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on October 3rd. There, on the last day, he had a forced landing in a swamp when the engine quit, but no serious damage resulted. 

Following this, Thor arranged for Schmitt to join Peter McLaughlin and aviator Todd Schriver on an exhibition tour of the West Indies, using a Baldwin "Red Devil" biplane owned by McLaughlin. The group left for San Juan, Puerto Rico, in mid-November on what was intended to be an extended exhibition tour during the mid-winter months. Misfortune soon overtook them when Schriver was killed at Ponce, near San Juan, on December 2nd. After this tragedy Todd and McLaughlin gave up the tour and returned to New York. 

Schmitt evidently bought the wrecked Baldwin "Red Devil" from McLaughlin and during the early months of 1912 re-built it at Rocky Hill, New Jersey, and installed a Rausenberger engine. He planned to use this plane for his 1912 exhibition season and shipped his original Curtiss-type machine to his home in Rutland. 

Schmitt was flying his re-built Baldwin plane at Mineola in May and June and was planning an exhibition tour through the Midwest. On July 13th he made two flights at DuBois, Pennsylvania, on July 20th filled two dates in one day, first in the morning at Alliance, Ohio, then he flew cross-country to East Liverpool, Ohio, 60 miles, for a date, returning to Alliance for an afternoon appearance. That day he was in the air two hours and fifty minutes. The next day he flew from Alliance to Chester, West Virginia, for an exhibition there, then returned to Alliance. 

On August 1st he started a four day engagement at Bellefontaine, Ohio, flying at the Logan County Fair. One day while there he also flew to Kenton, Ohio, 25 miles, for an exhibition, then returned to Bellefontaine. August 5th to 8th he was at Fort Recovery, Ohio, at a Harvest Festival Celebration, where he carried authorized mail. Before the event was over he broke a crankshaft and aviator Earl Sandt came to finish the engagement following this Schmitt flew at Portsmouth, Hamilton, Coney Island, and Hicksville, all in Ohio, before completing his tour. 


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It seems as if this is the second page with the same letter content, although slightly different. This letter seems have to two slightly different copies in this project.

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