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'THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL. SATURDAY, JULY 22, 1911.—THE JUNIOR CALL.
THE QUICK EXPLOITATION COMPANY EFFECTS A RESCUE ijf->|AY, but that's good fun!" ex- claimed Austen Quick, rather en viously. It was a novel sport the Quick quartet watched, also it was making a reputation for skill and dar ing that would go far to cover the glaring faults of Walter Armstrong, the richest boy in Oakdale. The Quicks wool. have been the last to begrudge him this glory If he could wear It properly. But with Walter it only meant an Increased strut and tendency to lord It all the more over his following— a lot of toadies who fawned on him because of Ms big al lowance. The spectacle was also ag gravating to the Quick brothers be cause of another reason. Having many past scores to settle with them, Wal ter took pains to choose the same da set for one: of the Quick exploitation company's aerial exhibitions. Of course AValter's entertainment being freo as well as'something entirely new. he "scooped", the crowd who would have attended the Quicks' show. g „ So the Quick brothers had to "close up" and Join them on the banks of Duck creek to see Walter "shoot the Whirlpool rapids on a hydroplane!" The hydroplane of marine science is really, a small power boat with a very shallow hull nearly flat that sits only a few inches in the water, and when going at full speed her momentum Is so great that nearly two-thirds of the hull actually files clear of the water.' But the term "hydroplane" can also be made to cover Walter's craft. In fact, he got his idea from seeing an account of the sport of hydroplane rid ing, and built his boat accordingly. The result was the long, narrow, raft as shown by the diagram. It was just heavy enough to support him, and the old pair of slippers nailed to the deck gave him his foothold. ! .*'; " The hydroplane's motive power was furnished by Walter's fast little motor boat. the. Flash. And what the Quick brothers saw was Walter clad in a gray striped red and white bathing suit, although the weather was a bit cool for it. He stood upright on the hydroplane raft, which slid smoothly over the water,, being towed by the Flash, about four feet astern. There was no connection, between the two craft, except by the towing line, which Walter held In both hands. It did not touch the hydroplane and the effect was as if Walter was driving bis strange marine steed.; Even his enemies, admitted that It called for fine and daring skill for Walter to successfully keep his balance through the tortuous drop into the creek's water level,, where its course sloughed around Hawkin's mills to en ter the/lower end of the mill pond. Walter's chum, Edmond Jones, speed ed up the engine for the grand plunge, while everybody ashore raced for the bluff that commanded the best view of the "rapids." They . were really only a gradual decline in the creek's bed and were easily.navigable for the motor boat if It held a course in mid stream. The thrill ' came In the In creased velocity of the current.,/w-m^a All held their breaths as Walter and his hydroplane were launched into the first section of the rapid::;. The Flash shot forward at full speed, and Walter made a convulsive effort to keep up right. As the swiftness Increased his board hydroplane begar. to sink into the water until the frothing current swirled up to his ankles, j But Walter managed to keep his footing. He might be mean In some ways, but Walter was no coward, and even the Quick broth ers cheered .his daring. Then came a little stretch of water nearly straight, along which. Walter regained an even keel, airily waving his hand to the crowd on the bluff. This soon terminated in another rapid, and here Walter almost upset: on a jutting rock. He managed to weather the second rapid, •though,*'and now be gan the final and greatest .test of his skill as a "hydroplane Jockey." Almost directly across .from the bluff, the creek widened and nearly de scribed a circle, the channel swerving and the, current quickening for its concluding rush Into the mill pond. If Walter could navigate the |'"Whirlpool" without an upset his sensational hydro plane feat would bo successful. The first turn in the whirlpool nearly threw Walter oft the hydroplane. The current doubled its swiftness and be fore 10 feet had been traversed the hydroplane was beam deep under the surface and Walter was almost swept away. - Half the whirlpool was traversed and it began to, look as if Walter would succeed, when he was suddenly seen to catapult forward Into the air, lose hold of the towing line and land head foremost in the plunging waters! The hydroplane had struck a hidden rock. . All * was alarm and commotion ashore, but Walter was a good swim mer, and, quickly rising to the sur face, struck out for the nearest land, in this case a tiny island that rose in the middle of the whirlpool. The Flash could not well turn back against the heavy current and was forced to con tinue down stream, leaving him ma rooned upon the island. On the brink of success his great hydroplane act had failed. >' Now there was really no great- dan ger. The rapids were neither deep nor swift enough to present any difficulties ARTHUR MORGAN LANGWORTHY Walter’s Chum, Edmond Jones, Speeded Up the Engine for the Grand Plunge in Walter's rescue. . They had rather expected him to swim ashore, but he shouted to them that he had bruised his foot and for Essie Jones to return with the motor boat and take him off. Put it was found that Essie, couldn't do it. Something had gone wrong with the engine, which would take some time to fix. A boy was sent for one of the mill pond boats, but returned to report that they were all gone, . hav ing been taken out to fish with on North bay. Pliny, who had been following devel opments with a very thoughtful look, now spoke up: "I've a - few words I'd like to say before this affair goes any further. I haven't any fault to find with Walter's showexcept the finish. His stunt has been, new and "daring and proved 'he had his nerve with him.' ''~''*,:' '■■'• "But he also proved that beforehand." THE PUZZLE OF THE FASHIONABLE WOMAN'S DRESSING ROOM "H*«lb\" •sic' the woman of fashion, "how useful tne animal kingdom Is. Two wild creature, go into my coiffure and do all in their power to make it at tractive, and. although they would probably quarrel if they were to meet where, when they are crowning me with beaoly they are always moat harmonious. Then, there is another brute— time net's wild one— which meekly permits me to put my foot down on it whenever 1 am so inclined, although I am informed that it is far from meek at other tiaiee. There in nfili another obliging creature who '• alwa/e on hand to fc*?p me warm is winter and to add to the beauty of my ap pearance In aummer." See if you can guess who these ioterMting creatures are to »bob toe woman of fashion is so grateful. All of them are represented in the picture. continued Pliny, drily, "when he delib erately queered our own aerial show. He knew he could get our crowd away by giving 'em a free show, so he cho.se this same, date of our exhibition. Now, you: are the crowd, he stole .from us. • Are you satisfied with this ending?" "You bet you're not!" ' continued Pliny. We" would have given you a successful entertainment We don't' usually finish up our rivals' perform ances, .but If , you'll wait i here 'a. few ; minutes the Quick Exploitation com pany will give you the:thrill, of your lives!*" We're going to give Walter a* real, up to date rescue. Back In 10 minutes!" And Pliny whispered a few words to his brothers, - whereupon^ all made for the nearby Creek road, leav ing the crowd to guess what they were about to do. ;' The Spectators were not Jcept long in doubt. '1 -'V:->VfX!-">'"-' '-. "Hurrah! It's " the Cyclone!" some onocrled suddenly,; as the Quick Ex ploitation company was spied- trotting down the road ' bearing their famous aeroplane; glider. No tlfhe was lost in running up the bluff, and finally ; the aerial crew stood on Its brink, sur rounded by v " the wondering » crowd. Would Plinyv Quick really have .' nerve enough to fly off the 50 foot bluff right across the creek? That was just what he Intended to do! But first certain preparations-had: to be made. J A long \ length of thin but stout twine was first unraveled from its ball and coiled loosely. on a broad, flat rock r at the edge of the bluff. ' Then Pliny took his position In the glider, his • head and * shoulders projecting up ward, through the opening In the.lower plane, his elbows resting on the arm pieces along either side, jThe* boy him self stood on the ground, while :a' brother at either end kept the: whole fabric * off. the 1 ground. (Then ' Austen Quick' placed-the end of the colled twine in Pliny's hand and shouted to the lone figure on the rock: "Make ready to receive line from the airship Cyclone! You're going to« be rescued!" = '. ;/ Walter Was pretty cold and wet,' but it didn't• prevent: him from, snorting contemptuously; and,replying hotly: "1 wouldn't be rescued by your punk old airship •;; for anything!" 'And'v.he turned his,back on the whole proceed ing. .;; \^g^£&msqoßM "You've got to be rescued whether you want to or not!" roared -Austen, angry at this [awful* Ingratitude. : And the next; instant there was a, Hash of white outlined /against the bluff, and the Cyclone in one ; "long, .graceful swoop darted through the air, flying squarely;over. Water'island.'//Iti landed without Injury on the opposite : hank, while the spectators cheered the splen did (light until they.were out of breath.' And the flight had succeeded; In an other way, , too. Fort the flying Pliny, holding the twine . end In his ■, hand, had managed *to pay out 1 the ■ loosely wound coil ;from: the ;rock,: the ~ cord stretched in an unbroken" line - from the bluff, top, and' had 'settled until it trailed over one 'end of Walter's perch. Part of it was >In the water, [ but ia' projection on the surface of the rock prevented the current from sweeping It away. "Now, Walter, don't get balky!. Get busy Instead and haul In," cried Austen, who was tying a strong, light rope on the twine end.. For.half an,hour Wal ter refused to;touch ) the only means' of rescuing/himself. He became colder and began to shiver as the sun began to dip and the shadows fall. -Finally he couldn't stand It any longer. He sulkily limped over to the line and hauled In the strong rope. Austen di rected him , to;loop -It once around a smooth; tree stump near the water. Then ' Austen: and the crowd down on the bank pulled it taut while Walter grasped - the ; rope and Jumped In ; the water.". There ; was / enough rope ?to stretch across and back over the water, and so the crowd just pulled on the rope, ■ which kept sliding around the smooth stump, until they had pulled Waiter safely over. A more ungrateful victim of ship wreck was never rescued. He wouldn't even speak to those who "saved" him — •but* they/didn't; seem to care much. They were too busy "basking in the sunshine-of public applause.'.' The Quick Exploitation company had vin dicated Its popularity orice more! 3