A mysterious white aircraft

At 9 a.m. on Jan. 12, 1910, according to an account in the New York Tribune, an airship was seen at Chattanooga, Tennessee. “‘Thousands saw the craft, and heard the ‘chug’ of its engine.’” It was later reported in Huntsville, Alabama, 75 miles away.

The airship was seen passing over Chattanooga for two additional days, seen on Jan. 14 about noon. “'It came from the north, and was traveling southeast, disappearing over Missionary Ridge. On Wednesday, it came south, and on Thursday, it returned north.’”

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p510 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

One in a series

In November 1888, as reported in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat on Dec. 20, 1888, two residents of Birmingham, Alabama were murdered and their bodies found in the woods. But, notes the paper, “‘then there was such a new mystery that these murder-mysteries were being overlooked.’” A body of a stranger was found in the woods, a man ‘evidently in good circumstances, if not wealthy,’ and no one was certain what he was doing in the area where he was found. ‘Several persons who have seen the body are of the opinion that the man was a foreigner,’ the article said.

–Charles Fort, Wild Talents, p849 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).