RICHMOND, Ky., Feb. 6.–William O’Connor, who resides at Kirksville, in this county, is very much puzzled and excited over an experience he had with a ghastly fire phenomenon, three miles from this city, recently. He professes to be a skeptic on the subject of spiritualism, and relates a remarkable and interesting story of his late adventure.
In company with two young men and two young ladies, Mr. O’Connor left Richmond, on Monday night, Jan. 16, in a sleigh drawn by two fleet horses. They were on thier [sic] way to a party at Kirksville.
The night was cold, and a light snow was falling, but it was not too dark to see objects twenty-five yards away. When they reached a point about three miles southwest of this city one of the young men saw a brilliant light over on a hillside, about one hundred yards from the roadside, and called attention of the party to it.
The crowd thought it was the reflection of a lamp burning in a house nearby, but as the latter was 300 yards away and the light on the hillside exceedingly bright, they were unwilling to accept this. They stopped to investigate the strange scene. At this time the light began to slowly circle round, rising a great distance from the ground, then falling to the earth again in large circles.
Mr. O’Connor describes the appearance of the light as electric in brilliancy, and says there was no human near the spot; had there been he would have been visible, as the light was so bright. The curiousity of the young men arose to a high pitch at this time, and two of them alighted and waded through deep snowdrifts, and stood for a quarter of an hour watching the strange phenomenon.
Being chilled, the party resumed their journey. They drove to the farmhouse where the party was to be given, and witnessed the same peculiar spectacle which they had come in contact with an hour before. At the farm gate they again watched the light another quarter of an hour, which continued to approach them, circling as it came.
Mr. O’Connor and companions are unable to fathom the mystery, and others who have witnessed the same sight at or near this spot are likewise puzzled to know what it is.