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THE POTTER SHIELD
A Flight By Night
I NEVER did find out exactly how I happened on that field, but as I remember,
I was walking proudly forth with my friend Dodge Jefferson. He had been an
aviator before the United States had declared war and had responded immediately
to the President's call. He was now an accomplished blrdman and as I walked out
with him I felt, indeed, that I deserved more than ordinary notice. .
Jefferson led me across the field to one of the many favorite hangars. Salutmg
the guard, he opened the door and we entered. Sunlight streamed through a sky-
light overhead, illuminating the large bird-like plane before me. I stopped momen-
tarily, attempting to realize that this object before me was the wonderful plane my
friend had been telling me about. . U ,
"Don't be afraid," he laughed, as he noticed my "wall-eyed" staring, "lt won t
Hi am due for a flight at half-past, George," he added to the mechanic, who
was bending over the motor. i
"Whom are you going to take up?" I questioned. I anticipated his offer and
resolved to accept.
"How about you?"
"Great," I answered. "I certainly would like to."
Fifteen minutes later the plane was wheeled out, ready for flight.
"Here, you'll need this," said Jefferson, holding out a heavy aviation coat and
a muffler. He also gave me a queer leather arrangement which he showed me how
"ft is a mouth and nose guard," he explained. "It prevents your breath being
blown back into your mouth when traveling 'at high speed. You don't need to
put it on yet." X'
I climbed into the passenger seat with my companion in front of me. One of
the attendants turned the propeller over. The motor started with a terrific noise
and clatter which soon settled down to a loud heavy drone.
Dodge gave the signal and we rolled swiftly across the field. Then we left the
ground. I looked over the side and saw the earth rushing away from me. While
there was a remarkable feeling of firmness and stability about the plane, there was
just a trace of the sensation that I had left the lower part of my stomach behind.
At a height of about two thousand feet objects were plainly distinguishable
and I had a beautiful view of San Francisco and the country round about. As
we rose, the objects below me seemed to go together as if some great, invisible
hand was tightening a strap around the earth. At a height of about six thousand
feet the city below me looked like a large garden marked off neatly into small
plots, bordered by white bands. There were two or three larger, more irregular,
green and brown plots which seemed to be the parks. All together it looked like a
miniature city on the shore of a great lake.
"How do you like it?" yelled Jefferson above the roar and rush of the wind and
"Fine," I answered.
I now began to pay more attention to my companion. He held in his hand a
movable steering column. Moving this forward would cause the plane to descend,
back, to ascend. The machine was steered to the right or left by the steering
wheel on the column. The fuel was controlled by a pedal under the right foot,
the spark from the wheel.
Dodge motioned for me to adjust my mouth guard. I did so, and waited ex-
pectantly. The roar of the motor increased and for the next few minutes a powerful
something seemed to push me backwards.
After a while we slowed down. "How fast?" I questioned.
He shrugged his shoulders. "Over a hundred," he guessed.
Dodge circled, and flew back towards camp. When he had almost reached it
he shut off his motor and volplaned down in a spiral. This made me 1'H-tl161' dizzy,
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THE POTTER SHIELD
Adventures With a Genie
WE HAD crawled into our sleeping bags, and the smoke of the campiire was
blowing up through the trees to the blue sky where there were millions of
stars. I was just dropping off to sleep when the smoke seemed to take definite
form, and there stood a Genie. He was huge and ugly and had four horns and two
tusks. I felt scared and crawled further down into my bag.
Then the terrible creature came nearer and nearer until he was directly over
my head. He said in a low, deep voice, "What is thy will, my Master? I am thy
slave, for thou hast in thy possession the twig of the Geniif'
I looked down and saw in my hand a twig which I had picked up before I got
into my sleeping bag. Then I said to him, "Bring me enough money to make me
the richest man in all the worldf' He disappeared and I waited for the least
fraction of a second. A
He appeared again, carrying chests and chests of gold, which he set beside me.
By this time I was up and I selecteda most gorgeous robe. I put this on and or-
dered him to stop the war, then to prepare a castle in India and take me to it.
Soon he returned and, picking me up, set me down in India where If found the
most beautiful castle standing before me. I entered it and found it filled with
servants who bowed before me. One led me to a very beautiful bed chamber and
told me it was mine.
Finally, however, I got tired of it and ordered a caravan to be made ready, so
I could cross the desert and the mountains on the way to China. Then on the way
my caravan was held up by robbers who took all my wealth and kept us as prisoners.
I was cast into a dirty, dingy prison with no window and only an iron grating
in the door to let the air in. I threw myself down in despair and as I did so I
knocked the twig out of my hat, where I had tucked it, against the wall.
Immediately the Genie appeared and asked me what I would have. "O Genie,"
said I, "take me back to my home in India." In a second I was there.
One day as I was walking in the garden I slipped and fell. The twig fell from
my hand and dropped off a cliff and was lost. I am back home now. I got here
with the aid of the money the Genie had left me, though it took every cent. People
tell me it was all a dream. I leave it to you. H
W. S., '24.
If you're up against a lesson
and you can't make it out-
If you're feeling all disgusted
and licked beyond a doubt-
. Don't kick. A
, Never admit you're beaten,
though not feeling very stout-
And don't kick.
If the milkls not freezing cold
and the spuds piping hot-
If the cocoa isn't made just right
and the eggs are sort of rot-
Don't always crab at everything
'though you're feeling partly shot-
AND DON'T KICK.
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THE POTTER SI-IIEI.D
for objects below were turning around and around. The earth seemed to expand
and then rush up to meet us. There was a jounce, a series of sharp jolts and before
I realized it we had come to a stop.
I stretched myself languidly, brushed a fly from my nose, and sat up. At the
same time a book that I had been reading fell to the floor. It was a book on aero-
nautics, by a celebrated English aviator. My flight had been nothing but a dream.
. c. H., '20.
Two Clever Crooks
A STRANGER entered the jewelry store of Gale and Company, Chestnut
Street, Philadelphia, one day, and walking over to the diamond counter stood
there for some time admiring the jewels. Finally a clerk approached him and
politely inquired if he would like to be shown anything special. The stranger
replied, "I have nothing definite in mind, but I am very much interested in precious
stones of all kinds." Then he added, "I increase my collection whenever I see a
gem that appeals to.me." The clerk, knowing that his employer had a collection
of valuable diamonds and judging his prospective customer to be a man of wealth
by his faultless attire, offered to have the gems shown him. .Disappearing into
the private office, the clerk presently returned and invited the prospective pur-
chaser into the adjoining room to- see the wonderful collection. '
In the meantime anothermanucame into the store, and briskly walking to the
counter he addressed the clerk in a brief undertone. Ina few short sentences he
volunteered the information that he was a detective, and had come to warn Gale
and Company of a clever, crook who had beenin the city a short time. The
detective described thevcrook, and the amazed clerk in an awed whisper revealed
the fact that in the private office that very moment with the precious gems within
easy reach was the identical duplicate of the detective's description! At the
request of the detective the clerk ushered him into the office where the crook was
examining the diamonds. .Under cover of the confusion caused by the hurried
entrance of the clerk and the detective, the crook slipped a paper of gems into his
The detective displayed his badge, pointed to the crook, and at the same time
informed the jeweler he was entertaining a notorious thief, and advised him to
count his papers of gems. "There is one paper missing," replied the excited
jeweler. 'There were thirteen papers in the iron box and there are only twelve
here now." The 'detective stepped over to the crook, searched his pockets and found
the missing paper of diamonds. "Telephone for the police patrol," was his laconic
order to the clerk. But the handcuffed crook pleaded that he be taken to the
police station in a taxi, so the detective indifferently agreed.
When the taxi arrived and the detective was about to depart with his prisoner
he informed the jeweler that it was necessary to take the paper of diamonds with
him as evidence. The jeweler accordingly handed over the required package.
The detective and his prisoner drove off in the taxi, and the jeweler returned to
his office congratulating himself upon the narrow escape of his loss.
However, the jeweler is still waiting for the return of his diamonds and pon-
dering over the clever teamwork of the two crooks.
, R. H., '20.
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