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UFOs in the daily Press:

Airship stories in the 1897 US Press:

This article was published in the daily newspaper Austin American Statesman, Austin, Texas, April 16, 1897.

Warning: the airship stories must not be taken at face value as "UFO sightings." Evaluation of such stories is under way here.

SIGHTING THE AIRSHIP
A Mysterious Traveler of the Skies Seen at Weatherford, Corsicana and Cresson

LOOKS LIKE A PASSENGER COACH
Powerful Search Lights Fore and Has Monstrous Wings That Fan the Breeze

Weatherford, Tex., April 15. -- Last night [April 14, 1897] at 9 o'clock the airship that has been mentioned in the News from Oklahoma and other points was seen here. It passed over the city in the southwesterly direction and lights were thrown out from the front resembling the headlight on an engine. The machine was seen by many people, The [Dallas Morning] News Correspondent included.

The following drawing of the airship appeared in the article:

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