Narrow Escape of a Parachutist.
Miss Ada Macdonald, a London para] chutist, has had a narrow escape at Polity - prid, where her performance was one of the attractions at a Foresters' fete. A hot-air balloon was inflated, and Miss Macdonald had a thick strap fastened about her waist, the strap being attached to the thin white cords of the parachute, which was m its turn attached to th bottom of the balloon. Several persons held the back of a small wicker chair! upon which the girl sat with her back to the balloon. The cry "Let go" was raised, and the balloon .shot up, but the men holding the chair let it go too soon, and the consequence was that the cordage between the chair and the parachute straightened with a violent jerk, and the young woman, to the horror of all present, was jerked out of the chair and hung suspended by the belt. The balloon was ascending with great velocity, and all the while the girl seemed helplessly struggling m the air among the cordage of the parachute. After the balloon had ascended betweeen 2000 and 3000 feet the parachute | suddenly passed underneath the girl, and she was seen to break loose from the balloon with the parachute still below her. Happily, after a few seconds of headlong descent, the parachute opened, and, falling rapidly, dropped into a field near the town. Miss Macdonald was taken to her lodgings with a dislocated ancle, and suffering severely from the effects of the shock to the system.
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Narrow Escape of a Parachutist., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2470, 21 July 1890
Narrow Escape of a Parachutist. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2470, 21 July 1890
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