Charles Fort - Unwanted and spontaneous levitation of different objects
Type of Spiritual Experience
Levitation is simply reverse apporting. These observations may account for the total disappearance of people who are never found. Abducted but never returned
A description of the experience
La Nature - several dozen sheets of wrapping paper
In La Nature, 1888-2-66, M. Adrian Arcelin writes that, while excavating near de Solutré, in August, 1878, upon a day, described as superbe, sky clear to a degree said to have been parfaitement, several dozen sheets of wrapping paper upon the ground suddenly rose. Nearby were a dozen men, and not one of them had felt a trace of wind. A strong force had seized upon these conspicuous objects, touching nothing else. According to M. Arcelin, the dust on the ground under and around was not disturbed. The sheets of paper continued upward, and disappeared in the sky.
London Times, Sept. 24, 1875 - a fishing vessel
A powerful force that swooped upon a fishing vessel, raising it so far that when it fell back it sank—see London Times, Sept. 24, 1875. A quarter of a mile away were other vessels, from which set out rescuers to the sailors who had been thrown into the sea. There was no wind: the rescuers could not use sails, but had to row their boats.
Pop. Sci., 15-566 – a man’s right arm
Upon Oct. 2, 1875, a man was trundling a cart from Schaffhausen, near Beringen, Germany. His right arm was perforated from front to back, as if by a musket ball (Pop. Sci., 15-566). This man had two companions. He had heard a whirring sound, but his companions had heard nothing. At one side of the road there were laborers in a field, but they were not within gunshot distance. Whatever the missile may have been, it was unfindable.
La Nature, 1879 - slate roof
La Nature, 1879-1-166, quotes the Courrier des Ardennes as to an occurrence in the Commune Signy-le-Pettit, Easter Sunday, 1879—a conspicuous, isolated house—suddenly its slate roof shot into the air, and then fell to the ground. There had not been a trace of wind. The writer of the account says that the force, which he calls a trouble inoui had so singled out this house that nothing in its surroundings beyond a distance of thirty feet had been disturbed.
Scientific American, July 10, 1880 – stones shooting upward
—that, according to the Plain-dealer, of East Kent, Ontario, two citizens of East Kent were in a field, and heard a loud report. They saw stones shooting upward from a field. They examined the spot, which was about 16 feet in diameter, finding nothing to suggest an explanation of the occurrence. It is said that there had been neither a whirlwind nor anything else by which to explain this.
Travels in Space
Upon Dec. 10, 1881, Walter Powell and two companions ascended from Bath in the Government balloon Saladin (Valentine and Tomlinson, Travels in Space, p. 227). The balloon descended at Bridport, coast of the English Channel. Two of the aëronauts got out, but the balloon, with Powell in it, shot upward. There was a report that the balloon had been seen to fall in the English Channel, near Bridport, but according to Capt. Temple, one of Powell's companions, probably something thrown from the balloon had been seen to fall.
Walter Powell was Member of Parliament for Malmesbury, and had many friends, some of whom started immediately to search. His relatives offered a reward. A steamboat searched the Channel, and did not give up until the 13th; fishing vessels kept on searching. A "sweeping expedition" was organized, and the coast guard was doubled, searching the shore for wreckage, but not a fragment of the balloon, nor from the balloon, except a thermometer in a bag, was found.
L’Astronomie, 1886- baskets and ashes and a window frame that weighed sixty kilograms
In L’Astronomie, 1886-312, Prof. Paroisse, of the College Bar-sur-Aube, quotes two witnesses of a curieux phénomène that occurred in a garden of the College, May 22, 1886—cloudless sky; wind tres faible. Within a small circle in the garden were some: baskets and ashes and a window frame that weighed sixty kilograms. These things suddenly rose from the ground. At a height of about forty feet, they remained suspended several minutes, then falling back to the place from which they had risen. Not a thing outside this small circle had been touched by the seizure. The witnesses said that they had felt no disturbance in the air.
Charleston News and Courier, Nov. 25, 1886 – A farmer’s son
—that, at Edina,, Mo., November 23, a man and his three sons were pulling corn on a farm. Nothing is said of meteorologic conditions, and, for all I know, they may have been pulling corn in a violent thunder storm. Something that is said to have been lightning flashed from the sky. The man was slightly injured, one son killed, the other seriously injured—the third had disappeared.
Brooklyn Eagle, March 17, 1891
—that, at Wilkes-Barre, Pa., March 16th, two men were "lifted bodily and carried considerable distance in a ‘whirlwind’." It was a powerful force, but nothing else was affected by it. Upon the same day, there was an occurrence in Brooklyn.
The Book of the Damned – Charles Fort
Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal
Sir David Milne lists phenomena of quakes in Great Britain.
1755--"uncommon phenomenon in the air: a large luminous body, bent like a crescent, which stretched itself over the heavens, ….1755--numerous instances of upward projection--or upward attraction?--during quakes--preceded by a cloud, very black and lowering,"
The corpses of Riobamba.
Humboldt reported that, in the 'quake' of Riobamba, "bodies were torn upward from graves"; that "the vertical motion was so strong that bodies were tossed several hundred feet in the air."
It is said that, in an earthquake in Calabria, paving stones shot up far in the air. The writer doesn't specifically say that they came down again.
Phil. Trans., 50-500:
After the 'quake' of July 15, 1757, upon the sands of Penzance, Cornwall, in an area of more than 100 square yards, were found ……"little cones surrounded by basins of equal diameter", …..there were black specks on the tops of cones, and that from one of these formations came a gush of water as thick as a man's wrist.
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