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History of the Exposition

     THE CAPTIVE BALLOON. This balloon made of hundreds of ascensions at the end of a long rope, giving to visitors the most commanding of all views of the Exposition. 

     ANOTHER METHOD OF FLYING - THE GLIDING MACHINE.  Two methods occupy the attention of scientific men in their efforts to fly, namely, to steer a balloon or to glide, like a bird on its outstretched wings, by means of the aeroplane. William Avery of Chicago was the only one to attempt the gliding method. He attached the aeroplane to his body and secured momentum to rise by standing on a little car on a track, which was pulled forward by his assistant. His flights were partly successful, but they demonstrated that the dirigible balloon is far more advanced. 
     FRANCOIS AIRSHIP COMING FROM THE AERODROME. Francois airship could lift a dozen persons, and when it ascended it  carried Captain Andreon Moncherand, the aeronaut, Henri Schneider, the engineer, with Joseph Pasquier and George XXXXXXX Bleuze as his assistants and sometimes Mrs. Clemence Magnier, interpreter. It was a huge affair, the bag being I60 feet long, 36 feet in diameter, and had an ascenal force of 4,420 pounds. It made no successful flights except at the end of a rope. 
     
 BENBOW READY FOR A TRIAL TRIP. By means of an   eccentric hub the blades of the fans were collapsible during a portion of the revolution and were regulated by a lever in reach of xx the operator.
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