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Airship stories in the 1897 US Press:

This article was published in the daily newspaper The Boston Globe, USA, April 15, 1897.

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

AIRSHIP WAS A HOAX

McCann and Friend Hung it from Telegraph Wires

They Snapped Their Cameras at It and Phased Chicagoites

Hoodless, Who Saw It, Proved a Hoodoo, for He Gave the Scheme Away.

CHICAGO, April 15 - Excitement over the visitation of the airship has not yet abated in Rogers Park. Everybody in the village was talking about it yesterday, and the little store of Walter McCann at Ravenwoods Park and Greenleaf was was the center of excitement. McCann is the man who got out his snapshot camera and photographed the aerial monster as it floated over the quiet suburb at a still hour Sunday morning.

He was busy all day yesterday printing photographs from his negative he made in the camera, and this morning the photographs will be on sale.

The orders he received yesterday far exceeded the capacity of his amateur studio, and it will take him a week to make all the pictures ordered.

The negative from which the pictures were made was freely exhibited to critical and skeptical visitors.

"There it is," McCann would say with a mischievous laugh. "I'd have to be a 'corker' at photographing to fake up that, don't you think?"

One long, critical look at the plate of glass which received on its sensitized side the picture of the telegraph poles, and high above the row of sheds in the distance the clearly outlined form of the airship, was enough to convince the most critical.

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