AERONAUTICS: Balloon Races

Five balloonists (one was disqualified, one ripped his bag early in the race, a third, an army entry, came down after 350 miles) were competing in the national elimination contest for the honor of representing the U. S. in the Gordon Bennett cup race. This cup has been held by Belgium for two years. Starting from St. Joseph, Mo., the men sailed southeastward with many adventures, trying to cover the greatest possible distance before being driven down. W. T. Van Orman in the Goodyear III succeeded in beating his only competitor, Capt....

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