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Charles Hoy Fort's Notes

O (to Objects)


O / 1839 / Sept 19 / [LT], 3-f / Bones in the desert. [AF-III; 70. (London Times, September 19, 1839. p. 3 c. 6.)]

O / Deism, belief in a God apart from Naturerejecting spec. creation and Providence. / Theist = belief in God and Providence. [AF-III; 71.]

O / I could not specialize. / Except in broad sense—or upon writing. / I had to synthesize or combine all qualities. [AF-III; 72.]

O / Influences / Effect of feeling empowerment of realism. / That was preceded by "we-they". / That only by memory. [AF-III; 73.]

O / The story-writing impulse is an impulse to make a whole of a part or of a fragment—like Nature's impulse with a leaf or begonia. Last night, seeing the door of the flat downstairs partly open, I walked in, thinking I belonged there. Later, or very soon after, I had a story-impulse—somebody does this—and sees the occupants up to something. What? Counterfeiting. It's a girl; will they have to grab her? Then what? And one of them in love with her, etc. [AF-III: 74.1, 74.2.]

O / Evolution / Emerge / Return / Emerge new phase. [MB-I; 382.]

O / Evolution / Obsessions. [MB-I; 383.]

[Fort's obituaries notes are in a separate category of this collection, under: Obituary Notes.]


Objs / 1885 / Aug 29 / Religio-Phil. Jour, 6-5 / Silver watch found in a watermelon at Battle Creek, Mich. [AF-III; 75. (Religio-Philosophical Journal, August 29, 1885, p. 6 c. 5.)]

Obj / + / 1888 / Religio-Phil Jour, Oct 6-6-5 / A dagger, 18 inches long, and upon it Arabic characters, found by a herdsman in Gillespie Co., Texas. Thought be Moorish and lost by a Spaniard of time of Cortez. / See Nov 10-5-6. [AF-III: 76.1, 76.2. (Religio-Philosophical Journal October 6, 1888, p. 6 c. 5.) (Religio-Philosophical Journal, November 10, 1888, p. 6 c. 5.)]

Objs / Strange round balls of stone in a quarry. "Adjacent stone shattered." / Nature 111-539. [AF-III; 77. (Nature, 111-539; not found here.)]

Obj strange / 1927 / Jan. 24 / M. Post / [Virgin of the Rocks]. [AF-III; 78. Newspaper clipping. (London Morning Post, January 24, 1927; not at BNA.) "Virgin of the Rocks." Nottingham Evening Post, January 24, 1927, p. 1 c. 6. " A curious discovery has lately been made at Antibes, on the Riviera, by two men who were working in a stone quarry." "They had just exploded a mine when they found, at the depth of more than a yard, a statuette of about 12 inches in height representing the Virgin Mary, with her hands crossed and her mantle folded around her." "The report having got about, large numbers of visitors came to see the statuette, which rests on a shelf of a rocky nature, and is lightly covered with a layer of lime, probably caused by the infiltration of water. This, however, has in no way affected the lines of the statue." "The people of the neighbourhood are naturally curious in regard to this discovery, and there is much speculation as to how the little image got inside this rock, which has hidden it for who knows how many years." "The only reasonable supposition is that the statue was left at some indefinite period on the surface and that owing to some seismic disturbance it fell into a crack, in which it was closed by a process of petrifaction. The population are, of course, inclined to attribute the discovery to something miraculous."]

Objs strange / + / N.Y. Herald, 1889, Ap. 14-13-4 / At Biddeford, Maine, Mrs Frank Kenny, of Portsmouth, N.H.—under medical treatment, in Biddeford, disgorged light-colored snake, 12 and ⅜ inches long. Her belief that she swallowed it with water in Aug., 1886. [AF-III; 79. (New York Herald, April 14, 1889, p. 13 c. 4.)]

Objs strange places / 1888 / Aug 3 / Sun, 2-6 / Fossil or stone carving—found in quarry at Bridgeton, N.J. Like a horse with a swan's neck and head. / See ab Aug 2. / 4-3-1. [AF-III; 80. (New York Sun, August 3, 1888, p. 2 c. 6.) (New York Sun, August 4, 1888, p. 3 c. 1.) See: (1888, ab. Aug 2).]

Objects strange places / + / 1925 / Jan 17 / N and Q of / The head of a marble statue found in n.Y. harbor. [AF-III; 81. (Notes and Queries, January 17, 1925.) (Also at: Lib / [Indexes] / NY Times Index, (AF-II; 541).]

Objs Strange places / (+) / Finds human expression in placing coins, copies newspaper, etc., in cornerstones. [AF-III; 82.]

Obj. strange places / Horsehoes in a tree / N.Y. Herald, 1896, Sept 20-11-4. [AF-III; 83. (New York Herald, September 20, 1896, p. 11 c. 4.)]

Objs strange places / Many coins found in Jumbo's stomach—English and American and Canadian / Religio-Phil. Jour, Oct 17, 1885. [AF-III; 84. (Religio-Philosophical Journal, October 17, 1885.)]

Objects strange places / Piece of wood on ice/ See "y", p. 73. [AF-III; 85. (Ref.??? "y," p. 73???)]

Objs strange places / Science, Nov 3, 1893 / Science, Nov 3, 1893 / Cor tells of finding a grooved axe in a clay bed 8 feet from the top, on an island in the Susquehanna. / See [i]f—a clay formation? [AF-III; 86. (Science, November 3, 1893.)]

Objs strange places / D / Spearhead in coal / Chamb. Jour 19/12. [AF-III; 87. (Chambers Journal, 19-12.)]

Obj. strange places / The Nampa image / See Sci Amer., 1889. / Nampa, Idaho / Brought up by a sand pump from a depth of 320 feet by Mr. M.A. Kurtz, ab 20 miles from Boise City. "Apparently the figure of a female, one leg and one arm being missing, made of baked clay." Ab 1 inch and a half long. Shot or bored through. As reported by the drillers—60 feet of soil, 12 to 15 lava rock, rest alternating sand and quicksand. [AF-III: 88.1, 88.2. “The Nampa Image.” Scientific American, n.s., 61 (November 9, 1889): 292.]

Obj / Calaveras Skull / N.Y. Times, Dec 8-2-6, 1869 / Copied story of an editor of a San Francisco newspaper, who writes to discredit it. He found the man who had brought it up from a depth of 130 feet in a shaft in which he was workingto him it was only "a rather singular looking stone", but he took it home. 2 years later he gave it to somebody elsewho gave it to a third personwho gave it to a fourth person, a physician, who cleaned it, "In the hands of the fourth man, it appeared to be an old skull." He gave it to Prof. Whitney. Editor thinks was a joke on Prof. W. But the editor tells the story of the passing along of the "stone" as veritable, and does not tell where the "joke" began. Trouble with the story iswhy, if all not know it a skull, should one bother to take from another, a mere round stone for boulder? / NY Times, Dec 8-2-6, 1869. [MB-I: 384.1 to 384.4. (New York Times, December 8, 1869, p. 2 c. 6.)]

Objs / Strange Places / See Bones, / See Archaeo. [MB-I; 385. See: (Bones), and, (Archaeo).]

Objs / strange places / Snakes in stomachs / See Appetites, Strange. [MB-I; 386. See: (Appetites, Strange).]

Objs / strange places / That places have a burying quality. See Skeleton in Armora bank fell in and buried a boy here. [MB-I; 387. See: (Skeleton in Armor).]

Obj / Across Sun / June 26, 1926. [SF-III; 225. See: (1926 June 26).]

Obj / Near Sun / Nov 2, 1845. [SF-III; 226. See: (1845 Nov 2).]

Objs / Vulcans / May 8, 1860 / June 26, 1873. [SF-III; 227. See: (1860 May 8), and, (1873 June 26).]

Obj / Sunspot seen South / not North / May 13, 1902. [SF-III; 228. See: (1902 May 13).]

Objs / See Sunspot not seen elsewhere. [SF-III; 229. (Ref.???)]

Obj / or Meteor that turned back / Nov 29, 1839. [SF-III; 230. See: (1839 Nov 29).]

Obj / Sky / ab. June 12, 1921. [SF-III; 231. See: (1921 ab. June 12).]

Obj. / Time of Venus, but not Venus. [SF-III; 232.]

Obj / Near sun / June 28, 1860. [SF-III; 233. See: (1860 June 28).]

Obj / Near Sun / Comet seen near it in Sept., 1882. / In South. Seen in South. [SF-III; 234. See: (1882 Sept).]

Obj / Near sun / in eclipse / May 19, 1882. [SF-III; 235. See: (1882 May 19).]

Obj / Near sun / June 18, 1882. [SF-III; 236. See: (1882 June 18).]

Obj / Sun obj / June 1, 1853. [SF-III; 237. See: (1853 June 1).]

Obj / Near sun / Comet evidently appeared full sized near sun. / Feb 28, 1843. [SF-III; 238. See: (1843 Feb 28).]

Obj / Near Sun / Sept 19, 1883. [SF-III; 239. See: (1883 Sept 19).]

Obj / Near sun / Comet / Sept. 30, 1807. [SF-III; 240. See: (1807 Sept 30).]

Obj / Eclipse / Jan 22, 1898. [SF-III; 241. See: (1898 Jan 22).]

Obj / Eclipse / May 6, 1883. [SF-III; 242. See: (1883 May 6).]

Obj / Near Sun / Sept 4, 1921. [SF-III; 243. See: (1921 Sept 4).]

Obj / Near Sun / Ap. 24, 1901. [SF-III; 244. See: (1901 Ap 24).]

Obj / Near sun / June 26, 1915. [SF-III; 245. See: (1915 June 26).]

Obj / Near Sun / Sept. 20-24, 1896. [SF-III; 246. See: (1896 Sept 20-24).]

Obj / Comet near sun / Dec 21-24, 1896. [SF-III; 247. See: (1896 Dec 21-24).]

Obj / Near Sun / July 14, 1899. [SF-III; 248. See: (1899 July 14).]

Obj / Near sun / Comet / Feb. 7, 1880. [SF-III; 249. See: (1880 Feb 7).]

Obj / Near sun and smoke / Pernambuco / Ap 11, 1860. [SF-III; 250. See: (1860 Ap 11).]

Obj / Near Sun / Comet / Australia / Jan 17. 1865 / Jan 19. [SF-III; 251. See: (1865 Jan 17, 19).]

Obj / Lands / Moon shadow on / 1st June, 1892. [SF-III; 252. See: (1892 1st June).]

Obj / D / Near Sun / An indication of large bodies near the sun / M. Notices 34/365. [SF-III; 253. (D-???) (Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 34-365.)]

Obj / Wiggin's Moon / May 16, 1884. [SF-III; 254. See: (1884 May 16).]

Obj / Cloud=obj / Oct 22, 1886. [SF-III; 255. See: (1886 Oct 22).]

Obj / Star moving after volc / ab Aug 15, 1886. [SF-III; 256. See: (1886 ab Aug 15).]

Obj / Like Nova / Ap. 25, 1898. [SF-III; 257. See: (1898 Ap 25).]

Obj / Luminous / Eclipse / India / Jan 22, 1898. [SF-III; 258. See: (1898 Jan 22).]

Obj / Star / Aug 291898 / Sept 3. [SF-III; 259. See: (1898 Aug 29 to Sept 3).]

Obj / Comet / Ireland / Aug., 1856 / early / Also see Aug. 21. [SF-III; 260. See: (1856 Aug-Aug 21).]

Obj / Near Venus? / Dec 10, 1853. [SF-III; 261. See: (1853 Dec 10).]

Obj / See Sunspot objs. [SF-III; 262.]

Obj / Stationary / ? / May 15, 1868. [SF-III; 263. See: (1868 May 15).]

Obj / Like Moon / Ap. 19, 1863. [SF-III; 264. See: (1863 Ap 19).]

Obj / Wiggins' Moon / May 16, 1884. [SF-III; 265. See: (1884 May 16).]

Obj / Venus? / Sept 15, 1886 / or ab Aug. 15. [SF-III; 266. See: (1886 Aug 15-Sept 15).]

Obj / Luminous / Star moving over volc region / Rotrua / volc, June 9, 1886 / "Star"Aug 15 ab. / like Chile. [SF-III; 267. See: (1886 ab. Aug 15).]

[Obj] / Cloud obj / Oct 22, 1886. [SF-III; 268. See: (1886 Oct 22).]

Obj / "Sunspot" / Nov. 22, 1881. [SF-III; 269. See: (1881 Nov 22).]

Obj / Dark World / Nov 10, 1908. [SF-III; 270. See: (1908 Nov 10).]

Objs / or Mirage / June 30, 1918. [SF-III; 271. See: (1918 June 30).]

Obj / or sky land if not sunspot / Dec. 10, 1913. [SF-III; 272. See: (1913 Dec 10).]

Obj / or Fiery Wind / July 31, 1888. [SF-III; 273. See: (1888 July 31).]

Obj / Unknown Comet / Sept 25-Oct 1*, 1911. [SF-III; 274. See: (1911 Sept 25-Oct 20).]

Obj / Dark / Dec 6, 1882. [SF-III; 275. See: (1882 Dec 6).]

Objs / Near sun / Sunset Comet / Jan., 1910. [SF-III; 276. See: (1910 Jan).]

Objs / Not sunspots / May 9, 1884 / May 16. [SF-III; 277. See: (1884 Mauy 9-May 16).]

Obj / Near sun / Sept. 30, 1807. [SF-III; 278. See: (1807 Sept 30).]

Obj / Near sun / Sept., 1839. [SF-III; 279. See: (1839 Sept).]

Obj / Not sunspot? / March 4, 1890. [SF-III; 280. See: (1890 March 4).]

Obj / Near Sun / or Comet / June 15, 1882. [SF-III; 281. See: (1882 June 15).]

Obj / Near Sun / Sept 19, 1883. [SF-III; 282. See: (1883 Sept 19).]

Objs / Wiggins' Moon / May 16, 1884. [SF-III; 283. See: (1884 May 16).]

Obj / Near Sun / or Comet / Jan 18, 1887. [SF-III; 284. See: (1887 Jan 18).]

Obj / Not sunspot? / May 13, 1902. [SF-III; 285. See: (1902 May 13).]

Obj / Near sun / Sept 30, 1807 / Venus? [SF-III; 286. See: 1807 Sept 30, (I; 209).]

Objs / Not sunspots / Dec 6, 1882. [SF-III; 287. See: (1882 Dec 6).]

Obj / Not sunspot / (?) / Nov. 22, 1881. [SF-III; 288. See: (1881 Nov 22).]

Obj / Cross sun / Feb 12, 1864. [SF-III; 289. See: (1864 Feb 12).]

Obj / Cross sun / Aug 30, 1875 / March 1, 1876. [SF-III; 290. See: (1875 Aug 30), and, (1876 March 1).]

Obj / Near sun / Comet / Jan 19, 1865. [SF-III; 291. See: (1865 Jan 19).]

Obj / In space / May 7, 1913. [SF-III; 292. See: 1913 May 7, (X; 98).]

[The following forty-five notes were clipped together by Fort. SF-III: 293 to 337.]

Obj / On kite? / July 10, 1888. [SF-III; 293. See: (1888 July 10).]

[Obj] / Balloon Myst / July 16-17, 1889. [SF-III; 294. See: (1889 July 16-17).]

Obj. / Luminous / like March 10, 1883 / Aug 15, ab., 1886. [SF-III; 295. See: (1883 March 10), and, (1886 a. Aug 15).]

Obj. / Balloon or star-like / Jan. 15, 1885. [SF-III; 296. See: (1885 Jan 15).]

Obj / In sky / July 26, 1884 / Cologne. [SF-III; 297. See: (1884 July 26).]

[Obj] / Balloon or Foreigner? / Sept. 8, 1888. [SF-III; 298. See: (1888 Sept 8).]

Obj / Aug. 22, 1885. [SF-III; 299. See: (1885 Aug 22).]

Obj. / June 10, 1884. [SF-III; 300. See: (1884 June 10).]

Obj / Feb 10, 1883. [SF-III; 301. See: (1883 Feb 10).]

Obj / Nov. 30, 1887. [SF-III; 302. See: (1887 Nov 30).]

Obj / Balloon yarn / Ky. / Dec. 10, 1887. [SF-III; 303. See: (1887 Dec 10).]

Obj / Cometic / Klein's / May, last, 1887. [SF-III; 304. See: (1887 May, last).]

Obj. / Luminous / 15 minutes (?) / Ap. 11, 1887. [SF-III; 305. See: (1887 Ap 11).]

[Obj] / Balloon? / Jan 12, 1871 / Aug 8, 1880. [SF-III; 306. See: (1871 Jan 12), and, (1880 Aug 8).]

Obj / Comet-like / Kentucky / Aug 26-Sept 5, 1880. [SF-III; 307. See: (1880 Aug 26-Sept 5).]

Obj / Like Comet / Jan 20, 1888. [SF-III; 308. See: (1888 Jan 20).]

Obj / Luminous / 21 minutes / Constantinople / March 24, 1888. [SF-III; 309. See: (1888 March 24).]

Obj / Luminous / Texan / (N.L.) / March 2-8, 1899. [SF-III; 310. The note refers to information from page 195 of New Lands. See: 1899 March 2, (VIII; 412), and, 1899 March 8, (VIII; 415).]

Obj / Balloon / Brit. Col. / Aug 4-7, 1897. [SF-III; 311. See: (1897 Aug 4-7).]

Obj / Luminous / Phil / May 3, 1895. [SF-III; 312. See: (1895 May 3).]

Obj / Luminous / Chicago / July 30, 1890. [SF-III; 313. See: (1890 July 30).]

Obj / (?) / May 12, 1897. [SF-III; 314. See: (1897 May 12).]

Obj / Madrid / March 14, 1892. [SF-III; 315. See: (1892 March 14).]

Obj / Balloon / Canada / ? / July, 1898 / BD 249. [SF-III; 316. The note refers to information from page 249 of The Book of the Damned. See: 1897 Aug 4-7, (VIII; 289).]

Obj / Balloon / Ireland / Oct, 1898 / B.D. 249. [SF-III; 317. The note refers to information from page 249 of The Book of the Damned. See: (1898 Oct).]

Obj / Balloons / ? / Jan, 1871. [SF-III; 318. See: (1871 Jan).]

Obj / Luminous / ab last Aug., 1873. [SF-III; 319. See: (1873 Aug, ab last).]

Objs / Luminous / Valparaiso / Nov. 14, 1874. [SF-III; 320. See: (1874 Nov 14).]

Obj. / Near Venus? / Dec 10, 1853 / obj or comet / ireland / Aug., 1856 / Oct 4, 1869. [SF-III; 321. See: (1853 Dec 10); (1856 Aug); and, (1869 Oct 4).]

Obj / Luminous / Oct 4, 1869. [SF-III; 322. See: (1869 Oct 4).]

Obj / Tarbes / Sept., 1887. [SF-III; 323. See: (1887 Sept).]

Obj / Luminous / Chicago / July 30, 1890. [SF-III; 324. See: (1890 July 30).]

Obj / Luminous / Aug 15, 14, 1904. [SF-III; 325. See: (1904 Aug 14, 15).]

Obj / Unidentified balloon / Ap. 11, 1907. [SF-III; 326. See: (1907 Ap 11).]

Obj / Balloon-like / Jan 28, 1908. [SF-III; 327. See: (1908 Jan 28).]

(Obj) / Airship / May 22, 1910. [SF-III; 328. See: (1910 May 22).]

[Obj] / Balloon / obj / Dunkirk / Sept 22, 1910. [SF-III; 329. See: (1910 Sept 22).]

Obj / Balloon / Aug 17, 1910. [SF-III; 330. See: (1910 Aug 17).]

Obj / Luminous / Tottenham / Aug 22, 1909. [SF-III; 331. See: (1909 Aug 22).]

Obj / Unknown local comet / Ky. / Aug 19, 1906. [SF-III; 332. See: (1906 Aug 19).]

Obj / Luminous / Australia / 4 minutes / Nov. 20, 1902. [SF-III; 333. See: (1902 Nov 20).]

Obj / Balloon? / Nov. 8, 1922. [SF-III; 334. See: (1922 Nov 8).]

Obj / From sky? / Oct. 24, 1921. [SF-III; 335. See: (1921 Oct 24).]

Obj / Dark / Leeds / May 7, 1913. [SF-III; 336. See: (1913 May 7).]

Obj / Luminous / Nov. 27, 1912. [SF-III; 337. See: (1912 Nov 27).]

[Objs / Sky] / See meteor notes. / 1923 / S F Daily News / [Mystery Airplane "Wreck" Is Seen at Reading; Disappears]. [SF-IV; 93. Newspaper clipping. (San Francisco Daily News, 1923.)]

Obj / See Oct 28, 1921. / 1922 / Nov. 8 / At Folkestone, just before noon, party of men working in a field saw an aeroplane flying at a height of about 300 feet, going seaward. When clear of the cliffs, the sound of engine stopped and it dropped. Men saw it sink in sea. A tug sent out but nothing found. But said that all aeroplanes that had left England that day accounted for. Thought men must have seen one of those flying to France dip and not fall in a fog. It was raining and very hazy at the time. / D. Mail, Nov. 9-9-5. [SF-IV: 94.1, 94.2. (London Daily Mail, November 9, 1922, p. 9 c. 5.) See: (1921 Oct 28).]

[Objs / Sky] / 1921 / Oct. 24 / Off Calais an unknown aeroplane seen to fall from sky. None reported missing. / D. Mail 26-9-6. [SF-IV; 95. (London Daily Mail,, October 26, 1921, p. 9 c. 6.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1913 / Oct. 7 / Sk Ho / Story told by Mr Mitchell, foreman of a Sunderland shipyard, D. Express 8-5-5that 8 a.m., he saw, ab 3 miles at sea, an aeroplane fall into the ocean. Said that nothing by which to explain had been learned. [SF-IV; 96. (London Daily Express, October 8, 1913, p. 5 c. 5.)]

[Objs / Sky] / (+) / 1896 / Nov 23 / NY Herald, 7-5 / Airship reported at Sacramento, Cal. A lawyer there said he represented the inventor. He was "pledged to secrecy". [SF-IV; 98. (New York Herald, November 23, 1896, p. 7 c. 5.)]

Obj? / 1880 / Aug 8 / Capt of a vessel arrived, 10th, at Palermo from Marseillesthat evening of the 8th, Lat 42, Long 7, saw a balloon. Aeronauts were seen. / Jour des Debats 18-3-2+. [SF-IV; 99. (Journal des Debats, August 18, 1880, p. 3 c. 2+.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1881 / June 17 / (noon) / Mr John W. Tobias, of the brig Rosa Baker, reported saw moving toward Cape Hatteras—600 miles away—a large white or cream-colored balloon. Seemed to be only a mile high and 5 distant. With glasses, distinctly saw basket but no occupants. Remained in view 3 hours and then lost in clouds. / Sc Am 45/50. [SF-IV: 100.1, 100.2. “A Stray Balloon.” Scientific American, 45 (July 23, 1881): 50.]

[Objs / Sky] / 1880 / ab June 1 / Fishermen reported fall of a heavy meteorite in water near them, off Falmouth. / L and Water, June 12. [SF-IV; 101. (Land and Water, June 12, 1880.)]

[Objs / Sky] / "Aeroplanes" falling / July 10, 1910. [SF-IV; 102. See: (1910 July 10).]

[The following four notes were folded together by Fort. SF-IV: 103 to 106.]

Obj / BO / 1922 / Sept. 9 / Barmouth Advertiser of 14th / Shortly after noon. Saw the obj fall into sea ab 7 miles from land. Cruised in vain for several hours. [SF-IV; 103. (Barmouth Advertiser, september 14, 1922.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1922 / Sept 9 / Barmouth obj. / In Daily Chronicle, 11th, said a reporter sent to the Air Ministry, where no machine near Barmouth known of. [SF-IV; 104. (London Daily Chronicle, September 11, 1922.)]

[Objs / Sky] / BO / 1922 / Sept 9 / Times tells Sept 11thno later explanation published. / (Barmouth). [SF-IV; 105. (London Times, September 11, 1922.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1922 / Sept 9 / At Barmouth, Mr. John Morris, coxswain of the Barmouth light, and Mr. William Jones saw an unknown aeroplane fall into the sea. Rushed out in a motor boat and cruised for hours but found nothing. / D. Express-11-7-2 / Railroad. [SF-IV: 106.1, 106.2. (London Daily Express, September 11, 1922, p. 7 c. 2.)]

[The following two notes were clipped together by Fort. SF-IV: 107 & 108.]

[Objs / Sky] / 1897 / May 12 / 3 miles southeast of Sandy Hookm a big white balloon was seen to sink in the ocean  (St Louis Globe Democrat, May 17-9-3) says the mystery solved. Said that two young men, Frank and Leo Stevens, had built a big balloon, ab 120 feet in circumference, at Rahway, N.J.had fallen into the seabeen rescued by the sloop Mary Jane, of Sayville, L.I. [SF-IV: 107.1, 107.2. (St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 17, 1897, p. 9 c. 3.)]

Obj / 1897 / May 12 / 5:40 p.m. / Off Jersey coast, nine miles from Sandy Hook. Obj coming from the south, moving rapidly and descending. Said by witness that four American flags projecting from bottom of itno car, but anchor on a rope. Large enough to carry a passenger. It sank immediatelyso supposed may have been made of paper. / Sun 14-3-2. / Reported by a pilot. [SF-IV: 108.1, 108.2. (New York Sun, May 14, 1897, p. 3 c. 2.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1910 / May 22 / night / At Springfield, Ohio. "Mysterious airship at night. Large object. Carrying a bright red light and whine of engines distinctly heard. It was thought to be one of the Wright brothers' machines, because it came from the east, moving westward. [SF-IV: 109.1, 109.2. “Mysterious Airship Seen. New York Tribune, May 23, 1910. p. 2 c. 3.]

[Objs / Sky] / (1897) / between Aug 4 and 7 / Balloon (?) in Brit. Col / Nat Geog Mag 9/102. [SF-IV; 110. (J.H. "An interesting rumor concerning Andree." National Geographic Magazine, 9 (1898): 102-103.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1910 / Oct 17 / Wellman's balloon abandoned. [SF-IV; 111. (Ref.???)]

Objs? / (+) / 1877 / Sept 18 / Cloud or obj or Angel / Brooklyn / Sun 21-2-6 / 6 p.m. / When first seen, "Its position was about where the constellation of the Dipper would be at that hour." Cor W.H Smith writes saw obj like human form wingedluminouskept unchanging outlines. No "other" cloud except at horizon. Moving swiftly eastward. As to wings, "gave [the entirety] the appearance of an angel". [SF-IV: 112.1, 112.2. Smith, William H. "Was It An Angel?" New York Sun, September 21, 1877, p. 2 c. 6.]

[Objs / Sky ] (+) / 1891 / Sept 5 / 2 a.m. / Crawfordsville, Ind. / Reported by 2 icemen. A livid thing in the air, ab 100 feet above ground, 20 feet long and 8 wide, apparently headless, and propelled by fan-like attachments. "When it got immediately over the residence of Mr. Martin, their employer, it commenced to turn around in a circle, where it remained some time. The men took safety in the barn, from which they viewed the phenomenon. It then sailed off toward the east, but very soon returned, and the men drove away to the ice house. When they returned it was gone." / Eagle 10-4-2 / Said that the Rev. G.W. Switzer, pastor of the Methodist Church, and his wife, saw the thing, or "the flying serpent".
"Gazed at the monster as it circled over the steeple of the dominie's church." [SF-IV: 113.1 to 113.4. "A Substitute for the Sea Serpent." Brooklyn Eagle, September 10, 1891, p. 4 c. 2-3. See: 1891 Sept. 5, (B; 1152).]

[Objs / Sky] / 1901 (?) / Alleged airships over Ladysmith time of siege. [SF-IV; 114. (Ref.???)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1880 / July 28 / Louisville Courier-Journal, 29th / Between 6 and 7 o'clock, evening of 28th, two young men looking from a drug store window in Louisville had seen, high in the air "an object like a man surrounded by machinery which he seemed to be working with his hands and feet. Moved in various directions and remained in sight until it disappeared in the in the darkness. It ascended at times or descended somewhat, but always seemed to be under control. / C.-J., 30ththat the next day the drug store was besieged by inquiries. That fully 500 visitors had called to inquire, among them a lady who said that in the southwestern part of the city, she and her husband had seen the object. / C.J., Aug 6object had been seen at Madisonville, Ky, same evening, according to data collected by Dr. D.F. Dempsey, of Madisonville. In the sky, "something with a ball at each end". "It sometimes appeared in a circular form and changed to an oval." It passed out of sight, moving south. [SF-IV: 115.1 to 115.5. (Louisville Courier Journal, July 29, 1880.) (Louisville Courier Journal, July 30, 1880.) (Louisville Courier Journal, August 6, 1880.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1876 / Dec 2 / Manchester City News ofRemains of a balloon found on coast of Iceland, Some human bones, not forming a complete skeleton, in the car. In a leather bag, some papers, wet and indecipherable. [SF-IV; 116. (Manchester City News, December 2, 1876.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1912 / May 11 / Sci Amer. of / That Christian Laden, a Norwegian explorer, had returned from his expedition, commissioned by the Royal Museum of Berlin to explore the unknown region of northwestern Canada which never before had been visited by white men. He met a tribe of Eskimos, who told him that several years before, "two creatures supposed to be devils" had fallen from the heavens in a large bubble; that the creatures had hurled thunder and lightning from strange implements. / See Jan. 4, 1910. [SF-IV: 117.1, 117.2. “The Fate of Andree.” Scientific American, n.s., 106 (May 11, 1912): 415.]

[Objs / Sky] / + / 1897 / July / See B Eagle, 1898, Jan 13-1-2 / Ap 6-6-4. [SF-IV; 118. "Andree's Balloon Sighted." Brooklyn Eagle, January 13, 1898, p. 1 c. 2. "A Theoretical Andree." Brooklyn Eagle, April 6, 1898, p. 6 c. 4.]

Obj / 1908 / Jan 28 / Ac to Norwich "Eastern Daily Press, at 4 a.m., by moonlightby employees of the Norwich Tramway Co., of Mousehold, "a dark globular object travelling at a great pace from the direction of Lakeham and toward northeast. "It seemed too large for a kite or a small balloon, and besides its movements seemed to be under human control, for it was travelling against the wind. It was globular and there appeared to be some structure attached to the side of it. It soon disappeared." [SF-IV: 119.1, 119.2. (Eastern Daily Press, (Norwich), January 28, 1908.)]

[Objs / Sky] / (+) / 1880 / Sept 1 / The Bat Man of Brooklyn / N.Y. World 3-5-4. [SF-IV; 120. (New York World, September 3, 1880, p. 5 c. 4.)]

Obj. / BO / 1873 / Last of June / Told in N.Y. Times, July 6, 1873, 1-4, and considered as "the very worst case of delirium tremens on records. Copied from the Bonham (Texas) Enterprisethat a few days before time of writing, a man living 5 or 6 miles from Bonham said that he had seen something like an enormous serpent floating on a cloud, passing over his farm, and that men and boys at work in the fields had observed the same thing, and were frightened. "It seemed to be as large and long as a telegraph [p;e, was of a yellow-striped color, and seemed to float along without any effort. They could see it coil itself up, turn over, and thrust forward its huge head, as if striking at something." The writer of General Notes, in NY Times, July 7, notes that a similar report had been published in the Fort Scott (Kansas) Monitor. At time of sunrise, sky clear—"About halfway above the horizon the form of a huge serpent, apparently perfect in form, was plainly seen." Ac to the Editor, he had statements from 2 reliable witnesses. [SF-IV: 121.1 to 121.5. (New York Times, July 6, 1873, p. 1 c. 4.)]

[Objs / Sky] / (+) / 1880 / Sept 12 / Times, 6-6 / Coney Island / the bat-man / St. Louis ab middle of / little later in Ky. [SF-IV; 122. (London Times???, September 12, 1880, p. 6 c. 6.)]

[Objs / Sky] / (+) / 1880 / Sept 1 / Flying machine that came down at Gravesend, L.I. / (See Brooklyn papers.) / Sun 3-1-4 / But someone had advertised he was going to fly. / Go Brooklyn Pub. Library. [SF-IV; 123. "Flying Over Gravesend." New York Sun, September 3, 1880, p. 1 c. 4. "Jottings About Town." Brooklyn Eagle, September 1, 1880, p. 3 c. 1. "Jottings About Town." Brooklyn Eagle, September 3, 1880, p. 4 c. 2.]

[Objs / Sky] / 1909 / June 24 / [LT], 10-c / Airship sighted at sea. [SF-IV; 124. (London Times, June 24, 1909, p. 10 c. 3.)]

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[Objs / Sky] / 1897 / July / Andree's balloon said found in forest Siberia in 1914 / Pop. Mechanics 22/39. [SF-IV; 125. (Popular Mechanics, 22-39.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1897 / July / Andrée / See May 11, 1912. [SF-IV; 126. See: (1912 May 11).]

[Objs / Sky[ / 1897 / (July 14) / [LT], Sept-22-3-f / Andrée's pigeon message. [SF-IV; 127. (London Times, September 22, 1897, p. 3 c. 6.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1897 / July 11 / Andrée sailed. [SF-IV; 128. (Ref.???)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1897 / July 11 / In Nature, Feb 16, 1899. / Report from Krasnoyarsk, N. Siberia, that remains of a balloon and the bodies of three men had been found between Komo and Pit by two members of the Tungus tribe, of the Taimur peninsula. Said that Swedish Minister in St Petersburg had received a telegram from the Governor-General of Eastern Siberia, confirming the statements by the two Tunguses. / NatureFeb 23p. 395said that report not been confirmed. Been an exhaustive search but no such remains been found. [SF-IV: 129.1, 129.2, 129.3. "Notes." Nature, 59 (February 16, 1899): 374-378, at 375. "Notes." Nature, 59 (February 23, 1899): 394-398, at 395.]

[Objs / Sky] / 1897 / July 14 / Andrée Message in Ural Mts. / Dec 3-1-3, N.Y. Trib., 1898. [SF-IV; 130. (New York Tribune, December 3, 1898, p. 1 c. 3.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1897 / July / 1898 / Dec 3 / Trib, 1-3 / Andrée Messages in Ural Mts. [SF-IV; 131. (New York Tribune, December 3, 1898, p. 1 c. 3.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1897 / July 14 / Andrée / See Aug 1, 1896. [SF-IV; 132. See: (1896 Aug 1).]

[Objs / Sky] / 1897 / Aug. / Andrée / 1899, [LT], Oct 3-4-a / 27-7-c / 10-5-f / See whole index, 1899. [SF-IV; 133. (London Times, 1899: Oct 3-4-a / 27-7-c / 10-5-f / See whole index.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1897 / July / Lloyds Weekly News, Jan 9, 1910 / The Roman Catholic Bishop of Prince Albert had announced receipt of a dispatch from a missionary in Saskatchewan, announcing that Andrée's balloon had been found by Eskimos, near Reindeer Lake. [SF-IV; 134. (Lloyds Weekly News, January 9, 1910.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1897 / Aug / Andree / See L.T., 1900, Sept. 1-4-c. [SF-IV; 135. (London Times, September 1, 1900, p. 4 c. 3.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1897 / July / Andree / See Aug 11, 1896(?). [SF-IV; 136. See: (1896 Aug 11).]

[Objs / Sky] / 1897 / July / Andrée / See Dec 3, 1898. [SF-IV; 137. See: (1898 Dec 3).]

[Objs / Sky] / 1897 / July / Andree / See May 11, 1912. [SF-IV; 138. See: (1912 May 11).]

[Objs / Sky] / 1897 / July / Andree / See Jan 4, 1910. [SF-IV; 139. See: (1910 Jan 4).]

[Objs / Sky] / 1897 / July / Andrée / See Aug 1, 1896. [SF-IV; 140. See: (1896 Aug 1).]

[Objs / Sky] / 1897 / July 11 / An Andrée story / Nature 66-255. [SF-IV; 141. "Notes." Nature, 66 (July 10, 1902): 254-258, at 255.]

[The following forty-two notes were tied together with a string by Fort. SF-IV: 142 to 182.]

[Objs / Sky] / 1909 / B / London Directory 1909 and 1924 / Names / Charles Jarrott and (Charles) Letts, 45 Great Marlborough St, London / (In London Directory 1909). [SF-IV; 142. ( London Directory 1909 and 1924.)]

[Objs / Sky] / C.M. / May. / Cardiff W. Mail, 17th / Airship reported by Victor Day, of Newport, and other reports, and (21st) interview with Mr. C.S. Rolls, motorist and founder of the Aero Club, who thought too many reports to be a hoax and thought could not be an English machine. / Report from Hull, and from Ostende Gazette, that Ostende fishermen had seen an airship at sea ab. 10 miles from Hull. / 24ththe report from Bishop's Stortford was by P.C. Robinson of the Herts Constabulary. / Dunstable (in the 27th) said be the solution of the mystery. Was a hot air balloon. Said that tied by a rope dragged by an auto. So could not have been so dragged over a city. [SF-IV: 143.1 o 143.4. (Cardiff Western Mail, May 17, ???) (Cardiff Western Mail, May 24, ???)]

[Objs / Sky] / (I.) / 1909 / (March 23) / In Dublin Daily Express, May 19, nothing said of obs in Dublin, but is published a report by a Government official, Capt. G A.F. Hervey, of Stuston, Local Govt. Board Inspector: that, at Broome, near Eye, May 16, 7:45 p.m., he saw a cigar-shaped balloon sailing toward Lowestoft. The testimony of people of Lowestoft who saw an object carrying lights in the sky. / (also in Yarmouth). [SF-IV: 144.1, 144.2. "Mysterious Airship." Dublin Daily Express, May 19, 1909, p. 4 c. 7.]

[Objs / Sky] / 1909 / March 23 / Ballard's photo of a double airship resembles in this respect no contemporary photos. [SF-IV; 145. (Ref.???)]

[The following two notes were clipped together with the string by Fort. SF-IV: 146 & 147.]

[Objs / Sky] / 1909 / May 17 / In Belfast Evening Telegraphof 18th"That an airship of some description passed over the outskirts of Belfast last night, there can be no doubt. Said that a number of persons were later interviewed and that substantially their accounts agreeda long object carrying a brilliant light, occasionally a red light flashing from it. It was thought to belong to an inventor who was experimenting "secretly". [SF-IV: 146.1, 146.2. (Belfast Evening Telegraph, May 18, 1909.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1909 / May 21 / Belfast Evening Telegraph of, says, quoting London Daily Express, that the object found at Clacton by Mr. Free, was such a buoy as is used by warships for targets. [SF-IV; 147. (Belfast Evening Telegraph, May 21, 1909.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1909 / (May) / Wales / That Mr. Watkins, a toy dealer of Newport, Monmouthshire, has sent up two toy balloons. / Weekly Dispatch, 23rd / Lists 22 places om the preceding week and 19 before that. Argued here that impossible because no such developed airship. To appear so often would have to have some base in England to which would be traced, especially during tedious preliminaries of ascent. Lists the reported observationshalf a dozen of tjem are upon an object bearing 2 lights. / Here the Stamford observation by Mr. W. Cole of Stamford. [SF-IV: 148.1, 148.2, 148.3. (London Weekly Dispatch, May 23, 1909.)]

[The following two notes were folded together with the string by Fort. SF-IV: 149 & 150.]

[Objs / Sky] / 1909 / May 18 / E. Anglian Daily Times, tells of a letter from Major Mayfield, Pinchbeck Road, Spalding, but address given was a workhouse and no such person known in Spalding, so a hoax. Of airship seen and voices in it heard. told of but said that among reliable persons reporting was Capt. G.A.F. Hervey, of Stuston, Local Government Board Inspector, who saw it night of May 16th.

[SF-IV: 149.1, 149.2. (East Anglian Daily Times, May 18, 1909.)]

[Objs / Sky] / BO / May 9, 1909 / Find nothing ab. observation at Stamford, in Stamford Guardian, but issue of May 27th, account by James Olive: ab a week before2 large and brilliant lights (James Olive, of Bransltesome, near Bury) moving slowly, in view ½ hour. This reported by a constable at Gummerseat, near Bury. [SF-IV: 150.1, 150.2. (Stamford Guardian, May 27, 1909.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1909 / Ap 24 / Light reported at Ipswich by P.C. Hudson / E. Anglian D. Times, May 20. [SF-IV; 151. (East Anglian Daily Times, May 20, 1909.)]

[Objs / Sky] / BO / 1909 / May 21 / Derby Daily ExpressMr. Watkins, of Newport (Mon), a toy deler, said that 10 p.m., 19th, he had sent up two toy balloons which had probably caused the excitement. [SF-IV; 152. (Derby Daily Express, May 21, 1909.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1909 May 26 / Dunstable Borough Gazette / several columns and photo of the wrecked airship / ab. 20 feey long and 8 in diameter / In it a satchel, telling that it was the property of Messrs Charles Jarrott and Letts, 45 Great Marlborough St, London. They were motor car manufacturers. Said to have been shown around Writtle, Bury St Edmounds, and Ipswich. [SF-IV: 153.1, 153.2. (Dunstable Borough Gazette, May 26, 1909.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1909 / March 23 / Night of May 14, Capt of Norwegian steamship St. Olaf saw an airship in eastern part of North Sea. It turned a searchlight upon him. / D. Mail 19-7-2. [SF-IV: 154.1, 154.2. (London Daily Mail, May 19, 1909, p. 7 c. 2.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1909 / May / No Birm. obj told of in B.D. Post. [SF-IV; 155.]

[Objs / Sky] / 1909 / March 23 / Nothing said of Ballard's photo. Simply published. [SF-IV; 156.]

[Objs / Sky] / 1909 / (May) / Cardiff / Ballard's photo / not vertical like this / [illustration]. [SF-IV; 157. (Ref.???)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1909 / March 23 / Plan / D. Mail first. Then Cardiff Express. Then W. Mail. [SF-IV; 158.]

[Objs / Sky] / 1909 / March 23 / Dublin Daily Express of May 17, list of other reports: March, Cambridgeshire, March 25; Ipswich, Ap. 24; May 9, Stamford. [SF-IV; 159. "Airship Mystery." Dublin Daily Express, May 17, 1909, p. 6 c. 2. "The important point is that each eye-witness’s story was always of strange cigar shaped craft, with brillianl headlights whirring above in the darkness."]

[Objs / Sky] / 1909 / March 23 / Of reported ob of May [20], say over Donnybrook, a suburb of Dublin. [SF-IV; 160. "Sighted at Dublin." Eastern Evening News, (Norwich), May 21, 1909, p. 3 c. 3.]

[Objs / Sky] / March 23 / As to toy balloons, so many upon object travelling more swiftly than something by wind power. [SF-IV; 161.]

[Objs / Sky] / 1909 / May 19 / (see March 23.) / Cardiff Evening Expressstory told in office of, by Mr. C. Lithbridge, 4 Roland-street, Cardiff, that on 18th at 11 p.m. near top of the Caerphilly Mts he saw a tube-shaped construction on grass, two men in heavy fur coats. They spoke, when they saw him, excitedly to each other in an unknown language to him and jumped into the tube and sailed away. It is said that an examination of the placenot said by whom, but presumably by representatives of the newspaperand told from D. Mail of 20th, revealed trampled grass and torn papers in which were references to the airships said been seenalso part of a letter bearing address of a London stock broking firm. Also several dozen bitsof blue paper "bearing a mass of figures and letters of the alphabet". The lid of a tin box of metal polish. And a quantity of "pulpy paper" that might have been used for packing. / Said that slips of newspaper, almost every one bearing references to airships, such as about Wright Brothers. Then reports from Cardiff, half a dozen witnesses quoted, "a floating object bearing lights" seen night of May 15th over Cardiff. D. Mail's cor from Berlin wired that no German airships been manoevring, because of the high winds. [SF-IV: 162.1 to 162.7. (Cardiff Evening Express, May 19, 1909.) See: (1909 March 23).]

[Objs / Sky] / 1909 / May 7 / "Airship" at Clacton-on-Sea / See March 23. [SF-IV; 163. See: (1909 March 23).]

[Objs / Sky] / 1909 / May 14 / North Sea / airship / See March 23. [SF-IV; 164. See: (1909 March 23).]

[Objs / Sky] / 1909 / May 15 / Northampton / airship / See March 23. [SF-IV; 165. See: (1909 March 23).]

[Objs / Sky] / 1909 / May 25th / At Dunstable was found a balloon sent up by a firm of automobile engineers, as an advertisement. / Flight, May 29. [SF-IV; 166. (Flight, May 1909.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1909 / before June / Off Wales, cloud with rattling sounds in it / Cambrian Nat. Ob. 1909, no. 2/108. [SF-IV; 167. (Cambrian Natural Observer, 1909 no. 2 p. 108.)]

[Objs / Sky] / (Iw) / 1909 / March 23 / Issue of 21stcigar-shaped object that carried no light been seen several nights in the sky at Small Heath, a suburb of Birmingham. / Nothing of obs. at Dublin in D. Ev. Herald. [SF-IV; 168. (Newspaper???, "21st.")]

[Objs / Sky] / 1909 / May 19 / (March 23) / Also a label with directions in Frenchsaid in London Morning Leader, 21st, that directions on it what to do if a valve in a motor tyre stuck. Said here that a London firm of toy balloon-makers had recently sold many hot air balloons in Eastern Counties. [SF-IV: 169.1, 169.2. (London Morning Leader, May 21, 1909.)]

[Objs / Sky] / Cardiff Ev. Express, May 19. / Story of Lithbridge, who had travelled over the C. Mountains with his Punch and Judy show. C. Mts. highest point in that part of Wales and "a lonlier spot is hard to imaginebut spot self a level plain at a point where 2 roads converge. Story like in L. "Mail""letters of alphabet formed in a style distinctly different to that of the average English caligraphy". / These as found by "Express" reporters, whi visited the place. Follows a story by Robert Westlake, a signalman at King's Junction, Cardiff. Follows Garth Fisher, etc., stories. Said that no one had heard sounds of a motor. Lights from sky bet. 11:30 and 12 of this night reported from Wroxham, Sprowston, Catton, and Tasburgh. / Said that the Morning Leader had taken up the stock broker club

"Arthur Shirley & Co". Mr. hirley could not account for it, saying that he knew no aeronauts. Express, May 21, statement signed by 6 men employed by the Dowlais Works, Cardiff, that they had seen, 2:30, morning of 20th, large object like a boat in the sky, carrying 2 lights. A cigar-shaped vessel, 1:15, morning of 19th, bearing lights. / A photograph by W.L. Ballard, of Newport, is published, of an airship as he saw it over Stowhill, morning of May 21. Said that reported by several persons as having been seen over a suburb of Dublin. / From Pontypool, story from Mr Victor Swanton that what had been seen there was a model ab. 6 feet long he been experimenting with. Someone else saw airship with large letters of an advetiser's on it. / Other very likely doubtful reports, and then Express, May 25, official report by a Swansea constable named Williams that he had seen at 11:05, night of 24th, an exceedingly bright light under a travelling airship. Appended statement by Constable Johnstone that he had seen the light but would not swear to an object arrying it. ith story of the Dunstable balloon, Express drops out. [SF-IV: 170.1 to 170.11. (Cardiff Evening Express, May 19, 1909???)]

[Objs / Sky] / BO / 1909 / May 25 / Dunstable D. Chronicle26th / Thing made with bambook framework. On it a requestto communicate with the automanufacturer "in case of accident". / Hot air balloons. 2 joined by the frame. [SF-IV; 171. (Dunstable Daily Chronicle, May 26, 1909.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1909 / March 23 / D. Mail, May 17-7-4 / Said many rumors reached Mail office of airships been seen in sky, but none with satisfactory evidence, It was believed that the Peterborough object was a kite with lights attached. On 15th of May, a policeman at Northampton had sent to headquarters a written report upon an airship carrying light that he and many many other persons had seen crossing town at 9:15 p.m. of 15th. But Chief Constable Madlin had learned that it was a fire balloon carrying Chinese lanterns that had been sent up for a joke. Mr Egerton Free, of High Cliff, Preston Park Estate, Clacton-on-Sea, had asserted had seen on May 7 an airship and next day had found on the cliffs an unknwon rubber object and steel, ab 5 feet long, weighing 35 pounds, or a bag with a steel rod passing through center of it. On the bag was stamped: "Müller Fabrik Bremen". / Said that ac to Bremen cor. no Muller factory in Bremen. [SF-IV: 172.1 to 172.5. (London Daily Mail, May 17, 1909, p. 7 c. 4.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1909 / March 23 / 5:10 a.m. / (See May 19.) / Two policemen of Peterborough, in different parts of the city, reported an airship passing over the city. Oblong in shape, carried a powerful llight. Sound of motor heard, moving southwest to northeast. Ab. ½ hour before daylight. / D. Mail 25-3-6 / No British airship at this time. / In Peterborough Advertiser, March 27, in an interview P.C. Kettle said, "It was somewhat oblong and narrow in shape, and looked about a couple of yards long." He watched it moving swiftly ab. 3 minutes. It was a dark object carrying a powerful light. [SF-IV: 173.1, 173.2, 173.3. (London Daily Mail, March 25, 1909, p. 3 c. 6.) (Peterborough Advertiser, March 27, 1909.) See: (1909 May 19).]

[Objs / Sky] / D1 / 1909 /March 23 / Begin the Dublin account, that nothing said of Dublin observations but that, Dublin Daily Express, 18th, a report from Belfast, that ac to investigations by reporters of Evening Telegraph of Belfast, there could be no doubt that a vessel of some kind, "a long [shaped] object," carrying lights, had been seen over Belfast for about 12 minutes, night of May 16th, about 10 o'clock, disappearing over the Irish Sea. Dozens of persons had seen it, and their names and addresses were published. First a brilliant light was seen in the direction of Colin Mountain. This light was seen to be moving. Several times a red light flashed from the object. No sound of a motor was heard. [SF-IV: 174.1 to 174.4. "Airship Seen at Belfast." Dublin Daily Express, May 18, 1909, p. 6 c. 7. "Mysterious Airship Flies over Belfast." Belfast Telegraph, May 18, 1909, p. 4 c. 1.]

[Objs / Sky] / 1909 /March 26 / (3) / (Sound like a motor in sky) / Blaina, Wales / Cambrian Nat Observer 2/no. 11/106. [SF-IV; 174.5. (Cambrian Natural Observer, 2 no. 11 p. 106.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1909 / May 8 / D. Chron., 5-3 / Airship said been seen at Ipswich "the other night". [SF-IV; 175. (London Daily Chronicle, May 8, 1909, p. 5 c. 3.)]

Airship / 1909 / April / No reports for month of April. [SF-IV; 176.]

[Objs . Sky] / BO / 1909 / March 4 / W. Dispatch, May 23Mr. Maberly, organist of St. Michael's Church, Lambourne, Berkshire, saw a torpedo-shaped dirigible balloon, displaying a powerful searchlight. He heard three "explosions". [SF-IV; 177. (London Weekly Dispatch, May 23, 1909.)]

[Objs . Sky] / BO / 1909 / May 9 / Pointed out in Dispatchof 23rdthat, if seen at Stamford and Southend, with a difference of 20 minutes, and these places 70 miles apart, travelled rate of 210 miles an hour. [SF-IV; 178. (London Weekly Dispatch, May 23, 1909.)]

[Objs . Sky] / BO / (1909) / May 9 / W. Dispatch, May 23reported this day from Northampton, Wisbech, Stamford, Southend-on-Sea. / Southend at 11:20 p.m.; Stamford ab 11. / On 13th / Sandringham, King's Lynn, Peterborough, Northampton. / On 15th from Newport, Monmouthshire, and by Capt of fishing smack Superb, over North Sea. [SF-IV: 179.1, 179.2. (London Weekly Dispatch, May 23, 1909.)]

[Objs . Sky] / 1909 / May 14 / Airship / seen at Tottenham / D. Chronicle 21-1-3. [SF-IV; 180. (London Daily Chronicle, May 21, 1909, p. 1 c. 3.)]

[Objs . Sky] / 1909 / May 20 / Dublin / airship / D. Chron. 21-1-3. [SF-IV; 181. (London Daily Chronicle, May 21, 1909, p. 1 c. 3.)]

[Objs . Sky] / 1909 / May 25 / D. Chronicle, 26ththat "airship" was 40 feet long. [SF-IV; 182. (London Daily Chronicle, May 26, 1909.)]

[The following five notes were clipped together by Fort. SF-IV; 183 to 187.]

[Objs . Sky] / 1897 / April / The "myst light" reported from Kansas City said believed was a powerful searchlight. "It is directed toward the earth and is travelling east, at a rate of sixty miles an hour." Sun 2-1-4 / Said that had been first reported from Pacific coast, 5 months before, and in preceding weeks been reported from several places in the West. [SF-IV: 183.1, 183.2. (New York Sun, April 2, 1897, p. 1 c. 4.)]

[Objs . Sky] / 1897 / Ap. 11 / Sun, 1-6 / Chicago's alleged airship is believed to be a myth in spite of the fact that a great many persons say that they have seen the mysterious night watcher. A crowd gazed at strange lights from the top of a downtown skyscraper, and Evanston students declare they saw the swaying red and green lights. [SF-IV: 184.1, 184.2. (New York Sun, April 11, 1897, p. 1 c. 6.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1897 / Ap. 11 / Herald / That night of Ap 9-10—"Until two o'clock this morning thousands of amazed spectators declared that the lights seen in the northwest were those of an airship or some other floating object miles above the earth x x Some delcare they saw two cigar-shaped objects and great wings." Said that a white light, a red light, and a green light. / The hour too late for Venus. Prof. Hough of Northwestern University quoted—that the people saw the star Rigel (Alpha Orionis). Explanation by someone that an airship that had sailed from San Francisco. / Herald, 12—Said that the object had been photographed at Chicago—"a cigar-shaped silken bag" with a framework. Explained and identified several ways—Said that had been seen earlier at Omaha and on March 29 was seen as a big bright light sailing to the northwest—and had been seen for a few moments the following night in Denver. Said that upon night of the 9th, dispatches had poured into Chicago from various points in Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa and Wisconsin. "Prof. George Hough maintains that the object seen is Alpha Orionis. Ap. 14—story from Cartersville, Ill—afternoon of 10th the airship had alighted upon a farm, but had sailed away when approached—"cigar-shaped with wings and a canopy on top". Ap. 15—said that floods of telegrams and hosts of practical jokers and that balloons with lights attached had been sent up in various towns—stories of letters found, purported to be from aeronauts. 17—more jokers—someone who placed something like an airship in a vacant lot. Story of a "queer-looking boat that rose from Lake Erie," flew away. Continued reports upon a moving object with green and red lights. Herald, Ap. 20, and on 19th ab. 9 p.m., at Sistersville, W. Va, a luminous object that approached from the northwest, flashing brilliant red, white and green lights. "An examination with strong glasses left an impression of a huge cone-shaped arrangement 180 feet long with large fins on either side." Herald, Ap. 13—Someone else identifies it as ship invented by man in Dodge City, Kansas. / 26—Brule, Wis. [SF-IV: 185.1 to 185.11. (New York Herald, April 11, 12, 14, 17, 20, & 26, 1897.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1897 / Ap 25 / Trib, 8-4, from an Evanston paper—Evanston,, suburb of Chicago, luminous obj low in the west, ab 8:15 p.m., moving up and down and then stationary. Then it took flight again and moved to the west and south and passed out of sight in the direction of Chicago, having ascended full 20 degrees. It was in plain sight ab 45 minutes. At the time had been reports from many places in west upon a "mysterious airship". [SF-IV: 186.1, 186.2. (New York Tribune, April 25, 1897, p. 8 c. 4.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1897 / Ap 16 / Sun, 9-3 / The airship reported from Denton, Texas, as a dark object momentarily obscuring the moon by the rays of two great searchlights, and was sailing in a southeeasterly direction with the velocity of the wind, presenting a magnificent appearance. / 1897 / April 18 / Sun, 3-4 / That reported from Fort Worth, Dallas, Marshall, Ennis and Beaumont, "It was shaped like a Mexican cigar, large in the middle and small at both ends, with great wings resembling those of an enormous butterfly. It was brilliantly illuminated. [SF-IV: 187.1, 187.2, 187.3. (New York Sun, April 16, 1897, p. 9 c. 3.) (New York Sun, April 18, 1897, p. 3 c. 4.)]

[The following four notes were clipped together by Fort. SF-IV: 188 to 191.]

[Objs / Sky] / S(-1) / St Louis Globe Democrat, Ap. 11 / Reported as of 9th and 10th from Chicago; Burlington, Iowa; Omaha, Neb. ; Kankakee, Ill; Fairfield, Iowa; Solon, Iowa; Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. [SF-IV; 188. (St. Louis Globe-Democrat, April 11, 1897.)]

[Objs / Sky] / S1 / 1897 / April 13 / St. Louis Globe-Democrat of / Had been seen from a railroad train, morning of 12th, huge object, moving in same direction as train, but out-distancing the train by time at Lisle, Ill. His estimate that it was travelling 100 or 150 miles an hour. /Dispatch from Moline, Ill—air ship seen passing over Rock River, a few miles south of Moline, at 8 in the morning, described as ciagr-shaped with large wing-like projections on each side. Says that on night of the 9th, light had been seen hovering, and then seen moving northward. / Dispatch from Lincoln, Ill—that ab 8, night of 12th, the residents had been worked up to a high spitch by "a moving contrivance in the heavens, supplied with white and green lights, moving northeasterly direction, and then changing toward St. Louis. / Ap. 17th—reported by "Al" miller, "a well known and reliable" citizen of Jefferson City, Mo., 1:30 a.m., morning of 16th—"outlines of a dark, moving body"—a search light played from it upon the ground underneath. lobe-Dem, 25th—reported from Smithville, Texas—and on 23rd, at Uvalde, had landed in the back yard of Sheriff Baylor, "one of the most reliable men of the state". One of the aeronauts gave his name as Wilson, of Goshen, N.Y., requesting that he be omentioned to Capt. C.C. Akers, a friend of his in Uvalde. The men procured water at the Sheriff's hydrant and sailed away. [SF-IV: 189.1 to 189.7. (St. Louis Globe-Democrat, April 13, 1897.)(St. Louis Globe-Democrat, April 17, 1897.)(St. Louis Globe-Democrat, April 25, 1897.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1897 / May 5 / from Emporia, Kansas—to Globe Dem, May 6-1-6 / That the airship passed just east of Emporia bet. 7:10 and 7:20 p.m., first seen to the southeast of the city: said to have carried a bright light, which, later, was obscured—"portions of the object, which could distinctly be seen to have motion of some kind, which was similar to that of the wings of a large vulture, but the distance was too far to make out its wings distinctly. It was also plainly seen to have a wavy motion at times, ascending and then descending." The names of some observers are listed: I publish them, with the idea that some of these men may still be living and may add to our data: Prof. Eli Payne, Prof. John Schurr, Judge J.W. Malloy, Prof. J. Edward Malloy, John Henning, John Eskridge, W.L. Prothero. [SF-IV: 1901. to 190.4. See: St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 6, 1897, p. 1 c. 6.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1897 / May 1 / St. Louis Globe-Democrat of, quoting the New York Press, under the heading—"Just possible x x that the Iowa Farmer's Heifer Went Up in the Air—The most tangible thing that has come from the West about the mysterious airship so many declare they have seen or else the greatest 'fake' is a photograph taken by one Walter McCann last Sunday from a suburb of Chicago, which shows an airship in the sky. Experts who examined the two negatives taken by McCann were unable to detect any tampering with them and believed the photograph to be genuine. Also several people were ready to swear that they saw the airship in the sky at the time McCann took the picture, and saw McCann operate the camera. At any rate there is one interesting thing about the picture: the airship shown in the photograph is not unlike the German war balloon in shpe." That was a cigar-shaped balloon; of course not dirigible but held by a long rope. [SF-IV: 191.1 to 191.5. (St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 1, 1897.) (New York Press, ca. May 1, 1897.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1897 / April / Cow / St Louis Globe-Democrat, April 28—That upon April 19th, Alexander Hamilton, of Yates Center, Woodson Co., Kansas, had been visited—at any rate according to his own story. At least this story some elements not of conventional yarns, in which supposed that native American had invented an airship. "Last Monday night (19th) about 10:30 o'clock , we were awakened by a noise among the cattle. I rose thinking perhaps my bulldog was performing some of his pranks but upon going to the door, saw, to my utter astonishment, an airship slowly descending over my cow lot, about 40 rods from the house. Calling Gill Heslip, my tenant, and my son Wall, we seized some axes and ran to the corral. Meantime the ship had been gently descending until it was not more than 30 feet above the ground, and we came to within 50 yards of it. It consisted of a great, cigar-shaped portion, possibly 300 feet long, with a carriage underneath. The carriage was made of panels of glass, or other transparent material, alternating with a narrow strip of some material. It was brilliantly lighted within, and everything was clearly visible. There were three lights, one light an immensesearchlight and two smaller, one red and one green. The larger one was susceptible of being turned in any direction. It was occupied by six of the strangest beings I ever saw. There were two men, a woman, and three children. They were jabbering together, but we could not understand a word they said. Every part of the vessel which was not transparent was of a dark reddish color. We stood mute in wonder and fright, when some noise attracted their attention and they turned their [word missing] directly upon us. Immediately upon catching sight of us, they turned on some unknown power, and a great turbine wheel, about 30 feet in diameter, which was slowly revolving below the craft, began to buzz, sounding precisely like the cylinder of a separator, and the vessel rose as lightly as a bird. When about 300 feet above us it seemed to pause and hover directly over a 2-year-old heifer, which was bawling and jumping, apparently fast in the fence. Going to her, we found a cable, about half an inch in thickness, made of the same red material, fastened in a slipknot around her neck, one end passing up to the vessel, and the heifer tangled in the wire fence. We tried to get it off, but could not, so we cut the wire loose, and stood im amazement to see the ship. heifer and all, rise slowly, disappearing in the northwest. We went home but I was so frightened I could not sleep. Rising early Tuesday morning, I mounted my horse and started out, hoping to find some trace of my cow. This I failed to do, but, coming back to Leroy, in the evening, found that Link Thomas, who lives in Coffey County, about three or four miles west of Leroy, had found the hide, legs and head in his field that day. He, thinking that someone had butchered a stolen beast, and thrown the hide away, had brought it to town for indentification, but was greatly mystified by not being able to find any tracks in the sift ground. After identifying the hide by my brand, I went home, but every time I would drop to sleep, I would see the cursed thing, with its big lights and hideous people. I don't know whether they are devils or angels or what, but we all saw them, and my whole family saw the ship, and I don't want any more to do with them." It is said that Hamilton had long been a resident of Kansas and had been a member of the House of Representatives about 25 years before. "The following affidavit is given in support of Hamilton's reputation as a truthful man: "(Affidavit—State of Kansas, County of Woodson—SS.:) As there are now, and always have been, and always will be, skeptics and unbelievers, henever the truth, or anything bordering upon the improbable is presented, and knowing that some ignorant or suspicious people will doubt the truthfulness of the above statement, now, therefore, we, the undersigned, do hereby make the following affidavit: That we have known Alexander Hamilton from one to thirty years, and that, for truth and veracity, we have never heard his word questioned, and that we do verily believe his statement to be true and correct. "E.V. Wharton, state oil inspector; M.E. Hunt, Sheriff; W. Lauber, deputy sheriff; H.H. Winter, banker; H.J. Johnson, pharmacist; J.H. Stitcher, attorney; Alexander Stewart, Justice of the Peace; H. Waymyer, druggist; F.W. Butler, druggist; James W. Martin, Register of Deeds; H.C. Rollins, postmaster. Subscribed and sworn to before me this 21st day of April, 1897. W.C. Wille, Notary Public. [SF-IV: 192.1 to 192.22. (St Louis Globe-Democrat, April 28, 1897.)]

[Objs / Sky] / C1 / First Report I find in Chicago Tribune is of 16th (March?). Reported from Omaha a bright light and ac to some observers a dark body below it. Appeared ab. 9:30 p.m., coming from the southeast, was in sight half an hour and floated away toward the west and north. / Of the 17th—from North Loup, Neb—late night of 13th—"a wonderful ball of fire pironeting in the west, not like a meteor, but alternating up and down," throwing out myriads of corruscations." See obj, March 10, 1883. (duration ot told) / No more till Trib, 29th, excitement in a dozen or more towns in northern Kansas—reports upon "an immense ball of fire". Said that at 8:30 p.m., night of March 27th, the strange light appeared in the sky west of Topeka, remaining in sight about half an hour, travelling slowly in a northerly direction. Said that hundreds of persons, including Gov. John W. Leedy, watched the object from the steps of the State House. / 30th—Omaha again, from southeast to northwest, appearing ab. 9 p.m., duration ½ hour. / Ap 5—reported from Albia, Iowa, brilliant, reddish light, ab 10 p.m., moving in an erratic manner from west to north. / Ap. 7—"Hundreds see airship at Omaha. Said to have travelled in various directions, a light and its reflection upon what seemed to be a steel form. / Trib, Ap 10—"Airship Over Chicago"—story of hundreds of people in South Chicago excited by something in the sky—evidently something in a local sky—persons in other parts of the city seeing nothing of especial interest—yet the explanation by smiling astronomers published that the people saw the star Alpha Orionis—Said that an object with different colored lights and agreement that the brightest of the lights was a searchlight. It was the assertion of persons with field glasses that they saw the structure bearing the lights. All this about 9 o'clock. Then came dispatches from Mt. Carroll, Ill. At 8:40 p.m., the airship had been seen there, coming from the northeast. "So many people saw it that there is no disputing the fact that something unusual appeared. It was in sight at least ten minutes. It appeared oblong in shape and carried a great red light." (Mt. C. is 128 miles from Chic.) / Other dispatches that the night before (8th), the airship had been seen at Nebraska City, Neb, at 9:30 p.m., and at Wausau, Wis, half an hour later. And still Prof. Hough is quoted—that people had seen only a fixed star, not explaining what it was that unfixed the star after visibility of ten minutes, for instance, at Mt. Carroll. / Trib, Ap 11—Prof George Hough quoted again—mentioned that he smiled again—lpha Orionis. Some Revs. quoted—that we all believe in the second coming of Christ, but that he will not be mistaken for an airship.—dispatches from 5 different places—all upon an object that passed over a town, visible from10 to forty minutes—and yet Prof Burnham inclines to side with Prof. Hough—only Alpha Orionis. / Report from Eldoa, Iowa, reminds of the Chili-bird phe. "One man says it resembled an immense bird of polished silver." / (eighth page, reverse side) Trib, 12th—"Airship plainly seen." "Prof Hough and his theories don't stand so high tonight in the minds of citizens of this city (Milwaukee, Wis) tonight; said that the machine was seen in the sky, late at night, by newspaperman, policeman, on the 10th, and that on the 11th reappeared ab. 9:30 p.m.‏—large, dark, oval-shaped body that cast a shadow. Ac to one observer, who had field glasses, there were four men in it. / Trib, 14—Reported to have landed in a field near Carlinville, Ill. "It was large in size, pointed at both ends, with wings on both sides, and had what appeared to be a canopy covering. Said that when some residents near the field approached the object, it arose. / Dispatches from Warren, Ill; Emporia, Kas; Mexico, Mo.; Rushville, Ill; Muncie, Ind;—(Twelfth page) and other dispatches next day—Prof Hough probably still smiling; astronomers no longer quoted. / Trib, 17th—Indefinite story from Waterloo, Iowa, of airship landing upon "a farm". Half a dozen dispatches—and then no more. Either the thing disappeared and was reported no more or the Editor of Chic Trib tired of the marvel. [SF-IV: 193.1 to 193.21. (Chicago Tribune, 1897: March 16, 17, 29, 30, April 5, 7, 10, 11, 12, 17.)]

(Venus orange) / 1897 / May / It is said that many persons had written to the Editor (Pop Astro 5/55), telling of "airships that had been seen in the sky. It is said that some of the obs were probably upon planet Venus—that the other obs probably related to toy balloons, which "were provided with various colored lights. [SF-IV: 194.1, 194.2. (Popular Astronomy, 5-55.)]

[The following two notes were clipped together by Fort. SF-IV: 195 & 196.]

[Objs / Sky] / SS / (Lib) / 1913 / Oct 15 / [LT], 14-d / Supposed aeroplane derelict. See 1th. / Burning derelicts / Oct 16-17-a. [SF-IV; 195. (London Times, October 15, 1913, p. 14 c. 4.) (London Times, October 16, 1913, p. 17 c. 1.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1913 / Oct 11 / [LT], 5-f / Airship over London / See 15th. / This for SkHo note Oct? [SF-IV; 196. (London Times, October 11, 1913, p. 5 c. 6.)]

[Objs / Sky] / (+) / 1918 / June 30 / London Times, July 3-7-e / Alfred J. Bethell writes that about noon he and a friend aboutt ½ mile from the foot of the South Downs, Sussex. "Suddenly we, both of us, saw a great number of aeroplanes, apparently about one mile away, southwest, and perhaps 1,500 feet up, going through evolutions of an evidently hostile character to each other. I should say that there were anything between 25 and 40 of them, all of them over the top of the Downs, and spreading inland, at first." The two men watched five minutes and then the objects drew away seaward. It had seemed to them that 2 or three had fallen. Mr. B says a lady living nearby had seen nothing but a single plane, but that another acquaintance of his had watched the spectacle, and had thought that one of the objects had fallen, but had searched the Downs without result. Mr. B asks whether it could have been a mirage from an actual scene in france. The planes had not appeared inverted, but "they had a rather un[sub]stantial appearance that made my friend observe twice that somehow they looked strange." / L.T.—Robert Stewart, of Limpsfield, Surrey, writes that, at the time, he and his daughters, at Oxted, saw—"two machines, darting rapidly about, apparently nly a mile or two distant". But he heard no sound from them. "They also had a strange appearance, and I thought it was some new invention being tried." [SF-IV: 197.1 to 197.7. (London Times, July 3, 1918, p. 7 c. 1.)]

Obj / 1897 / July 15 / Birmingham Daily Mail, July 29-2-7 / Reported by Capt of Dutch steamer Dordrecht, arrived at Grimsby. That he had seen obj—presumably not a dead whale—no odor—had not attracted more than one or two birds—in the White Sea—68.30 N—35.40 E. There were two balls alongside it. Seemed ab. 180 feet long. Dirty drab and striped in a regular manner. After Capt Lehmann landed he heard of Andrée's balloon and thought the obj might have been that. Dr Nansen's opinion given that unlikely A's balloon drift so far in 6 days, especially as it had started northward. [SF-IV: 198.1, 198.2, 198.3. (Birmingham Daily Mail, July 29, 1897, p. 2 c. 7.)]

[Objs / Sky] / (+) / 1897 / Dec 5 / An airship reported from Sandstone and Motley, Minn. / N.Y. Sun 6-1-6. [SF-IV; 199. (New York Sun, December 6, 1897 p. 1 c. 6.)]

Airship / 1899 / Nov 3 / Chic Trib. 4-1-4 / People of Winona, Minn., excited—an illuminated vessel passing over the southern part of town. "The airship was seen by all who were on the city streets. It was plainly cigar-shaped and emitted a brilliant light from the rear and a train of sparks. While in sight from Winona, it remained above at an even height, about a thousand feet from the earth. The light seemed to be shutoff when the airship was some distance above W. [SF-IV: 200.1, 200.2. (Chicago Tribune, November 4, 1899, p. 1 c. 4.)]

[The following eight notes were clipped together by Fort. SF-IV: 201 to 208.]

[Objs / Sky] / 1871 / Jan 12 / Balloon that was seen passing over Cannon street (London) on Thursday afternoon (12th) at four o'clock, in a southerly direction, at a very high altitude. "Another was seen on Tuesday afternoon about the same time (10th). / Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper 15-12-2 / This told in Standard, too—no account of any balloon from paris unaccounted for and nothing of a balloon in England. [S-IV: 201.1, 201.2. (Lloyd's Weekly News, January 15, 1871, p. 12 c. 2.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1871 / Jan / No balloon from Paris. / Bet. Sept 23, 1870, and Jan 28, 1871, 64 went out. 57 enabled their occupants to escape—2 lost at sea and 5 take by the enemy. / Nature 6-88. [SF-IV; 202. "The Paris Siege Balloons." Nature, 6 (May 30, 1872): 88. "Of the two lost at sea, one was observed to go down by some sailors at Rochelle; while of the other nothing certain is known."]

[Objs / Sky] / 1871 / Jan. 12 / "Shortly after noon on Tursday ([Jan. 12]) groups of persons in London watched a balloon travelling rapidly due south at a considerable elevation. The clouds were somewhat broken at the time; otherwise the balloon would have been difficult to see. / Times—16-4-e. / Times, 19th—Said that ac to telegram, a second Paris balloon said to have passed over Plymouth was discovered to have been an ordinary fire balloon sent up by some butchers of Plymouth. / (Times of Feb 7th tells of a little balloon, with letters tied to it, from Paris, found in Surrey.) [SF-IV: 203.1, 203.2, 203.3. (London Times, February 7, 1871.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1871 / Jan 12 / Daily News, 13-6-6 / Cor—"Today at a quarter to 2 o'clock as I was embarking on one of the iron steamboats my attention was called to a balloon, which was (hovering) over the Borough, in a line with the London-bridge, and at a great altitude, but owing to the starting of the boat and the fog, it was soon lost to sight. It was visible for at least two minutes, and was seen by several of the passengers. Is there any probability that the balloon was from Paris? [SF-IV: 204.1, 204.2. (London Daily News, January 13, 1871, p. 6 c. 6.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1871 / Jan. 12 / Point is that if Paris balloon[s] not on public mind this not get into the papers. [SF-IV; 205.]

[Objs / Sky] / 1871 / Jan 12th / In News Daily, 16th—said, dated 11th, another balloon starts this morning—the 3rd in succession. [SF-IV; 206. (London Daily News, January 16, 1871.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1871 / Jan 10 / Paris balloon in Surrey / [LT], Feb, 7-4-d. [SF-IV; 207. (London Times, February 7, 1871, p, 4 c. 4.)]

[Oobjs / Sky] / 1871 / Jan. 21 / [LT], 6-c / 25-5-e / Balloons / Paris / ? [SF-IV; 208. (London TImes, January 21, 1871, p. 6 c. 3.) (London Times, January 25, 1871, p. 5 c. 5.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1910 / Jan 4 / Trib of, 4-5 / Eskimos story of large white haw[ser] ropes found. Supposed fell from sky. Supposed Andrée's. / See May 11, 1912 / Dec 9, '09. [SF-IV; 209. (New York Tribune, January 4, 1910, p. 4 c. 5.) See: (1909 Dec 9), and, (1912 May 11).]

Obj / 1843 / July 6 / 8:15 p.m. / N.Y. Herald 17-1-5 / Statement by Wm Morrish, Captain of a vessel anchored off the Pilgrims, St Lawrence River—that he saw in the sky, passing swiftly over the land, something he described as a mirage of a full-rigged ship under full sail. / Watched it through a glass. [SF-IV; 210.1, 210.2. (New York Herald, July 17, 1843, p. 1 c. 5.)]

[The following four notes were clipped together by Fort. SF-IV: 211 to 214.]

[Objs / Sky] / 1888 / Aug 31 / Marietta 30 miles NW of Atlanta. [SF-IV; 211. See: (1888 Aug 31).]

[Objs / Sky] / Aug 31 / Balloon. [SF-IV; 212. See: (1888 Aug 31).]

[Objs / Sky] / 1888 / Sept 8 / Silk and buckskin look like exhibition-aeronaut. / Or exotic material described in nearest fashion material. [SF-IV; 213.]

Balloon? / 1888 / Sept 8 / Glb Dem of, 3-7, from the Oconee (Ga) Enterprise / "While a number of Negroes were working in a cotton field near Marietta, Thursday (Sept 6 or Aug 31), they were alarmed by an object that was rapidly descending toward them. They rushed to and fro in the wildest consternation, believing that it was a supernatural manifestation. A little later it fell almost in their midst and proved to be a balloon. As it came down, a man jumped from it. He gesticulated wildly but could only talk gibberish. He was taken charge of by Mr. Lyman, the owner of the plantation. Nothing can be ascertained from him as to where he is from or his name. He is doubtless insane, judging from his actions. He is a man of small stature, swarthy complexion, and peculiarly dressed in a close silk shirt and buckskin trousers. Every effort will be made to discover who he is. People come from all parts of the (country to see him.) [SF-IV: 214.1 to 214.5. (St. Louis Globe-Democrat, September 8, 1888, p. 3 c. 7.) "An Insane Man in a Balloon." Alexandria Gazette, (Virginia), August 18, 1888, p. 2 c. 5. The date of the balloon's descent was on August 16; and, on this same date, a balloon was reported passing over Camden, and, later, Sumter, South Carolina, (about 400 km east of Marietta). "Drifting Out to Sea." Ohio Democrat, (Logan, Ohio), August 25, 1888, p. 2 c. 3. The Democrat speculated that this might have been a balloon lost after its ascent at Anderson, Indiana, on August 14. "Ascension with Natural Gas." Indianapolis Journal, August 15, 1888, p. 2 c. 3. "The first balloon inflated with natural gas ever sent up, arose from Riverside Park, near this city, yesterday afternoon. It has been a question as to whether or not natural gas would float a balloon to any considerable height. This one was filled from a pipe from a well until a gauge indicated that the silk, which was inclosed in strong netting, was bearing twenty pounds pressure, when Geo. Ayers, aa amateur aeronaut, climbed into the basket and the balloon was cut loose. It rose steadily until an altitude of about 2,500 feet was reached. when a current of air was struck which bore the balloon and its single passenger away to the southeast, since which nothing has been seen or heard from them."]

[The following five notes were clipped together by Fort. SF-IV: 215 to 219.]

[Objs / Sky] / 1915 / Feb 14 / Toronto Daily Star, Feb. 15 / That near Morristown, N.Y., ab 9 p.m., Feb 14, "a number of practical jokers had sent up fireworks balloons that had been carried over the St Lawrence River, finally exploding. Said that, at Brockville, next day, remains of them found." Except by someone very much desrious of explaining, they would not have been called "practical jokers", because also it is said that they were celebrating the 100th anniversary of peace bet US and Canada, and nothing in the nature of practical joking in sending up fireworks. As to the possibility of "secret aeroplanes" Mr J.A.D. McCurdy, the Canadian aviator is quoted: that at that time virtually aeroplanes did not fly at night; at the time, there were only about 12 planes in the U.S. that could make the flight, assuredly not possible to get five of these together without general knowledge. The chosen explanation is no secret planes but the fireworks at 9 p.m. at Morristown. / Dispatch from Guelph; that at 4:30, morning of the 15th, Fred Anderson, of Guelph, had seen, or "was positive that he had seen", three moving lights in the sky, visible for 20 minutes. Said that other persons, called by him, had seen the lights. That things seen where no news of the "prac joke". [SF-IV: 215.1 to 215.6. (Toronto Star, February 15, 1915.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1915  / Feb. 14 / Montreal Daily Starsame dispatches as at Kingston. / Here it is said that upon the 14th had been rai throughout Ontario(fair weather other provinces). [SF-IV; 216. (Montreal Daily Star, February 14, 1915.)]

[Objs / Sky] / K / 1915 / Feb 14 / This for the sake of details not explained. / The Daily Standard (Kingston) / Brockville, Feb. 15"four aeroplanes passed over this city at 9:15 last night and sped in the direction of Ottawa. The city was wildly excited by the sight of the aircraft, which seemed to burst into sight almost right overhead. The first machine was flying very rapidly and very high. Very little could be seen, but the unmistakable sounds of the whirring motor made the presence of the aircraft known. Five minutes later the second machine could be heard. In crossing the river three fireballs were dropped at one minute intervals. In dropping, they left a streak of light from where they had been thrown out, and it was this that had attracted the attention of the residents. Hundreds of feet the three lights fell. A few minutes later another machine passed over the east end of the city. In another interval a machine came over the other end of the city. / Same issue, is another account. Says that had been explained that were nothing but toy air-balloons sent up from Morristown, N.Y. / One notices thisthat large numbers of persons had watched the objects "notwithstanding the rainy weather". [SF-IV: 217.1 to 217.6. (Kingston Standard, February 15, 1915.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1915 / Feb 15 / In Herald, 16th, said ac to Chief of Police of Ogdensburg, a farmer living 5 miles from O had reported an aeroplane traveling toward Canadian border on 12th. / Said that some young men living in Morristown had said they had sent up paper balloons—in celebration of 100 years peace with Canada, night of 14th, after 9 o'clock, each of which had exploded in the air. [SF-IV: 218.1, 218.2. (New York Herald, February 16, 1915.)]

[Objs / Sky] / 1915 / Feb. 15 / or 14 / 10 p.m. / 3 aeroplanes seen to cross Canadian border—St Lawrrence river near Morristown, N.Y. / Trib 15-1-5 / Trib 16-4-3 / Said that Dominion police believed toy balloons had been seen. Said, too, that "responsible residents" had seen 2 aeroplanes cross St Law. bet. 8 and 8:30 p.m. and return 1:30 a.m. In Parliament, [in reply to a question from] Sir Wilfred Laurier[, the Opposition leader, Premier Robert Borden] said that at 9 p.m. he had been called up by the Mayor of Brockville saying that 3 aeroplanes with powerful searchlights had crossed the St Lawrence. [SF-IV: 219.1, 219.2, 219.3. "Canadians See Aeros; Lights Out in Ottawa." New York Tribune, February 15, 1915, p. 1 c. 5-6. "Ottawa Guards Against Air Raid." New York Tribune, February 16, 1915, p. 4 c. 3. "The Canadian press to-day received dispatches stating that responsible residents of the town claimed they saw two aeroplanes cross the St. Lawrence between 8 and 8:30 o'clock from the United States. The aircraft are said to have returned along the same route at 1:30 o'clock this morning."]

[The following twelve notes were clipped together by Fort. SF-IV: 220 to 231.]

[Objs / Sky] / 1910 / Sept / Little balloons / Sept 7, 1881 / Dec. 19, 1881. [SF-IV; 220. See: (1881 Sept 7), and, (1881 Dec 19).]

[Objs / Sky] / 1881 / Sept 7 / Little balloons / See natural soap bubbles / Ap. 25, 1897. [SF-IV; 221. See: (1897 Ap 25).]

[Objs / Sky] / 1881 / Sept. 7 / Little balloons / List / Dec 19, 1881 / Feb. 12, 1873 / June, 1885 / Apr. 1, 1886 / Sept 21, 1916 / Nov 5, 1867. [SF-IV; 222. See: (Dec 19, 1881 / Feb. 12, 1873 / June, 1885 / Apr. 1, 1886 / Sept 21, 1916 / Nov 5, 1867.).]

[Objs / Sky] / 1910 / Sept / Sky objects / See July 10, 1910. [SF-IV; 223. See: (1910 July 10).]

[Obj / Sky] / 1910 / Sept 22 / "little suns" / "N.L." / July 9, 1853. [SF-IV; 224. The note copies information from page 120 of New Lands. See: 1853 July 9, (II; 1711).]

[Objs / Sky] / 1910 / Sept / Little balloons / in New Lands / May 10, 1902. [SF-IV; 225. The note copies information from page 195 of New Lands. See: 1902 May 10, (VIII; 1158).]

[Objs / Sky] / 1910 / Sept / Obj. / Oct 7, 1913. [SF-IV; 226. See: (1913 Oct 7; not found).]

[Objs / Sky] / 1910 / sept. 22 . Little Balloons / Aug 17, 1876 / Jan., 1871. [SF-IV; 227. See: (1871 Jan), and, (1876 Aug 17).]

[Objs / Sky] / 1910 / Sept 22 / Lit Balloons / Feb. 12, 1873. [SF-IV; 228. See: (1873 Feb 12).]

[Objs / Sky] / 1910 / Sept 22 . Lit. Balloons / Nov 4, 1867. [SF-IV; 229. See: (1867 Nov 4).]

[Objs / Sky] / 1910 / Sept / Little balloons / June, 1885. [SF-IV; 230. See: (1885 June).]

[Objs / Sky] / 1910 / Sept / Lit. balloons / Last April, 1886. [SF-IV; 231. See: (1886 last April).]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / [Finds William III Penny] / [The New York Times[, Ap. 5, 1931. [SF-IV; 232. Newspaper clipping, (New York Times, April 5, 1931.)]

[Obj / Coins, etc.] / Chevron bead / [Letter to Fort, from Katahrine B. Blake, April 15, 1931]. [SF-IV; 233. (Letter; Blake, Katharine B., to Fort; April 15, 1931).]

Obj / dug up. / The Mary Mott Coffin, Jan. 11, 1900. [SF-IV; 234. See: (1900 Jan 11).]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / (+) / 1878 / Aug 14 / N.Y. Times, 4-5 / 1-4-5 / Editorials ac to the South Pacific Times (Callao) Peru / A long and minute account, signed "A. Serarg, Chemist', of his finding of an immense aerolite. He broke it open and found in the center a man's body 4½ feet long. With it a silver plate, upon which were hieroglyphics. Editorial comment that very poor like[ness] and that Peruvian treasure[s] are not to be compared with American. [SF-IV: 235.1, 235.2. (New York Times, August 14, 1878???, p. 4 c. 5.) "Un Habitant de la Planète Mars." Le Pays, (Paris), June 17, 1864, p. 3 c. 2-4. "Un canard scientifique de haut vol: l'habitant de Mars." Année Scientifique et Industrielle, 9 (1864): 33-39. Parville, François Henri Peudefer de. Un Habitant de la Planète Mars. Paris: Hetzel, 1865, (illustrations opposite pages 47, 147, 229, and 253). "An Alleged Visitant from Another World." Spiritualist Newspaper, 13 (no. 3; July 19, 1878): 29. This fictional story first appeared in Paris, as a piece of newspaper fiction and as a novel, and re-appeared in 1878, as a newspaper hoax.]

[The following two notes were clipped together by Fort. SF-IV: 236 & 237.]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1836 / 1834 / Aug, about / tar-like matter at Norwich, Conn / Am. J. Sci 2-28-275 / same as 1836 / '36 in Times / verified. [SF-IV; 236. Shepard, Charles Upham. "On a Shooting Meteor, seen to fall at Charleston, South Carolina...." American Journal of Science, s. 2 v. 28 (1859): 270-276, at 275. (London Times, September 8, 1836, p. 4 c. 4.) As the newspaper reports for the fall on July 29, 1836, do not refer to any similar fall in 1834, Shepard probably mistook the year in his account. "Items." Alexandria Gazette, (Virginia), August 16, 1836, p. 2 c. 3. "On the night of the 29th the Norwich Courier states that a brillant luminous body fell in that city, near the house of one Roath. On going to the spot a compact mass of stone and bitumen, of about five pounds weight was found, evidently of a meteoric origin." "Items." Alexandria Gazette, (Virginia), August 17, 1836, p. 3 c. 2. "Our readers will recollect the account which we published the other day of a meteoric stone, or clump of pebbles, which fell at Norwich, Conn on the 28th ult. The Norwich Aurora, received yesterday, states that it fell during a most magnificient display of the Aurora Borealis. Here is a fact for the meteorologists." "Meteoric Phenomenon." Vermont Telegraph, (Brandon), August 18, 1836, p. 4 c. 5. "We learn from the Norwich (Con.) Courier, that, between 10 and 11 o'clock on Friday night last, a meteoric mass weighing about six pounds, descended near the house of Mrs Roswell Roath in that town, accompanied by a bright luminous train, and producing a concussion so loud as to awaken several members of the family. It is apparently a flake from a larger body, and is composed of small smooth stones, similar to those found on the sea shore, matted closely and firmly together in a loose sand and a glutinous substance, about the color and consistence of thick tar. The side where it is supposed to have split off from the larger body looks like melted sand or stone, and is quite solid; and some of the smaller stones on the outside are discolored, as though by the heat of a blaze. There appears to have been some attractive power by which the small stones were drawn together, as they all shape to a certain point, and areas nicely packed as the pavings of a street, several smaller particles of the same substance were found around the house the next day, and all are now in possession of Doct. B.T. Roath."]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1836 / July(?) 28 / Norwich, Conn / Small smooth stones held together in a mixture of sand and a glutinous substance like thick tar. Object seemed to have composition. All stones shaped toward a certain point. "As micely packed as the pavings of a street." / L.T., Sept 8-4-d. [SF-IV: 237.1, 237.2. (London Times, September 8, 1836, p. 4 c. 4.)]

[The following two notes were folded together by Fort. SF-IV: 238 & 239.]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1876 / June 25 / bet 9 and 10 a.m. / Small meteorite fell upon tin roof of Mr. Isaac Whittaker's business house, no. 556 Main Street, Kansas City, Mo. Not penetrate roof but bounded away a few feet and lay on roof. People in house, hearing it, went to roof. It was hot, Plano-convex, ab ¾ inches diameter and ⅓ inch thick. / A.J. Sci 3/12/316 / (See Ap or May, 1910.) / Sci. Amer 35-311. [SF-IV: 238.1, 238.2. (American Journal of Science, s. 3 v. 12 p. 316.) (Scientific American, n.s., 35-311.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1883 / (April) (18) / Metite / Regular form / May 22, 1869. [SF-IV; 239. See: (1883 Ap 18), and, (1869 May 22).]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1846 / Artific iron / Ireland / 49. [SF-IV; 240. See: (1846; possibly 1846 Aug 10; II; 1012).]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1883 / ab. Oct 7 / Middletown, N.J. / Old cannon ball picjed up by a farmer. Supposed been on his farm since War of Revolution. / World—8-1-2. [SF-IV; 241. (New York World, October 8, 1883, p. 1 c. 2.)]

(Obj) / 1883 / Feb. 10 / Toronto Globe, under Edmonton Echoes—"George Long, of the Sturgeon Rover Settlement, recently picked up near his place a snowball on the outside of which there were a large number of gold-colored objects from the size of a large shot down to that of half a pinhead. The snowball was lying in a small hollow which it had appeared to have melted for itself in the snow. The shot-like objects are hard and heavy and apparently of a mineral or metallic nature. On the outside is a thin coating of a white substance, which scales off easily; then a shell of a light golden color, and inside a greyish substance like stone. What the strange looking shot is or where it came from can only be conjectured, but it is generally supposed to be of meteoric nature." [SF-IV: 242.1 to 242.4. (Toronto Globe, February 10, 1883.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1925 / Feb 16 / [Daily Mail] / [Sheep Slain & Maimed.] [SF-IV; 243. Newspaper clipping. (London Daily Mail, February 16, 1925.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1912 / Oct 13 / See Dec 3. [SF-IV; 244. See: (Dec 3).]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1912 / Oct 13 / The subject was taken up in the House of Commons. On 21st, Mr Churchill said that th vessel was heard at East church, where flares were lighted. / D. Express—22-5-2. [SF-IV; 245. (London Daily Express, October 22, 1913, p. 5 c. 2.)]

[The following four notes were folded together by Fort. SF-IV: 246 to 249.]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1912 / Oct 14 / In the Sheerness Guardian, Oct 19thm said that evening of 14th Sheerness was agog with a story of a passing airship but that sounds heard could be otherwise accounted for because a passing ship was using its syren vigorously, In the issue of Nov 23, are published accounts from other papers, but the writer expresses his disbelief, or says that there was no satisfactory evidence, but says also: "It is known that at one point of Sheerness several persons stood watching that mysterious light as it passed from east to west over the town, at great speed toward the harbor, then turning sharply and went off back in pretty much the direction from which it had come."[SF-IV: 246.1 to 246.4. (Sheerness Guardian, October 19, 1912.) (Sheerness Guardian, November 23, 1912.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1912 / Oct 14 / In the Sheerness Times, Nov., no mention. [SF-IV; 247.]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1912 / Oct 14 / D. Mail, Nov 18—That Mr. Joynson-Hicks would ask the Secretary of War, in the House of Commons, whether the War Office had any information as to an airship over Sheerness, night of Oct. 14th. Said that ac to many responsible witnesses as aerial engine was heard over Sheerness and Queensborough between 6:30 and 7 p.m., Oct 14. / D. Mail of 19th—no information at the War Office, / 20th—Berlin correspondent writes that a suspected Zeppelin L.1., was according to his captain information, near Berlin afternoon of Oct. 14. / Mail, Nov. 21—Count Zeppelin's message that none of his airships had approached the English coast, night of Oct 14. [SF-IV; 248. (London Daily Mail, 1912: November 18, 19, 20, & 21.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1912 / Nov. 22 / [LT], 8-b / Alleged visit of a foreign airship. [SF-IV; 249. (London Times, November 22, 1912, p. 8 c. 2.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1876 / Aug 17 / Objs / luminous / [typescript] Jour. Roy. Met. Soc., 13-395. [SF-IV; 250. Typescript. "Note on a Manifestation of Electricity at Ringstead Bay, on the Coast of Dorset." Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 13 (1887): 305. See: 1876 Aug 17, (B; 109).]

"Owl" / 1922 / Feb 4 / D. Mail of, 3-5 / Luminous object flying around near Harleston, Norfolk, reported thought be a luminous owl. / Feb 6-5-3that first seen ab middle of Dec, 1921last seen Feb. 3. [SF-IV; 251. (London Daily Mail, February 4, 1922, p. 3 c. 5.) (London Daily Mail. February 6, 1922, p. 5 c. 3.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / + / 1879 / May 3 / Religio-Phil Jour, quoting from a dispatch from Richmond, Indiana, to the Cincinnati Inquirer. / Around the steeple of St Andrew's German Catholic Church, of Richmond, for several hours at night, had played a luminous object, rolling around the steeple wih a peculiar thumping sound, resembling spiritual rappings. Dart from base of steeple to top, and then around and around. Watched by a crowd fully 2 hours. / This steeple was the highest point in the town. [SF-IV; 252.1, 252.2. (Religio-Philosophical Journal, May 3, 1879.) (Cincinnati Inquirer, ca. 1879.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / J. Sirgean [note crumbling] / On the Moresby Govt Expedition to New Guinea, in the relics a seal with initials P V and heraldic design picked up. / NQ 11/8/759 / New Guinea. [SF-IV; 253. (Notes and Queries, s. 11 v. 8 p. 759.)]

[Objs . Coins, etc.] / Owls / [typescript] / English Mechanic, Oct. 3, 1919. [SF-IV; 254. Typescript. (English Mechanic, October 3, 1919.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / + / 1926 / June 21 / ['Meteor Skull' Stirs State Savants] / [The Call.] [SF-IV; 255. Newspaper clipping. (San Francisco Call???, June 21, 1926.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc] / 1893 / Coins / For Roman coin, Oshkosh / See Amer. Antiquarian 8/372. / Aug 28-5-4. [SF-IV; 256. Butler, James Davie. "Roman Coins Found in Oshkosh." American Antiquarian, 8 (November, 1886): 372. (New York Times???. August 28, 1893, p. 5 c. 4.)]

[Objs . Coins, etc.] / Roman coin / Oshkosh / Amer Antiquarian 8/372. [SF-IV; 257. Butler, James Davie. "Roman Coins Found in Oshkosh." American Antiquarian, 8 (November, 1886): 372.]

(Coin) / 1893 / March 9 / D. Picayune of / James M. Hardman, a farmer near Mitchell, Ind., picked up a silver medal, somewhat larger than a silver dollar, on his farm. Upon it an inscription "Ferd. Med. Card. M. Dux Etruviae III. Thought to be a mediaeval medal in honor of Ferdinand Medica, Cardinal-Duke, of Tuscany III, about 1000 years before. [SF-IV: 258.1, 258.2. (New Orlean Daily Picayune, March 9, 1893.) "Relic for the Indiana Building." Indianapolis Journal, March 5, 1893, p. 4 c. 5. "Mitchell, Ind., March 4.—James M. Hardman, living a few miles southeast of here, in Orange county, while walking over his farm found a peculiar medal, somewhat larger than a silver dollar. One side was plain, but the other side bore the inscription: 'Ferd Med. Card., M. Dux Etruviæ III,' and the relief bust of some noble-looking person. It is thought to be a mediæval medal in honor of Ferdinand Medica Cardinal, Duke Tuscany III, made in commemoration of some victory occurring nearly one thousand years ago. It is believed to be very valuable. It was probably lost on the farm by Indians, as there is evidence of an old camp near by. Mr. Hardman has been offered a large sum for the coin, but he will consider the plan of placing it among the curiosities at the world's fair." Silver piastras, dated 1587 and 1588, have the following inscription: FERD·MED·CARD·MAGN·DVX·ETRVRIÆ·III, with an image of Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, (who was made a Cardinal in 1562). Probably, these medals were issued originally to commemorate Ferdinando's establishment of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, at Florence, on September 3, 1588. Uniface copies of these medals, (with a blank side), may have been issued later; thus, the object found by Hardman, on his Indiana farm, was no more than 305 years old.]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / The Iowa birchbark / [full-page, hand-written note] / N.Y. Herald, March 14, 1897. [SF-IV; 259. Manuscript. (New York Herald, March 14, 1897.) "Origin of the Aztecs in America Traced by a Birchbark Manuscript." San Francisco Call, March 14, 1897, p. 27 c. 1-7. Moorehead, Warren K. A Narrative of Explorations of New Mexico, Arizona, Indiana, etc, Together with a Brief History of the Department. Andover,  MA: Andover Press, 1906, 159-166. "As against the antiquity of this interesting object no one has gone on record in print. In fact, the object has not been mentioned save in the newspapers at the time of the discovery. To be perfectly fair to those several gentlemen who do not believe it genuine Indian work, the writer wishes to state that they did not give any special reasons but simply ventured the opinion that it was not genuine." "The history of the find is as follows: September 2nd, 1896, Mr. J. T. Griffith was employed as a laborer on the water works excavation. About three feet beneath the surface he dug up a chunk of wood 21 cm. long, 13 cm. wide and 8 cm. thick. This was coated with dark pitch and the whole thing slightly charred in order to add further to its preservation. Splitting it open with the pick there was a space in the center about 10 cm. long and 7 cm. wide and 2 cm. deep in which was a roll of birch bark. As is usual on the Plains a strong wind was blowing and as he unrolled this birch bark what was estimated to be three or four times the size of the present fragment was whipped off by the wind and carried away and lost. Mr. Griffith did not know the character of his find and brought the log and the fragment with him to Fairfield, where Miss Emma Clark, who had heard of the archaeological museum at Columbus, Ohio, corresponded with the writer." "The bark is about as thin as paper, of natural color and well preserved. The writer is informed that there are no birch trees near Fairfield, Iowa. Further excavation revealed nothing. Miss Clark recognizing that something unusual had been found at once enclosed the birch bark between two plates of thin glass. On the reverse of the fragment nothing appears. The editor of the County paper, Miss Clark and other citizens at the instigation of the writer made thorough investigation, all of which substantiated the claim that the 'so-called MS.' was found as described. The citizens wished to have it preserved in Fairfield. At the time of the discovery no value was attached to it. Mr. Peabody purchased the birch bark and the log for a small sum solely with a view to their preservation." "What these characters mean I leave to others. The newspapers at the time stated that they were Maya or Aztec. Some of the characters may or may not be similar to Mayan glyphs. Mayan scholars must decide that." The Smithsonian collected the photographs of the site, artifacts, affidavit of Thomas Jefferson Griffith, correspondence, and news clippings into "Notes relating to a birch-bark record found in a wooden box near Fairfield, Iowa," (Manuscript 2415, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution). The birch bark was purchased by Robert Singleton Peabody and was stored at the Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology, (now, the Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology, at Andover, Massachusetts.]

Metite / 1893 / Jan 4 / Standard, 12th / Dispatch from Berlin that been a brilliant meteor upon the 4th and that "some fragments of a meteor had just been found close to the drill ground at Freiburg, Baden, "The largest piece weighs over seven pounds. It is blue green in color, and has a metallic appearance." Said that one part marked with parallel furrows. "A number of pieces containing quartz crystals are strewn about in the neighborhood." Comments upon this in KnowledgeIt is carefully reported above. / (I have seen metites with crystals of obsidian.) [SF-IV: 260.1, 260.2, 260.3. "The Brilliant Meteor." London Standard, January 12, 1893, p. 5 c. 7. Watson, W.H. "A Brilliant Meteor." Knowledge, o.s., 16 (n.s., 8; February 1, 1893): 30. Arthur Cowper Ranyard writes: "I notice that the account telegraphed from Berlin, and published in the Standard of the 12th January, does not say that the meteor was observed to fall at Freiburg; but that fragments of a meteor had been found near to the drill ground, which were blue-green in colour, and contained quartz crystals. If the stones found contain quartz crystals they are in all probability not meteoric, for no quartz has up to the present time been found in bodies known to have a meteoric origin." While quartz has been detected in meteorites, its occurrence is not obvious to the naked eye but can be detected by a petrographic microscope, (in enstatite chondrites, eucrites, and basaltic shergottites); and, tektites, (once believed to have been ejected from lunar volcanoes), resemble obsidian, (where tektites were formed into glassy minerals as a result of meteoric impacts and upon re-entering the Earth's atmosphere, obsidian forms by the rapid cooling of felsic lava).]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1887 / July 17 / ab 1 p.m. / In Brooklyn in a violent th. storm an object fell. Vivid green and porous, and (like other phe) was at first plastic, but became brittle and friable. It resembled "the green deposit left on a battery", but ac to analysis no copper in it. It was estimated that 20 pounds had fallen. Portions were sent to the Smith. Institute. [SF-IV: 261.1, 261.2. (Ref.???)]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / + / 1900 / Feb 7 / B. Eagle, 18-2 ./ Bryan Baring, digging in ground, Sitmar Street, City Island, Bronx, came upon an object he thought was a boulder. Struck with pick. It exploded, badly injuring him. Thought a bomb from Revolutionary times. [SF-IV: 262.1, 262.2. "Man Badly Hurt at City Island While Digging a Sewer." Brooklyn Eagle, February 7, 1900, p. 18 c. 2.]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1883 / April / Meteor skull / June 21, 1926. [SF-IV; 263. See: (1926 June 21).]

[The following three notes were folded together by Fort. SF-IV: 264, 265, & 266.]

Coin / 1872 / Feb 6 / Natal Mercury of, copying from Times of Natalmedal found by a digger on the Colesberg Kopje and in the possession of Mr. J. Russom. "It appears to be of brass; is about 3½ inches in diameter." Two armor-clad arms from top of medal, by which it could be suspended. On one side 2 crowned figures seated on chairs, facing each other, each holding a rod surmounted by a crescent. On other side a seated figure, surrounded by smaller figures, each holding a cross-handled sword, all appearing to be clothed in chain armor and wearing visors. An undecipherable inscription around each margin. Said appeared to be date of year 201, but not clear. The medal is in an excellent state of preservation." / Dug up. Buried ab. 2 feet deep. [SF-IV: 264.1 to 264.4. (Natal Mercury, February 6, 1872.)]

Coin / Feb. 6, 1872 / told in Times of Natal, (Pietermaritzburg) / In possession of Mr. John Russom of P. Editor writes that someone else's assertion that date was 201, not in accordance with his inspectionnotes that chain armor came into use in 13th century. / Colesberg Kopje on a bank of Vaal River. [SF-IV: 265.1, 265.2. (Times of Natal, February 6, 1872???)]

Coin / 1872 / Feb. 6 / Noted in Times of Natal, Feb 13, that the position of the crescent in each rod is different. [SF-IV; 266. (Times of Natal, February 13, 1872.)]

Inscribed Object / (+) / Falkirk Herald, May 6, 1865 / "A great curiosity in the shape of an antique metal ball has been exhibited in New Zealand, and which was found in the interior of the North Island in 1836. No such implement was ever made or used by the Maoris, and the question arises whence did it come? There is an inscription upon it, which the owner calls Javanese." [SF-IV: 267.1, 267.2. "The New Zealand Exhibition." Lyttelton Times, January 24, 1865, p. 5 c. 2-6. "A great curiosity, in the shape of an antique metal ball...." Falkirk Herald, May 4, 1865, p. 3 c. 4. Crawfurd, John. "On an Ancient Hindu Sacrificial Bell, with Inscription found in the Northern Island of the New Zealand Group." Transactions of the Ethnological Society of London, n.s., 5 (1867): 150-154. "As to the inscription on the bell I have very little to say, but I have no hesitation in asserting that it is in a form of Javanese writing of no very remote antiquity. I am tolerably familiar with the modern writing of the Javanese, but know nothing of the ancient characters, which consist of several varieties widely differing from each other: in my time, indeed, there was but one man, a native prince of Madura, who claimed to have any acuaintance with the old forms of writing." Crawfurd identified the inscription as the Javanese words: "Pangeran ratu," (with an English translation of "sovereign prince). Thomson, John Turnbull. "Ethnological Considerations on the Whence of the Maori." Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 4 (1871): 23-51, at 39-41. "When I first saw it displayed in the New Zealand Exhibition of 1862, I must confess that I looked upon it with feelings of interest amounting almost to enthusiasm, so much so that, with the permission of the owner, I had the same photographed, and copies of which were forwarded by me to various parts of India. The photograph, when shown to the Klings or Tamils, was at once recognised by them as exhibiting the upper part of a ship's bell, such as is commonly used by them at the present day, and I had translations of the inscription returned to me—one from Ceylon, by the favour of Mr. Edward Cargill, the other from Penang, by favour of a lady friend in that settlement; both gave the same translation, viz., Mohoyideon Buks—ship's bell; and the Crannies or Tamil writers of Penang favoured my friend with what they termed to be the modern written language, thus implying that the character of the specimen was ancient." Fort, Charles Hoy. "From Outer SpaceOr Where?" Auckland Star, October 14, 1926, p. 18 c. 4. "In the 'Falkirk Herald,' May 6, 1865, is an account of a strange, inscribed object that had been found in New Zealand. 'A great curiosity in the shape of an antique metal ball has been exhibited in New Zealand, having been found in the North Island in 1836. No such implement was ever made or used by the.Maoris, and the question arises—Whence did it come? There is an inscription upon it, which the owner calls Javanese.' It may be that, somewhere in a museum in New Zealand, this object still exists. A message upon it may be deciphered. I shall be very much obliged if anybody can send information upon this subject, or upon anything else of the kind, to mc, at my present address, 39 (A), Marchmont Street, W.C., London, England." This "Ship's Bell" is now at the Museum of New Zealand. Hilder, Brett. "The Story of the Tamil Bell." Journal of the Polynesian Society, 84 (no. 4; 1975): 476-484. "The question of how the Tamil Bell got to New Zealand has never been answered. It hardly seems possible that the bell arrived in New Zealand in a European ship at a date early enough for Colenso to obtain it as an old relic in 1836 or even 1840. As far as we know, the eastern limit of Indian contact was at the island of Lombok, next to Bali. Although the trade routes to the Spice Islands and West New Guinea had been in use for thousands of years, this trade was mainly in the hands of the local rulers of Ternate, Tidore and Amboyna. Some ancient petroglyphs in the Fiji Islands have been thought to be early Indian or Chinese scripts, but they have not been identified or deciphered, nor has any explanation been found for them. No Indian relics except the bell have been found in New Zealand, so the problem remains unique and unsolved."]

(Message) / + / 1904 / Dec 5 / Liverpool Echo of, p. 4-7 / That several months before, at Birkdale, a boy named Ainsley, digging in his father's garden, found, four feet deep, a stone bearing hieroglyphics. Came under the notice of Mr. John Norton, of Part street, Southport, who sent rubbings of the hieroglyphics to Dr. Budge, of the British Museum, and to Mr. F.L. Griffith, the Egyptologist. Independetly they came to the conclusion that it belonged to 7th century before the Christian era, and related to the memory of one Horsiesi of Thebes. Supposed been long lost before in the garden by a traveller from Egypt. [SF-IV; 268. "Remarkable Find at Birkdale." Liverpool Echo, December 5, 1904, p. 4 c. 8. "Notes of the Month." Antiquary, 41 (February 1905): 41-47, at 47. "Some weeks ago there was found, deep down in a garden at Birkdale, South port, an irregular oblong stone about 8 inches each way. Cut across its face, about 1¼ inches apart, are five straight lines of hieroglyphics. After narrowly escaping the dust-bin, the stone came under the notice of Mr. John Naton, ex-President of Southport Society of Natural Science, who submitted it to Mr. F.L. Griffith and Dr. Wallis Budge, of the British Museum. The reports of these gentlemen leave no doubt that the stone is a genuine Egyptian sepulchral tablet, the age of which is about 2,500 years. Dr. Budge says: 'The stone is a fragment

of a sepulchral slab of a scribe who was overseer of a portion of the Amen Temple at Thebes.'" "How such a slab came to be buried in Lancashire is a problem difficult of solution."]

Coin / 1905 / Aug 29 / D. Mail of, 3-7 / "A coin bearing the date of 858, and identified as of the reign of Ethelwulf, son of Egbert, first king of England, was recently found at Casterton, N. Zealand, by a navvy engaged in road-making. / (Casterton, Victoria?) [SF-IV: 269.1, 269.2. (London Daily Mail, August 29, 1905, p. 3 c. 7.) "Carterton News." Wairarapa Daily Times, (Wellington, New Zealand), July 3, 1905, p. 3 c. 1. "Mr S. Phillips, one of the workmen on the drainage contract, has dugout a copper coin a little larger than the ordinary penny, while working on the grading operations in Belvedere-road. The coin was shown to me on Thursday, and is very much battered. When picked up the coin was covered with dirt and encrustations, but this was removed by Mr A.J. Lindop, our local chemist, and it appears to be an English coin bearing the date of 858, the reign of Ethelwulf, son of Egbert, the first King of all England. The finder of the coin is a native of Sydney, and he intends to keep it until he returns to that city, when he will ascertain if it is an old English coin, and its present value as a curiosity." The two historical facts about coins that raise considerable doubts concerning this story are: that until 1797 the British penny was made of silver, (not copper), and, that British coins did not include their date of issue until 1549, (with MDXLIX on a silver shilling). Coins minted during the reign of  Æthelwulf, (from 839 to 858 A.D.), were all silver pennies and did not indicate any date].

[Objs / Coins, etc.[ / Arctic / old Chinese(?) coins in Alaska / Proc. U.S. Nat. Museum, 15, Lieut Dix Bolles. [SF-IV; 270. Bolles, Timothy Dix. "Chinese Relics in Alaska." Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 15 (1892): 221-222. "In a collection of ethnological objects from southeastern Alaska, donated to the National Museum in 1883-85, there is a wooden mask which has for its eyes two large bronze Chinese Temple coins; so identified by Dr. D.B. McCartee." "The grave from which it was taken is located near the Chilcat Village at the mouth of the Chilcat River, Alaska, where stand a row of six grave-houses on a narrow strip of laud close to the river, with a swamp back of them."]

Coins / + / In the American Naturalist, 18-98, James Deans tells of 30 coins that had been found in Cassiar district, B. Columbia, 25 feet below surface of the ground. Said by him be Chinese coins. "Neither in metal nor markings did it (one especially examined by him) resemble the modern coins, but in its figures looked more like an Aztec calendar." / Amer. Naturalist, year 1884. [SF-IV: 271.1, 271.2 Deans, James. "Chinese Coins in British Columbia." American Naturalist, 18 (no. 1; January 1884): 98-99. "In the summer of 1882 a miner found on De Foe (Deorse?) creek, Cassiar district, Br. Columbia, thirty Chinese coins in the auriferous sand, twenty-five feet below the surface. They appeared to have been strung, but on taking them up the miner let them drop apart. The earth above and around them was as compact as any in the neighborhood. One of these coins I examined at the store of Chu Chong in Victoria. Neither in metal nor markings did it resemble the modern coins, but in its figures looked more like an Aztec calendar. So far as I can make out the markings, this is a Chinese chronological cycle of sixty years, invented by the Emperor Huungti, 2637 B.C. and circulated in this form to make his people remember it." Huangdi, (the legendary Yellow Emperor) was credited with numerous Chinese inventions, including their sexagenary calendar system; and, while Chu Chong & Co. was located at 48 Cormorant Street, in Victoria, Deans provided sparse information about these Chinese coins and their association with the Chinese calendar. The Cassiar Gold Rush centered on Dease Lake and several of its tributaries, (from south to north): Dease Creek, Thibert Creek (and its tributary, Vowel Creek), Canyon River (where the mining community of Defot was located), the Dease River (and its tributary Mcdame Creek). Thibert Creek was explored by prospectors in 1872 and 1873, with a gold rush soon following in 1874 and 1875; and, John Defot, (born in Quebec), discovered gold on a creek, a mile up from the Canyon River, on June 24, 1878. By 1880, most of the gold had been taken out, with many of the depleted claims taken over by Chinese workers. Thus, in 1884, a collector of relics repeats a tale gathered from a Chinese merchant about a miner exploring abandoned gold diggings, (where Chinese had been working claims, possibly near Defot), and about a Chinese coin, (one of dozens alleged found, made with no usual metal nor markings), used for a Chinese calendar, (invented by a legendary emperor, and beginning in 2697 B.C.). Deans may have collected railway boxcars of Haida artifacts for the Chicago World's Fair; but, apparently, he did not purchase one of these extraordinary Chinese coins from a merchant in the city where he lived. Deans would only write a letter, suggesting that Chinese people had lost relics, long ago, in the interior of northern British Columbia, which resembled those of the Aztec calendar, (without knowledge of Chinese writing, these coins, nor the site of their find).]

Coin / Greek, etc. / Found in Florida / Sun, 1889, Aug 28-5-4. [SF-IV; 272. "Georgia and Florida." Savannah Morning News, August 13, 1889, p. 6 c. 1-3. "A.C. White, superintendent of the famous King grove near Wildwood, unearthed some rare treasures in the grove last week. The most curious thing found was an ancient coin of the reign of Alexander the Great. The coin is silver, about the size of a fifty cent piece. On one side is the embossed likeness of Alexander, on the other three Greek mottoes and the nude likeness of a Greek warrior armed with sword, helmet and shield. Buried with this coin was found a vessel of antique design—perhaps a Greek wine jar—and a curious knife and something like a common hoe—perhaps a species of battle-ax." (New York Sun, August 28, 1889, p. 5 c. 4; not online.) (An Ancient Coin Found. New York Times, August 28, 1889, p. 2 c. 3.???) Most of these Greek silver drachma coins with Alexander the Great on the obverse side bear an image of the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, (as a seated man on a throne, and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World); however, a similar enthroned figure on these coins represents Athena Alkidemos, with a helmet, shield, and armed with a spear, thunderbolt, or sword.]

[Objs / Coins, etc.[ / 1925 / Sept. 22 / [Letter to Fort, from Louise Goodfellow, 1st Oct., 1925.] [SF-IV; 273. (Letter; Goodfellow, Louise, to Fort; October 1, 1925.)]

[The following five notes were clipped together by Fort. SF-IV: 274 to 278.]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / (+) / 1906 / Oct 9 / Obj / Braintree / [Letter to Fort, from E. Ingold, Oct 31st, 1925.] [SF-IV; 274. (Letter; Ingold, E., to Fort, October 31, 1925.) See: 1906 Oct 9, (IX; 489).]

[The following three notes were clipped together with the paper clip by Fort. SF-IV: 275, 276, & 277.]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1906 / Oct 9 / Mr Ernest Ingold, Hillside, Railway St, Braintree, Essex. [SF-IV; 275.]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1906 / Oct. 9 / 11:30 p.m. / With explosive sound the object fell into the yard of the Braintree Brewery, of Railway-street, and was heard by the proprietor, Mr. Ingold. Next morning hold in ground found, pointed out by one of his work-men, and around it stones that had been scattered. In it the hole was found. / Braintree and Bocking AdvertiserOct. 17 / In B. and B. Advertiser, said that the hole was in the macadamized pavement. Seems if anybody wanted to play a hoax could have dug hole somewhere without doing damage. Said that the sound was "tremendous crash". It was during a rain but no thunder reported elsewhere. An object 4 inches long, 3 wide, and weighing 13 ounces. "It resembled in miature, a bloodhound in a sleeping position. The head, nose, and eyes are clearly marked." Said that experts at the British Museum had bored it and analyzed it but could not tell what it was except that not a meteorite. [SF-IV; 276 to 276.5. (Braintree and Bocking Advertiser, October 17, 1906; not at BNA.)]

[Objs . Coins, etc.] 1906 / Oct 9 / Artificial iron / Braintree, Essex / (D-273).] [SF-IV; 277. The note copies information from page 273 of The Book of the Damned. "Reputed Meteorite." Essex Naturalist, 14 (January 1907): 272-273. "Mr. Miller Christy exhibited the reputed meteorite reported in the newspapers as having fallen at Braintree on October 9th. On examination by Dr. Fletcher, of the British Museum, the supposed meteorite was found to be a mass of smelted iron, so that the mystery of the reported 'fall' remained unexplained."]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1906 / Oct. 9 / At Southend, 10 p.m., fierce th. storm and floods. / D. Express, 11th. [SF-IV; 278. (London Daily Express, October 11, 1906.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1883 / April / A geometrical object / the Boogaldi meteorite / See Nature 68-533. [SF-IV; 279. "Recent Papers on Meteorites." Nature, 68 (October 1, 1903): 532-534, at 533. This is the Boogaldi meteorite, (which was found in 1900).]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1883 / April / Grave Creek Stone / [Co]in / Compa[re] with G. Creek / [illustration] / The Rignarak coin. [SF-IV; 280. (Refs.???) (The Grave Creek stone resembles the as coins minted at Obulco, (now, Porcuna, Spain), during the Roman Republic, (about 200 B.C.); however, the Grave Creek Stone is not a coin, (rather, it was a crude engraving upon one side of the stone). Opposite the face side of the Obulco coins, the plow may have been identified as a sword; and, two rows of inscriptions are expanded to three on the Grave Creek stone. Yet, the Grave Creek inscriptions have been identified as English. Davis, Emily C. "Printer's knowledge of Dickens solves scientific hoax," Science News Letter, 17 (May 24, 1930): 324-325, & 332. According to Andrew Price, (then, president of the West Virginia Historical Society), the Grave Creek inscription reads: "Bil Stump's Stone, Oct 14, 1838," and, the characters appear on the rows, as follows: (1) B I L-S T-U M / (2) P S S T O N E / (3) O C T-1 4-1 8 3 8.]

Obj found / 1913 / Nov. 3 / D. Express of / On the top of a high mountain in Breconshire a farmer discovered a number of new building planks and various debris that must have been carried up there by the tornado in Wales in the week before the 3rd. [SF-IV; 281. (London Daily Express, November 3, 1913.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1907 / June 20 / [source unidentified]. 1-6 / 30-2-5 / The ship's anchor. [SF-IV; 282. (Unidentified source, New York Times???, June 20, 1907, p. 1 c. 6; try June 29; and, (New York Times, June 30, 1907, p. 2 c. 5.) "Find Old Norse Anchor." New York Tribune, June 29, 1907, p. 9 c. 1. "Crookston, Minn., June 28.—Contractors on the State Experimental Farm to-day found a ship's anchor of antique pattern burled at a depth of six feet in solid clay under sod that had never been broken. The anchor is similar to those used by Norsemen about nine centuries ago. The anchor, it is surmised, is a relic of a Norse expedition during an era when the Red River Valley was a portioon of Lake Winnipeg and could be reached by sail from the Atlantic." "To Study Old Norse Anchor." New York Tribune, June 30, 1907, p. 7 c. 5. Hauge, Lars Jorgensen. "Did the Norsemen Visit the Dakota Country." South Dakota Historical Collections, 4 (1908): 137-147, at 141, (illustration of the Crookston anchor).]

[Th stone) / 1883 / April 18 / Date letter of J. Rand Capron, in Symons Met Mag 18/57, that recently had been brought to him an iron ball, spherical, 14.38 oz in weight. Had been found, after a storm, in a heap of refuse bark thrown out from a barn door. In this heap a hole had been burned 10 inches deep, and so the object been found at bottom of it. It was said to be "a charcoal-smelted cast iron ball, probably of considerable antiquity, as charcoal furnaces have long ceased to exist". Said that lightning had probably made the hole leading to the discovery of it. / (This Symons' manure heap.) / (Or been thrown from barn unknown?) [SF-IV: 283.1, 283.2, 283.3. (Meteorological Magazine, 18-57.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1883 / Ap. 18 recently / Capron address / Guildown, Guilford.. [SF-IV; 284.]

Obj fell? / 1892 / July 26 / Glb Dem, 6-5 / A mystery in the town of Upper Nyack, N.Y. A boy named Sarvent climbing on Hook Mt. came upon object said be the bowsprit of a sailing vessel of from 500 to 1000 tons burden, unlike anything on the Hudson. [SF-IV; 285. (St. Louis Globe-Democrat, July 26, 1892, p. 6 c. 5.)]

Obj or metite / 1892 / Jan 2 / At Carson, Nevada (San Fran Chronicle 8-3-1), fell from a cloudless sky, through a harness shop window, a metallic object "about the shape and size of a big bean". [SF-IV; 286. (San Francisco Chronicle, January 8, 1892, p. 3 c. 1.)]

Geode / 1888 / Dec 8 / Meeting of the Canadian Institute. Mr. J.A. Livingston exhibited "a globular body about six inches in diameter, composed of quartz, which he asserted was a meteorite. It was split in two, was hollow, and had quartz crystals like a geode. [SF-IV; 287. (Ref.???)]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1883 / April / Archaeo / March 29, 1892 / July 18, 1892 / July 22, 1892 / 1893 / March 9, 1893 / Ap. 25, 1898 / Aug 29, 1905. [SF-IV; 288. See: (1883 / April / Archaeo / March 29, 1892 / July 18, 1892 / July 22, 1892 / 1893 / March 9, 1893 / Ap. 25, 1898 / Aug 29, 1905.).]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1925 / Sept. / [unidentified drawing] / A rough outlinedrawn with a carpenter's pencil about 1 cm in diam / [the outline]. [SF-IV; 289.]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1925 / Sept / Bournemouth / [Letter to Fort, from Louise Goodfellow, 10th October, 1925.] [SF-IV; 290. (Letter; Goodfellow, Louise, to Fort; October 10, 1925.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc. / 1925 / 22nd Sept / [Bournemouth Thunderbolt] / Ev. Standard of Sept 25, 1925. [SF-IV; 291. (London Evening Standard, September 25, 1925.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1919 / Aug 8 / Phil obj. / [Letter and clippings to Fort, from Charles Holzmueller, Nov. 19, 1925.] [SF-IV; 292. Newspaper clippings. (Letter; Holzmueller, Charles, to Fort; November 19, 1925.)]

[The following two notes were clipped together by Fort. SF-IV: 293 & 294.]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1883 / Ap. 1 / TribJune 17-2-2 / Tribstory is Dr Thomas O. Keator, of Accord, Ulster Co., had seen ball of fire fall into Rondout Creek. On May 7 youth, R.H. Bell, found sword, bottom of six feet of water, buried to the hilt, in the sand, and bent almost double. Said here that the hieroglyphics were not of fine workmanship. Said that Mr Bell "a citizen of Accord, who is highly spoken of. [SF-IV: 294.1, 294.2. (New York Tribune, June 17, 1883, p. 2 c. 2.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1883 / May 16 / Dispatch dated 16th, in N.Y. Trib, May 17. / Here said that giant sword had dropped from the sky into Rondout Creekm and found the next day by son of Daniel Bell, "An eccentric man, who claims to have made many and important mineral discoveries, including massive diamonds. He has filed titles to large tracts of wild land there (near village of Accord) in years past." Said covered with hieroglyphics, of fine workmanship. Here it is said that the object was found by Mr. Bell's son, "the next day". [SF-IV: 294.1, 294.2, 294.3. (New York Tribune, May 17, 1883.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1883 / Ap. 17 / Early morning, while Dr. T.O. Keator was riding along bank of the Rondout Creek, Ulster Co., he saw, "so the story goes," a ball of fire apparently as large as a cart wheel falling into the creek, not a dozen yards distant. / NY Times, June 17-10-7 / Next morning he told th eowner of the land, Daniel D. Bell, who searched, but found nothing. On May 7, his son, aged 16, while searching in the creek found an object like a long, two-handled sword. It was taken to New York City. Ab, 5 feet, 10 inches long, weight 17 pounds. "The lower half of the weapon, including the hilt, is covered with strange and puzzling hieroglyphics, which look as much as anything else like an outline drawing of the map of Greece. Said there were labarynthine characters and several with intricate geometric shapes, but mixed with meaningless lines. At the request of a Times reporter an antiquarian examined the object. In his opinion it was a hoax. With his mind upon antiquarian objects and fraudulencies he said had been made recently. Said had been made by someone who had never seen a real ancient two-handled sword. Most of his criticism around point that was not an ancient two-handled sword. / See N.Y. Sun, June 17. [SF-IV: 295.1 to 295.6. (New York Times, June 17, 1883, p. 10 c. 7.) (New York Sun, ca, 1883.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / Ap. 17 / The weakness here is that something may have been seen falling from the sky. Later a non-indigenous object was found about the same place. Many of the meteorites in museums were so found later. [SF-IV; 296. (Ref.???)]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1883 / Sword / See objects in strange places. / A dagger found in Texas. / Religio-Phil Jour, Oct 6-6-5, 1888. [SF-IV; 297. (Religio-Philosophical Journal, October 6, 1883, p. 6 c. 5.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / [1883] / [Fort's undated letter to the Editor of the "Freeman" / [the Editor's reply, on the same page]. [SF-IV; 298. (Letter; Fort to Editor of the Freeman; and, Editor to Fort; no date.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1883 / "Sword" / [Letter to Fort, from D.S. Sellers, July, 1925]. [SF-IV; 299. (Letter; Sellers, D.S., to Fort; July, 1925.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1883 / April / Sword / [Letter to Fort, from D.S. Sellers, March 24th, 1926]. [SF-IV; 300. (Letter; Sellers, D.S., to Fort; March 24, 1926).]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / [1883] / ellers / Oct, 1929 / [Letter to Fort, from D.S. Sellers, Oct 221929]. [SF-IV; 301. (Letter; Sellers, D.S., to Fort; October 22, 1929.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / [1883] / [Letter to Fort, from John E Defo, Oct 27/29]. [SF-IV; 302. (Letter; Defo, John E., to Fort; October 27, 1929.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1925 / Sept 22 / [Letter to Fort, from L. Everett, 28th September, 1925.][SF-IV; 303. (Letter; Everett, L., to Fort; September 28, 1925.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1925 / Sept / Bournemouth / July, 1926, letter / [Letter to Fort, from L. Goodfellow (Mrs.), 22nd. July 1926]. [SF-IV; 304. (Letter; Goodfellow, L., (Mrs.); July 22, 1926.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1925 / Nov. 7 / Mexico Object / [Letter to Fort, from Annie Holmes, Nov. 7, 1925]. [SF-IV; 305. (Letter; Holmes, Annie, to Fort; November 7, 1925.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1925 / Sept / Nov. 7 / Mexico / [Letter to Fort, from (Mrs) Annie Holmes, Jan. 10, 1926]. [SF-IV; 306. (Letter; Holmes, Annie (Mrs.), to Fort; January 10, 1926.)]

[The following noneteen notes were clipped together by Fort. SF-IV: 307 to 325.]

[Objs / Coins, etc.] / 1887 / June 20, etc. / Series after Tarbes to China in Oct. [SF-IV; 307.]

[The following sox notes were clipped together with the paper clip by Fort. SF-IV: 308 to 313.]

[Objs / Coins, etc] / 1887 / June 20 / disk / (D-119) / Tarbes, France / (47). [SF-IV; 308. The note copies information from page 119 of The Book of the Damned. Tissandier, Gaston. "Sur un grêlon contenant une masse pierreuse." Comptes Rendus, 105 (July 18, 1887): 182.]

[Objs / Coins, etc] / 1887 / June 20 / to Tarbes obj in Sept / as if in a favorable current from other world. [SF-IV; 309.]

[Objs / Coins, etc] / Tarbes / (Ed. Vimard) / Imprimeur / other Journal / La Revue des Hautes-Pyrénées. [SF-IV; 310. "Grêlon contenant une pierre." Année Scientifique et Industrielle, 31 (1887): 57. "Le lundi 20 juin, vers 4 heures du soir, un violent orage accompagné de grêle s'est abattu sur la plaine de Tarbes. Un grêlon oblong, de la grosseur du pouce, est tombé à côté de la maison de M. Vimard, imprimeur. A l'intérieur de ce grêlon se trouvait un corps blanc insoluble, de la forme d'un disque très régulier."]

[Objs / Coins, etc] / Tarbes / Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle. [SF-IV; 311.]

[Objs / Coins, etc[ / Tarbes / Ecole Normale d'Institutrices Directrice Mlle Albert / Bureau de poste / Directeur Giral. [SF-IV; 312.]

[[Objs / Coins, etc] / 1887 / June 20 / Tarbes / note by M. Tissandier, laid before ac by M. Daubrée / Ecole Normale / told of by Prof Sudre / fell near the house of M. Vimard, a printer. / That regular, etc., is Sudre's story. / C.R. / R. Ac. 424 / 105/182. [SF-IV; 313. Tissandier, Gaston. "Sur un grêlon contenant une masse pierreuse." Comptes Rendus, 105 (July 18, 1887): 182.]

[The following three note were clipped together with the paper clip by Fort. SF-IV: 314, 315, & 316.]

[Objs / Coins, etc] / 1887 / Aug? / thunderstone / Harrowgate / Symons Met 38/118. [SF-IV; 314. (Meteorological Magazine, 38-118.)]

(Obj fell) / 1887 / (Aug) / Symons' Met Mag., 38-117 / Account of a stone said to have fallen near Harrowgate in a th. storm: described as a "hard, heavy substance, about the size of a guinea fowl's egg, surrounded by a light gray and white substance like slate. It was sent to Prof Tyndall, who said it was ironstone, on ground in first place, struck by lightning, and surrounded by sand fused by the lightning. / See July 28, 1911. / Aug 131857. [SF-IV: 315.1, 315.2. (Meteorological Magazine, 38-117.) See: (1887 Aug 13).]

Th. stone / 1887 / "I think early in Aug," / Symons Met 38/118 / Rev. W.C. Plenderleath, of Mainhead Rectory. Heavy th. storma flash and sound of thunder. When rain fell, he went to spotsaw ground disturbedfound a "heavy hard substance, about the size of a guinea fowl's egg, surrounded by pieces of light gray and white substance like slate. Sent it to Prof. Tyndal (spelled with one l), who wrote that it was ironstone and sand fused by lightning. / (Correct) / Plenderleath writes that he sends account by lady who found the stone. SF-IV: 316.1, 316.2, 316.3. (Meteorological Magazine, 38-118.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc] / 1887 / Aug 17 / Brixton / roundish "thunderstone". / (D-108). [SF-IV; 317. (D-108).]

[Objs / Coins, etc] / (3) / 1887 / Sept / Tarbes / Cosmos, N.S., 18-87 / Cor writes that in a storm that was in no way extraordinary, he saw, at a height of 3 or 4 hundred yards, an object about a yard long and of metallic appearance revolving at extraordinary speed, maintianing no inclination of axis. [SF-IV: 318.1, 318.2. (Cosmos, n.s., 4, 18-87.)]

[The following two notes were clipepd together with the paper clip by Fort. SF-IV: 319 & 320.]

[Objs / Coins, etc] / 1887 / Sept 22 / Small meteorite almost spherical fell in village of (Cochin China) Phu Long (Binh-Chanh) China. / C.R. 105-1294 / 106-38 / See Oct 25. [SF-IV; 319. (Comptes Rendus, 105-294. (Comptes Rendus, 106-38.) See: (1887 Oct 25).]

[Objs / Coins, etc] / 1887 / Sept 22-23 / typhoon / Cochin-China / Le Courrier D'Haiphong, Sept 29, Oct 9. [SF-IV; 320. (Courrier d'Haiphong, September 29, 1887, & October 9, 1887.)]

Shower of stones / 1887 / Oct 1 . Phil Pub Ledger of / "A shower of stones rattled against a house in Sumter Co., Ga., one night last May, it is stated, as though at regular intervals, The mysterious fusilade has been repeated even inthe presence of neighbors. No explanation has yet been found." [SF-IV: 321.1, 321.2. (Philadelphia Public Ledger, October 1, 1887.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc] / 1887 / Oct. 25 / See Sept. 22 / Met or Animal / of Cochin China / Sci Amer 58-289. [SF-IV; 322. "A Remarkable Meteor." Scientific American, n.s., 58 (May 12, 1888): 289. Delauney. “Chute le 25 octobre 1887, à Than-Duc, d'une météorite qui paraît avoir disparu à la suite d'un ricochet.” Comptes Rendus, 105 (1887): 1291-1295, at 1294. A meteorite was reported to have fallen at Phu-Long, on September 22, 1887. See: 1887 Oct 25, (VI; 1457).]

[Objs / Coins. etc] / 1887 / Oct 25 / Met at Than-Ducnot foundsupposed bounded away. [SF-IV; 323. See: See: 1887 Oct 25, (VI; 1457).]

[Objs / Coins, etc] / 1887 / Oct 25 / Cochin China / Right date of great meteor seen in China / and great gouge in earthC.R. 105-1291The hole was 32 metres long—6 wide and 2 deep. Chinese thought animal had arrived from sky. [SF-IV; 324. Delauney. “Chute le 25 octobre 1887, à Than-Duc, d'une météorite qui paraît avoir disparu à la suite d'un ricochet.” Comptes Rendus, 105 (1887): 1291-1295, at 1292. See: 1887 Oct 25, (VI; 1457).]

[Objs / Coins, etc] / 1887 / Oct 29 / At Than-Duc, another great meteor, moving like that of 25th, seen. / C.R. 105-1294. [SF-IV; 325. Delauney. “Chute le 25 octobre 1887, à Than-Duc, d'une météorite qui paraît avoir disparu à la suite d'un ricochet.” Comptes Rendus, 105 (1887): 1291-1295, at 1294-1295.]

[Objs / Coins, etc] / [A King's So-Called "Curse] / NY Times, March 9, 1930. [SF-IV; 326. Newspaper clipping. (New York Times, March 9, 1930.)]

(Obj) / 18[97] / Nov 1[2] / NY Sun 14-1-6—that[note crumbling] outskirts of Binghamton, N.Y., a round object had fallen from the sky. Dark brown and of sandy material and that when broken, in the center was found a triangular piece of metallic substance. Said that the object was placed in the High School Laboratory. / Write and find out. [SF-IV: 327.1, 327.2. "Meteor Falls Near Binghamton." New York Sun, November 14, 1897, p. 1 c. 6. "On Friday evening a seemingly bright mass of fire passed through the heavens, and unlike the ordinary shooting stars or meteors, which seem to disappear from view, it shot straight downward and imbedded itself in some land near Park avenue, on the outskirts of this city. Dr. Mc Donald, who resides near by and witnessed the phenomenon, found the place where it struck, and after digging in the earth about five feet found the strange visitor. It proved to be a round ball about two feet in circumference. It was of a dark brown color and of a sandy nature. The ball was broken, and in the centre was a triangular piece of metallic substance which had a strong smell of sulphur." "The aereolite was submitted to Prof. Whitney of the High School, and the examination disclosed that it contained iron, copper, and nickel, but the metals were so thoroughly burned as to be hardly recognizable. The meteor has been placed in the High School laboratory." ("Wiggins on the Aerolite." New York Times, November 18, 1897, p. 5 c. 3; confirm.) "Wiggins on Meteorites." New York Sun, November 21, 1897, s. 2 p. 10 c. 3. "My opinion is that stones have, for many thousands of years, fallen from space upon the earth, which actually contained written characters. The ancient Jews and other nations speak of their sacred books as having fallen from heaven, and, as the earliest important records were preserved in stone, it seems probable that the idea originated with aerolites like that of Binghamton. There is no doubt that thousands of these stones that have fallen to our planet since man arrived here are messages from another planet."]

[Objs ./ Coins, etc] / Obj fell? / "Ship's Anchor of antique pattern" found 6 feet deep in Minnestoa. / NY Times, June 20-1-6, 1907 / Called "anchor". No necessarily one. / June 30-2-5. [SF-IV; 328. (New York Times. June 20, 1907, p. 1 c. 7.) See: Objs / Coins, etc. / 1907 / June 20, (SF-IV; 282).]

(Tube) / 1843 / Dec 7 / (evening) / LTDec 11, 1843a cab driver, named William Kite, stationed in Golden Square, near Regent Street, London, saw a great light. He heard a slight sound and looked upward. He saw a luminous body falling with high velocity, and, when it reached the ground, it exploded. The object was described as if it were a bomb that someone had throwna thick iron tube, weighing about 2 lbs. A large chamber and a smaller "with a sort of touch hole at the end for the insertion of a charge and fuse. [SF-IV: 329.1, 329.2. (London Times, December 11, 1843???) "Extraordinary Occurrence." London Morning Post, December 9, 1843, p. 7 c. 5. "The substance which had fallen being picked up and examined, was found to consist of a very thick iron tube, about two and a half inches long, with two chambers internally, the larger one about three quarters of an inch in diameter, and the other, communicating with it, about half an inch in diameter, with a sort of touchhole at the end for the insertion of a charge and fuse. It weighed about two pounds, and of course there was the most imminent danger of the destruction of life from its falling in the public streets, or penetrating ths window of any dwelling place."]

[Objs / Coins, etc] / 1843 / Dec 7 / Tube / Said that the superintendent of police would make a serious investigation. [SF-IV; 330. (Ref.???)]

[Objs / Coins, etc] / 1907 / June 30 / N.Y. Times, 2-5 / also June 20-1-6 (can't find) / Object found deep in a clay bed in Crookston, [Min]n. "The anchor is light, weighing not more than thirty pounds. It consists of a rather heavy cylindrical centerpiece and from socket[s] [eight h[not crumbling]] swinging on iron pins through center of the cylind[er]. [SF-IV: 331.1, 331.2. (New York Times, See: Objs / Coins, etc. / 1907 / June 20, (SF-IV; 282).]

(Ohio obj) / (+) / 1888 / May 28 . evening / (See Ap., 1894.) / Cleveland, Ohio / yard of house in Seelye Ave / Obj fell luminously from sky. "It is a half sphere in shape. / N.Y. Times 30-3-2 / Weighs about 12 ounces, and has the appearance of copper coated with a thin black substance. The bottom, which is flat, is punctured with small holes, making it somewhat resemble a sponge. One side is corrugated and has the appearance of beaten brass, only the color is a duller, coarser one. The mass is covered in spots with a thin melted substance which casues it to resemble a new casting. Mr. McMullen will place it in the hands of Prof. Morley, of Aolelbert College, for analysis. [SF-IV; 332.1, 332.2, 332.3. (New York Times, May 30, 1888, p. 3 c. 2.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc] / 1907 / June / Crookston, Minn. / 200 miles west of Lake Superior / near no large river. [SF-IV; 333. Crookston is about 360 km. west of Duluth, (the closest point on Lake Superior).]

[Objs / Coins, etc] / 1907 / June / Crookston, Minn. / Another obj? / explosive sound there, Jan 4, 1908. [SF-IV; 334. (Ref.???)]

Cannon ball / 1894 / April / Metite fell near Oxford Junction, Iowa, Said dug up (Pub Ledger, Feb 6, 1895). Was almost as round as a cannon ballten inches in circumferenceof an unknown metal resembling bronze. / April, 1883 / See May 28, 1888. [SF-IV; 335. (Philadelphia Public Ledger, February 6, 1895.) See: (1883 April), and, (1888 May 28).]

[Objs / Coins, etc] / 1885 / In Cosmos, N.S., 9-392 / This is in B.D.of the meteoric object found in 1885 in a block of coal from a mine of Wolfsegg, near Schwannstadt, in Lower Austria. Now in Museum of Salzburgpronounced by disagreeing experts to be a meteorite, an artificially shaped object, a meteorite that had been artificially shaped. It is a cube with two faces rounded and an incision running around four other faces,. / Own ideafell ancient times, or fell later and penetrated deep into coal. [SF-IV: 336.1, 336.2, 336.3. (Cosmos, n.s., 4, v. 9 p. 392.) (D-125-126.) "Notes." Nature, 35 (November 11, 1886): 34-7, at 36. (Verhandlungen des Naturhistorischen Vereins der preussischen Rheinlande. Bonn, Germany: Verlag Max Cohen & Sohn, 1886, 188. Hubert Malthaner. "Not the Salzburg steel cube, but an iron object from Wolfsegg." Pursuit, 6 (1973): 90-3. William R. Corliss. Ancient Man: A Handbook of Puzzling Artifacts. Glen Arm, Maryland: The Sourcebook Project, 1978, 654-6. This metal object belonged to the Heimathaus at Vocklabruck, Austria, in 1978. The object was believed by Adolf Gurlt, a mining engineer, to be a fossil meteorite; however, the object had no Widmanstattan pattern, and it contained not nickle, chromium, nor cobalt. The "Wolfsegg Iron" was believed, by R. Grill of the Geologische Bundesanstalt in Vienna, to be a piece of cast iron, which was found among pieces of coal at an iron foundry and which may have been "used as ballast with primitive mining machinery.")]

[The following two notes were clipped together by Fort. SF-IV: 337 & 338.]

[Objs / Coins, etc] / 1928 / Tut-Ankh-Amen / [Wendell Dies Oddly] / N.Y. Telegram, [July 17.] [SF-IV; 337. Newspaper clipping. (New York Telegram, July 17, 1928.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc] / 1930 / March 20 / N.Y. Times / Tut-Ankh-Amen? / {Newman E. Drake Dies After Operation]. [SF-IV; 338. (New York Times, March 20, 1930, p. 22 c. 5.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc] / Comet tails / Enormous beams. In earth's atmosphere. Auroral effect? [SF-IV; 339.]

[The following two notes were folded together by Fort. SF-IV: 341 & 342.]

Th stone / Hampstead / 1923 / July 9 / [Letter to Fort, from (Miss) Geraldine Fitzgerald, Dec 7th, 1925.] [SF-IV; 341. (Letter; Fitzgerald, Geraldine (Miss), to Fort; December 7, 1925.)]

[Objs / Coins, etc] / BO / 1923 / July 21 / D. Express, 5-5 reproduced phot of pyramidal shapen metallic mass which, ac to Mr. C.P. Fitzgerald, had fallen, in a thunderstorm, in his garden at Devonshire Hill, in Hampstead, Londonsaid he saw it fall in a stream of sparks. [SF-IV; 342. (London Daily Express, July 21, 1923, p. 5 c. 5.)]

Objs Strange Places / See Hartley Street corpse. / June 3, 1880. [SF-VI; 1463. See: 1880 June 3, (B: 291 & 292).]

Obj like a football / July 15, 1882. [SF-VII; 37. See: (1882 July 15).]

Objs sky / See 1930 from summer and in 1931. [SF-VII; 42. See: (1930 summer to 1931).]

Obj / plane / June 1, 1927. [SF-VII; 53. See: 1927 June 1).]

Objs / Airplane / thing from sky / Oct 2, 1928. [SF-VII; 141. See: (1928 Oct 2).]

Objects psycho / See Tower ghost / See black object / Feb. 7, 1920. [SF-VII; 1408. See: (1920 Feb 7).]

Objects / July 15, 1882 / Like a football / See Dec 25, 1880. [SF-VII; 1409. See: (1992 July 15), and, (1880 Dec 25).]

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