Manuscripts/Mixed Material Article by Alexander Graham Bell, October 11, 1910
Hargrave of Australia attacked the flying-machine problem from the standpoint of a Kite, communicating his results to the Royal Society of New South Wales. It is to him we owe the modern form of Kite known as the “Hargrave Box Kite,” which surpasses in stability all previous forms of Kite. He also constructed successful flying-machine models on a small scale using a store of compressed air as his motive power. He did not attempt to construct a large sized apparatus, or to go up into the air himself,— so he still lives, to carry on researches that are of interest and value to the world.
No one has contributed more to the modern revival of interest in flying-machines of the heavier-than-air type than our own Prof. Langley, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, who has just passed away from our midst.
The constant failures, and disasters of the past had brought into disrepute the whole subject of aerial flight by man, and the would-be inventor, or experimenter had to face not only the natural difficulties of his subject but the ridicule