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BALLOON

Balloon: thing to take meteoric observations and commit suicide with.
- More Maxims of Mark, Johnson, 1927

My scouts report that the balloon will not begin her passenger trips until Monday. I was getting afraid they would fill my order for tickets on Sunday. I preferred to draw the line for Sabbath-outrages at horse-racing.
- letter from Paris, France to Lucius Fairchild, June 14, 1879.

The balloon depicted in this ad might have been the same one in which Mark Twain ascended when he was in Paris:

Paris balloon

 

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