Captain Clauzat of the French Army Air Service holds the world's altitude record with a 250 kilogram load carried to 30,406 ft. Trying to beat his own record at Dijon, last week, he saw flames bursting from the motor. Prompt work with the fire extinguisher apparently stopped the fire. In a hurried descent he found himself "pancaking" upon Liegard Woods. Still 100 ft. or more from the ground, Captain Clauzat undid his belt, and a moment later jumped 15 ft. into the branches of a tree. He alighted without so much as a...

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