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Mois jour, 1954, Iwuy, Nord:

Reference number for this case: Jour-Mois-54-Iwuy. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper Nord-Matin, in its Cambrai edition of October 21, 1954 on page 3, reported, without giving the date but among cases of October 16 and 17, 1954, in Iwuy, a case of misinterpretation:

People from the rue du 4 Septembre were peacefully returning from the cinema, when they saw in the distance, on the path which leads to the Pont du Moulin and leads to the cemetery, a beam of light which swept the road.

"The craft, for sure it was one", advanced slowly in this deserted place and moved regularly, "surely moved by a high precision mechanism". It was heading for the cemetery where it seemed to be playing hide and seek among the graves.

Brave people spoke of going to check, but the mysterious object suddenly resumed its way to the bridge and it was seen shining for a long time in the dark night.

The witnesses wondered if it was a saucer, a ghost or a wisp.

The newspaper then explains that they learned "some time later" that it was a woman from Iwuy, equipped with a powerful flashlight, who was reversing the path she had traveled that afternoon, in the opposite directio, because she was looking for a shoe that her baby had lost along the way.

Reports:

[Ref. nmn1:] "NORD-MATIN" NEWSPAPER:

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IWUY

FROM THE SAUCER...
TO THE LOST SHOE

Now, residents of Ywui also join the large family of those who claim to have seen the famous saucer. In the night from Sunday to Monday, shift workers at the sugar refinery saw the object moving at high speed. The previous Saturday evening, a lady living on rue Foch, also distinguished one, around 9:30 p.m. We will not go so far as to say that our fellow citizens have visions: the problem is too complex and no one until now can boast of having solved it but sometimes, the excitement of the minds can give a mysterious allure to a natural event... the good people on the street of September 4 will certainly not contradict us!

The latter were returning peacefully from the movies, when they saw, in the distance, on the path which leads to the Pont du Moulin and leads to the cemetery, a beam of light that swept the road. The craft, because for sure it was a craft, advanced slowly in this deserted place and it moved regularly, surely moved by a high precision mechanism: it went towards the cemetery where it seemed to play hide and seek among the graves.

Brave men spoke of going to see, but suddenly the mysterious object took the road to the bridge and for a long time one saw it shine in the dark night. The tongues were used well: saucer, ghost or wisp?

One learned some time later of the origin of these suspicious appearances: one of our female fellow citizens, strong flashlight in hand, was going back in the opposite direction the path she had traveled in the afternoon and was looking for a shoe that her baby had lost along the way!

This saucer, of a new kind, frankly braves the darkness without suspecting that worried misters followed its maneuvers; after that, beware of the saucers!

Explanations:

Negative case, misinterpretation, flashlight.

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Keywords:

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Iwuy, Nord, multiple, rue du 4 septembre, misinterpretation, megative case, flashlight, wisp, ghost, night, cemetery, luminous, manoeuvers, duration

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