Martyrs

A hermetically sealed concrete room with air pressure reduced to that of high altitudes; an airplane engine running under actual flying conditions; a mixture of gasoline and air; a leak, a stray spark, a short-circuited wire—who knows? and four young scientists of the U. S. Bureau of Standards were blown into Nirvana. Others were injured but will recover. The dead: Lauer, 23 years old, a Ph.D., preparing for a professorship in mathematics; Kendig, 26, an electrical engineer; Cook, 30; Lee, 35 (a survivor of the Knickerbocker...

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