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Fort, Charles - The Book of the Damned - Falls of turps, ashes, orange water, wheat, and vegetables



Type of Spiritual Experience


A description of the experience

The Book of the Damned - Charles Fort

Scientific American, 24-323,
is an account of hail that fell, in the middle of April, 1871, in Mississippi, in which was a substance described as turpentine.

Jour. de Pharmacie, 1845-273.
Something that tasted like orange water, in hailstones, about the first of June, 1842, near Nîmes, France; identified as nitric acid

Scientific American, 5-168,
Hail and ashes, in Ireland, 1755 .

Scientific American, 30-262,
That, at Elizabeth, N.J., June 9, 1874, fell hail in which was a substance, said, by Prof. Leeds, of Stevens Institute, to be carbonate of soda .

Intellectual Observer, 3-468:
that, upon the first of May, 1863, a rain fell at Perpignan, "bringing down with it a red substance, which proved on examination to be a red meal mixed with fine sand." At various points along the Mediterranean, this substance fell.

Philosophical Transactions, 16-281,
an account of a seeming cereal, said to have fallen in Wiltshire, -said that some of the "wheat" fell "enclosed in hailstones"--but the writer in Transactions, says that he had examined the grains, and that they were nothing but seeds of ivy berries dislodged from holes and chinks where birds had hidden them. If birds still hide ivy seeds, and if winds still blow, I don't see why the phenomenon has not repeated in more than two hundred years since.

Arago, OEuvres  12-468
Or the red matter in rain, at Siena, Italy, May, 1830; said, by Arago, to have been vegetable matter.

Somebody should collect data of falls at Siena alone.

The Monthly Weather Review, 29-465
A correspondent writes that, upon Feb. 16, 1901, at Pawpaw, Michigan, upon a day that was so calm that his windmill did not run, fell a brown dust that looked like vegetable matter. The Editor of the Review concludes that this was no widespread fall from a tornado, because it had been reported from nowhere else.

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Fort, Charles

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