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-wrra uhclm mm mm a ium (Coe tinned froi IW F*g«) An* tbei «• spent under ths itaoM «n<«tU) torrid Mr* of tk* Tmm* m wksa «• <m Hdpid to dll aorta of dittos sack u tko dicaima at diukoo for dralaaa* end tk* pa aval eonriraetloa of tk* camp. Be taa om of tko ploßoora of tk* Now K*llj n*td. 1 bad tko honor of hslp toa to pitch tk* flrot toot, whom bo for* moor dor* wo* o toot city of anay thousand*. At I recall tko** ditches, and bow coaid oa* who** loads has known many blisters for aet them. 1 call to mind a thing that happened to one of my newly mad* army friend*, a big chap from Mon* tana. He 100 was digging his way through the army In those days. Re ceiving a letter from his mother, who like all dear mothers, was anxious for |hc safety of her son. she warned him against needles* wrecklessness fa his early attempts to fly. to which his answer to her was that she need have no fear so far as his flying was concerned. That he was perfectly ante so long as his fellow comrades did not strike him down with a "plck-.xe” from behind while he was laboring In the ditch. All the time recruits were dally pouring Into this camp which at that time was the concentration post tor all the men taken Into the aviation service. Even yet I can feel the sand storms that would blow blindingly .getting Into our eats, our clothe*, sad our hunks. But these are the things that make soldier*, and of the that fill be required tq wuu atand !!:# kind of experience that ■will he the lot of many of the men In foreign service. When I first arrived at the old aviation field In Ban An tonio. there were but about three hundred men stationed there I re mained at that post or rather the new field for a period of three months, and during that time I saw the camp Increased In capacity so as to accommodate tea thousand men, the number that was there at the time of my departure. At the pres ent time Kelly Field has a strength of about twenty thousand men. ft the war Is to continue a great many of these will eventually become fly er*. • ■*■* The three months 1 spent la this camp were crowded with events for me. many amusing, some sad as I look hark upon them at this time, but they were bard at times and 1 do not hesitate Co say that serving one’s country necessitate* sacrifices, whlrh at first are difficult to become accustomed to. I want to add here that one of the most pleasant exper iences that I had while In Texas was one day. a very hot one as 1 remem ber. 1 was beating It to the canteen to get a cool drink, and longing for a Coca-f'ola from the fountain of the Opera House Pharmacy, when I heard my name called from the distance, and looking up saw Arthur McPune and Robert Belt They had just ar rived from Fort nils*, having all the mater marks of recruits. Well they mere certainly given a glad welcome Into camp by me and after that time I saw them quit* often while In camp. When ! left Kelly they were In tk* ISth Squadron, and I have of taa wondered since If they hairs gone •Mr *•**, as many of the squadrons at tk* field at that time hnve sine* •m* across. } 1 was bounced about quite s bit. was transforms to the lid Rquadran. tbsa to the 14th. and finally to tk* SMh and remained with them la Taw aatll July Ittb. when we ea- Irnlaed for Wright Field. I wish to gay that them was certainly no feel ing at reluctance upon leaving the •noth for we ell had had our full of aaad sad ana. Ibe nth and nth Squadrons la oae train Mm* up from TeaU ' ta record breaking time, bar ing base moved ewer the line of the M. K. * T. ta demount ratlsa of the •peed that coaid bn made la the transferring of troops over that road. To give a doaerlptioa la a manner that would 4* justice to this field to eery difficult and oa* weald molly have to vim tt to maHae how Uhelo Bam hss la no ahort a time provided lor the training of mea ta thin, a highly tpeeiaiited breach at the aer- Tlc*. Wilber Wright Field Mlemted la that section of Ohio whom the lead begins to raced* t* the OM* river, and lies between twa af tha largest towns In the **o. ggrtag field and Dayton. Wn hem easy ae ems to either. The act not alt* of Ihn field was ebosea mot* psttoaaa been*** of tbe feet ibat It wan the atte ef the original Wright Brother* 1 ■ eaparimeatal field, than tor nap other. It wan hem that then* now *>■»■■ mo* through toitoomn exper- Meats put lata p rustics end mad* fMriM* this greet air mask la* that tea reveiatleataed madam warfare, OBd thin poet earned after the leu . tenor Wright win leag bn a mea*. femgat ta their tematlM gaatue. ftl tern ta mMflJtet peer me Urn sJtedh* pariUMMlp MUOmtod to make victory vie the nlr route pee ribte. nad while thin am many things of totems! that css he routed I leal that time wUI not permit It’s all bring committed to write* I ham prevtonaty msatlnaad tha gnat amber of aero nouadmaa that ham been recruited. Men la them organ isations comprise that part of the aviation service that attends to the airplanes, such as mechanics, nlectrie laas and other expert*. The flyers, after they am trained and pass what to called the R. A. M. teats, la ether words qualified as a reserve military aviator, are given a commission as First Lieutenant la tb# United Bute* Army, and while they are In the training camps as students they have the sutus of Cadets. Because of the fact that the emergency necessitates the training of many aviators, and no tlmo to to be lost, tt can be under stood that a cadet to required to de vote most all of bis time to acquir ing a technical knowledge necessary In aviation. First they have to go through what Is railed e “Ground School" coursq of eight weeks, at the end of which time they are sent to camps such as this to be trained In actual flying. The time spent before one become* an efficient aviator varies, depending upon the adapta bility of the student. Tbe airplanes used In the Instruction of students are of the type celled “Tractors." They are a slow machine and espe cially designed for use In training. One cannot realise the Immensity of th* program that to being carried ont unless they have the opportunity to be near a* I have been during the ppat seven months. , _, Curing the summer months when training was at ltn height. It was not unusinl for forty or fifty planes to be In the air at one time. Taking off and landing during the entire day—many of them at eucsh an alti tude that they could hardly be seen. While the flying Is going on nil pilots are under the observation of experienced and competent officer*, and In this way n record of tbe In dividual student and bis progress Is kept. One of tbe remarkable things regarding th* flying that has been conducted her* Is the lack of acci dents that bavr occured In propor tion to the amount of flying that has been conducted. This Is an indica tion of the extreme precaution that our government Is taking In the pro tection of the lives of student avia tors. Nearly esery one can Imagine th*- experience of actually ascending In > an alrplan*. and prior to tbe time that I made my first trip Into the air I hud many Ideas as to what the experience might be Many of them | were true and many others were at i once destroyed It Is difficult to *f ifert a good description of the feeling I that I had In going up the first time. I was all dolled up In a leather coat | »nd helmet and goggles. Just like the reel thing, and will hare to admit that I was a trifle nervous When 1 the machine took off I began to real ■ Is* that ground was fast becoming i farther awny. and there was a feel > lag of uneasiness that requires sev i erely minutes to relieve. After we i had been going for several minute* I ventured to look over the side of t the mechlne. By this time we were i quite n height end stilt '“going up." i Ms morning was bright and the at mosphere clear enough to make ev erythlng oa tho earth to stood ont tn vivid detail. Higher and higher we | ascended In great circular flights and ns time passed I became more com fortable la my feeling of security, | bnt when he would yank the machine to torn. It mad* It entirely too rasy ’ for me to tee lb* earth— well I rnn’t ' express In words that particular reel ing. Things on the earth below be came vague la their ontllne, we were Dying over a river and It looked Ilk* a silver thread winding Its way through th* country. W* were pass teg along tho Ua* of a railroad and a feat moving train could bo seen. Tb* train teemed Ilk* a miniature nt tho height that w* had attained, and tt ramladid me racy much of a toy train that one ease ta th* store* at Christmas time It I* eel easy to dee crib* tb* Diet trip beck to earth ni ter e tong hnlf boar In tee sir. Meet every m hen mode n derentton to e (Ml tearing elevator. Well, th* tee on ten to noMwhnl th* tom* If only yen ann tmegtao thta non ef feeling bring ta Meriting about *o* hundred MM added M tk* offset of boring tbe earth rrahtag ng tn meet yen. Thin wee g wonderful nxpertoec* and I njgti every tetaete at K. bnt f*H ■aaw Mltofeettee tat getting hack again I* th* wtu which I have bed th* privilege ef mekteg ■any Dtgbte riee* thto ftret one, and Mw thiengh many mm* thrtta at taapMg Me too*, tha Mnl. and the Ml **> M no tegerinne that I how orgy ted riee* egeetad thto iSpfc'ssi.'S rie*. (Tib MMM^rtßteatwßiM ' lijiiftiMW m, inv and *t th* preeant Mate await a' oak Me training to thto Maagh . There era many ether tales eriteg details that may be added to thto which hoe already eeeumed th* pra pertioas ef e long latter. However. 1 weald like to odd that th* wooer appropriation of con gram will net cere for tho need* of oar develop ment. aad thto eea ho naderetood when one realism the! tt requires n million dollars to famish the a ace* aery equipment for only three aero squadrons, to my nothing of tho cost of subsistence end clothing for tho ftysr and th* soldier. Added to thto to th* enormous cost -of the training camps, the airplanes that era des troyed In training, and numerous other expenses that accompany th* training of tviators. It has been es timated that to train oae aviator It costs the government 116,000. Nevertheless. If thto war to to con tinue, thto training will go on until we bare produced a thousand avia tors for each and every star In onr flag. It can also he proudly said that there are enough willing men ready to receive the training. Beyond • doubt thto to the highest branch of the service, and for that reason has appealed to the most alert dais of young men. Among the American flyers today there are many who have already made a mast r stroke In aviation. Beside* the fact that fly ing Is one of tbe most fascinating duties that modern war Includes. It to s great pleasure to be associated with the type of youdg men that are Chosen for thto service. At the present time all flying hdl been suspended at the field for th* winter. All squadrons having sev ers! months' experience In the care of airplanes are being seat Bomb to new flelde. We are expecting this week the arrival of aeven new squad rons from Kelly who will be given n special course of training this win ter. The life of the aviator to not only In hto own hands while in th* sir. but also tbe hands of those who attend bis airplane, and It to there fore very essential that the ground men be experts In their line. Hoping that some day nil of ue who are “with the colors" may have the opportunity and pleasure of gathering In La Junta to relate our many, many experiences. I am. Moat respectfully. HAL C. HENDRIX. Sergeant Flret riaaa. A. 8. 8. C. U 8 A. Our Playing Army American aviation unite have moved up to station! Immediately behind the front In Prance. The van* ward of the new army of the air for which congress voted 1(40.000.000 last summer Is about to Join the for ces of land and sea In action against the Germans Last spring the Aviation Corps had less than 200 airplanes, of all degrees of serviceability, and 7& av iators; now a fleet of 27,000 planes Is being built, and 10,000 aviators are being trained. The total person nel of the old flying corps, ground workers as well as filers, was 1.000. The aew flying corps numbers 100,- 000. Tbs task of planning and produc ing real fighting planes la the work of the Aircraft Board, consisting of throe man. each, from the army, (fee navy, and civil life. Whan this board began work there were only two > companion manufacturing airplanes la America. The first movs of the - board was to stop negotiations for , tbo use of existing patents, and to > design a aew engine to meet tbo difficult conditions of air service. i These eagtaaa might be called upon to operate from sea level to heights of 10,000 feet and must be abeo i lately dependable under the ex i trams conditions of temperature and ' pressure. To design such an en gine was the work of a number of l experts, who freely gars their trade secrets, and adopting the bast from their combined experience, la a weak i evolved the Llbarty Motor. While Increasing oar prod nation ' It bus been seres aery to keep up tbo supply of spruce and other raw ma terials. as well as certain completed artoplaae parts for tbs Allies, in 1 return the Allies are giving us their rich sxperleees obtained In the bard Held of actual eoafligi. This baa ■edified and m dally modifying plana and module. Many (Hors from tbo Rarapeaa fronts are •—y-g oar •uialaru hi their prattataary tram lag la the camps. It tabes Mi months to make an as •a tor, and easts, aa Fiance capo, about |M.ddd dm sash man. In Amarlsaa training than are three Magee- the first two are glean la company of men Franca and dkg sHsSTSiS juju rind ttogttoh tewaght SMB qermea Airplanes era th* ayrw ef the army and to the new Invrinymmtg prove I* be important fighters by lalw'i ttea at meatttee mere*, bridges, and euppMee. aad have taken tmyert be expected figaa the daring aad latttatto* at the Americans when they jet late action- Annual Meeting of Shareholders JEisstL nsrwsjsr .£rr, U Junta. Cole., will be held st tha beak. Wednesday. January », lilt, at ( e'clsck p. m_ Car th* perpeee of •lectin* a board of director* for tb* aosulng year and the transaction of any other buslnaee that may be lawful. _ R W. PATTERSON. Prsstdsnt. First publication. December t. I*ll. Lest publication, January »■ I*ll. Notice of Annual Meeting Th« annual meeting of tha La Junta Hospital Association will bo bald In tho office of Dr- H. E. Hall, over tba City Library, on Wednesday. January S. Ull, for tbo purpooo of electing officers for tho ensuing yoar and tbo transaction of aucb other buainoaa aa may properly com# before the associa tion. FRANK FINNEY. President H. E. HALL Secretary. First publication, December f. 1917. publication, December >7, 1917. Notice of Annual Meeting Notice le hereby given that the an nual meeting of the atocltholdera of the Otero Loan and Building Associa tion will be held at Harmony Hall In La Junta. Colo., on Monday. January 21. 1911. at 7:20 p. m . for the purpose Of electing a board of trustees for the ensuing year, and for the purpose of trnnuactlng auch other bualneoa as may be properly presented. „ _ R PHILLIFH. Secretary. First publication. l>ecember 20. 1917. iML publication. January 24. 1919. Stockholdern' Annual Meeting He annua) nU?*.‘r.2 of the stock' holders of The Colorado Savings and Truet Company will he held at its banking houae at La Junta. Colo, on TuMalay. January S. 1919, at 10 o’clock a. m . for the following purposes: fa) To hear reports. (t>) To elect by ballot a directory of ■oven stockholders. (c) To do any other appropriate business. J. L GILLILAND. Cashier. Flret publication. December 9. 1917. Last publication. January 2. 1919. Statrionery Provisions Public notice is hereby given that In accordance with tho provLeioaa of the act of tbe General Assembly of tbe %te of Colorado, entitled aa Act ren ting tbe procuring of tho provisions of book a. stationery and supplies for county officers by the Board of Coun ty Commissioners In tha counties of the state, approved April IUI 1999. tha undersigned county clerk or Otero county. Colo., will receive proposals until 12 o'clock noon January 7. 1919. for furnishing county supplies for the various offioee of said county, for and daring the year 1919. consisting of hooka etationory. records, lithograph ing. all legal printing and all other anppltea. Including pens, pencils. Ink. etc., all bide to be sealed and en dorsed plainly "Proposals for Print ing" aa tbe case may bo. T * Fur>i>'.L-m ta be furnished under this tun.iact to be egual In qunllty to those now In uao by the aim county. The Board res -rvea the right to re ject any and nil bids aa they shall deem It to the l-eut Interest of the county to do. By order of the County Commis sioners. o»\\M WALKER, bounty ’’erk and Recorder Flret publication. December 11. 1917. Last publication. January 9, 1911. k Sr roßTtm *9 w TRIBUNE J qavLY tMorntriM H nminciD aed well rowmp om mea W. BUTTS tamMMbgNr It Is Now Time TOO MW BHEBDta TOTB Winter Suits and OVTCOBtg Frvnch Bfctrie dUSHBF Breawßiß I* . New Books at the City Library All Nil, tho MV hooka kora bora recently pieced m th* teeiven: Bock. Edward—Socoseeward. Bronte, Ann* —The Tenant ef Wind fall Hull. Castle Mr. aad Mrs.—Modern. Danc ing- Clark, Jumna—Self Culture. Dole, Nathan—Tbe Spall of Swtteer laad. Dunklll. Thome* Chamber ef Manic. Doubtadoy, Runeell—A Tear In a 4 f, TnE.UHI.VJLRSAI. CAU, ; The Ford URBAN la hlgh-elaaa la appeorenee and appelatniatfc The sects are veotfat* aad deeply up holstered with eleth ef high naaUty. Urge deers give eoMvenleot eotraces mm either aides plate glass windows make It n dosed ear for Inrlemawt weather. I ood give fresh nlr vrheo open. With high pooMty la nppeomoee nad eiwipmeot there le the elmple ood aiie eoptiol In d wivimj. A woman's esr-a family ear for every day la the year. Frtea of Feed earn.. F. u. B. La Junta, tartadiag T ~ ta « °“ rSS!K BOMGARDNER tt O'NEIL Public Sales The auction method is the quickest and surest way of Selling Your Property Write or Call for Dates Now lm B. SHENK V Auctioneer Phene, Heffiresh 12 Pl 4. R. P. D. Ns. 2- [—Prompt Service It hoe always bora ear policy to render ear funtnmmn prompt nervine. Thto to th* roaoea they ntay with an pwr ta M ranr not. It mnhen no dlffMoae* whet poor requirement* may be, whether tt to Under. 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