As mentioned before, Bramwell had come to Southwest Missouri in hopes of witnessing a hoped-for return of the Martian Airship. He believed that invisible rays, similar to those discovered by Wilhelm Röntgen earlier in the decade, were responsible for the vessel's flight. He also suspected that these rays were being used by the Martians for communication in the manner of a radiotelegraph. As he waited for the return of the Martians he continued his efforts to replicate and prove the existence of the rays.
"Several small undulating globes... floating in the still air... faintly phosphorescent... similar to the animalcules seen under a microscope"Unfortunately, the images disappeared as quickly as they had appeared. Many of Bramwell's contemporaries would have judged these apparitions to be of the realm of Spiritualism, but he instantly realized that he had seen naturally invisible organisms becoming visible in the strange light of his apparatus. Only an accidental modulation in frequency had brought them into view. He could now claim the greatest biological discovery since Antonie van Leeuwenhoek - If only he could replicate the specific frequency that allowed them to be seen!
NEXT WEEKEND - The Strange Disappearance of T. A. Bramwell