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I The Man About Town.

IA BOY'S FOLLY.

I HIGHLY CONNECTED.

LAWN TENNIS. I--AENNI8.

I TO-DAY'S WEATHER,4.30P.M…

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Polar Balloon. I EYE-WITNE88ES OF THE ASCENT. I OFflCERS INTERVIEWED. GOTHENBURG, Friday Night.—The officers of the gunboat Svenskscmd have just returned lfrom Spitzbergen, having taken there Andrew's expedition and assisted in the start. They state that the ascension took place with most favour- able winds and circumstances. The statement about the loss of the drag lines, and the narrow escape of the balloon from collision with the cliffs of Smeerenburg, are not correct. Only the lowest parts of the lines were ost, end the damage was easily repaired by Herr Andres. There was no danger in the ascension. The b&Uoon made 25 or 30 knots, and went about 500 metres high. Andree and his two companions were in the best of spirits. They were prepared for anything, but were very hopeful. Twenty-five carrier pigeons were taken in the balloon. The pigeon found on the coast of Nor- way is not from Andree. The explorer's pigeons were marked Andree expedition, A.D. 1897." It is doubtful if the pigeons from the balloon will reach the Continent. They would probably tlyba.ck to Spitzbergen if they left the balloon. The density of the balloon is very satisfactory It carries 2,500 kilograms, with an escape of gas of 55 kilograms a day. It is believed that Herr Andree will descend on the Siberian cosat.-Daily Chronicle. I Andree's Going Off. A Daily Telegraph correspondent who visited Herr Andree the day before he started on his adventurous expedition writes to a French paper that at that time the safety-valve was not fitted to the balloon, sa that the last preparation must have been made very hastily in order to allow of a start being made the following day. Either on the third or fourth day after the attempt there was a heavy storm, accompanied by a strong wind, and this was followed by 'B dense fog. Herr Andree stated that he counted on reaching the Pole in 50 or 60 hours, and that the wind would then carry him to Alaska, where he hoped to effect the descent. Should this prove impossible, he reckoned that both the baJloon and provisions would hold out long enough for him either to reach Europe again or Asia—probably the latter. Contrary to what has been stated, Herr Andree took no dogs or sledges with him, but only a few snow-shoes and a small boat in case of accidents. Just before starting he hung several wooden buoys-shaped like tops and hollowed out inside—around the car. From time to time he will throw one of these buoys, contain. ing a record of his position and a few details of the journey, either on the ice-field or into the water, in the hope of their eventually being picked up. He also relied on his four carrier picked up. He also relied on his four carrier pigeons to iaks messages to the outside v. orld. I

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ITHE ORNAMENTAL RASHER.

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I SUFFOCATED IN DOUGH.

IRATING OF DOWLAIS WORKS.

l A Cast of the Net."

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LOCAL LAW CASE.

i NEGRO LYNCHING.

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The Murder of a Singer.

!Explosive Hair-wash. I

I DISASTROUS FIRE.

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THE FEAR OF MADNESS. I

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SHOCKING DEATH OF A TRAMP.

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