National Geographic : 1928 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE FLYING WING TO WING The picture was taken just as the Spirit of St. Louis overtook the advance plane. Pro jecting above the window ledge of the former is the map which Colonel Lindbergh was using to guide him across this part of the country. The T-shaped projection above the fuselage is the wind vane of the earth induction compass which guided the ship to Paris. Although the propeller seems to have stopped still, it was moving at the rate of about 1,500 revolutions per minute when the picture was taken. We found that one member of the tour party had never heard of a"'sniipe hunt. We explained the details to him'*g carf fully. That night found him sitting be side an open sack out in the tliilest woods, a lantern beside him, and in hiA: hand a large bell, which he rang continu ously to attract the wary snipe. The rest of the party had left him with the understanding that they would go out and drive in the snipe. After an hour or two the victim began to suspect that all was not well, for no snipe had shown up. After getting lost on his way back, he finally reached the camp and found every one comfortably seated around the fire. The snipe hunter took this so good naturedly that a more elaborate stunt was planned for his benefit. Early in the morning a loud yell came from the cook tent. The guides ran over hastily. The cook pointed to a torn spot on a quarter of beef hanging from the ridgepole. By this time the intended victim had arrived. The cook explained the trouble with many gestures. - "Bear!" he exclaimed. "He was right in here, clawin' at that beef, when I woke i'.Bear.tracks were found outside the tent. 'A iegf° away into the woods. Charley, one of the.gud es. nodded to himself. "He's .a big one," he said to the cook. "You keep. your eyes open and give me a yell if he comes in again." The cook snorted. I'm not gon' to sleep in that tent," he declared. ".No bear is gettin' that close to me again.",. "What are you going to do?" the snipe hunter asked the guide. "I'm going to get that bear," was the reply. "He'll be in here again after clark to-night." The visitor begged to be taken on the hunt. Charley at first refused, but at last gave in on condition that the other man would not carry a gun.