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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Newspaper Clipping of the Day

Via Newspapers.com

This item from the "Abilene Weekly Reflector" of May 12, 1898, is brief, but you have to admit it packs something of a punch:

Dickinson county is seldom without some queer happenings to keep the people from getting sleepy. At Manchester last week A. W. McKillip, as he was going to the creamery about 8 a.m., was startled by a noise which sounded like the blowing of a horn. He looked in the direction whence the sound came and saw high up in the air what appeared to be the headlight of a locomotive. He says the light was very large and bright, with rays extending from it in all directions. He could hear a peculiar noise and an occasional blast as from a horn. The "thing" came from the southeast and went in a northwesterly direction.

He has not been able to get his hair to lie down on his head yet.

As an aside, I'd like to know more about what other "queer happenings" were going on in that county.


  1. I, too, would like to know what sort of things go on there; the horn-blowing headlamp in the sky seemed to have been reported with a certain nonchalance, as if it were strange but not VERY strange in the county...

  2. This follows the airship mystery of 1896-7 by a year, and readers may well have interpreted it in that light.


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