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Courting Done During Trips in
Young Millionaire's
Flying Craft.
Retainers on Estates Along the
Hudson Displayed Loyalty to
Their Masters.
NEW YORK. November 22. 1913.
Listen, to a story of love and a hydro
plane and millions and a loyal peas
Vincent Astor courted Miss Helen
Huntington, his bride-to-be. in his
hydroplane. The loyal peasantry stood
around and watched him do it. Mem
bers of the Hudson river nobility knew
all about it. And no one so much as
pc-eped. "Which is really the remark
able part of the story.
If Astor were a common person, and
not plush-covered with millions. Broad
way would say in its crude way that
he is "a little buggy" over hydroplanes.
Which is only to say that he likes to
ride in one even better than he likes j
to ride in an automobile. A plane is!
faster. When he fell in love with Miss J
Huntington it was natural that he
should ask her to go hydroplaning.
She is an outdoor girl, who rides to
hounds and drives her car like Barney
C'ldfleld. and plays tennis like a whirl
wind. It was natural that 3he should
Tall for a Tripper.
Six months ago she told him that
she would be his'n. Then it became
a matter of course that Astor should
whirr up the river in his hydro from
his estate at Rhinecliff?where he lives
after a baronial fashion?to the Hunt
ingfon dock at Staatsburg. The Hunt
lugtons and their relatives, the Dins- [
mores, live there in state that would >
make an ordinary European duke lookj
like an Ellis Islander. Each day shej
would trip down to the dock, wrapped j
in fox furs if the weather was cool <
Perhaps she didn't trip. She is pretty j
and sweet and charminir?which state
ments are net, f. o. b.?but she is a shade
more than six feet tall and very athletic.
So that she may not have tripped. Any
how, it was her custom to climb into the
louble seat by her lover's side. And then
the car climbed, circle upon circle, like
a srreat white hawk, until It reached the
silent marches of the upper air. They
may have talked to each other, if they
->ould make themselves heard over the
roar of the propel er. Astor may have
been able furtive v to squeeze her hand
between dips and volplanes. But the
wooing must have been a rather con
templative one. for planes need lots of
matching. It doesn't seem likely that
[ this style of courtship will ever gain a
! wide popularity.
First Hydroplane Romance.
All this happened day after day. It
was a part of the routine. The really
remarkab e part of the Etory Is that no
one ever told. Consider the sensational
possibilities. Astor is the richest bachelor
in the United States. Miss Huntington is
one of the heiresses of the Dinsmore for
tune, which was founded on the express
business. It is the only hydroplane
; romance on record. Other men have
taken their lady-loves for a brief whirl
through the air. or evaded father in a
biplane. But no one before ever made
a steady thing of it?goinu, out each day
in a hydroplane just as though it were
an old-fashioned sidebar buggy. # It was
the very last syllable in an up-to-the
minute romance, plus science, mil ions,
beauty and society prominence?and no
one ever whimpered. A whole country
side kept a secret.
This fact cannot be understood unless
one understands the countryside.
Conditions are almost feudal along
the east bank of the Hudson, between
Astor's place at Rhinecliff and the
Huntington home at .Sta itsburg. The
two places are perhaps five miles dis
tant from each other. They front upon
the same road, and eight miles of that
road seem to be occupied by four es
tates, if one may depend upon the "no
hunting, fishing, trapping or trespass
ing" signs Three of these four estates
are owned by Astor, Huntington and
Dinsmore. Robert Huntington, father
of Miss Helen Huntington, married
Miss Dinsmore. Broadly speaking, the
population of the countryside is di
vided between lords and retainers. The j
man you meet on the country road is
apt to be a vassal of one of the three
Retainers Well Cared For.
This is not to say that the entire
population around Rhinecliff and
Staatsburg are servants or snobs. They
are extraordinarily well treated menials
and correspondingly loyal. Astor em
ploys about 200 men on his estate. It
is Impossible? for a stranger to gain ad
mission to the grounds. The lodge
keeper won't let him in. Astor is plan
ning a pension system, and has in
creased the wages of his men and has
bettered their living conditions. He is
now building a school for their chil
dren. Hardly a week passes that he
and Miss Huntington do not climb
about the foundation of this building,
discussing their joint plans.
The Huntingtons may employ seventy
five servants. The Dinsmores have as
many more. The Dinsmores years ago
built a school and a church. Every
morning the automobiles in use on the
two estates gather up the children of the
retainers and take them to school. Every
evening the machines call for the young
sters. Those who care to go to church
Sunday are carried both ways in the big
cars. Free medical attendance is pro
vided, and, no doubt, flannels and broth
are carried to the ailing ones by the la
dies of the families. There can be no
question that Jacques is well treated by
his master.
"They are all so good to us," said one
of the Huntington servants, his eyes shin
ing. "Why, Miss Helen calls us all by
our fli^t names!"
Only Two Castes Recognized.
Many of the henchmen on ?fll of the
estates are of the best imported sort
They speak with the broad "aa,"' and
instinctively touch their hats to one who
has the crust of Vere de Vere. They
only recognize two castes?that of menial
and master. One is reminded of Hodge
pulling his forelock in any recognized
book of English fiction. They are kindly
enough, but they are leagued in defense
of their masters.
"I asked every flunkey I met on the
Huntington p ace where Miss Huntington
might be found," said a press photogra
pher, '-and each tdld me a different lie
right off the bat. These fellows had me
going, they looked me so straight in the
eye and said 'Sir* .to me so pretty. Why
didn't they just refuse to talk?"
There are fifteen or twenty roads lead
ing to the state road from the "great
house." At the gate lodge a young man
sits in a sort of watch tower with a tele
scope. Whatever he may see on one of
the roads is telephoned to the house.
Long before the photographer got near
the place the fortalice had been notified.
But he says all the minions were kind to
"There are about fifty horses and sev
enty-Hve hounds, and a golf links and a
tennis court, and an exercise course and
a hurdle track, and I don't know what
e se," said he. "and they let me snap 'em
all. But they knew I didn't belong In so
ciety. I saw a fiunkey come over from
another estate and the dogs sniffed at his
legs as friendly as cats. He had never
been on tho place before. When the dogs
saw me they all tucked their tails and
* Very Polite, But
When Miss Huntington drives her car?
and she always drives?a mechanic sits In
the rear seat and a man follows on a
motor cycle. The photographer wondered
at this and asked questions.
"Hi ham not permitted," said the mo
tor cyclist, "to speak of what Mr. or Miss
'I'ntington do."
And he touched his hat.
The Huntington home is four and one
j half stories high and fronts the Hudson
! river. Its rear is protected by a grove
of pines. On the front is carved ihe
coat-of-arms oj the Huntington family?
a man riding a horse. The coat is not |
electric lighted at night. The photogra
pher thought he would coax a little smile
out of one of the servitors.
"I suppose," said he," that the coat-of
arms of the Dinsmore family is a man
driving an express wagon."
He said the man a most fainted.
The Astor, Huntington and Dinsmore
estates are all "self-contained." The:
servants all live on the place in very good
houses. The carpenters and plumbers
and painters and what not needed on the
place are held there by the year. When
Miss Huntington visited New York re-1
centlv she rode from Staatsburg in a
private car which was attached to the
express somewhere up the road. When
Astor sailed down in his hydroplane to
call upon her he never tied it to the
Huntington float. He preferred to order
a boy to hold it. The boy preferred that,
too. for Astor s tip ran from $2 to SO.
It isn't much wonder that stall-fed re
tainers of this sort look down on com
moners who smoke a good ten-cent cigar
and dr'.nk beer.
So that's why a secret which .was com
mon to a countryside didn't leak to the
city. At Staatsburg they say that for
six months it has been commonly known
that Miss Helen Huntington is to marry
William Vincent Astor. But those who
knew it wouldn't tell about it for the
"The master wouldn't like it."
In Grandfather's Time.
From Judge.
"Your grandfather is pretty old, Isn't
"Yes, he's an old chap. He can re
member the time when the New York
evening papers were published In the
The Principal's jest.
From Judge.
School teacher?This new little boy
who's crying so hard says his name Is
Principal?Evidently an abbreviation
of lachrymose.
Performer Uses Tons of Pres
sure in Striking
From London Tit-Bit*.
The weight of music?not the weight of
the folios on which music is printed, but
the actual weight that must be brought
to bear upon a piano in pounding out a
piece of music?is a subject that few
musicians have ever considered.
The minimum pressure of the finger
for one note on the piano is equal to 110
grammes. This experiment may be car
ried out by any one. Take a handful of
pennies and hold them in a column im
med ately over any key of the piano,
and it will be found that between nine
and twelve pennies are required to pro
duce a sufficient weight for the note to
sound. As three pence are equal to one
ounce, and one ounce equal to twenty
eight grammes, this experiment contirms
the above calculation.
The note, however, will vibrate but
gently, and to be played "fort-ssimo" a
pressure equal at times to 3,000 gram
mes is required. Therefore, if in place of
a cord we had a balance attached In
front of each hammer, the blow given on
that balance, when a note is played
"fortissimo," would suffice to lift an ob
ject weighing more than six pounds.
Strange to say, we bring to bear almost
as much force in playing one note as in
striking a chord. If a pressure of 2,000
grammes be required and four notes be
struck together, the pressure for each
note taken separately equals 500 to GOO
What this force represents in an entire
piece of mus e is startling and sugges
tive. For instance, in Chopin's last
study. in C minor there is a passage
which takes two minutes and five sec
onds to play. The pressure brought to
bear during this short lapse of time is
equal to a grand total of 3,130 kiliogram
mes and would be sufficient to raise
three tons of coal. A good pianist can
strike such an enormous number of
notes in so brief a space that he can
bring to bear a total pressure of some
thing like three tons in two m'.nutes.
In Chopin's "Funeral March" there is
a passage which takes a minute and a
half to perform on the piano, and yet
it is only estimated at a weight of 384
kilogrammes. At th's rate it will be
seen that it would orily require four or
five minutes to move 1,000 kilogrammes,
or one ton. According to the two exam
bles given, the total tonnage of one
hour's playing varies from twelve to
eighty-four tons, although selections from
Wagner would possibly run it up raucn
If it were only possible to harness this
power and accumulate the store.
force a pianist, with comparative facility,
brings to bear, we should have the prin
ciple of the keyboard applied to ma
chinery, and even the weakest could, in
a short time, tap out of the points of the
fingers force enough to move the heaviest
Cab Honor.
From Punoh.
Old lady?Does your horse ever shy at
Ca:bby?Lor, bless yer, no, lady; 'e didn't
even shy when railway trains fust come
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It cuts in half the highway of the seas.
It compresses the whole earth into smaller compass.
What this will mean to the American manufacturer, the farmer, the merchant, the
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Ingenious Explanation of Greater
Efficiency of European Schools.
From the Chicago Tribune.
The German youth finishes the course
of study that is equivalent to a college
education in the United States two years
ahead of the American student. He not
only gets through with his education
earlier, but he is also better grounded in
his work. He is more thorough. "What,
then, is the matter with our schools?"
American educators ask. An answer to
this question is given by a French schol
ar, Dr. Louis Dufestel, who is one of the
delegates to the hygiene congress. The
1 1 ?
matter with the American school?the ele
mentary?he says, is that Its pupils have
no fixed national psychology. The pupils
In the Gei man elementary school are
German. They bring with them a cer
tain uniform psychology, certain traits,
customs, standards, which have been in
culcated in them in their homes. The
same 1s true of French children.
Things are entirely different in the
United States. Dr. Dufestel says. The
public school teacher here is not dealln*
with a class of children who bring from
their homes a fixed American psycholosy.
He is dealing instead with children from
twenty different nationalities having
twenty different national and race psy
chologies. -The task of the teacher here
is not merely to instruct these youngsters
in reading or writing, but also to supply
them with an American psychology, to
some extent at least. That naturally
detracts from the Intensity of the work
and delays its progress.
This defense of the American school by
the Frenchman, while ingenious, is not
altogether true. It might Justify, to a
certain extent, the backwardness of the
schools In big cities where there is a
large foreign population. But It does not
explain why in the schools of our smaller
and distinctly American cities the lack of
efficiency above noted is fully as preva
lent. In fact, paradoxical as it may seem
the city school, in spite of the polyglot
character of its pupils, is much hl-her in
its standards of efficiency than the coun
try school with its purely native element.
There is. however, vital difference be
tween the schools of the old and the new
world?a difference the French scholar
has o\erlooked~which may to some ex
tent explain the shortcomings of th?
American school. The difference is thlat
The German father folio* s the education
of hla son close!J. He watches over him
and over his school work. The fath?"*
co-operates with the school. The school
co-operates with the father. In th??
United States the father, the American
father, even more ti an the immigrant
parent, considers the education of his
son a matter of no concern of his. Ho
does not co-operate with the school. He
does not supplement It with home train
ing of the child, with home charact *
building. He shifts the burden of h'.t
child's education entirely upon tin?
shoulders of the school authorities Thi ?
indifference of American parents i* in
part at least, responsible for the Ineffi
ciency and backwardness of our schools
in comparison with tduropean countries
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