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UFOs in the daily Press:

Airship stories in the 1897 US Press:

This article was published in the daily newspaper The Chicago Times-Herald, Chicago, Illinois, Monday, March 22, 1897.

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


Aerial Mystery Floats About in the Neighborhood of Sioux City Every Evening

Sioux City, Iowa, March 21. – Those who wish to see Sioux City's air ship should be out between 9 and 11 p.m. with their telescopes covering the heavens between Smith's Villa addition and the Nebraska side of the Big Muddy.

It was seen three weeks ago by train crews on the Sioux City L Road. Twice after that the same men had glimpses of the machine. Now several residents of the western part of the city claim to have been added to the list.

The witnesses do not insist that the aerial mystery is an air ship, but they positively deny that it can be a balloon. It is evidently under perfect control, travels in a beeline at a uniform distance from the earth and carries a row of lights at each side of the color of incandescent lamps.

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