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MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 1931.___________________
[[in a box]]Sidelights On Glider Meet [[/in a box]]

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SOME Elmira police officers are sadly lacking in diplomacy and as a result some of the pilots at-
tending the Second annual National Gliding and Soaring Contest, are go-
ing to leave the city with unpleasant impressions. In not all cities do motor cars proceed at the snail's face evident here and pilots com-
ing from places where speed is re-
quired, even on business streets, are being handed tickets for violat-
ing the Elmira traffic laws. Con-
test officials feel a word of warning would be more in keeping with the Elmira spirit of welcome to visitors. 
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Mrs. Albert S. Hastings, lovely young wife of the American glider champion, has not yet heard enough about gliding to be tired of the subject, despite her hus-
band's daily activity as a pilot. When Mr. Hastings is on the filed Mrs. Hastings is an eager specta-
tor and the success of the various contestants brings a flush of hap-
piness to her cheeks. 
*  *  * 
"We have motored here from Al-
bany," said a motorist stopping at a Maple Avenue home with his wife, Sunday afternoon, "and we want to know where the glider show may be seen/ In every paper we have read since leaving home it has been gliders and more gliders and so we changed out routing to see this contest." Also, they remained in Elmira overnight. Glide con-
test advertising seems to be paying dividends.
*  *  *
Mrs. R. S. Barnaby, the charm-
ing pilot from Washington, enter-
tained an airport group, Sunday afternoon, with this story: "When I was a little girl I attended Sun-
day school in a church where the [[underlined]]Rev. Harry Emerson Fosdick was minister[[/underlined]]. One day he talked to us on the subject, "The Eyes are the Windows of the Soul." He explained that what we did and what we thought was always reflected in our face. Now, it just happens that previous to going to Sunday school I had purloined a piece of choco-
late cake and a generous quantity of condensed milk and the clergy-

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man's comments seemed very per-
sonal. All the way home I won-
dered what my mother would say when she saw the cake and milk in my eyes and, her failure to com-
ment, caused me to wonder for a long time whether mother was go-
ing blind or the pastor didn't know what he was talking about.
*  *  *
[[underlined]]Edward P. Warner,[[/underlined]] editor of Aviation and former Assistant Sec-
retary of the Navy for aeronautics, was a critical inspector of contest events Sunday. Arriving from Ak-
ron, O., where he attended the [[underlined]]christening of the new dirigible, he[[/underlined]] devoted his day to interviewing [[underlined]]pilots and[[/underlined]] in the evening called a special meeting of contest officials to consider some points he felt needed settlement.
*  *  *
W. Hawley Bowlus, popular con-
testant from Leroy, where he heads the glider school at the Leroy Airport, was SOME annoyed Sun-
day. He made a test flight from East Hill, remained in the air about five minutes and landed with per-
fect ease, packing his glider for return to the airport. When he reached the airport he was greeted by a rumor he had crashed, some of the more excited spectators in-
sisting they just knew he had been taken to the hospital injured seri-
ously. Mr. Bowlus protested fifty time he was safe and sound and then gave up in disgust and de-
clared: "Well, then I am in the hos-
pital this vert minute."

*  *  * 
It must be the "free wheeling" that interests George Petzke. He has been an interested spectator at the gliding and soaring meet every day since it opened and Sunday at-
rived with Mrs. Petzke, formerly Miss Almo Ward, who immediately became the center of an interested group of glider fans. P. S. Their little daughters were also in the party, parking themselves at the exact point where miniature gliders were being tossed unto the air in quick succession. 
*  *  *   
Glenn O. Sherwood, sports editor of The Advertiser, returned from

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his vacation Sunday and promptly headed for the airport. He confided to a contest official that in a Watertown, N. Y. newspaper he read such an appealing account of the Elmira contest, the article re-
ferring to the pilots sailing over Mark Twain's Summer home, that he decided to pass up other pleasu-
res and hasten toward the old home town.
*  *  *  
Making short work of his Sunday dinner, Malcolm J. Wilson, man-
ager of the Association of Com-
merce, headed for the airport and wheeled his car into the official line. "This glider business rather gets one," he explained, when a pilot extended a welcome and com-
mented upon his early arrival. Visiting pilots have taken a great liking to Mr. Wilson and include him when they refer to the recog-
nized supporters of this type of aviation. 
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