[During a major flood]
LIGHT APPEARS ON RIVER
A mysterious light, bobbing, winking,
disappearing, flashing again and finally losing itself, was seen coming down
the river just after dusk last night. What it was, no one living knows. The
small light was first seen far up the river. Everyone on the river bank was
attracted to it. Swiftly it came towards the city and people wondered. At
times it would disappear, then shine dimly again. For ten minutes it came on,
apparently in the middle of the vast sweep of water. It was dark enough that
nothing else could be seen. When but a few hundred yards above the Brown Street
Bridge, the little flame went out and did not appear again. Anxious watchers
strained their eyes, but there was no further sign of it. A light in a home
carried away? Someone battling bravely against the elements in a small boat?
A hundred explanations were hazarded, but no one knows what it was. A
tragedy may have been enacted in the rushing water.
reference: March 26, 1913, Lafayette
Morning Journal (Lafayette, Indiana). With thanks to Chris Aubeck of the Magonia Exchange for bringing it to my attention.
PRN – NONE
URN – NONE March 26, 1913, Lafayette Morning Journal (Lafayette, Indiana).
URN – NONE Bullard Supp. III, 1997
America – United States, Indiana
“The river” – Lafayette, Indiana lies on the Wabash River.
Lafayette Latitude 40-25-35 N, Longitude
86-52-31 W (D-M) [East Lafayette]
River Latitude 37-47-53 N, Longitude