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VOLUME LXXX.-NO. 182.
THREE AIRSHIPS, SAYS HART,
Over His Signature the
•. Attorney Tells of His
■\ . Client.
THE WHY AND HOW OF
THE MYSTIC LIGHTS.
(And Again the Brilliant Shafts
Are Sighted Speeding Above
the Bay Counties.
— — — —
INTELLIGENT TESTIMONY OF
Spectators in Haywards Insist on the Aeronautic
Theory — Professor Cross, the Linguist,
Adds His Evidence.
No one has as ret identified the aerial voyager that is supposed to be displaying
the mysterious lights tf.at have shone down upon startled gazers in various parts of
..the State, bat the number of those who have seen what they are ready to swear was
an airship is constantly growing larger.
While even many of those who have seen the flitting and gleaming lights are not
prepared, to decrare they are carried by a full-fledged aerial craft they admit they can
. account in no ordinary way for the phenomenon.
.There is, therefore, yet ample room for the mystery to be proved a fake, a
hallucination or a verity. Meanwhile, and until the mystery is completely solved,
..; The Cat-t will continue to chronicle the news relating to it, taking nothing from nor
. " adding anything to the reports it receives. Whenever definite and conclusive proof.
. ' however, isjeceived. it will be given freely, fully and fairly, whatever it chances to j
General Hart received » visit yesterday from one of tbe men .I) a '.. ]
. been caking trips with the mysterious inventor in his aerial vessel. Tb<s general de
.-..dined to give any irformation of these trips. He stated, however, that this man and
mechanic in the services of the inventor had gone to the workshop of the
•inventor to assist in the work of completing a third and much improved craft. This
, remodeled vessel would be completed, he expected, in about a week.
It was to be a great improvement on the two airships already built, and when
. it has been properly tested was to be at once dispatched for the scene of its
deadly purpose (Havana), which was to be overwhelmed with a shower of dynamite.
Considerable time will be consumed, according to the statement of General Hart, in
making the crew who are to go on the novel expedition familiar with the working of
General Hart has contributed a full statement regarding his connection with the
reputed warship of tbe air and tells some new and interesting things therein in regard
to it. He also takes up the defense of the Cuban patriots in a most patriotic and
" martial spirit
Professor M. S. Cross, dean of the University of the Pacific, now adds his testimony
to that of the believers, and H;.ywards people of prominence tell some additional
SEEN BY PROFESSOR CROSS.
The Dean of the University of the Pacific Testifies to the Passage of
the Conqueror of the Air.
Profeisor M. S. Cross, dean of the University of the Pacific and professor of
ancient languages, is one of the best-known scholars and linguists in the United
States. He is a brother of Senator Cross of this City. He stands very high in the
estimation of all students and professors, so that his testimony on the aerial wonder
will be received with profound attention. The following telegram, giving his opinion
on the subject, was received yesterday:
Cal., Nov. 2Z -Professor M. S. Cros«, dean of the University of the
PaciSc, confirms the story of tbe airship's passage over East San Jose Thursday night
Professor Cross is known in this vicinity as a careful and conservative man of unim
. i»eachable veracity, and his testimony has won scores of doubting Thomases over to a
firm belief in the existence of an aerial craft in this vicinity. The fact that the head
of a Methodist representative educational institution on this coast has been fortunate
enough to view this nocturnal visitor has well nigh silenced the scoffers.
"It wan just about 7 o'clock on Thursday evening when my attention was called to
the strange light in the air," sa,d Professor Cross. "I was visiting at the residence of
r. Professor Worcester and was called into the yard by him to view the airship. Whether
or not it was an airship of course I am not prepared to say, but certain it is there was
a rapidly moving light in the heavens far too large and bright to be an electric street
light. To my eye it appeared to be about six inches in diameter. It was moving in a
• southwesterly direction and apparently at a high rate of speed.
•The motion was not steady. It wavered and swerved, rising and falling slightly
Tbe motion, however, was not that of a balloon. I bave frequently watched balloons
in the air, and the motion of this light was in no way suggestive of the manner in
which 1 have always seen them behave. Moreover, it was a quiet night What slight
breeze there was I think was from the south. Yet this light traveled rapidly in a
southerly direction. As it left us the light seemed to broaden. This suggested to us
. that there might be two lights which an the craft swung broadside to us joined rays
'and gave the appearance of a wide streak of light."
Professor Cross is confident that it could not be either a balloon or a natural heav
"enly. body that he saw. "I will be very much surprised," he declared, "if something
more than a balloon is not found to have been floating about I see nothing very
wonderful in the construction of an airship. From experiments already made there
eeems to be every reason to hope for success in aerial navigation."
The point where Professor Cross viewed the ship is about two blocks distant from
tfhere John BawJ, whose account appeared in yesterday's Call, saw it, and the two
accounts tajly precisely in point of time, direction and general movements. The ship
kas nearer the earth when Bawl viewed it.
PASSED OVER HAYWARDS.
A Mysterious Llßht Traced From a
Capvon of the Paiomares Valley.
OAKLAND,* Cal., Nov. 28.— The resi
dems of Haywards are convinced that the
peculiar thing, airship or something: else,
'hat they l?ave been watching pasa over
their town on numerous occasions, has its
home somewhere 'among the canyons of
\ To-mglrt the marvelous light was olj-
rifci ved in such a manner as to forever set
aside the idea that it is a star. Two par
ties, teveral "miles apart, observed it. To
one it was to the eastward and to the
other it passed westward. When notes
were compared it was agreed that it had
passed over between the two observers.
Ed O. Webb, who is known all over the
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SAN FRANCISCO, SUNDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 29, 1896— TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES.
county as a man not prone to make asser
tions unless be can back them up in
formed George Oakes, editor ot the Hav
wardß Journal, that he saw the airship
traveling through the heavens in the
direction of Castro Valley Wednesday
evening about 9:30 o'clock. The brilliant
lightly was plainly seen at his home and
also by other members of the family.
Fred Hoyt also saw the iight as it was
floating leisurely along in the direction of
the Liedel place, near San Lorenzo. He
was so interested in watching the moving
object and would no doubt have solved
the mystery had he not lost bis balance
and fallen into a ditch that he did not see
was in his path.
Carl Mohr furnishes the most startling
information. He told Mr. Oakes that he
Viewing the Mysterious Aerial Lights From the Dome of the State CapitoL
saw the airship rise from a canyon near '
his place Thursday evening about 7 o'clock j
and proceed in the direction of San Fran
cisco, and also saw it return. Mr. Mohr
is very positive in his statement, and I
firmly believes that the machine is being
housed near Lone Tree Cemetery.
About the clearest statement y«t made
regarding the mysterious airship comes
from C. S. Long, C. W. Everett and H.
Liedel, three of the best-known citizens of
Haywards, who were cros«inz tne railroad
track at the depot in a buggy Tuesday
evening, about 6:30 o'clock, when their
attention was attracted to an exceedingly
bright light in the direction of the bay
and they watched it for some time. lit
wa3 moving very rapidly, and while they
could not swear that it was an airship
they do not hesitate to say that it com
pletely puzzled them.
"I was going home about 7 o'clock,"
9aid Mr. Hooson, "when I met my
brother, who called my attention to a re
markable light in the heavens. At the
first glance I could see it was a powerful
electric light. It was slightly south of
east and was moving steadily across the
country toward the bay. I have not been
a belisver in the published accounts of air
ships, but must now say that I have seen
something that was not natural to the
"The light was not a steady light like a
star, but flickered like our arc lights here
on the streets, and It looked like one of
them some distance away. One peculiar
feature of the iight was the way it changed
Irom time to time.
"It appears as if the operator of a search
light was placing red and blue rlrs* before
the light occasionally so as to make the
light more noticeable to any one who
happens to be looking into tho heavens.
No star has ever done that in the past and
I am not ready to believe that one is doing
any such capers at present, lr this was
the first time the lights had been seen
here I raieht not think so much of it, but
residents have been seeing a light come
from the hills on a number of occasions
and make its way across the heavens
toward the south. It was only corrobora
tive of these to-night when I saw it"
Editor George A . Oakes was a nother who
saw the visitor to-night from his residence
in the northern part of Haywards.
"I saw the light to-night for the Sr«
time," said he, "and am sure it was no
star or lira balloon. It passed eastof town
and appeared to go across the bay, as if
headed for lower San Francisco. The
white light was not steady, and changed
to a red occasionally. It is more than I
can solve, and must be some one who has
finally solved the problem of aerial navi
Jesse Hooson. a student at St. Mary's
College, had a good view of the visitor at
"I was startled," said he, "on coming
along the street to-night to see a very
bright light in the heavens. It was like
an arc electric light, and, naturally, I
stood watching it The thing was moving
toward the southwest with the wind at
first, hut changed its course several times,
and finally came up into the wind for
some distance. It dually disappeaied over
toward Redwood City. The thing seemed
to be operated by some one to see how it
would answer a helm or guiding appa
ratus of some kind."
These parlies already referred to saw
Continued on Second Page.
HART'S INVENTOR HAS THREE AERIAL FLIERS.
A Full Statement Made Over the Signature of the Attorney for the
Alleged Cuban Filibuster.
In reference to the airship which has been puzzling and astonishing many of the people of Cal
ifornia I will say this :
I have not seen it personally, but have talked with the man who claims to be the inventor. I
have spent several hours with him. He has shown me drawings and diagrams of his invention and
I am convinced that they are more adapted for the purpose for which he claims them than any other
invention making such claims that I have ever seen.
It seems to me that the evidence that THE Call has been enterprising enough to collect in ref
erence to this airship, the character of the people who have seen the same, the fact that it moves
against the currents of air as well as with them, the fact that it has the power to dart from side to
side or forward, ought to convince the people that there is something in the invention
I asked the gentleman who claims to be the inventor what his desires were in regard to carry
ing on the business, and he stated that he did not desire any money ; that he didn't ask or want
any one to invest in it ; that he was not a citizen of California, and that he had come here to perfect
and test his airship as the climate and currents of air were most suitable to his purpose. He further
stated that he had progressed so far since coming to California that California certainly was en
titled to the honor of its invention, as it was in quite a crude state w,hen he first came here; that
he had two airships already constructed. One, he said, was of large size, capable of carrying three
persons, the machinery, the fixtures and 1000 pounds of additional weight, and another that was
much smaller, capable of carrying one man, the machinery, fixtures and 500 or 600 pounds of other
He also stated that he was a cousin of Mr. Linn, who was Antonio Maceo's electrician, and
that he is expected to take it to Cuba for the purpose of aiding in the capture of Havana as soon
as he could perfect it and acquaint his associates with the handling of it.
He was a man of dark complexion, dark eyed and about 5 feet 7 inches in height and
weighed about 140 pounds. He looks considerably like the gentleman playing the part oi Arion,
the aerial acrobat, but is a little taller.
He claims to have three assistants with him, all of whom are mechanics; that he uses two
kinds of power, gas and electricity; that his lights are sometimes produced by electricity and some
times by gas, with the aid of reflectors.
He claims to have moved 120 miles at one flight and in a little less than six and a
h alf hours, and at that time was not going wholly with the currents ; that he uses electricity for
propelling his vessel against the wind, and uses gas largely in going with the air currents. He does
this in order to save power.
He proposes to build another airship, and in fact one of the parties interested with him has
told me that they are now at work on the third airship, which is to be more commodious and more
perfect than the other two, and that it would be so constructed that in the event the machinery got
out of order and it should fall into the water it could be used as a boat by detaching a portion of the
airship. When this is completed and ready for use the inventor intends to leave California for
So far as the electrical power is concerned, the Fargo electric storage battery is of sufficient
capacity, as to power and lightness, to furnish the requisite power for aerial navigation, and the in
ventor proposes to use this power in connection with the other for his operations. The battery can
be stored to its full capacity, which is 20 horsepower, in 17 minutes.
I am of the opinion that this airship will be a success, and that its success is far more probable
at this time than the Morse telegraphy was at the time he first offered the same to the public.
So far as the public is concerned this inventor does not aslcany one to invest in the enterprise
Perhaps this may be evidence of insanity. 1 will admit that this is the first time to my knowledge
that anybody had anything in California in which he did not want anybody to invest money
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
Cuban Insurgents Claim to
Have Killed 2000 in
THRILLING STORY TOLD
News cf an Important Victory
Brought by a Lieutenant
in Gomez's Army.
DYNAMITE CONCLUDES THE
WORK OF THE BULLETS.
This Fearful Carnage Occurs in the
Rubi Hills Before Weyler
NEW YORK, N. V., Nov. 28.—Lieu
tenant Jose Felix Rios, a special mes
senger from the Cuban Government to the
junta in this city, arrived here last night
on the Clyde line steamer Algonquin from
Jacksonville. This afternoon he told a
startling story in the headquarters of the
Cubans in this city, which would go to
show almost beyond doubt that a battle
which took place in the Rubi Hills in
October last, and in which 2000 Spanish
soldiers are said to have been killed, had
been construed into an engagement with
Weyler's troops in the same territory
about a week ago.
The details of the October battle are
strikingly similar to th; details of the
story of Weyler's alleged engagement
which was attributed to Lieutenant Rios,
although he now denies that he ever gavo
out such an interview. He declares in
stead that what he said about the alleged
engagement wilh Weyler was simply com
mon talK in Jacksonville while he was
there a^H is story is as follows:
"I am a Galician and went to Cuba when
11 years old. For a long time I have been
in the commission business in Havana.
Having worked hard for the Cuban cause
I was some time ago appointed a lieuten
ant in the Gomez nrmy and took part la
the battle ol Ssra'ori. On October 23 last
I I was given documents by General Gomez
and by tho Cuban Governiacnt, repre
sented oy General Cisneros at a town
called Araucana, an encampment near
"With eight men I left a certain part of
the island in a small boat and set a course
for Nassau. We arrived there in 5 days.
A Spanish gunboat which had been hunt
ing for us got iuto port two hours later,
but she was quarantined and we were
sale. From Nassau, after some delay, wa
went to Jacksonville, thence to this oity."
Some shrewd questioning at this point
led Lieutenant Rios off the subject of his
story and into the details of a fight that
he said occurred in tbe Rubi Hills, just
where Maceo's engagement with Weyler's
troops is said to have taken place. Ha
declared that he knew it to be an absolute
fact that the Spanish General Melquizo,
with 15,000 men, the exact number that
Maceo i 3 said to have engaged a few
wreks ago. came suddenly upon General
Maceo, with 6000 Cuban patriots behind
him. As usual the Cubans got to work
first, and before Meiquizo could got his
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