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Frenchman Plans Era of Aero
nautics In United States.
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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
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
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?
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
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."
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
"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.
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
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?"
"Pains or aches anywhere?"
"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
**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€
"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
"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.
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TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 190®.

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