This article was published in the daily newspaper The Champaign Daily Gazette, Champaign, Illinois, Thursday, April 8, 1897.
Warning: the airship stories must not be taken at face value as "UFO sightings." Evaluation of such stories is under way here.
THAT AIRSHIP SEEN AT OMAHA
Omaha, April 8 – An Airship was seen sailing through space by hundreds of people in this city Tuesday night [April 6, 1897]. The vessel appeared to be about ninety feet in length, was elliptical in form, and carried a bright light in front and a red light in the rear.