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Boost for Our Boost for Our
Gymkhana Gymkhana
Complete Program of Payne Field Victory Gymkhana
In Next Issue of Zooms. Watch For It.
During the last few days
about the upper-most questioi
in the minds of most of the irer
on the Post has been,—“Wha
now?” The Zooms has taker
upon itself to ask the Com
manding Officer that questioi
and presents his reply for the
information of the members o
this command.
Payne Field is a military or
ganization and its duty it tr
obey orders. We have receiv
ed no orders changing otu
duties or our activities, wher
such orders are received the}
will be published. Until suet
time every member of this com
mand is expected to put nil hi:
energy into his work, exactl}
as though no change in the sit
uation had taken place. The
manner in which the troops a
Payne Field have dischargee
their duties has enabled it tc
show results, surpassed by nc
field in the country. We in
tend to maintain our standarc
as long as the field continue:
in operation, whether that per
iod is to be five weeks, five
months or five years.
Gift of The National Aeron
autic Committee, Baseball
and Basketball Outfits.
Hip-hoo-ray, the boys a:
Payne Field will soon be equip
ed with worlds of athletic
Mrs. Chas. A. Van Rensselaei
Chairman of the National Aer
onautic Committe has just writ
ten us that a shipment of base
ball, soccer, basketball and in
door baseball outfits, also box
ing gloves, punching bags, and
medicine balls will arrive in a
short time.
With the football outfits anc
roller skates, also a gift of the
National Aeronautic Commit
tee, Payne Field will be one ol
the best athleticly equipped
camps in the states.
Oh boy, wont we have some
time then? As Dick Calkins
R. M. A. would say, “Yew te
’em Joe.”
So let’s get prepared for a
cracking good season of sport
We know that there are numer
ous athletes in camp and a
great many of much renown
among them.
Thanks to our Athletic Di
rector Lieut. Duffey, we have a
football team, which has so fai
been victorious in all its grid
iron battles. Lieut. Duffej
deserves high credit for this
piece of work as it has beer
accomplished under very try
ing circumstances. At the
Eleven airplanes carrying
twenty officers spread their
wings early Sunday morning
. and turned their noses toward
Tupelo, some 60 miles distant.
After a short time in the air
they arrived over the town w ith
1 their passengers and pilots.
Upon landing the officers we re
greeted by hundred of enthus
iastic towns people, who
brought them to tow’n in auto
mobiles. The officers reports
being entertained most royally
during the day.
Included in the party were,
Capt. Scott, M. R. C., and Lt.
The trip was a complete sue-!
cess and was made without
mishap or trouble of any kind.
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u/rcT /'n roD ATCC
The victory of the United
States and her allies was cele
brated in West Point with a
| great deal of enthusiasm cul
minating in a parade through
' the downtown district of the
city on Monday afternoon.
| The parade was made up of the
| school children of the city car
rying flags, followed by the
Red Cross ladies and the offi
cials of this locality in automo
biles. Prominent among the
autos in line were two cars
| bearing officers from Payne
(Field who had come in to re
' i present the camp in the gener
' | al jubilation. The parade
! passed down Commerce Street
; disbanding at the city hall
I where a platform had been
erected and several speeches
were made.
Lieuts. Duffey and Fidton
and Dr. Manning of Payne
Field spent Sunday in Okolona.
Lieut. Woodruff' was the
week-end guest of Mr. and Mrs.
Edward Savage.
Misses Lillie Rheinhemier,
Mattie Lee Buchanan, Addle
and Clemintine Miller, Mrs.
Gus Wachtel and Mr. Milton
Cavin motored to Payne Field
for the football game last Sat
urday. They were entertain
ed at dinner in the Officers’ j
Club bv Dr. J. B. Manning and
Lieut. Nathanson. Alter din
ner the party motored to West
Point to the minstrel, then back
to the field for the dance.
Lieuts. Leslie and Sultan joined j
the party after dinner.
The Rest Room in Carnegie
Library will be open this Run- j
day. Okolona extends a hear-!
ty welcome to the Payne Field
eleventh hour a vacancy was !
made by transfers of one or two
of its members from the field.
There is no reason whatsoever
why we can’t organize some
topnotch baseball, soccer and
basketball teams of the same
quality as our star eleven.
Let’s up an’ at ’em, boys.
CAPT. JACK PAYNE, In Whose Honor Payne Field Was Named.
Jack Payne is dead.
It seems such a little while ago that he wrote us from the
C hicago office to say that we would have to find another Western
Advertising Manager until the war had been won.
"I have only a sister,” he wrote, “and she does not need me -
at least not as much as the country does now. I have been ac
cepted for aviation and am ordered to report at once.”
We felt very proud of him in his lieutenant’s uniform and
even prouder when they made him captain. I remember my last
glimpse of him in the dining room of the New Willard in Wash
ington; there must have been fifty officers in the room at least,
and he seemed to me the handsomest of them all. Just a little
while ago. And now the war, that in spite of all our effort to
make it real, has seemed, nevertheless very remote from our daily
lives, has stalked suddenly into the very midst of our family cir
cle a nd taken Jack Payne away.
He had not reached b ranee yet, though he was expecting any
day to go. It was at Fort Worth, Texas, where he was in charge
of a company of embryo flyers, that the accident occurred. One
of his men setting out for a trial flight, became entangled some
how in a tree. Jack saw his plight from the ground and imme
diately flew to his aid. After a little the man was extricated and
they set out again, each in his own machine. The man reached
camp safely, but to “Jack’s machine, flying at three thousand feet,
something happened which is still a mystery. It crumpled and
fell. They saw it fall from the camp, but two hours elapsed be
fore they could get to him.
His skull was fractured when they found him; his leg was
broken in two places, and partial paralysis had set in. Yet he
had not let go his hold. He culled out greeting to them, and ly
ing there beneath the wreckage. directed them how to get him
out. When they had released him, he stood erect—stood “fight
ing his weakness like a wildcat,” as one of them expressed it. Not
for one minute did he think of surrender.
They did everything that surgery could do; and all that night
his major sat by his side, speaking low, sharp commands to him
to “brace up” and "keep up your courage” and they say that at
every command he stiffened as though coming to attention and
to the very end fought off the great common Enemy with every
ounce of grit and courage in him. It was a hopeless battle from
the start; but he fought it manfully.
Jack and I came to New York at about the same time some
six or seven years ago; and for a couple of years we were to
gether on the same magazine. Then we separated; and after
another year or two we met again under the roof df the Crowell
Company. I did not see him as often as I wanted to; he was on
the outside, among the advertisers, and I was busy on the inside.
But I used to think, when he would come smiling into my office,
“What a wonderful representative he is for the concern?” And
I would say to myself, “If anyone were to ask me, What does
your house stand for—what is its character—what are its ideals?”
(Continued on page eight)
Major General William L.
Kenly has requested the Zooms
to publish the following article
with reference to the constitu
tion prospectus, and organiza
tion of the Air Service Clubs’
The Air Service Clubs’ As
sociation, an organization simi
lar to the Infantry, Cavalry |
and Field Artillery Associa-j
tion, has been formed and will
maintain headquarters in!
Washington. The object of
the Air Service Clubs’ Associa-1
tion will be to promote the ef
ficiency of the Air Service, fos
its highest traditions, dissem
inate professional knowledge
and provide means for social
activities at all places where
members are stationed.
The Air Service Association,
an organization that maintain
ed headquarters at Gerster
Field, Lake Charles, La., has
combined with the new official
organization of the Air Service
of the Army. It is expected
that other Air Service Clubs
will combine or affiliate with
j the official organization of the
i Air Service.
Commissioned personnel of
!the various branches of the
Air Service of the Army, Navy
1 and Marine Corps, civilian per
! sonnel occupying positions of
chiefs and foreign officers on
duty with the Air Service are
eligible to membership in the
Air Service Clubs’ Association.
A magazine will be publish
ed and it is planned to have a
club house in Washington. The
cost of membership for the first
year is $10. This includes
cost of initiation and dues for '
one year. Membership in the!'
Air Service Clubs’ Association
gives privileges of the Aero 1
Club of America and affiliated
Aero Clubs in all allied coun- '
tries. Through this connection ; i
members of the Association!
will enjoy all the privileges of
| the clubhouse of the Aero Club
of America, in New York, the
new Allied Aviators’ Club of
the Aero Club of America, in
Paris, the Aero Club of France,
. the Royal Aero Club of Great
Britian, in London, and the
Royal Aero Club of Italy. J
Upon payment of the initia- ,
tion fee, members will receive
A young R. M. A. bought a
pair of field boots at a West 1
Point Department store the
1 other day. Satisfied with the 1
fit and price he paid for them,
he wore them out of the store. (
Later in the evening the mer
chant met the Business Man- (
ager of the “Zooms” and ask
ed him to please tell the R. M. 1
A., to call at his store as he
had a refund of $2.00 due him. 1
He having decided to make a
special price on the boots to
Payne Field men. t
Moral: Mississippi mer
chants have the proper spirit.
Read our ads and patronize I
our advertisers.
By Britt Craig.
Lieutenant John Murry, one
of the most popular of the late
arrivals from Wilbur Wright
field, was killed instantly last
week, when he was struck by
the propeller of his ship short
ly after landing on A stage.
His body was found in front
of the ship, which he had va
cated apparently for the pur
pose of inspecting the motor,
else the landing gear. The
mntnr was still irl liner
His body was carried to
Minneapolis, Minn., Thursday
afternoon escorted by Lieut.
Addison A. Apple, an intimate
friend of the dead flier. The
funeral and burial were held
Sunday in Minneapolis.
A military escort, composed
of Lieuts. Calvin S. Hain, Al
fred K. Perego, A. A. Apple,
Bernard F. Farley, Russell B.
Armstrong and Earl B. Barnes
followed the casket from West
Point to the railway station.
As the train bearing the
casket moved out of the city,
an air escort of seven ships fol
lowed it to Muldoon, Mississip
pi and an eighth ship flew low
>ver the coaches dropping roses
along the way of the train.
Lieut. Murry was twenty
line years of age. He had re
sided in Minneapolis all his life
and was engaged to wed Miss
Florence Katherine Sullivan,
a charming young society girl
af that city.
He was proprietor of the
Murry Inn, a noted hotel of
Minneapolis, and was the son
>f John Murry, who donated
,o that city the famous Murry
Institute. He was a graduate
. £ n. . T T-. • _ __ ‘i £ ikir; x. _
/x uic uiu vcioitj ux mimicouitt
ind held a B. A. degree.
He was endeared to the
learts of a wide circle of in
iniates. His charm of person
ility, genuineness of heart, and
tracious disposition enslaved
he affections of hundreds of
liers who had been thrown in
:ontact with him at ground and
lying schools.
His death brought a keen
ihock to flying communities
vhere he had been so widely
mown and loved.
ill publications of the Associa
ion for one year. After that
ime, members not affiliated
vith local clubs will pay dues
if $3 per year and will receive
ill publications of the Associa
The following officers have
>een elected:
President, Major General
Villiam L. Kenly.
1st. Vice-President, Mr. W.
j. Potter.
2nd. Vice-President, Col.
lerald C. Brant.
3rd. Vice-President, Col. M.
4th Vice-President, Major
ilaxwell Kirby.
Treasurer, Col. C. G. Edgar.
Ass’t. Treasurer, Lt. Col. H.
I. Brown.
Secretary, John H. Packard.
Ass’t. Secretary, 1st. Lt. Torn
(Continued on page four)

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