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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 19, 1913, Image 14

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will see the first long flight from Sa
vannah to New York, and the next
step will be the epoch-making trans
Atlantfc voyage of which Captain
Batson his dreamed ever since he
started his aviatiofi" experiments in
He holds full patents, and hopes to
make his invention available es
pecially for 'the United States gov
ernment. Army officials will witness
the tests. The captain, who holds a
congressional medal of honor for
bravery in action, has Iiigh standing
in army circles because of his effi
cient work in organizing and helping
to suppress the insular insurrection,
the first Filipino scouts, and has an
international reputation as a brilliant
mechanical engineer.
The inventor claims three things
for his craft which have not yet been
attained 'except by Rudyard Kipling's
imagination in his romance of the
"Night Mail." They are speed, safety
and carrying power.
Some existing aeroplanes have
great speed, without stability. The
V-shaped biplane of J. E. Dunne
seems to have stability, without
speed. None have great carrying
power or seem capable of developing
it, because the materials of which the
lifting planes are built seem incapa
ble of the strain that larger size
would involve.
Batson obtains his increased car
rying power by using many planes,
all attached to the chassis or rigid
body of his machine and so adjusted
that the air passing under them is
turned inward, passing beneath the
vaulted body and helping to sus
tain it. -.
He obtains stability by a novel ad
justment whereby the planes of
either side are raised or lowered to'
take an "air boulder" or gust with
out tipping the opposite planes.
The angle of all the planes, too,
may be changed at will by the opera
tor, while ia other aeroplanes the
plane-angle is fixed. If the machines
stop -dead, the planes are set auto
matically at a gliding angle, and the
craft sails safely to the ground or
Steadiness of propulsion is obtain
ed by three 125 horsepower engines,
two of which are used at once, while
one is always held in reserve. There
are four 11-foot propellers.
The inventor estimates that the
Savannah-Liverpool trip can be made
under ordinary conditions in 36
o o
The general line of the hats from
back to front is somewhat shorter,
and there is none of that backward
swerve of the brim; quite the con
trary, for those brims which are wide
in the back are liable to be -turned
up close to the crown after the man
ner of the Louis XVI. style. The man
ner of wearing the hat continues the
same; low on the head, tipped to one
side, and raised on. the other, show
ing the hair and the entire nape of
-the neck.
In colors there are black and white,
quantities of plain black, tete de
negre, and dark navy blue, so soft
and dull in tone that it becomes
strangely confused with-blacK.
There is apparently no angle or
bpundary line for the trimming.
Bows of velvet spring out in wide,
wing-Bhaped form from the back, and
are cut and pinched and wired into
precise loops and placed directly in
the middle of the front.
Feather fantasies follow the same
untrammeled ..paths; they sprout
from the front, tip backwards from
the side or rise valiantly to great
heights at the back. In general
there is less of the fly-away move
ment, of the stout little pine tree aig
rettes springing out at right and
from the brim, or balancing one an
other in parallel lines from the top
of the crowns.
Sillichap We " all admire a man
who says what he thinks. Cynic-
chap Yes, about other people. i

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