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A grand and heroic death

American aviation enthusiasts were aghast when they heard the news that Philip O. Parmalee, one of the daring young pupils of the Wright brothers and holder of the American endurance record for aviation, had fallen to his death before the eyes of thousands of visitors at the fairgrounds in North Yakima, Wash.

This expert, who was used to remaining in the air for three hours without accident, had only been up there three minutes when a contrary gust of wind caught the tail of his aeroplane and turned it completely over. Parmalee clung to the framework, but the plane shot straight for the ground from a height of 400 feet. When it crumbled into a shapeless heap in a field three miles distant from the fairgrounds the young aviator was pinned beneath the wreckage. He was an especial protege of Wilber Wright and a carefully trained airman. It is believed that some unprecedented atmospheric condition must have had part in causing his untimely death and the wreck of his flying machine.

Workmen severely burned

Five men employed by International Paper Co. at Fort Edward, were badly burned by vitriol (sulphuric acid) while pouring the dangerous fluid from a 25-gallon glass bottle into a similar container enclosed in wood.

Two Italians became frightened when the vitriol spattered on their hands and they dropped the neck of the bottle they were holding over the funnel. The bottle, which was nearly emptied, dropped to the ground and exploding with a loud report, scattered the vitriol. All of the men were more or less badly burned about the legs and feet.

Boat displaced by wind

While making a landing June 6, 1912 at Bolton Landing in a high wind, the steamer Horicon was tossed upon the dock where it laid helpless for two hours until the Mohican went to its assistance and pulled it off.

Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1@nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.

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