Cmr. T.R. Stump is putting up a large double power wind mill at
his place across the river. The power thus generated will be used in running a
feed chopper and other machinery on his farm.
Professor Homer Witt went to Minnora on Friday and took in the
Odd Fellows reunion that was held Saturday, and also had the third degree of
Masonry conferred upon him by Linden Lodge. Witt reports the reunion a success
and a very pleasant affair.
The editor was engaged on business in the Mt. Zion country a day
or so last week, and in no part of the country have we found a more hospitable
people. Especially hospitable are Mr. and Mrs. Clay McDonald of Mt Zion and Mr.
and Mrs. T.J. Starcher of Claria, where we enjoyed the best of everything that
makes life worth living. They all live at home and board at the same place.
Princeton University’s James Forrestal Research Center has
developed a flying scooter. It has a bicycle seat and handlebars, and travels
along at 15 miles an hour.
It has a small five horsepower engine and would be relatively
cheap to construct.
Development of the scooter took two years and required some
$100,000--a grant from the Army’s Transportation Re-search Engineering Command.
The most interesting technical aspect of the scooter is that it
has more lift than a helicopter, comparatively, and it is thought to be the
forerunner of other more advanced scooters, or flying discs. While they fly,
they only remain a few inches above the ground, because the power of the motor
is dissipated at greater height.
Another flying machine is about ready to be marketed. It is a
one-passenger helicopter, with a sort of chair-seat arrangement, which will fly
at about 90 miles per hour and is expected to sell for $3,500.
It is being manufactured in California, and is about ready to go
on the market in many sections of the country. It probably comes closer to the
Buck Rogers one man flying idea than anything else--at the moment.
All of which proves that we are entering an age when one- man flying machines
are to be expected with increased
frequency. It will not be too long before rockets, flying suits or flying chairs
will be avail-able.