Archives for November 2010

Wise men have tried to understand

Wise men…have tried to understand our state of being, by grasping at its stars, or its arts, or its economics. But, if there is an underlying oneness of all things, it does not matter where we begin, whether with stars, or laws of supply and demand, or frogs, or Napoleon Bonaparte. One measures a circle, beginning anywhere.

Charles Fort, Lo!, p544 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Strange illuminations in the sky

On Nov. 15, 1922, the New York Tribune reported severe earthquakes in the province of Coquimbo, Chile, “‘and strange illuminations were observed over the sea, off La Serena and Copiapo.’”

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p537 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Every mystery has its fishmonger

Niles’ Weekly Register of Nov. 4, 1815 gives an account of “stones that had been watched rising in a field, near Marbleton, Ulster County, New York–that these stones had been seen to rise three or four feet from the ground, then moving horizontally, from thirty to sixty feet.”

–Charles Fort, Lo!, p570 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Dogs are not vampires

The London Daily Mail reported on Nov. 1, 1905, that sheep had been killed in the neighborhood of Badminton, on the border between Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. That paper dubbed it, “The sheep-slaying mystery of Badminton."┬áSergeant Carter of the Gloucestershire Police was quoted, ”‘I have seen two of the carcasses, myself, and can say definitely that it is impossible for it to be the work of a dog. Dogs are not vampires, and do not suck the blood of a sheep, and leave the flesh almost untouched.’“

–Charles Fort, Lo!, p645 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

He walked around the horses

On Nov. 25, 1809, a representative of the British government, Benjamin Bathurst, was returning from Vienna and the Court of Emperor Francis. He and his entourage stopped in the village of Perleberg, Germany. In the presence of his valet and his secretary, Bathurst “walked around to the other side of the horses. He vanished.”

The account was given in Cornhill Magazine, 55-279.

–Charles Fort, Lo!, p.681 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).