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Teuton Champion of Theory
Of Relativity Finally Makes Idea “Take” With Reporter Dok Einstein Takes Match and Orange, Also Huge Em bankment, Stone and Railroad Train and Ham mers His Philosophy Into Docile Cranium of Newspaper Man By ROBERT BENCHLF.Y. Special Correspondent of The Age-HcraJd. Copyright, 1921, by The Age-Herald. New York, April 9.— (Special.)—Although Dr. Albert Ein stein, the relativity champion, landed in this country several days ago, he is still being interviewed. As yet, however, no re porter has succeeded in bringing away anything more definite about his theory of relativity than that it can not be classed in the animal, vegetable or mineral kingdom and that you can’t fry it. Your correspondent has, therefore, ar ranged for an interview with the emi nent scientist in an attempt to bring the subject clearly before the public. Un fortunately the interview has not yet taken place, owing to the fact that the window leading to Dr. Einstein's room from the fire escape was locked, but no enterprising man would let a technical detail like that interfere with the writ ing of a personality story; so here is an account of the interview which will take place early next week. PLAYING WITH MATCHES As the reporter was shown into the temporary study he was surprised to see the famous discoverer sticking matches into an orange. Dr. Einstein was also somewhat surprised to see the reporter, and in his embarrassment held up the fruit, saytng, by way of open ing the conversation; "Hello! Doesn't that look like the sun when I do that to it?" The reporter, still irritated from an ar gument with the elevator boy outside, said no, he didn't think that looked like tjje sun at all. Cordial relations thus being established, Dr. Einstein was asked if he would kind ly explain the theory of relativity in a few words. "Nothing elaborate." he was told, "just something that we can go back and tell the boss.” "I am glad you asked me," said Dr. Einstein. "The theory of relativity is easily explained. Have you a match?” A match was furnished and close at tention paid. The scientist struck the match on the box especially prepared for the purpose, and with its flame light ed the tobacco in a pipe which a lab; oratory attendant brought to him. 'There," he said, "now I can talk better." “You know the rate at which light travels through space?" the doctor In quired. DOTES ON SPEED "Do I?” asked the reporter. “Oh. boy!" "Well, that’s that. Det us now think of something else Do you like to ride on railway trains?" "I just love it,” replied the reporter. “There Is one that leaves here in 15 minutes." said Dr. Einstein. ”T think that you can make it if you don’t wait for the elevator." "But you haven’t explained the theory of relativity to me," protested the news paper man. ~I think I did,” said the scientist, "but you weren’t listening. It doesn’t take long, and if you aren’t paying close at tention you are likely to miss it. I’ll do ’t again for you.” The reported drew his chair up closer in order not to lose anything. “Det us take the example of a railway train again. I stand at the window of a day coach at a time when the train is moving at a uniform rate of speed and I drop & stone out on the embankment." "Shame on you,” saifl* the reporter. “Disregarding the Influence of air re sistance (which I always do when I am alone), I see the stone descend in a straight line. A pedestrian who observes my action fro mthe footpath, however sees that the stone falls to earth In a parabolic curve. Ton know what a para bola is?” “Sure, the parabola of the foolish vir gins, for example." "All right, we ll let that pass. What I want to know Is do the positions trav ersed by the stone lie in reality on a straight line or on a parabola? More over, what Is meant by motion ’to space?" ‘■I’ll bite,” said the reporter. "What?” "Space is something that we cannot conceive of.” laughed the Herr Doktor. "We shall therefore speak only of ’mo tion relative to a practically rigid body of reference’ ” ‘That suits me,” agreed the Inter viewer. VERY SIMPLE NOW "If instead of 'body of reference’ we insert ‘system of co-ordinates,’ which is a useful Idea for mathematical descrip tion, we are in a position to say; 'The stone traverses a straight line relative to a system of co-ordinates rigidly attached to the train, but relative to a system of co-ordinate rigidly attached to the ground. It describes a parabola-’ With tho aid of this example it Is clearly Seen that there is no such thing as an Inde pendently existing trajectory, but only a trajectory relative to a particular body of reference.” "T understand all that,” said the re porter, "but how do you know when It FLORENCE LEGION PLANS BIG SHOW Ex-Service Men Will Put on Minstrel April 22^23—Many Attend Local Banquet nmmeo, April (Special.)—An en tfcmdaotlo crowd of Legionnaires were in attendance at the regular semi-monthly meeting of the Florence poet held at the Chamber of Commerce hall last night. James McGary and J. Fred Johnson. Jr., made a report on the splendid meeting aad banquet held in Birmingham April d, at which meeting they represented tho Florence post. National Adjutant Bowles Was In attendance at that meeting and it la atatad that he made an inspiring ad dram to the Alabama Legionnaires. iSO delegates from the various pools In the state were in attendance. Urn? told the local Florence boys that they were looking forward to the enter tatement and sightseeing tripe, which will be arranged for their enjoyment during the June convention here. Indications point to aa hard a fight by at least three cities for the 1932 convention aa Florence made for the forthcoming C. D. Weddell reported that plans were going forward for the putting on of the big ndaatre! by the Legion on April 22-23. Pray purchaser of a ticket had a chance at a |*00 bank account in the AlaDama mat * Savings bank. An matchers of the post have been re qoaamd to assemble at Campbell's studio mmtmt' afternoon at 1:30 at which time a group picture will be made' to be ■how* *» KM convention programme. The ■ Uinmla auxiliary have already had a group pMM mad* for the same pur pose. grounds of New Orand Banks, are ®0© about 200 wide, with a j has cooked long enough?" ! I!°th Dr. Einstein and the I laughed heartily at this sally I good friends. reporter and parted ■art? A piano in the home keeps the children there and away from doubtful recreations. A piano may save you years of regret A piano and a musical educa tion may mean more to your children than anything else you can give them. The Big Piano Sale Is Now in Full Swing—Act Quickly Our Entire Stock of Pianos and Player-Pianos NOW ON SALE AT REDUCED PRICES—EASY TERMS This Magnificent Bargain in a New Player Now on Sale at $335. Bench and 10 Rolls of Music As a special effort to close out this stock we have cut the price on this new Player-Piano to the ridiculous figure of $235. Shop around, then see this great Player bargain. We believe it would be a difficult matter for you to duplicate this particular value. Come here and be convinced. Ask any of the sales force to play this player for you. Small payment down; $3.50 per week. This great sale of pianos is now in full blast; shrewd buyers are coming to this big Piano Sale for miles around. News of the big saving that can be made on a Piano now is spreading through this vicinity. Pianos are selling about as fast as we can wait on the customers, and why not? Did you stop to think that there are assembled here some of the well known makes of Pianos? Come to the store at the earliest possible moment. You can select a used Piano from this immense stock at prices from $47 up. Used Players at $197. New Players at only $335. We state to you candidly and without fear of contradiction that a sale such as this may never be duplicated it this city. We are including our complete stock in this sale. Some of the well known makes are on sale. Our Floor* Are Loaded—Jammed together here about as close as you can find them are a number of good Pianos. Come and take your choice. This opportunity cannot last forever. Buy your Piano now. Drop in and ask to be shown any of the Pianos. They axe all on sdle. THEY WILL BE SOLD. 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Stool and delivery free. Another great used bargain. Easiest k..id of payments. Stool and delivery free. Terms—small payment down and $1.50 a week will prevail. This is one of the many bargains that win be disposed of. Ask to be shown this $235 piano. Small payment down and $2.00 a week wiU do it Stool and delivery free. Read This! Round trip railroad faro refunded to out-of-town purchasers living within a radius of 100 miles of Bir mingham.' Freight paid on out-of-town shipments within a radios of lit miles. The Best Place to Buy Your SEALS PIANO CO. # j Alabama's Oldest Music House 1814 Third Ave., Birmingham The Best Place to Buy Your Piano 4 4 About Fifty Business Men Meet and Organize—J. Merer Barnett Chief Speaker Tuscaloosa, April 9—(Special.)—A Ki wanis club was organized here tonight with a membership of about 60 of this city’s most representative men. The organization of the club took place in the Chamber of Commerce hall and it was late in the night before the last man received his membership. The international president of Kiwanls, J. Mercer Barnett, was the chief speak er of the evening. Mr. Barnett is a mem ber of the Birmingham Kiwanls club, of which club he was president prior to his election as international president at Portland, Oregon, in July, 1920. The name of Mercer Barnett is known to every one of the 46.000 Ivlwanians of the 460 clubs in the United States and Canada, be ng synonymous with the Kiwanls motto: "We Build.” The promoters of the Kiwanls Alleged Slayer of White Wom an Will Go to Trial at Greenville April 12 Greenville, April 9.—(Special.)—A change of venue in the case of the state against Jake Crenshaw charged with brutally murdering Mrs. Foster Gafford, a white woman of prominent connections, has olub for Tuscaloosa deem it an unusuai pleasure to have President Barnett and the other Birmingham Kiwanians as their guests. District Governor Andy J. Arant, of Birmingham, also was present at tho meeting tonight. Mr. Arrant has given great impetus to the Kiwanis movement in Alabama and Florida. Among the other Kiwanians in the Bir mingham delegation headed by Henry Cobb, who arrived this afternoon are: W. Jack Adams, president of Birming ham Kiwanis club; C. N. Wiley, sec retary of the Birmingham club and George W. Yancey, prominent attorney. been denied by Judge A. E. Gamble, judge of the second Judical circuit of i Alabama. Attorneys for the defense sought to get i a change of venue, pleading that the negro would not get a fair trail in But ler county. The evidence was submitted to the judge by the attorneys, Beadux and Beadux of Birmingham. A decision in the matter was reached by the judge( yesterday and he set the case for Tues day, April 12. Crenshaw was convicted in the But ler county circuit court of killing Mrs. Foster Gafford and a most heinous man ner and was sentenced to be hanged on July 16 last. The case was appealed to the supreme court and a new trial order ed upon technicalities. FOli COLDS Grip, Influenza, Sore Throat Ilsmplirrys' Ilfmiffl. Co.. IH William SL, New York trad at ftl Unyr and Coautrr Storm. 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