Was It An Airship?
Curious Phenomenon Witnessed by Two Reputable Citizens of Woodland
Three Bright Lights Followed by a Brilliant Train Passed Directly Over This City
That there is a mysterious light moving in the upper atmosphere does not seem
to be any doubt. So many reputable and honest people saw it in various
times and places that it does not seem reasonable that they are all
victims of an hallucination.
We do not agree blindly, however, with the generally accepted theory that the
mysterious visitor is an air ship. It is more reasonable to suppose that
it is an aerial phenomenon occurring in a way perfectly natural manner
and likely to be explained in a rational and scientific way.
In the Examiner today is a story of a mysterious light seen sailing
in the airs in the vicinity of Woodland at an uncertain date.
The Democrat can to shed some light on this story.
Three weeks ago approximately, and several days before the phenomenon was
reported for the first time in Sacramento, L. Charmak and a gentleman who
asked us not to tell his name stood in front of Mr. Charmak's workplace.
It was between 8 and 9 o'clock in the evening. Suddenly a moving light, or,
more accurately, lights, appeared in the south-western portion of the city.
The attention of Mr. Charmak was drawn above. The unusual visitor moved in
the north-eastern direction, and when it was seen for the first time it was
apparently above A. D. Porter's residence.
Whereas it reached main street it suddenly rose of 100 feet or more, but
its movement continued in the same direction. It moved very slowly and
30 seconds ran out between the moment when it was in sight and where the
Capital Hotel hid it out of sight.
While it moved amply, Mr. Charmak and his friend had the oooportunity to have
a good sight of it. There were three distinct lights, resembling much a
light with an arc. They were close one another and were spaced of a constant
distance, and were followed of a long trail of light as that
which generally follows behind a shooting star, except it was white.
Their first thought was that it was a meteor, but its proximity to the earth,
its weird movements and its unusual shape sustained this theory with difficulty.
The pore they thought about it more their doubt increased. The occurrence was
not mentioned at the time except by the gentleman who was with Mr. Charmak.
In the family, where it was discussed, the opinion was voiced that if it
was a meteor, it was the most extraordinary phenomenon of this kind
that he ever observed.
None of these gentlemen claims that the mysterious light that they saw
was an airship. They do not have any theory to explain it. They told what
they saw, and people can draw their own conclusions from that.