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QUAINT OLD WEDDING IDEAS.

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GLASBURY.

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BEAUTIFUL THINGS.

PRAYING FOR A MODEL WIFE.

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r RANDOM READINGS. LONDON'S BALLOON" APRONS." The idea of balloon aprons sus- pended over the suburbs to net Gothas originated, says the Daily Mail, with Major-General E. B. Ashmore, V.O., the man responsible for the London defences during the first aeroplane night raid in September, 1917. It seemed at that time there was no answer to night raiding. The lifting of complete nets to the heights attained by the Gothas was obviously im- practicable for tschnical reasons, but next morning General Ashmore put forward the suggestion of the aprons," in which single strands were suspended from trans- verse cordage joining two or more obser- vation balloons, and experiments were at once begun. The details were worked out by Colonels Bovill and Roxby, both of the Kite Balloon Service, and the earliest experiments witnessed by Lord French in Richmond Park showed 'that the balloons would lift the aprons to a great height without huddling together. A NASTY ACCIDBNT. Shortly afterwards a nasty accident dur- ing a further trial in Richmond Park nearly led to the abandonment of the scheme. An apron of five balloons was sent aloft in a light wind, when three bal- loons broke adrift, one carrying two men with it. Ono man released his hold, and, falling from about 1,000ft., was smashed to pieces in Richmond Park. The other, who tried to climb into the rigging of the balloon, fell from an immense height on tne way to the coaet. The balloons were afterwards shot down by a Dover battery. Officers and men, however, were very quick in learning the business, and the aprons soon began to appear round the East End of London. A depot in Epping Forest trained and supplied the men, and the Apron Balloon Wing was soon or- ganised and divided into squadrons, the squadrons being sub-divided into aprons, A COMPLETE SUCCESS. They were a complete success. Their main duty was to heep the Hun at a cer- tain height in order that our night-flying aeroplane patrols should only have to watch the sky above that height. Inci- dentally, they prevented low and accurate bomb-dropping on London. The Huns would not come down low over London, knowing they would have to climb again, and therefore fly slowly, in order to get over the aprons OIl the way out. The aprons were an added terror, and with the powerful searchlights, guns, and patrols, kepi some 75 per cent. of the raiding machines out of London. Our night- fighting pilots at first did not like the aprons, but when they found the aprons gave them a better chance in meeting the Hun they became warm supporters of the- scheme. j i

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