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Pocket-Wings  
  Individual powered flight.  

“If you feel well enough to fly, I’ll take you to my home, where you’ll feel more comfortable. Have you your pocket-wings with you?”

“My pocket-wings?”

“Yes, to fly with? But I see you haven’t them. Luckily, mine are strong enough to support the two of us.” So saying, the young lady drew a roll from beneath her dress, unfolded it, and in a moment a small flying machine with a propeller underneath was ready for action.

“Where is the engine?” asked Silas in surprise?

“There is none. The power comes by wireless impulses from the earth that set the propeller spinning. If we sit close enough together the two of us can fit in the machine. See, I turn the this knob. And up we go!” And as she said the words the plane ascended in the air.

It was soon evident, however, that the weight of the two persons was too much for the machines.

“We shall have to land!” observed the young lady

From A Journey to the Year 2025, by Clement Fezandie.
Published by Science and Invention in 1921
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