Things that marched in the sky

Found by Fort in Arago’s OEuvres, 11-576 and Annales de Chimie, 30-417, a description of objects seen by many persons in the streets of Embrun during the eclipse of Sept. 7, 1820. The objects moved in straight lines, “turning and retracting in the same straight lines, all of them separated by uniform spaces.”

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p394 (The Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974)

Huddled together like a flock of wild geese

The (1877-152) Report of the British Association gives an account of a “group of ‘meteors’ that traveled with ‘remarkable slowness’,” in sight for about three minutes. They “left no train,” were “seemingly huddled together like a flock of wild geese,” and moved “with the same velocity and grace of regularity.”

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p296 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974)

I think we’re fished for

On Aug. 27, 1885, about 8:30 a.m., Mrs. Adelina D. Bassett and Mrs. L. Lowell in Bermuda witnessed “a strange object in the clouds, coming from the north.” They were somewhat alarmed, but watched it steadily for some time. “It was of triangular shape, and seemed to be about the size of a pilot-boat mainsail, with chains attached to the bottom of it. While crossing the land it appeared to descend, but, as it went out to sea, it ascended, and continued to ascend, until it was lost to sight high in the clouds.”

The Book of the Damned, p.264 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974)