The balloonist was Mr. John Sharp and he was rescued by Tom in a thrilling fashion.
"I guess that will show up every pebble in the road," commented the balloonist.
Like a shot he came down, holding his body rigid and straight as a stick, for he knew how to fall into water, did that balloonist.
"I've got it, sir," responded the balloonist, with triumphant emphasis.
After I started in to be a balloonist I never saw my mother for seven years.
"Don't worry about me, Tom," said the balloonist, who overheard him.
They began a study of Mr. Sharp's plans, and the balloonist was now in a fair way to have the difficulty solved.
To say that the balloonist was astonished is putting it mildly.
"All clear," replied the balloonist, for the airship had now been wheeled back from the entanglement with the chimney.
The balloonist, John Sharp, was destined to play quite a part in Tom's life.