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