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THE SUNDAY OGDEN EXAMINER, SUNDAY UTAH, MORNING, DECEMBER 30. 1906 X X B X 2 XBBXBKKXXXBKXXXXKXXXXKBBBXXBBKBBXXKXXXXKKXXBBXXKXXXXXXXXXBXXXXXXKXXXXXBKXXXXXXXXXXXXXKXBXBBX B B X X His AERIAL EXPERIMENTS. WXXXXKKXXKXXXXXKXXXXXXXXXgXBXXKXXHKXXXKXXKXXXXKKXXXXXXHXXHHXaXXXXXXXHXHXXXXXXKHXXXXHKXXXXXXXX ui an ancient bouse. -- r, acter. Nevertht less. Count Zeppelin, with an indomitable perse eranoe worthy of the isuae to which he had devoted himself, tidied un year after year, never seeming to get any utarer hi aim, but always working and studying and experimenting without cessation. The first pause in hia career of research waa caused by his marriage at the age of 31 to a noblewoman belonging to one of the ancient German aristocratic families residing in the provinces of Russia. This lady recognised that young Count Zeppelin was not a crank, nor a man to b ridiculed, but a pioneer of a new era who might easily eachleve the fame of be-ithe first nmn to show other men how to fly in the air. She fell in love with tbe Count and with bis inventive ambitions and they were wedded In Berlin in ths presence of all members of both families. Tbs Counts relation entertained the hope that hit wife would wwen him from his eccentric ways. But ia this respect they were disappointed. The marriage Itself and the ensuing honeymoon interrupted for a time Count Zeppelin's devotion to his research work, but within a year of the wedding day he was again hard at work oa ths solution of the problem, aided and encouraged by hia young wife. Year by year passed and Si.u th aristocratic mechanic continued to construct ail sorts of flying contrivances that fur ths most putt refused to fly. He and his wife were fully agreed that he should devote his whole life to the task of teaching mankind how to fly. But times were bad and the coat of constructing nil sorts of balloons and aerial machines began to consume more money than the Count received In the form of revenues from his estates. His resources were further taxed by expensive Journeys to Paris, that was suitable for tbcscion uf such But at an early age he showed a remarkable taste for certain forms of mechanical Invention. All h:s ancestors hail been watviors and statesmen, but ho waa endowed When a youth, instead of mu-rinthe army and tiling the life of a gay uobieniau. he devoted hie time )ung to mechanical and acteo-tiflstudy. Hia father despaired of him and his mother rewarded his almost as a lunatic. His fellow nuUe-meridiculed hit effort and even his inferior in' rank pointed hlui out as the aristocrat who had abandoned all the tastes and pursuits of the arietu racy in order to devote himself to the plcblan lank of inventing machine. Those who knew that It wee the problem of serial navigation that was occupying hi attention overwhelmed him with ridicule and mocked at bis erase, fur it must be remembered that when Count Ferdinand Zeppelin began bis attempts to rjlve the problem f flying, arroueutirs were far from being so far advanced as at the present day. He began to study the problem of flying when be was It years of age, in the year lflSG. To think of the world as it was fifty years ago, one can how ludicrous Count Zeppelin's attempts apepared to Jils oonterapor aries. Railways were In their Inf anry; siremshtpa were a novelty; telegraph lines were few and far there were no electric railway sm motor cars, no telephones, ntr wlrtiees telegraphy, and many other things which we regard aa a matter of course did rot exist. It ia. th ore-for-e a matter uneTh.-;lfopdicliHb- b furr, fully comprehensible that Count Ferdinand Zeppelin's contemporaries regarded him rather as a madmau than as a genius. Hi earliest experiments were nab urally crude and elementary in char his family life, in a futile attempt to solve the problem of flying. Count Zeppulin belting to a very (All rights strictly reserve!.) Berlin, Dec. 20. There to at least ancient branch of the ubfllty. Hi iiesr-eone person In this country the ancestor d ought knights uf moreover, of a historic title o lieckleuburg. one thousand year ago. whom the neot-n-t achievements of San- and the name of Zeppelin ha bet a tos Dumont and the Wright brothers prominent in German and Austrian must have been especially galling, history during all the intervening cenand that person Is Count Ferdinand turies The seuiur branch of the famZeppelin. Ref amice to this ily resides In Austria and the Junior noblemans prolonged experiments branch, which separated from tbs ten- iCoplright in the United States Great Britten by Curtis Bnwn.) ri-r- Ge.-ma- a n n !m-agi- n COUNT FERDINAND ZEPPELIN. Carman Noblaman Whose Life a nd Fortune Have Been Devoted t Futile Aattempts to Boivt th Problem of Aortal Navigation. with airships and dirigible balloon lor branch about 550 years ago, recannot have failed to have been no- sides in Germany. ticed by American newspaper reader, Count Ferdinand Zeppelin inherited but they may not know how truly the as his birthright a magnificent lundrtd term, "a martyr tot science, appHr estate at Gyalar la the kingdom of to him. The venerable Count's shiry, Wurtemberg, together with a reel however, may be summed up In a Jen c at Stuttgart and other landed Ingle sentence he has sacrificed property la Bwitarrland. His father half a oratury of time, kla wealth, his waa Just an ordinary nobkman, and hie bis happiness. he himself was brought up in a way estates, reputation, London and other capitals in order to watch the progress made by other aeronauts In those place and to confer with them regarding the great problem. Boon, in his unbounded enthusiasm for the cause, Count Zeppelin and his equally enthusiastic Countess began to sell their estates in order to provide the necessary funds for carrying on hia life work. First of ail they sold their estate at Gynbery, and tbe money obtained therefrom sufioej to auppdy the needs of the cause for several years. But aa time went on expenditures incressrd and the revenues of Count Zeppelin's other estates diminished. Consequently they were foroed to sell more land and more houses and still more land and still more houses. Finally after many years there came a time when they were forced to face ruin and destitution. They had sold bit a fur bit of land and bit after bit of their properly until they had liter allynothlcg In the world except the genius of the Count and. ths enthusiasm o this wife. But it was not only money which was risked in their pursuit of knowledge about aerial navigation. Count Zeppelin's successive flying machines were tested at the risk of his own life. Hs firmly believed in their efficiency and buoyancy and. ventured aboard them with perfect confidence in the result of the trial trips On one occasion he fell from a height of forty feet, but happened to alight oa seme prickly bushes, which broke his fall and saved his life, but covered his body with palofty wounds. On another occasion he fell from a considerable height, hut again had the good fortune to alight oa soft earth without1 sustaining more than a broken limb. On half a dozen other occasions he austalned more or ions serious accidents while pursuing his experiments. After devoting something like forty years to futile attempts to construct neuvaring became impossible and the a auocesvful flying machine Oount stering apparatus broke down. After a number of unsuccessful Zeppelin abandoned thla particular branch of hia task and devoted his in l!M)e Count Zeppelin announced tea's that energies to the construction of a nav- he would resume his voyages in the igable airship. His own money no following year and that . he woul.i longer sufficed to carry out this great carry out the necessary Improvement work, and he was obliged to borrow during the winter. But when tbe next all tbe necessary funds from year came tbs airship wa still a fall, friends and admirers who, de- ure. - Finally it waa broken up mf spite his former failures, still had un- cast away as a worthless curiositt bounded faith in his capabilities. The count, who hsd than reached ths Works were erected at Fredericks-have- age of (3, was in deep despair and his aynipa-thetl- n, oa Lake Constance, and hers Count Zeppelin constructed his first great airship. It took the form of a cigar shaped balloon of huge dimensions u which was attached the airship. The airship was fitted with powerful motors and with a steering apparatus The' balloon waa Intended to give the airship buoyancy, while the motors, acting in COUNT ZEPPELIN'S ta trt com 1KPPEMVI M taka Canataws and wblrk In LAST AIRSHIP. all Ira Honorable Mention1' . -- srrSri-aaana- pravrt a aaepa-all- talbne wife was likewise keenly distressed at failura-o- f his lifelong effort. Be publicly announced that he had decided to abandon his efforts to suite the problem of aerial navigation and that he would retire to live ia seclusion for the remainder of hia days. Hs disappeared from the public view fur a time, but apparently he could find nu peace in inactivity, for soon afterward the BALLOON HOUSE AT FREDERICK8HAVEN. ON LAKE CONSTANCE. combination with tbe steering appar rat us, were Intended to drive it la any direction. The wont of constructing the monster airship lasted nearly four years, and th trial trips took pines in the vicinity of Frederickataaven in the fall of 1900. The airship was not only Intended for aerial navigation, but waa constructed in such a way that if it chanced to alight on water it would float aa buoyantly as any ordinary ship, consequently there was no danger in maneuvering shove Lake Constance. The first trial trip was made on a calm day and apeared to be successful; the airship rose to a good height, and aa far ss could be Judged from apear-encemaneuvered freely and answered to the helm. But appearances were deceptive. Tbe second trial trip ended In one accident, and the third trial trip resulted in another accident.When there was any wind at ail ma- Th WIM e he was asaln at work collecting money in order to construct another airship. During the last few years of bis Ufa he has been living very humblv on aa alio wanes made to him by wealthy relatives, and has bsea inhabiting a cottage In a remote village In fonth Germany, where living ! more than cheap. He succeeded la collecting the necessary funds for ths construction if another airship, and this was completed la the fell year. Previous to his trial trip Count Zeppelin declared that If he failed oa this occasion he would terminate his efforts by blowing out his brains. The first trial trip took place la September, aad like the corresponding trial trip six yeans ago waa a comparative success. But the following trips were also like the corresponding trips six yean ago, comparative failures. four-roome- d of-thi- s (Continued en Page Fifteen.) By Adele Taliaferro Page ) f ICepyrigM. 1KR, by A. T. Page. (T had been a busy day at General Alton's headquarters. Indeed, those were all busy days in the week that Immediately followed the battle of Bhlloh, tbe taking of Island No. 1( and th Utsr occupation by General pops of Corinth. In tbe heart of the little city of Jark-soTenn, General Alton had established bis headquarters. At his desk here, long after taps had aounoed, hia lights gave evidence that when th Bicn In the ranks ere asl-- ep uneasy Is till ths bead of the officer In com- n, An orderly noiselessly entered the mom where General Alton waa at his teak. Silently he saluted aud waited for soma sign of recognition. lie had In wait aonie minutes before General Alton, without looking up from his letters, said, "Well, orderly? "Colonel Curtis presents his cnmpll-ir.en- ts to Genera) Alton, hugs to report matters of importance and asks an Immediate Interview. The general laid down hia pen. Show him In, orderly." Ths men saluted and passed out. General Alton leaned hark wearily. War la not easy work, and tho general was no longer young. At the sound of steps outside he sat erect. Colonel Curtis waa an.? of the most tireless of his officer, snd It did not please the general to have Mm witness any weariness in face or manner. As the colonel advanced. Ceneral Alton rose and the two grave faced men questfonlngly at each other. In those days "matters of importance' generally stood for disaster and neeeS' sity for quick action. The orderly brought another chair and placed it beside the desk. The room was bars and comfortless, except perhaps to soldier eye that learn to esplss th soft luaurios of peace. "General Alton." the crisp voles of Colonel Curtis began, "a prisoner, a spy, has been arrested attempting to gaze ths lines. In the search, in hi llieea were found concealed a complete and thorough drawing of the strengthened fortifications of Corinth and papers bearing Information on supplies, condition of men. etc. The general turned to the speaker, a face full of Interest. "That's bad. Colonel Cattle, very bad. Tell me something of tho personality of tho prisoner. aot see him until the papers bad been discovered and the evidence 1 did f hi being a spy established. He is a Bier boy, not more than twenty years i!d. I am aura. He has been a soldier, of that I am convinced, and good Mood runs ia hie veins I think him a until of this section of Tennessee; his an-en- i bidiiwtes that.1 "lou ordered the search?" maps and paper back into the drawer. He leaned hack In hia chair with a thoughtful, grave fare. It was event like these that mad, ths bualneas of role. war so grim and dreadful. General Alton looked gravely straight The same thought doubtless wee In in front of him. He was thinking the mind of both men. The general must order e court martial, which must deeply. Colonel Curtis waa no sensationalist. and he had suggested a seripose a death sentence on this boy, who, ous charge In title Interview, after all, wee doing the hardest and The specification and detail of an moat undeelred duty a soldier Is called important supply point, within the pos- upon to do. session of tho Vnlon forces, under care- General Alton broke the silence. 'T have decided. Colonel Curtis, to offer thla prisoner his life on condition that ha reveals all that hs knows about these psiier. " Colonel Curtis rose, feeling the Interview was over. "We will make the hearing at 7; SO tomorrow morning. If you please, colo- nel, and I will have Captain Lawton also present. In the meantime detail a special guard for the prisoner and see that ho has comfortable rare. Uood night. The footsteps died away down the lorg. empty hall, and General Alton was again alone. It had been a hard day, and he was glad ll was over. The gravity nf this lust complication mai'e his face unusually old and worn. For some weeks strange things of this kind had come to light; now this must prove a solution uf what had never been understood. "Cun It be. he thought wonlcring'y. that In all the world there Is a man so base as to sell for money the information a soldier would die to preserve? Then he fell to thinking of the boy whose life lay In In- - hands and of all he stern Just Ice of wsr. Involuntarily hls hand rested on a letter with a northern poMim.it k. Ii had cnic to him from ITIm-ciothat ni'irr'ng, Before him pflMSf-- tl n eager. pleading wolds of his son u: k) ? Imploring hi father a boyish longing, for hia uniform to wear this morning. In that gray, and all It stood for, he fell he could better fare the w'orst. General Alton. Colonel Curtis and Captain Lawton were talking earnestly when the orderly announced the prisoner and his guard. How young, pitifully young," waa tlie thought that was In their mind aa tha prisoner courteously saluted and stood at attention. The excitement of the moment had brought beck a faint color In tha cheeks and taken the weariness from the fare. General Alton faced the boy with keen acruttny. "You understand, do you. that you are under the gravest charge in military law? the general began, his voice full nf the stern command of the soldier. "I do. General Alton," the boy replied longed, with No. Captain Lawton did. "The specification and paper were found in his shoes? "Yea. general, hidden between a false i . I quietly. The young officer, acting le B thr secretary, prepared to take hie gen-era- the front. "The soldier Hood." the letter ran. "the blond of sll the Allnns. Is rolling to me day ami night, making AT EACH OTHF-R- . ful guard ami strict martial law. were now in tile hand of th;. spy nf The specifics' n mid run.ly det ed brim a surpriw .c tii-- ir of making to thl truin-- d sol dier. In his long expetlime with men General Allan had neier found that untrained hjnds did those thins well. The prisoner was a nifr boy wl:h n likelihood of experience or pruclli t in this work. "Ton base your nplni.in ernliely. Colonel Curtis, on the channel- ,,f drawing and thr personality of the Study prisoner? "Yes. ysneml. 1 sni personally convinced that the work Is Hint of Hn expert with time null detail jn hand. This mere bnv ha. I believe, neither the know edge, time nor skill in do the work, and .null nut poeaihlv have roii --r iraf.irriiHliKti lanisin-- d in e.; . Colonel Curt the jo (inp-- waned pelientiy unlit ' ii n rk snd pu I do not rlesire bri-iisn- t - the papn lmpnsitie. - i to grieve you by giving up mv work without y..ur consent, but I am no Hngrr o:iv of my seif, ),t m- - do what my I'onn lenve urges me to do. When tieace Is declared I will take up my profession tf you desire li." He must consent, of course Richard wiM a man now- - and must make a man s tight for tlie old flag. Perhaps xonie day in the fortunes of war his only son. his line, Richard, would stand as this liny stood today-un- der the shadow of death. The prisoner. In his well guard-- d tern, had spent one uf those nights that most of us cen remember somewhere In life. was There little doubt of his fate, and a with strange, awed look on his younr face, tefiti g of the night's rmfiirt. he for th hour of the interview. Me knew- nothing of the offer to be mad- him and frit lhst It wt only a wa'-rnMe pre Piona'-- i.f h' t. ! ns to tet Mm give up roili ge and go to LOOKED chose to taka that tone It wee difficult to reslat him always. "Ur. Dabney, may I ask, ia your fathers name Edwin Dabney, and was he first lieutenant In thm old Sixteenth Virginia In the Mexican war? The prisoner looked surprised, then a smile of pleasure warmed his face. "Yea, auh, hie name la Edwin Dabney, and he belonged to tho old Sixteenth Virginia. It waa the delight of my childhood to hear him tell those stories of army life. When the trouble came between the states I begged with all my heart to go with my father In the Ninth Tennessee. I was only eighteen and the only son, and father wished me j to continue my studies at the Virginia Military Institute and so be with moth- - ; er while he was away. At the end of a year he found it waa no use. I could tint study. 1 had to be a soldier. I was In the battle of Shiloh," the boyish voice went on. "and I did my best for honorable mention. I did not get It then, but if I could live I felt my chance would come. This attempt to gain certain detail was necessary. I volunteered for the task. I knew the country well, for I had hunted all over every Inch of it. Perhaps for many ree-oIt eeemed wise. to let me try. and I was given my chance. I did my beat, general, and the voice broke a little, but 1 felled that la all. The boy stopped abruptly. "Mr. Dabney It was the general speaking In ths same courteou voice still "It 1 a aad thing, these fortunes of war. You have only tried to do your duty, and, aa soldiers, we must do ours.) Tha plans for tha fortifications of Corinth, all details of supplies, are found In your possession, and you in disguise. Colonel Curtis. Captain Lawton and myself feal confident that the work of details is not your or any other Inexperienced hand, and It was literally a matter of Impossibility for you to gain, without aid, the Information given In these papers. There has been treachery somewhere. In my rapacity of division commander I am prepared to offer you y.ifir life on the condition that you reveal everything names, rank end amount of bribe for which thla information wa sold. I knew your father. Mr. Dabney; we were both young soldiers in the lays nf the old sixteenth Virginia. I honored him greatly. I do not believe his son would do less than despise the man. whatever the needs or consideration. who sella a soldier Information. It may be that It la a Tennesseean lif Union ranks either masking as a Federal soldier or half hearted In our cause. If It Is the clever work of a Confederate spy (which Is pioat unlikely) you will doubtless refuse to re reel hi Identity. Tf it I e man who haa 'um loyalty to tbe eld flag your father and I fought undar together surely you must re Use how low In the scele nf honor he la to do this thing. Ms name, help us to punish the "WHAT IS YOIR NAME? notes. The examination had commenced. "What Is your name?" "ftetnn Dabney, suh. Where do you live? My home Is in Pulaski, suh." The general paused in the examination. There was something a trille disconcerting In the frank, boyish face - strangely suggesting that other boy In a northern town, restless for the life which had brought this ane to grief. When tlie giMirral spose next his -e bad lust much of the sternness litid Impersonaliiv. When General Alien traitor and take your life and Its possi- bilities. I cannot promise you freedom, but I do promise you shell he sent awey aa a prisoner of war and that I will keep you In mind In the exchange. There was a silence of some minutes. The boys wistful, dark eyaa had a look of Indecision or unrest. The general went oil at last. Hia thoughts had been busy with that other boy In faraway Princeton. For a moment tbe old soldier was lost In th man. Something In hie voice made the prisoner look at him In Intense surprise. "You are young and life ia all before you. You are the only son of your father and mother. Think well before you leave them desolate. I hope I am a man of honor. You must be your own judge whether In thle case you can. In honor, reveal what we ask you ta Life would not compensate you for dishonor. Be your own Judge, It la only fair to tell you that If yod refuse I can do nothing for you. Tbe usual order of military law must take Its course. I will give you an hour to consider the matter in all Its features. Orderly, show Mr. Dabney Into another hia alienee, but ha had given hia word. Far away, over the brown fields, hie eyea and thoughts traveled. Hia home, his mother and father and happy boyhood paaeed In quirk review In hie surging thoughts. Could be save hie life? Wee thla hie one chance? Then the surging thoughts brought back the ailent night when detach meats were bringing in the dead. His boyish ideal was Me colonel grave faced, true hearted Colonel Bates. Ho remembered he stood near when the colonel looked upon the dead face of hia younger brother, killed in the action. With every word standing alone ta hia hot brain he recalled now Colonel Bates words as he looked into tb still face: "Sooner or later we all must coma t utterly unworthy of it - j j ' "Hew ean men die better Than faring awful odds J 1 For tha ashes of their fathers 1 And the temples f their gods? Ho had prayed for aa answer. Ha seemed to hear hia fathers voice giving it la the seme loving, gentle voice that was a part of bis whole life, and the words were familiar with lot happy years of memories: "It i not worth while to gain a desired end by an undeelred means, my eons; It I not worth whlls for a Dabney." "No! Gold helping me, no! the boy cried aloud In hia anguish. "It is not worth whlls!" e e . e e the from voice a called Corporal! room. The key turned and the guard entered. Beton Dabney turned a set fuse to the soldier in blue. 1 wish to speak to General Alton at once. A moment later the prisoner stood I his old piece. General Alton was note al'me. . He aalqted and waited. You have made a decision. Mr. Dab went ney? Think well," the older man still on. "before You answer. There la time to consider. You can extend the hour. Clear and strong came the answer. "I thank you. General Alton. I do not wish more time. It1 la safer for me te answer now. I have decided. Thd head waa raised with a llKiA gesture of pride. "I am an American and a Tennesseean. I must die so that neither will be ashamed of me. I can not give any Information." Th words were said simply. He hesitated one moment and then spoke Allow me. General Alloa, te again. Inthe you claim sold me persona say I TTIflH TO SPEAK TO GENERAL ns. I not Tennessee were formation ALTON AT ONCE. would have shot them myself had such room and order the guard to remain been the case. I thank you for your outside of the door. If the prisoner kindness to me. I could not break my wishes to speak to ms at any time he word. General Alton rose. He came to the la to be brought to me. Baton Dabney bowed and saluted and boy and held out hia hand. There use face. paaeed out with the orderly. Alone In a strange look of sorrow in hieome day the empty room, he faced the situaMy boy. he said softly. tion. At twenty years the thought of perhaps your father end I will meet life is sweet beyond words. He had again. You did not get row honorable have bought for gold the Inforrrfhtlon he mention that day at Bhiloh you must give hi life for. The traitor waa won It now.