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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 Detroit Evening News, Detroit, Michigan, Thursday, April 1, 1897.

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


Galesburg Folk Imagine They Saw One High in Air

Galesburg, Michigan, April 1. -- The incredulity with which reports of a wandering airship have been received has been much qualified by events which occurred here last evening [March 31, 1897].

About 10 o'clock a brilliant white light suddenly appeared, accompanied by a sharp crackling sound, evidently coming from above. These phenomena lasted for probably 30 seconds and startled the spectators, one of whom positively asserts that he saw a huge black object tipped with flame, at a great distance above the earth.

A Mrs. Wyngate, residing just over the line of Charleston Township, asserts that she distinctly heard voices from above, at the time of the occurrence.

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