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THE WASHINGTON TIMES; FRIDAY,1 jtfARCH 2; 1917.
11 MTH'SPMYTHM' ISOBSERYER'SROLE How British Major, in "Sau sage" Balloon, Passed Ger man Lines Twice in Night. CARRIED BACK TO BASE Officer Imperiled When Cable Anchoring Bag Parts Like Sewing Thread. By wii.mam rmiir SIMMS. TV1TH THE BRITISH ARMIES IN THE FIELD. Feb. 3. (By Mail) Life in an observation balloon section . Is a great same of tag. Death is the Other Fellow. He is always hot on your trail and every now and then he gets you in a corner. Then you're it. "Get the major to tell you about the time he was carried over the Ger man lines and back again all in one night," said the young lieutenant, as we tugged at the end of a tiny wire cable, in the little basket under the sausage" high in the wintry sky. But the major was too modest. He said: "Oh, all right. I'll tell you about it after dinner tonight." He did not like to talk about his own exploit, though he mentioned several of his men who had been the heroes of ad ventures in the clouds. But I did get t,o read the official report of the in cident and this was the story: Shortly after mjdnight one night the major, after carrying out certain experiments at about a mile high, signaled that he was. ready to come down. The winch on the bfg lorry in the road began to grind, and at 12:17 a. m. the sairsage was swaying Just out of reach of the landing squad. Then, "by an error of Judgment," as the report puts it, the winch turned a revolution too far. The metallic V, where the balloon's short cord was spliced to the wire cable, wedged in the opening leading to the revolving drum, or windlass, and the cable part ed like a piece of sewing thread. Makes Sadden Ascent. With a bound that Jerked the' bas ket this way and that like a ball on the end of an elastic string, the bal loon went skying. At 12:21 a. m., the balloon was a mile high. The major had not used his parachute, to which the harness about him was still attached, because the wind at a mile, and below, was awaj from the German lines which ran some two miles away. Instead he pulled at the valve-cord to let out the ga in the sausage. Still "valving," to use the vernacu- . lar of the game, the officer, at 12:27 a. m., found himself at above 10,000 feet, .or about two miles above the earth. It was bitter cold and gjttlng colder every instant. At 12:40 a. m. be passed the 15,000 foot mark. Though he had been keep ing the valve wide open all the time, the balloon still soared. , Now he looked downward. There were lights below, lights which flared up for a minute, then went out; great white balls of lights hanging in the air and Illuminating the countryside beneath them. The major, In his sausage, was "crossing the line." He knew in an Instant what had happened. He had risn to a high cross-current of atr ana was Delng- swept over the Ger. man trenches into German territory. Over Enemy's Lines. It was too late to Jump now. If he tried the parachute and landed safely, it would be only to be taken prisoner by the enemy. So cold that his marrow seemed frozen, he now set about to tear mi his maps, notes, and everything which mignt Help the Germans. Leaning out or tne basket and peering down ie could no longer see the flares sent up to JIght the trenches. The indicator showed that he was falling nowi rather rapidly. Making sure that he had destroyed all papers, he waited. Still falling, the major threw out some ballast to check the rapid de scent. One faint hope still was left him he might be blown back across his own lines again by the air cur rents nearer the ground. So as much aa he could he hus banded his ballast and gas. Jockey ing his balloon like an aeronaut In an international race, his prize for winning being his freedom. If he lost, the best he could hope for was prisoner of war for the duration of hostilities. There could be no half way. At a mile high the balloon was still dropping, though slowly. No lights were visible anywhere. The sky wis murky, and there were no stars to serve as guides. It was to be a fight In the dark, a hit or miss wlthou: seeing what he was doing. .The ah ence of trench flares looked bad. He must have drifted far behind the Ger man lines. Safe Home Aaraln. After a time the faint outlines of fields, houses, trees and haystacks be gan to loom up, and presently, with a fairly hard bump, the basket struck the earth, bounding up again some 200 feet. After a few qf these bound, the officer, calculating the right moment as best he could in the dark, pulled the rip cord to let out the gas. The rip cord broke at the point where It entered the balloon! Suddenly the balloon came to a halt Just above the ground. There were voices beneath. There was a moment of suspense. Then the major heard, in good English: "Lively there! Get onto those ropes, you blighters!" A squad of English Tommies soon had the sausage anchored. It n-itf been blown back over the lines Into a wide salient occupied by the Eng lish The official report, of course, merely narrates the plain facts In a plain way. Just as the captain of a fire company would tell how the blaze his men had put out started. Thi adventure, this game of tag with Death, was all part of the day's work. So it had to go down in the records quite as if It had been a requisition paper to the commissary department for another crate of pork nnd beans. IThe next of a aeries of artletea relating lite eiperleneea and observation of a war -wrreponJent wfth the British foreef, will appear la aa early numDtr of Tne Tunes.) HOPES FOR JOBLESS AID Labor Secretary Says Congress Should Help Unemployed. Secretary of I-ahnr "Wilson, at the Labor Department dinner at Rausch er"a last night, expressed the hope that Ire might soon have Congres sional authority for the departments work of securing positions lor ine un employed. He stated that the department had secured Jobs for more than 115,000 ... .utiAn.ti m rnnf-rpsBlonal aid had 'been given even in the form of recognition. Aknnv HamliiAltl TTnlted StateS Commissioner of Immigration, presid ed as toastmaater and Introduced Sec retary Wilson as the speaker oi me evening, vn,. than iko emDloves and guests of the Labor Department at tended. Robert C. Starr, appointment clerk, headed the the committee In charge. Among those present were Mr. and r. A.t.nn. nmtnttl Justice and Mrs. William Hltz, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Gompers, and Miss Gompers, Miss Dan iels, H. .M. McLaren, uv. um Meigs, Dr. T. C. Merrill, Charles D. ir..n. 1 T. -Pniilltner E C Kevser. Hiss Katherlne F. Lenroot, and R. C Starr. ALLEGE FAKE ROBBERY Petition to Have Produce Dealer De clared Bankrupt. Charging that James IL "Washing ton, a local produce and poultry deal er pretended 'to have been robbed of $2,800 in order to defraud his cred itors, eight local commission mer chants yesterday filed a petition in the District Supreme Court to have Wash ington declared a bankrupt. The petition states that during the Christmas holidays Washington pur chased a quantity of poultry from them. The petition sets forth that on December 31, Washington reported to the police that his house had been robbed and that the money .represent ing sums which he had collected from sales of poultry, purchased from the petitioners was stolen. The petition further sets forth that no action has been taken by either the Police De partment or the grand Jury in the. matter. Attorenys Hawkins and Havel appear for the petitioners. VEGETABLES MOVIE CASH 4 Potatoes and Onlom Take Place of Admission Tickets. NEW YORK, March 2 A movie theater here today Is revelling in a well-filled potato bin. Close by is a heap of onions. They passed over the shelf In the box office yesterday by persons who accepted the offer of ad mission for "potatos or onions." On ions took one to a box seat, while the best a potato could do was a seat in the orchestra circle. Girls! Lots of r Beautiful Hair 25 cent bottle of "Danderine" makes hair thick, glossy, ' and wavy, Removes all dandruff, stops itching scalp and fall ing hair. To be possessed of a head of heavy beautiful hair. soft, lustrous, fluffy. wavy and free from dandruff Is mere ly a matter of using a little Dander ine. It Is easy and Inexpensive to have nice, soft hair and lots of it. Just net a 25 pent bottle of Knowlton's Danderine now all drug stores rec ommend It apply a little as directed and within ten minutes there will be an appearance of abundance, fresh ness, flufflness and an Incomparable gloss and lustre, and try as you will you can not find a trace of dandruff or falling hair; but your real sur prise will be after about 'two weeks' use. when you will see new hair fine and downy at first yes but really new hair sprouting out all over your scalp Danderine is, we believe, the only sure hair grower, destroyer of dandruff and! cure for itchy scalp and It never falls to stop falling hair at once. If vou want to prove how nrettv and soft your hair really Is, moisten a cloth with a little Danderine and carefully oraw it uirougn your Hair tnklnir one small strand at a lime Your hair will be soft, glossy and beautiful in Just a few moments a delightful surprise awaits everyone who tries tbii.. Advu gjSJPJBJPJBJPJBJPJp. t: : GETS HICKEL RIDE BY QUAINT TRICK - Searching Pockets for Money, Passenger Licks Date Off Old Transfer. One of the local street cars lost a nickel last night. A timid looking little man, with his face flushed as thouich he had been -celebrating the passage of the "dry" bill, climbed slowly Into an owl car, one of those "suburban admiration" vehicles, in which every body sits along the sides and scowls at his fel low passenger across the way. The conductor held his hand out for the little man's fare. The passenger began to search uncertainly for money. The conductor was patient, but after a moment started on, saying he would come back. Presently he did so, but the man was still searching. For the first time the conductor noticed that the pas senger had a transfer in his lips. He drew it forth, smiled at the sleepy The a LUCKY STRIKE '-Up 1 cigarettey 1 SSSSSSmi 1 K mf I i I maiw&ldemotatv&e -toyDsthotrtfee tobacco toattfd-at fuTCKYt little man and went back to the end of the car. The little man closed his eyes and was Just dosing off when a passenger beside him chuckled. "By George, you'fe as absent-minded as I am," he exclaimed. "Absent-minded nothing," the sleepy man answered. "I spent my last nickel down town a little while ago. It took me a minute or two to lick the date off that old transfer I didn't use the-other day." And he dropped back to sleep, happy. LIABLE FOR FATAL DRUNK Saloonkeeper Is Ordered to Pay Widow $5,000 Damages. PHILADELPHIA, March 2. Mrs. McCusker has been awarded $5,000 damages against Cornelius F. Quinn, in whose saloon her husband had becdme Intoxicated Just before he was killed by a fall on June 10. 1910. This is the second case of its kind, on record in Philadelphia. The McCusker suit was tried be fore Justice Staples In common pleas court No. 2. According to the evi dence on behalf of Mrs. McCusker, who has five small children, her hus band, Frank A. McCusker, was an in dustrlous mlllworker, who took an active part In linlon labor movements. LUC STRIKE - real Bur Cigarette mtmysterec CopTTisfat by The American obaeeo BRITISH STIRRED BY PLOT REVELATIONS Press Sees In German Plot Against United States "Di rect Act of War." LONDON, March 2. Revelation's of Germany's intrigue against America created as much of a sensation here as it must have aroused in the United States. England believes the conspiracy seeking to align Japan and Mexico against the United States is the "last straw." America's en trance ' in to the war Is now regarded as certain. In a general chorus of editorial de nunciation of the plot; it was notice able that all the Northcllffe newspa pers were silent. "A direct act of war" was the unan imous) Judgment of the other news papers. While expressing their amazement at the plot, the editorials neverthe THINK of a cigarette "served" to you as appetizingly as the hot, buttered toast that comes to your breakfast table. Well, that's the idea on this new Lucky Strike cigarette: the 'tobacco it's toasted. There's a thought to make your mouth water for a new cigarette flavor- Until we discovered the toasting principle, a good ready-' made cigarette from Burley tobacco wasn't possible; flavor wouldn't hold. Yet there was the big million-man-power affection for Burley 60 million pounds poured from those green, blue and red tin boxes last year. The old kitchen stove the toasting fork So we 'worked five years then came the big simple idea' of toasting the tobacco to hold the flavor. Now, enjoy a really delicious new cigarette flavor; J "ky Strike the real Burley cigarette it's toasted, I Guaranteed."bv TnJJhAJL Ccopaay, Ie- U1T. less asserted the scheme was "Just what might be expected from Ger many." ' Confidence Is expressed both by the people and newspapers that Japan is not In the least. Implicated In tha plot, and would spurn any such Teu tonic schemes. "This dlscloseure." the Dally Chron. Ide says, "clears the air. .It reveals the chancellor's recent speech In the Reichstag' as "a first-class piece of hypocrisy, and should show eveiy Congressman in whose mind the In terests of the United States rank first that those Interests are in real peril, ami that the situation is much too serious to be trifled with." "Exhibited as Shameless." "We are glad the revelations were made at this Juncture, because they will convey to the other neutrals further proof of the importance to be attached to Germany's assevera tions or friendship," said the Dally Telegraph. "She Is exhibited as shameless In her accumulating dis honor, plotting first against one state and then another, in the desperate, hope that she may somehow be saved from the fata which is overtaking her. x "Civilization must remain In peril until this hideous caricature of iU own image Is expunged from human records." . IN C Oft POdATI vsaf 'tW flKvTi 'nkx jxzmaevmmm r "' L &stWWflimZKW afc HHF NZH SHOWS UFEJNSPAtf. Dwlght Elmendol Opens Series of Travelogues at National. Dwlght Elmendorf opened his seaV son's series of travelogues in th5 Capital with a lecture on "Spain as ( the Moors" at the National Thearr yesterday afternoon. Taking a lare audience with Kim, the traveler start ed In the north of Spain, and Journey ed southward, showing the shrines of art and history in which the na tioa Is rich, especially these of Moos tsh origin. From San Sebastian, the Journey continued through Avlla -and thence to Madrid, the modern capital. Here views of the. Toyal palace were shown, with -moving pictures of the King and Queen and court at a royal reception. Cordova, Toledo, and other cities were visited in turn, and at Seville pictures of portions of a bull fight were shown, much of It having been deleted by the censor. . Particularly interesting, were the views of the Alhambra, at Granada, the ancient Moorish palace, and the Alcazar.i The. splendid architecture of the ancient .Moors was shown, with all Its detail of exquisite carving and delicate mosaics. AH the pictures were fully up to the high Elmendorf stand ard. 3Z. 04 a?jcr deiltr'dbrr'iel fitiy lbem,sA $1 ten acBtoofIOptdgej itoTj3 Aacricui '' D rA l 4 3 .1 5 f i h