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, oW. any more than in the (feigning of an ocean ner) that this new ship, which Colonel Hensley hopes ta to Miu v v me ci in ai uic TO " .! A . A. I A. I f J .l .I. Jin! milrs each. It is designed tn mrr kli mx iiiuii-1" - - - VC! tio of hoped io cago witl roughly! 150 Irilon hour; thi i . covered I ffiuator, witli Din I vim ihm i. m lour st.iK 's ot ..it ..c rn'M if iv; (iiviiiiiii t.. . nasseri'1 s vv.ij ,,v , nan pei roi, on, JJJ JJon roviding sleeping quarters, library, rti taurant. cii rt)mi- lU' N"" Mnokmg is allowed at nroeiii " tbese Zeppelins as the precautions neces sarv for indttteencc have not vet been carried into effect. The new ship will have all of the conveniences midcomi of modern travel. Including a promenade deck in lK Colonel Hcnsley, who lias heen in- restigati teppciin construction and opera- tlOn HI It" -HI"113 HM MVMWI SUIVt 1 1 If SlIllUg of the a ttice, said to DM that the ship he re could ny iron tseritn to Chi t landing, a distance of 5,500 miles at the average rate of speed of over rt, OT in excess of ninety miles an the distance to Chicago could be 58 hours, or about two davs and a half: and that, with proper landing facilities and halls, it 1 continue around the world, hack to its origii starting place in ten days, j I had another al flash of Balltn, as I absorbed this itttemeni nd the Colonel icemed to kn m what hi i talking iboUt He continued: "I am ' adiny up on all the Zeppelin dope I can get, and this new ship i far the greatest thing yet nstructed. The Might across the t lantic b) the English-made Zeppelin i no i circuit! to the certainties OI what may be done sritl this airship; indeed, excepting for its theatrical aspect, the flight ol the English ship cannot lj be Compared to Mights made by certain Zeppelins during the war; notably, one of which covered OVer SIX thousand kilometers in a flight to the German South African Col ni -an mi!: ished trip, as the ship was recalled by wirele before she had reached her destination. The Structure I am negotiating for is not sub ject to indemnification claims against Germany, and, ihould we eventually secure it, it will he purely 01 a purchase basis." I learned that the company has been at work, since the signing Of tin ustice and the negotiation of :he Peace Treaty, manufacturing Zep pelin parts; but on account of the vovisiOl 5 of the Treaty, these ships have Dot heen finished or put to gether. There is a great war Zeppelin, one built for the pur- pose ot o mDing raris or Lon don, in tlu big hall at Fried richshafen It has a capacity oi 72,00 l cubic meters. The French are claiming it, or en deavurn ig to establish a claim tor it, and the Zeppelin peo ple leenv 1 indifferent as to its final disposition. "You e." said Baron von Geflttttingen, "my uncle never in tended the Zeppelins for war purposes Thev were con icriptcd, as were all the resources i tlu i try, in our struggle for defense. 1 he destruction of these it i peaceful inventions in fact their us in the war, as an offensive weapon fas a contributing cause, in large degree, I the death of my uncle. Count Zep peltn, V had made hundreds of regular pas senger flights before the war, and carried thousan people. As a passenger conveyance, of the highest most excellent performance, the Zeppelin had ma demonstration the year before the war broke md this terrible conflict quite changed our plans i nstruction, diverting us from many de termine ; movements, such as heating the passenger quarte; very important item), doing away with the noise ol motors, complete safety, and so on. All of fee are now solved. We have carried over 'V11 ! s up to date ; look at the number of your jjckct ! yon are number 8,420! You saw, at the Berlin what the demand for reservations on the Boden as. These reservations have to be booked week Ivance. The popularity of this method of travi indicated by this demand, and its safety is shown 1 , constant lowering of the insurance rate, , 1'cn 1 ''leu in three months from six dollars per thousand . two dollars." Ni the Baron responded to my inquiry, "we aren,t rned with English rivalry. There is room is F a ' air' a"d wc wish t,um wclI: but thc thing s '1( 'j s'" Their conspicuous achievement in cross ing the Atlantic with a reconstructed model of our old jype Zepp ,ns onjy provcs what can be done by ex- I nce(l rators with perfected structures. ikl. i 1 rience in changing the construction of our M,,Is has '...I, rt..on. Jj t Ji.fiit.. the utiiHst consetiuence. Enlargement, diminution, strengthening here, or lightening there, are all governed by the application of laws quite other than multiplication or subtraction, and laws which can onlv DC determined by repeated tests and the observation' Of interrelated facts. During the progress of the war we were able to commenr A Mm.h-t.. in each one of our four different works, a fully equipped Zeppelin airship m four weeks' time, that is, four a month. I h v cott, or rather were sold for. at that time, approximately, :00,000 marks ($125,000) each; but, at pres ent, this figure is greatly increased not sub stantially so, however, when we figure the Sicht u he rt ran bar. Luftfahrschein Nr.sViO Auf Omnd d AagtMi PiSjplSjl vop Mark ffliuil 7 w-mw AW unlvr umjlchcndt.!) BcdinK.iMKe(. das Anrccht ?au MiHabrt In dem Zeppelin Luftschiff Ci' " . - mm Bl mW mm I Person aFri, Atxahri0" der itsj,h.dif: Berlin-TJ t... ken von aem i-jmdungpiit .den 19 f Hamburg Amerika Liaie Ahtcilan Luilvtrkehr 1 Cnterv. r ' Dieter FahiUiein l nur lusammcn mil dun koniroilabsiboitt KQ!llx Kraft wajen Nr. iicdinguitirtrt unneitla. "KcxJensec" leaving berth for cmisc in Sw lcrlnnd. literati Mr. Thompion's Zeppelin airship ticket. The amount of five hundred and seventy -five marks was equal in value at the time to $20. p r e-w a r value of money. What we did during the war in the way of turning out these ships, would now require six months time ; but, once condi tions are again favor able to our industrial life, we can finish a mod ern perfected Zeppelin in half that time; that is, we can construct and put together an airship that can travel around the world in four or five landings and make the journey in two hun dred and twenty-four hours ten days." "How about strong gales and storms?" I asked him. He replied: "We can navi gate the air in any weather, that will permit of our getting out of our hangars or halls, and can make fairly high speed against practically any wind, ex cepting hurricanes or cyclones, and those we can avoid. In moving out or into our halls, it is the side winds that trouble us. This will be solved, however, by constructing hangars which may be turned, like a locomotive turn-table, according to the direction of the wind. Xone of these has yet been built, but their construction only awaits the freedom of action incident to settled conditions which should come with peace." I AM asked most frequently regarding the sensation of such an experience as an air-plane or Zeppelin flight. For my part, this is difficult to describe. It is certain that the feeling of anxiety and nervousness is entirely missing indeed, there was an utter absence of apprehension or fear on the part of my fellow passengers. Two travelers, however, were so sea-sick during the voyage that they lost interest altogether in the thrilling moving picture reeling off beneath us. I did not sense any such disturbance, personally, at all, though 1 am not what is called a "good sailor." The rocking and pitching of the "Hodensee" was due to its flying at a very low altitude (about 450 feet above the ground) and the consequent variations in the Interior of passenfer gondol. density of the air as we Hew over a forest and then a sandy field. The effect on the air of different kinds of vegetation, and the nature of the soil of the earth, is marked and noticeable in flights at such low heights; hut higher up the air density is so uniform that movement is imperceptible. At three thousand feet, if you could not see the mountains and fore-ts running away from you. the sensation of motion would would be altogether abent. Yon would have the illusion of standing still. On the "Bodensce." you stand up and move ahniit vrti luL- int f tli rtw4s atwl ilL- ; i j "- -,. iiiv h iiiuwn j uiiu lain. j: If you talk too long, yoor sub-conscious mind suddenly brings you back to the window and you become dumb once more with the wonder of the whole thing. Meantime the motors of the ship are driving her like a wild duck, arrow like, straight on in its course, over exactly tin same track she had traveled before. We veered, once, several miles out of our course while passing over the mountains of the Thuringen forest, to run around and avoid a snow storm. Al the sun became over-clouded the air turned icy cold, and blankets were brought into requisition. Tea was served, and in half an hour we were again in the sun shine and the storm was behind us. Von Gemmingen told me the ship always passes over precisely the same route. "Our course is like a tunnel, cut through the air," he said. "It is laid upon our navigation chart, according to certain landmarks, such as conspicuous buildings, hills, mountains, and so on. It is not varied, excepting for storms." Germany is a great winter-cabbage country, and this vegetable becomes blue as it ripens. In looking at these fields, they appeared like beds of mignonette Tame pigeons were flying about below us. and as we pasted over villages, pigs and ducks, chickens and sheep could be seen and identified. A wild deer broke out of a forest and dashed for a moment into view. A farmer, at the plow, would stop and wave his hat to us doubtless thinking, where the hat had formerly rested, something about "ueber alles" as we roared past. And speaking of this roar; it is deafening, to be sure, if you are below or behind the motors; but racing away from the noise at the rate of seventy miles an hour, as we were doing, only a dull dreamy sub-tone comes to you and the voice does not have to be raised in the least for agreeable conversation. As we approached the Svis frontier, the far-away Alps could be seen, with their white snow-capped peaks reaching into the clouds. As we came up to the Zeppelin hall at Friedrichshafen on Iake Constance (Bodensee), the engines stopped. There was dead quiet. I was told that the action was to test the buoy ancy and determine the loss of gas. It was only for a moment and the motors were again started, with the ship steering for the ground at an easy angle. In five minutes, as I timed the thing, we were down and safely anchored in the hall. It was four o'clock We had made the flight in five and a half hours. The trip had given me a taste and fairly fixed comprehension of the method of fast travel of to morrow; a reflectiem too, I am pretty sure, of an unexpressed dream of that remarkable Jew and super-ship-builder, Albert Balltn, whose great brain and heart gave way under the loss of the Leviathan, the Imperator, the George Washington, etc., into the insatiable maw of Mars. I m B&fl mmA mm HBlti rfriirrtfmir ifo P g 00 Vo Gemminien. of the airship company. Loading hatsage UP into hold of the Zeppelin The IIM horsepower motors of the "Bodensce. A motor photographed from window of airship.