|The Tarborough Southerner (Tarboro, NC) 1 Jan 1885|
Saturday, April 23, 2016
He Sold Her Teeth.
Mr. Bangs, a widower from a near county, appeared in
with a full set of his first wife’s false teeth set on old fashioned gold
plate. The former Mrs. Bangs wished those teeth buried with her, but Bangs had
an eye to profit and loss, and he laid them aside for a rainy day, when he
could wipe all tears away, and December would seem as happy as May. So Bangs “set
‘em up”” and got the money down. He bought his wedding clothes with the money
and now he and the second Mrs. Bangs are as happy as two on a limb. Chew this,
ladies. It’s the truth. Danville, Va.
Wilmington Morning Star ( )
28 May 1879] Wilmington, NC
Friday, April 22, 2016
Returned.—We learn that the two boys whose ambition led them to assume the life of tramps, were, by direction of their fathers, arrested at Franklinton [Franklin County] on the Raleigh & Gaston Railroad and held to await the arrival of Officer Goodwin, who left yesterday morning to escort the young prodigals homeward [Wake County]. We have not heard that the fatted calf will be slain.
|Cornerstone of the Raleigh and Gaston railroad building of Raleigh, NC|
From Wikipedia, "Raleigh and Gaston Railroad"
[From The Observer (
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
THE AIRSHIP VISITS WILLIAMSTON
(Special to the [Wilmington] Messenger.)
Williamson [Martin County] N. C., April 14 .—The mysterious airship seen at
Wilmington and other points was observed
here last night about 9 o’clock. When first noticed it appeared as a black
mass against the moon-lit sky, going slowly from South to North. Its altitude
was not great, being near enough to enable the observer to discern outlines of
its rigging with the naked eye. As it passed over the town it ascended rapidly
and a brilliant light was thrown out far ahead of it. The light was seen by
some who could not, on account of the great height it had attained, catch the
faintest glimpse of the aerial machine. If it should appear again there will be
many to behold it as people are much interested and will watch for its
re-appearance. — News and Observer ( )
16 Apr 1897 Raleigh, NC
The airship was first seen in
North Carolina at Wilmington [New Hanover County] about April 5,
1897. The Semi-Weekly Messenger of
that city reported that hundreds of people watched as the brilliant mass
floated from east to west across the sky. “Many persons saw net-work about the
aerial wonder.” Watchers with field glasses observed its wires, ropes and
rigging and all were amazed by its powerful searchlight.
The mysterious airship was next seen at
Goldsboro [Wayne County] about April 9th or 10th. The Press-Visitor of Raleigh [Wake County] said: “Those who saw the object describe it as a great light moving rapidly
from east to west.”
On April 13 The Press-Visitor in Raleigh carried the following article:
Arrangements Made for Its Appearance Tonight.
The Press-Visitor this afternoon completed arrangements by which the air-ship will appear over
Raleigh at 3 o’clock tomorrow morning.
Efforts were made to secure its appearance here on a dark night, but the dates were all taken save tonight. This will prevent
owing to the moon-light, from having quite as good a view as some other towns.
Apparently the mysterious airship had an identity by this time. The Press-Visitor reported that many saw the airship pass over the city. It was identified as “the first automobile dirigible balloon ever invented which is a success. It is simple in its construction. It consists of an elliptical gasbag 128 feet in length and a car weighing 45 pounds. It is constructed on the aeroplane system, and operates perfectly. [This is 6 years before the Wright brothers first flew an ‘aeroplane’ over the sandy
.] The machine is
operated by an electric storage battery and propeller. Its lifting power
depends upon the number of cubic feet of gas in the bag." beach
This announcement this did not stop the speculation. The airship continued to be spotted and by the time it was seen over Kenly [
about April 22, watchers saw sails and (very clearly) two men. Wilson Counties
The Kenly sighting was the last reported in local newspapers throughout the months of April and May of 1897. The excitement had run its course.