This article was published in the daily newspaper Oroville Daily Register, Oroville, USA, Thursday, December 3, 1896
Warning: the airship stories must not be taken at face value as "UFO sightings." Evaluation of such stories is under way here.
Air Ship at Forbestown
Harry P. Stow was in town yesterday from Forbestown and said that one of his most reliable and trustworthy men at the Goldbank mine, Thos. E. Goyne, was positive that he saw the airship on Sunday evening [29 novembre 1896].
It was a little after 7 o'clock when Mr. Goyne saw the bright light carried at the bow of the "aerial" and after watching it a moment observed that it to rose and fell and did not remain stationary like a star. He ran into his house and called Mrs. Anson, who came out to satisfy herself and she was so convinced that she called the Rev. Mr. Kiest, who studied the floating light attentively.
Then Mr. Goyne ran down into the town and in a few moments half the people in Forbestown were straining their eyes and craning their necks noting the position and the movements of the mysterious moving light. It seemed to have a wave-like or oscillating movement and this was observed by fully 100 people.
Mr. Stow did not see the light himself, but said the gentleman who first observed it felt confident that it was the mysterious visitor that has been floating over Sacramento Valley.
A Wonderful Metal - Is It Used in the Newly Discovered Air Ship?
It will be remembered that some years ago a man discovered a wonderful metal in Pine Nut, Nevada. This peculiar metal was contained in clay and the man discovered it by using some of the clay for a back to his stove. Some hours after building a fire in the stove he found that the back had disappeared and in place of it was a clear white metal with scarcely any weight to it.
Now the man who discovered and used that metal was in Oroville yesterday. In fact he has been here a number of days. He does not want his name published but we met him and talked with him for fifteen or twenty minutes. We do not know of course whether he has anything to do with this mysterious air ship or not, but if there was any truth in the report of the wonderful metal discovery it is possible that he has kept the secret and used the new metal in constructing this wonderful floating ship.