Our notion of cargoes

According to the Annual Register, 1832-447, the fields of Kourianof, Russia, saw a fall of a combustible, resinous,¬†yellowish substance which, when torn, had the tenacity of cotton. It covered an area of 600 or 700 square feet to a depth of at least two inches. In water, it had the consistency of resin, and was described as being the color of amber, elastic and smelled like “prepared oil mixed with wax.”

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p. 63 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Not mirages from terrestrial primaries

Fort mentions that on Oct. 8, 1888, at Merexull, Russia, a mirage of a city, identified as St. Petersburg, 200 miles away, was seen, lasting an hour.

On Oct. 16, 1884, at Lindsberg, Sweden, a mirage of a large town was seen, with four-storied houses, a castle and a lake.

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p445 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).