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The End of a "Crank."

Every summer (says the American correspondent of the • Argus') brings one or more victims of the old delusion that an air ship is possible. A few weeks since a " Professor " Campbell, persuaded that he had found the means to regulate the course of a balloon with a small electric engine run by a storage battery, induced a Michigan aeronaut, Hogan by name, and also a " professor," to make a trial of the invention. Hogan accordingly made an ascension in a large silk balloon, inflated with common illuminating gas. Before he had reached a height of more than I,oooft a portion of the regulator —a large fan wheel, made like an exaggerated propeller—broke away from the balloon and fell to the ground. It would have seemed possible for him then to descend, but he held on his course, nearly south-east from New York, whence he started straight out over the open sea. Nothing was ever again heard from or of him. The balloon, without the car, was sighted diifting, half collapsed, on the surface of the ocean several days after the ascension, and some fifty miles from the nearest land.

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The End of a "Crank.", Issue 8053, 1 November 1889

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The End of a "Crank." Issue 8053, 1 November 1889

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