Near Brussels on a field converted by heavy rain into a morass, 11 balloons (entries in the James Gordon Bennett cup race) tugged and tore at their moorings, buffeted by a high wind. Weather bureaus warned that the tempest, which was accompanied by lightning, would continue. Officials sought to postpone the competition but found their rules inflexible.

An American balloon, constricted by her anchor rope, burst before the starting signal came. The remaining 10 cast themselves off upon the mercy of the furious elements.

Seven of the great bags were swept up, off,...

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