The Moon Has Busted

Well, that was unexpected.  From page 1 of the January 24, 1918 Skidmore News:

A Large Meteorite.

Everybody saw it, or if they didn’t they saw some that did, or saw somebody that saw somebody that had seen it.  Not having consulted everybody’s time, about six o’clock will answer, and the occurrence was a brilliant and large meteorite that seemed to have came from the direction whence the weather man applies for a cold wave and went in a southeasterly way until it bursted with an explosion that was plainly felt and heard here.  It did not appear to be so very high as the smoke left in its trail seemed to be in the light clouds that were in its pathway.

If sound travels at about the same rate in the air as the altitude of the meteorite as it does near the earth surface the meteorite was about fifty or sixty miles southeast of Skidmore when it exploded.  According to the accepted theory of our planetary system meteorites are fragments of material coming from other planets or worlds.

But the advocates of the cellular cosmogony would perhaps claim that it did not return to the earth at the place from whence it started.  However our readers can figure that out to their own satisfaction.

Guy McClain’s two little boys like to ramble around in the fields and are sort a little star gazers and have a special liking for the big round moon.

The other evening when the meteorite passed along they were out in the stalk field and happened to be gazing at the moon and when the fiery ball streaked across the sky they thought the moon had bursted and started for the house screaming at the top of their voice, “The moon has busted!  The moon has busted!”

The smaller one finally fell into a snow drift and was unable to get out, but he kept crying, “The moon is busted!”

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