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UFOs in the daily Press:

Airship stories in th 1897 US Press:

This article was published in the daily newspaper Galveston News, Galveston, USA, on 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.

STRANGE OBJECT SEEN
"And There Shall Be Signs from the Heavens"

Gutherie, I.T. [Indian Territory], April 7. -- About 11 o'clock last night [April 6, 1897], the attention of landlord Trumball of the Arlington Hotel was attracted by a dark-looking object moving through the air above the city.

Soon a bright light was seen at the front of the object, which seemed to be thrown in different directions. Mr. Trumball called a number of people, who watched the strange shadow object for a long time, and are confident it is the mysterious airship seen at so many places during the past few weeks.

Its outlines were indistinct, but a light was thrown out from the front; and at times there were flashes of light along the sides. It moved swiftly backward and forward, sank almost to the ground just north of the city, and then rose straight into the air at great speed and disappeared in the darkness of the night.

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