- Le Roy, Kansas, 1897 - "Last monday
night, about 10:30" said Mr. Hamilton, we were awakened by a noise
among the cattle. I arose, thinking that perhaps my bulldog was performing
some of his pranks, but upon going to the door saw to my utter astonishment
an airship slowly descending upon my cow lot, about forty rods from the
- Calling my tenant, Gid Heslip, and my
son Wall, we seized some axes and ran to the corral. Meanwhile, the ship
had been descending until it was not more than thirty feet above the ground,
and we came within fifty yards of it.
- It consisted of a great cigar-shaped
portion, possibly three hundred feet long, with a carriage underneath.
The carriage was made of glass or some other transparent substance alternating
with a narrow strip of some material. It was brilliantly lighted within
and everything was plainly visible - it was occupied by six of the strangest
beings I ever saw. They were jabbering together, but we could not understand
a word they said.
- Every part of the vessel which was not
transparent was of a dark reddish color. We stood mute with wonder and
fright, when some noise attracted their attention and they turned a light
directly upon us. Immediately on catching sight of us they turned on some
unknown power, and a great turbine wheel, about thirty feet in diameter,
which was slowly revolving below the craft began to buzz and the vessel
rose lightly as a bird.
- When about three hundred feet above us
it seemed to pause and hover directly over a two-year-old heifer, which
was bawling and jumping, apparently fast in the fence. Going to her, we
found a cable about a half inch in thickness made of some red material,
fastened in a slip knot around her neck, one end passing up to the vessel,
and the heifer tangled in the wire fence. We tried to get it off but could
not, so we cut the wire loose and stood in amazement to see the ship, heifer
and all, rise slowly, disappearing in the northwest.
- We went home but I was so frightened
I could not sleep. Rising early Tuesday, I started out by horse, hoping
to find some trace of my cow. This I failed to do, but coming back in the
evening found that Link Thomas, about three or four miles west of Le Roy,
had found the hide, legs and head in his field that day. He, thinking someone
had butchered a stolen beast, had brought the hide to town for identification,
but was greatly mystified in not being able to find any tracks in the soft
ground. After identifying the hide by my brand, I went home. But every
time I would drop to sleep I would see the cursed thing with its big lights
and hideous people.
- I don't know whether they are devils
or angels, or what, but we all saw them, and my whole family saw the ship,
and I don't want any more to do with them."