Up in a Balloon.—A London cable message tells us that on Monday M. Clemenceau, the French Premier, and General Picquart, the French Minister of War, made an ascent in Paris in the new steerable war balloon; La Patrie. While they were over the city a pipe burst, and M. Clemenceau was slightly scalded. His injuries, however, were not sufficient to necessitate a descent. While the ruptured pipe was being repaired the balloon remained stationary and under perfect control. The Premier was much impressed with the sense of security and stability conveyed by the airship, and he describes the whole machine as marvellous.
—The Border Watch, Saturday 27 July 1907, page 2 .