Sunday, March 30, 2008

from The Quarterly Review, 1834

(page 385, Burnes's Travels into Bokhara)

We cannot in the least account for the appearance of the following phenomenon, but as Mr. Burnes saw it himself, we have nothing further to do but to give it in his own words.

"Before crossing the Indus, we observed a singular phenomenon at the fork of the Indus and Cabool river, where an ignis fatuus shows itself every evening. Two, three, and even four bright lights are visible at a time, and continue to shine throughout the night, ranging within a few yards of each other. The natives could not account for them, and their continuance during the rainy season is the most inexplicable part of the phenomenon, in their estimation."

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