Unknown aircraft over Dover

Throughout January 1913, newspapers in England and Wales reported sightings of an unknown airship with lights on it. Reports began in the London Times on Jan. 6 (also London Standard, Jan. 24) that an unknown airship had been seen over Dover, and the lights of an airship had been seen over the Bristol Channel. An object was reported in the sky of Cardiff, Wales, by the chief constable of Glamorganshire, about five p.m. (London Times, Jan. 21). The next day, other reports followed throughout Cardiff of something brilliantly lighted. Reports speak of something like a searchlight.

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p512-513ff (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Twenty-five bright flashes

About twenty-five bright flashes in rapid succession were seen in the sky of Cardiff, Wales, on Nov. 25, 1916, according to Arthur Mee in Eng. Mec., 104-239.

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p521 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Peasants and meteorites

September falls of meteorites/stones in storms:
St. Leonards-on-sea, England, Sept. 17, 1885 (Annual Register, 1885)
Sweden, Sept. 24, 1883 (Nature, 29-15)
Cardiff, Sept. 26, 1916, accompanied by lightning flash (London Times, Sept. 28, 1916)

Writes Fort: “It is said [in Science Gossip, n.s., 6-65] that, though meteorites have fall in storms, no connection is supposed to exist between the two phenomena, except by the ignorant peasantry.”

He further says:
“Peasants believed in meteorites.
"Scientists excluded meteorites.
"Peasants believe in ‘thunderstones.’
"Scientists exclude ‘thunderstones.’
"It is useless to argue that peasants are out in the fields, and that scientists are shut up in laboratories and lecture rooms. We cannot take for a real base that, as to phenomena with which they are more familiar, peasants are more likely to be right than are scientists: a host of biologic and meteorologic fallacies of peasants rises against us.”

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, pp101, 107 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).