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Archive for Tuesday, June 15, 2010

100 years ago: Few nights remain to catch sight of Halley’s comet

June 15, 2010

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From the Lawrence Daily World for June 15, 1910: “J. C. Mars, the aviator, made a record breaking flight this morning with his Curtiss bi-plane, driven by a four cylinder engine of twenty-five horse power. Mars left Topeka at 5:10 this morning. The wind was a fright. At times it blew eighteen or twenty miles an hour and then instantly would cease to be followed by another gust. Just before reaching Midland, the first station north of Lawrence on the Union Pacific, an unruly gust came near capsizing the bi-plane, but Mars was able to steady it. Then he noticed that his radiator had sprung a leak, so he brought the airship to a graceful landing in Garvin’s alfalfa field, just south of Midland station.... The Douglas county fair will open on September 26th and will hold including October 1st. This date was definitely decided upon this morning at a meeting of the directors.... Hurry if you want one more look at Halley’s comet before it winks out. It is swiftly drawing away from the earth and before it returns you who saw it this time will be in their graves. For it will be 1985 when the Halley comet again sets the world ascare.”

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