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THE SOUTH BEND NEWS-TIMES Flight of Airmen Who Bomb Huns as Told by Watcher at Aerodrome Av-!atei Pres Frrl: with nn: nuiTiSH ail.mii' IN FRANC:. Marc! ; 0 "In th early j.art of tho nUM before th mit rA In our r.i'ht-Myin:; .-'ju.i.I- rons Irtpp.l five tons of om!s n J i AO hostile aerodromes" official ..'o mm unique. A most prosaic statement and one. fnTn which the avoMf reader ouM fail to Ret much thrill. "Our r.iht flying suadroni drojiped Jive tons of bomb." . mro i ommon r'acc; an ircident in th" daily rou tine. So far as coior pofs it mi-cht hze read: "Our motor transport lcuht up five ton? of biscuits." And yet behiml that bri-f an r.o.incement, shorn of all heroics, and behind every similar announce ment, lirs u wealth r.f supreme dar ing, of dtncr., een and unseen, of hair-breadth .. esr-apa and nerve racking episodes. The corre.-pondnt of The Aoci nt'Ml I'resH witnessed th start and the return of th airmen who "drop ped five tons of bombs." and the .story of thi.s very ordinary nie;ht may rerve to ive the reader some idea of the daily life of the airman v ho, as it were, continually battles n the !;'e of a. pr ipif e while the many hands of Avar reach out to dra' him down. We arrived at a srreat Tlritish aerodrome just as the evening shades were falling and the ine- hanics were making their final in spection of the hiiRe bombing1 ma chinas which shortly were to wheel th'ir way across the fiirhtln? line with their freight of explosives. ,S(m day-flyers were returning from thfir tripH. winin their v.ay straight and true towards the aero drome from all directions like mighty homing pigeons. A few pi lots were cinding in picturesque curves above the grounds, and oc casionally swooping down in lightning- charges towards stationary tar gets whll their machine guns spat ik steady stream of livid lire to the accompaniment of that wicked stac cato chatter which spells one of the Kreatept terrors of th front. Twckc .Machines i:agaircI. The night-flyers were to go out as soon as darkness had settled, and we found them all In the mess hall over their early dinners. Twelve ma chines were to engage In the raid in hand, which meant that 24 of the.oe clean-cut boys would soon be risking their lives over the inhospit able zone where tho Germans watch and vait for the appearance of enemy aircraft. "We joined them at mess and lis tened to t'.eir conversation.. It gave one a sensation of witnessing a drama which could have no basis in tact, to look Into their youthful facts with the realization that with in a short space they mUht be call ed upon to pay the great price in defense of king and country. i They were not discussing the raid. In fact, they seemed to be avoiding it. Their talk was largely made up of inconsequential chaff, and It seemed at moments that there wax just a suspicion of "nerves" in their outbursts of laughter. From time to time home one of. them would fall into silence and thoughtfulness, only to be recalled from his reverie by the quip of a comrade. They watched one another like brothers and we wondered if there were not some method in this bandiage of jests, but we asked no questions. A table just back of the corres pondent was tilled with a jolly par ty. A newcomer came in and took his scat. a big. broadshouldered chap with cl'Ur ej es and engaging smile. He was the pilot of one of Xh raiding machines. lie was pounced upm immediately. 'Your furnilv is ery wealthy, we h.-.ir. Yank." "Wealthx : I should say it was." boomed a gre'.t oice. "I don't work because I have. to. I'm doing this because I like it." American In Haid. The speaker was a Hosten boy who had been flying with the Brit ish since lylti. A few minutes later he crossed and touched the corres pondent on the shoulder. "Come over to our table and we will :ill ou up on local color and t hampagne." he invited. There was local color, and cham- CAN YOU PLACE A VALUE ON YOUR EYES? ' T.. n. i, a t . ; i .i 1 " y ..!! !:!.!. J e 1. 1 r i t tl' :i iii ; i. a T t tt.e :n "t reliable .pti i.ia w li" Ulli. e;.erl'n. nri'1 j".ii f i ra-ti- e '.a vi t-rn.: w b-1 b r m !;! glis,- er a 'huh-- ' !'-n-s hi i I r.Tl!"' tli t :ri.iks f'r y.'iir in vi i v ; . i - ua! r'j'.iri!!. iits. iI.YV. KI.LIAItl.i:. Dr. J. Burke, Optician, r:s Miciin.vN vr. !t.i! 1:! d 17 bi.'. oar Skill J p pagr.e too, for somebody had just r ejvel a promotion and was cele brating ery mildly with a quart of wine. Ye chatted for a few min utes and the Massachusetts man told a little of how he h id deserted exhibition Hying in America to join the Hritish forces. "This bombing business isn't war," he oluntered, " am a chauffeur; my car is my plane, and my passen gers are bombs. I take my passen gers over the line and discharge them safe and sound. and then come home." His eyes twinkled as he said i, brave fellow. A siren began its uncanny wail ing somewhere outside, and a si lence fell over the hall. It w a.s the "call to arms." One by one J4 men separated themselves from their comrades and stole quietly from the room. They said nothing; nothing was said to them; but scores of friendly, anxious eyes looked "bonne chance." We followed shortly, for we had come to see the "getaway" and the return. It was dark. A pale crescent moo.n struggled bravely but Ineffectively to clear away the gloom below. Strange, shadowy figures were flitt ing noiselessly about the grounds, and against the skyline could be seen the blots which iepresented the great machines that stood waiting for their pilots and observers. Off toward the east the sky quivered and slowed fitfully with the crimson flashes from a myriad guns, while the shrapnel hurled vicious flashes all along the line. It was toward these ominous beacons that the flight was going. Little Delay. There was no delay, valuable for there were Time was signs that mists might enme at any time. With in rive minutes the throbbing of a powerful engine began, a machine gun barked as the observer tested the weapon, and then the plane glided swiftly away across the field and swept into the air, its little sig nal lights gleaming like stars. Another followed, ar.d another, un til the twelve had all embarked on their perilous voyage whose ending no one could prophesy. Gradually the blinking eyes of the planes disappeared, and we stood and counted the minutes as we strained our eyes towarAs the battle lines where the flights would cross. Suddenly a stream of balls of lire began to mount high into the air over the trenches. The airmen had reached the land of hate, and their punishment began in earnest. The deluge continued, and the shrapnel flashed in ever increasing numbers. German searchlights went peering through the clouds and we learned later that one ray rested squarely on a Hritish plane. It was a heartbreaking moment for the pilot and observer. Their chances were small, but the light moved on and upward and the plane was again enveloped in darkness. All the planes but one were across the line at last. The one machine came wheeling back, flashing its personal signal as it felt its way to wards home. A signal from the ground a.ns-wered and the plane circled slowly down and came bob bing across the held. Engine trouble had forced a return, but there had been no accident. It neared the hour for the other planes to be coming back. The squadron commander was passing up and down the field like a cag-d tiger. His nerves were strained al most to the breaking point, and he made no effort to conceal It. His boys, the lads whom he loved like a brother, were out there over the boche guns. He himself had spent many bitter days and nights In a fighting plane, and he knew the hell the flight was going through at the moment. And so he stamped about unhappily, with his peering eyes ever on the eastern horizon, watching for the twin stars which would herald the return of at least one ul his wanderers. Signal by Lights. Finally a set of lights appeared and swung swiftly towards the west. "Dash, dot, dash dot "went the code. "It's Drown and Little," sighed the commander, and he was off post haste toward the landing place. The machine circled and perched. "That you Brown?" the comman der demanded anxiously. "Every thing a!', right?" He didn't ask whether they had reached their objective or whether they had dropped their bomb. Were his boys all right? "Drown and Little, are all right, s'r." ame the reply. Ten times more the same thing happened, the planes sometimes arriving in trroups. One pilot and his observer were still out. uo waited a long time and they did not appc.ir. The commander took him self off to be alone, and the other cfücers whispered quitely among themselves. There was tragedy in the air. Two of the finest men in the s.-rice were still unaccounted for. Meantime this pilot and observer were struggling to win a hundred-to-one ch.mce against thera with üeath as the penalty for failure, out oer the German lines their en- u l n e a h fret. feet g Ii- e wer.t dead wnile tney were ax igbt of perhaps four thousand They dropped a thousand anl thn th pilot got his en working again spasmodically. they crawled to their former al titude with their nose towards home. a:;l then the engine gave a final gasp aJ'i.l ditvl. Sil it! by Nene. All the probabilities were that thy would crash and be smashed to pi .-rs. There w'a. only one thing whii-h could possibly prevent it. and tb.it w.is an iron nerve in the pilot's bov. He coolly started to coast COUNT CZERNIN WHO QUIT AUSTRIAN POST 4l .A I 1 "t Jt. V-:-i!..2 Crs's -''AYA Tount Czernin. Austro-Hungarian foreign minister, has resigned his post, according to a dispatch from Vienna. Emperor Charles is said to have accepted his resignation. Count Czernin was responsible for the disclosure of the famous peace letter on Alsace-Lorraine, written by Emperor Charles. The foreign minister will continue in office until his successor has been appointed. westwards. On lie came until his signal lights showed clearly to the watchers in the aerodrome. It was like the flight of a phantom ma chine, with its soundless engine. The pilot got near the aerodrome and then hesitated. He was lost and was coming down rapidly. He signalled wildly and a score of answering lights flashed back. He swerved and came swooping down into the aer drome, saved by a few yards. The men were all back and we went to the commander's office to hear them give their reports. They entered in twos and threes, their helmets pushed back, but still wear ing their bulky garments that made them look like Arctic explorers, cr "teddy bears." But what a change in their demeanor. They were no longec the laughing, jesting crowd of two hours before. They were palo and haggard, and their eyes were strained and brilliant. No need for thern to say what they had been through. Their faces told the story. One b one they told briefly what they had done. They had, or they had not, reached their objective. The Hun hate? Very bad. indeed, but not a subject for discussion. Their reports wtre taken and they moved quietly away. They wanted to be alone. The Dostonian paused for a mo ment by the Associated press corre spondent. The big youth still wore a smile, hut he was subdued. The "chauffeur" had had a hard trip that night. He pulled out his pipe and filled it reflectively. "This business of bombing is all habit" he remarked philosophically, as he crammed the tobacco down. "Tho British army has a habit of sending us out, and we have a habit of going bombing the Hun. All a habit, Just like smokin?. though perhaps not quite so pleasant." We shook hands and he went away to his billet, his great frame completely filling the office door as he stepped out. LOOK AIIi:.D. One of the wisest thines a person ever did was to start a savings bank account and to each week save some portion ( f their earnings. Thus In years to come you will look back and be Riad you looked ahead. One dollar will start a savings account and we will pay four per cent inter est Farmers Trust Co. Advt. nXPKKIFNCEI) AKTIST opens new department. W. D. Staples tor 13 years a specialist In com mercial photography has established a ground floor studio and work rooms In the St Joe building, and will devote much attention to ama teur kodak work. His long exper ience will be appreciated by those who want the best possible service at no increase in price. Phones: Home, 5232; Dell. 784. Advt WISH YOU HAD. Before the summer ?s gone you will wish more than once you had a gas range in your home. They re such a comfort in the hot months. Always ready for business. 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April 21st, at 1:30 p. rn. to escort So v. Auditor J. E. Fitzgerald to High School Auditorium for 23th Anniversary ex ercise?. 2541-21 i; v SPECIAL SESSION BL Gov. Goodrich is Removing Own Reasons For Consid ering Extra Meeting. Internatioa.il .New Service: INDIANAPOLIS. Ind.. April 20. With Gov. Goodrich removing, one by one, his own reasons for calling a special session of the legislature, the belie: grew- at the state house today that no extraordinary meet ing of thi law-makers will be held. Kemovrl of 200 inmates of the Je!'ferson ille reformatory to the Michigan City prison, where they havt been put to werk in the twine factory; employment of other pris oners at the state forestry reserve, and distribution of still others to the state farm at I'utnamville 'is ac cepted as a solution of the chief problem to have been p'.aced before the proposed special session. This would eliminate the immediate nervosity of rebuilding of the re formatory, recently destroyed by lire. Ioga!ic KTjcndUurcs. Arrangements for partially legiliz ing expenditures by county councils f defense through a "war emer gency" opinion handed down by the attorney general removes an other reason for the special session the financing of war measures in the state. Fulton county already has appropriated 13,000 through its county council. Ratification of the prohibition amendment, one of the other meas uies tentatively proposed for con sideration by the legislature, is con s'dered of secondary importance and other reasons cited by the governor in his proposal to call a special ses sion, are more or less related to the chief problems for which solution has been found. This, it was the be lief at the state house, leaves no vital reason for calling a special legislative sccsion. MEXICAN PAPER WARNS CARRANZA TO LINE UP WITH THE ALLIES International New Service: ."AX ANTONIO. Tex., April 20. A strong plea for Pres't Carranza to align himself with the allies is made today in an article in La Defensa, a Mexican newspaper, reflecting opin :on along the border. The article says: "Mexico is facins a tragic moment by condoning German propaganda and in event some action Is not im mediately taken, war with America will result and Mexico will become another martyred Belgium. Neutral ity as it is understood in Mexico means 'pro-Germanism "In event of war Mexico has noth ing to expect from Germany, but alignment with America will mean money, arms, munitions, active co operation of the United States and rnisht be the difference between Mexico's salvation and her destruc tion." La Defensa is published by T. II. Deltran, until recently consul gen eral here for the Carranza govern ment. MORE DISLOYALISTS ARE ROUNDED UP IN WEST; LYNCHING THREATENED International News Service: CHICAGO, April 20. Another drive on disloyalists in the middle west resulted in the following gains for the loyalists today: At Collinsville, Okla., Henry Uheimer is going to be given a trial by the county council of defent-e today on charge of disloyalty. Iist night a mob of men hanged Uhei mer, but he was cut down on pleas of the police. Uheimer was uncon scious when the rope was taken from his neck. Because he said he wanted the war to end in a draw and therefore refused to buy Liberty bonds. Theo dore Pape, of Quincy, 111., a leading attorney, was accused of disloyalty and surrendered to the police. He was hanged in efiigy. At Lincoln, Neb., the dismissal of two alleged disloyal professors is demanded by the board of regents of the University of Nebraska by the state council of defense. CULTIVATE YOl'Il X ATI HAL IlKAUTY. Wrinkles, sagging mouth, flabbi ness, double chin, sallow complex ion, etc., come from muscle weak ness. 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