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Pennsylvania, BULLETIN, 24 January 1916, page
GUARD 'PLANES TO AVERT POWDER RAIDS
Reports of Airship Over duPont Plants, Society Men Are Asked
to Watch Machines
AGENTS AT WORK
E. Glendinning and Clarke Thomson, prominent in society
circles and owners of hydro-aeroplanes, have been asked
by Federal agents to guard their planes so they cannot be
used in an air raid on the duPont powder mills in New Jersey
government investigators requested that the "flying
boats," which are stored along the Delaware river,
be dismantled or placed under guard, and were informed that
parts of engines on each were removed last November when
the aviators gave up flying for the winter.
no circumstances could they be used, Mr. Glendinning and
Mr. Clarke assured the investigators unless the missing
parts were replaced by experts. They also said they were
positive their machines has not been used without their
visit of the Federal investigators, it is believed, was
influenced by reports prevalent in towns near Pennsgrove,
N. J., that an aeroplane had been heard at night circling
over the powder mills.
Glendinning is a member of the firm of Robert Glendinning
and Company, bankers, Fourth and Chestnut sts., and Mr.
Thomson is a son of a former president of the Pennsylvania
Glendinning has a hangar at Essington, just below the Philadelphia
Yacht Club, while Mr. Thomson's machine has been stored
in a tent near the rifle range along the water front at
the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
Paulsboro residents and several workmen employed at the
dynamite plant at Gibbstown declare they distinctly heard
the whirring of an aeroplane propeller over the town and
plant, and they say a machine sailed over the works the
night of the explosion when five men were injured recently.
K. Wilkerson and Wilbert McLain are the Paulsboro residents
who emphatically assert they heard an aeroplane, and that
they and neighbors tumbled out of bed when they were attracted
by the noise in the sky. They could not see the machine.
Mr. Glendinning to-day admitted that Federal agents were
conducting an investigation.
am not at liberty to disclose what information the agents
imparted to me," he declared. "It is true I was
visited and asked about my machine and whether there was
any danger it might be stolen for use in a raid on a powder
works. I told my visitor my machine was dismantled, and
that it was safe."
officers here deny they are active in the investigation,
and say the investigators may have come from Washington.
have been repeated rumors following explosions at the duPont
plants in New Jersey that aviators were responsible, and
that explosives were dropped upon the buildings. Officials
of the duPont Powder Company said they placed no credence
in the reports, and added they knew nothing of Mr. Glendinning
and Mr. Thomson having been questioned about their flying
belief, however, that there is a mysterious aviator, who
makes nightly excursions, has grown into a fully developed
report in the New Jersey towns, in the vicinity of the powder
plants, and is spreading. According to reports in Paulsboro,
the skies are swept at night by curious persons who expect
to see a 'plane in a raid on one of the plants.
of the powder plants is so protected by armed guards and
high wire fences that an attack by enemies, except fromthe
skies, is declared to be impossible, according to official
statements of the duPont company. They have ascribed all
explosions in their works either to carelessness on the
part of employes or to unavoidable accidents.
Pennsylvania, BULLETIN, 26 January 1916, page
AEROPLANE OR BLACKBIRD
Woman Certain She Saw Mysterious Flying Craft
may have been an aeroplane or it may have been a lonely
blackbird, but anyway Mrs. Mame Zehner, 1433 E. Berks st.,
on January 15, just before dusk, saw some object flashing
across the skyline in Kensington. Her information on the
discovery, which is not shared by neighbors, is available
for investigators, professional and amateur, who are tracing
the mysterious flyer which some Paulsboro, N. J., residents
say they have seen circling over the duPont powder mills.
Zehner is confident she saw an aeroplane. She is indignant
when asked if she might mistake a big bird for an aircraft.
Zehner's memory is hazy whether she ever had seen an aeroplane
in flight. "But I did see a picture of one in a newspaper
last week," she explained, "and the object I saw
flying over my house looked just like it, even to the framework
and the engine."
woman declares she was seated at the supper table, a few
minutes after 5 o'clock, on January 15, when she glanced
out the window. "There was a big black dot on the sky,
which was moving very rapidly," she continued. "I
rushed to the window and distinctly saw an aeroplane. It
was high in the sky, but not too high for me to see the
framework. It wasn't any bird. It was flying from the northeast
and was heading for City Hall."
Pennsylvania, BULLETIN, 1 February 1916, page
ANOTHER AEROPLANE SIGHTED
Citizen Said He Saw Huge Flyer Skim Across Sky Toward Frankfort
is a dull day when some eagle-eyed resident of the northeastern
section of the city does not see an aeroplane whizzing over
his home, bent on an errand of mischief.
latest 'plane was spied yesterday afternoon by J. M. Smith,
a Tacony shoe salesman. He was standing on the doorstep
of his home yesterday afternoon, he said, when he heard
a noise like the throbbing of an engine.
was going to a funeral in Readings and this noise frightened
me," he declared. "I looked up and, swooping over
my home, not more than 250 feet in the air, was a big aeroplane.
It was going fast, and heading from the river front to the
Frankford Arsenal. I am a good American citizen and think
this sort of thing should be stopped."
mean, aeroplane?" says the Frankfort Arsenal. "Nothing
more than blackbirds passed over here yesterday afternoon."
Pennsylvania, BULLETIN, 3 February 1916, page
DOUBT BY DU PONTS THAT AIRSHIP FLEW OVER POWDER MILL
Believe Light Seen High Above Carney's Point Was That of
"WATCHFUL WAITING IN CASE OF ITS RETURN
statement issued in Wilmington this afternoon by the duPont
Powder Company, casts strong doubt on the report that a
light seen high above the Carney's Point, N. J., plant Monday
night, was that of an aeroplane.
report to this effect had been made by Albert J. Parsons,
in charge of the guard at Deep Water Point, which is at
the southern extremity of the Carney's Point plant. Parsons,
summoned to Wilmington this afternoon, said he was convinced
the light was that of an aeroplane, but he admitted he had
not seen the machine itself.
company, in its statement, concedes that Parsons was sincere
in what he said, and that he actually saw a mysterious light,
but there is no evidence, the officials point out, to show
that this light had any connection with an airship.
the light was, the company does not attempt to explain,
but it declared that until fuller and more detailed evidence
is obtained, the contemplated report of the affair to Washington
will not be made. Meanwhile, there will be a period of "watchful
waiting." The strictest vigilance will be observed
that the light may be seen if it reappears.
officials accept this report seriously. Coincident with
it are definite reports that an aeroplane has been seen
over the duPonts' Hagley yards, near Wilmington, above 6th
and Brooms sts., Wilmington, and at Coatesville, Pa., where
the Lukens Company has its big steel and iron plant.
two weeks ago," he began, "on two nights, I saw
a strange light. But it was so far away that I couldn't
tell whether it was on an aeroplane or a ship's masthead.
I was curious, and decided to watch for it every night."
night, I was at the duPont labor camp at Carney's Point,
two miles from the river and three miles from Deep Water
Point. This camp is on the highest piece of ground the powder
plant occupies, and affords a clear, far view."
LIGHT IN TOY BALLOON"
was just 8.30 o'clock Monday night when the light I had
been looking for suddenly shone out of the darkness. It
reminded me of the light you see in a toy balloon, such
as is sent up on the Fourth of July; only it was a steady
light. There was no flickering, and the light was white."
near as I could tell, the light was about 1,500 feet up.
It seemed to be directly over the Deep Water Point section
of our plant. But as that is three miles away from the camp,
I couldn't tell exactly, of course."
a few minutes, the light seemed to move hardly at all. But
finally it floated down until apparently it was within a
few hundred feet of the river. That's what makes me think
it was a hydro-aeroplane."
Parsons reported what he had seen to Major Clark, who is
in supreme command of the Carney's Point and Deep Water
Point guard, and he in turn reported to Major Sylvester.
The major, formerly Superintendent of Police in Washington,
D. C., now heads the duPont secret service. He submitted
a full report at the duPont home offices in Wilmington to-day.
FLYING OVER WILMINGTON
had this been made, when there were additional developments.
Two weeks ago, company officials were informed, an aeroplane
was seen over the Hagley Yard, which is about three miles
from Wilmington. At about the same time it was seen over
6th and Brooms sts., in the heart of Wilmington, and not
far from the big office building of the duPont Company,
which is combined with the duPont Hotel. And then came word
from Coatesville of the sighting of an aeroplane there a
few nights ago. The mysterious craft of the air always has
appeared after nightfall.
of these reports was made to-day by former Congressman C.
R. Landis, who is authorized to speak for the duPont Company.
going to the duPonts, Parsons was employed by express companies
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Pennsylvania, BULLETIN, 4 February 1916, page
DUCK! HERE'S ANOTHER 'PLANE!
Over City Hall, 'Tis Said, But Vareites Don't Think It Was
strange aeroplane is said to have made a flight over the
city, dipping abruptly over City Hall, late yesterday afternoon.
This report, made by a man living near 18th and Morris sts.,
closely followed the report that a strange air craft had
been seen hovering over the duPont powder works at Carney's
Point, N. J., where so many fires and explosions have occurred
machine is supposed to have come from the general direction
of Darby. Members of the Mt. Zion Church in that community
said they saw an airship gliding over the town about 4 o'clock.
It was some time later that the uptown man says he saw a
machine over City Hall. None of the amateur airmen of this
city made flights yesterday.
the driver of the machine was and his purpose in flying
over City Hall are mysteries.
has been suggested that it might have contained a Penrose
spy trying to get a better view of the activities of Mr.
Vare's friends in City Hall. This, however, is considered
improbable, although a factional political war is apt to
cause all sorts of complications. Those who saw the machines
are certain, at least, that the driver was not Mr. Penrose
himself. It was impossible to tell, they said, whether the
machine was filled with bombs.
Pennsylvania, BULLETIN, 14 February 1916, page
THOUGHT STAR WAS AIRSHIP
Police Chief Detailed Man to Give Warning of "Invader"
mysterious airship, said to have been seen hovering over
the duPont powder plants, in New Jersey, appears to have
been a star. Residents of Wilmington, across the river from
duPont's, Carney's Point plant, last night, saw two stars,
which appeared about four feet apart, and gave a very strong
was soon reported that aeroplanes were about. Police Captain
Kelleher, of Wilmington, when notified that a machine was
coming from Pennsylvania, detailed Claybot, an operator,
to the tower of the City Hall to look for the invader. All
he saw was a star.
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