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devil's hoofprints

The mistaken belief that it covered 100 miles comes from sloppy journalism at the time. In fact it only covered a few miles along the south coast as far as Littleham but there is another more well known Littleham in North Devon and journalists assumed this was part of the route. Presumably these were London based journalists unfamiliar with Devon. The actual route could easily have been covered in one winter night at 4 miles per hour. The crossing of the river and the marks on top of buildings seem to me to be absolute proof that this was a balloon but it requires a meteorologist to work out how it could have blown in an ‘inverted N' shaped route.

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