The aviator's wife was taking her first trip with her husband in his

airship. "Wait a minute, George," she said. "I'm afraid we will have to

go down again."

"What's wrong?" asked her husband.

"I believe I have dropped one of the pearl buttons off my jacket. I

think I can see it glistening on the ground."

"Keep your seat, my dear," said the aviator, "that's Lake Erie."


AVIATOR (to young assistant, who has begun to be frightened)--"Well,

what do you want now?"

ASSISTANT (whimpering)--"I want the earth."--_Abbie C. Dixon_.

When Claude Grahame-White the famous aviator, author of "The Aeroplane

in War," was in this country not long ago, he was spending a week-end at

a country home. He tells the following story of an incident that was

very amusing to him.

"The first night that I arrived, a dinner party was given. Feeling very

enthusiastic over the recent flights, I began to tell the young woman

who was my partner at the table of some of the details of the aviation


"It was not until the dessert was brought on that I realized that I had

been doing all the talking; indeed, the young woman seated next me had

not uttered a single word since I first began talking about aviation.

Perhaps she was not interested in the subject, I thought, although to an

enthusiast like me it seemed quite incredible.

"'I am afraid I have been boring you with this shop talk," I said,

feeling as if I should apologize.

"'Oh, not at all,' she murmured, in very polite tones; 'but would you

mind telling me, what is aviation?'"--_M.A. Hitchcock_.