Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Ornament or U.F.O.?

The Buffalo Courier

Saturday, December 25, 1909

Page 2, Column 4

Phantom Sky

Ship Seen Above

Boston Common


Then Steered Straight

course for Cambridge,

where it hovered

above the Harvard



Hiding Place of Craft

Possibly Discovered


Newspaper Man Believes He

Found It in Woods on

Estate Once Owned By

John B. Gough, Temper-

Ance Lecturer.


(By Special Wire to The Courier.)

Boston, Dec. 24. – The Phantom air-

ship, for which the entire state of

Massachusetts now watches every

night, paid a brief a visit to Harvard

University this evening.  At least

something carrying lights appeared

over Boston Common about 6:30 o’clock

and laid a straight course for Cam-

bridge, remaining over the stadium.

The lights flickered and seemed to

sway from side to side.  Some of the

thousands of watchers declared they

could make out the framework of an

airship.  James E. Martin of the

Harvard Aeronautical club and Harry

Evans, a former balloonist, were posi-

tive on this point. Prof. Pickering of

the Harvard Observatory refused to

commit himself.

Thousands Saw Lights.

At any rate thousands of Harvard

students and citizens of Cambridge

saw the lights and watched them un-

til about 8:30 o’clock.  They moved

southward, swaying slowly with the

motion that an airship would give

them.  In Boston before the phantom

started for Cambridge, the  thousands

of Christmas shoppers craned their

necks to watch and argued among

themselves as to the cause of the

lights.  The Common was crowded

and observers had station on the roofs

of buildings.

A newspaper man believes that he

has found the hiding place of the

Tillinghast  airship or aeroplane which

many believe is the phantom visitor.

He was not able to verify his belief

as he was arrested as a trespasser and

taken before a justice and fined.

John B. Gough’s Estate.

His discovery was made on the old

estate of John B. Gough, the noted

temperance lecturer, at west Boyls-

ton, six miles from Worcester, which

is Wallace Tillinghast’s home city.

Fourteen men in the employ of Paul

Morgan of the Morgan Construction

Company have been busy on the estate

for some time. Mr. Morgan is an in-

timate friend of Mr. Tillinghast and is

Interested in aerial navigation, having

spent $15,000 some years ago on a

swedish flyer which would not fly.  The

newspaper man discovered in dense

woods on the estate a shed about 100

feet long which he believes is the home

of the phantom.  Before he could get

near the shed, however, he was cap-

tured by two of the workmen.  Mr.

Morgan today denied that he knew

that any airship was concealed on the


“I don’t think it is there,” he said.

“I know Mr. Tillinghast.  He is con-

sidered very clever.  I have not seen

the aeroplane, but many persons are

convinced that they have.  That is all

I can say.”

Original story from microfilm records at,

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Central Library
1 Lafayette Square
  Buffalo, NY  14203 


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tesla ...Mad Scientist?

The Buffalo Courier

Thursday, October 27, 1898
Page 2, Column 3

Transmission of Power
Without Wires.


Claims He Can Transmit Million of
Volts of Electrical Energy All
Over the Earth.

New York, Oct. 26. – Nikola Tesla, the
electrician, describes in today’s issue of
The Electrical Review a possibility in
 electric power transmission.  His invention
for transmitting electricity at high
pressure over long distances have been
 successfully applied at many natural
sources of power.  Probably the most
important of these plants in the United
States is at Niagara Falls, costing over
 $6,000,000 to install which supplies electricity
to many large factories and supplies
electrical power for running the trolley
lines of the City of Buffalo, twenty –
six miles distant.  The announcement is
now made that by employing apparatus
which he had invented, capable of generating
electrical pressure vastly in excess
of any heretofore used, located at
natural sources of power, the current
can be conducted to a terminal maintained
at an elevation where the rarefied
atmosphere is capable of conducting
freely the particular current  produced ;
then, at a distant point where the energy
is to be used commercially, to maintain
a second terminal at about the same
elevation to attract and receive the current
and to convey it to earth through
special means for transforming and
utilizing it.
With the article an illustration is presented
showing streams of electricity issuing
from a single terminal, giving an
estimated electrical pressure of two and
a half million million volts.  The Electrical Review
comments on Mr. Tesla’s novel idea
as follows.
“Tesla now proposes to transmit with-
out use of wires – through the natural
media, the earth and the air – great
amounts of power to distances of thousands
of miles.  This will appear a
dream – a tale from The Arabian Nights.
But extraordinary discoveries Tesla
has made during a number of years of
incessant labor which are authoritatively
described in our present issue, make it
evident that his work in this field has
passed a stage of laboratory experiment,
and is ready for a practical test on an
industrial scale.  The success of his efforts
means that power from such
sources as Niagara will become available
in any part of the world regardless of

-Original article from the microfilm records at,
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
Central Library
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Sea Serpent Family!

The Buffalo Courier

Sunday, November 27, 1898

Page 11, Column 3

More Sea Serpents.

British Captain and Sailors Swear to

Having Seen Three.

New York, Nov. 26. – From Mobile

comes the story of a British sea captain,

Joseph Donovan of the steamer Selma,

in which the sailor says he saw a family

of sea serpents while his ship was in

the Sargasso Sea, 300 miles southeast of

the Bermudas.  One of the serpents was

100 feet long, the second 20 feet and

 the third presumably the baby, 13 feet

long.  All had large heads with long

bills, immense fins and shaggy manes.

The officers and crew of the Selma

have made affidavits that the captain’s

story is true.

-Original article from the microfilm records at,
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
Central Library
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY  14203

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Attack of the Weasels!

The Dansville Express
Thursday, April 9, 1885
Page 2, Column 3

Attacked by Weasels.
Delos Lante, an Elk county farmer
has been annoyed greatly this winter by
weasels in his poultry yard and house,
the blood thirsty little animals having
killed his fowls by the score, and defiled
all efforts to trap them.  A few days ago
Mr. Lante was walking through a stony
field on his farm and he saw a weasel
run into a big heap of stone piled loosely
in the middle of the field. He had a
walking stick, and going to the stone
pile, began to throw down stones to get
 at the weasel or scare it out.  Presently
a weasel jumped out and he struck at it
with his cane.  It did not run away, but
sprang at Lante’s throat—the spot where
a weasel instinctively tries to seize.  The
farmer struck at it again and hit it, but
it returned gamely to the attack and
whether in answer to a signal or not the
farmer does not know, weasels began to
swarm out  of the stone pile on all sides,
and in a second were springing upon
Lante, climbing nimbly up his clothes,
trying to reach his face.  They bit him
with their sharp teeth, and finding that
he would be unable to keep the savage
little blood-suckers from fastening their
teeth in his neck without help, he shook
them off as best he could and started
 at the top of his speed for home.  The
weasels followed him until he scaled the
fence.  His hands were bleeding from a
dozen wounds, and if he had remained
to nog the weasels they would undoubt-
edly have overpowered and killed him.
In the afternoon Mr. Lante returned to
the stone pile with two men, two guns
and a dog.  They routed out the weasels
 and killed thirty – a colony which has
 been devastating the entire
neighborhood  for a year or more.
  --- Port Jervis Gazette.
-Original article from the microfilm records at,
Dansville Public Library
200 Main Street
Dansville, NY 14437

Monday, August 1, 2011

Summer with the Beavers!

Here's some pictures of the beavers, taken over this summer.  There doing very well, and their numbers have increased.  There's at least four, adults and young,  in the original lodge.   There also another beaver pair building a lodge in another part of the creek.  You can see them from the bike path as you cycle and jog by! 

Large Adult enjoying the greenery.

Along the creekside.

The new Beaver spots the photographer.
(A now notorius beaver, and tree eater.
Which was in The Buffalo News 8/12/2012)

Early morning swim.

A bad fur day!

Starting out his summer evening.


Raining Crystals!

Buffalo Daily Courier

Tuesday  April 10, 1860

Page 1, Column 2

Singular Phenomenon.

A singular phenomenon occurred in Syracuse

Friday afternoon.  At about 4 o’clock a dark

cloud arose in the northwest, presenting the ap-

pearance of an approaching thunder shower.  As

the clouds passed over, a slight shower, the ap-

pearanceof the drops resembling faint ink, was

quietly dispensed ; giving to all white objects the

appearance of having been spattered with small

drops of black ink.  The people in the streets

were surprised to find their faces and hands , and

even shirt bosoms and collars, spotted over with

this singular colored rain.  The sides of build-

ings,  and fences painted white , and the showbills

on the bulletin boards about the town, showed

traces of the same kind.  Clothes, hung out to

dry, were marked by the mysterious liquid.  A

resident of the Fifth Ward, who had clothing dis-

colored in this manner, had the garments washed

out in clean water, and has preserved the sedi-

ment , nearly a tea-spoonful in quantity, for the

purpose of analyzing it, to discover the cause of

the singular phenomenon.  A correspondent  of

the Syracuse Journal says the substance which

came down, was dark and of the nature of soot

and water mixed.  Falling upon light colored ob-

jects, it left a deposit such as a sprinkling of this

 compound might be supposed to leave.  Mr. B.

R. Norton placed some of the deposit under a

microscope that magnified 350 diameters.  Under

this test, it had the appearance of a collection of

irregular crystals, some rhomboidal, some pris-

matic, and many quite irregular.  They were

most translucent, although numerous masses of

an opaque substance were diffused among them.

What is it?  Can any scientific correspondent

Tell us?

-Original article from the microfilm records at,
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library    
 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY  14203

Friday, July 1, 2011

This tale is in print; I'm not pulling your ........tail!?

The Dansville Express

Thursday September 27, 1883

page 1

The Missing Link Outdone.

Perhaps the greatest living cur-

osities now in existence in this

country will pass through this city

on their way to Cincinnati and

Louisville next Tuesday. About

two years ago Mr. Charles Lewis,

of the Lewis Bros, “Bloody Knife

Combination Company,” in passing

through the State , discovered, about

fifteen miles below St. Augustine,

a family of white persons, consist-

ing of John MacDonald, his wife

and five children. Two of the

children he found to be half human

and half alligator. He at once con-

tracted with the parents to give

him the management of the child-

ren, and agreed to pay them $25

per month to care for them until

such time as he saw fit to take them

away. A few weeks ago Mr. Lewis

returned to the State for the Pur-

pose of taking the children North,

and on Wednesday arrived in this

city to arrange for their transporta-

tion. He will go to St. Augustine

Monday after the children , and ar-

rive in this city with them perhaps

on Tuesday morning, and will re-

main here about five hours before

leaving for Louisville. Mr. Lewis

does not intend to exhibit them

here, perhaps to a few

friends and acquaintances.

Those children are now nine

years of age and have never been

to exceed ten miles from their home

and consequently have never been

placed on exhibition. Their bodies,

arms and heads from the hips up

are perfectly formed, while from

the hips down they present the

identical appearance of an alligator,

having a perfect formed tail about

five feet in length, together with

the hind feet, converse intelligent-

ly, and seem to enjoy life very

much. They live part of the time

in the water, which they enjoy very

much, using their tails while swim-

ming, the same as the alligator, to

propel their bodies. They are

healthy, good-looking and well de-

veloped children, and outside of

their love for the water their gen-

eral mode of living is the same

as that of other human beings. --

Jacksonville (Florida) Times.

-Original article from the microfilm records at,
Dansville Public Library
200 Main Street
Dansville, NY  14437

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Buffalo Daily Courier

Tuesday Morning March 12, 1861

page 1, column 2

A Supernatural Premonition.

Story of a Railroad Engineer.

I was running a night express train, and

has a train of ten cars -- eight passenger and

two baggage cars -- and all were well loaded.

I was behind time, and was very anxious to

make a certain point; thus I was using

every exertion , and putting the engine to

the utmost speed to which she was capable.

I was on a section of the road usually

considered the best running ground on the line

and was endeavoring to make the most of

it, when a conviction struck me that I

must stop.

A something seemed to tell me that to go

ahead was dangerous, and that I must stop

if I would save life. I looked back at my

train, and it was all right. I strained my

eyes, and peered into the darkness, and could

see no signal of danger, nor anything

betokening danger, and there I could see five

miles in the day-time. I listened to the

workings of my engine, tried the water,

looked at the gauge , and all was right. I

tried to laugh myself out of what I then

considered a childish fear; but, like Ban-

quo’s ghost, it would not down at my bid-

ding, but grew stronger in it' s hold upon


I thought of the ridicule I would have

heaped upon me if I did stop, but it

was all of no avail. The conviction - for by

this time it had ripened into a conviction --

that I must stop drew stronger, and I shut

off and blew the whistle for breakers

accordingly. I came to a dead halt, got off, and

went ahead a little way, without saying

any thing to any body what the matter was.

I had a lamp in my hand, and had gone

about sixty feet, when I saw what convinced

me that premonitions are sometimes

possible. I dropped the lantern from my

nerveless grasp, and sat down on the track

utterly unable to stand for there was a

switch , the thought of which had never

entered my mind, as it had never been used

since I had been on the road, and was

known to be spiked, but was open to lead

me off the track. This switch led into a

stone quarry, from whence stone for bridge

purposes had been quarried, and the switch

was left there in case stone should be needed

at any time, but it was always locked, and

the switch rail spiked.

Yet here it was wide open, and had I

not obeyed my premonition - warning - call

it what you will - I should have run into it,

and at the end of the track, only about ten

rods long, my heavy engine and train,

moving at the rate of thirty miles per hour,

would have come into collision with a solid

wall of rock, eighteen feet high. The con-

sequences, had I done so, can neither be

imagined nor described; but they could, by

no possibility been otherwise than fatally

horrid. This is my experience in getting

warnings from a source that I know not , and

cannot divine. It is a mystery to me - a

mystery for which I am very thankful , how-

ever, although I dare not attempt to ex-

plain it, nor say whence it came.

-Original article from the microfilm records at,
Buffalo &; Erie County Public Library
Central Library
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY  14203

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Which came first, the Snake or the Egg?

The Buffalo Courier

Sunday, May 31, 1896

Page 15, Column 3


An Amusing Snake


Drinks Hard Cider When Thirsty -

Curious Antics Follow.

The Most intelligent and accomplished

snake whose history has yet been recorded

lives on the farm of Frank Griswold, at

Long Hill, about six miles from this city.

The snake in Question has made its home

under the floor of the woodshed attached

to the Griswold homestead for more than

10 years.

When Mr. Griswold was a boy - and he

is not so very old now - in one of his youthful

excursions through the woods and fields,

he unearthed the nest of a black -

snake and took the eggs home . Some of

these eggs he placed under a hen, which

was patiently sitting on a nest full of hens

and ducks eggs. He awaited the result

with impatience, and in due time the old

hen was called upon to look out for a

conglomerate brood of chickens, ducks,

and snakes. “Teddy” is the last of this

nondescript family. His brothers and sisters

have all departed this life, some by way

of the chopping block, and others from

natural causes.

“Teddy” lived and became a pet. He

took up his residence under the woodshed,

and has lived there ever since. In the

daytime he consorts with the hens, and divides

the labor of caring for the broods

of chicks with them. He has inherited the

trick of calling the chicks about him and

it is amusing sight to watch him hunting

bugs and worms for a brood of chicks

who gather round him to receive the luscious

morsels. Whenever he feels thirsty he

crawls through a hole in the wall into the

cellar and dips his nose down through the

bunghole of the cider barrel. Sometimes

he gets a little too much of the seductive

liquid, and furnishes a free show for Mr.

Griswold and his friends. It is a most

amusing sight to see “Teddy” staggering

about with a big jag on and making

desperate efforts to keep straight. --

Bridgeport Union.

-Original article from the microfilm records at,

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
Central Library
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY  14203

Flying Fish !