Octave Chanute to Wilbur Wright

Chicago, September 6, 1905

I have yours of 16th August. I saw a professor in the Catholic college here a few days ago, who told me that he had talked with three Jesuits from Santa Clara who were present when the Montgomery accident occurred. They say that when the gliding machine was cut loose a rope hanging from the balloon broke a small strut over which passed the bracing wires of the rear wings. When Maloney made the deep dive this strut got out of place and the rear wings collapsed. Maloney endeavored to glide on the front wings alone, but failed and fell.

Montgomery is said not to be dissuaded from trying again and to be building another glider, having offers of money from promoters who wish to exhibit the machine around the country.

I send you some clippings which indicate that the British War Office is investigating a new balloon.

One of my daughters has been sick, and I am to take her to the seashore as soon as she is able to travel. Let me know when you expect the British officer.

Wilbur Wright to Octave Chanute, September 17, 1905