect E. E. ,
i Bcidleman, who got a rousing hand, i
I Born and educated here, Mr. Beid- I
II em an had closest attention and,
' himself moved by the deep interest, I
1 he made no bones of stating his at-
I titude toward school activity in Har
l isburg. He talked like one of the I
' boys and cautioned there be no jeal- j
j ousy because "Hap" Frank was j
| elected captain over Carl Beck. "This J
; must make nodifference," he warn- i
■ ed. "You must keep up your har
mony and team work. You have
made this school famous all over the
| land, and 1 want to impress the
importance of organization and play
i ing on the level. What you learn
I at Tech will be the most import- j
! ant thing of your life training.
"It is a fiqet that Pennsylvania has
done more than any other state for
schools; a total of some $67,000,000
has been appropriated in compara
tively recent years, in order that
our boys and girls may get modern
education and be the equal of per
sons of wealth.
"I have only one regret about our
' schools here, namely, that they did
not adopt the university plan. It
was a great mistake they separated
the girls and boys. What we should
[ have had was the university stand
j ardized system which provides for
the future adequately."
| Other speakers were Dr. S. Win-
I field Herman, Professor Rees, Col.
| Hemming and Coach Smith. Each
of the varsity lads were presented
| a gold football and Coach Smith
1 was not forgotten.
Singink Fund Ackerman, Sides and
John Stager has returned home
from Washington. D. C., where he
was called on account of the death
of Mrs. Claude Whitauer who was a
Frank Noel, aged 58, died at his I
home, Pike and Catherine street, yes- ]
terday from pneumonia. He is sur
vived by his wife, one brother, Abrain
Noel, twin; four sistey, Mrs. Lydia
Wherley, lork; Mrs. .Wua Murray and
Mrs. Luvinia Miller, Harrisburg, and
Mrs. Anna Lockmun, New Oxford.
Funeral services will be held on Fri
day afternoon at 2.3U o'clock from
tile home. The Rev. T. C. McGarrcll,
pastor of the Presbyterian Church,
will officiate. Burial will be made
in the Middletown Cemetery.
The three tire companies of town
will attend services in the Church of
God, Sunday evening, where the Rev.
(J. M. Krayoill Will deliver a special
sermon to them. They- will meet ut
their respective hose houses at 6.30
o'clock and will proceed to the
Colonel Ellsworth Camp, No. 87,
Sons of Veterans, mustered in several
new members at their meeting in the
iodgeroom in the G. A. R. Hall last
At a meeting of the directors of
the Farmers Bank held yesterday
morning the following officers were
elected for 1910; President. S. C.
Young; vice-presidents, S. C. Peters
and J. S. Longenecker; cashier, M. H.
Gingrich; teller, B. E. Longenecker;
clerk, John Reiger; assistant clerks.
Miss Amanda Gingrich and Miss Mar
gie Longenecker; notary public, AV. J.
Klnnard; solicitor, M. R. Metzgar;
night watchman, J. AA\ Stauffer.
Corporal Fred Lutz, who was re
cently mustered out of service left
yesterday for AVUmington, Del.,
where he has secured a position on
the police force under Major Gray.
John Haas, of Wilson street, re
ceived a one-year-old Shetland pony
from Elmwood, 111., yesterday.
Karl Bowers, who spent the past
several days in town returned to Hog
Island shipyards.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fronk enter
tained the members of Middletown
Assembly, No. 25, Degree of Naomi, at
their home on Monday evening in
honor of Miss Anna Fronk's birth
day. After various games had been
played refreshments were served to
the following: Mrs. Mary Hardy.
Mrs. Alice Hoffman, Mrs. Kathryn
Rehrer, Mrs. Mary Beard, Mrs. Grace
Geesey, Mrs. Bertha ltlian, Mrs. Em
ma Musser, Mrs. Kate Hevel. Mrs.
Kate Price, Mrs. Rebecca Hippie,
Mrs. Sara AYilson. Mrs. Minnie Mack,
Mrs. Rebecca Daugherty, Mrs. Anna
Brubaker, Mrs. Mary Koltrider, Mrs.
Mary* Ramsey, Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Fronk. Miss Jennie Kocher. Jerome
Kasterday and Miss Anna Fronk. who
received many beautiful and useful
Preparatory services to Holy Com
munion will be hel din the Presby
terian Church this evening and Fri
day evening.
M. G. W.itman, Ann street, reopened
his bakery this morning which had
been closed for the past several
The State Holstein-Frieslan Breed
ers* Association of Pennsylvania will
meet at the Penn-Harris Hotel on
January 22 during the State Farm
.Show. Included among the speakers
will be D. D. Aitken, of Flint, Mich.,
president of the National Association;
AV. M. Rider, of Brattleboro, A't.,
George E. Stevenson. George Bulkley-,
and Dr. AY. H. Ridge, of Somerton.
Shaffer's Last
[Continued from First Page.]
eagle. That was one time in my
! varied life that I knew what hunger
; was.
Real Want.
It is impossible to describe how
one suffers when hungry. You can
' imagine if, but you must experience
| the novel sensation—to you—to ap
; preciute how necessary a chunk of
! dry bread is. 1 can think of no bet
[ ter way to describe the sufferings of
prisoners of war in this way than by
quoting the remark of a red-headed
Tommy who lay in the bed next to
me in the hospital. He said; "I'm
certainly going to eat slow when I
get home." Fearing you won't see
the point in that .mother, I'll explain
that the slower you eat the more you
can eat. See? I have tried it so I
And now I guess I have you wor
ried with that word "hospital." Oh,
yes. I was in one. You see, I did
not wish to miss anything in this
war. How I got there is another
story, and quite a long one. I re
fuse, however, to satisfy your curi
osity and write backward, so you
will have to read right along with the
rest from the beginning, and good
ness knows it's time I told you how
I fell into the hands of the "un
speakable Hun," as Dad calls this
animal. I had plenty of chances to
see how well the name fitted during
my short captivity. "Unspeakable"
is not a very strong word, but it sure
leaves a lot to the imagination,
believe me, you cannot imagine how
cruel and utterly devoid of human
instincts and feelings is this Kaiser
product of kultur which so boldly
attempted to benr the entire world
beneath its iron yoke.
Off on the Hast Flight.
It seems a long, long time since
that eventful morning, when with
three of my French comrades I went
aloft to hunt and chase the Hun. We
were led by Garand, a little French
man with twelve planes to his cred
it, who had painted his plane red
and white in honor thereof. I have
spoken before of this wonderful pi
lot, as I often flew With hint, and
also of the pretty spectacle his
brightly painted plane made with ite
red body, white nose and white tail.
This particular morning was very
clear with few clouds in the sky, but
those few were mighty big ones. In
particular there was an enormous
one near Rheims, so white, clear
and smooth that it looked like some
one had beaten up the whites of
thousands of eggs to a fluffy light
ness, dumped them out flatly over all
the Hun lines. So it seemed to me
anyway, for that certainly was some
cloud, and it sure covered a lot of
territory on the BoChe side of
Rheims. However, it was very low
and aside from cutting off our view
it hindered our hunting not at all,
for, as usual, we were flying around
5,000 meters. We had not been, fly
ing long before we noted several
puffs of white smoke near the edge
of this cloud. Since only the French
shrapnel makes white smoke, it was
taken for granted there was a Boche
around somewhere. Look as close
ly as I would, though, no Boche
could I see, and since my red and
white leader began making a lot of
rapid maneuvers, about that time, I
stopped looking for little Willie and
tried to make out what he was try
ing to tell me Surely, it was some
sort of signal, for he was standing
first on one wing and then on the
other. Standing on his nose his tail
and his ear. Such evolutions I had
never seen him perform before, and
I being just behind him in my pet
position, naturally though the sig
nals were for me.
Tlio Enemy Balloon. .
Finally it dawned on me that per
haps he had seen some Boche bal
loons and knowing how desirous I
was to burn a few more of those
fat, pot-bellied spies he was using
that way of telling me. Since I
could find no signs of a Boche plane
I turned my attention to finding a
balloon. That, let me tell you, was
not as simple as you might think.
A balloon Is a mighty unwieldly and
enormous thtng when one looks at
it from the ground, as Dad once re
marked, but from a height of 5,000
meters it's quite another matter. If
it is well camouflaged often you
won't see it at all, and even when
you do find one, it is merely a tiny
speck that if not watched closely,
will soon be lost.
By looking very closely, however,
I finally discovered one after a five
minuto search. It seemed to me one
of those big yellow boys —the am™
that just came from the factory, the
need for them being so great they
had not the time to camouflage them.
Having discovered something prom
ising to shoot at, I immediately sig
nalled my agitated comrade by do
ing a little acrobatics myself anil
loon. My guess had been right, for
ioon. My guess had been righ't, tor
the signals certainly were for me.
as, according to a prearranged plan,
whenever we flew together, he fol
lowed closely behind me, if I at
tacked a balloon. Looking behind
as I dove steeply toward that yellow
mark below, I could see the white
nope of my dependable comrade not
50 meters away diving at the same
steep angle as myself, varying nary
an inch from the straight and nar
row path. To see him tumbling tran
quil and peaceful behind, one could
hardly think that only 16 ■econds
before he was chasing his tail all
over the heavenly plot.
The Gauntlet of Fire.
Seeing that I was backed up so
well by my contrades, the otners
were following, also, gave me con
siderable confidence, so I gave my
attention to the front, knowing that
if any Huns were floating around I
would certainly be protected. Not
to bo taken unawares, however, I
glanced around above and below as
1 1 continued on my downward course.
None did I see, so with that weight
i off my mind, for I dislike being dis
| turbed when I am aiming my guns.
! I gave all my attention to the bal
] loon. 1 was getting closer ali the
| time, and now things were growing
clearer as the earth—and archies —
flew up to meet me. Once again I
began to feel the joy of running the
gauntlet of the fire of innumerable
guns with nary a doubt that that
"guardian angel" that Dad claims
protects me on all my ventures, fool
ish and otherwise, would turn aside
all bullets headed my way.
Tile First Mistake
I was now at 2,000 meters and
was able to see the object I was
diving on quite distinctly. What it
actually was will remain a mystery
to my dying day. One thing was
certain, it was not a balloon and as
that was all I was interested in at
that particular time I wasted no
time, or altitude, on learning
whether it was a camouflaged bar
racks or a shellhole. Immediately
on discovering my mistake I pulled |
up and had a quick look around j
for a real balloon. Surely there
were some up, such a beautiful and j
clear day and the French on the |
offensive, too. •
While 1 was at It, I kept an eye out j
for Boche planes for by this time I i
was some eight miles on their side j
of the lines, and coming down all |
the time. As I have remarked be
fore, when in action with an air
plane, things happen quickly, you
see things and understand their sig
nificance in relation to you quickly,
and naturally your brain tunes it
self up to the same speed. Then,
no sooner had I pulled up and saw
my mistake, on looking arpund for
a real balloon I saw a whole line
of them to the right of me. Having
dived so far for. no other purpose
but to attack balloons, a couple
miles further in made little differ
ence to me. Besides, I had the
fever then. I was going to shoot
something up before I went back or
know the reason why, for naturally,
after falling over* 3,000 meters oniy
to find the balloon I had been diving
on turn out to be a hole in the
ground, or something else equally
unshootable, did not put me in a
very good humor.
Half a Dozen Balloons
So I promptly headed for that lino
of balloons —there must have been
half a dozen—looking all around
for protecting Boche planes as I did
so. Also seeing that both guns were
loaded and ready, the motor work
ing without a hitch and trying nil
my controls to see that they worked
Apple Pie Order
Everything was working in apple
pie order, including all the Boche
guns in that vicinity, the latter
being a bit distracting, but being a
part of war I tried to forget it in
aiming my guns, for the big black
and white cross on the balloon was
becoming very distinct now, and
when I can make that out very
easily it's time to start shooting.
Using the black cross as a target I
got a good bead on it and attempted
several bulleyes. Whether I made
any I don't know. Surely they hit
the gasbag, for I saw them hit the
whole three of them. Yes, I said
ttiree. Three, shots only came out
of that doggone balloon gun and
then it jammed, and still diving at
that black-crossed gasbag of kultur
1 attempted to fix that jam. It was
no go, for it was one of those kind
of jams that require a hammer and
two strong arms to fix and all I had
was one hand.
Close Sailing
With such an inefficient substi
tute I had very little leverage strap
ped into a seat. Occupied thus, to
the exclusion of all else, I like to
run into the balloon I was so bent
on burning, for I looked up from
my gun just in time to see my pro
peller and black cross shake hands.
Naturally I pulled on the "joy
stick," and motor, "toute de suite."
But not to mount, for I was bent
on getting that balloon, and giv
ing up hopes of fixing my special
balloon gun, I made a half turn
around the balloon and opened fire
with the other gun thinking, of
course, that It had incendiary bul
lets In It. Unfortunately, such was
not the case, it being loaded for
combat work—four bullets with
steel balls, then a tracer, four bul
lets and a tracer and so on.
You can see how unfitted for bal
loon burning that was. I had one
chance every fifth shot and that a
mighty poor one, but being down
there I used the poor tools I had
and tried to burn it anyway. Had
the machine been my own such
would have not been the case, for
I always saw tq It that both my
guns were ready with balloon bul
lets; but that morning my motor
would not work so I was given the
i plane of a lieutenant. He had a
balloon gipi aboafd his plane also,
and Incidentally, It was this plane
with which I had shot down my sec
ond Boche plane. It had worked
perfectly then and thereafter I flew
many times with It. The motor
worked fine and so did the guns and
I had every confidence In it; but
this particular time seemed to be
its off day. Even as I made the
half turn for the second attack I
was still endeavoring to fix that
balky piece of mechanism. Inci
dentally, all this time the Boches
were U>Jng liitic dayulest to fix
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New York, Jan. 15. —The chair
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rule. When the minors went into
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me, and golly! from the rocket he
was certainly spreading enough bul
lets around to make a thorough job.
But like all the other times I had
attacked balloons, I saw and lis
tened to the numerous machine
guns in a sort of detached way,
knowing full well they were all
trained my way, but never for an
instant thinking 6ne of their bullets
might put a "period" to my career.
There were too many other tilings
more important to think about if I
wanted to cause any damage to
Fritz. Thus in a vague sort of a
way I knew I might stop a bullet
some day and that was as far as X
let my thoughts run in that direc
It was after I had turned and
was using the gun with one chance
in five that the unexpected hap
pened. You might say more cor
rectly, the expected, depending, you
understand, on the point of view
anyway, for the second time I was
headed straight for that slowly de
scending balloon, one angry boy
you can well imagine—fighting mad,
you might say. Just the same, I got
some pleasure out of seeing the
Boche observer take to the air via
the parachute route. That was in
deed a pleasure, but the Hoches cut
it mighty short, for it was almost int-
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mission should simply be a court of
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The sale yesterday of the con
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The profit of $1,250,000 on the
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mediately after- that their bullets
began to find me. And when they
did they certainly arrived in
bunches. Two made a visit through
my fur suit just below the knee,
grazing my boot with such force
that I thought surely the leg was
hit, but since I could still use the
leg as well as the other one it did
not worry me any, for in that case
it could not be serious. As for the
second bullet, that was.more ser
ious. It passed just under where t
was sitting and cut the control
wires on my rudder. Not only did
I hear the twang of the cut wire but
looking down, saw it.
In a Terrible Fire
No sooner had I noticed this than
things began to happen too swiftly
for thinking. A bunch of bullets
must have hit the moitor and an
other flock hit the gasoline tank,
because before I could switch into
my second tank the propeller gave a
few gasping turns—and stopped.
And there was your "dear, sweet,
little Walter" "ten miles inside the
German lines with a dead motor,
dead "stick" and cut controls and
600 meters high.
[The end of the thrilling air
battle will be told to-morrow with
the tale of prison life to follow on*
the succeeding ,day.]