Proximity of other worlds

La Science Pour Tous, 15-159, reports a luminous body in the sky, an earthquake, and a fall of sand in Italy on Feb. 12 and 13, 1870.

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p. 243 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Numerous globules

A fall of a yellow substance at Genoa, Italy, on Feb. 14, 1870 was reported in Jour. Franklin Inst., 90-11, by Director Boccardo of the Technical Institute of Genoa and Professor Castellani. Under a microscope, the substance revelaed numerous globules of cobalt blue, and “corpuscles of a pearly color that resembled starch,” according to Nature, 2-166.

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p. 26 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

There was no longer doubt

According to Monthly Notices, 30-135, Lieut. Herschel of Bangalore, India, reported that, for two days (Oct. 17 and 18, 1870), dark bodies passed across the sun in a continuous stream, “varying in size and velocity.” The lieutenant explains, “As it was, the continuous flight, for two whole days, in such numbers, in the upper regions of the air, of beasts that left no stragglers, is a wonder of natural history, if not of astronomy.” When focusing, he saw “either wings or phantom-like appendages.” As he watched, one of them paused, hovered, then whisked off. The lieutenant decided, “There was no longer doubt: they were locusts or flies of some sort.”

Fort notes that “If locusts fly high, they freeze and fall in thousands,” as noted in Nature, 47-581.

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, pp222-223 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).