National Geographic : 1925 Mar
326 THE NATIO;\fAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZIKE Photograph from Lieutenant J. Parker Van Zandt A ELEVF.N -SF.ATER CO:VIMF.RCIAL AIRPLANE EQl7IPPf,D \\'JTI[ .\ _!- .S O -HORSI·:POWI·:R TAPIER ENGI:'\l~ This is a type of plane used in the air service between London and Berlin, Cologne. Brussels, and Amsterdam. Freedom from breakage and theft is an important factor contributing to the growth of air express traffic on European air lines. Fragile good. vases, and other articles are dispatched by air in order to be sure of careful handling. Insurance rates covering all risks on shipments such as dresses, furs, jewelry, fragile goods, light machinery, etc., betwcen London and the Continent are less by air than by boat or rail. Much gold and silver coin and metal is shipped by air across the Channel. One plane, for example, from London to Amstcr- dam carried two million dollars' worth on a single flight. ube bank; of castles nestling in the Ger- man hills; of chateaux, half hidden in poplars, stepped up like organ reeds against the ,varm colors of the French countryside; of ripening grain on the ~Toravian slopes under a late afternoon sun; and of the bold, free sweep of the .Mediterranean, stretching out in tranquil beauty to an unreal horizon. But the real, luminous beaut\' of Eu- rope seen from above cannot be phrased. It is there, now happily within the reach of every arrant lover of living, this precious gift bestowed by flight. But the deeper \yonder of it is of the nature of things which talk does not easily pursue; in the end it remains something incom- municable, irrational. and final.