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October 21, 1954, Aire-sur-la-Lys, Pas-de-Calais:

Reference number for this case: 21-Oct-54-Aire-sur-la-Lys. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

Among the many "uplifting" or "funny" stories of misinterpretations that circulated during the 1954 wave in Framce, there was one in the local newspaper L'Echo de la Lys, of Aire-sur-la-Lys, in the Pas-de-Calais, on page 2 for October 29, 1954, written in the local chronicle by "Le Guetteur":

Last week, as I inspected the hamlets with a spyglass, I had the attention drawn by an unusual and truly exceptional crowd in this deserted place.

Information taken, here is the cause:

A MARTIAN ???? -- There were a few moments of emotion last Thursday, at the place called "the meadows of Agathe", among the people busy in the fields.

A young girl who worked on the beet grubbing was very intrigued by an armed man, with whimsical looks, who seemed to be hiding behind a silo, watching for who knows what...

With infinite precautions and Sioux ruses - since there are so many flying saucers we always fear to be nose to nose with a "marsuin", if however the Martians have a nose - people from the neighborhood approached the silo... from which came were abnormal noises...

But they only found a hunter there who was not at all belligerent. Undoubtedly broken with fatigue after having crossed the fields (which requires repeated and exhausting efforts to pluck the feet from the wet clay), he slept with closed fist and snored with the sleep of the just...

The Martian-hunter - an honorable city dweller - was the first to laugh at the intense emotion he had unintentionally aroused!

Reports:

[Ref. edl1:] "L'ECHO DE LA LYS" NEWSPAPER:

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THE TALK OF THE WATCHER

THIS WAS NOTHING
BUT AN ... EARTHLING

Last week, as I inspected the hamlets with a spyglass, I had the attention drawn by an unusual and truly exceptional crowd in this deserted place.

Information taken, here is the cause:

A MARTIAN ???? -- There were a few moments of emotion last Thursday, at the place called "the meadows of Agathe", among the people busy in the fields.

A young girl who worked on the beet grubbing was very intrigued by an armed man, with whimsical looks, who seemed to be hiding behind a silo, watching for who knows what...

With infinite precautions and Sioux ruses - since there are so many flying saucers we always fear to be nose to nose with a "marsuin", if however the Martians have a nose - people from the neighborhood approached the silo... from which came were abnormal noises...

But they only found a hunter there who was not at all belligerent. Undoubtedly broken with fatigue after having crossed the fields (which requires repeated and exhausting efforts to pluck the feet from the wet clay), he slept with closed fist and snored with the sleep of the just...

The Martian-hunter - an honorable city dweller - was the first to laugh at the intense emotion he had unintentionally aroused!

We were not told if he joined his dwelling by crossing the fields again or by following the road - along which there are, fortunately, ... oases of freshness.

THE WATCHER

Explanations:

This is at best a "negative case": a case that was explained readily by the witnesses themselves.

The possibility that it was entirely invented by "Le Guetteur" cannot be discarded: the place name is quite generic and no witness is named.

I used Aire-sur-la-Lys as location because the writer of this local newspaper was probably there, but that is obviously hypothetical.

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Keywords:

(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Aire-sur-la-Lys, Pas-de-Calais, negative case, MArtian, hunter, multiple

Sources:

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Document history:

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