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October 1954, Hettange-Grande, Moselle:

Reference number for this case: Oct-54-Hettange-Grande. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. in1:] FOUND ON THE INTERNET:

Friday, October 15, 1954

The "Martian" spoke the dialect of Luxembourg

THIONVILLE - In the Thionville country it is currently told a funny story about a small "Martian" which would have occurred in Hettange-Grande, privileged locality since some of its inhabitants already saw there the flying saucers on several occasions. Thionville, nearby city since it is located only a few kilometers and benefits "practically" of the same corner of the vault of heavens, starts to worry seriously about the total absence of saucers or "flying cigars" in "its" sky! Thus the brave citizens of this old citadel underline with some complacency the following story.

Once more a saucer had been announced and a particularly serious and sensational thing, a Martian, has been reported as wandering in the nearby countryside. The police force, armed to be ready to any possibility and assisted of townsmen provided of... forks, had quickly gone on the premises and after a vast encircling movement, managed to seize an individual of small size, with a bushy beard and resembling a human being.... Led in a police station for safety and vainly questioned during more than two hours, he remained totally silent. The "Martian" did obviously not understand French and the best interpreters in German, Polish, Italian, English, etc, ravelled in turn in front of him; but all without success, because he still did not answer the questions. Won by discouragement and not knowing anymore what a holy saint should be invoked, our "earthmen" were going to give up the efforts temporarily, when - ah miracle! - the being started to speak in a language cherished by with our neighbors of Luxemburg: "Enough with this comedy, is there nobody here who can express himself in Luxembourg dialect?" Stupor and consternation on our Martians "hunters", whom exclaimed with spite: "Again... one more Luxemburger!"

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Friday, October 15, 1954

[...]

In Thionville, a "saucer" is again reported as well as a "Martian" hiking in the close countryside. The police force, armed to counter any possibility and assisted of townsmen provided with forks goes on the spot and, after a vast circling maneuver, manages to capture an individual of small size, with a bushy beard and human appearance ultimately. Led in a safety station and vainly questioned during more than 2 h, he remains completely mute. The "Martian" obviously does not understand French and the best interpreters German, Polish, Italian, English, etc, ravel in turn in front of him; but all without success, for he stilldoes not answer the questions. Yielding to the discouragement and not knowing anymore what saint to call, the gendarmes are ready to give up when the person starts to speaking in a language the Lusembourg people are fond f: Enough with this comedy, is there nobody here who can express himself in Luxembourg language? Stupor and consternation of the Martians "hunters", exclaiming with spite: Again a... Luxemburger!

[...]

Jerome Beau comments that this could be the explanation of the case of Pournoy la Chétive.

The source is indicated as "Sider 1997".

Explanations:

Confusion.

Keywords:

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Hettange-Grande, Moselle, confusion

Sources:

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0.1 Patrick Gross October 1, 2005 First published.
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