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1904 SPENCER Brothers, The, Highbury, London, N. The well-known British aeronauts. The brothers are three in number — Percival, Stanley, and Arthur: but the two former are more generally known in the aeronautical world. The eldest, Percival, commenced ballooning in 1888, and some time afterwards accomplished the first parachute descent ever made in India. Has crossed the English Channel in a balloon four times. Mr. Arthur Spencer paid a visit to Australia, where he made several sensational parachute descents in 1897. In 1902 Mr. Stanley Spencer made a highly successful voyage across London in a steerable balloon made at the famous Highbury Works, but an attempt in 1903 to circle the dome of St. Paul's from the Crystal Palace and return failed after several attempts.