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American Aviators Successfully Soar in Face of Shifting Winds
FOREIGNERS FAIL
TO MAKE FLIGHTS
Radley's Engine Misses Fire j
Ml Latham's Loses Quill
From Wing j
away t!nwn hill and landed in a gully.
The front';wheel and elevator were!
broken, tlie" aeroplane * x*aa ' badly I
wrecked, and ?.loy<-rhon>r*had a nar-i
row escape from injury.
Experts Not Exempt
However, four of the , professionals j
came to grief. Radley's engine missed |
lire; Latliatn.-unable, to' raise with the]
wind, rtruck <!if ground with sud/j
force, that a ftay In one of his wings :
was broken; Ely lost a propeller when !
v' standpipe on bis gasoline engine'
broke'and was struck by tho blade |
with such force that a large piece.was '
torn out of thr propeller, and Willard j
had nn accident happen to his rudderi
plane?. I
Aftpr the promising performances of
Saturday before a comparatively small
crowd, the limited flights of yesterday
were in the way of an anticlimax. But!
the aeroplane Is still njuch of a novelty I
to th>^*v»ople of San Francisco, and the !
nights., of the biplanes were true
flights, with forne dizzy dipping and
high soaring. It was a good show for i
50 cents, which was what most of the !
peoplp paid lit the gate. j
i.n r.\ PARTIXG 111 It 1 1.1,
As a parting thrill fqr the crowd,
th»>re was a sham battle between the ■
I'nited States Infantry encamped at '
<'Hmj) Sc-lfridsre on the aviation field !
anrlParmalee and Ely in their biplanes.
'The biplanes were circling high over ,
the camp, like war eagles about to i
pounce (Unvn and bear off the colors,!
• ■r, the. beautiful daughter of the cor.i
inandins major general, or some vital
secret ofjtlefensr. A sentinel,.. with
tlp-tllt^d head; saw tlie ominous wings |
.o'erhrad—or maybe the : sentinel was j
stanling with eyes cast to earth, I
thinking of his fair one in the distant I
rre.sidio heights, a:id saw the sinister)
shadow creep o'er tlie ; goal line-r-and ;
he gave the alarm. His rifle sounded. !
Instantly there was commotion in > the!
company - Mreets. Men in khaki i
rutheJ hlthvr.and yovi. grabbing their j
trusty rifles and their trusted blank .
cartridge boxes. Tlie four companies i
rushed to arms, each in different di- ;
rections. With bravery amounting!
to rashnes.s the soldiers stood under*
tjuj pitiless guns of t!ie aeroplanes and j
.shot volley after voll»y into tbe blue .
empyrean, or,up In that direction. The ;
soldiers must have won, for the aero
planes salled-away—though they were
uninjured, apparently. :
it was a -novel show.' and gave a!
lively vi'slon for the spectators to carry]
awny on the retina of their mind's eye*, j
A.v\oi;:\rrcn comtKCTi.v
It also was noteworthy, for it was
the only evrnt which the deep voiced
announcer announced with any correct
ness. The announcer which the avi
ation committee has engaged to shout
misinformation 'through n magaphonc J
cati.Wl th» difference boHveen a mono-j
plane and a biplam-, but whenever n.i
Ciirtlp" machine rose he'announced it;
"ns a Wright an'! when a Wright"'ma-j
chine-went up he told the people"that)
a Curtiu was flying. It* was all right)
for the people who didn't know tin- dif
ference in the makes, but to those who
fan tell a Curtiss from a Wright ma
chine it was,annoying.
BIG CROWD ATTRACTED
Aviation' yesterday proved l#elf,ta be [
tho' emperor,.Of -out "'ot. door^ sports, I
lira wine ...from .the -city,-' from Santa t
Clara, and other.comities-JU>.the -south,
from across the bay.lnMariu and Ala
meda'ceiun'ties and-frwmiother parts of
the state'probably-100.00<> persons.- I
' T.he grandstand at Hie aviation n>ld'j
hoWs 15.000 persons. There were'B,ooo.l
to ,10.000 in tlio ; automobile parJt./and'!
tens of thousands were iiacked in the i
concourse that "spread, north from,the j
grandstand- to . tho high white" pylon \
niore than a Jialf inili- way. Tiien v out- [
side the": fence there were other tens
of ithousands. and ' the slopes south of
the .town of South Sun FranclsOo were ]
black with people, the dark• line being
broken hen and there by; the glitter of
an automobile in the sunlight. „The San
Bruno marghes* held ,many .011 %their
porous crust. The roads running toward
theaviation;fleld were packed with au
tomobiles thta-coulrt not'entertlie con-
' Rested automobile space.'
(,n(ll MIS WKI.I. I'OM(KI) • ' ,
With that the grounds were policed j
admirably.: .Once,the. far, left wing.ofJ|
the standing " room crowd * spread , out;
■.onto the field, but- the: police moved it,
'back,- with less difficulty than might
hayc been anticipated. » Another ftme I
a train load 'of p'cople/.were'tlum'pedon |
the east sldfr'o! t"he fleid, 1 and naturally;
drifted jacr6ss toward; the:camp. •■■. Two
mounted policemen directed) their foot
uteps to the proper .entrance.' At, the i
rloin of th< program, the people \venS:|
onro^the fi-M. but kept "a respectful)
distance from the. fascinating; «ocro-t
plancH. • , ;' , ; ■ ■, "- . ■
WI.\DS WAHHIK AVIXtiS
..When Parnial"'- went Inlo the air at I
2:05 p.tn.' lt'^was plain that the. upper]
Currents Were not as calm as *they were i
„n Saturday. Then the. air crafts* on |
! «Jieir jittaiclitways: nailed vu .lovel I
PART OF THE GREAT CROWD THAT THRONGED THE AVIATION FIELD AND GRANDSTAND AT TANFORAN YESTERDAY.
wings.. ; Yesterday the wings v.-nhhled I
md the planes rocked in the, cradle of
the sky.'' -Pafmalee studied the wii:>l
before he started, and Instead of dy
ing north with the wind, .over the
regular starting " course,- he took his t
biplane back of the- military camp.'and |
whs well An 'the ,alr before, his: flight,
was discovered. He was, up 24, mm- 1
Utes, the longest flight of the day, and
while* he was careful with his Wright
biplane.' he gave the crowd a splendid
idea of plain planing. ,
Latham started his tUght while |
Parmalee was still in the air. lie flew |
.with tlif wind. The heavy monoplane j
skimmed theg round low, passed the
stand, leaped the gully in which
MeyerhoiTer had come to grief, almost
tipped the horse; and man targets j
which the soldiers had so carefully j
placed on the hill, and then it was seen
that he had come to earth. .It. was the
first tense moment of the meet.:;"' An j
ambulance galloped from the military j
camp, automobiles with red banded i
officials hurried down the course, sol- .
diors and others rushed from the cen
ter, of the field toward the fallen An- |
toinette.
MAtHIXK. TOWKD IX
Tlip first aid peopfe found that La- j
tham wall safe, though his "machine
was In a bad way. The, wind had been j
too strong and contrary for the Trench- |
man to"rise In it. and he had had to!
settle on broken ground. This Injured
tiip tail of his machine so it had to;
be laid up for thp day., Later I^atham".s !
machine was ■ . .... in, the aviator, j
with his inevitable cigarette, sitting ■
in the seat and running his engines]
slowly to aid in drawing the machine i
along. j
• Kly followed Latham 1 Into the air i
and out of it. He made a short flight |
and settled behind the targets. His!
trouble was a broken propeller blade,]
and^Glen Curtiss took/a blade oft his j
machine and repaired the injured bl-j
plane. After the damaged part, had I
been repaired. EJly rose from the place
where he had nettled and subsequently
made several flights."
WIIXARD CIRCLKS
Willard, m another Curtiss machine,
took the air'bravely and for five min- j
utes circled around In the upper at
mosphere. ,Parmalee again took out hi?
Wright and, at a height of 500 feet, j
passed over the crowd. Willard, in his
Curtiss, went up while, Parmalec was
still in the air, and the two machines!
flirted with one another in the sky.
Radley's short lived Jump came late
in the afternoon, and was the initiation
of some good flying. Ely and Willard
started oft together with the whir and t
rush of frightened" quail. Brooklns ;
followed them into" the air on his first j
flight of the day, a leather bound young I
ivmti, an! animated thesis on flying. |
Parrnalee.hfV teammate, Jained him up
above In the sham attack on the mili
tary encampment. Ely went, into the j
air as the" two Wright biplanes de
scended, ana that closed the exhibitions'
da jr.
XO RECORD TRIALS
During tho afternoon both Parmalee
and Brooklns considered making tries
for various records, but conditions were
not satisfactory and no contests were i
h<-ld. i
Charles T. Willard of ; the Curtlsa I
team had an inadvertent, clash with '
the police early In the day in" which ]
tempers aviated a little. . Wiltard did
not have his badge with him and non- j
chalantly tried to enter the inner'sec
tiou of the lieid unadorned. A police
man barred his way. Willard started
to explain who he-was, but the. police-; |
man knew more about it than.the avla- j
tor Old, and threatened to. arrest him.';, j
This made Willard wroth..' There was
an unsettled "condition of "the atmos-j
phere*just at , that 1 time '.'which .'might I
have-led to a ' broken'wing or a trip ',
for Willard to'thr- police hangar, but
■ m:iii with a badsrn on Intervened and :
finally persuaded the incredulous police
man that AVI Hard was really .Willard.-.
At'the little, hospital conducted by
the San-Francisco board of health'and
in charge.of the surgeons of the city
and. county hospital and the emergency
(service, several -persons' were treated |
yesterday- for • minor injuries caused '
i,> coming to sharply into contact with
barbed wire. Ainotuj ! those who were
cared for were John Millet, F. Morris,
l>.].ut> . Marshal George- Knwiio ; of
South San Francisco, If. Meier and S.
F. Lopez. . •
TROOI'S FIGHT
1 AIR WARRIORS
i
Crack of Firearms and Aero
planes Foreshadow Fu- ■"
ture Battles
: War an,d rumors of war agitated the '
military forces- on the aviation field
yesterday, but only once did the sinister |
crack of firearms and the ominous '
shadow of attacking. aeroplanes speak
of the/clash of the nineteenth and twen
tieth centuries. This:was when Brook-
Ins and Parnialee, the Wright, Warriors, j
with Eugene Kiy. the cufties 'courier, |
swung in swift circles over the. camp,
while the 'soldiers shot at:them •" from '
below, The aviators had mo Boiribß,"and
the retle shells were filled with blanks.
A.' sentry y stationed out in tlu fic»ld
gve the, alarm- by firing tils ; sun. and
wtlhin IS seconfls't^io companies of the
»<»cond battalion.* under jonimatid" of I
Major J.:. P.'.O'Neill^. were drawn up ana ;
ready to repel the sky attack. It was
quick woVk, but the.aeroplanes move
((Uiokiy and.they.were overhead byfthft
time' the troops, were' ; prep&rtd ■tv lav. i
THE SAX FRANCISCO CALL, MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 1911.
Then the fusillade began, with the aero
planes swooping, around, climbing to a
good height to escape.the rifle fire : and
sliding down- on a 25 degrees Tant to
drop Imaginary' bom"bs among the em
battled host. The audience took, to it.
and there was a spectacular live "min
utes of savage warfare. ~ •' !•>;',.
It was with Latham.that Lieutenant
Paul W. Berk expected to carry out
his exetjjsive program of aeroplane at
tack yesterday, and the accident to the
■ ett*. with the high wind, pre
vented those maneuver?. Today Lieu
tenant Beck plar to carry out the pro
gram, using real explosives.
Not only that, but wireless " tele
graphing an.r telephoning will be car
ried on bet«veon the aeroplanes and the
aviation field. The Western > Wireless
Equipment company and the novel ap
paratus for the aviators is ready.*: The*
operator goins up in the aeroplane will
have a .small receiving board it rapped
to his -wrist and 'a sending? board
strapped on his knees. A specially con
structed storage battery. will be ear
ned on the floor of the p aircraft. The.,
whole device weighs only 80 pounds.
Then emssages will be exchanged." F.
TV. Shaw, the operator at the ground
station, will get into touch will all
the staions about the bay today and
keep them informed whenever an aero
plane leaves the aviation Held end ven
turesoist into th» bay.region. .'
The wireless telephoning will be car
ried on -by the Aerial telephone and
power company, acting with an .op
erator In an aeroplane just as the.wire
less' telegraphing will be carried on.
The telegraphing plant will be "ready
today . and the telephoning'plant to
morrow.
... _ ■ ,;_.; » ;.
LORIMER CASE MAY
BLOCK LEGISLATION
Both Branches of Congress
Show Disposition to Forget
Baliinger Controversy
WASHINGTON*, .lan. —Senators in
terested In getting to work on appro
priation bills that have passed the
house are beginning to fear that con
sideration of the. Lorimer case may
prevent them from giving the budget
measures '. the; careful study the bills
merit. Indications are that the Uorl
mer case' may consume a r major por-^
tion of all the time that remains of the
present session. HMB&Qf
Either Senator;Beveri(lge or, Senator ,
Owen s will speak tomorrow in opposi
tion to " Senator Lorimer being per
mitted to retain his. seat. Whichever'
speaks, an attack will. be made upon
tin- findings •■!' the committee on privi
leges and elections, exonerating thV>
senator of the charges of bribery; filed;
In connection with his election.',
This is expected to precipitate .• a |
controversy ,"n which the senate, will
have-to decide for or against Lorhner.'
AS'tlro question is on« of highest privi
lege, it can be. brought up, even to the
exclusion of appropriation-bills.
RBPI HI.M \\ WHIP HI <>V
Representative I »Wight, the -ropubli-,;
can whip of the house,; will continue;
his' rfforts to. keep, a '-republican/, ma-'
Jority constantly in tin chamber this
weel\. He-' is trying to carry out his ;
promise to President Tuft tbat a legis
lative/ program .will' be ... cnacatcd that
will prove (satisfactory to * the adminis
tration. , ; .
'Members fear -that eveti. If the!
Jiouse crowds administration measured
through, they v.-ill stand little prospect
of enactment by tlie senate * because <
of the . Lorlmer; contest.
There seems little prospect of any j
decision by- congress between the ma
jority ; and minority '. of the committee
which investigated the Ba!linger-Pin
chot:case. Occasionally «OTne onesuß
gests that the house.vote on the ques
tion, but nothing whatever Is Jipard of
the.{reports in the senate. In both
branches it' Is manifest that, most of
the members arc Inclined to'forget the
controversy. " ,• • ■
Y'KAIIV TAKKS I»KFK\SIVK
L .The inquiry of the houac committee
on naval affairs into Captain. Peary's
claim" to have discovered the North
pole, made in connection With the, sen
ate bill to rctk'eliim as a rear, admiral,"
is h attracting considerable attention.
For: the purpose' of bringing out -any
facts that I;the' committee" may. desire,
Captain Peary announced that he Would
assume,a defensive position, but he in
vited questions. Representative Mac on
of "Arkansas is [ the* leader of the»oppo-
Ritidn'tothus'honor Captain Peary.". '
DIRECT, EUECTIOV- IM.WS '
* 'Whether the senate Committee on ;
■juditiary will adrvpt the report of the
subcommittee * which v,recommended •, -.< -
constitutional amendment for the elec
tion -of:; senators: by ; direct',''vote, de
pends largely upon the fate of the De- •
pc wamendment. which would ' allow
'•ingress 'to make, regulations govern
ing primaries in connection with sena
torial contests.'.' -*r
.; Southern"senators profess to see in lit
an;attempt to vitiate:the.laws, in sev
eral states disfranchising negro voters.
The sentiment is believed to be against
the :DepeW; amendment, hut if It fails
in the committee. It probably will be
offered in,the senate.
Words re foinetiineß the result of
thought, but too ofen 'they are not. • >
'A ■ woman." isn't ■ self-made" Just: be
cau.K»:«h!»;niß];f>n: hint* own^ompiexioti.
It dd«sn"tif|uire p.skillful driver.to
drive some mtu im . mink. w -
SPECTATOR FALLS
FROM HIGH CLIFF
I Machinist Badly Hurt While
Trying to Get View
/ of Aeroplanes " f
While watching the airship .flights
I yesterday from the summit of the cliff
I near -the Union Iron works In Four
jteenth avenue South'" .1. B. Ranchevy, a
j machinist, 30' years old, living at 923 I
I Minna street, lost his footing "and fell
jto its base nearly 40 feet below. He
j suffered severe lacerations of the
scalp and broke the little finger of his |
1 right hand. His wounds were-dressed j
.at the t>otrero emergency hospital.
i Ranchevy ascended the cliff early In
! t!:e ('ay to seek a vantage point, but
i found many there before him with the
j same-; object in view. . When the
i flights commenced . the crowd was so
; great he was forced to the extreme
outer, edge. In straining his eyes and i
! craning: his ne^ji to get a better view j
Jhe went an inch too far. The earth i
crumbled from under his feet and he \
fell, accompanied by a mass of earth
1 and rock, Into pool of water below.
This fact probably saved liis life, as
the water was deep enough to ..break
I the fall. . ,
I When rescued by:'bystanders his one
regret was that iipjia'd not been.able
to get a pood vfrAv of." the airships j
after coming a long Way "to see them.!
"Had the crust of that, cliff only I
! waited another minute," " lie exclaimed; !
when placed on the operating table, "I ;
would have got a dandy view of the
first flight." . - >" ,
• _
CARPENTER ON HIS
WAY TO MANILA
Executive Secretary Arrives i
Here After Investigation
in Washington
Frank W. Carpenter, executive tec- ■
retary of the Philippines, returned
from* Washington yesterday/where he
: went, to giv« testimony before a spe
cial Investigating committee ? s on • the'
charge preferred by Representative :
I Martin' of^ColOrado that" members of
j the interior-department in the Inlands
■ had been exploiting the friar lan.ls for
jtlie benefit of themselves and their
! friends. , . .
j Carpenter is at the Palace, ami #111
lop.vr fcr his post this morning oh lie
Mongolia... He has been a month in ,
Wash!ngton;*AThe "questions involved
. in. the Invi he says. . eon
cernetl the personal integrity of Dean
C..^Worcester, secretary of interior,, in
the mater of leasing lands VtoVhis
nephew, K. L, Worcester,; Carpenter's
own leasing of 4,000 acres of land, and
the ohnest. jcof " th« governor general,
Cameron Forbes, In selling| one-estate i
of .".."..'too acres'to P. M. Pools, who la
1 said to have been the agent of ' the
Speyer syndicate of \New. York: .' '
'•; Tlie third question discussed was an
interpretation of. the; act of congress
imposing restrictions as to what area
may be i acquired by, purchasers or
| lessees of •; public domain. .'-: Secretary
, Worcester, Carpenter and their.friends,
have all along maintained that the law
regarding public domain did* not affect j
friar lands. The public domain, crown ,
lands, etc.. were taken over by the
! government at the time of .the taking
over of the Islands. The friar lands
were left undisturbed, apparently, ', '"'i
penter indues, , because the .friars had
proper title to these lands. -
The investigation .going on in Wash
ington! will continue - for six weeks' to
come,"'; the executive secretary -thinks, ,
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f -...".'■ " 'I ■■ • ■ ■ . .. I,'*!
$1,500 FOR KIN
OF FIRE VICTIMS
■ ■ .■•■..■,:', ;.'..-£' •.;■■.•■ ;■ r ■ ■■:■ i
,
- Working ■ quietly among themselves,
members or the fire department of San
Francisco hn\V raised the f sum.-: of |
$1,500 for Turnings of the victims or!
recent fires .in Chicago^:and" Philadel- •
phia. Shortly after, the disasters a list
was 'opened and:circulated:.from; engine
house.to. engine house.'. The money
Will be- taken today by Mayor Me- j
Carthy. He win stop in Chicago long j
"enough" to: leave $1,000 with tlie "mayor
and will place $500 in the hands of the
mayor of Philadelphia.' '„
;: It" Wfiß:on-Owembefv 21 that ;'a score :
.of! ; firemen i lost" their:, lives in .a ;bla*e
that destroped a leather goods factory
in ! Philadelphia:*, MBmIMMSHM
,' .The next day 25 members of the Chi-,
rago department * were 1 killed by. fa 11
--lnsr wnlls trhile fiKhtlni? a fire in tin*
stockyards.'*' : ,■■;■•; _ , ■ .■;
- In both cities relief funds were raised
for tho families of the victims. • •* - :; !
MAN-CARRYING KITES TO
BE TESTED AT TANFORAN
Samuel F. Perkins, n»/io will jly by kite at the aviation field 100 feet in
the air supported by 13 kites.
Army Officers to Make Practical Experiments
With Invention of Perkins
■For the first time in Its history the
army will make a practice test of the
usefulness of the kite in war during
the aviation meet at Tanforan this
week.,: The two/kites seen higlie over
the field- yesterday were not put. to
use. ; But ■ beginning with today they
will be thoroughly,tested by Lieutenant
Klvld Hunt "of- Company \ V, Thirtieth
In fan try, who- has been detailed r for
this purpose by Major O'Neill "of;the
encampment.- assisted' by ,the .Inventor,"
Samuel K. Perkinß," a noted balloonist
of Boston. ' -
Amonff the new things that Perkins
himself purposes to• do: at Tanforan : is
to break his own record kite ascent
of 350 feet, to "send ..wireless-messages
from his chair and to try a two man
lift. The tvlreleas experiments are of
especial interest -; to iLieutenant \ Hunt,•
who intends to see also what the kites
offer in the way of scouting and sharp
shooting 1.
', .While' the -areo plane: can use 1: their
planes to break their descent is, case
of mishap, Perkins j builds his kites of i
strongest', materials: he ', can' apply
and;says;there is'not going to be any;- ;
fall, "Nor, are . army men apprehensive■
on that accouht.t '-Major r O'Neill *Is an ,
Intimate, friend of captain "Wise, now;
at Fort , Leavenworth,-.who' experiment
ed extensively with- man carrying kites
several '• years .: ago. Owing:' to • several j
.;-;' Dollar Dinner on "The Owl." ; : '
•-'.Commencing^January. 7, the Southern ■
Pacific will, serve a $1 Table d'Hote
dinner on "the Owl' limited,^ instead of ',
a ila ': carte ? service. . Southern Pacific I
company, ticket offices,' Flood building,
Pa.lace Market street ferry depot ;
Third and j.Townsend tstreets> depot• and '
Broadway and ' Thirteenth ■ street, Oak- ■
land. ".:■-.' "■'•-.; /'...-•: ■':■',.. ..:•••"
CASTOR IA
. For Infants and Children. ■
The Kind You Have Always Bought
Bears the // y^^g,'
serious; accidents, - Captain Wise 'gave
up; experimenting. * Major" O'Neill was
transferred' nt that, time to' the west,
and'had since been awaiting, an op
portunity to experiment, for himself.
Perkins has; proved the feasibility of
the man supporting-kite and expects to
interest, the war. department .in his
patents. His plan is not to depend on
one kite, ; but , a string of them. -. • In' a If,"
collection consists '^of 200 kites. A
dozen or. more .are used in making;an
ascent They, are made 'of spruce
frame!", covered with silk, and a string
can develop the -pulling power: of a
to n."
, The mothod.of ascent i* first to send
up a large kite IS feet in length. Others
are . strung .on, ncrordinpr to the wind
pressure, when .the' flyer >steps into
bis bos'ii's chair, for the -ascent, the
first kite "is" perhaps , a mile .-or more
away. . •
Perkins", who l| only 25 ypars old, has
San Francisco*a ijg I Eijyy| Where >
Leading lM jS^ Friends
Cafe Delight
Restaurant «l^y V^ A/ e e<
Afternoon and Evening of Every Day
In connection with our regular' a la Carle Service.
11:30 to 2, "6 to 8:30, 8:30 to 12,
-The /finest.' Com- A five; course Din- a rP f, n prl •«*«;.*_•
merciaJ Lunch ob- ncr with Sparkling ,A refined evenings
; tainablc, j Wine, • , • r -entertainment with
50°- . $1.50. music and song.
• had a brilliant record -as.a balloonist
and a developer of aeronautical science.
He'comes from Boston, where he. was
1 graduated ■ from the. Boston mechanical
arts* high school and took a "course for
[tiro years at the Massachusetts insti
tute.:-of technology. IHe is an 'active
; member,, of the Aero Club, of America
■ and- the" Aero;; Club; of New England.
; He had charge of the kite display at th«
i Harvard-Boston aero meet, where for
the first time in America a man was
! sent aloft sustained by 18 hu*e aero
plane kites, flown tandem, a 9-16 manila
rope being-. required to hold the 200
pound strain. He- has Rows his man
carrying kites in other places with suc
cess.
( The most perilous adventure that Jer
kins ever had was as the American, aid
in the- Dusselrtorf /balloon' In thf> .race
which started at St. Louis October 17.
Perkins gained bis first experience
With kites When lie was working with
" ' Prof. A.* r^awrence. Botch of. Harvard
and H. 11. Clayton of the Blue Hill
meteorological observatory. When Cap
tain Thomas 8. Baldwin sold to the.
• United StatVi government Its first
dirigible balloon he chose Perkins as
his assistant.*
He was selected as aid to Lieutenant
Hans Gerlcke In the balloon Dusseldort
on- account of his knowledge of air
currents, aeronautics ' mid of the
geography of the United States., • They
sailed from St. Louis and were in the
air' 42 hours 28 minutes. Their route
was'over the city of Milwaukee, which
they passed at an altitude •of two
miles. From there.-their course was
into. Canada and'they sailed-into the
wilderness, far ■ beyond any railroads
and 17, miles north- of 'Lake'Klsklsfnk.
They, wore discovered in the.wilderness
by a guide for a hunting : club ' and
taken back to civilization. ':..--"
DYNAMITE EXPLOSION
WRECKS NINE BUILDINGS
$30,000 Damage Is Done to Colo
rado Property
VICTOR,.CoIo.. Jan..B. —An. explosion
of several hundred.pounds of dynamite
in ;the thawing room; of; the granite
mine* on Battle mountain early this
morning wrecked mine buildings,.shat- ,
tered windows in buildings half a mile
distant and did damage estimated''-at
between.s2s,ooo and $30,000.,
'No one was seriously injured.;
J. C. McDonald,', night, watchman,
was in the engine, room about 170 feet
distant. The ;>ngine:. - •.room ,-was
wrecked, but McDonald escaped with a
few slight scratches; find a/shaking up.
Jw*' Made by a firm who V§
(§n for nearly 60 years has (2 -
5cK devoted its energies to '.»?:
j^. produce the finest of a {Tj
I vJL cocoa preparation.
fc»< ..It'-costs less than a cent V^
§§V D. Ghirardelli Co., Rgi
~~Y\ , San Francisco. . £3
*g£2 -- Since 1852. [Q

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