*Wilbur Wright to Octave Chanute*

*Dayton, February 13, 1904 *

Your two letters of Jan. 26th received. Also copies of rules and map of Exposition
grounds and several newspaper clippings,1 for which we thank you. We have a
letter from Mr. Smith giving an official interpretation of the rules on the
points we talked of when you were in Dayton. I see that in one of the papers
you sent us, Santos Dumont is quoted as saying the distance is to be from twenty
to thirty miles. Do not the rules say plainly that the distance specified in
the rules is the total distance to be traveled? i.e., fifteen to twenty five
kilometers? It surely cannot mean twice this distance.

Orville & I are intending to go down to St. Louis next week, if we can
arrange to see Mr. Smith there at that time, and inspect the grounds and surroundings.

1 These clippings have not been identified.

*Octave Chanute to Wilbur Wright,
February 15, 1904*