BERLIN, July 14, 1908 (UP) -- Count Zeppelin with 15 guests aboard his giant airship, ascended from Friedrichshaven for a 24-hour cruise, the crucial test of all his numerous aeronautic ventures.
A crowd of 100,000 including representatives from many countries of Europe, gathered in Friedrichshaven to witness the ascension, and Zeppelin received a frenzied ovation as he took his place in the car.
Among his guests were several military experts, appointed by the government. Zeppelin's intention is to sail the airship around Lake Constance, Basel, Strassburg, Mayenece, Metz and Stuttgart, and thence back to Friedrichshaven.
Zeppelin hopes to prove by this test that he can travel 1,000 miles within 24 hours, and at all times keep his airship under perfect control.
In his last test he remained in the air 14 hours. His ship weighs four tons and has a lifting capacity of two tons. The motive power is supplied by two Daimler motor engines, each of 83 horsepower.