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Hardware Company FOR EVERYTHING IN Hardware Military Lockers Gold Medal COTS We are here to accommodate you—use us, WEST POINT, MISS. When Visiting Columbus EAT AT 2be Sell Cafe The Best Equipped and Most SANITARY Place in Town J. W. JONES, Druggist We Carry a Full Line of Drugs, Cigars, Cigarettes, Cold Drinks TOILET ARTICLES—STATIONERY Next Door to Gilmer Hotel Columbus, Miss. ^_ "OUR BEST LIVER TONIC" TAKES THE PLACE OF CALOMEL Acts on the Liver and Cures Indigestion 50c A BOTTLE FOR SALE BY R. H. REDUS & COMPANY WEST POINT, MISS. Made by Weaver & Harrington, Columbus, Miss. Established 1889 J. H. Stevens & Son “The Main Street Grocers” Columbus, Mississippi All Things in a First-Class Grocery. Will Appreciate Your Business jjf How the First Ride Feels *» *■ -Jt Lieut. Arthur Duffey, pres ent physical director of Payne Field, describes most vividlj in a letter to the Boston Posl the feelings a man experience? in his first ride in an airplane Extracts of Lieut. Duffey’s let ter as printed in the Boston pa per follow: “This life is simply one thrill after another. No one on the outside, or in civil life knows what aviation means and what some of these Ameri can boys are up against. II certainly is an eye-opener. The American aviators deserve just as much credit as any man in the trenches. And I know what I am talking about, Over in the trenches they are dodging the missiles of the Germans, but these boys are risking their necks every day they go up into the air. “When I entered the service I did not think that I w'ould have to fly, but I do. I am now’ an adept at the game and think nothing of going up. However, you can imagine my consternation when I was handed my first assignment and the flight surgeon said to me: ‘Duffey, how is your nerve?’ “I told him I thought it was all right and he promptly re plied : “Good. I’m glad you’re here. Tomorrow we are having a cross-country flight to Tupelo. I will not be able to go, but you can. Go over and see that the boys do not eat their heads off.’ ui course it flabbergasted me for the moment. But when I looked around and saw all kinds of grit and gameness staring me in the face, I would not be a quitter for a minute. First Air Trip “Well, anyway, the next day at 10 o’clock we were all as sembled at the hangars of the flying field. It made me think of an intercollegiate cross country championship. Mo tors were sputtering all around me. Wings and wires were being tested. One after anoth er the boys, were pulling down their helmets and placing theii goggles. Never did any bunch of athletes set out more willingly and confidently tc their task “Finally my ‘ship’ was ready. I climbed aboard with Lieutenant Stewart. I was strapped to the seat tightly, my hands on the side like a regular aviator. The propeller was set in motion and my trusty gave her the gun and we were off. Naturally, I felt a ■ little squeamish. It was the first time I ever saw a machine close up. And such a mechan ical contrivance! Going along the ground was nothing unlike riding in an auto; but as the ‘ship’ got up momentufn, like a bird we gradually rose from the ground and encircled the field. We were about 1 000 feet in the air when we set out for Tupelo. “Some have been through the game and know. I remember a friend telling me that the sensation was akin to the first drink. Well, it has been such a long time since the first one 1 have forgotten the incident, But let me tell you that run ning 100 yards in 9 3-5 sec onds; skirting the end of a football team for a touchdown, or putting over the ‘k. o.’ in the fight game all have their thrills, but nothing in compar ison to the first ride in an air ship. Must Know Business “Finally we were to a heighl of 5000 feet in the air, and fell in squadron formation. This is the most difficult part of fly ing for there are ships above and below. Some are withir 30 feet distance so you can im agine how a pilot has to be or the qui vive. Of course I was a little apprehensive on the trip. It was decidedly bumpj in the air and the good ship would sink and then stick hei nose up and climb higher anc higher. If you can imagine numerous ships over Washing ton street in battle formatior you have an idea of our squad ron as it approached Tupelo Coming to the little town we broke up our formation anc one by one the ships spiralled down to the landing field. Jusl how one feels at a height of 5000 feet and looking down a' the country below is hard t( describe. To the novice, natu rally, the first thought that flashes through the mind is: j ‘Supposing something should happen to the machine.’ But soon this feeling is overcome and one is taken up with the ! beautiful view below. Huge trees appear like bushes. All: | the lines of the different farms I are easily discernible and one j j seems to see very clearly in all directions. It makes one feel how infinitesimal one is in the ; great world. ‘•But the real thrill of the ) flying game is felt going down.: J As the ‘ship’ starts to nose 1 j down before the start of the j spiral it is the same sensation' as the drop of the chutes at any beach. But as the spiral starts all one can do is sit back and hold fast and wait for something to happen. It is al-| | most indescribable, and what! a relief when the machine; lands gently on the ground be fore an amazed crowd.” REASONS I DID NOT LIKE MY FUNERAL — The white lily in my hand—| ; I have always disliked the odor of lilies. The suspicion that my hair had not been parted in the right place. The draught from the open l window. The candles—I hate dim lights in a big room. I nmall wF* ovona a nt’ 1 new gloves. The conversations, carried on in whispers, as if there had been a sudden epidemic of lar yngitis in the room. The officious family friend who stopped the hurdy-gurdy on the sidewalk, right in the middle of my favorite fox-trot. The creaking camp chairs and their irresistible associa tion with Coney Island steam ers. The mixture of roses and pe- j onies— a most unfortunate' conmbination of colors. The many mourners whose sackcloth and ashes were, 1 suspected, only triumphs of camouflage. The rubber-heeled under taker who behaved as if he had invented Death and was trying to be modest about it. The funeral fan who boasted that mine was the fifth that week. The presence of my good old friend, Harry—who wished to] be on the golf links just as ar dently as 1 did. The old uncle who insisted upon detailing unpleasant and uncensored anecdotes of my boyhood. The intimate friend who took a succession of visitors aside and confided, in forebod ing undertones, that I hadn’t left a nickel. The woman I didn’t in the least remember who hysteri cally asserted that she had i been the one love of my life, j 1 11C 01gm~0OVlll5 jy* vvvouiv/1* of servants. The longing for a cigarette. The consensus of opinion that I looked so natural— and with a lily in my hand! The falsetto minister who had a passion for clearing his throat. The amateur quartette who got hopelessly off the key in “Jerusalem the Golden.” The rude way in which so many comparative strangers stood and stared at me. —Ex. The American “Aces” Maj. Raoul Lufberry (killed May 19, 1918)—18 planes. Sergt. David E. Putnam, Brookline, Mass.—13 planes. Lieut. Frank L. Baylies, Bed ford, Mass.—12 planes. Maj. William Thaw, Pitts burgh, Pa.—5 planes. Lieut. Douglass Campbell, Pasadena, Calif.—5 planes. Lieut. Robert Magoun, Bos ton, Mass.—5 planes. Adjt. Edwin C. Parsons, Springfield, Mass.—5 planes. Lieut. H. Clay Ferguson, (wounded Mar. 12, 1918) — 5 planes. Lieut. Paul Frank Baer, Mo bile, Ala.—6 planes. Corp. David McK. Peterson, Honesdale, Pa.—6 planes. Lieut. Edward Rickenback er, New York City—5 planes. THE GILMER [HOTELi Columbus* Mississippi OFFERS SPECIAL COURTESIES To All Men in Uniform Che Bank of UJest Point WEST POINT, MISSISSIPPI Any business given us will be appreciated and will receive our best attention. The business of Payne Field especially solicited. WE WILL do our best to make our business relations pleasant and agreeable. FOUR PER CENT PAID ON SAVINGS ACCOUNTS DEPOSITS GUARANTEED BANK OF WEST POINT ____J Columbus Clothing Co. CLOTHING SHOES HATS HENRY BEARD, - - - - PRESIDENT Soldiers’ Wives, ATTENTION! Watkins Millinery & Exchange, 25 Main St. are prepared « « T T j Other new now with a O I I 1 I O y- goods arriv complete line X dll XXdilst^ ing daily. Com m e rc i a 1. Hotel Mrs. A. E. Gunter, Proprietress American Plan—Special Rates to Soldiers Try Us When in the City. 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