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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, 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.


People in an Iowa town Get a glimpse Of the Mysterious Nocturnal Flyer

Belle Plaine, Iowa, April 7. – The air ship that has been mystifying western people has been observed in this county. One of the most reputable physicians of Vinton says that all the members of his family observed the mysterious aerial machine last night [April 6, 1897] and distinctly heard it swishing through the air.

The air ship first appeared down in the southwest about 9 o'clock and could plainly be observed to travel in a swaying manner, like a bird flying against a wind, and darting to and fro, would rise up quickly and lower itself with a gentle, easy motion and seemed under perfect control of the navigator. It was going in a northeasterly direction.

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