Montreal Gazette, 5 August 1869, page 3

Some secrets leak out about the flying machine called the “Aviator”, about which the Californian papers boast so much. One of the journals describes a trial of that machine and innocently remarks that the benefit of the steering appendage could not be determined, as the machine was guided round the room by in [illegible] of the cords attached. It was also “easily elevated or depressed by means of mail cords at the bow and stern.” Altogether it seems to have been about so fair a trail of the machinery as might be afforded by walking around with a hand balloon, and the astonishment at its success is about as reasonably exhibited as it would be at finding that a little management would keep the little globe under perfect control.