This article first appeared on page five in the April 18, 1897 editon of the Dallas Morning News. Hayden wrote for many nespapers, and was also a cotton farmer.
"Aurora, Wise County, Texas, April 17-About 6 o'clock this morning, the early risers of Aurora were astonished at the sudden appearence of the airship which has been sailing throughout the country.
"It sailed directly over the public square, and when it reached the north part of the town, collided with the tower of Judge Proctor's windmill and went to pieces with a terrific explosion, scattering debris over several acres of ground, wrecking the windmill and water tank and destroying the judge's flower garden.
"The pilot of the ship is supposed to have been the only one aboard, and while his remains are badly disfigured, enough of the original has been picked up to show that he was not an inhabitant of this world."T.J.Weems, the U.S. Signal Service Officer at this place and an authority on astronomy, gave it as his opinion that he (the pilot) was a native of the planet Mars.
"Papers found on his person-evidently the records of his travels-are written in some unknown hieroglyphics, and cannot be deciphered. The ship was too badly wrecked to form conclusions as to its construction or motice power.
"The town is full of people today who are viewing the wreck and gathering specimans of the strange metal from the debris. The pilot's funeral will take place tomorrow.