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1905-12-12, “Not Even A Glimpse”, Dayton Daily News, Ohio, US, December 12, 1905, Scrapbook - Library of Congress, US.
Not Even A Glimpse
Of Wright Brothers' Flying Machine Could be Secured by French Newspaper Man.
HE TRAVELED TO DAYTON TO GET A PICTURE
And Facts for an Article, But Returns Empty-Handed — The Inventors Are Jealously Guarding Their Secret From All Curious Eyes.
Robert Coquelle, a distinguished Frenchman, arrived in the city Tuesday in quest of information concerning the Wright brothers flying machine. Coquelle represents L’Auto, a Paris automobile journal, devoted to sports, of which automobile and flying machine news is given the preference. Bicycle racing is also treated largely, and, in spite of the fact that L’Auto is not a newspaper in the general sense of the term, it is published daily, and has an immense circulation. A number of French bicycle riders were sent to America to compete in the six-day race at Madison Square Garden last week. Among the number were Gougolz, Vanoni, Vanderstuyft, Stol, Trowscher, Decaup, Dorlinger, Dussot and Hall, and Mr. Coquelle was sent along with them as manager of the tour, besides as the representative of L'Auto, with which he is identified. Near the end of the race, a cablegram was sent to the management to be delivered to Coquelle. It read as follows:
Paris, France, Dec. 9. 1905.
Six-Day Committee, Racing, New York:
Tell Coquelle go, after six-days race, to Dayton. Interview Wright. Writing instructions via Savolc.
Upon the receipt of this cablegram, Coquelle came on to Dayton, and at once hunted up, Earl Kiser and John S. Johnson, whom he met in Parts in 1896, when Kiser and Johnson were there under the management of Tom Eck, the old time rider trainer. Coquelle became well acquainted with them, and his partner, Victor Breyer, acted as their interpreter. Locating Kiser and Johnson, Coquelle made known his purpose in this city, and was at once taken by Johnson to the residence of the Wright brothers on Hawthorne street, West Side. There he made known the object of his visit, but the inventors of the machine were reticent, and refused to give him a story about their machine. He had a copy of L’Auto, which contained a cut of the old riding machine the Wrights invented some years ago, but which is not a picture of their present machine, although it is being faked by newspaper syndicates as the picture of the present flying machine.
Mr. Coquelle will return to New York empty handed, being unable to wrest the precious secret from the Wrights. It is understood that they have not as yet patented their machine, and hence are cautious as to allowing anything like a description of it to get out.
Coquelle was not given even a glimpse of the flying wonder which is attracting so much attention.