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 - ALL ABOARD 1 F0RTBEM00N The Airship Season Has...
ALL ABOARD 1 F0RTBEM00N The Airship Season Has Struck Town Again CHARLES STANLEY AND HIS ALUMINUM BIRD A PRIVATE EXHIBITION IS HELD IJt THE GROVE - STREET THEATER Inventor Tries to Assist His Phantom With m Balloon Blames Carbon Monoxide for Failure There Is a brand new airship in town and the Inventor with that spirit of prophecy and undying hope that most airship designers possess claims that It has come to stay This will probably turn out to be true At any rate the flying - machine Is hardly yet In condition to move from the spot where It has been set up This latest bidder for the admiration of telescope lenses Is none of your backyardbackyard - scrap - iron productions It is a perfect aluminum model and dispels all doubt of Its pow ers by Its ability to blow the hat of any scoffer ten feet from his head This hat - blowing performance Is the Inventors strong point He says and w ith a great deal of reason as any sensible person must acknowledge If this little model will blow your hat ten feet away then how many feet away could It blow your hat If It were twenty times as big Hlowr me its enormous The airship at present rests on two trestles on the stage of the Grove - street Theater which place has been rented by the promoters partly because it is out of the way of prying eyes and through long - continued disuse has ac quired that musty smell of mystery and partly for the reason that the big audi torium w 111 be large enough to show the powers of the machine when it begins to fly Charles Stanley the inventor has been wrestling with aerial problems for many years but on account of lack of funds he has been unable to make any headway with his plans of higher locomotion Now however two promi nent business men are helping him along and both believe that in the near future they will be cavorting gaily In me neignDornooo of Mount 1 a ma 1 Dais and circling about the statue on top of tne city Hall dome with Skipper Stan ley at the helm of a real live airship Both of these Dromotors however uiu ly saving themselves for a fall ask that tneir names be omitted until evervthlnir Is all right All hands were busy yesterday at the theater where a big silk balloon was slowly filling with gas from the pipes connected with the footlights of the stage Facing the balloon was the air ship It is the same hollow cvllnderwlth the same rudders wheel and nMi joints as usual Inside the cylinder Is a compressed air motor which works the propellers and blows your hat off me lop or your neaav A common garden hose Joins the balloon and the airship and when the cylinder Is filled with gas It rises When Stanley was asked if it would be necessary to keep a stationary gas balloon about before his air ship would fly he explained the thing by saying that when a model was built Mg enough the whole balloon would be accommodated in the cylinder i ne promoters look on Stanley as a superior Deing wnen you get to know him better said one ot them you w ill find him a wonderful man We have never been able to stump him on anything yet He has an answer to every objection By way of tesUng this wonderful power he was asked how are you going to steer the thing when you get It in the air Oh thatll be all right Dont you worry about that said Stanley How are you coin to raJe it r lower it Thatll be fixed when the time comes You see a man has got to understand the science of natural philosophy to realize these things The balloon wobbled about on the stage for some hours and then the inventor came to the conclusion that the gas company had been imposing an Inferior product on him If I had pure hydrogen instead of city gas in this thing Id mow you something that wouid make ycur head swim he said in order to make the general effect of the - private exhibition more realistic somebody with an eye to scenic effects had let down a drop at the back of the stage depleting a race track with several million faces turned up In eager expectation all looking straight at thv airship Stanley anticipates that in thirty days from the time he gets his model In successful operation he w HI have the nece - sary 12 000 to enable him to build a thirty - foot machine - After that progress will le easy and the little band of

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  1. San Francisco Chronicle,
  2. 17 Apr 1899, Mon,
  3. Page 10

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