New York, Oct 23 (UP) - The same silence that shrouded Sir Frances Drake's world voyage 350 years ago closed around this flying kinsman Urban F. Diteman today.
Fueling a tiny single-motored monoplane christened the Golden Hind after Drakes' famous Galleon, with 165 gallons
of gasoline, the tall lean Montana cattleman left Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, yesterday at 11 am bound for London.
Twenty-four hours after the plane passed out of sight over the Atlantic, no word had been received of it.
Fear for his safety
The failure of Diteman to cover the 1800 miles to the Irish coast within a maximum allowed time of 21 hours
was sufficient to cause considerable fear among observers that the light monoplane and its daring pilot had not
been able to survive the perils of the North Atlantic.
On his departure, Diteman left a sealed note with a trusted friend which was opened. The message read: "I
am bound for London. You will find a package and two letters in my hotel room. Forward same as addressed. Be sure
to wrap the bundle in heavy paper. Hold the tools a few days for cable instructions otherwise send to same address.
I have 165 United States standard gallons of gasoline, at a conservative estimate enough for 25 hours.
Parents are confident
Portland Ore Oct 23 - While a brother-in-law maintained a vigil in a a newspaper office here today, the sister
and aged parents of Urban F. Diteman Jr. refused to sleep and awaited reports of the progress of his adventure.
Warren A. Erwin the brother-in-law, maintained an attitude of confidence. "When we hear that Urban has succeeded-and
I' am sure that will be the news- then we'll sleep" declared Urban F. Diteman Sr., were not advised of their
son's flight until last night, Erwin having planned to keep the news from them until today, when the best -or the
worst new was expected.
"Drake Estate" believed myth
London, Oct 23 (UP) The extra vagrant myth of the "drake estate" the crown jewels and other loot of raids on the Spanish Main was recalled again today by the transatlantic flight attempt of Urban F. Diteman extensive and though search thought files and records of many years and enquires among lawyers here have resulted in the unanimous conclusion that the estate is nonexistent. Drake marred twice, the records indicate. There were no children of either marriage and the famous sea fighter left but about $200,000 to his widow. But claims that a rich estate valued at more than $1,000,000 exists and can be turned over to properly established heirs have been advanced since 1902 and one Oscar Hartzell, supposed to be living here. he estimated the value of the estate at 22,500,000,000 and represents that Americans particularly citizens of Southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, where many descendants of the Drake family are said to live, who have donated to a fund to pay expense of settlement eventually will get as high as $7000.00 for every dollar donated.
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