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JIM: Adair County Celestial heebie-jeebies, 1918

Folks at Dirigo who had never prayed did so after having seen strange lights with appearance of the American flag, lights to0 high for weather lights


Reported the News of events on the evening of March 7, 1918,

"Two flaming lights in the elements, one in the West, the other in the East, were observed here by a number of people last Thursday night about nine o'clock. They were too high for weather lights, and their appearance was largely discussed Friday morning."

When the next letter from downtown Dirigo appeared in the paper, the correspondent added his (or her) take of the heavenward heebie-jeebies:

"Many of our citizens were somewhat scared at the phenomenon in the sky last Thursday night week, and it is said that many people prayed, who had never prayed before. It was certainly the strangest sight we ever saw. It was in stripes of red and white, with a blue field filled with stars, and greatly resembling a huge American flag. It would be very bright for a short while, then fade, then suddenly reappear as bright as ever. And in places the sky was as red as blood. The light was first seen about seven o'clock that night, and it lasted until near eleven o'clock. And although everything has been serene since, many of our people cannot get over their scare and are hourly expecting to hear of some great catastrophe."

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