That which the sciences can
add to the privileges of the human race has never been more marked than
at the present moment. They have acquired new domains for man. The air
seems to become as accessible to him as the waters, and the boldness
of his enterprises equals almost the boldness of his thoughts. The name
of Montgolfier, the names of those hardy navigators of the new element,
will live through time; but who among us, on seeing these superb experiments,
has not felt his soul elevated, his ideas expanded, his mind enlarged?