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Impressions of America

During The Years 1833, 1834, and 1835. In Two Volumes, Volume II.

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Author: Tyrone Power
Published: 1836
Language: English
Wordcount: 84,403 / 252 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 50.5
LoC Category: G
Downloads: 402
Added to site: 2007.11.02
mnybks.net#: 18828
Genre: Travel
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very particular and interesting account of the peril he had been rescued from. It appeared that the aërial part of his voyage had terminated, as was reported, in the Atlantic, some miles off Nahant. Sustained by an inflated girdle, he hung on to the balloon, and was dragged after it at no small rate for some time, until a schooner falling in with this strange sail, gave chase, and overhauled the queer craft.

As soon as the schooner got alongside, a line was flung to the aëronaut, which he, solicitous to save his machine as well as himself, made fast to the car, and bade them hoist away: the first hearty pull lifted the balloon from the waves, when, the wind catching it, up it mounted. The line to which it was fastened chanced to be the topsail halliards; and whisk! before a belay could be passed, up flew poor Mr. Durant high over the vessel's mast; after hanging on for a moment, his strength failed, and down he plumped from an elevation of some hundred and fifty feet back into the sea. How d

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