This article was published in the daily newspaper The Chicago Times-Herald, Chicago, Illinois, on Saturday, April 10, 1897.
Warning: the airship stories must not be taken at face value as "UFO sightings." Evaluation of such stories is under way here.
Marion, Iowa, April 9. -- An air ship passed in a southerly direction over this town at 2:05 o'clock this morning. It was seen by the night operators of the Western Union Telegraph Company and others. It appeared to be about 500 feet above the ground. The outlines were distinctly visible against the sky. The ship gave out two bright lights of an electric glow.