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Army balloons The subject of balloons having assumed so much importance of late, as a medium through which the strength and location of an enemy can be ascertained, we publish the subjoined from the Oxford (North Carolina) Leisure Hour: In the last few days we have seen much from the Northern papers about the efficiency of army balloons, in which a Professor Lowe figured as King of the Clouds. We have some recollection of the antecedents of this individual. He is the same stupendous humbug that had a balloon on exhibition in Crystal Palace Square, New York, about twelve months ago. He had interested the public, through the New York papers, in his great gas bag, by inducing the people to believe that he would make a trip to Europe in three days. Thousands went to see the magnificent contrivance which was to accomplish the wonderful trip, and each paid twenty-five cents for the privilege. Conjoined to the balloon were numerous appendages which served only as rebuses for t