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[[caption]] Scale of Weight, Area and Horse-Power, of Aeroplanes and Soaring Birds reduced to Horizontal by H. Chadwick Hunter [[/caption]] investigations offered a practical solution of a problem, the secret of which had been sought for ages. Prof. Langley said: "I wish, however, to put on record my belief that the time has come for these questions to engage the serious attentions, not only of engineers, but of all interested in the possibly near practical solution of a problem, one of the most important in its consequences of any which has ever presented itself in mechanics; for this solution, it is here shown, cannot be longer considered beyond our capacity to reach. "I have thus far has only a purely scientific interest in the results of these labors. Perhaps, if it could have been foreseen at the outset how much labor there was to be, how much of life would be given to it, and how much care, I might have hesitated to enter upon it at all. And now reward must be looked for, if reward there be, in the knowledge that I have done the best I could in a difficult task, with results which, it may be hoped, will be useful to others. I have brought to a close the potion of the work which seemed to be specially mine--the demonstration of the practicability of mechanical flight--and for the next stage, which is the commercial and practical development of the idea, it is probable the world may look to others. The world, indeed, will be supine if it does not realize that the great universal highway overhead is now soon to be opened." A LADY ENTHUSUAST Mrs. Edmund Rosenberg, of Indianapolis, with her husband and G. L. Bumbaugh, recently made a successful balloon ascension and decent. Her companions on the aerial voyage say she did not display a symptom of fear. The ascent was made from the plant of the Indianapolis Gas Company, at Fall Creek and Northwestern avenue, at 2.40 P. M. At 4.15 o'clock the balloon alighted in an open field three miles north of Brownsburg, 15 miles from Indianapolis. The balloon traveled 3,000 feet in the air and was carried at the rate of about 10 miles an hour. The followers in automobiles had no trouble keeping up. Mrs. Rosenberg was delighted with her experience last night, when she returned home. "I told Mr. Bumbaugh that if I could go no other way, I would like to hang on as ballast when he made another trip. I am thinking some of giving a balloon party." Mrs. Rosenberg denied that it took courage. "I see nothing to fear," she said. "It never frightened me to go up in an elevator. It's not near so dangerous as driving an automobile. There are no policemen up there, no street cars, no horses, no little children, or deaf of blind to make you nervous." The only fortification for her nerves taken by Mrs. Rosenberg was some chewing gum handed her by Harry Thorpe just before the start. "They told me I would get sick, seasick, but I didn't. I was afraid it would make me feel like jumping to the ground, but it had no such effect. The fact is that I never enjoyed myself so much in so short a period at any time in my life. I want a balloon." The ascension, just as previous ones had done, drew a crowd of several thousand people. A squad of twelve police, in charge of a sergeant, had hard work keeping the crowd out of the gas company's yard. There were several hundred automobiles, a great many carriages and motorcycles, not to mention bicycles, driven or propelled to a vantage point to see the ascension. Every street car carried a crowd that jammed it to the limit of its capacity. An enterprising sandwich man did a good business. Several hours before the start, the crowd began to assemble to watch at a distance, such as were unable to obtain admission to the gas company yards, the filling of the big gas bag. By the time the start was made, the leisurely Sunday crowd had lined the banks of Fall Creek and covered the stone bridge. As the start was made, Mrs. Rosenberg waved her handkerchief to the crowd, continuing until her features became indistinguishable. It was arranged that the balloonists should be followed by Frank Willis in a swift car. Willis started as soon as the balloon got away. Harry Thorpe and Cecil Gibson, with Mrs. Andrew Thorpe and Mrs. W. J. Rosenberg, followed soon after. A number if others in automobiles took up the chase for the fun of it. The bag seemed to be moving at the rate of about 15 miles an hour. Mrs. Rosenberg was one of the spectators at another ascension, when Carl Fisher and Bumbaugh, with an automobile far ballast, went up. She expressed an opinion then, in the hearing of Bumbaugh, that she would like to go up. Bumbaugh said he would arrange it, and Mrs. Rosenberg eagerly agreed. Her husband says she was the first woman in the city to drive an automobile and, so far as he knows, is the first woman, not a professional, to make an ascension. Fly, vol. I, January 1909 p.11. [[image]] Mrs. Ed. Rosenberg, the first woman in Indianapolis (not a professional) to make a balloon ascension
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