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WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A SOLDIER OF THE SKY
Bregi (on right) and Shepherd
ready to ascend on the flight
which Shepherd describes; from
photograph made especially to
accompany this article.
' By William Shepherd.
Paris, Nov. 4. You have read
of the Italian and German avia
tors who are flying with the Bul
"garian armies in the Balkans.
The cables have told you, I
think, of the French aviators who
were called at the last minute to
Constantinople to. help' the Turk
Today the most feared soldier
in Europe is the aeroplane oper
ator. - And the greatest of these are
the flying men of France.
I have just had thelmost thril
ling experience of my uife a ride
into the clouds with the most
skillful air soldier in the French
army Henri Bregi!
I wanted to vfind out by the
closest personal observation, in
order that I might tell American
readers about it, how these army
dare devils act in the air. how
they spy out things a thousand
feet below them on the earth in
a word, what it means to be a sol
dier of the blue heavens.
But before I write of my flight
in the French army aeroplane, let
me tell about this remarkable sol
dier Henri Bregi.
All France has lately rung with
his exploits. During the recent
maneuvers, when the great
French army was divided into
Blues and Reds. Bregi returned
after a flight one morriing and
said to Gen. Dubois:
"Gen. Marion of the Red army
and his staff are in a little town
at your rear."
"Impossible!" said the Blue
general. "His army js in front of
"He's there just the same,"
said Bregi. "I saw him and his
small force from my aeroplane."
Unbelieving, the Blue general
sent a small force to the town.
They returned with Gen. Marion
and his staff prisoners.
This arrest, of course, ended
During the recent French trou-