Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 24, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta
TFe Lethbridge Daily Herald VOL. 71. LETHBRIDGE, ALTA., WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, NO. 17. A THRILLING BALLOON TRIP "Varty Had Harrowing Experience In the Mountains Los Angeles. Cal.. March one of the most harrowing experienc- es in the history of balooning, Cao- tain A. E. -Mueller and Jive compan- ions who ascended in the racing: bal- loon "America" at Pasadena on Sat- urday landed in the Sierra Nevada mountains yesterday and arrived on foot at Switzer's camp at the slooe of Mount Wilson unharmed tqdav. Many searchers have been scourine the mountains for them. The men passed through a series of hardships the details of which have not reached Los Angeles. At .'Switzer's CamP they were provided with horses and descended the mountain trail to Pas- adena over a tortuous and slipperv wav. A telephone wire, across the moun- tains brought the first word of their arrival at the camp to relatives in Pasadena but the wire failed before much information could obtained. After the arrival at Pasadena ln.ti> in the night it was learned th'at the balloon was in the air less than two hours. It was carried by a stroiia north wind over the mile high sum- mit of Mount Lowe and swept on across the intervening peaks and ca.n- yons to the lofty Gabraiel. There summit of Mount the ballast was thrown out and the balloon soared away toward .the Bir3 range. Cross- ing this at a low altitude the balloon encountered a strong current of coW air which brought it rapidly to earth about five o'clock Saturday after- The distance travelled was less than fifteen miles in a direct, line, but by any possible foot route it was many, times that distance. The aeronauts -wandered aimlessly over the mountains until 1.30 Sun- day afternoon when they unexpected- ly came to Colby's ranch. In the meantime a terrific snow storm had swept over .the mountains and for hours the men suffered from the cold Monday afternoon when the storm ceased they took up the snow choked trails Pasadena, travelling through on foot until this forenoon when they reached Switzer's camp. A party of rescuers was there havinar .fust returned after a twenty-four hours' search'for the missing men. ELECTION RETURNS FROM THE DISTRICT The returns for the Lethbridge dis- are coining' iu slowly from the north country.- Several returns sent in on the night of .the election have been corrected and Mr. McLean's- ma- jority so _ far is 178. Elvers Bow IslanrI Grassy. Lake Raymond Stirling JRoyal Collieries Diamond .City St. Mary's Exp: Farm Burdett Provo Purple Springs "Cqaldale Bowville Taber Watson's Storo Optic Qucenstown Lehi Newlands.. White's Reid Rill Total 4 '7 264 46 2 6 0 6 13 "10 2 53 23 15 9 27 19 16 3 16 46 1 49 51 17 17 29 16 1 19 10 25 310 46 19 9 14 1 13 15 11 557 735 McLean's majority 178. Four .polls to hear from: ROYAL ROVERS FOOTBALL CLUB There was great enthusiasm shown at. the meeting hel-d in' the Roval City tore Monday even- ing" 22nd, for the purpose cf organ- izing a foot ball club. Mr.