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The Daily Dispatch: October 21, 1861., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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. These new ones vary from thirty-one to thirty-five feet in diameter at the widest part, and, including the cords and basket, are about one hundred feet from top to bottom. Their material is of strong brown Pongee silk, doubled and varnished four times. Professor Lowe is now forming a balloon corps for the working and transportation of his various balloons, who will probably rank as lieutenants, and will receive $3 a day till their rank and pay shall be definitely established. Mr. John H. Willets, an old and respected citizen of Philadelphia, died at his residence, in Franklin street, on Friday. He was for a long period Librarian for the society of which he was a member, including the Spruce, Green, and Race street meetings, the library being located in the new meeting-house on Race and Cherry streets. The U. S. steam sloop-of-war Brooklyn has been stripped, preparatory to commencing the necessary repairs. A thorough inspection of the vessel, made by Master Carpenter Da