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ISSUED EVERY SATURDAY FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS OF SAN FRANCISCO AND CALIFORNIA
ALONZO AT THE
MODEL AEROPLANE MEET
THE San Francisco CALL
SAN FRANCISCO, CAL., SATURDAY, MAY 25, 1912.
The hands of the ferry clock pointed t« 2 minutes of 1 o'clock as the Pup
and I dodged through the press of early Haturday afternoon commuters and
clanging streetcars In an effort to make tb4 1 o'clock boat for Oakland. Wβ
raced through the big gates and down (he .slip on to the ferry Just as the gong's
began to sound.
Tho Pup, as you nil know, is a fat pup. and the least little bit of exertion
makes him pun* a porpoise.
"My KT/icious, Alnnzrt" , he panted, as we reached the upper-deck, "I wish to
goodness you'd remember thnt I'm not a member of any track team, that I know
of, and tousequently not In training for such t. sprint as you have just given
me. It wouldn't surprise me In tho least if I died of exhaustion some day after
one of these undignified tripe."
"My dear Pup," said I, "you'll never acquire a sylphliko figure without
exercise. I'm simply looking out for your own good. You couldn't enter the last
dog show on account of overweight, you know."
Now, the Pup Is sensitive In regard to his avoirdupois, and so maintained, a
dignified silence for at least 10 minutes.
The day was beautiful. Overhead was a true California sky, all blue, whilo
the sunlight flickered over the water In a flood of golden light. Under tho
influence of the climatic conditions Puppy's ill humor gradually thawed, and
his round, smug face little by little assumed l€a usually normal happy expression.
Wβ boarded a train at the mole and were soon speeding through Oakland
on our way to
"Alonzo," ventured the Pup, "don't you tliink It's about time you told me
where we're going?"
"Why, surely, Puppy," said I; "that's a reasonable request. We are going
to attend the bay cities model aeroplane meet, which is to be held in Fruitvalo
this afternoon, under the auspices of the Oakland Y. M. C. A. There will be a
number of the Juniors present, so It behooves you to be on your good behavior.
The Pup turned to me with dismay written large upon his rotund face.
"Alonsso," he quavered, "I'm awfully fond of you, and I'd do 'most anything to
please you, but don't ask me to go up In another aeroplane. You know the last
time I fell out, and if I hadn't been tied by my left hind foot I would surely
have been dashed to pieces—"
"Tut tut! Puppy," said I. "There won't be anything out there big enough
for you to fly in if you wanted to. The machines to be entered are little toy
models, so cheer up."
Just at that moment the conductor came to the door. "FRUITVAL,K!" he
bawled. I jumped up In such a hurry that I twisted ray muzsle under one ear,
and very nearly turned turtle down the car iteps. Still, it doesn't matter very
muoh HOW you arrive, so long a* you get there, so Puppy and I lost no time
in making our way across the road from the depot to the aviation Meld, wftere
the flights were already In progress.
The lot on which the events were held Is an immense one, and a splendid
one for such an affair. Aβ we reached the incloaure we spied a crowd of boys
and men gathered about the starter. Overhead several small machines were
winging their flights, urged hither and thither by the wind. Just as we reached
the seat of operations a slender, well built lad stepped in front of the starter,
bearing in his hands a machine particularly noticeable for the coating of black
paint which covered it from end to end.
As the starter gave the word, he lifted the machine. high above his head
and launched it forth Into the very teeth of the wind. Describing a wide circle,
it turned about and started for the other end of the field, looking more like a
big blackbird than anything else. On it went, gracefully holding its own, on
until it seemed as though it would never stop. It did, though, and made its
descent to terra flrma amid the cheers of the young spectators. This machine
was Butler's "Black Pirate," its owner being a San Francisco boy and a member
of the Polytechnic Aero club of this city.
The "Black Pirate" was followed by Dudley Brown's trim little ship, which
wrested from its black rival the silver loving cup for distance. The latter,
however, won the first prixe in the duration event, remaining in the air for 5i
"Now, this is the sort of sport I call sensible," said the Pup, solemnly.
"Airships are all right so long as you don't haVe to go up with them yourself.
Do you reckon they'd let us join*the Poly Aero club, Alonzo?"
I didn't have time to theorize on the possibilities of Puppy's becoming a
member of the Poly Aero club, for Just at that moment the third event of the
afternoon was called, and a most exciting , event it proved to be. Quite a number
of machines were enlisted in the contest, which was for speed, and the best
record was made by K. Robinson, who made the distance, of 150 feet in 3 4-5
R. Montanya won tfie first prize* in the accuracy contest, and the last event
of the afternoon was a duration contest, in which C. Clevenger of Oakland
carried off first honors.
With the settling of the last machine in the final event I turned about in
search of my small brother. 1 finally discovered him in the midst of the Poly
club camp. The boys were making a great fuss over him, and had about decided
to adopt him as the club mascot when I hurried up. I had some difficulty in
persuading the Pup to relinquish his new honors long enough to go h6me with
me, and since then mother and I have bad to resort to rope to keep him in his
bed at nights. 1 am afraid the Pup will become a martyr to aviation yet.