Manuscripts/Mixed Material Article by Alexander Graham Bell, October 11, 1910
But the world was not satisfied with this position, it looked to Prof. Langley himself to carry on the experiments to the point of actually transporting a human being through the air on an Aerodrome like his model, and so with the aid of an appropriation from the War Department of the United States, Prof. Langley actually constructed a full-sized Aerodrome and found a man brave enough to risk his life in the apparatus (Mr. Manley of Washington, D. C.) Great public interest was aroused; but Prof. Langley did not feel justified in giving information to the Public, and therefore to foreign nations, concerning experiments undertaken in the interests of the War Department. His own dislike to premature publicity, cooperated with his conscientious scruples, to lead him to deny the newspapers the opportunity of witnessing the experiments. But the newspapers insisted upon being represented. The correspondents flocked to the scene, and camped there for weeks at considerable expense to their papers. They watched the house-boat containing the Aerodrome by day and by night; and, upon the least indication of activity within, newspaper reporters were on hand in boats. After long delay in hopes of securing privacy, experiments were made but the newspaper representatives, embittered by the attempts to exclude them, were already to presage defeat.