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UFOs in the daily Press:

THE AIRSHIP STORIES IN THE US PRESS:

This article was published in the daily newspaper The Times-Press, Bay City, Michigan, Saturday, April 17, 1897.

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

It beats all how that airship is skylarking around. Thursday night it was seen, in addition to the claim of Muggs Landing in Bay City, in Lansing, Hudson, Battle Creek, Charlotte, and at Pontiac. At the latter place boys hoisted lanterns up the flagstaff at the Grove school, and the people are telling weird stories about what they saw. At Battle Creek the aerial monster descended to earth and tied a letter to the door of a newspaper office. All these "facts" are directly contradictory of the positive statement that the thing came near to earth in Essexville and plowed up a muskmelon patch. Some things are born every minute.

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