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of aerial apparatus, contracts were made with Carl E. Myers, of Frankfort, N. Y., for a
dirigible, with W. H. and Mrs. Martin, of Canton, O., to bring their big monoplane glider,
with which they were reported to have made a number of sensational flights at home,
drawn only by a farmhorse, and also for a number of parachute drops, and kites, and other
attractive features. There was every prospect of having a remarkably find exhibition.
But both ill-luck and that outside influence which has never missed a chance to strike
and entirely smashed up his machine, destroying all hope of its taking part in the program.
Then a wind storm arose and badly damaged the bag of the dirigible just as it had been
filled. When Mr. Curtiss did come, although he brought a beautiful and perfedt machine,
he did no flying. Nor had any of the other machines been able to be got ready to take
the lead. Large prizes were offered, but htey were not announced sufficiently early perhaps
to have the effect they otherwise might.
The accident to Mr. Kimball was one of the most distressing blows, for it happened just
when he had got the machine perfectly balanced and acting excellently. Mr. Kimball
indeed, has been a strong runner in the hard luck stakes all the year, and several times the
sympathies of the Society have gone out to its genial and dauntless Secretary. In March
he reconstructed a glider, which had originally been used by E. LaRue Jones, Editor of
"Aeronautics," and in a trial from the catapult, a strong upward gust caught the front
control of the glider, and, before the apparatus could be righted, it crashed backwards
down on to the monorail. Mr. Kimball fell across the rail, and, though he escaped serious
injury, he badly hurt his back. During his practice with his power machine he several times
met with nasty smashes as the wind carried him into the ditches or fences, and it was in
that way that the machine was eventually damaged beyond all hope of repair. Fortunately