Astra Castra; Experiments and Adventures in the Atmosphere

Astra Castra; Experiments and Adventures in the Atmosphere

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ...the balloon had left terra firma and soared into the skies. The first news that reached England was a telegram to the following effect, dated Paris, 18 October, 6.45 P.m.: --"Monsieur Nadar made a most successful ascent in his giant balloon at five o'clock, from the Champ de Mars. The Emperor, the King of Greece, and a vast crowd witnessed the ascent. The Champ de Mars was kept by the military. Nine ladies and gentlemen ascended in the balloon, but it first made a short ascension with thirty-two persons." A.d. 1863. PAEIS TO HANOVER IN THE "GfiANT." 263 The excitement of the Parisian public, of course, was great, and all the representatives of the French and foreign journals were present to witness what was passing, and to transmit their impressions to their respective papers. To quote all that was written to English and Continental newspapers would he superfluous. We give, then, a few of those which reached London on the Tuesday following, and which were read with avidity by all classes of the community. We take, to begin with, the 'Daily Telegraph, ' who dates--"Paris, Sunday Night. "M. Nadar made his second ascent to-day at 5 P.m. I told you last time that all Paris was present. To-day Paris must have invited all its country cousins to the last degree, and they must all have accepted the invitation. I have never seen here so dense a mass of people as were crowded round the Champ de Mars. The Emperor was present for nearly two hours before the balloon started. He arrived in a simple open carriage and four, and an aide-de-camp in the carriage, and an equerry and two outriders with it. When he entered the Champ de Mars he ordered the postilions to walk their horses, and entered the ground at foot-pace. He was more

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  • English
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