INSPECTED THE AIR SHIP.
Beaumont Man Saw the Mystery at Close Range.
CONVERSED WITH THE TRAVELERS.NEXT:
Says It Is Propelled by Four Huge Wings, Electricity Being the Power Used
Beaumont, Texas, April 20.—Mr. J. R. Ligon, local agent for the Magnolia brewery of Houston, this afternoon informs The Post correspondent that the airship visited Beaumont Monday night [is the 19th-CF], and that he not only saw the flying machine, but he had a chance to inspect it from the outside and conversed with one of the men who was traveling in it. “I and my son Charley drove home at 11 o’clock Monday night,” said Mr. Ligon, “and were unhitching the horse when we saw lights in the Johnson pasture, a few hundred yards distant. We went over to investigate and discovered four men moving around a large dark object, and when I hailed them they answered and asked if they could get some water. I told them that they could. They came to my house, each bringing two buckets and after filling them, started to return. I accosted one of the men and he told me his name was Wilson and that he and his companions were traveling in a flying machine. They were returning from a trip out on the gulf and were now headed toward Iowa, where the airship was built.”
Mr. Ligon says he accompanied the men to the ship, and describes it as being 180 feet long and 20 feet wide. It was propelled by four large wings, two on either side, and steerd [sic-steered] by propellers attached to the bow and stern, electricity being the power used. The hull of the ship is made of steel and contains apartments into which compressed air is pumped when the ship is in action. The ship carries a water ballast that is pumped to the bow when it is desired to bring the vessel to the earth and to the stern when the course is skyward. Mr. Ligon says the workings of the ship were thus described to him by the man Wilson, who also stated that his ship was only one of five that had been built in a quiet Iowa village...Expect us (rest of article unrelated to the above case –CF)
Reference for the above text is: The Houston Daily Post, (Texas), April 21, 1897, p.2.
My reference: E-mail to me (CF) from Ole Jonny Brænne dated August 15, 2011.
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UFOCAT PRN – 96790
North America – United States, Texas, Jefferson
Beaumont Latitude 30-05-10 N, Longitude 094-06-07 W (D-M-S)
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