Visitors

On July 28, 1860, according to an account in the Canadian Institute Proceedings, 2-7-198, the Deputy Commissioner of Dhurmsalla reported the fall of a meteorite coated in ice. Within a few months of this fall, the Deputy Commissioner noted these events occurred: a fall of live fishes at Benares, a shower of red substance at Furruckabad, a dark spot observed on the disk of the sun, and earthquake, “an unnatural darkness of some duration,” and a luminous appearance in the sky like an aurora borealis.

In the evening after the fall, the Deputy Commissioner saw lights in the sky that moved like fire balloons, but that he was sure “were neither fire balloons, lanterns, nor bonfires, or any other thing of that sort, but bona fide lights in the heavens.”

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p. 245-246 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974)

Stunned by a fall

During a heavy shower on July 3, 1860, in South Granville, NY, a man heard “a peculiar sound at his feet.” Looking down he saw a foot long gray snake, “lying as if stunned by a fall. It then came to life.” This was recorded in Scientific American, 3-112.

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p. 93 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Like a flock of sheep

According to the London Times of April 7, 1860, blocks of ice fell in a snowstorm in Upper Wasdale on March 16, 1860. The blocks were so large that “at a distance they looked like a flock of sheep.”

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p. 185 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Red rain in December

L'Annee Scientifique, 1888-75, reports that a substance like somewhat coagulated blood fell in Cochin China on Dec. 13, 1887.

On Dec. 28, 1860, in northwestern Siena, Italy, a reddish rain fell “copiously” for two hours, beginning about 7 a.m. A second red shower occurred at 11 a.m. Three days later, the red rain fell again, and again the next day. “Each fall,” Fort records, “occurred in ‘exactly the same quarter of town.’” (Year Book of Facts, 1861-273)

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p40 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).