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i 5c. a Copy; 3 Month., 50c.__ _ (PAYNE FIELD) COLUMBUS,'MISS., WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15-+0+^,//9/1 1 Nun^bS 21 I POUR PRENDE CONGE’ I lhe Editorial Staff of ZOOMS bids farewell to its reader friends in this issue. Its present duties are done, and the members of the staff will presently part company and go their several ways: some to the busy marts of civil life, and others to new duties under the military system which goes on forever, come peace, '■come war. ZOOMS, however, is not dying: it is lying down to rest, in preparation for a possible awaken ing to new activities. The. future of Payne Field is laid down upon one of the unturned pages of the Book of Fate, and it is not for mere soldier-men 5 to pry in to those pages; but certain wise and well informed little birds have whispered that airships will again take the air from Clay County, and it is not for us to gainsay the authority of little ! birds. If bird-men come again to Payne Field to fly, they will be much like those who have flown before, and they will want ZOOMS to arise again and chronicle the activities and peregrinations of new “Murphs” and “Aphrodites”. ZOOMS suspends publication with the number 21, and there is magic, they say, in multiples of of the mystic 7. ZOOMS suspends publication in the glow of youth, and in the bloom of health. No wolves or other creditors howl at its doors, and its friends are legion. [t halts and marks time merely because a certain armistice was signed, and the men who have made the news for ZOOMS readers are through with their respective tasks and off to pastures new. Oddly enough, the editors, who have so much to say, have nothing more for their readers ex cept a cordial “Good Bye and Best of Luck”. They have no secrets to divulge, and couldn’t divulge them if they had them, so it is just as well. ZOOMS was started as a friendly unofficial organ of social exchange, with no axes to prind, and it finishes its first chapter on the same pleasant footing—to the best of our knowledge and belief No disgruntled readers have ever gone gun ning for the editors, and no mob has ever attempt ed to smash the office^ windows and wreck the furniture. We Were1 al? vo glad ihaUDave Cot trell was mayor of West Point, but we nev<. - ed whether he was Democrat or Repul licai e knew that the roads were bad, but ZOOM: . a s managed to get delivered in one way or .i.o i«r, and its interest in roads went no further. As t'«»r the famous “jitney bus” question—Well, ZU< ;MS never rode in jitneys. ZOOMS has been facetious, and more i Uss i irresponsible at times with regard to gre< ■" i i but it has been light-hearted and can thanks to the staunch support of its advert i readers; and to them it says “Thank Yc deep feeling and with a friendship that kept green perennially by fond memory. The editors have labored, not for n r> gain, but solely for the fun of the thing, a uey announce that their rewards have been la mid beyond their expectations. They hope most sincerely that everybody is happy, and wm con tinue to be happy forever more—and wuat caii anyone desire beyond that in this life? LT. COL JACK W. HEARD ORDERED TO CONCENTRATION DEPOT, GARDEN CITY MAJOR RALPH P. COUSINS FROM HAZELHURST ARRIVED TUESDAY TO TAKE COMMAND. Lt. Col. Jack W. Herard, J. M. A., A. 3. A., U. S. A., Commanding Officer of Payne Field, has been or dered to the Air Service Concentra tion Depot, at Garden City, N. Y. He was relieved by Major Ralph P. Cousins, J. M. A., A. S. A., U. 8. A., who arrived at the Held on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 14th. Before his as signment at this field Major Cousin was at Hazelhurst Field, Mineola, N. Y. To a great many of our readers the career of Lt. Col. Jack W. Her ard, is not known. He was born in New York, March 6, 1887, the son of the present Brig. General, and Mrs. J. \V. Herard. At sixteen he graduated from the Birmingham, Ala., High School, and in 1910 graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, on the-Hudson. The Commanding Officers first assignment was to the 7th Cavalry, lien. Custer s famous regiment. The 7th. was then stationed in the Philliplnes, and after three years' service in the Islands, Lieut. Heard returned to the United States and was transferred to the 14 th Cavalry, at Fort Clark, Texas, in June, 1914. He was with the 14th. a little over a year, for in August, 1915, he was ordered to North Island, San Diego, to take flying instruction. When the Mexican trouble caused our intervention, Lieut. Heard join ed the 14th. Cavalry again, in the Second Punitive Expedition. Upon his return from Mexico, Lieut. Heard was transferred to the 17th. Cavalry, June, 1916, as a 1st. Lieutenant and was ordered to North Island to com plete his flying instruction, and re ceive his J. M. A., May, 1917, he received both his J. M. A. rating and a promotion to Captain of Cal alry. In June of the same year he mar ried Miss Ella McCarthy, of Eagle Pass, Texas. Within a few days of his marriage Captain Heard was ap-1 pointed Major in the Aviation Sec tion, Signal Corps, and was ordered j to Kelly Field, where he took com mand of the 11th, Aero Squadron. In July, 1917, he was ordered to Belleville, ill., to organize and start! Scott iFeld as its Commanding Offi-j cer. After Scott Field developed from a prospect to an actuality, Ma jor Heard was ordered back to Kelly ITIolH f n rivirqnivn ..r» orhr.inAQd Pi-ino school, which subsequently became an Instructors School. Later in the year he was appointed Officer in Charge of the Cadet Wing, and then appointed Commanding Officer of Kelly Field, No. 2. In April, of 1918, Major Heard received orders to report to Payne Field, as Commanding Officer. And in August last he was appointed Lieut. Colonel. We can say that Lieut. Col. Heard's rapid advance in military life is due to the fact that he is a born soldier, a true com mander, and has the "1 will" spirit of conquer. PLANE MATERIAL MAY BE EXPORTED Cotton airplane duck and rubberiz ed silk suitable for use In the manu facture of aircraft are among the articles named by the War Trade Board as having been removed from the Export Conservation Elat, effect ive on Dee. 20. Wood suitable for airplane pro peller blades; veneers for airplane and seaplane bodies, and airplane and seaplane frames are also re moved from the Export Conservation List, effective from Dec. 24. It is also announced that restric tions have been lifted on the Import ation of mahogany logs and maho gany timber, and that licenses may now be issued freely. i WILL PAYNE FIELD BE PERMANENT Business men o£ West Point are in communication with the War De partment at Washington, and ha\e also succeeded in having 'Congress reconsider making Payne iFeld a permanent Hying school. R. L. Betty, president o£ the West Point Chamber of Commerce, has been very busy of late in gathering data concerning conditions of the climate, railroad accommodations, roads, etc., and has submitted these figures to officials in Washington In reply to his inquires, Betty hat been assured by the Secretary of War that Payne iFeld wil be given every consideration when the time comes to settle this most momentous question. It is expected that this matter will bo settled within the! next thirty or forty days. The Zooms has nothing official on this subject, and therefore cannot fate of the field will be. Only one* j eighth of the total of 160,000 men J in the Air Service have signified, their intentions of wholely separat ing themselves from the service. Three-eights have elected to stay,! provided legislation will make it I possible to do so. The remaining I half have entered, or desire to en ter, the Air Sendee Club’s Associa-! tion, a peace-time reserve, in which training and instruction will be pro vided for both officers and men*, several weeks each year. An aerial mail service which ; now being planned by the Govern -j ment, indicates West Point, as o j of the stops on a southern rout*:. When this service will be put in •> operation has not been given out 1 the Postoffice Department. * ONE HUNDRED MEN RELIEVED FROM FIERI) A NO HANGER OI'TY. j • One hundred men have been re lieved from duty and turned over to their respective squadrons for work such as may ariBe from time to time. During the past two weeks over a hundred flying officers have re ceived their discharges and left the Held. As a consequence flying was , cut to a minimum, and therefore th«| men formerly used in the hangars nd on the line were not necessary. MAP PLANES ARE FINISHING WORE The squadron of four army train ing planes flying from San Diego Cal., has reached the Atlantic coast The crews, two men to a plane, havi gathered data and statistics ou land ing fields, also made air maps of thi route along which they came. Thi material collected, as fast as it i: returned to the field, is being for warded to Washington for analyst and compiling in the form of a gov eminent air guide or blue book. Major Albert D. Smith, command ing the squadron, reported on Dec 23 to the Division of Military Aero nautics that his planes left Americus Ga., at 9 a. in., Dec. 22, and arrivec at Jacksonville, Kla., at noon, having encountered rain and fog all the waj and at no time having a ceiling o more than 500 feet. Major Smitl started with his squadron for Wash ington on Dec. 20. various stops tc be inado en route. 444444 4 + 4 4 + 4 4 44 4 LAST CHANCE FOK 4 4 PICTORIAL SECTION 4 4 OF THE ZOOMS. 4 4 - 4 4 Boys, this is your last oppor- 4 4 (unity to buy a pictorial section 4 4 of the Zooms, which was pub- 4 4 Halted with the Christmas Num- 4 4 her of the paper. We have but 4 4 a very few on hand and us the 4 4 paper will close a few days af- 4 4 ter this edition is published, 4 4 we advise you to go to the Y. 4 *M. C. A., or call at the ofTice, 4 * Room, 13, R. M. A. Wing and 4 s> get your copies. 4 4 To our many civilian readers, 4 4 we wish to state that you may 4 4 obtain the pictorial section by 4 4 sending us twenty-five cents in 4 4 stamps or a money order for 4 4 tnis amount. 4 4 Our Pictorial Sectiou con- 4 4 tains pictures of all activities on 4 4 the field including the picture 4 4 of its entire personnel, it also 4 4 contains many beautiful pictur- 4 4 es of airplanes in flight. "Chas- 4 4 ing the Sunset," cannot be du- 4 4 plicated anywhere for its uni- 4 4 queness and attractiveness. 4 4 Don't wait. Let us have your 4 4 order now. 4 444444444444444 / SEVEN ENLISTED MEN ON DISCHARGE LIST SO FAR FEW HAVE LEFT FIELD, OTHERS TO LEAVE SCCN. | MORE DISCHARGES TO CON E. , i • — 1 Seven enlisted men have so far been given their discharges at this 1 field, in fulfillment of the general order number 77, which was received here over a month ago. Many more are to come soon. Applications for discharges were filed by members pf this command last month, and those who had de pendents or business at home were I considered for release from military service, ii is these application* that are being acted upon now. Many more are under cousideration. 'Che names of the lucky ones to re ceive discharges are: Pvt. L>. I. Earhart, Squad. B.; iPvt. Chas. J. Schaefer, Squad. A.; Corp. Blair Blowers, Squad. B.; Pvt. P. Tra band, Squad. C.; iPvt. F. A. Polley, Squad. C.; H. E. Morin, Squad D.; and Pvt. Sinolenski, Squad A. DUAVILAND ! MAKES INITIAL FLIGHT AT FIELD l,T. COL. HEARD PILOTS SHIP LT. WEDD1NGTON passenger. One of our new DeHaviland's with a twelve cylinder Liberty motor madt its initial flight this week. Lt. Col Jack W. Heard, piloted the ship, and I Lt. Harry Weddington was his pas j senger. On Its first trip the D-h attained a speed of well over a hundred miles i an hour and throttled down to sixty j five miles. Under normal conditions I it is capable of developing a speed of over a hundsed and fifty miles an hour. The DeHaviland is equipped with a twelve cylinder, four hundred and forty horse power engine. In construction it is very similar to the Curtis airplane, now in use on tills field. The two ships that are now at the field will be used for R. M. A.’a. The Curtiss type Is only a training plane and is not used under battle conditions. CADETS TO PARK FI BED. Rumors have been persisting lor some time now to the effect that the cadets of Payne Field are to gather up their barracks bags, trunks and bunks anil other equippage anil trot over to our neighbor, Park Field, at Millington, Tenn. Nothing authentic on this subject has been issued from headquarters, so we will have to sit tight uunl something happens. The Zooms has been criticized on several occasions for not grabbing up all the rumors heard from various sources or lue Held and printing them in it’s col umns as news. It has been Uie policy of this paper to only print news which could be relied upon as "good dope" and as a consequence we have had very little apoiigizing to do. The reason we are nublishiue rim item is because the rumors persist ing ou the field have rather amu. ed us, and we want to take a nha..ue, like the Ilearst papers to see il ,t comes true, and if it does then we will pat ourselves on the back and say we predicted it. MAPPING TRIP TO DAYTON. Lt. D. M. Spencer, piloted a ship to Dayton, during the holidays on a map making tour. In connection with the work that has already been done at this field and other fields throughout the country. Only one forced landing was ex perienced throughout the entire trip. Otherwise the work was done with out mishap. The actual flying time to Wright Field and back was ap proximately thirty-four hours.