Consternation in Reading

The Nov. 23,¬†1905¬†London Times reported that a man and his gamekeeper at East Liss, Hants., 40 miles from Reading, heard “a loud, distant rumbling” which seemed to be “a composition of triplets of sounds” on Nov. 17 about 3:30 p.m. The gamekeeper had heard similar sounds at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. They were “not like gunfire.” According to the Reading Standard, the sounds “closely resembled those that had been heard during the meteoric shower of 1866.”

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p499 (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."¬†Sergeant 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).

The data are protrusions from burials

Fort relates the story of a phenomena reported in the Port of Spain (Trinidad) Mirror and Port of Spain Gazette that began Nov. 12, 1905 in Mrs. Lorelhei’s boarding house, Queen Street, Port of Spain. A house was pelted with stones, and stones fell inside the house as well. “Objects were thrown about. Chairs fell over, got up, and whirled. Out of a basket of potatoes, flew the potatoes. Stones fell from unseen points of origin, in rooms. A doctor was quoted as saying that he had seen some of these doings. He had been visiting a girl, who, in this house, was ill.”

–Charles Fort, Wild Talents, p936 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).