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AERONAUTICS 11 more vivid than any map that was ever made. Near Talmadge there is a point where six separate country roads converge. You have little idea how beautiful they appeared to us! We named the intersection the "Talmadge Star." After leaving Canton, Greentown was the first place we recognized. We talked with the residents of Uniontown, passed over the center of Springfield lake, and took dinner near Akron. But it wasn't much dinner that any of us ate, we were so interested in the wonderful sights below and above us. We spoke to a number of people. One woman inquired if that was really what they called a balloon. Many inquired our destination, which we invariably gave as Cleveland. One man asked if we expected to get to Heaven. We replied, "You wouldn't think so if you were here with us"--it was uncomfortably warm. We made two landings: our first on a farm near Oregon Corners. We were travelling very low, the drag rope trailing through the tree tops and rustling through the corn fields, when we saw three boys out hunting. Mr. Stevens called to them to catch the rope and pull us down. They either didn't understand or were too dazed by the novelty to move. After repeated urgings thell fell to work with a good will, and we soon found ourselves on Mother Earth. We remained only a few minutes and a made a second ascent, remaining in the air for another hour. Then, because we were going away from the towns having railroad connections with Canton, we made a final landing. Almost as gently as when we left the park, we came back to earth, several miles north of Kent. Mr. Stevens got out of the basket, and with the assistance of a farmer and his son, they guided the balloon across the cornfield over a wire fence into a pasture beyond, where it was deflated. It took a good hour to pack the balloon. The farmer then bundled us all into his wagon and drove us to Cuyahoga Falls, where we took the trolley for Canton. I enjoyed every moment of the trip, experienced no fear, and look forward to many more ascensions. [[line]] Col. Max C. Fleischmann of Cincinnati has decided to give up aeronautics as a sport, as it works a sacrifice to the two sports of which he is most fond, yachting and big game shooting. Col. Fleischmann has a habit of doing everything in a thorough manner, and for this reason has a resigned from the Aero Club of America in favor of his two greater loves. [[line]] C.L. Downer of Salt Lake City has completed a five-plane aeroplane model, one of many others, and has had remarkable success with it. The materials used are very light and weight but a trifle over one pound. It is three feet in length and has a lifting surface of 2.2 sq.ft. With a shooting start, flights have been made as long as 125 feet. [[line]] Walter Wellman, of polar airship fame, has brought suit against "La Vie au Grand Air" claiming $100,000 damages by reason of an article printed under the title "Les Dessous de Bluff Wellman." The bicurve machine approximating the Farman biplane in type, which has been under construction for some time by Mr. Howard Rinek of Easton, was finished last month and is awaiting a motor. This has now arrived and as soon as it is erected and connected, trials will begin. [[line]] It is of interest to note that G. H. Curtiss Mfg. Co., during the past year, has sold 40 aeronautical motors. Of course, many of these were the two-cylinder airship motors so well known. [[line]] Henry Phipps, William H. and George P. Butler has resigned from the Aero Club of America. [[line]] On January 8 the body of Lieut. Foertsch, pilot of the German Balloon "Hergesell" in the duration contest on October 12th from Berlin, was taken from the North Sea. Nothing is known of what became of his companion, Lieut. Hummel.
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