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Fair Tonight. Wed
Yesterday's Circulation, 55,850.
WASHINGTON, TUESDAY EVENING, JULY 2, 1912.
PRICE ONE CENT.
WILSON NOMINATED BY ACCLAMATION
CHOSEN. LEADER OF THE DEMOCRACY
r -V w m "W "sT .aw a
VANNIMAN AND FOUR
AIDES KILLED WHEN
ATLANTIC CITY, July 2. Melvin Vanniman, his brother Calvin
Vanniman, Fred Elmer, George Boultion, and Walter Guest "were killed
at 6:30 today by the explosion of the dirigible balloon Akron, which
burst while 2,000 feet in the air. The men fell into nine feet of water
and only one of the bodies had been recovered four hours' afterward.
Mrs. Melvin Vanniman saw the disaster from the porch of her
home. She collapsed and is in a serious condition.
An hour after the accident the body of Calvin Vanniman was re
covered. Watched by more than 1,000 people, the Vannimans and their three
helpers took the big balloon from the hangar for a tryout preparatory to
Melvin Vanniman's proposed trans-Atlantic flight, and for several minutes
the dirigible darted about over the thoroughfare apparently in excellent
Then Vanniman started her nose upward and rose slowly until the
Akron was nearly half a mile above the earth.
HAD BEEN MAKING EXPERIMENTS.
Apparently then a warm stream
of air was encountered, for
suddenly the big bag exploded, and
the framework, with the five men,
darted to earth like a plummet. Men
among the spectators rushed for
ward, while women screamed and
Vanlman recently has been making
numerous secret experiments with
an interior air bag, by which ho ex
pected to control the rising and low
ering of the balloon. His plan was
n, tt pump air into the Interior bag,
which would expand and thereby
compress the gas within the balloon.
Vanlman was positive that he had
solved the problem of aerial navi
gation. It is believed by many that
he had equipped tho Akron with this
new device and that its operation
may have caused tho accident. Vanl
man talked In public, but usually
acted secretly when he had experi
ments to make.
Thought Problem Solved.
"I am perfectly certain that this In
vention, combined with a new woven
steel wire fabric, will solve the problem
of the air," Bald Vanniman a few days
ago. "We will soon see much wonderful
Improvements that the public will rea
lize the truth of my contention that the
air must bo conquered by the dirigible,
and not by the aeroplane.
"I am positively certain that I can
make fho trans-Atlantic flight. I have
made countless Improvements In my
balloons since the Wellman flight. I
probably will not attempt the flight un
til I can construct a new balloon, but I
cannot say about that. The Akron Is
the finest balloon In the world as she
flies today." '
Vanniman, who acted as the chief en
gineer of the Walter Wellman flight,
Which ended disastrously, had held a
strong ambition ever since to succeed
hero Wellman failed. Vanniman gained
fcch fame from the Wellman flight.
It Is believed here that Vanniman tried
to upe his now interior air-bag control,
with the result that he and his com
panions all lost their Uvez. When two
thousand feet high tho balloon was
seen to descend gradually, but this was
not suff'clently .surprising to attract
I It is supposed that Vanniman pumped
air into the Interior bag, compressing,
the gas, which already was affecttd"
by the air conditions In that altitude.
The pressure In this way was so in
creased that the big envelopt- rave way.
It hart been reported last evening that
Vanniman would fly early today, and for
that reason many persons weie on the
l.:oKout wh.n tho bl dlrgtblu took the
nir at C o'clock. It was a beautiful
sight as sh- mounted easily and grace
fully, apparently, under perfect con
trol. After circling to the 2,000 feet level.
Vanniman cruised about for a few min
utes. Tin 11 the balloon stattcd to de
trend. A mlnuto later the watcheis
wv the meat envilop suddenly part
In a moment the whole altahlp was en
veloped in flames, and with the blaze
flashing upward, tlio balloon with Us
rnftetiger'n dropped earthwaid.
It f1I lapidly, and long before any
one could reach tho eczne th bodies of
Vanniman and his companions had been
HUimierged In an fnlt about half a mil
finm tlm baartblll park.
What rePi'ilrnul of tho burning bag
and tmmewjik fell on tho five men an I
That one man leaped from the big
dirigible and that another fell to tho
ground hanging over tho balloon's side
w.aU.heJ,.ecJara,,n f Thomas Tobln,
of Philadelphia, an eye witness.
.. w.03 ,1 mC.wa' t0 tn railroad
station," said Tobln, when I saw Van
lman a balloon. Suddenly something
ttm,-n-t-i0 g0. wronr wh It. The bag
Shrivelled. A man climbed out and
i?iiU?f!? t0 ear,h and another man
cltmbed over and hung to the side of
U car, apparently afraid to drop. Then
the big bag collapsed and tumbled
Describing his Invention In his last
public statement, Vanniman said:
"At last the rational airship. I feel
so happy over It that I can hardly
discuss It yet. It sounds too good to be
true. What the now cloth Is is simply
this: It means no more equlllbrator
problems, no more ballast problems; no
more drag-rope or sinking Into the
ocean at midnight.
"You have got to have for the air
the exact counterpart of tho subma
rines of the sea. I have long sought
to build the submarine of tho air. I
now havo It."
The Akron was not composed of the
new cloth on which Vanniman mainly
depended for the success of his now.
Idea, but there Is little doubt that he
had equipped It with the Interior air
bag control, which was to have beon
a big feature of hlB new balloon.
Vanniman by his skill and daring had
won strong financial and official back
ing. General Allen, . of .tho United
States Signal Corps, recently said:
"I oxpeot Vanlman's work to lead to
valuable results- He Is an aerial en
gineer of great skill and Is likely to
accomplish eventually what he has set
out to do make a dirigible that will fly
across the ocean."
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Woman Aviator Makes
Plans for the Burial
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The Story Told By Ballots
BOSTON, Mass. July 2 The aged
mother of Miss. Harriet Qulrrhy, whose
life was crushed out In n 1.000-foot
drop Into Dorchester bay from her
monoplane late yesterday, arrived In
Boston today and took chatgc of the
remains. Funeral arrangements will
bo made later.
Th.s funeral of William A. H. Wlllard.
liMnagr ox tho Squantum aviation
meet beini; hold at Atlantic City, who
was Mlii Qulmby'8 passenger in her
fatal flight to Boston Tlght. wll be
held tomorrow. Miss Blanche Stuart
Scott, who wis maklnur an exhibition
ilight wh"n .MIhb Qulmby'f, machine
dropped, lolay nod recovered from her
eollapp.i of hist night.
"Although yesterday's accident was
horrible and for a time unnerved me,
I will not ulve ud flvlne." uhe said.
The moHt llkelv cause for the accl-1
dent Helmed to h; that the controlling I
wire broko when Miss Qulmbv started 1
her downwaid gllili?, ;hrowinr the rud-1
der up and the head down with suc'i
gri'at for-.'.! that the two aviators were
rurtled iioin tnelr reats as if shot
from a catapult.
Miss Qulmby'a neck was bioken. her
spine snupped in aovoral places, her
right arm fractured, and both legs
crushed from knee to thigh. She
ftrnck tho water ns does a diver. Wll
lard struck the water flat on his faca
Eighth 448 M
Seventeenth .... 515
Twenty-first ... 508
Wilson. Undrrnooil. Hnrmon. Scattering
324 117W 148 58
339?4 HIM 141 4'JJS
345 114 140U 47
319W 112 18GH 47
351 lim UlU 83
351 121 135 33
352 123 129)6 33
351)4 123 130 35
351)6 122)6 127 35
350)6 117)6 31 33
354)6 118)6 29 32
354 123 29 33
35G 115)6 29 33
301 111 29 34
3G2)6 110)6 29 34
3f2)6 112)6 29 33
302)6 H2)6 9 30
8(51 125 29 88
358 130 29 39
388)6 121)6 29 87
395)6 118)6 29 37
Bsllot, Clark. Wilson, Underwood.
Twcntr-second.. 500)6 890)6 115
Twentr-thlrd .. 497)6 399 114)6
Tvfentj.fourth.. 490 402)6 115)6
Twenty-fifth .. 469 405 108
Twcnty-slxth .. 4G3)6 407)6 112)6
Twenty-seventh- 409 406)6 112
Twenty.cl&hth.., 4CS)6 43794 112)6
Twenty-ninth... 468)6 436 112
Thirtieth 455 460 121)6
Thlrty-first 416)6 475)6 116)6
Thlrty-second . . 446)4 477)6 119)6
Thirty.third ... 447)6 477)6 103)6
Thlrty-fonrth .. 447)6 470)6 101)6
Thirty-fifth .... 433)6 494)6 101)6
Thlrty-sixth ... 434)6 490)6 98)6
Thirty-seventh . 432)6 496)6 100)6
Thlrty-eighth . .. 425 498)6 106
Thirty-nlnUi .. . . 422 501)6 106
Fortieth 423 601)6 106
Forty-flrst 424 499)6 100
Forty-second ... 430 491 104
Forty-third 329 002 98)6
Harriet Quimby and
Passenger Killed In
Fall From Monoplane
SQUANTUM AVIATION FIELD.
Mass., July 2. Miss Harriet Qulmb,
woman aviator, and W. A. Wlllard,
manager of the aviation meet now be
ing held at Atlantic City, droped 1,000
feet early last eveninc and worn In.
stnntly killed In view of hundreds of
people, uotn were terribly mangled.
Miss Quimby was one of two women
aviators engaged to fly here.
Miss Q'.Imby had entered in the Bos
ton Light flight the flight by whluh
Claude Grahame-Whlte Hrst became
really fomous und earned a prize ot
$10,000 a3 tho first aviator to make it.
A. B. Reed, a newspaper photographer,
was scheduled to make Uih flight with
Miss Quimby, but at tho last moment
Wlllard decided he would go. Reed
strenuously objected to being thrust
aside In favor of AVllIard. They were
flyJng In a high-power Bleriot, and were
S00 yards from the Squantum aviation
flold on tho return trip.
Af &?.. machine dipped toward the
field, Wlllard was seen to pitch out of
msJ8e,a,t The spectators gasped as he
sped like a Piumet toward Dorchester
Bay. Then Miss Quimby shot from her
seat as the machine turned completely
over. 1,000 feet In the air. Both dropped
In Ave feet of water with terrific force
Miss Qulmby's neck was shattered and
Wlllard Was battered almost beyond
Miss Blanch Scott, another woman
aviator at the meet, was In the air near
Miss Qulmby's machine when it drop,
ped. 8he was going away from it and
did not seo the fall. When she landed
and heard of It she collapsed complete
in ltv ivl.tnra onmnaln.l .--
meet hHk meeting tonight and offered
l Vi'iTtJr "ervlcei for a benefit day.
Bulletin Story of Convention
By THEODORE TILLER.
CONVENTION HALL. BALTIMORE,
July 2. Convention called to order at
Forty-second ballot begins after fur
ther announcements are made regarding
extension of railroad ticket limit.
Governor Harmon has released his
delegates. This Is not yet given out
but it is known he has advised the
leaders of his delegation that they are
at liberty to go elsewhere when they
seo fit. Some of the Harmon delegates,
however, are disposed to stay to the
Illinois and Virginia, said to bo roady
to go over to Wilson, the managers
of Now Jersey Governor claim will put
over his nomination.
Virginia has decided to vote for "Wil
son. The Virginia delegates are being
flooded with telegrams for Wilson. One
from Danville is signed by BOO names,
calls Wilson the greatest Virginian since
Washington and urges that Virginia
delegates support him.
Champ Clark arrived here from
Washington at 11 o'clock and went, it
Is believed, to Mayor Preston's houbo
to see his managers.
Clark people are circulating among
Western delegates the story that tho
Pennsylvania Railroad Is barking Wll
son. They say also that Congressman
Brussanl, of Louisiana, hus assured
delegates from beet sugar Slates thnt
Wilson will not support frto sugar and
that this Is getting votes wfrom best
Illinois caucused this morning anl
leaves to Roger Sullivan the decision
vheri to quit voting for Clark.
On the fort.thlrd ballot Illinois
swings foity to Wilson after Btandln
by Clark for forty-two ballots.
Eighteen remain with Clark.
Because of unit rule IlllnoU records
all lu vote for Wllwn-fltty.elght.
This accession gives Wilson more
than a majority of the convention and
ho now occupies the favored place held
by Champ Clark for eight ballots. Wil
son still shy of nomination by about
Wilson's gain of eight in Michigan
causes his- enthusiasts to cheer, but a
moment later New York casts Its usual
ninety for- Clark and tho "Houn Dawg"
yelps In Joy.
Reports of trouble in the District dele
gation stirred up not a little Interest
It was given out on good authority
that one of the delegates, whoso Iden
tity is not disclosed, has advised the
Wilson leaders he is for Wilson and be
lieves the time has. come to quit Clark.
Walter Costello and James Easley
Smith this afternoon vigorously denied
the reports of the rumored break.
"In tho first place," Bald Mr. Costello,
"there is no man on the delegation
would do that and In the second place
our instructions are to vote for Clark
first, last and all the time.
Virginia casts twenty Bolld for Wil
son on forty-third.
Senator Swanson announces the Vir
ginia vote saying thai owing to the pe
culiar conditions which have arisen In
convention they bellevo the time has
come to apply the unit rule to Virginia.
On recent ballots Virginia has stood
Clark 12, Wilson 9V4, Underwood 2. Un
der unit all twenty-four go to Wilson
West Virginia deserts Clark and votes
sixteen for Wilson.
Both Virginia and West Virginia votes
cause Wilson boomers to mount chairs
and veil Jubilantly.
Police ordered to clear aisles.
New York delegates caucused and de
cided to stick to Clark to the finish.
Wilson has 602 on forty-third ballot,
the high-water mark of the convention
so far. Cheering.
Wilson gains nine in Colorado, the
State voting Clark two, Wilson ten.
James Mauls table hard to check en
thusiasm. Despite his steady gains, 14 votes
ktand between Wilson and the noruina-
LONG BATTLE FOR
As this edition of The Times goes to press Underwood has Jnst an
nounced his withdrawal from tho contest
Immediately following Underwod's withdrawal, Wil
son was nominated by acclamation.
CONVENTION HALL, BALTIMORE, July 2. Vali
ant work must have been done by the Wilson management
during the hours of adjournment for on the first ballot today
he showed marked gains and continued on the later roll
calls to sustain his new strength. The most striking change
in alignment was the switch of the Illinois delegation which
up to this morning had voted on every ballot for Clark, but
which on the first roll call of the day went bodily into the
The change of the Illinois vote is alleged by the Wilson
supporters to be only the first of a series of changes which
will carry their candidate to the necessary two-thirds fig-
tlon. On the forty-third ballot Clurk
drops to 3-J9, which ts ill less than the
number with which he enmo Into the
Wilson Is picking up a voto here and
mere. His managers are scurrying
around to bring about his nomination
in the next few ballots, as even a slight
reversal of form probably would be dis
astrous to tho Prlncetonfan, and a dark
i,or.s.e,.i oti scar Underwood, would bo
trotted about the hall for tho Inspection
of tho delegates. This crowd wants to
go home, und unwise is tho candidate
whlleahoaha8tlt!0ld t0 eVCry advantUB0
,eTnYofk.J8.stni votlne tor Clark
and has decided to stick. This forms
t.Jl H?IeU8 fr the opposition strength,
which may eventually veto Wilson bra
CCVUE' J ne-thlrd of tho convention.
When Wisconsin gave Wilson a gain
?L.?UiT' .ihe . Princeton yell sounded
through the hall. The former "Pio-
tionr nW ha t,lc wymlnS delegu-
Wa5lngton State demands a roll call
JoChX arkr1"' 'n-hn,f VOte
It appears the fourteen Washington
to Mfe" !?.!? deslred
Chump Clark Is back In town and Is I
.i..i " "all"nrn uiub. It Is un
derstood some of the Sneaker's ad-Xr'fS!?-
uu "JvlrtnB hm to go be
,?, !?? cnvcntlon and defy Bryan,
while his mo. e conservative manager"
like senator stone and former Gover-
SSruMj. thln,c CWlrk shou,d tak
.On forty.fourth ballot WHsdn has 629
mainly (Jeep-dyed Clarkltes and the next
B Th 7orWK.V,V",u,!n5 J?r. w im.
The Democrats will passD the3 lng1 aS
c.eba,IiJ".ecord b6f0r n'st. acWd-
The forty-flfth ballot was begun at
On the forty-fifth ballot the Immov
able Mr Murphy again casta 90 for
Clark and the dispirited "Houn' Dawic"
guardians feebly cheer.
The latest ballot the forty-fifth in detail was
Willi on. Underrrnnd.
Arfzona ' . .
Florida . .
Georgia . .
Idaho. . .
Illinois . .
Indiana . .
Iowa . . .
Kansas . .
Maine . .
Missouri . .
Nevada . .
New York .
Ohio . . .
Oregon . .
Texas . .
Utah . . .
Virginia , .
Wisconsin . .
Alaska . .
Dist. of Columbi
Hawaii . .
Porto Rico .
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