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THE RED LABEL A Possible Explanation at Cardiff Mr. O. Eiddervold, a Norwegian now in residence in Cardiff, called at our office on Thursday to offer an explanation of the label found on Caerphilly Mountain on the spot where the mysterious airship is said to have rested. Mr. Eiddervold has been engaged in airship construction in France and England, and he gave an exposition of the purpose to which the pin attached to the label is applied I in the motor mechanism of an airship. It was Mr. Biddervcld's conviction that the pin was the instrument used for releasing the valve fixed to the pump in order to inject air from the atmosphere into the ballocnette of the airship. This balloonette is concealed within the body of the ship, and when the gas escapes from the latter compressed air is pumped into it from the balloonette. so that the canvas shall not Bag and thus interfere with the control of the machine. Mr. Itid-dervold was convinced that the French word "obus" on the label, although meaning shell, was not intended to a.pply in any sense to a shrapnel shell. The pin, now- ever, is worked on the same principle as the time-fuse of a military shell, and that is i how the word "obus'^carne to be applied to the motor mechanism of airships Asked if the discovery of the labed on the mountain was evidence that an airship had been there, Mr. Riddervold faid it was un- doubtedly testimony that an airship had either rested on that particular spot or had passed over it, and that the la-bel had been dropped by the aviators. Mr. J. T. Willows, the secretary of the South Wales Automobile Club, points out that some motor trials took pla-co on the mountain slope a little while ago, and he says it is quite possible that the label was dropped by one of these, but it was just as I likely for it to have been cast away by the strange individuals seen, by Lethbridge. Similar labels and pins, he says, are attached by firms, and notably a Glasgow firm, to a gas known as Sioco, and an important fact is that, whilst +he gas is used for inflating tyres, it is also claimed to be an extinguisher for petrol fires. The pin attached to the label is used for freeing the plunger in tyres, and Lethbridge. it will be remembered, asserted that he saw a couple of wheels on the tube-shaped object. Supported by Expert Opinion I The manager of the Michelin Tyre Com- pany (Limited) informed a representative of the "Evening News" that the object appears to be one of the valve caps which are attached to the end of their tyre inflators. The valve cap is used to deprese the little plunger in the valve, and so allow the air to be pumped into the tyre. Such caps are sent out with a small chain attached and a label of reddish terra-cotta colour giving directions for using it. They correspond word for word with the directors on the la,bel found by the showman. The manager, however, pointed out an important particular. The French directions are only sent out from France with Conti- nental orders, and never accompany goods despatched in England. Consequent the little article found on the mountain top must have been brought over from the Co?.1 tinent. It is admitted that they are fitted to aeroplanes, and it is worthy of note that the "Western Mail" investigating partv which explored the top of Caei-philly Mountain had to abandon the taxi-cab, as it was unable to make the ascent. EITHER FRENCH OR GERMAN I Hon. C. S. Rolls Does Not Deem it a Hoax The Hon. C. S. Rolls, the well-known aerona-nt and motorist and founder of the Aero Olub, interviewed on Thursday on his impressions of the airship seen in South Wales, paid, The who-le thing is a mysflery. There ie either no airship at all or else it is a foreign one. At Cardiff there has bee a a dirigible balloon built, but it has been stated that it could not be the one. That being the case, I could not see how it could be an English machine. If this had been the ease, as some people suggest, we would have been bound to have hoard of it before, because a dirigible balloon requires a VEry I large shed for building, and could never have been filled without it, becoming known very I quickly. I t-ee nothing impossible in a German air- ship coming a< (?eoause the new airships of the German Army have a range -? 800 miies. The French have also airships which are capable of doing such distances; but I do not think there is any machine in Eng- land which is capable of doing such a dis- tance, and no other Powers have. Therefore, it muft either be French or German pro- perty." "Do you think it is a hoax altogether?" No, I don't see how it can be. So many people in the Eastern counties have seen it." Do you attach any importance to the 'Articles found on the ground at Caerphilly at the spot where the airship is stated to bave been seen?" No. I don't think they had anything to do with it." "Yüu have seen it stated that this airship was seen at Southend at dusk, Pontypool at ten p.m., and Norwich at midnight. Do yoa think that credible?" "No; it could not have done such a dia- tance in the time." ANOTHER MYSTERY. I A Balloon for Taking the Temperature PARIS. Thursday. The" Gaulois" states that a day or two ago a farmer at Canawelle, near Hazebronek, whilst working in the fields was startled by hearing a loud explosion in the air above him. Looking up, he was astonished to see not far above his bead a small spherical balloon, with a small, strangely-formed machine suspended from it. Seizing the trail rope, he pulled the balloon down, and in the basket found a note, written in several languages, requesting the finder not to inter- fere with the machinery, and. above all, not to bring a naked light near it. Seeing that the note was addressed Brussels Observatory," the farmer sent a telegram there, and not long afterwards the owner of the balloon, an engineer, arrived on the scene. It then transpired that the strange machine suspended from the balloon was one for taking the temperature of the air at different altitudes.—Central News. Seen by Fishermen BR-CSSELS. Thursday. According to the Oetend Gazette," some Ostend fishermen returning from the Iceland fishing grounds in steam trawlers, declare that they saw a dirigible balloon manceuv- ring on the Id,ht of the 18th inst about teu miles from Hull.—Router. CRAVE ANXIETY. I German View on English Temperament I BERLIN, Thursday. Herr Friedrich Dernberg, father of the Colonial Secretary, contributes a striking article to the Berliner Tageblatt," entitled "Untoward Events," in the course of which, he declares that the lines upon which Anglo- German relations are developing cannot be regarded without grave anxiety, the danger lying, not in any niethodical hostility of the two countries towards each other, but in the continual accumulation of explosive matter and in the temperament of the two people. Having warned his readers that any spark in the shape of an untoward event falling into this mass of slowly accumulated enmity may start an outbreak, Herr Dernburg proceeds: —"While Germane may ishrug their shoulders at the symptoms recently mani- fested of the state of the British mind towards Germany, namely, the invasion scare and stories of 40,000 spies disguised as waiters, cruising at the mouth of the Humber, and of a mysterious airship hover- ing over England at night, these are moet serious factors in the situation, for when an external incident exciting popular imagina- tion occurs, even a peace-loving Government may be driven to most fateful decisions.— Reuter.

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