Willimantic (CT) Chronicle - 1 Jan, 1910
THAT MYSTERIOUS AIRSHIP
From the New Haven Journal-Courier:
Where does it come from? What is it? Who does it belong to? These are the
questions which have come to the mind of newspaper readers all over New England
and in New York during the last fortnight. From a score or more localities
reports have come of a wonderful mechanism, which has been seen skimming
along, high in the air, above our cities. It has invariable come in the night
time, when big searchlights of tremendous power have gleamed from out of
the darkness like the eyes of some monster living creature the imagination.
It is quite impossible to believe we are all suffering from a common
If the wonderful flying apparatus is the product of
the brain of Wallace Tillinghast of Worcester, as the public tends to believe,
then that gentlemen has good reason to be secretive about it. Apparently,
as compared with this creation, the flying machines of the Wright brothers,
who have been generally recognized as being the leaders of the world in
aeronautics up to the present moment, seem very crude. Mr. Tillinghast, presuming
him to be the owner and inventor, undoubtedly has in mind a thorough perfection
of this airship before giving the public more than an inkling about it. He
may realize that this or almost any government would pay a fabulous sum for
airships as successful as this one is, provided their details have been kept
in strict secrecy. On the other hand, it is scarcely to be believed that
such a phenomenal invention could be successfully and continually kept secret.
The Springfield Republican suggests a
gigantic hoax in this connection. "The idea suggests itself," it says, "that
the Worcester Telegram is trying to emulate the New York
Sun by bringing out a sort of semicentennial edition of Edgar Allan
Poe's celebrated balloon hoax. in that story, it will be remembered, Poe
pictured a "dirigible balloon's voyage across the Atlantic ocean with a party
of seven or eight men." But the stories of how this strange craft of the
air had been seen have come from so many different localities that it is
well-nigh impossible to be believe there could be any hoax back of it. Indeed,
as the Republican says, undoubtedly referring to the recent
Cook affair: "it will be observed that hoaxes are not popular just now."
Willimantic (CT) Chronicle - 7 Jan, 1910
THAT MYSTERIOUS AIRSHIP
A Number of Norwich People Believe it to be a Large Paper Balloon.
A number of Norwich people, who saw sailing over the city what was supposed
by a few to be the mysterious airship which has been reported so often of
late declare now that in their opinion it was nothing but a large paper balloon,
the kind that is put up on Fourths of July. It traveled with the wind, which
strengthens their belief. There was a ribbon of smoke in its wake, such as
the burning torch of a paper balloon gives forth. It would be surprising
if someone is trying to hoax the public in this way.
Indianapolis STAR - 27 Feb, 1910
COMET ELECTRIFIES SHIP
LEAVES COMPASS LOONEY
MISSING HEAVENLY BODY STRIKING SEA NEAR VESSEL, DEMAGNETIZES INSTRUMENTS
AND SETS CREW A-TREMBLING.
CARDIFF. Feb 26. -- Weird in the extreme was the story told by
Capt. Davies of the steamer Trafalgar, now in port, with his ship
disabled by an unaccountable magnetic visitation that rendered the
"We have been struck by a comet or a thunderbolt, and our ship is
disabled," he said. "We were bound from Port Talbot to Bastia with
coals, leaving port on Wednesday, and this morning we were about ten
miles southwest of the Wolf Rock when the vessel trembled violently,
and there was a loud sharp report like the explosion of a cannon.
The foremast seemed a mass of flames, and the whole ship became
"At that moment we saw a large fiery body, with a tail about 30
feet to 40 feet long, strike the sea about 20 feet from us. Its
appearance was accompanied by a loud hissing noise, and as it
disappeared a column of water rose in the air.
Sets Fo'c's'le "on Fire."
"Directly after the men came running out of the forecastle,
saying it was on fire. The whole of the interior was glowing with a
brilliant light. The effect of the phenomenon in the engine room
was most awe-inspiring, the whole place glowing in a faint violet
light, from which millions of sparks emanated. All the men rushed
"The second mate happened to be sounding the (well) at the time
and received a violent shock from the steel rod which he held in his
hand. The phenomenon did not last many seconds. When we had
recovered from our surprise we looked at the compasses and found
them all demagnetized and awry.
"In that predicament I decided to put back for the nearest port,
but as we were experiencing blinding snowstorms and could get no
assistance from our compasses, it was a difficult task. At last we
picked up the Lizard, and by following coasting vessels put into
Strange to say, when the compasses were taken ashore they
resumed their normal condition and were strictly accurate. It is feared
that the ship has become highly magnetized, and experts will go on board to decide how the
problem can be solved.
Niagara Falls (N.Y.) Gazette - 27 Oct, 1910
An Aerial Flying Dutchman
(United Press Special Wire.)
Toronto, Ont., Oct. 27 -- An aerial Flying Dutchman is making
across Canada. That explains some of the reports that confused
those who were searching for the missing balloon America, and raises
the question whether some inventor of extraordinary genius isn't
trying a secret trial trip before he startles the world with the
story of his accomplishments.
The mysterious airship, carrying red and green lights, passed
over Fort William and was seen by two train crews on trains some
distance apart. It was still going westward.
Early this morning the airship was seen going over
Saskatchewan from east to west, and it again carried red and green lights.
To cap the climax, Mrs. Grenfall, wife of the noted deep-sea
missionary, writes that an airship was seen over St. Anthony's in
far northern Labrador, a week ago.
The reports are confirmed from other places and appear absolutely