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Sydney, Deoember 8. Following m the footsteps of Professor Baldwin, of Illinois, a local watchmaker named Williams, has invented a parachute, by which a descent is made from a balloon at any altitude. To-day at Ashfield, a municipal borough of Sydney, five miles from town, Williams, m the presence of a large concourse of people, ascended m a balloon to 6oooft, when he pulled a slip knot which connected the parachute to the balloon, and commenced the descent. For a time the descent was like a stone, but on nearing the earth the bundle expanded and presented the shape of a Japanese umbrella. Slowly the parachute descended, and Williams gracefqlly descended at Home Bush, three miles from where the ascent was made, not having received the slightest injury, The inventor claims that a balloon is navigable m any direction, and that descent can be made at wish. Mrs Louisa Collins, who was charged with the murder of her first husband, named Andrews, three weeks ago, the jury being unable to agree, was to-day indicted for the mqrder of her second husband, Collins, ivhen the jury returned a verdict of " Guilty," and his ftonor passed sentence of death.

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NEW SOUTH WALES, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2009, 10 December 1888

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NEW SOUTH WALES Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2009, 10 December 1888

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