Creston High School - Annual Yearbook (Creston, OH)

 - Class of 1934

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KWH ANNUAL ... lating. The force of his weight in falling had pulled open the valve which his fingers had been clutching. All was well in the silver sphere! Slowly they regained consciousness and began to breathe normally. Although very weak, they began to catch up with their work. Precious minutes had been lost. So for eight hours they worked like Trojans! They were now beginning to descend with nothing but that one harrowing experience to mar their flight. They were bringing down with them data, priceless to Compton and men of that profession. To themselves they were bringing fame! Thirtyffive thousand feet! Thirty thousand feet, now twentyffive thousand! Soon they would once more be on the good "terra firmaf' Their weary smiles were those of knowledge of a work well done. Their smiles were suddenly erased from their faces as a terrinc lurch of the gondola sent them sprawling. The metal cabin was being whipped about like a toy in the teeth of this terrific gale. By an occasional flash of lightning, black clouds could be seen churning all about them. Suddenly---a sickening snap! "God," cried Ken, "we're breaking loose from the gas bag!" His eyes were wide with horror as he grasped the hand rail in the crazily tilted cabin. Rol was as white as snow, but kept a grip on himself. "Don't give up the ship yet. old man," He yelled above the wind. Now they were hovering lower over the earth and the storm had abated, but almost instantly it sprang up again in all its fury. Soon, two more snapsatwo more cables broken! The remaining moorings would not hold the heavy metal ball for long in the storm! just as dawn was breaking the storm abated as quickly as it had arisen, and they were once more being gently lowered to earth. Wliei'e had the storm carried them? Exhaustedly crawling to a portfhole, Rol made ready to feast his eyes, once again on soil, but with a gasp he sank back. Curiously Ken gazed below and to his amazement saw nothing but miles of rolling waves-the cold, dark waves of the At' lantic. Dashing to the other side he looked hopefully down. Disappearing in the distance could be seen land, the good old U. S. A. Were they after their experiences in the air to die the death allotted a sailor? Only a few hundred feet above the water, in the early morning light they could see no craft of any description. Donning the life preservers, carried for such an emergency. they prepared to jump when the metal ball struck the water. But what were their chances? Until some fisherman picked them up they would surely be dead, for they could not live long in that open, choppy sea in their weakened condition. But back along the shore an old fisherman sat mending his nets in the early dawn, Hap' pening to look up, he thought he saw something drifting overhead. Then the rays of the rising sun caught the silver of the ball and reflected its message. The old sailor gazed at this strange apparition wending its way seaward, then he thought of the smiling faces of the two stratosphere explorers in the previous day's newspaper. Hurriedly knocking the ashes from his pipe the old sea dog warmed up the engine of his motor boat. Then headed out to the open sea, following the huge balloon. Wlieii almost a mile distant, he saw the two airmen jump and the heavy metal hall settle slowly beneath the waves. Down into the sea went the priceless data and equipment for which the young pioneers had risked all in the stratosphere to gain. Gnce more the elements had conquered man's ambition to solve the mysteries of the world beyond the clouds. GLIQNN Sou Nifnifrtx l'R. fPage Sixtyffivel

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l1 V 1 illli -n -.- M, hi A im- '----1 TMR ANNUAL Strife In The Stratosphere The morning of April 4, l93-1, dawned bright and clear! All was in readiness! The scientific instruments were installed and the sealed altimeter was in place. ln another twentyffour hours would it register a new record --or a new failure? This was a question Kendrick Dalton and Roland Cromwell had been spending days in preparation for answering, They had checked and rechecked their instruments, they had labored over the installation of the cosmic ray machine. Each day adverse weather reports had brought disappointment. But with the tragedy of the Russian air explorers fresh in their minds, these two sons of America, the pioneer nation, were without fear, to pioneer in the air. Accompanying almost superfmechanical preparations went silent and fervent prayers for suitable weather. And this April dawn seemed to be the answer to the two youths' prayers. The huge gas bag swayed in the breeze, dwarfing the aluminum ball beneath it, in which Rol and Ken hoped to live for a day. Wi:i'd had gone out that the day of days had arrived and people were swarming to the held some because of curiosity, others because of keen interest. Finally, the two young scientists crawled into the stratosphere balloon. The crowd was tense. This flight would herald either fame or death. Slowly the balloon arose from the earth, then faster and faster it ascended, as the gas expanded in the thinning atmosphere, until the blue and rose of the Spring dawn seemed to envelop this now toyflike balloon, silver. mixing with greying mists, was wafted towards infinity! Inside the aluminum ball tense excitement reigned as the young adventurers busied them- -.elves in their miniature laboratory. The altimeter registered l0,000 feet, then 2o,ooo feet! Now Rol and Ken were living by means of their artificial air system. Quickly the altimeter clnnbed 25,000 feet, 3o,ooo feet! All the various machines were in operation. Steadily clicked the cosmic ray machine, recording facts that had baffled man for centuries. At 35,000 feet, they were still rising, but a strong Southwest wind was buffeting them. Suddenly. Roland shouted excitedly, "Ken, we're making it! We're MAKING it!" All human operations seemed to cease as they riveted their eyes on the altimeter, which was recording their height. Simultaneously they shouted, "We'x'e broken the record!" Radio flashed the message to thc waiting world. Eagerly they gazed out the port holes! Wlirit a thrill! Below, huge banks of rolling, white. fleecy clouds parted now and then to give them .i view of Mother Earth---its curvature being plainly visible. Above, surrounding them, was nothing but space a blue'gray expanse of emptiness! But there was not time for such unscientific observations. Important work must be done. Rol took reading after reading from scientific instruments and pictures with their sensitive cam' eras. Bob kept in radio contact with the earth and entered observations every fifteen minutes into their history-making diary. So absorbed were they that both failed to notice the quick passage of time. Ten hours had elapsed since their takefofi. Suddenly Rol 'he could scarcely breathe! His lungs were on fire and his head seemed bursting! A great weight was pressing him down- down. . . Something was wrong with the air system! Consciousness began to go, but Bob weakly lifted himself to the oxygen tanks. Threeffourths full! Vv'hat could the matter be? They could only survive a few more minutes. lvfaking a great effort he succeeded in opening the small door to the valves and tubes. A veil of mist seemed to be covering his eyes, but through the fog of his brain, habit and his thorough knowledge of the apparatus, led him to the most likely places of trouble, the nitrogen and oxygen lines. He tested the nitrogen lines. All OK.: valves working: tubes open: and plenty of pressure! Next, the oxygen tubes open: valves "But what was this?" Witli weak. nervous fingers Ken fum' bled at the valve. lt was stuck! Unconsciousness at this time overtook him and without a sound he fell in a heap! But a soft hissing sound began to fill the ball and air once more began circu' fpage SfXffl"ft7'il7il

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