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UFOs in the daily Press:

The airship stories in the 1857 US Press:

This article was published in the daily newspaper Ohio Repository, Canton, Ohio, July 15, 1857.

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

From the New York Tribune

Meteoritic Phenomenon.

Carbondale, Wayne Co., Pa., June 20, 1857.

A strange and startling phenomenon took place near this city just at sunset last evening.

A large cloud was seen making its appearance, coming directly from the northwest, accompanied by considerable wind. When near this place, a dark looking cloud, or substance, was seen to leave the cloud and make diagonally for the earth. So soon as it struck the ground, contrary to all expectation, it became highly luminous. Making directly for a large barn that stood in the field, it passed through its center, setting it on fire, and continued its course, gaining in velocity as far as the eye could reach, making a straight course for the woods, melting stone of considerable size, and burning up brush and under wood, making a complete road, of a rod or more in width, for the distance of three miles, and finally fetching up against a perpendicular breast of solid anthracite coal of 60 feet in thickness, proving rather too much for its cometship, leaving nothing but a sulphurous mass behind.

Yours, P. JOHNSON.

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