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My Boys

and the millions of other

who are standing on the threshold

of America's Golden Age every horizon

aflame with promise, and the accumulated

glow of centuries to come, illuminating

the pathway that leads to the land

of the

this volume is affectionately inscribed.

Allen Kendrick Wright.


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To the Poles by Airship




Allen Kendrick Wright




Baumgardt Publishing CoV

Los Ange'es, Cal,

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"We are living, we are dwelling
In a grand and wondrous time,

In an age on ages telling
To be living is sublime!"


For I dipt into the future, far as human eye could see

Saw the vision of the world, and all the wonder that
would be.

Saw the heavens filled with commerce, argosies of
magic sails,

Pilots of the purple twilight, dropping down with
costly bales.


Cloud-continents swing at anchor,
Where backward curves the sky;

Headlights gleam as flashing comets,
From airships sailing by.



This book stands without a rival. Occu-
pies a field absolutely new. Offers to the
reader three things which every manly
man and every womanly woman has longed
for, does now long for, will hereafter long

First A trip around the world endways,
for which fortunes have been pledged and
scores of human lives sacrificed.

Second A voyage thru the air, over
lands unexplored seas unknown.

Third Chemicals from the laboratories
of nature for the solution of the mightiest
problems that have challenged human
attention in all ages, together with the
material for the most wonderful pictures
ever gazed upon by human eyes.

The gates of America's golden age are
ajar; let us enter.



Three unmeasurable advantages neces-
sarily attach themselves to this voyage:

First Our magnificent speed 325 miles
per hour brot scenes and incidents of the
voyage so close together that they appear
on the canvas of memory as a flash-light
of the world by instantaneous method.

Second We were able to study by con-
trast the difference and influence that cli-
matic conditions make upon plant and
animal life, as well as zone influence upon
civilization, and indeed upon the race of

Third Traveling above the earth with
not simply a ribband or strand of land-
scape immediately adjoining our pathway,
but practically a continent of width, with
mountains, plains and waterways in sub-
lime and entrancing panorama.

With these advantages clearly in mind,
let the reader enter the last chamber of
Discovery in the physical temple of planet

Table of Contents

Sailing on Together Poem.


First Day New Orleans to North Pole.
Second Day North Pole to Jerusalem.
Third Day Jerusalem to Pretoria.
Fourth Day Pretoria to South Pole.
Fifth Day South Pole to Buenos Ayres.
Sixth Day Buenos Ayres to New Orleans.



a Voice of the Sphinx,
b Armageddon.
c Progress.
d Fruits of Peace.

e Conservation of Natural Resources,
f The Afterglow Poem.


Twentieth Century Poems.

The Desert 110

A Desert Rain 112

The Old Prospector 113

How the Almighty Paints 115

Mother's Room 116

I Know Not 117

Longing for You 118

The Children's Burden 119

Do It Now 121

A Woman's Heart 122

Love 's Wireless 122

Spring Fever 123

My Wish for Thee 124

Our Boys 125

Where Dwellest Thou? 126

The Homeward Trail. 128


If I have you and you have me,

Why should we be caring,
We will sail life's summer sea,

Joy and sorrow sharing;
Bravely meet the swelling tide,

What e'er the wind or weather,
Swiftly outward safe we ride,

Sailing on together.

A sapphire vault the sky above,

Cloudlets floating o'er us;
Softly sings the bird of love,

We will join the chorus;
Raise your voice so sweet my dear,

'Twill help a friend or brother,
Doing good we've naught to fear,

Sailing on together.

Emerald seas on every side,

Too deep for mortal sounding,
We are floating on a tide,

With life and love abounding ;
When our sailing here is done,

All past earth's wind and weather,
We shall surely still be one,

Sailing on together.

Till we reach that mystic clime,

Life's secrets all revealing,
And catch the glory of the chime,

Love's golden bells are pealing;
Or what to me is more sublime,

(I often think I'd rather)
Come back to earth a second time,

And sail again together.

To the Poles by Airship



New Orleans to North Pole.

The tidal wave that fell upon Galveston
like a destroying angel and swept our
whole southern coast with a hurricane of
disaster and death, had spent its force,
but the ground swell still lingered in the
Mississippi valley and caused the great
lakes to tremble in their mighty basins.

The morning of September 10th, 1900,
broke over the crescent city wondrously
clear, unnaturally calm. To the south and
west low-lying clouds skirted the horizon,
as if nature had spread a funeral pall over
the scenes of her desolation, but above and
northward the sapphire vault was as clear
as a Herschel lens.

Our entire party had remained in their
state-rooms during the night, and were
ready for the lifting of anchors at six
o'clock, A. M. Slowly, steadily, as a crea-


ture endowed with life, and conscious of
power, the stately ship rose for TWO
THOUSAND FATHOMS moving neither
forward nor backward, swerving not to
right or left. Full five minutes we remain-
ed motionless, drinking the glory of the
scene, while limitations melted away before
the growing sense of possibility.

With face lighted with joy and gladness,
as of one about to consummate a long-
cherished hope, Lieutenant Peary, the in-
trepid explorer of northern climes, stood
with his right hand upon the helm, while
his left pressed the button that turned the
liquid-air into VACUUM-ALUMINUM-
Corliss engines.

Throbbing with power the ' 'NEW ERA"
tossed her beamed frontlet upward for an
instance, balanced and shot forward like a
thunderbolt, and the first voyage around
the earth endways was begun; the voyage
that should disclose the great secrets of
the UNKNOWN under the frozen constel-
lations of the north and reveal the won-
drous mysteries that lay beyond the hori-
zon of discovery under the fiery serpents
of the south, the voyage that should be


to the world of science and progressive
thot, what the voyage of COLUMBUS
was to the geographic and commercial
world; the voyage, that on one hand should
reveal more wonders than ALADDIN'S
LAMP professed to do, and on the other
put an end to the loss of life and property
in vain attempts to reach the poles by

It was a sublime and tremendous
moment. Unconquerable mind was about
to begin her reign over material forces, as
contemplated by JEHOVAH when He
created Man and gave him dominion over
terrestrial things.

White as the sheen of a falcon's wing
lay league after league of the cotton belt,
set in frames of stream and forest that
shaded into orchard, meadow or wheat-
field of the farther north, which in turn
gave way to the wooded hills, mountains
and lakes of the mighty SASKATCHE-
WAN of British Columbia and later on
the unexplored empires of the Yukon and
McKenzie that also yielded to an unbroken
sea of snow-scrolls, frost-crystals and ice
fields that stretched away to the north-


ward beyond the horizon of mortal knowl-

All were comfortably settled in the
observation section, which for several rea-
sons had been located in the center of the
vessel, and enjoying beyond measure the
play of light and shadow upon the broad
bottoms, rugged slopes, winding valleys
and purple hills that terraced to the trans-
continental divide on the west, or the great
forests and quiet valleys of the Cumber-
land and Blue Ridge, when a thunderous
blast from the fog-horn followed by intense
darkness and a trembling motion of the
great ship brot panic to every heart. For
the fraction of a minute only did the dark-
ness last and then an unnatural light of
dazzling brilliancy enveloped us. Fearful
lest some atmospheric maelstrom or elec-
trical cataclysm threatened destruction,
our pilot threw out the fin-like anchors,
reversed the propellers and brot the vessel
to a balance. As soon as the eyes could
adjust themselves to the intense light, we
discovered the city of Memphis directly
below us and also discovered the cause of
the marvelous phenomena about us.


Earthward and apparently close to the
ground lay a dark circle possibly two hun-
dred miles in diameter, with intense black
spots at a number of points. The whole
thing had the appearance of an enormous
bicycle tire which suddenly inflated had
punctured here and there, throwing out
ink-black jets of smoke blown into circles
and rings as often seen blown from loco-
motives. Viewed from above, these energy
centers seemed sometimes circular, some-
times elliptical in form, the outer walls
ever dark, the inside changing, sometimes
black, sometimes blazing like fire, some-
times like molten sulphur. Whatever color
assumed, their motion was constant and
of frightful velocity. Without question
these were cyclones and but parts of a tre-
mendous whole, and as far as we could
discover the entire area of the circle was
being swept with electrical energy whose
source and origin was then unknown but
destined to be revealed before our journey

One fact which was clearly established
later on may as well be set down here;
namely, that heat and cold in their rela-


tion to the earth are controlled by the
atmosphere whose grain or fibre is vertical,

and for this reason causes the heat and


cold to develop chutes or chimneys,
sometimes small, at other times covering
vast areas, but whether large or small,
dropping in spots, so to speak, Thus it
will be seen that certain localities may
develop extreme temperature in either di-
rection, while only a few miles away there
may not be any marked change. With
these facts before us we can understand
why zero weather may obtain as far south
as Texas, while on the great lakes or even
Hudson Bay country almost autumn
weather reigns. As a matter of fact, these
hitherto supposedly abnormal conditions
have been frequently noted but could not
be satisfactorily accounted for on the old
theory that temperatures were affected
only by " Humidity, Altitude and Lati-
tude. ' '

Having made sure that we were in the
roof regions of an enormous cyclone dis-
trict two hundred miles or more in diam-
eter with here and there danger centers
capable of swift destruction, our pilot


weighed anchor, allowed the vessel to rise
two hundred fathoms and proceeded on
our way.

As the "NEW ERA" swept on and out
of the storm zone and descended to our
former level we were all conscious of a
wonderful relief. From a sense of intense
nerve tension that caused our fingers to
tingle and our cheeks to burn with hot
rushes of blood, we suddenly became nor-
mal and serenely comfortable; but the won-
derful exhilaration of physical life together
with the quickening of mental faculties
was remarked by all, and the infinite sense
of healing and strength resulting from the
electrical bath we had just passed thru will
always remain one of our most pleasant

The everyday affairs of life are the most
interesting transactions, and when fully
understood often the most wonderful. We
scarcely realize how much of variety and
beauty of the physical world about us
depends upon the changes produced by the
storms and clouds. During the first hours
of our voyage we were considerably puz-
zled over certain brilliant areas which


appeared suddenly and as suddenly dis-
appeared in various sections of our land-
scape. Acres of flame gave way to the
limit of blackness thru which ever and
anon swept rivers of fire mingled with
blood, Great electric storms they were
pouring rain in torrents upon the earth
from the lower side, but bathed in un-
broken sunshine on the roofs, with waves
of electricized-ether (commonly called
sheet lightning) playing wild games over
the roof ridges, racing down gutters and
dripping from the eaves of these marvel-
ous cloud structures.

Deep-toned, the voice of thunder was
not wanting, but passing upward thru the
atmospheric fibre like the pipes of some
vast organ, all sounds were softened and
harmonized into richest music. This ORA-
TORIO of the planet earth was the gather-
ing up and blending into one sublime
harmony of all terrestrial sounds. The
thunder's voice, the roar of onrushing
trains, the tenor of whirring trolleys, the
song of birds and murmuring of waters,
the swish of electric currents thru watery
vapors, the sudden rending of cloud fibres,


the steady thrum of the cities strong cry-
ing and laughter, and the fusing of noxious
gases, all caught up to these roof regions
and swept back and forth by the tides of
this aerial ocean was music indeed that
enraptured and soothed while it fed and
satisfied every attribute of body, mind and

That all sounds, especially the human
voice, travel upward better than down-
ward has long been recognized, but that
all earthly sounds should be thus blended
and translated thru, not six, but scores of
octaves by electric-ether fingers on God's
aeolian harp, was never dreamed by our
wildest imaginations till now it was demon-
strated by this voyage thru the hitherto
supposed voiceless realms of atmospheric
solitude. However, some intimations of
this marvelous process have long pre-
sented themselves to mortal intuitions and
poets have dreamed and orators have sung
in all ages of "THE MUSIC OF THE
SPHERES"; but these phantom outlines
upon the canvas of mortality's latent senses
now but occasionally made visible by the
flash-light of genius, will some time be


realized for the world's entertainment and
profit; and some as yet unborn EDISON
will probably in the near future not only
record the voice of the earth as it sweeps
along the star-decked plains of its orbit,
but also the very movements of the stellar
constellations as they swing grandly on
along their shining pathways around the
cloud continents and thru and across the
vaporous oceans of limitless space; and
thus for man thru the economy of GOD
shall be conserved the broken fragments
of universal sound in the voiceless music
of the stars.

The minimizing effect of vertical views
is plainly discernible from high buildings,
monuments or ferris wheels, but imagine
if you can the degrees of this influence thru
two thousand fathoms of space, Except
for our telescopic-lens-glass-bottomed boat
(even as visitors to Avalon, Catalina
island, view the submarine gardens) we
could not have distinguished any earthly
objects, but thanks to the wisdom of our
ship builder everything on earth was
clearly seen, the only change being that
all color values were absolute (no shades)


and only the seven primary colors ever
appeared. Human faces upturned were
absolutely white, their clothes if dark abso-
lutely black. Trees and meadow lands as
well as all artificial objects painted green,
appeared rainbow green; blue tinted struc-
tures, flowers, lakes and rivers appeared
indigo blue, while stubble lands and fal-
low fields were saffron, and mahogany and
carmine railroad trains raced as streams
of blood over the ground great arteries
running in every direction, but here and
there gathered into ganglion nerve-centers
the cities.

Among the multitude of extraordinary
things upon which we gazed perhaps none
were more wonderful and awe-inspiring
than the sunshine effects along the slopes
of the rocky mountains late in the after-
noon. Whether caused by the obtuse angle
of reflection or by some to us unknown
and peculiar condition of the atmosphere,
I know not, but the sun's rays seemed
broken up and blended into an ocean of
flame that rolled and swelled in mighty
surges of color from the Yukon to the Rio
Grande and involuntarily the possibility of


the conflagration of a continent was borne
upon the senses and the wreck of matter
and crush of worlds seemed imminent.

As we gazed entranced but awe-stricken
upon this new creation, an exclamation
from one of the ladies caused us to turn
our eyes eastward where a scene broke
upon our vision that appalled every heart
and blanched all faces a scene that brot
consternation to all faculties and threat-
ened reason itself.

From Hudson Bay to the Aztec sea the
earth seemed to have dropped away and a
mighty void where power creative never
yet had energized and existence still slept
in the wide abyss of possibility had taken
its place a void as unfathomable as space
and black as a gulf of despair and we
seemed on the verge of universal chaos.
So vast and unmeasurable seemed this
utter blackness, so awful our possibility of
drifting into it, that only the sun in his
course and the great forests below us were
able to recall us to assurance and a sense
of safety.

This weird and supernatural phenome-
non lasted only a few minutes, but long


enough to leave an impression that still
causes the soul to quail when flashed across
the canvas of memory. Each one felt that
to us had been given to approach the un-
known and unknowable to stand for a
moment on the borderland of temporal and
eternal realities and see the veil that sep-
arates between the finite and the infinite
blown aside by the breath of the eternal
and omnipotent God.

From the snow-crowned peaks of Alberta
and the frost-white sentinels of Alaska
to the Laurentian Hills and Hudson Bay,
a splendid forest weeps and waves in
primeval grandeur. With here and there
magnificent parks of meadow land where
feed the caribou by thousands, and great
lakes upon whose broad bosoms or reedy
borders waterfowl by millions take their
summer outings and rear their young in
safety, while winding thru all like silver
ribbands thru fabrics of gauze are laugh-
ing brooks and mighty rivers alive with
fish of many kinds.

Behold the sportsman's paradise! The
wheat-fields of generations yet unborn and
lumber camps, once they are opened, that


shall build the cities of a world, and then
let us blush at thought of our hue and'
cry about the exhaustion of the world's
natural resources.

0, we of little faith! The same hand
that built the world and laid the corner-
stones of a universe still controls the sea-
sons and flings far and wide all round the
world the conditions for a million harvests.
Our HOME shall not be made desolate if
we but do our part.

Hearts thrilled hopes beat high antic-
ipation was pregnant with mightiest ex-
pectation and all involved in a mysterious
sense of the untried, when at time of set-
ting sun we sailed into the arctic circle,
passed from sight of land and began our
flight over watery wastes and hundreds of
leagues of snow and ice.

But the sun did not set. Into the land
of deathless day we entered; thru misty
moonlight, o'er arctic seas, into the
plunged. Electric waves flashed from her
brazen prow hung in splendid halos
around her mighty hull and streamed far
out behind in flaming grandeur like the


luminous pathway of a comet's train. On,
still on, till the soul is lost in wonder amid
these scenes of phantom splendor that
threaten to overtax sight and sense amid
our new surroundings.

From henceforth be it known to you,
children of Time, that amid these vast soli-
tudes God's hand hath set the batteries of
snow and ice charged with electricity,
ether and oxygen that generates the ozone
for a world's life, the motive power for a
solar system and the air that angels

The rush and roar of these elemental
forces the grind and crash of ice fields
broken up, the launching of bergs and the
boom and thunder of contending tides
thrown up in crystal spray and sparkling
scrolls conspired to present a scene like
unto Creations' Morn when the stars sang
and the Sons of God shouted for joy.

On, still on, we sped thru this carnival
of carnelian splendors till we shot out over
an open sea that sparkled and dimpled in
rainbow green beneath the beams of the
midnight sun when, lo ! an island not many
leagues in extent, but clothed in matchless


verdure, loomed across our pathway and
the Log-Book told us the goal was won.

In a small but beautiful natural park,
traversed by a tiny brook and surrounded
by noble trees whose wondrous bloom and
odor ravished our souls with their fra-
grance, the "NEW ERA" came to anchor.

All passengers immediately sought their
state-rooms, but so balmy was the air, so
exhilarating and full of life-giving power
and tissue-building properties that two
hours of rest and slumber was all that any
of us required, and by three o'clock in the
morning the entire party were walking
about the island.

No words can describe nor pen convey
the buoyancy and elasticity of body and
mind the ineffable sense of strength and
youthful super-abundance of health and
vitality that came from the oxygenated-
electricized-salined atmosphere of this
aboriginal clime. Not alone thru the lungs
were we conscious of this marvelous influ-
ence, but every organ of the body, the
very flesh and bones, seemed renovated,
strengthened, and functional power quick-
ened; the brain and spirit revelled in crea-


tive power. Great problems heretofore
shrouded with mystery suddenly became
luminous. Doubts and questions gave way
to full assurance of knowledge, and the
spell of intuition became dominant in
human affairs. We seemed to have in-
stantly passed from all restraint and sense
of limitations into an absolute freedom
generous as the sunshine, boundless as
space, where the mind and heart did not
need longer to struggle and labor for
attainment, but immediately possessed
accurate information on any proposition
as if by right of inheritance.

Strange, mysterious, blessed land! Land
of cloudless skies and deathless days; land
of solitude where no voice was ever heard
since God spoke worlds into being and gar-
mented thy bosom with fragrant flowers
and velvet greens. No breath of unclean-
ness was ever wafted across thy pearly
strand, nor noxious weed or bristling thorn
did ever find root in thy soil. No pestilen-
tial vapors ever rise from thy mossy brakes
and tranquil pools. Death thou hast not
known, for crushed and broken hearts have
never wended their way in funeral proces-


sion along the banks of thy crystal streams
nor digged lonely graves in thy fertile soil
wherein to bury forms of love. No requiem
nor funeral dirge has ever sounded across
thy dewy lawns; and of saddening mem-
ories thou hast none. Peaceful, glorious
land! War and bloodshed have never fal-
len upon thee, nor strife or tumult entered
thy gardens of delight. Waters from thy
fountains are pure as nectarous sweets;
flowers and fruits thine orchards bear, such
as to mortal sense were ne'er before re-
vealed. No wreck lies beneath the quiet
waves of that stormless sea, whose tranquil
tides wash thy vine-clad shores, for a sail
has never whitened upon its emerald
bosom. How low thy skies of azure bend
as if to bring nature's warmest, kindliest
greeting to her ardently worshipping chil-
dren permitted to rest for a few hours in
this summerland of the soul.

The reader is asked to accept the fore-
going statements not as vagaries of the
imagination, but as sober sense based on
at least three well-known facts, namely:

First That on desert lands in Nevada
and Arizona, fruits, vegetables and meats,


in many instances, do not putrefy, but are
dried and preserved by nature's processes
accredited to pure air and sunshine unpol-
luted by the conditions of civilization.

Second That the atmosphere of moun-

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