One of the strangest experiences that the crew of the Los Angeles ever had was when, last September, as the ship sailed low over Layton, N. J., a man ran out with a shotgun and fired a charge up into the big silvery bag. He accompanied his shot with dancing, gesticulations and lilliputian shouts. The lead pellets, though buckshot, tore only small holes in the ship's fabric. But they might have struck machinery, caused disaster. Had the Los Angeles been inflated with inflammable hydrogen instead of inert helium, she might have blown up. And...

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