Carrington has confirmed details of Coote's itinerary and telegrams Arthur Blakeley, clearly pointing out the conflict in the pilots arrangements and the consequent confusion at Hermannsburg. The Minister, apparently not much brighter than his brother, then telegrams Carrington asking, 'in his opinion' should planes be sent, Carrington's weary reply is to send just one plane to establish if the pilot is really missing, Blakeley will probably miss the inference.
Coote takes off from the Rock at 1.00p.m. heading for Alice Springs via the railway line, the plane goes well and he arrives shortly before 4.00p.m, Carrington is waiting and Coote makes excuses. The Air Board and Canberra wired to call off the search. Meanwhile Coote receives terse instructions from the Baileys to return to the Rock, pick up Taylor and return to Sydney.
But Coote wont find much of Taylor or supplies at the rock, this morning an ember from the camp fire sets the tinder dry windbreak alight and Taylor's camp is burnt out, everything goes, supplies, diaries, photos, Taylor has nothing left but the clothes he stands in, there is nothing for it but to return to Bob Bucks station at Middleton Ponds, a water drum is filled and he and Rolfe with one camel set off north east, a little over a hundred miles to go.
Eaton and Durant leave Melbourne this morning on their way to Central Australia in the search for the missing Coote. At Mildura when they receive word that the pilot has turned up in Alice Springs, all O.K.
The Postmaster General's department will make a tidy sum out of today's hot wires.
Terry decides to chase claypans in order to make some headway but only a mile in the first hour, the engine boils, no wind and a another thick hazy day. Conditions improve at 9.00 with a southerly change and the rest of the day is rather pleasant. 11.30 and they stop while Bailey stalks a large Kangaroo for the pot just as the camels arrive, very neat timing and navigation but the 'roo gets away. Another twelve miles for the day along the southern flank of the Musgraves. Camp pitched but soon moved when a bull ants nest discovered under the canvas. New camp finished just as thunderstorms gather and rain likely.