By Dan Beard
The Eddy Kite.
Mr. William A. Eddy, of Bayonne, is also a celebrated kite enthusiast. He
uses his kites for ascertaining how hot, cold, or damp it is up among the
clouds. There is a vacant lot near his house where he flies his kites, or, to
use a new term in vogue among these grownup kite-fliers, he dismisses a gang of
kites " from the vacant lot.
Mr. Eddy is the proud owner of a "stable" of five hundred kites. He
began his kite flying with the good old American hexagonal or coffin-shaped
kite, but in using more than one kite on a string there was always a chance Of
the tail becoming entangled in the line. At the Columbia Exposition he saw the
Malay kite and that settled the tails. He now uses no kites with tails.
The Malay Kite.
How It is Made.
The following are his directions for building a kite as given in one of the
New York papers:
"The longitudinal stick shown in the cut (Fig. 39), at the line B D
should be of spruce about 3/8 by 1/2 inch. For ordinary purposes sixty inches is
a convenient length, but it can be varied to any extent so long as the other
dimensions are kept in proportion,. The cross piece A C should be a similar
stick of equal length. When in position it is bent about four percent of its
length. It should cross B D at E, so that B E shall be 19 percent of B D.
"The frame A B C D should be of light spruce, the same size as the
cross-pieces, and great care should be used to have A B just equal to B C and A
D equal to C D. When the frame is finished cover loosely with manila paper,
allowing some concavity on the face of the kite on each side below the cross
stick, so that it will act as a sail. Bind the edges with thin wire, which
stretches less than string. Then go out and fly your kite. It will not e
necessary to wait for the wind, for this kite will fly in a very slow breeze. If
the kite is a large one, an important part is the string. It should have a
breaking strength of from thirty to seventy-five pounds, in accordance with the
strength of the winds it is used in. I any case not more than 1/3 of the
breaking strain should be used, 2/3 being left as a reserve for emergencies. For
very high flying silk cord is the best, as it possesses the greatest strength
for its weight."
Seven Kites in Tandem.
Mr. Eddy sent up seven kites tandem that reached a height of 3,700 feet. This
sort of kite-flying is not a boy's sport, at least not a small boy's sport, as
the pull is often so great that no small boy could hold the kite, and sometimes
it is dangerous, as another kite-flier, Mr. A. A. Merrill, discovered when the
line of a large kite caught him around the waist. Fortunately, there was help
near by, or the accident might have proved serious.
Among the things that will interest boys is the fact that Mr. Eddy has sent a
camera up attached to his kite string, and by means of a line to pull, in place
of reaching the button, he has taken photographs of the landscape from a kite's
point of view. These were reproduced in a New York newspaper. To use the
scientists' term let us now "dismiss" these airplanes and turn our
attention for awhile to some novelties in the kite line, which will be less
scientific, but just as interesting to the boys, and in the description of which
we shall not have to use quotation marks, as the kites are our own invention.