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PHANTOM INVASION OF 1914
Brockville, St. Lawrence Seaway, Ontario
Saturday, February 14, 1914
Mysterious objects are seen crossing the St. Lawrence River and heading towards Brockville. The Canadian Police explain it as fire-balloons, however the winds that day are blowing wrong direction for balloons to float in that direction.

ST. LAWRENCE RIVER
February 14, 1914
 
At 10 P.M., February 14, three aeroplanes had been seen to cross the St. Lawrence river, near Morristown, N.Y. according to reports, but that, in the opinion of the Dominion police, nothing but fire-balloons had been seen.

It is said that two "responsible residents" had seen two of the objects cross the river between 8 and 8:30 P.M. and then return five hours later.

In the Canadian Parliament, Sir Wilfred Laurier had said that at 9 P.M. he had been called up by the Mayor of Brockville, telling him that three aeroplanes with "powerful searchlights" had crossed the St. Lawrence.

The story is told in the New York Herald. Here it is said that, according to the Chief of Police of Ogdensburg, N.Y. a farmer living five miles from Ogdensburg, had reported having seen an aeroplane, upon the 12th.

The it said that the mystery had been solved: that, while celebrating the 100th anniversary of peace between the United States and Canada, some young men of Morristown had sent up paper balloons, which had exploded in the sky, after 9 P.M. the night of the 14th.

That the objects had been seen first at Guananoque, Ontario. Here it is said that the balloon-story is absurd. According to the Dominion Observatory, the wind was, at the time, blowing from the east, and the objects had traveled toward the northeast. It is said that one of the objects had, for several minutes, turned a powerful searchlight upon the town of Brockwell. -- New York Times

SOURCES:
    1. New Lands, Charles Fort
    2. New York Times, February 15, 1915
    3. New York Herald, February 15, 1915
    4. New York Tribune, February 15, 1915
 

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