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dangerous loop, looks just like a little
maid from school.
She has been in the flying business
four years and commenced, she says,
when she was too young to appre
ciate what she-wis undertaking. She
has made successful flights in 16
states and is now on her way to give
exhibitions at the two California
"Mother knew I had made up my
mind; that I wasn't afraid; and she
gave her consent," Miss Stinspn de
clared. "As for father, well, he never
saw me fly till a short while ago
when I was in Mobile, Ala.
"No, I'm not afraid at all. You see,
I have never had an accident, though
I saw one man killed when I was
learning to fly," She reached out to
the desk, crossed her fingers and
touched wood. I did, too. It seem
ed almost uncanny for a mite of a
girl with her hair still hanging in
curls down her. back to speak so fear
lessly of the treacherous trade of the
air which "gets" so many.
Miss Stinson drives what she calls
a "Stinson-Partridge Tractor." She
has purchased and is using Beachey's
motor, a one-valve construction
called a Knome. It has more powers
than the ordinary motor, she claims,
and is much lighter. It is manufac
tured in France.
Landing, the little girl told me, is
one of the most difficult feats of aero
planing. Caution is a very important
bump to cultivate and preparedness is
almost a necessity.
Thougn Miss Stinson has a ne
chanic, of course, she has taken the
pains to make a careful study of the
machinery. She puts on overalls and
gets out and goes over the whole ma
chine before flights.
"I think the chief causes of acci
dents in the air are two," she said.
"The first is carelessness about re
pairing parts which show signs of be
ginning to wear. The second is ina
bility to manage a sky wagon.
"If I see a strap looking shabby and
a little worn, I tell my mechanic to
replace it immediately. It's too late
to be sorry you didn't do it after you
get up off the ground a few thousand"
feet. I have a strap several inches
vide and very, very thick which I
wear across my shoulders. And I have
another equally strong across my
knees. I don't fasten them tight
enough to cause any uncomfortable
feeling, yet when I'm safely in, it
doesn't matter which way up the ma
chine happens to be, I am held in my
seat as tight as wax.
"It is a queer little feeling when
the plane goes over and your feet are
toward the stars. I don't remember
ever having had it before. But it
doesn't last long. The best part of
the sky business is coming down and
seeing the look of satisfaction, on the
upturned faces of the crowd. If the
people- don't look pleased I'm mad
and sorry, too. I want to give them
their money's worth."
"Are there heaps of money in your
business, Miss Stinson?"
"Well, there's plenty in what we
call 'trick' flying, and, of course, it is
very nice for me to be the only wom
an looping the loop. However, my
sister is flying at San Antonio, Tex.,
and my brother is learning. In fact,
we expect to open an aviation school
there sometime next year."
POT-ROASTED PORK CHOPS
Cut the -chops about 1 inch in
thickness and remove most of the
fat; heat a small kettle or deep fry
ing pan very hot and sear both sides
of each chop and allow to brown.
Salt the meat and add a few drons of
onion juice and a pepper corn. JCook
10 minutes, then add iy2 cups-5f wa
ter; cover the kettle and draw back
from the hot fire and keep the meat
simmering for an hour. If water
cooks away add more. When meat
is tender and ready to serve make
gravy in kettle without removing thf
meat; blend flour with a little mil
and add to the stock and meat, st
to. avoid lumps and serve in deep dish?.