CHAPTER XIX. THE TRAGEDY OF THE ZENITH." - THE NAVIGABLE BALLOON

It will now appear as a natural and certain consequence that a feature to be introduced by experimentalists into flying machines should be the "Aeroplane," or, in other words, a plane which, at a desired angle, should be driven at speed through the air. Most notable attempts with this expedient were now shortly made by Hiram Maxim, Langley, and others.

But, contemporaneously with these attempts, certain feats with the rival aerostat - the balloon - were accomplished, which will be most fittingly told in this place.