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The principle upon which this wonderful airship is steered is the same which governs the sailing of a yacht. A series of uprights over the car and just under the lower valves of the balloons sustains a shaft, which is revolved by electricity, and turns an immense fan, or screw at the rear of the ship, which acts as an air rudder as well as a propeller. Every piece of metal in the entire construction or this greyhound of the air is of aluminum.
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          There are nine windows on each side, something more than ten feet apart. A series of long, narrow openings, closed with aluminum bars, run around the upper guard which incloses the upper deck of the boat.
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          This marvelous air coach is provided with comfortable accommodations for 125 men. There is an electrical engine room, an electrical kitchen, and bedrooms, smoking-room and an observatory. The vessel is lighted, heated, and worked by electricity. Water is taken from the clouds, and not a spark of fire is used in working this monstrous air ship. The balloon valves are operated by a system of electric buttons, and there is no confusion of ropes or lines. The observatory is provided with powerful glasses, and while the operator can ride far above the earth, out of reach of the longest range guns known to military science, he can bring the enemy’s camp close, to his range of vision and can throw dynamite bombs down upon his adversaries with remarkable precision.
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THE MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAL — MARCH 11, 1906
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THE GASOLENE SKATE.
The Gasolene Skate is Latest Invention.
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Only a few weeks ago a Frenchman, Constantini, astounded Paris by exhibitions on electric motor skates. From the same city of sensations and novelties comes the gasolene skate—not the alcoholic skate, it may be added. Each of these skates contains a tiny air-cooled gasolene engine, developing one and one-half horsepower. The fuel, consisting of one pint of gasolene, sufficient for seventy-five kilometers, is carried in a tank around the waist, together with the batteries for the ignition. The wheels are eight inches in diameter, shod with pneumatic tires.

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