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PARACHUTE PERILS. « MOLD LADY'S DEATH. Miss Edith Brookes, sister of the well-known lady parachutist, Miss Maude Brookes, was killed at Sheffield on Tuesday night. Miss Brookes made an ascent from the Wednesday Football Ground at Owlerton in the presence of thousands of people. She was taking her sister's place. When the balloon had reached an altitude of 2,500ft. she jumped from it. The parachute only opened very slightly, and, turning over, never became inflated with air. Miss Brookes was seen to be turning round as if the rope was twisted. Everybody hoped that at the last moment the terribly rapid descent would be checked, but the parachute failed to open, and Miss Brookes dropped to the ground with a thud, practically every bone in her body being fractured. Miss Brookes was 23 years of age. THE INQUEST. The news of the tragic death, on Tuesday at Sheffield, of Miss Edith Brookes, the parachutist, created a painful sensation in the Mold district. The parents of deceased and her sister, Miss Maud Brookes, one of the best known para- chutists in the kingdom, reside at the Royal Oak Inn, Llanarmon, and both sisters are stated to have visited Mold as recently as Saturday last. The inquest was opened on Friday morning. It appeared that deceased made her first parachute descent on Whit Monday. Miss Maud Brookes, who has had fourteen years' experience of parachuting, said the de- ceased was her sister. She had wished for some years to become a parachutist but until this year her friends had discouraged her. Until Monday deceased had never been up in a balloon, but she was well instructed as to what she must do. Witness thought the accident must have occurred through the ropes of the parachute twisting. Her sister was a healthy girl, not subject to fainting, and was a trained gymnast. jrrofessor Lempnere, proprietor of the balloon, stated in evidence that he could not account for the accident, unless the deceased fainted and failed to launch herself properly. It was usual for a beginner to go up alone the first time, there being no way of practising parachuting. He had employed many parachutists during the last fifteen years, and this was the first serious acci- dent he had had. Percy Chavassc, who supervised the ascent, said deceased was not at all nervous when she started. The ropes of the parachute were twisted at start- ing, but not to a dangerous extent. He believed the accident must have occurred through de- ceased fainting and falling among the ropes of the parachute. This witness admitted that Miss Maud Brookes was advertised to make the descent, and Miss Edith Brookes passed herself off as the lady, even the organiser of the show, Mr. Wm. Brown, of Sheffield, being unaware that it was not Miss Maud, but her younger sister. Before starting witness advised deceased not to go up if she was nervous. The inquest was adjourned. FRESH LIGHT. An important witness has come forward with re- gard to the death of Miss Edith Brookes. He is an observer,'who followed the ascent through a good telescope, and carefully watched every movement of the performer while in the air. According to his statement Miss Brookes suddenly lost her seat on the trapeze attached to the balloon, turned a complete somersault, and fell into the ropes of the parachute, which immediately broke from the balloon and commenced to fall, but was too entangled to open properly. The last the observer saw of Miss Brookes falling she appeared to be shaking her arm about, probably in a frantic but futile endeavour to disentangle the ropes. THE FUNERAL. The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon at Kirkdale Cemetery, Walton, Liverpool. The body, which left Sheffield on Friday afternoon, arrived in Liverpool late the same evening, and remained overnight at the station. When the train left Sheffield immense crowds gathered in the station and the adjoining streets. Owing to everything in connection with the funeral being kept quiet there were not many at the cemetery. Among the relatives present were Mr. Brookes (the girl's father), Miss Maud Brookes (sister, the well-known parachutist), Mrs. and Mr. Harburn (sister and brother-in-law), Mrs. Morgan (sister), Mr. George Torr. The service at the cemetery was conducted by the Rey. M. Thomas, of Kirkdale.

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