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♦ American mail news to hind atates that it Columbus, Ohio, Mr B. F. Vandegrlft, the aeronaut, was drowned, fie iris an* nonooad to make a balloon asoant from Exposition Park, and to drop from ble balloon by meanjt of a parachute. Fifteen t^QDsaad people watched the ascent, which was nT*^* * notp^ c balloon, When t! 0 aeronaut retched an altltade of about h»lf a mile, *° **e horror of the apeotatore the baloon suddenly collapsed, and began descending i*e » limp wet rag. Many of the spectators closed their eyes, and many ladles screamed with fright, expecting the balloonist to fall among them. With rare presence of mind Vandegrlft oat his parachute loose from the falling mass, and thai descended sereral hundred feet at almost lightning speed. Suddenly the spectators became aware of another danger to the aeronaut. The balloon was steadily bearing down on the frail parachute. Only a few feet sepira ed the two, and Vandegrlft by prompt aotlon in steering the paraohute sared himself from thla impending danger. Up to this time no one had thought of the turbulent Onatahooohee river, Suddenly some one in the crowd shouted, " Look, look, he will fall Into the river," Vandegrlft was slowly but surely descend ing Into the stream. When about 50 feet from the water and near the centre of the stream he was heard to cry, "Save me ! save me 1" These words of entreaty were addressed to| the fisherman who were paddling the stream. Tha men heard th« ory, and rowed towards the descending parachute as qulokly as possible, reaphing the egone a few minutes after it had settled In the water. The balloonist oaught hold of the side of the boat, but by some means hejost his hold and sank.' He never rose again.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2055, 5 February 1889

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A PARACHUTE ADVENTURER KILLED Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2055, 5 February 1889