A STRANGE PHENOMENON
MONROE, Ga., Aug. 1.—Yesterday afternoon at 1 o'clock a strange phenomenon was witnessed in the southern portion of the town. Mr. H. C. Harrison, hearing a great noise, went out to see what it was. Though the sky was clear and sun shining in all its splendor, a small funnel-shaped cloud was seen approaching from the southwest at a rapid rate, attended with a rumbling sound like thunder. The whirling body rose and fell and occasional reports were heard described as sounding like the explosion of oil barrels on fire. The body passed between Mr. Harrison's house and the colored Baptist church and crossed the street. It then turned in the direction of the old Stilwell place. In crossing a sandy flat, a shaft of sand was elevated high in the air, having the appearance of almost a solid pillow1. The body afterward assumed the appearance of fire and great flaming tongues emerged from the top2 as from a burning building, emitting heat for some distance, which was felt by those who witnessed the scene. In passing through a cotton patch, some leaves were scorched to a crisp and others on the same stalk were unharmed. The body passed into a skirt of pines and disappeared.
Reference for the above text is: “1888 - A Strange Phenomenon” by The New York Times, August 1, 1888. Posted to website: The UFO Chronicles:
on Wednesday, October 17, 2007. Retrieved: January 23, 2012.
Special thanks to Ole Jonny Brænne & the Magonia Exchange Project.
Note 1: This is yet another example of the upward suction below the UFO in what I call the “normal phase,” which can be read about at: http://waterufo.net/PIufoW.php
Note 2: If this sand were traveling through a tube in the craft, from the bottom to the top, it might possibly exit in a molten form due to the heat of the field, giving the impression of “flaming tongues emerged from the top.”
North America – United States, Georgia, Walton
Monroe Latitude 33-47-41 N, Longitude 083-42-48 W (D-M-S) [populated place]
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