National Geographic : 1919 Aug
Photograph by International film service THE NEWEST SPORT: AERIAL ACROBATICS Standing on the top plane of one "ship," a very military aviator is seen here waiting to grasp the rope ladder suspended from another machine-a feat which he successfully accomplished recently after several attempts. Transferring from one airplane to another while both are speeding a hundred miles an hour should furnish "the thrill that comes once in a lifetime." and he, like Grover Cleveland, enjoyed fishing. Most great Americans have played. Benjamin Franklin, who prized his min utes and his pennies, was as enthusiastic :a sportsman as that other versatile Amer ican, Theodore Roosevelt. Franklin was an expert swimmer, as well as a pioneer fresh-air advocate, and once seriously considered an offer to become a swim ming instructor. Lincoln has been widely acclaimed for burning the midnight pine knots; but he has received too scant credit for his daily practice of wrestling and running which developed his mar velous endurance and capacity for work.