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VOLUME LXXX.-NO. 176.
A WINGED SHIP IN THE SKI, It Cleaves the Air With Pinions Like a Huge Condor. ALL SACRAMENTO SEES THE NEW WONDER. The Inventor's Lawyer Describes the Machine and Says It Is Genuine. IT WAS SEEN SOARING NEAR SAN JOSE AT MIDNIGHT. 'The Call's" Exclusive Account of the Greatest Invention of .the Age Is Now Corrobo rated by Thousands. For several days there have been per sistent reports that a huge airship has been seen in the vicinity of Oakland. Sac ramento and San Francisco. The Call has contained daily and exclusive ac counts of the appearance, and now there is an avalanche of testimony to tbe effect that many persons of truthful reputations have seen something like a huge seraph in the air, spreading its electric pinions .and so-.ring faster than a giant condor of tbe Andes. 60 numerous have been the reports thai the possibility of aerial navi gation is now tbe absorbing theme of the day. There is now a vast amount of corrobo rative testimony to the effect that there is a practical airship afloat in tne azure -paces hereabouts, and the meaning of this testimony has been made clear by the positive statement of Attorney George D Collins of Alameda that he has a wealthy client wbo is tbe inventor of the great aerial ship, and that it will soon be known to the entire world. The ship was seen in Sacramento last night, and the evidence is increasing that the same great propeller recently passed through the- heavens over Oakland and San Francisco. The positive testimony of Collins that the air«hip is a reality has now been signally corroborated by the testimony of thou sands of citizens of Sacramento who saw the great ship in the air last night. The following accounts from Oakland and Sac ramento make the matter as clear as ordi nary human testim ny could do. One of the most in teresting of the corrob orative stories comes" from Thomas Jor dan of San Rafael, who states that he found a machine-3hoo in a mountain fastness some month? ago: that six men were working on an airship and that it would soon be completed. In tbe first day's story of the airship, as printed in The Call, it was stated that an old hunter named Brown of Bolinas Ridge had seen an airship floating a few hundred feet above the pine trees one morning just as the fogs were lifting from tbe ridge. COLLINS' EVIDENCE IN. H« Know* the Inventor of the Ship. OAKLAND, Cal., Not. 22.— Attorney Collins was the busiest man in Alameda County to-day. During the first part of the day all his efforts were directed to keeping away from the carious throng that wished to talk to him aud interview him and try to induce bim to describe and draw pictures of the Oroville millionaire's airship.' Not until late in the evening could he be induced to po into the parlor of hie home on Union otreet, Aiarnoda, and tell what he knew of the invention that has startled not only this State, but the entire country. "A few weeKs ago," said Mr. Collins, "I came lrom Washington, whither I had • been on important business. On my ar rival in this State I met a gentleman who introduced himself to me, and woen I told him where 1 had been he immediately aaid he was very sorry that he had not met me prior to my departure, as he bad some important business to transact at the Patent Office in Washington which he would not trust in the mail or by any other means than a trusted servant. "I asked him what bis business con- sisted of, but beyond telling me that he was an inventor, I got no further details from him at that time. He told me enough in an indirect manner to convince me that he was a man who had a secret that he evidently cherished dearly, but be en lightened me no further, and beyond exchanging cards, our acquaintanceship developed nothing more tiil later. A few days afterward he called on me at my office in San Francisco, but as he did not talk about business, lconcluded that he had merely paid me a social call. I became greatly interested in that inventon. I The San Francisco Call could not help noticing that there was a desire on his part to tell me more than I knew, and I could also sec that he re strained himself irom doing so. He called on me a second time, chatted about a few immaterial matters and departed, leaving me in wonder as to when he would con file anything further to me. Altogether, he made about half a dozen of these visits, and I concluded that he really did intend to talk business every time lie came, but that his courage failed him aa soon as he got in the office. "Finally he got up courage enongh to tell me tie was not only an inventor but that c reaily had an invention. He asked me if he could place confidence in me. I replied, 'Do you mean as a friend or as an attorney?' He said, 'As both.' I told him that I could not recall any oc casion in which I had violated a friend's or a client's confidence and that I thought I was fully capable of attending to any business he might wish me to transact for him. He said that if his secret were made public prematurely it would mean the loss to him of an immense fortune. He further assured me thai it wa« an inven tion that anybody would willingly steal if they had the opportunity. I talked to him for a little while and succeeded in assuring him that if such were the case I, as an attorney, would be just as anxious to protect his interests as he would be himself. "I am telling you the details of my first meeting with this inventor because they carry with them a good idea of the nature of the man and also are evidence of his sincerity and belief in the practicability of his invention. "He is a resident of Oroville and a man of wealth, about 47 years of age, and a fine looking fellow. He does not talk for five minutes without convincing his hearer that he is a man of more than ordinary intelligence. The first time he talked to me of his invention he got as far as tbe word airship; then I laughed, and laugned heartily. "What kind of whisky have you been drinking?" I asked him. This made him indignant, and had I laughed any longer be certainly would have got very angry and I should have most probably have lost a client. "'I have not been drinking, sir,' he said, 'and when 1 do it is not whisky.' "Even that answer did not assure me, and I again said, 'Have any members of your family ever been in the lunatic asy lum?' "He did not appreciate this any more than my other remark, and drawing him self to his full height and stamping one foot on the floor, he replied, 'No, : sir, I am a man of business. I have come here on a business errand, and had I not met you previously and been convinced that I could trust you I think our acquaintance would end right here. However, I can ex cuse yonr surprise, for everybody believes that ah inventor must naturally be crazy until he has proved that his invention is practicable. Then, I suppose, people call him a genius. I have got over the crazy stage, but I do not yet claim to be a genius; but 1 certainly am practical. "He then proceeded to tell me of his in vention. He has been working for spvfral hh C a n.'rt n nf 1° °f d " tO avoid """Pinion on the part of local people he has had all the machinery and material shipped from The Point Arena Lighthouse, Near Which the Steamship San Eenito Was Wrecked. SAN FRANCISCO, MONDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 23, 1896. The Great Airship That Is Startling the People of Many Cities. Drawn From Descriptions of the Inventor's Attorney, George D. Collins. the East in such manner as not to excite curiosity. "Of course I am informed regarding nearly all tie details, but I am not at lib erty to talk about them. As near as I c.in recollect the propelling power is produced by compressed air, which works the arms and also produces the light. There is in the airship a little motor of sufficient power to produce the brilliant light that everyb >dy has seen. As soon as he told me this 1 hinted that it would be a good thing to make the matter public, but he refused, saying that publicity at that time wouid call attention to his work, would The Pacific Improvement Company's Steamer San Benito on the Rocks Two Miles North of Point Arena, and the Steam Schooner Point Arena Standing On and Off Ready to Lend Assistance. Chief Engineer Wood and Five Men Reached the Steam Schooner, but Captain Smith and 27 Men Had to Take to the Rigging of the San Benito. This Sketch Was Drawn From a Telegraphic Description of the Scene. Since Then, However, the Vessel Has Broken in Two. interfere with the progress of his caveat, and mignt prove the ruin of his enter prise. Now he is not so particular. He has informed me that It Is sufficiently ad vanced for nim to patent, and tliat he can take out successive patents for any other contrivance he may invent in order to I make his machine perfect. ''The next time we .met was quite re- I cently and after the machine had been I seen in various parts of the State. He told I me that tho>>e fellows were right who i talked to Tee Call reporter at Sacra mento and were telling the truth. On the Q&ht that it was been there he lle t Oro ville in tbe afternoon, made a straight trip to Sacramento, which is about sixty miles, took a few turns over the Capitol, wont off about fifty miles and descended. On that occasion he made sixty miles in forty-five m nutes, but I understand that there is practically no limit to the speed which can be atiained, provided the neces sary machinery is made. I mean by this that the principle of the airship would almost admit of lightning si>ee<i, but that conditions that have to be met of course limit its power of resistance. "1 believe, however that in a very short time it will be able to make three miles in two minutes, and the inventor tells me that more is possible. "The machine did pass over Oakland last Fnday night. The inventor crime from Oroville and descended near Hay- j wards. Ido not know where the machine is now, but 1 think all das yesterday it re mained where i' descended. The inventor is making trips every ni^ht and has been dpir.g so for over two weeks, and any night the ppople look in the sty tuey are likely to see him. A week ag >he toid me that it was neari7 perfect, with the excep- ! The New Champagne Vintage. By its remarkable quality and dryness, with out being heavy, the st>le;idid new vintage of G H. Mumin's Extra Dry now being imported is creating a. sensation. It should be t&sted to be I uL y »i>P reci a ted. * tion of a little wavy motion, which pro duced tbe sensation very closely allied io seasickness. This he was confident of pre venting, and apparently from what is re ported he has made tbe necessary adjust ment to insure smooth flying. "From every quarier I have received re ports during the past few days of this machine, and although there are many who may still be skeptical regarding what is claimed for it, I thoroughly believe that it is now perfect." R. B. Mitchell of the firm of Pierson & Mitchell, San Francisco, called oh Mr. Collins this evening to discuss the merits of the new invention. Mr. Mitchell had the idea when he called that Mr. Collins had the inventor hidden in his house for the purpose of keeping him from the pub lic. Mr. Collins, how ver, denied this and said that he could not really give any in formation of the inventor's whereabouts. "I have no doubt," said Mr. Collins, "that if the night is at all pleasant the in ventor is in his machine about half a mile over the earth startling some of the inhabitants of tiiis State. To-morrow morning's papers . may possibly inform you where ha was at this time. 1 believe he has gone home, aud if he has he cer tainly flew there." Then Mr. Mitchell became very definite. Continued on Second Page PRICE FIVE CENTS. LOSS OF THE SAN BENITO The Steamship Wrecked on the Beach Near Point Arena. EIGHT MEMBERS OF THE CREW DROWNED. Eleven Are Rescued and Twenty Four Still Cling to the Rigging. FUTILE ATTEKPTS TO EFFECT THEIR RESCUE. Heavy Seas Break the Vessel in Twain and Swep Over the Unfortunates. POINT ARENA, Cal., Nov. 22.— The Pacific Improvement Company's steel screw steamship San Benito was driven ashore two miles north of the Point Arena light by a gale at 1 o'clock this morning. Eight of the crew were lost, eleven reached the shore and the rest, twent-four in num ber, are clingine to the rigging, swept each minute by the charging surf. The names of the Known dead are: 0. W. SCOTT, fiMt assistant engineer. C. CONDON, second assistant engineer. M. PENDERGAST, firemau. M. SHERIDAN, measboy. The steamer struck on tbe sand beach and after breaking in two the stern swung around and now lies about 500 feet from the beach, stern in shore. The forward part, on which the crew clings, lies broad side to the sea about 100 feet north of the afterpart of the ship and a little farther out. Part of the men are in tbe rigging of the foremast and some are on the wheelhou^e. 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