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The Flying Machine

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About 50,000 people assembled on the common to witnoss the first exhibition of the flying machine in open air. The plan was to sail around the tops of the houses and over the principal streets and demónstrate to a wondering multitude the possibilitiesof air navigation. "When everything was ready the machine was let go, but instead of flying up gradually and gracefully, as intended, it shot np like an arrow to a distance of 2,000 f eet. Everv one came to the conclusión at once that it was unnianageabie, and the poor aeronaut was the object of niuch symathy as he floated upward. He soon let off some of the gas, but did not deseend. He went up higher-and higher, and it was soon evident that he was as much at the mercy of the currents as any bal1 loonist. He sailed over Brookline, Boston Highlands, and out through Norfolk county, and landed at tlie little town of Faruham. Here he was an object of wonder to the inhabitants, and after they had gazed on him he essayed to fly back to Boston, but on reaching Dover gave it up, and, packing his machine on the train, he came home by rail. He explainf. his failure by paying that the gearing got out of order. The steering apparatus would not work, and one of the rods was disarianged. He says he had to tie it with a cord and strap his foot to the pedal. The belief is that the machine is incapable of navigating any except the air conflned in a hall, and that any current will carry it away justas it does the old-style balloons.- Boston Cor. Neio York Herald.


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Michigan Argus