1906 The Dangling Woman
Newspapers far and wide carried the story of the dangling woman, caught in a rope by an ascending balloon on August 29, 1906, including exaggerations of the crowd to as many as 10,000 and the baloon height to as far as 1000 feet above the ground. Stories conflict as to whether the crowd was horrified by the accident or, as reported in The Kingston Daily Freeman: "Nobody fainted. Nobody groaned. Nobody was horrified. The thrilling sight failed to thrill for the reason that everybody thought it was part of the show." Perhaps the truth was that some thought it part of the show, and others realized it was a terrible mishap. In any event, the aeornaut Maggie Dailey was able to break the fall of Mrs. Roper so that she was not seriously hurt. In 1908, after suing for $25,000 in damages, Mary S. Roper was awarded $1,000 by a jury according to the Honesdale, Pennsylvania, Citizen, December 23, 1908. The postcard photo above shows Maggie Dailey on her trapeze, with Mrs. Roper dangling by her right foot from the balloon.
At the same time of day as the balloon incident, around 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, the Floral Parade was continuing in its annual splendor. Below are some images from the 1906 parade.