The German press was filled with pride last week when it made public a "last word" in civic modernity—an official airplane for Mayor Boess of Berlin. Germany is tightly sewn together by air routes between its principal cities. Officers of state invariably fly hither and thither to great public functions. But Mayor Boess—though, of course, he has a motor, a motor boat, and ample public money for his railway fare, when he wished to go, say, to the Leipzig fair— has lately felt almost medieval without a smart monoplane and liveried pilot.


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