In a partly visible, or semi-substantial, state

The London Times of June 24, 1880, relates that at High Easter, Essex, England, the home of the Brewster family was plagued by poltergeist disturbances. Brewster thought he saw a shadowy figure that he “recognized as that of his neighbor, Susan Sharpe.” The man and his son went to the woman’s house, dragged her to a nearby pond, and threw her in to see if she would float or sink. As Fort records, “though once upon a time, this was the scientific thing to do, fashions in science had changed. Brewster and his son were arrest, and were bound over to keep the peace.”

–Charles Fort, Wild Talents, p. 995-996 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Doings in closed rooms

The New York Times of June 18, 1880 reported that a woman in Rochester, NY, was found dead in her bed, the bedpost hacked as if with a hatchet. No one had entered the room, and there was no sign of entrance or exit. Her death occurred during a thunderstorm. She had been killed by lightning.

–Charles Fort, Wild Talents, p. 1050-1051 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

An object like a man

September 1880: Reports of an unknown object traveling in the sky, seen in various places, especially St. Louis and Louisville. Reports appeared through July and August of that year in the Louisville Courier-Journal. The object was seen in Louisville on July 28 in the evening between 6 and 7, described as ‘an object like a man, surrounded by machinery, which he seemed to be working with his hands and feet.’ It moved in various directions and seemed to be under control, disappearing when darkness came. Something had also been seen in Madisonville, Kentucky, described as ‘something with a ball at each end’ and as having ‘appeared in a circular form, and then changed to an oval.’

–Charles Fort, Lo!, pp640-641 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).