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UFOs in the daily Press:

The "mysterious airship" wave in the New Zealand Press, 1909:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper The Press, New Zealand, Volume LXV, Issue 13537, page 8, September 25, 1909.


Some Cambridge youths endeavoured to provide the district with a "scareship" the other day, writes the correspondent of the "Auckland Star." They accordingly proceeded to manufacture an aeroplane, consisting of paper bags filled with gas. On Saturday evening a trial trip was made; everything worked splendidly, and it was arranged to float the scareship over the town on Saturday night last, with two lights attached with the aid of a couple of light strings, and finally to release it. The apparatus was duly inflated, the lights attached, and everything was in readiness for the performance, and just when the crowd was greatest in the street the "scareship" was set uping. But there happened to be a breeze at the time, and when the apparatus was about 14ft above the ground a squall caught the bags of gas and brought them in conjunction with the lamps, and the whole affair was blown to piece, much to the disgust of its manufacturers.

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