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Before his time the pursuit of aeronautics had taken two
divergent lines, and had developed on the one hand balloons-large
apparatus lighter than air, easy in ascent, and comparatively safe
in descent, but floating helplessly before any breeze that took
them; and on the other, flying machines that flew only in
theory-vast flat structures heavier than air, propelled and kept up
by heavy engines and for the most part smashing at the first
descent. ... He devised an arrangement of contractile and
absolutely closed balloons which when expanded could lift the
actual flying apparatus with ease, and when retracted by the
complicated musculature he wove about them, were withdrawn almost
completely into the frame; and he built the large framework which
these balloons sustained, of hollow, rigid tubes, the air in which,
by an ingenious contrivance, was automatically pumped out as the
apparatus fell, and which then remained exhausted so long as the
...We can guess with some confidence now that it must have been
drifting about in his mind a great deal during the day, and, from a
little note to his physician complaining of persistent insomnia, we
have the soundest reason for supposing it dominated his nights,
-the idea that it would be after all, in spite of his theoretical
security, an abominably sickening, uncomfortable, and dangerous
thing for him to flap about in nothingness a thousand feet or so in
...Yet, however much the thing was present in his mind he gave
no expression to it until the very end, and meanwhile he went to
and fro from Banghursts magnificent laboratories, and was
interviewed and lionised, and wore good clothes, and ate good food,
and lived in an elegant flat, enjoying a very abundant feast of
such good, coarse, wholesome Fame and Success as a man, starved for
all his years as he had been starved, might be reasonably expected
...And to that end, while all the world was reading of the
certain failure of the new flying machine, MacAndrew was soaring
and curvetting with great amplitude and dignity over the Epsom and
Wimbledon divisions; and Banghurst, restored once more to hope and
energy, and regardless of public security and the Board of Trade,
was pursuing his gyrations and trying to attract his attention, on
a motor car and in his pyjamas-he had caught sight of the ascent
when pulling up the blind of his bedroom window-equipped, among
other things, with a film camera that was subsequently discovered
to be jammed.
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