"Highlights", The Daily Advance (Elizabeth City, N.C.), 21 November 1932
Two men looked completely happy Saturday at Kill Devil Hill. Orville Wright
in whose honor the pylon was erected was one. He came smiling gently
pushed his way through a crowd that blocked his way and went on to the
speakers box, where he was the greeted by a wind-blown and rain soaked
gathering. Through it wall he never lost his cheery smile and twinkle, in
his eye told close observers that there was nothing forced about his good
The other happy man occupied the drivers seat of the powerful tractor
employed by the State Highway Patrol to pull out cars stranded in the sand
of the parking place. He had few idle moments, but he had never a failure,
and he beamed happily as he approached helpless drivers. Out he'd yank
them and off they'd go.
Secretary Hurley's comparison of the spirit that made flight possible with
the spirit that made colonization of the new world possible as he recalled
the nearness of Fort Raleigh was one of the most impressive thoughts
expressed by the speakers connecting as it did the past with the present,
and opening up a pathway for thoughts of what the future may be.
The Coast Guard seaplanes that roared in near the end of the ceremonies
attracted as much attention as the Akron would have because the audience
had long since given up as hopeless any aerial demonstration.
Ruth Nicholas was introduced to Orville Wright shortly before as the
beginning of the dedication. Later before the unveiling, she paid a brief
but striking tribute to the genius of the men who had made the deeds of
modern aviation possible. Turning from the crowd to Mr. Wright she said:
"We in aviation stand in awed admiration of your work and of our debt to
you in setting the course of world aviation." Her words had such a ring of
sincerity that she won from Josephus Daniels credit for making the speech
of the day.
Orville Wright straightened out history. The first telegram was sent by him
to his father, Bishop Wright, by W. J. Dozier now dead. The first news
story went out in 1908 over the wire of Alpheus Drinkwater. The Norfolk
Landmark scooped the world said Mr. Wright by getting the story from a
The desperate battle of the soldiers on duty in the official stands to hold
down the tarpaulins in order to keep a few dry spots. In this work rank
made no difference all grades from General right down to private taking
part at some stage of the game. In spite of their valiant efforts
everybody got wet, raincoat or not raincoat.
The band from Fort Monroe played music that was never accused of being wet,
and the bugler kept his notes clear. Their cheerfulness kept the crowd in
a good humor.
|Citation:|| "Highlights", The Daily Advance (Elizabeth City, N.C.), 21 November 1932.|
|Location:|| North Carolina Collection, Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858 USA|