Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Alexander Graham Bell to Mabel Hubbard Bell, March 2, 1909
March 2, 1909.
Mrs. A. Graham Bell,
1331 Conn. Ave., Washington.
I enclose a copy of some correspondence with Mr. E. L. Jones, the editor of Aeronautics, and with Messrs. Funk & Wagnalls, the publishers of the Standard Dictionary, respecting the meaning to be assigned to the word “aerodrome”.
We have just received a telegram from Casey relating to his lecture or address before the Canadian Club of Toronto. It reads as follows:—
Baldwin to Bell
Montreal, March 2, 1909 :—Record meeting Canadian Club. Very enthusiastic over first Canadian flight. Leaving Montreal twelve this morning.
Yesterday (March 1) we tried the endurance of the new Curtiss engine to see whether it could be relied upon for a run of half an hour in case we should invite the Aero Club of America to come up here and witness an attempt to win the Scientific American Trophy for the second time by a flight in the Silver Dart of sixteen miles. I felt that it would not be safe for us to issue such an invitation unless we tested the engine and had reason to believe that it would not become overheated before that distance had been run.
At forty miles an hour it would take twenty-four minutes to run sixteen miles, so that I felt that we should have some assurance that the engine would run for at least half an hour without being overheated. Yesterday (March 1) the engine