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     He then returned to Rutland where he and Leonard Bonney flew at the local Fair September 2nd to 6th, Bonney flying a Deperdussin monplane [[monoplane]] for the Sloane Aeroplane Company of New York. After this Schmitt flew at the Dog River Valley Fair at Northfield, Vermont, on September 10th, then exhibited at the Caledonia County Fair at St. Johnsbury, Vermont, September 12th and 13th. As the month ended he had completed a very active season of exhibition flying, having appeared at 28 cities since July 2nd.
     That fall Thor and Schmitt again arranged for an extensive winter exhibition tour through the West Indies and the Caribbean. They left New York on November 2nd on an expedition scheduled to last through February, 1913, giving exhibitions and demonstrating their Rausenberger-powered Baldwin plane before Government officials. On this tour they were in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Trinidad, the Barbados and Brazil. The tour was competed without accident, and was a financial success, and they did not return until June. During this trip Schmitt flew at many points before throngs of natives who had never before seen an airplane, and he received great acclaim everywhere. After returning he took a much needed rest and prepared to overhaul his plane and engine for fall engagements.
     Again his townspeople had him fly at their local Fair starting Labor Day, and arrangements were made for him to carry authorized mail during the event. A sub-station was provided at the Fairgrounds for collections and Schmitt was to fly the day's mail to a point near the Rutland Post Office where he would drop it for dispatch. On Monday, September 1st, he made 13 flights at the Fair, carrying several friends as passengers.
     On Tuesday, September 2nd, he made several flights, carried the mail, then took off carrying a long time friend, J.D. Spellman. While flying at about 500 feet the motor began to misfire, and Schmitt throttled down, starting a glide for the Fairgrounds. Spellman became hysterical, rose from his seat and became tangled in the control wires, breaking the rudder control. He then seized the shoulder yoke in back of Schmitt throwing the plane completedly [[completely]] out

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