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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 10, 1910, Lethbridge, Alberta YS AN E GPEAT HIGH FLIEK.S CONTEST Episode In (he History of the PratrfevzHe Aero Club BY ARTHUR MORGAN LANG WORTHY lsht. 1910. by the New Xort Herald, Co. Aij rlshts rcserrefl.J HE members of the Prairisvijle Aero Club wore discussing feats ot aerial high flying. Jim .V'Specccr, Tfho had reason to proud of his beautiful 316riot model Silver. loudly boast- that flhucoE-ld-ty higher-thai! arty other the club. Friink: Williams promptly disputed, Jim'i> assertion, and after some hot ar- gument a brand new took form, as other members felt that their fliers could sail every a's high as either Franjkji AVright roode) Comet' or Jim's 'Silver "Flash'" V., ITrunk proposed to construct a son of jjfh--' bardie; -with- a cro'sabar. that rfi-sed to'v-a-'rious CTpr the highest mark set .to.be the winner, Tht other, members ,Vvere -quick to see the 'originality of. Frank's schema, bnt uidu't understand just how he intended It; was to build one on the liiies.Frank proposed. "It easily ei- plained Frank to his puzzled- listeners. "But what Uxnber? .Won't that cost a great objected Jiin. said anythijis about; laiighcd 'Frank.1 for the cost. I should judge' dollar _wouJ6 cover the whole expense.' Wbat'-luraber is necessary would cost about a dime." "Stop sense I" snapped Jim. nettled at Frank's reply. "I grinned 'Frank; now I'll te.ll 'yob how I'm. 'going to' do it with j nothing but rwo big kites." "But how are you goisif: 10 esact height of the crossbar when, the sup- porting cords are OD a asked Tom Kennedy. "That will be done by tying a loose strips so it bangs ,f rom centre of thtt cross cord. The. loose string will be-knot- ted at" every foot length be weighted by a detachable vreight to maie it pluznb. Thus, when you want to set I a cexy heigrht detach the lead plumb and i let. ont the. tiro kite cords. '.'This means that the .loose measuring string must rise' along with the paying out of the kite You. can gaege tie rise fairly well by" the knots 'in looked foolish 'when Frank measuring string as it rises, but to kites of size tvere up atjget esact adjust the plumb, the same time and so close together that Iine to the meaSuring string at'a point' the 'kite be within twenty- so it will just graze the ground and yst keep straight: Then count your five feet of each other. Thus a horizontal -crossbar" in the shape of a -stout, cord would be! toots. ana their total equals the stretched from kite- cord "to kite cord and j in feet finished Frank learnedly. r was advertised" to the.jtrvenile world. Tha grand 'event took place In that scene of so many of Prairieville's aerial triumphs, Williatns''''Aerodrome.' before i large Two beandfttl-tites rode proudly ttigeing apon. the tact cords that bonnd them to thfe. earth, and ran'in two graceful parallel lines ap Into the-j Accompanied by the Straight Into Rest, with-them--for-the first trial. sky. One kiie had .the name of riatj gators Were-permitted to staad In any gr.eat aviator, blazoned on There were only two reqnhe- sca'rlet surface in gold'letters, while the merits aero tnnst 9y be- "WrSgtt Brotiera" kept it splendid com- pany -in silver and Sraall American Sags. formed' the long kite rails. A fair brt'eze pars', jtist 'enough resistance to keep the'k'ftes steady, whfie not hindering the" progress of th'e compatiag airfihjpfe. rules of th'e con.teasf'were very elm- pie. aerial hurdle was to be 20-: 'on' tie cross cord was to rise-. 10' feet at- a time up to 50 CeeC 5 feet at; a-'time.-f.roa 50 to 70 feet and- 1 .foot- apward. Each competitor- had .-three, If EUCCCSS-- ful his airship was eligible to compete tween -two' supporting cords above' the cross cord, aad -it must clear the cross.-cord. If tbe nero fouled the crossword ft was not-coasted as a perfect trial, but earned the aviator ertra flight. the machines en- tered were of ,-tae aero'plaao. or ''heavier than the smallest balloon, or "lighter than air" crift, mey fiy a the oest dropped -out. rise: if unsuccessful -Tlrus the result determined by "tho.. natural process of to 'quote Frank's scientific 3 Ti; Under Gpvef- i> for a h.Srlil'liShpInsr.'inrSel raised or lowered to any height by tfac bar wasn't more time a few! taneotisly letting out or winding m'the eiplanatioiL "i' Every member of the Aero Clu b "en- tered', for "the'-ccstsst. The only-ce'gret that rnight be felt o'vet'the affair "was the" absence of any The club hap- pened to ba''rather short of- funda at' tlie tirtifl, -n'htle sornp poijlqu- larly Jlra Spencer, devote the a suitable Frank and the major- dSatpprcved of this especially afterSfiminsisted on namiuji.the prize.' of b'evJiad; a pretty h'ttle strennousiy advocated at the club msetlnff, which jrB'Proni put to say the least. So tie question of the prize was voted down. Frank, as president club, tnaaffu- ratad the contest at twVP. if. sharp. First the kite oords were paid 'our snffl- to-caise eri8.1r.xCE.OEsbar or cross that, exactly feet .by .'the knotted measuring It .was only, a matt'er of a day or twib before u.11 preparations were complefe'd for the great hitfh fliers' contest, a.s it 'o v assembled "airships made a brare [showing as their proud owners Ihicd up ivlio have a nursery or play- i live. For instance, you may lay out one! to cat out dogs for the teasels, so that If does not care for ho.csefurnishing.and- outdoor things one may be "_ satis-' from pictures cut from magazines barnyard with all the proper n'alreals in fied with pinning up a desirable outside roomjs the furnishing and equip- section. doe play that a, yard ;and. houses, with.-mansr'oa, and instead of furnishing snit- c on for indeed for an it is possible''to _.tiies wall as n. bade-. if you r.re peVrrtirt'ed" to do so. and the in rooms for it may Instead that other: a resetabls garden bade of the the outdoor .appointments are correct. House and a garden -fa front of jjjj. There j Conservatories are a necessary part of may be a carriage bouse also and a an estate, and so you may show pinned ter perhaps if all these sheets of paper ere of the s.itnc color, atd green is a good Itift for The yo.uvinaj_ have for rxopicaJ T, ,'A fruit or for forced fruit, and one for Perhaps you do not care to lay out a. tables. beautiful meado.w with the ground covered with fresh, green so that you may cut them ont for your roota. xvhictr'mny; included in this country house tins picture -.gallery, room, isuaily This should be H long narrow one, fiae hnndngs at the windows and a varied collection of framed pictures 'on the wail. You will often see framed pictures to tbe .rooms published in papers? these you inay-cbt oat ar.d use for .your gallery. A few "fine statues caay also' be used for the .decacaUon of this room. Collecting Pictures. Whsn you are looking for pictures ft trill- seem feet.high. "Crack r The" beiptiful Sflrcr -Flash flew out .of Jim Spencer's upraised arras at.the cap pistol The twenty -foot hurdle" was a mere nothing, for she cleared the cross cord by fully fifteen feet a'nd' settled .gracefully to earth, .while, the crowd applauded; Of the trwelye entries ai) but three.suc- ceeded In firing qualifying; for the next This .left nine .competi- tors, for the tlisrty foot hurdle. was to dash the hopes .of those who had saf sych northern it didn't tafee 'an expcriettctd eye to tell that a storm tvas brewjag, "Gorne on, now. let's set. -this, over "be- fore, the storm hits Frank. who thea proceeded, to fly the COTBCI, orer t3se airty foot rise. She cleared it by Sev- eral feet ..Jim's first attempt" tnlssed the cross cord by font feet. His nest' try was even poorer, and then he proceeded care- fully to adjust every part of the-; Slror Flash., The '-resulting' flight jest fooled the cross cord, and, being allowed a fourth attempt nnder the 'rales. 'Jim finally ceeded to. just Bailing ever, the cross cord.: It was so thoujjhi was" 11 divided11, as the! aero, really .one ;pf planes as she tipped to one side. Frank said, "Giro of the and just then the storm leaving the contest a draw I For one of the bigldte's 9-wapt away In the thus wr the aerial Everybody scurried under' cover. "arid I guess we -won't find much trottblt In getting the man ia the-opposite to 'let us set up oar ittrdle eluded Frank, and then .they- saw .Ms; Sew opposite chants' Exehasiijfe reared "its baiposiij'" front -fully seven stories high. Frank "left his he briefly erplained to his uncle what. wished to do. The .old .geiftlcTDaa.. entered delightedly into the plani and even a note to tie neigabdriiig> tenant in. opposdte office, whom he- Frank, had left instnjctipais for the below to.be on the watch rtncle's .'windoTv. end of the' hall of .ttrlne he caiiaed a chair -and, shouted to' Jirin Spencer to rcatch in- it-fell and Frank's work on thii side of the "hurdle" Teas done. .He now descended, the: gave thern a fetv-.instnictionBr and then' presented 'his :-note- to -the other man- 'In ths Esdrange who good hmaoredly acceded .to Franfi re: quest. .The street xras much too the unravelling -twiBe across it. ly, so Frank leaned out of .the- -window. and dropped a second ball hoys below, jiftor- .first chair. .-The -end ofrthe on the otlier side.- TWS the new 'ball't "-Frank "up. hauled tlie string taut, and "aerial or. "cross, ccrr'd. horizontally ifroin ready for business. 'g one tiling .more remained-to to plnmb the ersct heipbt.' Frank -bat'. remembered'to brias th'e line. axJ-J j the Aero Ciub cashed for Its ciab house. the flirurcs from tbe r to, -By -This Time arGrovu-d-Had Begun to be had except whut you It b? 'store on the performance of the Fleot- j at the corner- of the aerodrome. Jitn made'the window ledge showed seventy-fose wing, the C. K.'Hamilton, the nnpleasant during the short raJnjfect. beet not only one -purl of to try to ?st the pictures for and the Blackbird. Po tvhwi the nert rise.! by boasting more loudly than ever of how-i By this' time the house or grounds at to the forty foot height, n-tw to be rrould hare vron If tie storm hnda'tj collect, the vacancies, cot at once, cer's Silver Flash, Tom Kennedy's I'p- fine Curuss model- <3 ghoce CJ.ala sad denly to Jim and I trhcn: jasred at I .n hour "-Now risbt here is where yon either earned I win the contest or where you swallow lypiir words after we it a. rlmw'this but as you happen to get new papers or Another way of usins pictures cut from ad rainy day furcit.jre 1 play is to out a riilage instead of a "Xow, I'm goios to sire chance to! a-tcrnoon- :i wc Frank all your right off. Don't cooditlon in Ths orhcr ask me if you'rr 'game' with Jim couldn't exactly j toss, and-elrctofl ro tn Oy first. Perhaps this oxtract frcia the uext rrairicviUe Claries top of. It anybody's race for. tbe "highest come as n wit in the crowd said. The j back out in Iho face of the crovrd onlooket-s showed iutc-nse interest as Jim [jeered him wheu he cried to ruuke Spencer launched the Silver Flash for j reveal liis mysterious plan. For the others the fifty-five foot rise and cheerod as heartily tired of Jim's boasting) VMa3n for lea is especially Cor flowers, werih s'pVdrVl s' of briglu bloiisoras You may furnish k-ct the simpler styles sorts anf- of .Aniong the advertisements published flower catalogues. newspapers there ace all pictures; You may a game preserve onibutier's 'of .-furniture, usiially only in black and this estate if you choose making a lower part of the house, whil white, but sometimes you may also Sad; ground of trees and pictures of will be the family rooms, inc colored pictures. jancl on top of pincins'yaur sitting" room for the miscrcs the house has been _ furnished you'laud such as dny nnd 'night nursory may faroisb the barnyardi This requires be foundi n preserve. Doct.-'fOSrrrs, family bedrooir-s nnd 'brhcr nu6 set cut jn frnvi; rnci noticed for different sorts of. horses, sfjuirrels, rnb'bits. in bathrooms, for the ftuesls..- -Tlien may put ilark'iy'okinj; clntitls "It isu'j: fur rhat r.iy nnclc's perhaps souie-pfgs. ra'ay have a fine small wood lend be rooms, "linpn'iwro .the plan, mot.ir cars, steam curs hy horizon 'when is on the sixth .It.-or of the BcJ-'iticrc, that set mo tlrnkinp up the new stunt. If stable at one side, several trees, a mate, would be suitable, nnd trunk mom. sum-rooms. Ac. {the railroad station, old forai wagons jcontCJ.j Those ciouds ex- cried Prank, pcinrinjr to nohle over chap Jr.raself out of tence and anything elsi is suitable partridges, wild turkey among the birJs. When you are the of.clie streots, vtr tl-.vy sircicheJ u cross of Jlaia street urchittJcturc, own moinli Jim -Spencer 1-ri-l." siiccaecloi.! on the strength of Jjr.i's aduOii Frank to himself a clir.ckk- :vs it. "Just bt.- Lc-hnppy with a draw li.td to keep on with his boasting, and ;