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The shiort )'istory of the m;:ost rc.
Wna'rkablc Aerial Exp1loration 0;n rec.
wrd. Scutred from and pueblished Witi
i.us/ralions^ made of the Irip, by coztr
te i T he Technical World, C'dcago.
Last fall I participated in an expe"i.ence
that for its wonderful phases has never
Joiin Bennett reached for his pipe, filled
and li.:hted it. and then glanced toward me
as if to ask if I wished to hear what he
ad to div'ige. He is a very remarkab!e
man, of that rare type fast disappearing.
For more than half a century he has made
his hone In the heart of California's majes.
tic mountains, and like the "Poet of the
.s a n-a!"Wili 'atrim:'(ha
beard.. and hair to match, and is himself
a student and a poet by nature.
I settled myself in my chair with an ap
preciative nod, and John Bennett begar
what is truly a miost retuarkable story.
"I am the oldest graduate of Yale in
California." he said: "and I think it was
this that brought to the ranch a party
of scientists from my old university. I au
not at liberty to name them, for they are
coining again to try another experinent.
and until that has ben made, the wne?'.
thing is a secret of theirs.It will not do any
harm to tell as much as I intend to, how
"They brought with them a dirigible bal
loon, and contIled that they were goin
make an aseent and study the topogrnph.
of the Sierras so as to be alb' to mak n
nac:rate map of the entire rante. Lt lidn',
turn out that way how.ve . as yen will see
-I In asort of spralway i h.ave %I.
wars been intereste'd in arstat n
kli:!red sciences; and when the a l:
to accornpany them as guide a"1 c"migin
ion I aecepted the invitation witu ainerity
We went farther up into the range, an
made camp. They taok their maumhino
and began the work of as'seontii! t
parts; and I want to saty h'-re tha t s
complete a thing as ever man u.. r
was everything calculat"d ,o m.l -:, I"l
a success and every appliancep - e'rt av
cident. It's pretty cold up on tp -f im
rance above timbor line, and arrn;:e nit:
bad been made to prevert tis --n'itior
from retarding the experimr-nts. Ti; C:M
of the balloon was made of isinla:s over :
franie of aluminum. It - was en!iregy en
*losed, and was heated from an eectr(
)tor. which also propelled the machine
fodrogen gas was used as the liftin
power. supplemented by another motol. an
oxygen was manufactured and suppliel t.
the occupants of the ear when the atmos
phere became too rarified for cornfortalsi.
breathing.- Provisions were storcd for the
party-enough to last six men a week
and when the ascension was made it seened
that not a thing had been overloo ed. Al
sorts of anemometers, barometers nd ther
mometers were taken along, and everything
-necessary for the proper study of the con
ditions that might confront the party after
leaving the earth.
* "It was a sparkling morning when the
signal was given, and we arose with a
bound and were soon soarlng over the top:
of the snowy peaks. Never shall I forget
that sight as I gazed through the sides ani
bottom of the transparent car. So brigh
was the sunshine that we were forced to
draw the green silk curtli'ns at some of th<
windows. Within Ave minutes we were
looking down on toy mountains that were
dropping away from us as a stone drop:
from the top of a tall building; and thn
atmosphere had become so rarefied that th<
oxygen tank was opened into the car, an<
the heating motor was started. Far of
to the west, we could see the tiny valleys
-and. stIll farther. an endless blue expaus
that marked the Pacific Ocean. Many met
have exulted in the view from a balloon.
have ever bad the experience o
an ascension to a height aboni
the so o n- - taih
upar w s:'e a. a 41C.
the ie odim'
were more than sixty miles above Its snr
face. The thought staggered me; but on
we kept, the scientists exulting at such
wonderful progress. Constant observations
were being made of every condition, andi
all wore jotted down for future ref-rence;
ati sill inward and upward we soured for
"At the end of the third hour, I noticed
Iremarkable thing and called the attention
ol one of my coipanions to it. Hitherto
the earth had, as I have said, been n' blue
gray blot beneath us. It now appeared
part blue and part pale gray,the latter color
being tow rd tile west; and, as I interested
my other Zellow travelers In tle sight, the
western portion of the colored map was
'-enl to grow l:trger ias ti' e as'rn pir.in.
-ininisel in siz'. Nn" of inly con;a' OnS
conid account for the phenomenon. The en
tire field of our vision was chaincing. until
now It seemed that only a I!, ,
o d familiar blue remained. ii:--- gray
hin absorbed. i. Then . . .....
chaning thored olo aTain. ao is wdn whil
the former colors mnovaed awayL~. There
were no definite objects In sigh.:, only the
monotonous dark. blue that sun oeredl
the entire field below us.
by it h rfso ncag ft xe
dtotocue t ecnan caig
angren abobit. Teren.hr a sudenlyas
from thet neatedar blet ado then
hangringthywa holoy aganfma to itn hl
then formeu color onomea. There
werndofiite ojets Inesinhed rapily th
onotonous p ak. bu thatoso-u cored
the:ntreog fied beorust istoko
that unersadingi the cs of ben tatn'
bry wi the poesrt incargse mofig C-" tee
diof e1 itioh ne to descndrand hacding-n
ly paed the mch in e~ry or nit ure
Ridlyt thn moto dad:Its wr, and he
plain elowas hoan d tho woti:sains 'leut
wIr andoge aut broad id- . a/ I
rety ione ds f aieaedclos'
snrl~da b a o 'a2o brVh bu, [t
!:go s ter a eaher -:6.Th die1
seme esalit oprsnwt h
suroude b-: 4en. :weohlne
IPX , Una t tTahlnnnwfl
less rapidly than previously, and I hap'
p-ned t6 glance upward through tho sides
of the car. I ahnost fell over with aston
ithment, and could scarcely get my voice
I did, they were as amazed as I for directly
above us floated a tremendous globe which
wke instantly r-c .:ni-zed as a map of the
continent of N.orth Americn. It covered
almost the entire sky, and seemed but a
few mil-s distant. while bensnth us was
what certainly was anothe:r earth.
" 'Oood gracious," exclaimed our lead
er; 'we have made the greatest discovery
if all the ages We have discovered an
other world, and are falling onto it. That
globe off there is the earth, and we have
lost it ar are about to land on another
"I confess that his explanation did not
eplain: but he soon made himself plainer
-' I..-*, : a!' - .-r- :Jre supp:1 ' ! :
to be uany nebulous bodies afloat outtdde
the atmosphero of the earth. a fact that al
seientists accept. Some of these bodies arf
as small as pinheads, while others may b(
dent; yet bow it had never been discovered
by the earth's astronomers was a puzzl
" That is a simple matter of explana
tion,' sail our leader; 'this asteroid ha,
never been discovered, for the same rea
sen that many small but important things
ha~ve been for years overlooked by eien
tists In search of greater fields to con
quer. It Is within less than one hundred
miles of earth, while the very nearesi
aihiect that has ever attracted the tele
scopaes of our astronomers is the moon,
distant a quarter of a millios miles. Can
you not understard that no astronome1
wauldl ever train his Instrument so as t<
fa'cai an object .lesb than a hundred miles
'That sounds reasonable, yet I asked
him how it was that it had never been
sean w~th the naked (ye.
"'Simpler still.' be answered, 'hecausi
this little planer is less than ten miles ti
diiame-t'r. So small an ohfect, with
color nearly identical with that of the
earth's atmaosphiere, would never be no
:e<-l. ta1 1.::.. no lht or its awn
could net be seen at any time. It is
maore speck in the sky, and no man entr
till ho loanz It has floated around oui
a ria. Tin-'-i miay beo m:any more of
thema. but for the present we will confine
::ivs t' id:e one. :d soon shall land
3ad see whiat there is to see.'
"An anrnia Un'aotor wras th-en Thi
throria:eh th-- tra- a: 'lhe finart in (rader t(
ascertain tile pres.anre of the atmosphere
be-f-ori we ah:;reda ta oa'a*n the Cunr anal step
"otelit tle world we had disa'overea.
:: l: wits zre wina' inr::r ev ryv inao
ma-nt. anid we wer" now within less thar
a n~o it 90-[.--.The inastrnata
iioundsi to the sa-nre aioh. whic-h ab-nt
equn i.d that oan ai.:' mountains on the
0::75. o w wsre sa Itandl. The
tin ma.m',' nitn(oa t o the car at this
time .-how-ed nio in're Inek of' brecz. anad
we c-anIy droppad to the sarface of the
'oo!.nsT h-a-vl *lantaeared to enall the
isi've ry. AXs we lok'ha upo-n the lana
scape, it seemed ~ ati we had suddenly
connld no-t possihla- justify this condlition
of 'a-rda:r with thei snal! sie of the tinN
world, for such a little thing could not be
c---i to aob-tru~et inonath of the heal
if thr' sun to paroanuec sueh a nn~ttioin.
P,-'a-. T myvalf dr-oppiad a thermameter
thiora fth.e frendaoor na not -d its rev
i-tier. It was oighty dierees-a fact that
furt her surpris-d mte--and T sa id so.
"'T Inr' s:ay wo shall final that then
nr" other soures of heat besIdes the sun,
sinid --:a of may companlone: nn n
sooner laud we opened the acar door nnd
ha-::tn to a-limh dawn the nhor rope,
wich had been cast out, than we dis
en~. crrectness of tis prophecy.
rTer were - -n sprinrs everywhere.
tia th-a verdure was ~a nnI deent.
"Tyinag the nnchor rope hrrut a bowl.
ir. we l~en arn asuirver of our 'world.
tfirst oif all. T took na good look e
'arrh we hna left a few h-.nrs before.
.t was anmore marnifient sight than
vnoris can ('vcr tell It filled almost the
rtire dome of the sky, and the contInent
at N a : :- -- -a I - -' : m a--ty na
lees on a raised gluhe such as we have
n school-rooms. I could locate Snn
Praneliaeo as well as if T h:al had a map
mnd pointer: anal from that Western n
roriis cotnld trace the outline of the
"-nitedl States to the city of Chicaro, and
:o on to the gateway of Enrope-New
j'ark. It was wonderful. The air was
tot so rare as to he hard on lungs used
o mountain conditions: but some of the
>arty complained, anal one suffered nose
>!a'ed. There was a rippling brook near
at hand. its banks lined with plant life.
ed T we-nt towara it to got a drink. I
ctt wonderfully elated in mind and body,
ndl ran lightly towardi it. falling on my
hiest, and rluenchird' my thirst with the
rhe stream was not more than ten feet
ride, and, na far as we coul-d see from
-:hor~e we st'-nd. there was no narrower
'ca-a. We wnnited to cross it. and I
ancied I could make the lenp, old man
1: ::h I am. I toek a few stops back
:ta, andl then ran toiwar the hank and
prag into the air.
"'I soared tharonva that air like a bird.
nd"' !a nl-d at lieast twenty yards beyond
he further bank. My (-nmpanlnes. as T
htada with the easo vof a feather. first
atakeid bewildlered. anal than broke into
aonls of almost uneeinsingi lancvhter. For
hey nnderstood the reason before Y did.
"No. Well, the explanation is as sim
I. ta en tim e torhe bnn nnd fajI
Iows a well-known natural law. The
gravitation of the little planet was almost
as much less than that of the earth as
ts size, and 1 weighed-had scales been
provided-at-out ten pounds, more or
less. With my muscle it was nothing
to jump Seventy or eighty feet., the dill
culty beiug to keep on the ground at all.
'Now, I suppose you are wondering
fLw it was that the iplanet was tot drawn
to the earth by tle great attractioU Of
the latter b-ody. It took the scien:Ists Iess
than live iniates to deter:u.ie the reason
accurately. .it -as beca:use of the eomn
positionl of NelIula, sun L:gredi s av
iag been put I: 1:s format:on as
to repel the atdviances of the earth toward
a union. but not ento:gu to drive the lit
tle fellow Itogeth'e away f?rom a
motherly protecti.i. He had come with
in a certain distance, beroaid which he
could not pa-a .1 emn'.Ons called
me back, as the. wanted t., rna some
alculation:. and I si.rang back as easil
as I had juaped acrots.
"By lookin- at the earth. they-had dis
covered that we were traveling around
that plane: from east to west, while it
turned over from west to east. The com
binledl ntin ai opp-osite- do Iin ade
our speed about two thousands miis an
hour, so that we should cirele tht- earth
-very twelve bours. This eliiiulation
wsof the grea'test, limportance. since we
would have to time ir d-p:Irturr ac
'-urate-ly in ord-r t. 1:1 i! whr- we
wanted to. Tf we allowed mir halloon to
asiend at the wre 1ino-- it w,: just
as likely that we should find ours-lves
over an ocean as over the laud. a11,1 just
as Ilkely over. Africa as over Ainerivn.
Figures were jotted down. and we then
determined upon an exploration of our
"At this point I dil sonm figuring my- -
self. It seemed reasoniable to me to sup
pose that. if I could jiup seventy feet
with littl ,-ffr. 1 ciull run just so many
tims fast, hre nlim I cbtili on the
ari. Ao I proed it I poie out
t. thi otLwrs a1i-:imp of trves about a
mile 'tway, d ith1-i. aIkin:: t hei t tinie
m-. ?tart4d . ; . t r Surprised me lw
yond x e t-in f 'r I la1e nt) the
air abou!t 'hirty ft.-t :it e:1h boud,
:ii..:i. L :it som.- sixty ]'.t bevInd.
on thl eat:,' yet with an ess that gave
n~e ;...: the si :: miltiwa ',-s a
b:n-k atl f.':13i t hat I hadl ma:-lo the two
inib- in a frar:,i-n utnd-1' three mitnnr:
" it th t rn ..' S:tid T. - :ti r-'::
arouial this l:il :n the rat- of f-:v
;t:h :. hm::; a i if .v -r a
ar- correct, and it is eight miles in dl
dn ' indli- -i l I iu -. -
for-::r mi :1, :1 T' : 1:: to 44o t."1
"Two of the 'i n:rt Vintl' !to
en... n..i:id w 0 :'E
good clip, th'e stop wat'-hes bein- out at
ihnir :1.( ex r:on E l.tw 9TI i
t1 :::: th: - : t t nn a c s t
pl:ins witi.h II-- nti rc of- grey
hou- . 7* * !i i i : . I.r w. a 1 :
s 0n:1n1ur p)at: w.ut thoro ap
Penrod iowfire ns a dip gulley. at
the b rott.:n f whih was a stronm.
-1e-r4 wi -,v me to1 a standstill The
gu-h w:ts (!:il fifty fi-r dI and
nearly a h:u- 1. widt the ti: :and as
far as te ! culd se. jith' waIS no better
crossing in silht. Elau-d at oiur witrK.
and feelng t'rlain wi- c-1 uli mako the
lean. we a :li ait it -t -r. Every
bound we took was itti r thlian the pre
vio;us one: and when w' r-ached the ed::e
of the arroya, we sprang into the air lie
thistheg i was sil .i w
the tripsafely.a.. n;:.icumambulated
brkd anfd serveidi.tt Thln. When~t Cali
furniv wa'i just rtioundin te etl::i oft r
enthtt frointh wet, wOllltd nulhai an
-tored tour otft r, llt din e lruta tu -i
ptrh- fartewietll t.oV.-r litlew' bi.f
w'I an notl gorint that ynth shall
nt bfc orsany tareip ad wl there am
haclk to. u .- reeseo the c~itiu ondixts
eritintl ane posrfl mi. u.whe w:' I
ftirrit whot distance of tt;iehe epot' of h
lefit'hft itl' mo. wha hlft et daiy lr-fotl
pou:r it fw-oiht nnr ithe noi. war
weontilfull in ee-ua' th n at tWi somped
wothe wou Innd:. andit thnm- dowt- th
"Whcontid axonu fthn ofiit."Ian h baske.
er"t-: th itt theu m(tlremarkah. we Ir
ever- hortd." tneli tee pod. h
let"Ad prhp oetia whulf lik to lotk fate
ou- ittl w onlirut rskdterli
whr we lnsan-tI . and rm ownet tucly
"Int tho ont weh oft." wh:ho sedu.
'n thi ntie tiwtn:itt inarabetae poI
ever h0 er"roes, etpl neflyit
''Athn pe-int it eni. s iertow lokit
ightly nt a swvo and rose uInky
a r fu o k wsmcthnamzd
tor hwoa mey.hehnen a aMh
whidih he htrip-d whitheIdoruer with
care trae an utlSititis of nt w at si
tion holan dendes haer.s'i arfully momnt
IT.lod n then he Ito rithe srwent
tighty rontou a/ swie nit bfremte tk
"N crfind loo." Iha e thman amd. d
I trewt allmyti to w oat eeit,
hotn itie ni water Frbuta -mn
and the moon.
"That's the reason It has never been
discovered." he said: "because astrono-.
mers have always been looking for thIngs
A Few Asterthoughts.
The recent campaign effectunlly dispels
the illusion that there is any "silent vote."
Teoghlozenge man is glad that t'he
iincoImfiirta&~ :: u4 ei :h-r is ox er.
The beef trust controls the supply of sole
leather, and it Is snid that in conse'quence,
the kicks of the consumer do not hurt.
The Cleveland woman who was arrested
for putting a love notion in her husand's
ofee should have used some coffee instead
Oscar, not the king of Sweden. htut thi.:
chef of the Waldorf-Astoria,. says tnt one,
meal a day Is enough for the average man.
Doubtless at W. A. prices.
. The Panama Canal has reached the stare
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