Success four flights Thursday morning all against twenty one mile wind started from Level with engine power alone speed through air thirty one miles longest 57 second inform Press home Christmas.
(Orville Wright (1871-1948), U.S. pioneer aviator. Telegram, December 17, 1903, vol. 1, The Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright (1953).
The telegram was written to Milton WrightOrville and Wilbur's fatherannouncing the first successful powered flight, made at Kitty Hawk Sands the same day. The flight time was in fact 59 seconds, not 57.)
I seem, in most of these verses, to have but placed a harp in a window, and noted the contrasted airs which wayward winds have played upon the strings.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Prefatory words. "Battle-Pieces" (1866), p. 446, Collected Poems of Herman Melville, ed. Howard P. Vincent (1947).
Describing the composition of his Civil War poetry.)