This article was published in the daily newspaper The Chicago Times-Herald, Chicago, Illinois, on Tuesday, April 6, 1897.
Warning: the airship stories must not be taken at face value as "UFO sightings." Evaluation of such stories is under way here.
AIR SHIP IS SEEN IN ILLINOIS
Residents of Nashville See the Object Supposed to Have Mystified Kansas and Nebraska
Nashville, Ill., April 5 – What appeared to be a balloon, but what most people who saw it think was the mysterious air ship of Kansas and Nebraska, passed over this city about 8 o'clock this evening. It appeared in the northwest as a large red light. And as it approached the city a dark outline was faintly discerned. The fact that the object traveled from the northwest while the wind was from the southeast goes to prove it was not a balloon.