- Air Ship, Or What?
- Various Views Expressed Respecting Tuesday Night's Queer
- The Sacramento Evening Bee November 19th, 1896
- ALL MEN LIARS? LOOKS THAT WAY!
- But Then How Is That Fluctuating White Light In The Sky
To be Accounted For?
- BARWICK SAYS IT CAN'T BE A METEOR
- And If Barwick Doesn't Know, the People Who Give Their
Ideas May Be Pardoned for Entertaining Rather Riotous Fancies On The Subject
- Nothing of a trustworthy character has been heard of
the present whereabouts of the air ship, or the what-is-it which swept
over the house tops of Sacramento Tuesday evening, in sight of many citizens
who have not served terms in the County Jail for drunkenness nor attained
even local renown as < illegible
- Meanwhile the sensation groweth apace. Last evening after
the publication of interviews with reputable parties with The Bee, the
subject with "the voices in the sky" was the topic of conversation
in the restaurants, hotels and wherever people congregate. The general
sentiment was that the light was either a meteor or an attachment to a
balloon which ascended somewhere near the city, and the notion that it
was part of an air ship was scouted as ridiculous. That such a light was
described in The Bee last night swept in a more or less diagonal line through
Sacramento between 6 and 7 o'clock Tuesday evening is indisputable. That
voices were heard traveling with the night certain persons assert with
great solemnity. That the light was suspended under a contrivance of egg
shape, with paddles whirring on the sides, one or two witnesses have been
found with the hardihood to declare. That there is some mystery about the
circumstance a great number of people believe. That the antics of the light,
as to wobbling this and that, and going up and down, are embellishments
to a grand hoax, the majority of citizens will probably agree.
- One thing most of the witnesses to the phenomenon are
positive about is that the light was white, like that shed by an arc-lamp.
Weather Observer Barwick is at as much a loss as anybody to account for
the appearance in the sky. He says the color of a meteor would be affected
by the density of the atmosphere through which it was darting, and on an
evening like that of Tuesday, he believes the light of such an aerial visitor
would most likely be purplish, and in no event the extreme white of an
- Varioust rumors are afloat, but they can be scarcely
given credence. One, published in this morning's Record Union, is to the
effect that an air ship has been in course of construction for some time
at Oak Park, and that on Tuesday evening a trial trip of the conveyance
was made through the city, and out to the Arcade, where it broke down and
is now awaiting repairs.
- The authority of Ex-Senator F. S. Sprague is given for
the loss of a carpenter's hammer from a scaffolding surrounding the steeple
of St. Paul's Church, left there a few hours before the passage of the
alleged ship, but this incident is not substantiated.