Of the nine contestants in the "Chicago to ocean" balloon race July 4, the Fielding landed at West Shefford, P. Q., eight hundred miles from Chicago. It covered approximately one hundred miles more than its nearest competitors, and is also believed to have captured the prize for the balloon which remained in the air the longest. The French balloon came to earth near South Haven, Mich., after having dragged for miles along the surface of Lake Michigan. Canada's entry landed near Port Huron, Mich.; the Chicago near Atwood, Perth County, Ont., the United States landed a mile east of Pinkerton Station, Bruce County, Ont., and the Columbia also crossed into Canada. The America landed at Carsonville, Mich.

The ships of the Atlantic fleet sailed from San Francisco July 7 for Honolulu, on the second half of the cruise around the world, under command of Rear Admiral C. S. Sperry, the third commander-in-chief since the fleet sailed from Hampton Roads. The fleet will reach Honolulu on July 16, remain a week, and then proceed to the Antipodes. Elaborate preparations for its entertainment have been made at Auckland, Sydney, and Melbourne. The fleet will reach Manila, after a visit to Japanese ports, about Oct. 1.

Fifty-two automobiles, carrying nearly two hundred persons, left Buffalo last week on the fifth annual touring contest of the American Automobile Association. Before the test is completed the successful cars will have covered almost seventeen hundred miles, passing through six States and crossing no less than five mountain ranges. They will be on the road fifteen days, but as there will be no driving on the two Sundays and on one Saturday, the distance must be covered in twelve days' traveling.

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July 18, 1908

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