Research Document #37

The Carey Article

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at their respective stations about the island. A patrol boat awaited outside the surf on the lee side, fire brigadiers lined the eastern end of the east-west runway, just inside of the 400 foot reef extending outward to the sea. At the tent, midway of the runway, the party waited. Inside the tent rested some 1m700 gallons of gasoline for refueling the plane. Everybody had cameras. Mr. Richard Black, Department of interior representative in charge of development of the U.S. Equatorial islands, fingered several red and yellow silk leis destined to adorn the expectant fliers. James Kamakaiwi, leader of the four colonists stationed at Howland island, appeared in shorts, wearing a lei, exhibiting a catchy smile over a perfect specimen of manly, physical development, healthily tanned. He was expecting the first plane to land on the field he had helped to built and in whose honor it had been named.

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