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UFOs in the daily Press:

Airship stories in the 1897 US Press:

This article was published in the daily newspaper Boston Globe, USA, on April 16, 1897.

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

THE AIRSHIP QUESTION

The numerous reports that come from the west of the appearance of a huge airship which it is claimed has been seen at various points, may, or may not, be well founded. But there is nothing inherently improbable in them.

Trained scientific men, who speak from well-grounded knowledge, have admitted for a number of years, that aerial navigation is a possibility; and it has long been thought that the practical difficulties in the way of effecting it would soon be overcome. It would not be at all surprising if those practical difficulties has now in reality been solved. At any rate, if the air ship is not an actual consummation we may expect its appearance at any time.

The 19th century has been an era of unparalleled invention. If the air ship shall be invented and perfected before the close of the century it will furnish a memorable climax to an era that is already without a parallel.

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