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The article below was published in the daily newspaper L'Alsace, France, on October 22, 1954.


A truck driver "paralysed" by a "flying cone" in the Moselle

Metz, Oct. 21. -- Yesterday evening, Mr. Jean Schonbrenner, 25 years old, driver, while returning from Sarrebourg, was intrigued by the appearance on National Road 393 close to Turquestein of a sharp gleam which barred all the road.

Continuing to advance his truck in direction of the gleam, Mr. Jean Schonbrenner felt like paralysed, the hands gluedat the wheel. When he was within ten meters of the appearance, the truck's engine stopped and the driver saw the gleam of yellow-orange color rising slowly and take the direction of the NW. In the gleam he then distinguished a craft in the shape of a cone with a phosphorescent base. The cone was entirely lit and its point was yellow-orange. Mr. Jean Schonbrenner felt while he was near the "phenomenon" a sensation of heat.

The gendarmerie of Sarrebourg was in charge of an investigation but did not find any trace on R. N 393.

Flying saucers in Africa

Brazzaville, Oct. 21. -- The flying saucers, if one believes the eyewitnesses reports, particularly haunted the sky of Equatorial Africa these last days, particularly in Brazzaville, Leopoldville, and Pointe-Noire.

In Leopoldville, capital of Belgian Congo, witnesses state to have seen "a brilliant object of round shape which was escorted by two flying saucers and moved towards the west in direction of Pointe-Noire."

This flotilla of saucers, according to reports arrived at Brazzaville, was seen at 06:45 p.m. in Leopoldville, 7 p.m. in Brazzaville and between 7 and 8 p.m. in Pointe-Noire.

This flowering of saucers in the sky made two victims: two French soldiers are said to have been sanctioned for having spread false stories of flying saucers...


Oran, Oct. 21. -- Yesterday morning, around 3 o'clock, Mr. Gaston Blanquère, Oran resident, returned with passengers on board his car. Little after the village of Jean-Mermoz, the attention of the motorists was attracted by a sharp gleam coming from the south and which quickly grew bigger. A luminous disc crossed the road above them, descended a few hundreds meters further and appeared to touch the ground. The craft had the size of a small car. It was composed of a higher cupola from which came out a yellow gleam. The lower part of the disc let escape a bluish luminous sheaf. Kinds of very powerful headlights swept the plain.

Ten minutes later the luminosity attenuated and the craft, taking height, moved away quickly and without noise.

The chief of the police force of the Sig, during his investigation, heard these statements confirmed by a fellah of a nearby duar.

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