Van Lear Black* famed as the U. S. businessman who has taxied by air the largest number of miles, last fortnight gave up temporarily his most extensive taxi-tour. With one valet, two Dutch pilots and a sturdy triple-engined Fokker Jupiter plane, he set out a month ago to tour the world. No Jules Verne hero, he intended to break no record of speed, altitude, distance or endurance. He would go in a leisurely way from Croydon Airdrome, England, to Tokyo, and back, with sundry detours about the Mediterranean coast, in South Africa, and Mesopotamia—a matter of 40,000 miles in all. A...

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