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VOLUME LXXX.-NO. 181.
IT FLITTED OVER SAN JOSE, Aerial Lights Cross the Vision of Prominent ■'. Residents. THEIR APPEARANCE MOST VIVIDLY DESCRIBED. Hart fakes Some of His .: Professional Friends Into : : . His Confidence. ATTACHES A BALLOON TO THE WARSHIP OF THE AIR. The Public May Be Given an Aerial View of the Great Mystery of the Day at a Pre arranged Time and Place. ' Interest in the great aerial mystery continues without sign of abatement. It still . furnishes the main theme of discourse in all circles. Many are ready to make oath ■and stake all their earthly possessions that a veritable flying-ship has been hovering ;abore the earth in this vicinity, while the scoffers are also in evidence, equally vocif erous and insistent. As yet, however, nothing has transpired that can be accepted as either positive proof or disproof of the existence of an aerial voyager, operated and controlled by hnruan Inventive genius. San Jos« has furnished one of the most interesting reports of the mysterious aerial lights that have yet been published. The strange moving illumination was seen there by a number of men of the highest standing in the community, and the description of the phenomenon given by them is both vivid and clear. General Hart now states that the inventor is a cousin of the electrician of General Antonio Maceo, commander of the patriot forces in Cuba. He also contributes much additional information relative to the reputed warship of the air and has promised to intercede with the inventor to have the invention appear at a prearranged time and place for the purpose of gratifying the deep and widespread curiosity of the public PROFESSOR WORCESTER'S EVIDENCE. The Well-Known San Jose Educator Scrutinizes the Mysterious Filer and Gives the Result of a Calm Examination. SAN JOSE, Cal., Not. 27.— An interesting account of the mysterious moving light which passed over this city Thursday evening, and which is supposed to be attached to an airship, is given by Professor H. B. Worcester, president of the Garden City Business College. Professor Worcester resides with his family in East San Jose. To a Mercury reporter who asked him regarding the strange light, he said: .. * "There was a small party at my honse in East San Jose on Thanksgiving day and "• dinner was prolonged until about 7 o'clock in the evening. The company then re paired to the front of the house to enjoy some music and I went into the rear yard to • get a lantern. I happened to lookup and saw several miles away, apparently about • over College Park or Santa Clara, a large light moving rapidly toward San Jose. In ' .a second I surmised it was the mysterious light which people had seen and which was . supposed to be attached to an airship. In order to call the attention of those in the houa« to the same I ran round the house to aave time and called out that the airship . was passing. Everybody rushed out into the front yard. "Within the time it had taken me to run around the house the light had changed its course from east to southwest and had traveled several miles and was in a line over the southern portion of San Jose. The entire party saw the moving light and saw it go west, then turn south and then change to southeast Wo watched the light until it disappeared behind the horizon. "When the ship turned to the southeast I could distinguish two lights, one behind ■ the other. The single light first seen was about the size of an engine headlight and ■ bad more the appearance of a large incandescent lieht than anything else. It was moving at tne rate of from 60 to 100 miles an hour and it was only a few moments before it had disappeared behind the horizon. "There were three thing. regardi.: e the light which impressed me, viz.: Its Telocity, its regular movement and its apparent intelligent control. The motion of . the light would suggest the alternate flapping of wines. . • .* "I have seen many fire-balloons, but the light I saw had none of the charac teristic* of such a toy. Its velocity was too great fora balloon on such a still night and its movements too regular. The light was about 1500 feet high when first seen and may have continued at that elevation, but it appeared to lower as it disap peared on the horizon." . Professor Wore, ster stated that his party consisted of Professor M. 8. Cross of the University of the Pacific, Mrs. Dr. Allen, Mrs. Colonel Moore, Miss Annie Chase Harry Worcester and himself. All of these, he said, saw the mysterious light and . expressed their belief that it was under intelligent control. Among others who saw the sight wat a party at Bell* Vista, near Alum Rock, composed of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Baker, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rengstorff of Mountain View, Mr. and Mrs. Bert M. Babcock and Mr. and Mrs. Elton. SAN JOSE, Cal., Nov. 27. -John Bawl, a farmer who bears the reputation of be ing practical and unimaginative, declares that he saw the airship in flight over his • residence in East San Jose, on Monroe street, near Franklin, Thursday evening and tbongh it was moving rapidly and was at a considerable alt tude. he was able to plainly distinguish its general outline and most striking features. He describes the great winged ship with vividness and realism. Hie wife and family corrobo rate his story. "I was standing in the rear of my residence about 7 o'clock, or shortly before " that," be said, "when my attention \7as attracted by some bright object in the sky about 150 yards distant, and bearing rapidly toward me from the northwest. I looked ai it closely and observed it was lunging about from side to side, sometimes swerving sharply to one side, but always maintaining a general southwesterly direc tion. It occurred to me that this was the famous airship, and I shouted lustily to my family and they all witnessed It as it came over our residence. It was so high up I could form no very definite idea of its size. "It had a pair of wings which were constantly flapping not from side to side like a I bird's, but with more of a forward and downward motion. Beneath it several feet ■ hung a ball of red light which lit up the bottom of the ship and sent its rays far down below it. At the front was a cone-shaped projection which I surmised was a windbreak. The vessel lunged badly and once made a beeline to the west, but re gained its course again. It varied in height considerably during the time I watched it. Its speed I judged to be about that of an electric-car doing its best." Mrs. Bawl tells a similar story of the strange voyager of the air. The San Francisco Call SAy FRANCISCO, SATURDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 28. 1896. General Hart M*y Give the Public an Aerial Exhibition of the Mystery. Ex-Attorney-Generai W. H. H. Hart came » step nearer to disclosing the name of the inventor of the reputed successful airship yesterday He also gave many new details regarding the marvel, and promised to confer with the inventor with the object of bringing the wonder of the air within the observation of the public at a prearranged time and place. "Interest in ibe airship, genera]," re marked the reporter to the legal captain of the aerial warship, "continues un abated, and the public are anxiously awaiting more definite news in reference to it. They are demanding; something more tangible than aerial lights at night." "I am sorry that 1 am still unable to tell you all you want to know. I can tell you this, however: Tue inventor is a cousiu of John Linn, the electrician of the Cuban patriot general, Antonio Maceo. Linn is now, of course, in Cuba, but was formerly a resident of Chicago, and is an American citizen. The inventor is not a Caiifornian, but came here, owing to our favorabie climate, to make tests of and perfect his machine." "It is admitted that the power problem is the great one in aerial navigation, and in view of this a detailed description of the Fargo storage battery which you state is to be used on the improved and re modeled craft would be interesting," sug gested the reporter. 4t l would be glad to comply with your sug e-tion, but we have only made appli cation for a patent for this storage battt- ry in this country, and to expose its com position and construction would interfere with the procuration of foreign patents on it. I reiterate, however, that of my own knowledge I know that the Fargo storage battery has sufficient capacity to furnish power for a flying-ship, it the lat ter can be constructed to fly at all. This arrangement is different from all other methods that have Deen heretofore tried. No acids are used at all, and it will store electricity in any amperage and voltage. A 20-horsepower battery to run ten hours can be made to weigli 150 pounds, and to run six hours the battery would need to weigh not more than 100 pounds. Tests have been made which prove this. The man who invented the battery is not the man who invented the airship." "Why not have the inventor, in order so satisfy public curiosity, bring his winged craft over a certain place at a cer tain time, giving him suflßcient latitude for de, ays and baffling air currents? His programme could be announced through you to the public. He would thus run no risk of identification, nor would his inven tion be in danger of being exposed. Such an arrangement would be most gratifying WE SHOULD HAVE A SECRETARY OF MINING. Senator Mitchell of Oregon Is Heartily in Favor of the Creation of the New Department. To the Editor of THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL: I have long believed there should be in our Government a Department of Mining, and am of the opinion that the day has arrived when the sub ject should be brought to the attention of Congress and urged. The mining industry is a very important one in this country, and the various subjects pertaining to this important industry, now con sidered and treated of in but a perfunctory way in the main in different bureaus of the Government, should be concentrated in one grand department, with a general head, similar to the Department of Agriculture. I stand ready to co-operate with any Senator or mem ber of the House at the coming session who may be disposed to take the lead in the matter. Portland, Ore., November 33, 1896. "Now, then, Collis, I'm ready for another wrestle/ NEARING SOLUTION. r to the public, and would, at the same time, I most conclusively substantiate all the claims made on his behalf." "He don't care to submit his invention to the public, and is perfectly indiffer nt Ito what the public thinks. 1 have an ar | rangement to see him on Monday, how | ever, and will then endeavor to have him carry out the plan. When I last saw nim j he said be was coing south to test his nia ' chine in the higher altitudes. He is ex perimenting on the difference between the heavy atmosphere near the ocean and the lighter air on elevated pleins. You see he is preparing to carry out precisely ! what I have said in reference to Havana. . I know he can and will do It, and be is I net going to glvt out & description of his I invention until he makes the attempt on | Havana. lam quite convinced ho will ba at Havana within sixty days with one of those ships equipped to do what he says it can do." "This plan, then, of destroying Havana is a preconceived idea of his?" 'Certainly; and he came out here to work it oat. I did not know him before he came to me on this matter, though I know his friends." "Have you had my applications to sell stock in connection with this invention?" 'No, and there is none to selL I asked my client if he wanted to sell any stock and he said no. He added that be had all the money he wanted, ana did not care to take in any person or organize any com pany for the present. This was the only thing that gave me the impression that ne might be off his pins. He is the first man I have struck of that kind in California. But I am quite convinced that he is not crazy nor a crank. He is thoroughly cool and logical in all be says, and his entire conduct is such as to inspire perfect confi dence in his iuvention and faith in what he says." In response to an inquiry as to how he looked, General Hart said he has a dark complexion and bears considerable resem j biance to Arion, now performing at the Chutes. HART GETS CONFIDENTIAL. Discloses New and Important Fea- tures of the Aerial Mystery to Professional Friends. General Hart told a cluster of friends, principally professional men, gathered in the Supreme Court rooms yesterday some thing more about the airship which bis client has in view. "My client says that be has built one airship and has success fully navigated it," said General Hart. "The first ship cost him $15,000. He says that he will now construct a second air ship in the locality of Bolinas and that the expense will be $30,000. "So far as I know, the second ship will resemble the first. I am now willing to make public tome more facts concerning the general structure of the ship which has been operated iv this locality recently. The sustaining power is supplied from gas tanks, which are iv the hull of the vessel and which are connected with the balloon which flies over the airship by a pipe. When the inventor wants to go up higher be lets more gas into the balloon out of the tanks, which are filled with condensed gas. "When the inventor wants to fly lower he simply opens a valve in the balloon and the contrivance naturally descends, just as an ordinary balloon does. It appears to me that the unsafe part of the wnole contrivance is this reliance upon the bal loon, which is all that keeps the ship up. If the balloon would fail down would go the ship. For this reason lam frank to say I would not care to take a ride m the airship. Do I beiieve that the airship actu ally exists? Why, certainly ! "The inventor says that he has traveled 120 miies in the air in about six and a haJ f hours, which is a little over twenty miles per hour. H s storage battery he uses for power only to propel his airship when he is sailing against the wind. When he is running with the wind or a few points off he needs no power, but naturally drifts, just as a balloon would. "I beiieve mat four pouudsof dynamite thrown vertically downward from the deck of the airship would make terrific havoc among an enemy gathered below the ship. The dynamite throwing could be done most easily by band. All that would be necessary would be simply to drop it. "The condensed gas serves no purpose except to raise the airship. It has noth ing to do with propelling it in any other direction. ' "It may or may not be possible for my client's airsnip to sail the air from Key West to Havana. He thinks that it is possible. Whenever be arrives in Cuba his power would be nearly exhausted. Therefore it would be necessary for him to have a Cuban base of power supply. The location may be something like thirty miles from Havana. That would seem to me to be about the proper distance." WAS NOT A PLANET. Observations by a Clever Watcher of the Mysterious Light. The following communication has been received: Editor (~dU— Dear Sib: As public attention it at present very much taken up with the re cent appearances of a strange light in the heavens here and in neighboring places, I ven ture to offer one or two observations made by myself personally on the occasion of the ap pearance of the strange light iv the western sky some few nights ago, which attracted so much attention among our citizens. These observations you may take for what you may think tnem worth, merely prefacing my re marks by saying that in years gone by I made somewn&t of a study of astronomy, and took quite an interest in the heavenly bodies and their movements. On the night in question I was one of a group of persons stationed near the edge of the sidewalk in front of the Flood bnlldiug, southwest corner Fourth and Market streets, watching a strnnge bright light in the western heavens. At first it seemed to me as though I had sometimes seen the evening star look nearly as iar<»e and bright, and so I remarked to a gentleman in my Immediate vicinity. But n closer observation seemed to show that it had n'»t the steady and serene rays that mark the light of a planet. It was observed for brief intervals from time to time, and its altitude when I first observed it seemed to negative the idea of any terrestrial obstruc tion. I then decided to make a practical test and take the bearings from arnat fixed object, taking the small building with its turret-like cone that forms a gore at the sonth side uf Eddy street, at its junction with Market, and maintaining my position by a telegraph-pole at tne edge of the bidewalk. The light appeared to be in a straight line from where I stood with a point directly over the aforesaid lurret-llke roof that crowns the gore at the southwest corner of Eddy and Mar ket streets. I soon observed that the light moved from over the point of the roof in an easterly Bnd northerly direction, until at last it had crossed the patb In the sky correspond ing to the width of Eddy street, when it disap peared around the corner of the fia.dwin Hotel. The gentleman above referred to observed the same thing, and remarked that Dy stepping backward he could see it a^aln. This test proved conclusively to my mind that the light observed was not that of a planet, for If any one ever saw Venus or any other planet travel from the westward in a north easterly direction he must have observed a phenomenon not recorded in ancient or modern times. You may insert the above, if you deem it of sufficient interest, in your valuable paper. Yours respectfully, Austin R. Keid, 219 Geary street, City. MODESTO HAS IT. Prominent Citizens See What They Believe to Be Lights of the Aerial Destroyer. MODESTO, Cal., Nov. 27.— Residents in the northern part of this city were treated to a sigii v t of what was undoubtedly the flying machine at 10:30 o'clock last night. J. E. Ward, cashier of the First National Bank, discovering what he believed to be the lights of the flying machine, aroused his neighbors, ali reputable men, among whom were County Treasurer W. A. Downer, Depnty Treasurer W. B. Bell, C. P. Schafer, the bookkeeper of the First National Banff, Armory L. J. Maddux and oibers. The lights were seen at a consider able height, going in a northwesterly di rection toward Stockton. The lights moved steadily and at an even height from the ground. SEEN AT TACOMA. Sighted Near Mount Tacoma—Vari colored Flashes. TACOMA, Wash., Nov. 27— The airship phenomenon which has startled San Fran cisco has appeared here. Several reputa ble people have observed it. They believe it is an airship and that the inventor has either made two models and set one up iv this neighborhood or was taking an even ing spin from California to Pu et Sound. The airship seen here resembles that de scribed by California witnesses in every particular. It possesses the same birtlike shape and moves swiftly with an up and down wavelike motion, varied occasionally by a dart forward and some times in slant ing directions. Last Tuesday nieht the operator of the airship i 3 believed to have visited and ex plored the top of Mount Tacoma. Tuesday niuht Druggist George St. John closed his drugstore on Pacific avenue at 11:30 and went home. He reached his residence on Tacoma avenue fifteen minutes later and soon retired. It was a beautiful moon light night and the window curtains a few feet away from the bed were left up. Just about 12 o'clock Mra. Bi. John saw the strange light and called her husband's attention to it. It appeared to be high up in the heavens east of Mount Tacoma and moving in a southeasterly direction. The Continued on Second Page. The New i hampagne Viatage. A truly remarkable vintage for quality as well as ftr natural dryness, without being heavy, now being shipped to this market, is Cr. 11. Mumm'a Extra Ury. * PRICE FIVE . CENTS. CUBANS ARE REJOICING Defeat of Weyler Brings Fresh Hope to the Patriots* FURTHER DETAILS OF CARNAGE. When the Captain-General Re» treated He Left a Thousand Dead on the Field. AGAIN THE BTJTOHEK- LEADER GOES TO PINAE DEL EIO. If Uncle Sam Recognizes the Insur* gents the War Will End in Three Months. NEW YORK, N. V., Nov. 27. -The Jack sonville dispatch giving the details of the two bloody battles recently fought be tween Maceo's forces and those of General Weyler in Pinar del Rio caused great re joicing among Cubans here to-day. Offi cial details of the righting have not been received by tha Junta, but it is expected that Colonel Jose Reyes, with Maceo's dis patches to tne delegation, will be here to morrow. Horatio Rubens, who is counsel for the Junta and very close to Delegate Palma, talked to-day. Senor Palma himself was too busy. "We do not care to boast of the victory," he said, "as we have only the newspaper accounts of it as yet to enable us to judge of its importance. There is no reason to doubt, however, that the report is sub stantially correct." A Times special from Key West says: It is now positively known in Havana that General Weyler and his army have been defeated by Maceo atid his forces in the province of Pinar del Rio. Full details of the battle are lacking, but it is known to have been the most disastrous of the revolution. The battle was desperate, and General Weyler, seeing his men were fighting at a disadvantage and were being slaughtered, ordered, a retreat, leaving over 1000 dead *nd taking his wounded with him. More than 1000 wounded men reached Havana Wednesday night, and several trainload,s are en route. Weyler's troops are said to be demoralized. HAVANA, Cuba, Not. 27.— Captain- General Weyler left Havana at 12:30 o'clock this morning for Mariel on board the Legaspi. He is accompanied by his chief of staff and adjutant. Other mem bers of the general's staff left Havana by traih this morning for Arlemi-.i. General Weyler returns to the province of Pinar del Rio for the purpose of renew ing the campaign against the insurgent forces of Maceo in that province, which was begun under his personal command. MADRID, Spain, Nov. 27. — General Weyier has made an urgent request for a regiment of cavalry, and it will start for Cuba iv December. WASHINGTON, D. C, Nov. 27—The Spanish legation has no intelligence con firming the report that the Spanish gun boat Baracua has captured three boats laden with insurgents and arms off the the province of Santiago de Cuba. It is thought at the legation that if there ba any foundation for the report the boats contained American refugees who were trying to effect a landing. The legation officials give an emphatic denial to the Key West dispatches which state that General Weyler and his army were am bushed while marching through the Rubi Mountains and that the Spanish loss was fully 1000. FIGHTERS FOR CUBA. They Will Go to th* Inland and Soon nettle the War. CHICAGO, 111., Nov. 27.— An afternoon paper publishes a interview which pur ports to come from the local Cuban agent. The agent states: "As soon as the Cuban's claim to independence is recognized, 10. -000 fighting men will :.o .rom this coun try to aid them. These recruits will be obtained here. There are plenty of Amer icans who will enlist. No others are wanted. If any Americans are caught by the Spanish aster recognition by the United States they will have to give them, the privileges of prisoners of war, which Americans cannot get now. Within three months at the longest after the United States takes such action Cuba will be free. No attempt will be made to reac ; Presi dent Cleveland, but Major McKinley is pledged to our cause, and the Govern ment will be influenced to take the neces sary steps." The Cuban ngent here is said to be di recting changes which will be made in the mechanism of a new rapid firing gun of extra penetrative power, invented by an lowan named McLean, and negotiations are pending for Cuba to receive a large supply of the new firearm if it is success ful. A local company is said to stand ready to turn them out as soon as the gun is accepted. Chairman Cragin of th" local Cuban relief committee said the newly re vived league would piove a powerful ally to the Cubans, and he intended to inquire of Senor Palma in New York if the pres ent lino of agitation should be continued. FOR THE PUR CHASE OF CUBA. Palma Say* Patriots Are Wilting to Purchase Freedom. ■ NEvV YORK. N. V., Nov. Thomas Estrada Palma, the Cuban delegate to the 'United States, when seen" yesterday prac tically confirmed the story published by the Senor Jose de Arma-Carriena"> to ; the ' effect that he had, on behalf of the Cuban patriots, made : a proposition to Prime Minister Canovas for the -purchase of Cuba from Spain. Senor Palma says be had ' two i interviews ■ with ' Canovas and , that the proposition was considered, but