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over Boston, dropping quantities of handbills for the BOSTON JOURNAL. Shortly thereafter he packed up and moved back to Nassau Boulevard, New York where he made his headquarters during July. There Curtiss made a deal with Ovington to also fly a Curtiss machine and he started practicing on a biplane at that time. He flew actively into early August and he frequently carried a passenger. On August 6th Ovington and his crew left New York for the Chicago Meet, taking his Bleriot monoplane and a 60 H.P. Curtiss biplane. At this time several of his earlier electrical inventions had become financially successful. As a competitor at Chicago he made a great showing against the top aviators of the world. There Ovington and Sopwith engaged in daily rivalry in the monoplane events, with Ovington usually the winner. He entered some events with the Curtiss biplane, but preferred the Bleriot. From Chicago he shipped both machines to Boston for the Harvard-Boston Meet, held August 26th to September 4th, where he specialized in the speed events. On September 2d he flew in the Boston Light Race, and on September 4th won the BOSTON GLOBE $10,000 Tri-State race by flying from Boston to Nashua, New Hampshire; Worchester, Massachusetts, Providence, Rhode Island, and back to Boston. Total distance was 186 miles and total flying time was 3 hours, 6 minutes. He made landings at all three towns and at Providence was greeted by the Governor and the Mayor. In this race he earned $11,780 and expenses. From Boston Ovington [[strikethrough]] was at [[/strikethrough]] went to the Nassau Boulevard Meet on Long Island, New York from September 23rd to October 5th. There he made history as America's first [[strikethrough]] official [[/strikethrough]] aerial postman to be officially appointed by the Post office Department. After being [[strikethrough]] officially appointed [[/strikethrough]] sworn in by Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock on September 23rd he carried mail from Nassau to Mineola daily for nine days. A special postal station was provided at the Meet where mail could be posted, then daily it was dropped for collection. After this event Ovington had a contract with flight promoter William Pickens to enter the Hearst Transcontinental Race, and a special Queen-Beriot monoplane, with an Indian 7-cylinder 50 H.P. rotary engine was built for this event. The Machine was troublesome on test so Ovington announced that he was going to quit flying and take a rest. This ended his flying until later when he reentered aviation 3
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