Simultaneous phenomena

During one of the most violent earthquakes known up to that time (1897, I think) in Mexico, there was a glare in the sky that was thought by Mexicans to be volcanic, according to New Orleans Daily Picayune, June 22. In addition, deluges of rain fell, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, June 17, drowning some of the inhabitants of a Mexican town. This was apparently coincident with the earthquake in India (see next entry).

–Charles Fort, Lo!, p. 771-772 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Not only in playhouses

“It is not only in playhouses that there are theatrical performances,” Fort observes in connection with the events surrounding the June 12, 1897 earthquake in Assam. The Englishman (Calcutta), July 14 and 21, 1897, reported that six days before and one day before the quake, a green moon was observed in Assam. The day before, torrents of rain fell suddenly from the sky, as had never been seen before, from a clear sky. According to the Allahabad Pioneer of June 23, 1897, there had been a drought previously. Following the quake, dust fell from the sky near Calcutta on June 25 (The Englishman, July 3). Mud fell at Thurgrain (Midnapur) on the 27th, and in the Jessore District of Bengal on a cloudless night on June 29, according to Madras Mail, July 8. Further falls of dust that lent a perpetual haze to the horizon occurred five days later at Ghattal, while mud fell again around July 1 at Hetamphore (Beerbhoom).

–Charles Fort, Lo!, p. 768ff (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Venus was in inferior conjuction

According to the New York Sun and the New York Herald, on April 2, 11, 16 and 18, 1897, a mysterious light, like a powerful searchlight, was seen in the sky of Kansas City, Chicago, Evanston, Benton (TX) and finally in Sisterville, W. Va. The object associated with the light was variously reported as “shaped like a Mexican cigar… with great wings,” “two cigar-shaped objects with great wings,” and a “cigar-shaped, silken bag.” Brilliant red, white and green lights were seen below it. Prof. George Hough maintained that “the object seen is Alpha Orionis.”

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p.468-471 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).