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Orville Wright, [Diary Entry], October 1902

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[4 October 1902, Saturday - Orville Wright Diary, Kill Devil Hills, NC]

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The day opened with so little wind that we were unable to determine its direction, and the wind vane would stand in any direction. We did nothing in morning but sit about building. At noon Dan Tate brought telegram from Chanute announcing that he would try to get boat from Eliz. City Elizabeth City. In afternoon we began making new vertical rudder, one that is operated at same time as end tips.

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We made it with only one surface five feet by 14”, which we think will be sufficient. Provisions are very low. We have neither butter nor bacon, and the canned goods are at a low ebb. [...]

Weather Data for 4 October 1902

[5 October 1902, Sunday - Orville Wright Diary, Kill Devil Hills, NC]

The day opened cloudy, and a rain set in about 10 o’clock which continued for the rest of the day and most of the night. Mr. Chanute & Herring arrived at 12 o’clock in the rain, coming over from Manteo by spritsail boat. The rest of the day was spent in discussions of various subjects, flying especially. Will and Mr. Herring went to Baum’s south of camp about

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a mile & a half on the Sound, for blankets which had been left there in the morning. They were caught just before reaching camp in a heavy downpour and were soaked to the skin. Were up till ten o’clock chatting and arguing on points that came up in conversation.

Weather Data for 5 October 1902

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Citation: Diary entry, October 1902. Diary of Orville Wright, Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright. Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.
Location: Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

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