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rillv SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, STXDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER o, 1012.
i-l-llfElTOEi' IF'iMO. EilEil lOillFilEFili
H The TerrorIn the Air
BN BY ARTHUR B. REEVE.
BttE p-p HKKE'S something queer about these acrp-
IjPjSm I plane accidents at Helmorc Park," muted
djEmiij I Kennedy, nno evening, as his cyo caught
iWilCB n hi headline in the last edition of the
HHIH Star, which T bad brought uptown with nu "Walter,
Hm have you noticed thai all these accidents have bap-
HfflK pcocfl to Norton's new gyroscope, machines!"
RH "Well, what of that!" 1 replied. "Isn't it just
barely posslblo that Norton i. on tho wrong- track in
HH applying the gyroscope to an noroplanel I can't jay
B T know much about either the gyroscope or the aero-
HH plane, but from what I hear the follows at tho office
HH ay it would .'com to ino that tho gyroscopo is a
HBH pretty good thin? to keop ofl' nn aeroplane, not to put
HB "Why!1' akcd Kennedy blandly.
flB "Well, it seems to mo. from what the experts say,
HB that anything which tends to keep your machine in
HHH one position is just what, you don't want iu an aero-
HH plane. What surprises them, they say, is that the
HHH thing seems to work eo well up to a certain point
8H that tho accidents don't happen sooner. Why, our
flB mac on tho aviation field tells mo that whon that
IHH poor fellow Browne wns killed he had all but sue-
flH eroded in bringing his machine to a dead stop in the'
'SB air. In other words, ho would have won tho Brooks,
HEH prize for perfect motiunlessnoss in one place. And
then Herrick, tho day before, was going about seventy
HH miles an hour when he collapsed. They said it was
H heart failure."
Iflfl "Then it wasn't the gyroscope in that easel" said
Kennedy with n rising inflection.
mmm "No," T admitted reluctanth "perhaps not."
I could see that 1 had been rash in talking so long.
H Kennedy had only bcon sounding mc to fee what the
IH' newspapers thought of it. His next, remark was
mm "Norton has asked mc to look into the thing," he
.'aid quietly. "If his invention is a failure, he is a
ruined man. All his money is iu it, he is suing a man
for infringing on his patent, and he is liable for dam
ages to the heirs, according to his agreement with
Browne, and Herrick. I hnvo known Norton some
HH time; in fact, he worked out his ideas at the univcr
Hfl pity physical laboratory. I have llown in his ma
chine, and it is the most marvelous biplane T ever
saw. Walter, 1 want you to get a Bclinoro Park as
HH ignmcnt from tho Star and go out to tho aviation
meet with mc tomorrow. 1 Ml take you on the field,
around tbo mnehiucs you can get enough local color
to do a dozen Star specials later on."
The regular contests did not begin until the after
LvM noon, but Kcuncdy and J decided to make a day of it.
and early the next morning wc were speediug out to
HH 'the park where the flights were being held,
fl found Chnrlcs Norton, tho inventor, anxiously
Hfl t work with his mechanician in the big temporary
PH 'bed that had. been accorded hun, and was dignified
with the name of hangar.
"I knew you would come, professor," he exclaimed,
running forward to meet us.
ttkm "Of course,", echoed Kennedy. "I'm too nuicli in
tcrested in this invention of yours not to help you,
H Norton. You know what I've always thought of it
jH I've told you often that it is the most important ad
HH vancc siucc the original discovery bv the Wright
HH that the ncroplano could bo balanced by warping the
HH "I'm just fixing up my third machine.", said Nor
HH ton. "If anything happens to it, I shall lose the
prize, at least as far as this. moot is concerned, for
HH don't believe I shall cct my fourth and newest
model from the maker in time. Anvhow, if I did
HH r couldn't pav for it I am ruined if I don't win
HB that .2o.000 Brooks prize. And, besides, a couple of
HH army men are coming to inspect mv aeroplane and
H report to the war department, on it." I'd have stood
HH a good chance of telling it. T think, if my flight?
HH here had been like the trials you saw. But, Kcn
H nedy," he added, and his face was drawn and tragic,
H "T d drop the whole thing if I didn't know I was
HH rht- Two men dond think of it. This afternoon
HH ' ,m Coin? to fly myself. I'm not afraid to go anv
B where I scud my men. I'll die before I'll admit I'm
HH It waseasy to .cc why Kenuedy was fascinated bv
HH a man of Norton's type. Any one would have been.
HH It was not foolhardincss. Tt was dogged dctermina
H t,on' faith 'n himself ami In. his own abilitv to
J triumph over every obstacle.
H Wo now slowly entered the shed whore two men
HH wrc workio? ocr Norton's biplane. One of the men
mm way a I rcnehman. Jaurcttc. who had worked with Far
mm mu, a silent, dark-browed, weather-beaten fellow
Wgm with a sort, of sullen politeness. Tho other man wn
mm an Atucncau. Tioy Sinclair, a tall, lithe, wirv chap
mm with a seamed and furrowed face nnd n loose-join led
mm but verv deft mannor whirh -narked him a born bird
Mm P'j Noron's third ayin Humphrey, who was
mm not to fly that day, much to nis relief, was rcadinc a
mm paPCT in the baek of the shed.
Wc were introduced to him. and he seemed to be
mu a vcrv companionable sort of fellow, thouh not
mm givru to ialkinc.
Mm ,,llyir-- yr.011'" wW. after the introduetion.
mm ,n," s quite an account of your injunction airaiust
"clanno in thif paper. It doesn't seem to bo vcrv
mm friendly." he added, indicating tho article.
Tsorton Trad it nnd frowned. "Hump! I'll ihow
mm thmn vet that my application of tho gvrnseopo is
J patentable. Delanno will put mc into 'intorfcrence'
Hi i iW?1 0mc, as, ,hc ,ay?r rnll it, will he1
mm lnll. I filed a 'rnvnt' over a year and a half ago.
mm if I m wrong, he s wronsr, and all gyroscope patent;
H ?ie rlnf:rla,lf 1 Tl"hl' b coVgc. llm tirst in
H Iinlv e' ,S" UI" h ap')c',,cd to lcon-
H r lfcnnt53i' sbr,,Wr h',s sboulders non-eommittally, a
mm bo had nryr heard ot the pntcnt bOiee or tho
Mm Vr it V ,D,hls J'-.Thowpu were listening, whether
mm or not from lonltv I o0uld not Ml.
mm '4L"t us see your zyronlane. I mean aerosconc
H ha lever it is ynii rail ii,' ked Kcupedv? P
mm Norton took thr chc, "Now vow nwjnaror mnn
are the first that l'vc allowed in We." U?l$d "
mm I trust vonr word ot honor not to publish a lino ex
H rent yiirh a? 10. K. after you write- it!"
mmm Wc promicd..
H A Norton direrted, the mcckaniciaiis wheeled the
H aeroplane ont on the Sold in front of the shod N'S
mm one was about. e -0
Mm ".vr 5s ,h0 g-roopo," b.5gao Norton, point-
w.ur1-!1"!?""' ,n ?B a,am sheath which
mm weighed, all told, perhaps fourteen or flftoen pound.
H 1 U" trt ,h'K'OKopo is really 3 flywheel nwuntrd
mm on gimbal and fanjurn on any of Ju nxo so that it
mm n aMi:ic any angle in pucc. When it at rest like
' MaMedto0tiugSt th iH
HH I tok hold of it, and It did tnm rendilv in anv
H fMld fC01 lh hMr' W"lo iywbJd li.
HI "There a nrotty hiph varuvm in tknt aittnilnuia
H f on Norton. "There's very little Trffi
' thnt swouni. . Thr powor to rotate lh" lftd is
H btned from this littlo d.raamo here, inn SHhc
H p?S?' ,UrMS tkc I,roP0 of Uo M"rJ
H . "Bui suppose tho cHgine stop-, how about the gyro
mu ropr!" I aj.krd MepUcallv. w
mm i, "li .i,,rco rilrht QB for sveral minutes. Yon
t-'.r lBrrnBan onorail car will htaad up Mme
t mr "Her the power h hilt ofl. And I carry k amall
T?,r nallrrr ,kltJwJ,i" ru-n ' f"r c time tSl.
mm ThatV all been guarded ngainsJ "
afriri!?i ankru h l?1'' a cn-cvUndrcd
mm J! J JTtti .-"oders Uickicg ul Ifko the spokw
M rL?? ""Vr1 n rlt 7evnrUT turned ,n
fat that I rould not sec the Made -turn.pl Ult?, ,.,t
strong, steady, fierce droning burr, that can be heard
a long distance nnd which is a thrilling sound to
hear. Norton reached over and attached tho little
dj'namn, at tho ?ame time setting the gyroscope at its
proper anglo and starting it.
"This is tho mechanical brnin of my now flyer,"
ho remarked, patting tho aluminum case lovingly.
"You can look in through this little, window .in- the
case and see tho flywheel inside revolving ten thou
md revolutions a minute. Press down on the gyro
scope," ho shouted to mo.
As T placed both hands on the case of the apparent
ly frail little instrument, ho nddod, "You remember
how easily you moved it just a moment ago."
T pressed down with all my might. Then I literally
raised myself ofl" my feet, and my whole weight wan
on the. gyroscope- That uncanny little instrument
seemed to resent it yes, that's tho word, recent my
touch. It was almost human iu the resentment, too.
Kar from yic-Iding to mc, it actually rose on the side
T was pressing- down. Tho men who were watching
me laughed at the puzzled look on my face.
E took my hands ofl", and the gyroscope leisurely
and nonchnlantly went back to its original position. "
"That's the property wc use, applied to tho rudder
and tho nilerons thoso flat planes between tho Inrgo
main planes. That gives automatic stability to the
machine," continued Norton. "I'm not going to ex
plain how it is done till the thing is settled by the
courts. But it is there, and tho court will see it, and
I'll provo that Dolanne is a frauda fraud when-he
says that my combination isn't, patentable and isn't
practicable even at that. Tho truth is that his device
as it stands isn't practicable, and, besides, if he
mnkes it, so it inrnnges on mine. Would you like to
take a flight with me?"
T looked at Kennedy, and a vision of the wrcckngc
of tho two previous accidents, as the Star photog
rapher had snapped thorn, flashed across my mind.
But Kennedy was too quick for me.
"Yes," he answered. "A short flight. No stunts."
We look our scats by Norton, I, at' least, with some
misgiving, Gentlv the machine rose into the air. The
sensation was delightful. Tho fresh air of the morn
ing came wjth a stinging rush to my face. Helow T'
could soo the earth sweeping past as'if it wero a mov
ing picture film. Above the continuous roar of the
engine and propeller Norton indicated to Kennedy the
automatic bnllnneing of the gyroscope as it bent the
"Could you fly in this machine without the gvro
scopo at all?" yelled Kennedy. The noise was deaf
ening, conversation almost impossible. Though sitting
side by side ho had to repeat his remark twice to
"Yes." called, back Norton. Reaching back of him
ho pointed out tho wayi to detach tho gyroscono and
put a sort ot brako on it that stopped its revolutions
almost instantly. "It's a ticklish job io change iu
the air.'- he shouted. "It can be done, but it's safer
to Jand and do it."
The flight was soon over, and we stood admiring the
machine wlulo Norton expatiated on tho compactness
ot his little, dynamo.
" What have 3-011 done with the wrecks of tho other
machines?" inquired Kcnncdv at length.
"They are stored in a shed dowu near the railroad
"Might I have a look at them?"
"Surely. T will give yon the kcv."
It was a long walk o'ver to tho" shed near the sta
tion, and together with our examination of the
,vr,Lx,i(l '""chines it took us tho rest of tho morning.
Ihese gyroscopes are out of business for good,"
Craig ruinarlccd as he glanced at the denledi and bat
tered aluminium eases. "But thoro doesn't seem to
bo anything wrong with thorn except what would
naturally happen in such accidents."
For my part 1 felt a sort of awe at tho mass of
wreckage m which Browne and Herrick had been
killed. Two human lives had been snuffed out in it.
Hie engines nro a nmss of scrap; see how the
cylinders nro bent and twisted." remarked Kenncdv
with great interest. "Tho gasoline tank is intact, but
dented out ot shape. No explosion there. And look at
this dynamo. Why the wires in it aro actually fused
together. The insulation 'has been completolv'burncd
oti. I wonder -what could have caused that?'"
Kennedy continued to regard the tangled ma3
thoughtfully tor some time, thou locked the door, and
wo strolled back to the grnnd stand on our side of
i, ?f r,1rarty tn crowd had begun to collect.
Across tho field wc could seo the various machines in
iront of their hangars with the men working on thorn.
The buzz of the engines was wafted across bv the
ight summer breeze as if a thousand cicadai had
broken loose to predict warm weather.
Kennedy and I stopped before tho little wireless
telegraph station of the signal corps in front of the
prand stand and watched the operator workinc over
''u!lerofit js asa"".' muttered the operator angrily.
. that's the matter?" asked Kennedy. "Amateurs
interfering with vou?" lu 5
The man nodded a reply, shaking his head with the
tclcphone-like receiver, viciously. He continued to
adjust his apparatus.
'Confound it." he exclaimed'. "Ye:, that fellow
has boon jamming mc for the past two dnvs off and
"I VCW-i r",J '-RCt rj-v "n.l or receive a mc"
nge. Williams is comg up with a Wright machine
equipped with wireless apparatus in a minute, and (his
re low won't get. out of the wav. Bv Jove, thoi gh
hose aro powerful impulses of his. Hear that cr ark
ImgT I ve never been interfered with so 111 my ev
penonce Touch that f-reon.door with vour knife"
a t,nCcleCoY n'ltfc1 V''5h itc
YflT1-" an!VU,e, !y before it was o bad wo
!L .","P "ltf,PtnR communicate with Wil-
i ! 7h,a 1 ' .intwf siinc, ' ' remarked Knnnpd v.
"Interesting?" flashed back iho operator, ancrilv
not.,,? the rendition in his "nz book." " MavbJ it
6. but T call it darned mean. Ifs almost like rvin
to work in a power station."
"Indeed?" minii'd Kennedy. "T hoc vour pardon
J ,w" on v okipts at it from the mrclv cicnt fic
pom of v1Cw. Who is it.fdo you suppose?"
now no I Know! Some amateur. I "uojes. N'n nrn.
feuaonnl would butt in thi wav ' pr
Kennedy took a loaf out of hh note bopk and wroto
XnSn "flVC t0 b0-v t0 sliver !J
"D-tah )iour ffvrwopc and dynamo," it read.
'Leave them 111 tho hangnr. Kly without them this
ftcmnon .and cc,whal happon No use o Try for
thr urixo today. Kenncdv." 7 or
i.nTC ?,,!,1B,crcd OMt o"tw,f open part of the fild.
hark of the fence and to the side of the ftands. -i ui
watched tho flier for a few inomc.lt. Thrett wcro J
thTgeadyT' Nrt" his wc"
kJfi1l,yi-'i,b ,Jh n,r,Co was going rapidlv aero
the field. Kennedx wns imixHientlv watching l.i.n It
was ton far off to see jut what they were do 11 " but
a, Norton soomed to get down out of hi, e i he
aeroplane when the bov arrived, and it ul n-L
baek into tho hed. T gathered that t wa, dotarb ig
thfl gvrov-op and waa colng to mako the fli-bt xvilh
out it. as Kemiodj bad ryHeted. " U
J.jfivei -mjnttt,?vU vru. aCTin whcdl ot. Tho
rsrippTJidid!"3 cn u,b cfMy 10
"Come, Waltr," cxclaimud Kenncdv. "Jet?( cn un
thoro oa the roof of the tmid where wo enn l bol
ter There's a platform and railiog, ,Teo."
Hw pns allowed htm to go anywhoto on Iks field
o in a few moment! wo were up on tho roof.
a fa5(7n"tlng vautngo point, and I was o
deplv engrrwwed botweeu washing the crowd below
the bir.I men In the air and the wai t9n.l
n-M the fi,!d that I intnU rw-ctrrtM ,o noce iS
. . IX
His Aeroplane Was Swooping Downward at a Terrific Rate.
deliberately turned his back on the a,viation field, and
was anxiously .scanning the country back of us.
"What are you .looking for?" 1 asked. "Turn
around. T think Norton is just about to flv."
'Watch him then," answered Craig. '"Tell me
when he gets iu the air."
Just- thon Norton's aeroplane roso gently from the
he d. A wild shout of applause came from the people
below us at the heroism of the man who dared to flv
this new aud apparently fated machine. It was sue-eecd-ed
by a breathless, deathly calm, as if after t lie
first burst of enthusiasm the crowd had suddenly
realized the danger of .the intrepid, ayiator. Would
Norton add a third to 'the fatalities of the meet?
Suddenly -KoirmFily -JeTRell iiTj- arm: ""Walter, look
over-there across the road back: of us at the old
weather-beaten barn. 1 mean tho one next to that
yellow house. What do" von see?"
"Nothing, except that on the peak of the roof
there is a pile that looks like the short stub of a
wireless mast. I should say there was- a boy connected
with tbnt barn, a boy who has read a book on wireless
"Maybe," said Kennedy. "But is that all you seel
Look up 111 tho little window of the gable, the one
with the closed shutter.
1. looked carefully. "It seems to 1110 that. 1 saw a
gleam of something bright at tho top of the shutter.
Cr.ug,- I ventured. "A spark or a flash."
Or maybe its the small boy with a looking-glas.
I can remember when I used to get behind such a
window and shine a glass into the darkened room of
my neighbors across the street."
T had really said that half in raillery, for I was at
a loss to account in anv other way for the light, "but
1 s surprised to see how eagerly Crnijr accepted it.
'Perhaps you are right, in a way." he assented "I
- 'l lsll,t ,a spark, after all. 'Yes. it must be tho
reflection 01 the sun on a piece of glass the ancles
are just about right for it. Anyhow it caught my
c,e.V, St'1'1, r be,,cve' ,,mt barn will bear watching ""
Whatever his suspicions. Craig kept them to him
self, and descended. At the same time Norton "enllv
dropped back to earth in front of his hangar, not toil
tect from the spot where he started. The applause
was dcarcning as the machine was again wheeled into
the shed pafclv
Kennedy and I pushed through the crowd to the
''llow's she working?" inquired fraig.
nottcn." replied the operator sullenly. "It was
worse than- ever about live minutes ago. It' much
better now. almost normal again."
dust then the messenger bov. who had been huntiii"
through the crowd fur us. handed Kenncdv a note
It was mcrelv a scrawl from Norton.
"Everything seems fine. Ajn going to trv her next
with the iryrosoope. Norton.
"Bov. "'exclaimed Craig, "has Mr. Norton a tele
phone.?" "No. sir. only that hangar at. the end Ims jt -telephone.
"Well, you run nero. the field as fast as your lei's
donilCS"V y" n,'a t0U ,,i,n 'f 1,0 va,ucs h'8 W 1,01
"Not. to do what, sir?"
"Don't stand there, yottngnrer. Run! Tell him not
o fly with the gvroscope. There's a five ypot iu it
it you get oyer there before he starts.
Kve.n as he spoke the Norton aer'on!;iiie was whoekd
out ncan). r n.,i,,tp ,ni ,.lj,i,cil ;,,
hi.s seal and wan te-ting Mi leveVs."
Would the boy ,-eael. him in ti(nj He was halt
acropp the field. wiviu; hiy arm like mnd. nulap.
parentlv Norton and In men ware too engrossed In
their msehuie to n:iv attention.
"Good hMVPwf" exelaimsd Prxitr. "He goinr
to trv it. Run. bov. mul he cried, altboimli the bov
w mv far out of h'-nrin-r.
Acro the field uc ould hear now the quirk tae
eto hng.rhin: of the ensi. Slowly Norton ';
neroplane. this time 'e-.lly eqMU'Ped with the jfvro
ni. rone froin the Held tU .-irele.s OTer toward u
Ctmiz frai.rlh h.cm:-UM to him to come down but
.Of course Norton could not hve ren him Tn e
rwd. A- nr Hie -rotrd. thev looked .ij-kanec nL
Kennedy, a, if he had tnkeu leuve of his scnJv.
I hehrd tb1 wirelrs.s operator mriuc the war hU
rf reiver ua ctinr. ' 1
Higher and higher Norton oni in one .-pirn) after
m" de famSlir h ,li8 syn,fC0l h nlwadj
Jhc. w'fM ,wi'' 11,0 "caphoHe in front of the
.tmtgn s stand aiinouneed in hollow tone that .Mr
orten Had ffivea notice that he would trv for the
Brooks prue for stationary (vpiilibriiim.
KcHnedy and I stowl upehle, helpleK. appalled.
Blower and slower went the noroulanv. It VoepiPd
to hover jut hke tho bur raorhaaie.il bird that it wax.
Kennedy whs anxiously watching the iudres wIMi
one eye and Norton with the other. A few in f he
crowd coiild ao longer restrain their applaii.e. I re
me.nber that the wirele bark of us waa spluttering
and rrufklmc like mad. "
All of a Midden u grona swept over the rrowd.
Something was wrong with Norton. His aeroplane
wa swooping downward at a terrific rate. Won d he
be able to control it I T held inv breath and Jr Sped
Kenrcdx b the am Down, down ranu- Norton, fran-ticalU-
fighting In iram strength, it seemed fo""
to warp tho planes so that thoir surface might catch
the air and cheek his descent.
"He's trying to detach the gyroscope," whispered
The football helmet which Norton woro blew off and.
fell more rapidly than tho plane. I shut my eyes. .But
Kennedy's next exclamation caused jno quickly to open
"He'll make it. aftor all!"
.Somehow Norton had regained partial control of bis.
machine, but it was still swooping down at a tremend
ous pace toward tho level center of the field.
There wns a crash as it struck tho. ground an a eJoud
of dust. ........
' With' a" leap Kennedy had cleared' tho feuee and was
running toward Norton. Two men from the judge's
tand wero ahead of us, but except for them wo were
the first to reach him. Tho men were tearing franti
cally at the tangled framework, trying to lift it ofl' Nor
ton, who lay palo and motionless, pinned under it. The.
machino was not so badly damaged, after all, but that
together wo could lift it bodily off him.
A doctor run out from the crowd and hastily put his
ear to Norton 's chest. No one spoke, but. wo all scanned
the doctor's faco anxiously.
"Just stunned he'll be' all right in a moment. Oct
some water," ho said.
Kennedy pulled my arm. "Look at the gyroscope
dynamo," he whispered.
I'looked. Like the othcr.two which wc hud seen, it
also was a wreck. Tho insulation was burned ofl' the
wires, the wires were fused together, and the storage
battery looked as if it had been burned out. .
A flicker of t ho eyelid and Norton seemed to reain
some degree of consciousness. He was living over again
the ages that had passed during the seconds of his ter-'
"Will they never stop? Oh. those sparks, those 1
sparks: cau t disconnect il. Sparks, more spark
will they never " So he rumbled on. It was fear
some to hear him.
But Kennedy was now sure that Norton was s;ife
and in good hands, and he hurried back in tho direction
of the grandstand. I followed. Flying was over for that
day and the people were filing slowh- out toward the
railroad station where the special trains were wnitin".
tto popped at tho wireless station for a moment.
Is it true that Norton will recover?" iimuired the
.operator.- im. un.
"Yes. He was only stunned, thank heaven.' Did von
you hst?" tlR' a"tiC5 f V""r rcccivrr since I saw
;,."YoV-ir' AV,(I l- VlaJo a P0',.v for yo- 'v the wav.
urVvnrk,IIK :,,,Ir,K,,t "'off when I don't want it. If
Williams was ouh m i,. air now I'd give von a uood
demoostrat.on of communicating with an aeroplani,"
co tinned the operators as he prepared to leave '
Kennedy thanked liim for the record anil ! carefully
folded it. Joining U.e crowd, wo polled 0 m w ny 0 it
but ...stead of going ,i(ltt. lo thc' N, 01 ..
- Kennedy .,,d toward , he barn and the yellow hS0
- I-ort-ome t.me we waited about rnMiallv. bill not fi hi"
occurred. At length Kennedy ualked , .0 the "li f
I he door wa.r-Io-ed and double padlocked. He k. o.'ke l
bnl there was no answer. ioi,kui,
Just then a man appeared 01: the porch of the vollow
him'iCr- 1 '0-W.n.h-'
"I do.,-t know. HC hired the b;.ri, from me for two
r.reks mid pa.d ,., advance. He (old me if I wruLc.' 2
addrew, linn the beit wny wa ' Dr. K. Lai. ar . .nIi
delivery. New Vorlc cjtv.' " ' M,,, M'ncirfl
K.'.Ah ,b(,M 1 '"P'!"0 '.!'(! better write 0 him s..id
in the elecrie ,1 t$
th" doctor has ixcHiflixifWmUY
good liny, though he's awful eJfw,lt,m,ihi ' iJ, ."
over for ,,,, , , vl.''SZ'
As he walked uwnv 1 remarked ' I f .1 ,
Norton will fly :tgiii7" ' 0 ' 1,0 kao,v
either KSil,!XvWn7;n;;W ' ,,H!'k
porha,rt La inn r oTl rl ft JlJ'
tainly will read the n-itwrK p,.i VI be
interview with Nono 'li ,ee h ,' il fl,C ifor-m. ?r
that there is no come back n t lt " 1 r,ht d .
T-hcn I tell him myTcheme:" t0" W,U tn,ld or
and'iSof tnether'p!,lZ.tiMn,f?!' ft ,r,4t '
alo had the torv. V eourie nf u 1ilioM
bad it. - tourac ,,n tho orning papers
didt1?;-tcld lo'lsit iy,utt1,ri.2l,,"co,R ho?pitj"' " '
be best in 'rait. , 0me inVrrnnl1 ,P.',octf;r "'d il would
looked. Meanwhile En e,K' , 1 i,njl!rv I,!uI hr "T
nhere the in"ured ,nX fr"' 0f he hang;,r
only reitfou, I think, whv i,Vo
was boenu.se something ;'vub ,!,, n, ''""itUHF-'
Kennedy wrote thorn out perh0I1 .1 V0n tl'hBli
speetiye nmeunlP, bm lated IhiMi. 1 ,'fit tnWW
mile their stay.ng. He threw off 11 ? Sfc
with authority from No.f,,,, .jj" " ' '"HtiuMW
the machine. Fortunately i -f' 'j'111
tion. The broke,, ,,rl m,s t. ;v',?K,irctty2BS
parts of tlie maeluno. A for ,., " n"t itmwF
plenty of ll.em and another dvna.uo'HWl
si.ni.le thing to replace the old u nii'ld llnHkP
st roved. 1,1(1 "t' tli;,t tljn,
Sinclair worked with a will flr iHll'
hour?. Jiuirelto also worked 'tl,,',,,,Iait MiV
ay with a will. 1 11 fact, m'nh ,)fJ !f tfMm
Sinclair and Kennedy, with J-MiipM 0rfc
ling mostly in French under hi- brVlHE
t he fellow ami was suspicious of l,,n ,rIffcH
need that Kennedy did 0t .illoirT' 1 tK
I ho work, either, though tha? nmv ,0B.
reason that Kennedy never asked -im
who Foo.r.ed unwilling. - Qet(Ht
"There," exclaimed Craie :ihftll. ImW
we want to get back to th0 J 1 o'dK.
tonight wo had better quit. Slncln!, r.A'HB'"
finish repairing those skids ii- thi mVi.IUB'
We locked up the hangar ,,A.??rwMI
station. Jt was late when we arfiveJ H Vmm
Kennedy insisted on posting off n 1 tB'
leaving m0 to run down to the ,Stnr;-2 hlhlWi
that our story was all right for the 2Cft
1 did not sec him until nmrninJ UJ5
nig car drove up. Kennedy routed im , ? mWt
the tonneau of the car was a S l?1
wrapped up. 0 PabiiK
'Something I worked on for a counU.n'
night, explained Craig, .pnttintr i "F?.
solve the problem then I'll give it un ' lit4R
T was burning with curiosity, hi t m v mtL
perverse ussocintion of ideas, I .non-U-. 0tHMf
nedy for ol taking enongl re"? 3 temW'
"Oh." he smiled. "If! i,a(in w
night, Walter, I conldu t have ro.ted ?J,gW
When we arrived at the field N"om. kzL
thre with his head bandaged, r thiB
pale, but otherwise all right. Jaureffil Lt
S.nclair had finished the repairs ' iiJa!.l4
gaged 111 going over every bolt ni.,1 JiMf
had sent word that he had aur.tber ofiV tmWt
shown up. B5L
"We must find him," exclaimed Knn4 iMmYf
him to make u flight today. Hi" contSSMJ'
al'rUt""0 ll' Knn0djr- -S&VM
ne picked up two pieces of wiro and wXl)
arm s length,, bringing then, together VnJm?
trout ol him just to show us how he "f lmTt:
" And I'll be better yet bv this at'teraoci'
cd. "I can do I hat stunt with the nnii. 3MW
Konno.lv shook his head gravely! bntXolfflBV4
and finally Kennedy agreed to givo no ZSBL't
trj'lng 1 0 locate HumphreyB After tha )!3K
had a long whispered conference in whi(lT !
seemed to be unfolding a scheme mm
"T understand." said Norton at lencti m
me to put this sheet-lead cover over tViTiK;
battery first. Then you want mc to takoti
and also to detach the gyroscope, and to firEt
using it Is that it 7"
" Yes, " assented Crai g. " I will be 03 !'
the grandstand. Tho s.gnnl will bo three nVi
Alter a quick luticbeou we went up to cirKffe
point. On the wny Kennedy had spoken UmW
ot the Pinlcortons engaged by the manage JMr
moot, and bad also drojped in to see the wiSHL
a tor to ask him to send up a messenccr if ItrnW
same phenomena as he had observed tbedtrlBc
On the roof Kennedy took from bispttbiEt
instrument with a needlo which trembled nmW
forth over a dial. Tt was nearing the time titnmW
.of the day's flying, and the .-icrpplanu rrnmWiZ
ready. Kennedy was calmly biting a dear, aiRr
casioual glances at the needlo as it mmSmmt
denly, as Williams rose in the Wright inSmmV
needle swung quickly nnd pointed straijrhl TiUKfy
tion field, vibrating throiigh a small arc birt'iBT.
"Tho operator is getting his apparatuj wSR?!
nal to Williams," remarked Craig, "TiiiiiHC
paratus called an ondometer. It tells you tBal
and somothiug of the magnitude of tho HcihiifE
use. in wireless."
Five or ten minutes passed. Norton ni'flE;!
ready to fly. 1 could soo through my fleldglwBj?
was putting something over his gyroscopoiiitBu
dynamo, but could not quite make out whit it!R
machine seemed to liyip up in tho air as itsKS'
deom itself. Norton with his white-bandajdHjr.
Hie hero of the hour. No sooner had his "rHEs?
up over the level of tho trees than I twfH&
exclamation from Crnig. !Pfr
"Look at the needle, Walter! " he cried. "Jti
as Norton got into the air it shot around diB -posite
to the wireless station, and dot it.B
We raised our eyes in the direction wnith iiBej.
ml. It wns precisely iu line with the ""BJj'
1 gasped. What did it mean J DM it iBJff '
way another accident 10 Norton perkipi WKW
lime? Why had Kennedy allowed bim to imMm
when (here was oven a suspicion that mbBi'
terror was abroad 111 the air Quickly I toitB
if Norton was all right. Ves. tbcro he "HHtoL'
above us in a series of wide spirals, clisHKK,
Now be seemed almost to stop, to liovoraoliajBin
was motionless. His engine had been cutpfttH,
could see bis propeller stopped. He wpfju
ship rides on the occau. .il,'
A boy ran up the ladder to the roof. RT!'
folded the note and shoved it into nij bs"jR,Y
from the operator. niK
"AVireless out of business again. CutwWl(i
who is butting in. Am keeping record," TfiiHKge
I shot a glance of .inquiry at Kennedy, iJRt
paving no attention now to'anything but "TK
held his watch in his hand.
. " Walter. " he ejaculated as be .'-napprd il HiMni
has now been seven minutes and a hah !BJ'RU
his propeller. The Brooks prize coll? for fiffHPii
only. Norton has exceeded il 50 per te nU "fKju?
With bis hat in his hand he waved tort (Jp?
stopped. Then he repeated the procci!. . j-R ,
At the third lime the aeroplane
start. The propeller began to rovolvOowlB'fcti,
it on Hie' eoniiicfio!i Miccessfull.v.
down again. Toward I he end of the dewn
the engine and nlplaned, or coasted, to "',1
lauding gently in front of his hanpr.
A wild cheer rose into the air from "'JHLft.
low ii. All oven uere riveted on th" ti
Norlofi'f biplane. Thev wero doinp M"I"Hf
Whatever it wn, it wn's finished in a ffvlRii
men were hlanding again at a ''""vK&j
the propellers. Asnin N'ortoi. wa t mW
rose above the iebl Keipiedv. ;a.e jmwM
nt. hU ondometer nm) sprang down ,tl( 'i'
lowod closely. -Haul; lo the ciond f j!3p52.'
the walk to Ihe eotranee near tbc r3,?r7?.' VBftTt
man m charge or th' rinkerinii. iSi
twn other men. unparentlv wniiinc t
'''oiue on!" limited Craig. uwml
We four followed him fast a !
ili-Jlt the lane running p to the wf TmWiii
npnrnaeh the bam from the rear, urrdrH JPlvi
"Quietly, now." he raiilioued. ABr
We wore now at the doer of the JTfnJBn
crflekliiijr, Hiiitpping noine issnrd. J ,ai,ujBty-t
the door. It km bolted ... the m f J-tBiL''
:m coiild tki-iw ourKeUch like a li''''lfl'l'"ilBC,
it. It yieTHeil. Ktt JmmSH-
Iimid I Mwn ,hrel of fi.1H flfiV' niSM','
loug it was a veritable artificial ,Wt 't
man with a telwiedpe hud been peenn? " Kvli
Inw, lmi. now wr faciiig n- in fiirpn' -.JEiy k
: Lamar." ahoutwl Kenaedv. tMmffitfc
iotinn of tntir band and rnu w a &m '
still where tu are Von arc : ; ,.Vt.73H5r n
The re f uTiniriK back i ; """"'"i WBt1
gigantic force of nature which ";cr . laJmV.U
the mom. TJie thooeht. ia my wt ''trfjBlSl
SiipHw thi arch-fiend Jould torn n -Tc
On uf (h,Ltit-fmfiz
Koanedy jww 11 from
be 8faid." he said with ju fMf' J, IIE l
ewn all this he?Are. It won't hnr ' ,?KVil
frequency rurrent. 'I'll- m"" v,ie"P. 2?
the fnvenlioM of Mr. S'ikola 1 K,
won't t niggle. Tre got h 1 e0 , atfm&ffi,
Two bnrh- PnikertiiH U ;mc? ''lBSL c
the iei?,t of the . Vetru; I iZ
(Continued on pnllowlng iBri