posted on Jun, 22 2011 @ 05:14 PM
reply to post by Klassified
Back when I was in college, I used the vast newspaper archives of the University of Illinois to research just that topic.
Indeed, there were many mysterious newspaper accounts of these strange lights and contraptions.
In a critical light, all of the detailed descriptions must be discounted because they tend to combine the technology of that day with what was seen.
These included large driving wheels as on steam locomotives of the day, ships sails and rudders, flapping wings and gas bags.
Accounts of crashes and alien bodies, and abducted cows are to also be looked at as products of the “Yellow Journalism” of the day. Newspapers
were hawked by boys on street corners in those days and sensationalism was rampant as most towns had two or more newspapers. The central Illinois
joined towns of Champaign-Urbana, home of the U. of I., had two. One published an rather amazing account of a crash of one of these airships on a
local farm. The account was supposedly written by a “visiting” reporter from a Chicago newspaper but printed in one of the local ones. He
witnessed the remains of both ship and aliens—but no one else ever did.
Many of the stories also claimed that a local inventor had created his great new invention and was testing it out before being officially released.
But those were also hot air stories.
Basically, the airships moved around about as fast as the stories from one local could be sent by telegraph to another place. After the turn of the
century there were a few reports that came from Australia and some from Europe.
Match these old stories with ATS tales of Comet Elinin and you get the correct perspective in some fashion.
However, there were strange things seen in the air in those years and I do not trash them all. And interestingly, during the last twenty years of
that century there were several large and bright comes, called the Sungrazers that all came from a location near Sirius. (I may mock wild stories of
Elinin, but I consider comets in general as the UFO of deep space.)