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Weather Conditions Do Not Look Favorable, but if They Improve, the Great Flying Events Will Be Held Tomorrow Afternoon.

Saturday, January 28.

In his great desire not to disappoint the public of San Jose and the entire valley, which has been anxiously waiting for days for the promised aviation meet this afternoon and Sunday at the San Jose Driving Park, R. J. H. Hope, manager for James Radley, the English aviator, would not concede the fact that weather conditions were too unpromising to allow a flight today until nearly the noon hour.  At that time, however, after receiving weather reports from the local station and from San Francisco, Mr. Hope said:  "It's all off for today.  The weather is too uncertain for Mr. Radley to make a flight from Selfridge Field to San Jose.
"Tell the public," he said to a representative of the Herald, "that they will not be disappointed again tomorrow if there is any possibility of Radley's getting off the ground.  I might ask Mr. Radley to come down by train and give a demonstration in the park today, but this would be quite unsatisfactory, as the big feature of the day for the valley, as a whole, is the flight from San Francisco to San Jose.  Were he to come, it is very problematical if he could do anything worth while after he got here.  The unsettled weather would probably keep away the largest part of the crowd and the same condition would probably prevent Mr. Radley from making anything but a very ordinary flight."
A big double program is promised for tomorrow, when, if the weather is not to bad, Radley will fly from Selfridge Field to San Jose Driving Park, after having made a detour to circle around the tall flag pole in Palo Alto.  Following his arrival all of the races scheduled for today will be added to tomorrow's program, to give the public a first-class show.
The weather is the only thing that can prevent such a demonstration, as despite the heavy rain, the track is in excellent condition.
Don Prentiss of Santa Rosa, manager for Wiseman, looked over the ground yesterday with Hope and the local committeemen, and superintended the setting up of the big hangar tent at the Driving Park and the assembling of Wiseman's Farman-Curtiss machine.  A half-dozen mechanics worked nearly all night assembling the big biplane and preparing it for today's flights.
Plane and Auto Race
The five-mile race between Radley in his powerful Bleriot monoplane and an automobile promises to be the big feature of the meet tomorrow.  The automobile is a big racing Sunset lent for the occasion by H. F. Holmes of the Victory Motor Car Company and will be driven by Harold Hall, the San Jose boy who made the only flight at the Rose Carnival Aviation Meeting.  Hall is a mechanic of Coast-wide reputation and is a member of Radley's staff of helpers.  Radley has placed a wager of $500 with W. F. Curry and this has been taken up by George Hilton, a prominent sporting man of Marysville.
Wiseman's Records
Fred J. Wiseman has the distinction of being the first and only amateur aviator in America to build and successfully fly a heavier-than-air machine of his original design.  Yet his flying at the San Francisco International Aviation Meet just concluded placed him and his machine about on a par with the professional aviators.
Wiseman started his career in the bicycle business, graduating from that to the automobile.  As an automobile man, and gifted with what might appropriately be termed the "speed bug," he took up automobile racing as a pastime, winning much fame up and down the Coast and in the East, where he was thrown against some of the world-renowned professionals.  Wiseman competed in the Indiana Trophy Race over the Cobe Cup Course, and although in competition with some of the best-known professionals in the East, he was successful ins securing fourth place, an unheard-of precedent to be established by one so young in the game.  He holds the Around-the-Bay championship, Pelton Trophy, won in the marvelous time of 2 hours and [[?]] minutes, and has now held this record over [[?]] years.  He also holds the record from Oakland to San Jose, made in the wonderful time of 34 minutes, which at that time was the American road record.  In this connection it might be well to add that Eugene Ely, the Curtiss aviator, was also a contestant in this race.  The residents of San Jose will probably remember the disastrous wreck of his Stoddard-Dayton near the Vendome two years ago due to the breaking of a steering rod.  Wiseman is the possessor of over 30 trophy cups won in automobile races.
It is only natural that, after such success in the automobile line, Wiseman should turn to airships.  About 16 months ago Wiseman started to build his first aircraft, and that 16 months has been crowded with varying successes and failures.  Upon each failure he built new hope and by sheer grit and d[[?]]
plane which ranks clearly with the best.  Wiseman's greatest handicap was that he had never seen another's machine in flight.  He just learned to fly by flying.
At San Francisco Meet.
At the San Francisco meet Wiseman was the only amateur to successfully fly and operate an aeroplane of original design and construction, and the only aviator who would be classed strictly as an amateur.  Of a total of 23 amateurs, only four were able to get off the ground, and of these four three flew standard Curtiss biplanes equipped with Curtiss engines.  From this it will be seen that more credit is due Wiseman than appears on the surface, for in his case, both machine and aviator were unknown quantities.  His machine is what is known as a Wiseman biplane, and is equipped with a 75-horsepower Hall-Scott, San Francisco-made motor.  At this meet he was the only amateur to fly every day of the meet except the last day, when the professionals refused to fly.  In the distance and duration events Wiseman's scores were greater than the combined scores of all other amateurs.  He flew a distance of 29 kilometers and was in the air 50 minutes, an enviable record for an amateur to possess.  He brought forth tremendous applause from the crowd on his first flight, and each time after the first day when he appeared on the field he received an ovation equal to that of Ely, who was the idol of the San Francisco meet.

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F. J. Wiseman, California's premier birdman and former automobile racing driver, will give exhibition flights at Association park, Sunday, April 23.  Final arrangements for the air entertainment were made by Charles F. Grennan this morning.
Wiseman has a national reputation both as an aeroplane designer and flyer and an automobile racing driver.  He has faced death in many forms, having had his automobile crushed on a number of occasions.
Recently Wiseman has distinguished himself by his daring long distance flights across country in an aeroplane of his own designing.  This is Wiseman's fourth aeroplane and in it he has already covered hundreds of miles.
Wiseman will give exhibitions in altitude flying and in the manipulation of the bird machine in the aid.  He will also give cross-country flights, starting from and returning to Association park.  The aviator is the holder of many medals and cups for his work.  At recent meets held in this state he figured as one of the best of California's representatives.
The aviator will arrive in Vallejo about two days before the time of the flight in order to become acquainted and familiarize himself with conditions of the country and atmosphere.

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Fred J. Wiseman and his force of assistants arrived here from Santa Rosa on Wednesday morning and at once took possession of his hangar at Kenilworth park in this city, where his Petaluma made machine with which he made his record and won him prizes at the Tanforan aviation field, had since Saturday evening been awaiting his coming.
He immediately began work assembling the splendid aeroplane and although he has not definitely said so, it is a foregone conclusion that ere many days have elapsed, he will endeavor to fly from here to Santa Rosa in order to keep the promise he has frequently made.



At eleven o'clock this morning Fred Wiseman essayed a flight at the aviation field in east Petaluma.
The machine was wheeled out of the tent to the north end of the field from which place he made his start.  After running along the ground for a hundred yards, the machine rose gently to about fifty feet from the ground.
Wiseman, upon reaching the south end of the field, descended to the ground in order to replace the elevating shaft with a longer one, the one on the machine being so short that he was unable to elevate the forward planes with ease.
During the ensuing wait, the combined Keller's band of Ukiah and the Patriarchs Militant Band rendered selections.  At 12:30 he made a second flight of about five minutes duration.  He circled around the field about the tops of the highest trees and leaving the field flew over the old Miller estate and returning alighted near his hangar amid the cheers of the crowds.
It is estimated that he attained an altitude of three hundred feet by those competent to judge and this is in the face of a brisk breeze.
Another flight has been planned for the near future and although the committee has not definitely decided, it will probably take place on next Sunday to enable those who are unable to leave their business to witness it.

Charles Norris has been arrested at Sonoma, charged with having robbed the El Dorado hotel at Sonoma. He will have to answer to the charge of burglary.

Just received a full line of Boys wash suits, also a fine assortment of Girls wash dresses.

There is no change in the egg quotations. The prices remaining the same as Tuesday.

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Borden's Malted Milk
Free demonstrations at both our stores during the week of this delicious and strength giving food.
A great builder for young and old.

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Young-Herold Drug Co
Two Stores
Quickest service in town.
Phone, Main 10, or Main 36

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Dutch Auction
There is now on at the TRUE BLUE MART 232 Upper Main Street, Petaluma) a Dutch Auction Sale, including Cooking and Heating Stoves; Chairs, Wardrobe, Bureau, Bookcase, Couch, Extension Table and other articles at one dollar each and up. Rubbering free. 
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