This Comet Has Heralded the Assassination of
ASTROLOGERS the world over are seeking to fathom the curious coincidental
connection between Encke[’]s comet and the assassination of t[h]ree
presidents of the United States.
President Lincoln was assassinated
April 15, 1865. Encke’s comet appeared January 25, 1865, and was
visible five months.
President Garfield was assassinated
July 2, 1881, and died September 19. Encke’s comet appeared August
20, 1881, and was visible to the naked eye.
President McKinley was assassinated
September 6, 1901. Encke’s comet appeared August 15, 1901, and was
visible for several weeks.
These coincidences afford a parallel,
puzzling if not significant, and have led to a research through
back pages of history which plainly shows that the visit of almost
every comet to this world’s celestial vicinity has been marked by
some great tragedy.
Credence has been given to this belief
since the earliest times. Throughout the middle ages they were regarded
as presaging the death of kings.
Josephus mentions as foretelling the
destruction of Jerusalem a comet with a tail like the blade of a
sword, which hung over the doomed city a full year.
The death of Emperor Constantine was
announced by a comet.
The plague which afflicted Constantinople
in the year 400 was presaged by a comet.
Halley’s comet, a periodical comet,
like Encke’s which would be visible at the present time were it
not lost in the tremendously powerful rays of the sun, appeared
in 1060, when William the Conqueror was about to invade England.
“Nova stella, novus rex”—a new star, a new king—was a proverb of
Coming down to modern times, the famous
comet of 1769 appeared in the year that Napoleon was born, and the
equally celebrated one of 1812 was seen just before he started on
his disastrous Russian campaign.
The great comet of 1861, one of the
most magnificent [c]omets on record, and the beginning of the great
American civil war, was coincidental.
In 1865, the year of President Lincoln’s
assassination, Encke’s comet appeared in January, and was visible
for five months. Two other comets, of lesser br[ill]iancy, are reported
to have shown themselves during that year.
Eight comets visited the solar system
in 1881; one of them, discovered by Professor Barnard, remained
visible for six weeks. Five more appeared on September 1, the
very day of President Garfield’s death, after his lingering illness
from July 2, and Encke’s comet was one of the eight, and was first
seen in August.
One investigator discovered that the
years when spots are at a maximum are more rainy than the average,
and that cyclones and other violent storms are then most prevalent.
Closely allied to sun sp[ot]s and dependent upon them are the Northern
Lights. A most remarkable display of these preceded the siege of
Paris in 1870.
The story of the visit of Encke’s
comet this year is fresh in the minds of everybody. It will be remembered
that it was simultaneously located by an observer at Kiel University
Minn. At no time was it visible to the naked eye, but it could be
discerned with the aid of a powerful opera glass before it approached
so near to the sun as to be overpowered by his rays.
The assassination of President McKinley,
coincident with the advent of this comet, certainly affords a parallel,
puzzling if not significant, to the tragical events of 1865 and