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Possibilities p
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to London, a distance of 240 miles, in t
two and a half hours, at a cost of less sw
than $12. Routes are also maintained p
from Paris to Brussels, Rotterdam, d
Ainsterdam, Prague; Strassbourg, War w
saw, Rabat, Casablanca, Toulouse,
'and many other town. This s
year the routes have been extend- n
ad to Constantinople via Buchar- r
est. For two or three years it has beenp
pbssible to go from Paris to Algiers P
in Africa, a distance of 1200 miles for 1
less than $50. Considering that theg
planes are as luxuriously appointed
as our Pullman coaches and greata
steamships and that we pay for the 1
privileges accordingly, the trip to Al-c
giers costs little more than ordinary-
means of transportation.
Already the Atlantic has been cross-
ed by Hawker and Alcock in sixteen
hours, while'the transcontinental flight
ove' America was recently accom-
plished in twenty hours. Europe is
considering seriously the extension of
air service to Pekin, Teintsin and
Shanghai. Even now postal lines are
operating between Pekig and Teint,
sin, and Pekin and Shanghai.
Probably one of the reasons the
Frenchman takes air travel in such
a matter-of-fact way is due to his
having popularized ballooning as a
sport. Professor Pawlowski told me'
of many days of thrills he had by ris-
ing from Paris in a small balloon to
soar over the city and intervening
country to the sea coast. A small
balloon may be purchased for $400,
while the illuminating gas for its in-
flation may be secured for one-tenth
the price charged for cooking pur-
poses, since the gas companies are re-
imbursed by the government for fur-
nishing the gas to balloonists.
Hundreds of balloon clubs are or-
ganized throughout France and thou-
sands of people enjoy the thrill of
getting 'miles above the dust and.
noise of the city. These clubs have
hangars where the balloons are stored
so that each member keeps his craft
in his locker as one checks his canoe
at the boathouse. Men are employed
who see that the fabrics are kept in
gbod condition and to assist in the
inflation of the bags for flight.
If I membere a member of a balloon
club and wanted to take a trip to the
coast from Paris, I would merely pack
my lunch as though I were going on
an ordinary. picnic, stow it away in
the basket of the ship, fill the gas bag,
and rise to whatever height I wished.
I could control my direction of flight
by lifting myself-to whatever strata of
air was blowing the way I desired to
travel. By drifting with the wind al-
most any desired destination could
thus be reached. Upon nearing my
goal I would allow the gas gradually
to escape from the bag, and so drift
gently to the ground.
When threeor four people travel in
such a craft the balloon may be
checked as personal baggage on the
return trip, for the entire outfit
weighs but three or four hundred
pounds, and can be made into a neat
Ralph H. Upson, of the Aero Club
of America, believes that ballooning
shold be made a popular sport In
America by the formation of. balloon
clubs in all parts of the country. Like
all others who have participated in the
fun he feels that it would e "one of
the safest, healthiest, and most enjoy-
able of all sports.'
Upson is an expert ballonist, for he
has several times represented the
Aero club in the annual Gordon Ben-
nett balloon race, one of which he
won. Inaddition he is an authority
on the design of balloons and blimps.
Upson is one of the greatest balloon

proof, and has a fascination that must an air current in some level that is
he experienced to be appreciated. To blowing in the direction of his destin-
f A ir rave be "up in the clouds" will soon. he- atlon. _ .
come a commonplace. Common sense The expert aeronaut may be forced
nthusiasts in this country, and is of in ballooning requires than the enthu in a race toascend to a height of two
he opinion that "ballooning is the siast refrain from cooking and smok- four miles,to cruise out over the sea,
world's great neglected sport; a large ing during flight, that he avoid violent or take the risk of navigating through
art of mankind is missing a great storms, and that he should not try to a severe thunderstorm. The pleasure
eal of fun by not being up in the air cross large bodies of water.
ih a gas hiag." A balloon is perfectly safe as long necessary to rise higher than a thou
He says it is possible for him to de- as the gas bag is not punctured. sand feet.
ign a small balloon which will cost Lightning is not a danger, for one is Just as in France, the establish-
.o more than a good automobile and not any more likely to be struck in a (Continued on Page 8)
may be flown with -the ordinary gas balloon than he is while walking on
roduced by the local plants. Several earth, and' he can always make a
eople can club together and go bal- gentle descent to the earth. "Cytherea," Joseph Hergesheimer's
loning more cheaply than they can One of the requisites of a good bal- novel, continues to be one of the most
o in for motoring. loonist is that he be a weathermnan, for widely discussed books of the year. It
Professor Pawlowski, Mr. Upson, ballooning .requires a study of the has been sent to press for its seventh
nd other authorities agree that bal- weather, according to Professor Paw- printing by the publishers, making a
ooning, with the exercise of a little lowski. Control is effected by choos- total of 48,000 copies since publica-
ommon sense, is practically fool ing air currents. One can usually find tion, January 3rd.
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