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WOMEN'S CYCLING DRESS.,

FINDING THE LOCH MAREE. I

SUICIDE OF A CROYDON MAN.

A BOLD VENTURE IN EXPLORATION.

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A BOLD VENTURE IN EXPLORA- TION. The Berlin correspondent of the "Stan- dard" says:—The funds necessary to carry out an exploration of the North Pole by balloon, as proposed by the Swedish engineer and scientific aeronaut, M. Andree, having now been obtained, that gentleman is about to proceed to Paris to super- intend the construction of the balloon. M. Yon, of Paris, has entered into a contract to make the machine of double silk, of which about 5,500 cubic metres will be required, the cost being £ 2,200. The ballon is to be capable of carrying three persons with the necessary instruments and ballast and four months' pro- visions. It will be sufficiently gas-tight to hover in the air for 30 days at a height of 250 metres. It will admit of being filled with gas at any point in the Polar regions, and will, to a certain extent, be steerable. M. Andree calculates that 1,700 to 1,800 cylinders filled with gas under a pressure of 100 or 200 atmos- pheres will be required for the expedition, in order to refill the balloon fiom time to time. He believes he will be able to guide the machine by a system of sails and ropes acting as a brake in case of need by dragging on the earth. The car is to be spacious enough to contain a sledge, a sailing bot, several weapons, with ammunition and photographic camera. Early next spring it is proposed to erect a balloon house, and, after filling the balloon, to start on the aerial voyage for the Pole in July, with a fresh south, or nearly south, wind. The eluration of the journey must, of course, largely depend on the strength of the wind. It might possibly last only five or six hours, but M. Andree expects that it will take at least over 40. Thirty days, he believes, will suffice for cruising about the Central Polar Basin in all directions, and taking a complete survey of it. The return journey is to be made towards the inhibited parts of North America or Northern Siberia. With a wind of average velocity, Zvl. Andree. says, the balloon can maka 19,400 kilometres in 30 days, whereas the distance from Snitz- bergen to the Bthring Starits, via the Pole is only 3,700.

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