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                   BARNSTORMING Them To Thee SAVIOUR


                                      COLUMBA KNOX



Johnnie, aviator : Fellow I am teaching is going to learn that


atheism aint tolerable at altitude.


Duncan, owner of flying field : You have been teaching him for awhile.


Johnnie : For three weeks.


Duncan : That is more time then a barnstormer would stay at a town.


Johnnie : Yes; we go from town, to town, to town, to town as you know.


Duncan : You seem to like this area.


Johnnie : Beautiful, indeed.


Duncan : You from around here???


Johnnie : No, Suh; where are you from???


Duncan : Chattanooga.


Johnnie : How far are we from there???


Duncan : About a 133 miles; north.


Johnnie : I have this newspaper; take a look at the writing.


Duncan : Gazette August 17, 1924.


Johnnie : Please read below that.


Duncan : "The Official Beginning To End Barnstorming"


Johnnie : Almost gave me a heart attack reading that.


Barnstorming and Breathing --- they are saying the same thing.


Duncan : The fellah you are teaching; how is he doing???


Johnnie : He has a feel for the aeroplane.


Duncan : Barnstormers do not teach folk how to fly.


Johnnie : That is true. I arrived here, barnstorming.


Gentleman I am teaching asked if I would teach him how to fly.


I declared to him that I had not taught anybody, flying.


He kept asking and you know who won that debate.


He has a business at Jacksboro.


He wants to learn and then plans to buy an aeroplane to be used for the work.


"Young Fellah" --- he is 70 years old : Aint here yet, the Gentleman


you are teaching.


Johnnie : Howdy to yah Young Fellah.


"Young Fellah" : You still planning having him feel drunk up there???


Johnnie : He is about to have a teaching he will nevah forget.


"Young Fellah" : You be careful with that type of flying.


Johnnie : That is interesting you said that. When I had arrived at this


ideal place for flying, you had declared that I was just


another barnstormer. What are your thoughts about that now???


"Young Fellah" (after a few seconds pause) : Johnnie Barnstormer!!!


Johnnie : That is a nice compliment you just gave, Young Fellah.


Duncan : The aeroplane you have been working on, that ready for flying???


"Young Fellah" : Yes, Suh. I will be at the tool shed.


Johnnie : You like having Young Fellah working for yah.


Duncan : He is the best mechanic for aeroplanes in the


old and new worlds. He does not do some things


because he is not as strong as he was. He has


knowledge that is wisdom. Yes, a blessing he is


working for this former barnstormer.


Johnnie : O, but no, Suh!!! Like a marine; once a barnstormer,


always a barnstormer!!!


Duncan : I nevah thought of it like that.


Johnnie : Just before I arrived at this Tennessee countryside,


I met up with a Lady and her shotgun. When we


barnstormers land on a farm it is usually because


there is no more fuel in the tank. Such a landing has us


usually ruining some of the crops. After knocking on the


door, you expect the farmer to answer with his shotgun.


The Lady of the house was standing there with her


shotgun aimed directly at me soul. She quickly said,


"You barnburning buzzard; get off me property!!!"


I quickly declared to her, "That is what Sherman did;


I am a barnstormer." She had nevah seen an aeroplane;


I could understand her nervousness. What was making I


slightly more then nervous; it seemed that


she would pull the triggah and then decide if she


ought to shoot yah!!!


Duncan : I understand exactly what you just declared --- a farmer


and his shotgun is more preferable than a Lady and her's.


Johnnie : There should be barnstorming regularly taking place where


that yankee General was trying to steal the choo---choo


train --- from Atlanta to your hometown.


Duncan : I have barnstormed, Dalton.


Johnnie : About a 144 miles south of the town you just named is Americus.


I was at the airfield, there, when a lad had given,


the Gentleman running that, $530 and his motorcycle ---


he bought an aeroplane. After they put it together,


he said to those standing around, that


he is Chuck Lindbergh and would anybody be willing to teach


him to fly. He learned and flying and him were made for each other.


This took place a few weeks after the periodical, Time, began.


Duncan : Why is he different from others who have learned, flying???


Johnnie : Interesting you ask that, because we who watched him fly


thought he was commanding the aeroplane the same way


a qualified General commands. What is that award that


nobody has tried to win yet???


Duncan : Non---stop from New York to Paris.


Johnnie : Yes. I am not a gambler, but if I were, I would bet that


Chuck would be successful accomplishing that.


Duncan : Why do you think that???


Johnnie : What is the longest you have flown on purpose???


Duncan : Over 3 hours.


Johnnie : I would say 4 and 3/4 hours.


They declare that Chuck flies 13 hours.


Duncan : Are you serious???


Johnnie : Yup!!!


Duncan : With the aeroplanes we fly that is quite a few refuelings!!!


Johnnie : Chuck, in the future, will be a known throughout


whole wide world aviation.


Duncan : I have been thinking, as we have been talking,


that farmers still have things tough. The economy


has bettered for others but not for them. I know some


who are still trying to keep their farms.


Johnnie : I know some, also; and when I am barnstorming,


the farmers spill their hearts. Yet farmers have something


grand coming their way.


Aeroplanes at their best --- helping farmers.


They have begun crop dusting from aeroplanes!!!


Duncan : That sounds great!!!


Johnnie : Yes, indeed.


I like to try that flying --- low and fast just above the cotton.


"Young Fellah" : Yankees are truly among us folk --- boll weevils!!!


The southerners are laughing.............


Johnnie : Your humour is Saturn, Young Fellah.


Duncan : The Gentleman arrive yet???


"Young Fellah" : That is why I am here.


We just talked on that dialing thing you have in the office;


I prefer telegraphing.


He said that he will be a little late.


He is having clutch trouble with the new Model---T he owns.


He was blasting texans as if it was their fault.


Johnnie : You planning being at the next Bonfire, Barnstormers gathering???


Duncan : I hope to be there.


Johnnie : When talking to some fellahs, a number of weeks ago,


about that get together, they started talking about


somebody named Boeing and that he talks about


there will be 300 passengers' aeroplanes.


Duncan : That would be like sound in silent films;


what is the matter with him!!!


Johnnie : He, awhile ago, had to stop building aeroplanes


and started selling furniture.


"Young Fellah" : Yah aint flying those.


Johnnie : When they were finished talking about him,


I declared, it makes you wonder what type of alcohol


they drink over there at Oregon territory.


"Young Fellah" : I am going to see if the Gentleman has arrived.


Johnnie : Walter Beech started building aeroplanes.


Duncan : He no longer barnstorms???


Johnnie : Nope. He has somebody, that aint anybody heard about,


who works with him. I have always had anger toward those


apes---on---wings' types, who do that stupidity and yet


declare being barnstormers. I want them brought down!!!


Suh, Walter Beech wants them shot down!!!


I have had the honour of talking with Walter Beech a few times;


when he was talking to others and I was listening,


I had an amazing thought ---


Walter Beech and General Forrest and we would have


won the war.............


Duncan : The fellah that works with Walter Beech


that nobody has heard about;


what is his name???


Johnnie : Cessna.


Southern Gentleman : Texans almost got me killed!!!


Clutch was not working. I almost crashed.


Howdy, Johnnie, Suh.


Johnnie : The recently built Model---T automobiles


have had clutch troubles. They hurried those


because awhile ago.............


"Young Fellah" : They sold their ten millionth Model---T.


Johnnie : Yes. Although, greed aint just a yankee thing.


Southern Gentleman : Texans have the nerve doing that!!!


Duncan : Texans do not build Model---Ts.


Southern Gentleman : Texans had something to do with the clutch.............


Johnnie : Like I said before, Henry Ford aint a texan.


Southern Gentleman : He the fellah who is trying to buy


the Muscle Shoals property???


Johnnie : That would be him.


Southern Gentleman : Where is he from???


Johnnie : He is from, what we Southerners declare,


the other---side---of---the---world; Detroit.


Duncan : Texans aint from there.


"Young Fellah" : Of yankees, by yankees, for yankees;


what are Southerners doing driving those




Johnnie : I am just about ready to salute what you just said,


Young Fellah.


Duncan : He is a farmer.


Johnnie : Farmers say about him,


"He built a tractor that nobody asked for";


how thankful they are of their tractors.


Southern Gentleman : I reckon texans.............


Johnnie : You wanted to learn when flying began.


Southern Gentleman : Yes, Suh.


Johnnie : Tell him what you declared awhile ago.


Duncan : Flight gets you off the ground;


Flying gets you places.


Johnnie : Flying officially began, A.D. 1908.


Glenn Curtiss flew a real aeroplane.


The aeroplane was similar to what we fly now.


The Gentleman who brought about the


ladies' favourite invention,


Alexander Graham Bell;


he named that aeroplane, June Bug.


Southern Gentleman : That is more than just interesting, Suh.


Johnnie : You be prepared for a pop quiz some time in the future


because truth in history is always important.


"Young Fellah" : That was the year the Model---T began, also.


Johnnie : You get an A+, Young Fellah.


"Young Fellah" : Awe shucks with this schooling stuff.


Johnnie : You ready for yah teaching, Suh???


Southern Gentleman : I was planning to see the bookstore before that.


Johnnie : You have that here???


Duncan : Yes; its declared that but is more like a library.


Johnnie : You go there, Suh and after you have


looked at those books, I will have finished


a walk---around of the aeroplane.


Duncan : You can check out any of those books there.


Southern Gentleman : Thank yah, Suh.


They are walking toward Jennie;


she be the aeroplane.............


Johnnie : They should publish barnstormers'


log books. We are to get folk "air---minded";


having them read those will do the same.


They are at the aeroplane, Jennie.............


Duncan : You evah plan owning another aeroplane???


Johnnie : Nevah!!!


Duncan : What about Walter's aeroplanes???


Johnnie : Nope!!!


Duncan : Why???


"Young Fellah" : Yeh; what he said.


Johnnie : Jennie is a countrygirl---of---an---aeroplane


and, therefore, the best of aeroplanes.


 YOU Will Want To Read The Whole Short Story............. 




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