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crop of spectators remained at the airport during the entire morning. The least diversion found them heartily in accord and they applauded vigorously the welcoming addressof [[address of]] Edward P. Warner, editor of Aviation and former assistant secretary of the Navy for aeronautics, who spoke over the field broadcasting station. Substituting for Captain Frank M. Hawks, who was ordered to fly to Maine from Binghamton, Mr. Warner declared the contest to be of surpassing importance to aviation. He predicted that as a result of studies to be made here of air currents, pilots of powered planes as well as motorless ships, would benefit. One youngster began sailing his miniature glider in the hangar and immediately a score appeared on every hand. The restless pilots entered into the sport, and spectators took sides cheering on the contestants. Distinguished guests were introduced and then a break in the weather allowed the business of qualifying new pilots, for Department of Commerce licenses was able to get under way. Wood Congratulated [[bold]] During the afternoon, when the sun favored the visitors, the scene resembled a garden party as daintily attired women and men in sports attire filled the space in front of the hangar. Among those who received congratulations for the marked interest displayed in the contest were former Mayor J. Norton Wood, head of the Association of Commerce general committee which arranged for the contest; Malcolm J. Wilson, manager of the Association, who has devoted weeks to the financial details; Homer E. Brotsman and Alfred Heath, committee members; and Sherman P. Voorhees, director of the National Glider Association, who served as announcer over the microphone. Anxious eyes were turned constantly toward the "sock" hanging from the airport flagpole but it hung limply against its support and refused to admit a breeze was even contemplated. In this respect seemed to be in sympathy with the surly attitude of Old Man South Mountain although weather reports indicate that today the sun will woo the mountain from its misty mantle and its sides will serve as a resting place for hundreds of motor cars and spectators as well as the gaily decorated gliders. Last year, it may be remembered, the pilots were delayed nearly a week by adverse weather but this extreme condition is not anticipated this year. Albert E. Hastings, nationa [[national]] champion glider pilot, officially opened the meet with an exhibition of airplane tow. Hitched back of Gardner "Peg" Nagle's ship h [[has]] soared to a height of 2,000 fee [[feet]] before he released the two line. Released of its motive power, the glidr [[glider]] quickly came to earth, Hastings reporting a "dead" atmosphere. The pilots then confined their activities to gliding by airplane tow. S.E. Saidman of Washington, D.C., a member of the U.S. Volunteer Air Service of that city, furnished the spectators with the only thrill of the afternoon. Saidman was taking off by auto tow just as one of the passenger planes was coming onto the field preparatory to landing. When it semeed [[seemed]] inevitable that the plane would run into the tow line, the crew on the automobile released the line. Makes Perfect Landing [[bold]] Saidman, unable to see what had happened, found his ship would not answer to the controls as the line was dragging in the grass. His Sidelights on Glider Meet [[italicized]] Sherman P. Voorhees, Elmira's representative upon the National Glider Association board of directors, handled the microphone at the airport. Parked on the hangar roof he seemingly talked from the clouds. Sherm is an old hand at this stuff, having broadcast frequently from Syracuse radio stations while director of sales and schools for the Eastern Aeronautical Company. And when vivacious Mrs. R.S. Barnaby walked across the field in her spiffy white flying suit the dear old lady in the parked car remarked: "First it was short dresses, then shorter dresses; after that they started wearing pajamas on the street and now I see they are going in for plain pants. It won't be long before the men will be wearing corset covers in self defense." Warren E. Eaton of Norwich, one of the last year's prize winners, World War aviator and business executive, told the boys about the time he was complimented for landing his plane "without spilling a drop." The story is the day's best bet. Ask him to tell it? To see Louis F. Ross, official referee, hastening here and there one would not think that within two weeks after last year's meet he was in a Cleveland hospital on the verge of death. His duties here at that time aggravated a serious stomach ailment and for weeks specialists declared he could not live. However, his ruddy cheeks and happy smile indicate the best of doctors are no better than the weather prophets, at times. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth W. Marks came early and remained late, seeming to enjoy the opening session of the glider meet to the fullest extent. The Pathe news reel representative told with glee of filming a New York fire that was sweeping a business block, at the extreme end of which was a clothing store. A heavy fire wall halted the flames before they could damage this store and when the proprietor discovered this he cried aloud: "Just a few bricks and your fire insurance policy remains a liability." In the auto tow tests the Elmira pilots, Franklin K. Iszard, Edward Barton and Norman J. Weiberg held their own with the best of 'em. One year ago not one of these fan. She had a radio installed in their room at the hotel, the same day she arrived in Elmira, declaring she refused to miss her nightly laugh. Mr. Ross was a great favorite with contest visitors last year and promises to increase her popularity during this meet. Nothing keeps her from the field when pilots are preparing to take to the air. Malcolm J. Wilson, manager of the Association of Commerce viewed the opening of the contest with a wealth of satisfaction. It represented one more step in his program to locate a glider factory in Elmira. He declares Wolf Hirst had the right idea when he called this the "Wasserkuppe of America" and sees no reason why the popular German should not find his prediction realized when he returns to the United States. Mayor Frank P. Robinson in his proclamation published Saturday called attention to the fact Elmirans should not "underestimate the importance" of this glider and soaring contest. Then Edward P. Warner, editor of Aviation, in formally opening the contest Sunday, said "this meet is of utmost national importance and should not be underestimated." Can it be that the genial New Yorker is quietly supporting Frank's campaign for reelection, or is it just another case of great minds operating on the same schedule? Albert Heath, adopted Elmiran who is recognized as a consistent civic booster, went into executive session with Homer E. Brotzman, substantial member of the Association of Commerce, and then announced the formation of the Heath-Brotzman Glider and Soaring Club. They declared that as soon as they could induce Asaph Hall to pay a $750 initiation fee they would buy a $750 glider and get going. Judge's Fiat May Fix Fate Of Raid Here [[bold]]
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