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LIEUTENANT BAUDIE'S DEATH. I The body of Lieutenant Baudie, the young t officer who on Monday made an ascent with a balloon belonging to the Naval Aerostatic Park, at Lagoubran, near Toulon, was on Tuesday morning picked up at sea by one of the French Government ships which had been sent out to search for it. The death of this officer, who leaves a young wife only 22 years of age, has caused a profound impression in Naval circles at Toulon. Lieu- tenant Baudie was engaged in making experi- ments, demonstrating how a balloon, when attached to an ironclad and connected with it by a telephone, could be of use in sighting an enemy and giving information concerning the course it was following. He was also responsible for the discovery that a submarine boat, though submerged a consider- able depth, could be perceived beneath the waters from the car of a balloon. The ascent which the officer made on Monday was not for- tunate from the start. The wind was apparently blowing shorewards, and when the airship was released it first struck a shed and then upset a telegraph pole. Suddenly, however, as the aero- stadt ascended, it was caught be an opposite aerial currentj and commenced to proceed seawards. The torpedo-boats which had been deputed to f ol- low it had not time to get up a full pressure of steam, and the balloon was lost sight of. What followed is told by the keepers of the Bre- gancon Semaphore Station. They saw the balloon come over the headland, and drift over the Hyeres Road. Lieutenant Baudie could be seen manoeuvring his guide-rope, whilst the car of the balloon was striking the waves, bounding along with a series of violent shocks. Thinking that the torpedo boats would not reach him in ti ne, the officer is believed to have resolved to try and swim to the shore, which is described as being half a kilometer distant from him. In any case, he jumped from the car, and commenced to swim, but the effort was too much for him, and he sank before help could reach him. His body was discovered on Tuesday morning in about 20ft. of water, about 150ft. from the shore.

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