Mr Goschen’s Bibulons Charts.
Mr Goschcn has, the London correspondent of the ‘ Liverpool Mercury ’ remarks, done a smart thing. He has appealed to the eye by charts issued at his instance and upon his motion, showing the gradual growth of the popularity of non-alcoholic as compared with alcoholic beverages. The alcoholic line was rising and rising until it reached its highest point in 1876, and then it fell, and with very little fluctuation still fell, until, as compared with the increase of population, it became more or less stationary in 1888. Non-alcoholic beverages—tea, coffee, cocoa, and chicory—on tho other hand, have been mounting up and still mounting up, until the line threatens to go out of the diagram altogether. There was a slight chock in 1868; there was another slight check in 1880; there was another slight check in 1886; but each decline was only the beginning of another higher jump. More non-alcoholic beverages were used last year than ever was the case before. The consumption of Spanish wine is gradually falling lower. The consumption of French wine is not what it was in 1876. The consumption of Portuguese wine is far below that of 1875. Hum is less popular than it was. Brandy, which was a rage in 1876, is on the decline. The only spirit which shows an increase of popularity is gin, more of which was drunk last year than in any previous year. It is interesting to observe that tobacco is taken as a sedative in slowly but surely increasing quantities, and its popularity is still upon the rise. The increase per head is from 1.161b to nearly lslb per head per annum.
An Aeronaut’s Terrible Death. On Tuesday night, July 16, Professor Higgins and Miss Do Voy were announced to make a balloon ascent from the Manchester racecourse, and to descend by moans of parachutes. Miss De Voy did not make the ascent, but the Professor went up, and his assistant, a man named Lennox, also ascended, but in the car attached to the balloon. Professor Higgins descended from a great height in Alexandra Park, falling into the ornamental pond there, but was unhurt. The balloon then went over towards Burnage, and, suddenly collapsing, fell, Lennox being killed. The balloon is said to have burst when approaching or passing over Fallowfield, The pace at which the balloon was descending was so terrific that the sand, instead of falling earthwards, actually streamed up into the air as the balloon shot through it, and as it was flying upwards it had the appearance of smoke issuing from the balloon. A Mr Linton, who saw the balloon pass over Fallowfield, states that at that time he saw the man Lennox out on the netting which enclosed the silk portion of the balloon, climbing up to the top of the balloon. Evidently he had then discovered that the gas was fast leaving the balloon at the top, and was making a desperate effort to remedy the injury. When the balloon had descended to a distance of some four or five hundred yards from the ground the silk portion collapsed entirely, and the balloon then presented the appearance of an elongated cigar. A few seconds later the balloon fell with a terrific thud in a field. Two or three men at once rushed to the spot and tried to get the man from beneath the car. Apparently the car had fallen straight on to the ground, and the whole of the upper part of the balloon had fallen on Lennox, completely covering him. It did not take the willing helpers long to remove the silk envelope, netting, etc,, from above Lennox, but when they reached his body he gave not the slightest sign of life. One of his legs was twisted and broken, and he was badly cut about the face and head. He had apparently been instantaneously killed.
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Mr Goschen’s Bibulons Charts., Evening Star, Issue 7999, 30 August 1889
Mr Goschen’s Bibulons Charts. Evening Star, Issue 7999, 30 August 1889
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