Looking down on Akron, Ohio, from an airplane a mile high, it seemed as if some gigantic bird had laid 15 spherical eggs on a field near the city. Soon the eggs rose and floated away to the northeast. The illusion was shattered; for no egg that can float in the air has yet been laid. Closer inspection revealed that these objects were balloons with baskets tied to their bottoms. In the baskets were anxious, active specks of men. They jockeyed with the wind, sailed away to Canada, New York, New England.


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