Fort, Charles - The Book of the Damned - Falls of dead birds
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
THE BOOK OF THE DAMNED by Charles Fort –
now we shall have an instance for which I can find no parallel: fall of dead birds, from a clear sky, far-distant from any storm to which they could be attributed--so remote from any discoverable storm that--
Monthly Weather Review, May, 1917,
W.L. McAtee quotes from the Baton Rouge correspondence to the Philadelphia Times:
That, in the summer of 1896, into the streets of Baton Rouge, La., and from a "clear sky," fell hundreds of dead birds. There were wild ducks and cat birds, woodpeckers, and "many birds of strange plumage," some of them resembling canaries.
Usually one does not have to look very far from any place to learn of a storm. But the best that could be done in this instance was to say: "There had been a storm on the coast of Florida."
….. momentary astonishment that dead birds from a storm in Florida should fall from an unstormy sky in Louisiana.