1849 is notable for extraordinary falls

In May 1849, a fall of black rain occurred in Ireland.

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p. 52 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Of a fetid odor

A black rain fell in Ireland on May 14, 1849 on an area of 400 square miles. It was the color of ink, and “of a fetid odor and very disagreeable taste.” This was described in the Annals of Scientific Discovery, 1850, and the Annual Register, 1849.

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p. 27 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Nothing is unique

After commenting on black rains in Ireland in 1849, 1887, 1898 and 1907, Fort writes:

“Our Intermediatist principle of pseudo-logic, or our principle of Continuity is, of course, that nothing is unique, or individual: that all phenomena merge away into all other phenomena: that, for instance–suppose there should be vast celestial super-oceanic, or inter-planetary vessels that come near this earth and discharge volumes of smoke at times. We’re only supposing such a thing as that now, because, conventionally, we are beginning modestly and tentatively. But if it were so, there would necessarily be some phenomenon upon this earth, with which that phenomenon would merge. Extra-mundane smoke and smoke from cities merge, or both would manifest in black precipitations in rain.”

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, pp27-28 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).