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AERONAUT'S NOVEL IDEA Frenchman Plans Era of Aero nautics In United States. WITH HEADQUARTERS AT ST. LOUIB lUppolfte Kraaoali It la » MaaJ City For Bailoeulng — Ow»« oi Lwgail Airafelp at World** V*4r WvuXd Oraraalae aa "Aero Club" mm ParUlu Model—Haw Be Sails Ma Great Skip. Hippoiyte Praaaaiß. the French In ventor and owner of the biggest of all the airships seen at the St Ldsnim world's fair, now proposes to make St Louis the first American city to take up aeronautics as a permanent science, says the St. Louis Poet-Dispatch. He ljl come from Paris to interest Rt. Louis in the sport of ballooning. He would organize a St Louis aero club similar to the Paris Aero club and would oauso to be constructed a big aerodrome, or balloou garage, equipped with the apparatus necessary to a com u.ou supply of gas. The aitlmate Idea *f M. Francois la quite startling. Lixe Count de la Vaulx, president of the Paris Aero club, ha beiieve* that St. Louis will one da/ beoome the home of the science of aeronautics. These Frenchmen believe this because they say St. Louis is, geo graphicaliy, an ideal airship city. They are convinced America, with its great richos, is to work out the flying prob lem. They say that St Louis, because there are no great waters about it to imperil ballooning, is to be the scene of thu solution. They say that New York, Bostou, Baltimore, Philadelphia und the big cities of the east are im possible fur this purpose because of their nearness to the Atlantic. Chicago offers a like peril in the great lakes. St. Louis is far from great water. Count de la Vaulx during his visit to the fuir said: "I have never seen an other city so admirably located for ballooning as St. Louis. It is so fai Inland that a balloon could not be swept to sea by any whim of the wind, and you are thus free from the only real danger confronting us in France." M. Francois sees in St. Louis the same point of vantage. He came to the fair with his big airship late in the fall. He planned a flight but accidents to his ship caused delay until the fair had almost ended. He returned to France and rebuilt his ship. A few days ago, quite to the surprise of the communi ty, he returned to St. Louis. His aj> uouncement was even more surprising than his reappearance. People in St Louis had thought they had seen the last of the foreign aeronauts. M. Fran- eois suddenly appeared to say St. Louis • had only seen the first of them. If the people of St. Louis will respond to hi# mission, he says, he will make this hi# home and bring hither his ships. M. Francois is not planning to leave his native land for anything more than scientific reasons. He is a patriot. He proved it during the fair when he an nounced that he had not come to try for the $100,000 prize, but merely to fly "for the glory of France." That ha did not fly far was not his fault. He tried to. The caprice of fortune and some few little faults in the construc tion of his ship denied him the chance lie had thought to have had of showing tlio world what a Frenchman can do. One day he ascended, With his aids holding the ropes. The next day he set out in earnest, but his great ship did not clear the fence and snagged upon it, bending the frame. The next day he started again, but that time a nail In the doorway of the aerodrome tore « rent in his ship, causing it to sink. That wound up the world's fair career of M. Francois. He packed his ship, bade us adieu and set out for Paris. "1 will come back and show you what I can <k " he said, smiling in that grim way of termined men. Long ago St. Louis forgot him; even longer ago it forgot his promise to return. If he had thought himself particularly hum bled or at all discredited in its eyes Ft. Louis had not thought so. He was grouped with many that had gono down in failure, but failure in which there was no dishonor. "I have come back," he said a few days ago, presenting himself before Calvin M. Woodward, a member of the faculty at Washington university, and other equally astonished gentlemen who had enjoyed the acquaintance of the aeronaut when he was in St Louis with his ship. "I said I would come back and re cover my prestige, and here I am. I want to locate here and make aerostat ics a popular science in St. Louis. We will build an aerodrome. I will bring my big ship over from Faris, and we will organize an aero club, such as they have over there. We will make St. Louis the headquarters for this thing In the western hemisphere, just as Far- Is is headquarters for it in Europe." Count de la Vaulx says that Ameri ca takes an incredible view of aeronau tics. We look nt it, he says, from the cinple viewpoint of humor. An airship Is funny; a balloon is funny. The grav est among us laughs at the mention of nn aeronaut. To the French that is in credible. To them the whole subject of aerostation is grand, exquisite, in spiring, ecstatic. The French see in ballooning a bliss which wholly tran scends its dangers. They give balloon- In? parties for ladies. Aristocrats go up in the clouds. Rieh men have their balloons for enjoyment. People like Count de In Vaulx set out from Paris nnd drift with the winds far off into central Europe, up into Russia, up into the Netherlands. Here, says the count, we think a man of that sort a crank. We have only men that go ballooning for money, the parachutist and the man that hangs to the bar with his teeth. In France the people who go balloonlnf wouldn't associate in the same stratum of air with our balloonist in tights. M. Francois has spent thirty of his fifty-seven years in the study of aero nautics. He has raced with the storm in the spherical balloon. He has skin ned his shins with the aeroplane. He has steered the dirigible balloon back and forth over Paris. He has eaten a cold lunch in a snow cloud. He has trained with the lightning and baen at home with the thunder. He la an ex perienced aeronaut He hae hod ail the sensations the sdenee affords cepting only the supreme sensation <4 death. The ship which M. Franoote propow to bring back to St Louis Is to a*- ships what the Great Eastern wm fat long to the ships of the sea. It is a monster. When it was brought to It Louis two years ago tt filled twe freight oars. When It was Inflated It bulged the walls of the aerodrome. When It rose It almost obscured the sun. When it was rent it befouled the air for a mile around. People looked at it and always said the one thing, "Oh!" It was the only real almhip brought to the fair. All the othere were punts, dories, yawls and row fcoats. Beside the great Franoote AtP tha Baldwin vessel looked like a lifeboat in the shadow of a big liner. Franaeia says his ship will lift 4.000 poaads. He does not sail it alone. He oaaviea a crew. He does not balance himself upon a stick and start the motor with his foot, as Roy Knabenshue did. Ha has an engineer back In the angina room, a pilot ahead, a "man before tha mast" to make soundings over high fences and threatening tree topa, and a cabin amidships, where ha dlracts the energies of the ship and observes the phenomena Incidental to progress. M. Francois cannot understand why we hare never taken to tha air. W« confine our sports, he says, to this and that "in the mud." We never pene trate the blue empyrean. We have a dirty idea of fun; we lack the taste foi clean sport—sport way up yonder, where the skiea are as blue aa a her on's wing and where the ether la ai pure as a baby's thought Can ho oonvert us and make good aeronauts of us all? TIPPED BY FALLIERES. An luntauoe of French President** In genloni KludlineM. The following story is told of thi ingenious kindliness of M. Clement Ar mand Fallierea, who was recently elect ed president of France, says the Pari correspondent of the London Tele graph: He was presiding at a banquet a Agen when a piece of money dropped from his waistcoat pocket on to th< floor. His neighbor said, "I think yoi have let fall a two franc piece." Bui lie replied, "Let it be; that will be « lucky find for the waiter," and he call ed the latter, whispering to him to looi out for a two franc piece, which h« would find somewhere under his sea; on the floor. Toward the end of dinner M. Fal lieres was seen by his neighbor to tx feeling with a preoccupied air In hli waistcoat pockets. As he rose he looks ed round, fancied he was not observed and gently let a two franc piece slidt down on to the floor. His neighbor, wht had noticed the strange proceeding asked M. Fallleres afterward if ht would tell him what it meant "The fact is," M. Falllerea answered "tliat I remembered that I keep onlj coppers in my left hand pocket, froir which the piece dropped that you sup posed was 2 francs, whereas it must have been only 2 sous. So I took oul of my right pocket in which I keep my silver, another coin, which thai time really was a two franc piece, and dropped it for the waiter to find. 1 did not want to disappoint the max after telling him, you see." SOUTH POLE QUEST BY AUTO Dr. Cook Thinks Antarctic Circle Cu lie Reached That Way. Dr. Frederick A. Cook, the antarctic explorer, told members of the Arctic club and the Explorers' club at a din ner the other night in New York Id honor of Dr. Otto Nordenskjold, the Swedish explorer, that he believed an automobile, properly constructed, would be the most feasible means of reaching the south pole, says the New York World. "The antarctic circle could be cross ed in a comparatively short space ol time in a swiftly moving automobile," said he. "I see no reason why a ma chine with slight modification in the touring cars of today could not be util ized in place of the old time dogs and sleds. I believe a machine could be built large enough to carry provisions for the trip across the few hundred miles of unexplored ice." Filipinos' Dictionary His Mission. Dr. David J. Doherty, a trustee and one of the most active members of the Chicago Medical society, will leave for the Philippines about March 1 on a novel mission, Intended to aid in the education and assimilation of the brown people taken under Uncle Sam's wing, says the Chicago Record-Herald. Leading members of the medical so ciety will tender him a farewell ban quet and hear the story of his mission. His plan is to fuse the various dialects spoken in the Christianized islands. In corporating the information in a Fili pino-English dictionary. Dr. Doherty holds that one of the main drawbacks to advancement among the Filipinos has been their sedentary habits and the fact that their dialects are not mu tually intelligible. After publishing his dictionary Dr. Doherty will resume his travels and scientific studies In the *s lands and will remain away a year And probably longer. WHEN BETTY SULKED By DONALD ALLEN Copyright, 1806, by P. C. Eastmant "Look a-here, Betty Spooner, I should like to know what on earth has trilatf you for the lost two weeks. Yo*>e gone around actin' as sulky as a w with a sore foot, and you've got aafm father so upset we don't know whafa goin' to happen." It was the wife of Farmer Bpoonar and the mother of the eighteen-year-ald Betty who spoke as above one morning while she was washing the dishes and Betty stood with her back to her in the open kitchen door. "Two weeks ago," continued the mother, as she wiped a yellow platter, "you was singin' around and walkin' on your toes and plannin' what whjj poln' to happen when you and Reuben got married. Then all to once you be gin to sulk, and from that time on no body's been able to say whether you had the toothache or the heartache. It's my opinion that that barbed wire fence man who stayed here overnight HE TOLD OP WAR, BATTLES AND PERSONAL ADVENTUBES. and had so much gab to him brought about the change. I want to know what's the matter." "Nothing," replied Betty. "I know better. In the first place, that fool of a fence man praised your hands and feet and eyes and got you stuck on yourself. In the next, you had a quarrel with Reuben and hain't spoke to him since. In the third, if you don't stop worryin' rne'n pa and all the rest I shall forget how old you are and box your ears. Most girls when In trouble of any sort come to their mothers for advice. You've kept right away from me instead, and so I can't tell what's on your mind. Have you broken out with a rash or anything?" "Of course not" "Got a boll?" "No." "Pains or aches anywhere?" "No." "Have pa or I said anything to hurt your feelln's?" "Not at all. It's Just that I—l don't feel like singing and cutting up." "Oh, I see," observed the mother as she finished the last plate and hung up the dish towel to dry. "Well, I can tell you one thing. If this keeps ou much longer you'll go to bed and drink quarts and quarts of lobelia tea and have horseradish drafts put to your feet. Fa wants apple dumplin's for dinner, and I shall expect you to make 'em." Reuben Warner had been Farmer Spooner's hired man for a year. lie was a young man of twenty-two and was always referred to as being as smart as a whip. He was a go ahead fellow, with a hundred dollars saved up, and he and Betty had been in love almost from first sight Outside of an occasional tiff the course of true love had run smooth until the barbed wire fence man appeared. He was a good talker and a boaster and a braggart. He told of war, battles and personal adventures until Reuben sat with his mouth open and Betty looked upon him as one of the heroes of the earth. His stay was only for the night, and Betty might have forgotten him by noon next day but for Reuben. His jealousy had been excited, and next morning he had something to say about burglars and liars. Betty felt called upon to take the side of the man who had compared her eyes to the brightest of stars, and it didn't take long to bring about a row. "If you were only half as brave and chivalrous as lie is I should be proud of you," announced Betty. "If I could lie once while he does ten times I could make you believe bees wax was honey," replied Reuben. "You are jealous." "And you are foolish." "Mr. Warner!" "Miss Spooner!" That was the way It began, and of course things grew worse Instead of better. Betty knew that her mother would support Reuben in saying that 6he was silly, and so she withheld her confidence, but at the same time she had something of a contempt for her fiance when she remembered that the only adventure of his life was in being run over by a yoke of oxen. Reuben went about trying to whistle and sing and make out that he did not care, while Betty was sq quiet that her mother had cause to charge her with sulking. She made the apple dump lings that day, and she helped wipe the dinner dishes and get a custard under THE EVENING STATESMAN, WALLA WALLA, WASHINGTON. **7 tor supper, but after that ate; Went off down to the barn to be alone j and think. . : The mow had been filled with new hay, and she climbed a ladder and found a nest back against the end of the barn. There In the s«ml-twilight she not only thought all irinrta of thoughts, mostly about Reuben, but sometime® «he sighed and sometimes she gritted her teeth. In this way she succeeded In getting up considerable emotion and in tiring hetcelf out, and by and by she fell asleep. One of bar last thoughts was that Reuben was no chevalier, but only an old poke who would live and die without even falling down a w«U. When she awoke it waa dark, and there waa a grumbltiag at voices on the lioor below her. Miss Betty had sulked and slept for hours. When she did not appear at the supper table she was supposed to be at a neighbor's, and night fell without anybody being alarmed about her. At 8 o'clock Reuben started out to see her home, but stopped first at the barn tc see to the horses. Ten minutes before he left the house the girl on the hay mow carefully dragged herself for ward until she could hear what was being said below, and she soon made out that a gang of four or five tramp* had slipped into the bacn aiul was plot ting robbery. Her heart began to beat in a way tc choke her, and she sooldn't hare cried out to save her life. Bhe heard Reu ben shut the kitchen door after him and whistle as he oame down the path, and she heard the tramps getting ready to attack him as he opened the door. It was only when the door swung open and a match was struck to light a lan tern that Betty rolled over and over on the hay and managed to shriek out: "Oli, Reuben, look out! There are robbers here!" There wae a rush tor the hired man. There were shouts and oaths and blows from bciow and screams and shrieks and calls for help from above, but the battle was over before Fanner Spoon er and his wife got there. Reuben had found a neck yoke at hand and gone In to break heads, and five tramps who had thought to find him an easy prey had gone down under his rain of blows and were doing a good deal of groaning and begging. "Land o" massy, what was it?" asked the farmer and his wife in chorus. "I—l guess Betty's up there," replied Reuben as he looked upward. "Y-yes, I'm hese," humbly replied th€ girl. "And what have you been doln' up there?" asked the mother. "Getting over the sulks." "And have you got over 'em?" "I guess so." "Then you come down here and quit actin' like a goslin'. That fence man may have captured fifteen cannons iu the last war, as he bragged about, but Reuben has licked five monstrous big tramps without goln' away from home or ruffiln' up his hair. If that don't make him one o' them 6hevaliers you are always talkln' about then I don't know pumpkin pie from gooseberry bushes." "It has been so wet for the last three or four years," remarked Truthful James, "that a good many people have forgot how dry it used to be. I remem ber one year when the Missouri river was dusty all the way down from Kan sas City to the Mississippi. Of course the river was running all the while, but the Avater in it got so dry that it j turned to dust and blew away. I took j a boat down the river at that time, but j it was so dusty on the boat that you' couldn't see the hind end of it when] you was standing on the front end. It j was a little the worst I ever see. My ' mouth got so much grit and dust in it j that I could strike a match on the roof j of it any time. One day the boat got stuck in fifteen feet of Missouri river water. It was so dry and dusty that the wheel couldn't turn. What did we do? Well, sir, we went out and hired a farmer to haul fresh well water for fifteen miles to mix with the river wa ter until It was thin enough to run the boat through."—Kansas City Journal. Meaning: of the Wo Ml "Omaha." The name "Omaha" bears testimony to the long journey of the people and reveals some of the causes which brought about this breaking up into distinct tribes. It Is composed of two words, which signify "going against the current," or up the stream. The Omahas were the people who went up the stream, while the Quapaws, their near of kin, went, as their name re veals, "with the current," or down the stream. The traditions of both these peoples say that the parting occurred during a hunting expedition, each divi sion finally settling in the lands whith er they had wandered apart. This epochal hunt must have been centuries ago, for the Quapaws bore their de scriptive name in 1540, being men tioned in the Portuguese narrative of De Soto's expedition as then living on the Arkansas river, where they dwelt until 1839, when they ceded their long occupied lands to the United States. Scale For Men's Hosiery. The fact Is not generally known that men's hosiery measures in inches from toe to heel the same number as the size. For example, size 8 is equivalent i to eight Indies, and this standard rule; applies with similar effect upon smaller i or larger sizes. Half hose not so eon-j forming In measurement Is commer- j cially regarded as imperfect stock. The following fixed trade list of half j hose sizes shows the corresponding sizes of shoes if proper fit be desired: Size of hose. Size of shoes. 9% - 5% or 6 10 .. 6% or 7 10H 7*4 or 8 U 8% or 9 11% 9% or 10 —New York Press. Dry Water. Ruling and Book Binding tj Our Ruling and Book Binding Plant will be in opperation on the 15th of this month. In which we have installed the latest and most modem machinery. Our workmen having been selected with the greatest of care from city shops are capable of producing high grade work and our prices will always be reason able. Look over your librarys and see if you have not some books that need rebinding or some valuable series of magazines to bind. This work will be done in any grade of binding desired. We Have the Equipment We Need the Business Statesman Co. TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 190®.