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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.
Cash or Easy Payments—If you have the cash to pay for a Piano, come
here and see what can be accomplished. But if you wish to purchase a
Piano or Player-Piano on time, we will make easy terms.
Prices Down—We have marked prices down. Do not allow anything
within reason to stand between you and a Piano. Yon will be agreeably
surprised/at the opportunity that is being presented here, and a call will
.convince you of this fact.
ONLY
THIS USED
Player Now Only $197
PLAYER-PIANO PURCHASERS, READ THIS:
a . l J_• ml_ _ t
Don’t delay or yon may be too late! The stock will be
deposed of The UMd PUy./ depkted herowrth .s a nice
in«tnimpnt for the DITCe. UTOD
This used Piano will be sold. It is one of
many assembled here that we are going to
dispose of. Small payment down; $1.25 a
week, will pay for it Stool and delivery
free.
One of the used pianos taken in exchange
oh a player. Ask any of the sales force to
play this one for yon. Small payment will
send this one home: $2.50 a week will do.
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!
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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.
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Your
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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.
Why Montgomery County, Alabama
When the farmer selects a permanent home, he must find a place
where social, educational, agricultural, health and general conditions
offer opportunity for success and happiness.
Montgomery County has the best system of roads in the South.
Montgomery County already has the -best rural schools in Ala
bama and the best consolidated rural high schools in the South, and
the Board of Revenue has just gone on record as favoring an ad
ditional appropriation of one-half million dollars for additional
schools.
Montgomery County has an abundance of pure artesian water
(fnd the health conditions of the county are excellent.
Montgomery County has six great trunk line railroads and navi 4
gable rivers, affording cheap freight rates and splendid trans
portation.
Montgomery County has wonderfully fertile soils and while our
many clovers and grasses make this an ideal dairy and live stock
section, portions of the county are also peculiarly adapted to fruits
and vegetables.
A city market, the Union Stock Yards, established creameries,
strong organizations working for markets for the farmer, these,
together with the determined effort of our people to make Mont
gomery County the greatest agricultural county of the entire South,
suggest this county as the logical place for your permanent home.
Montgomery County Want* More WHITE FARMERS.
For Information and Literature Write
Agricultural Section, Div. V-l, Chamber of Commerce,
Montgomery, Alabama.

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