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The 1954 flap in the Press:

This article was published in the daily newspaper Le Provenšal, France, on September 28, 1954.

"Martians" of 2 m 50 collected grass and stones in Portugal

They went away in a flying saucer

Lisbon (A.F.P.).

Visitors of another world, "Martians" undoubtedly, landed, on September 24 at 10 o'clock in the morning, in a point located in the mounts of Gardunha, at the Spanish-Portuguese border. This is what reported to the newspaper "Diario de Lisboa", a Portuguese peasant who, with three others of his comrades, worked in this area.

"A sphere appeared in the sky, in the East, states the witness, it flew at a vertiginous speed and launched multicoloured flashes. It landed without noise, within 200 meters of us and two silhouettes 2 m 50 tall approximately, came down of it. They looked like aluminum men. These visitors first picked up grasses and collected stones which they deposited in a box of dazzling shine. Then, seeing us, they came to us and emitted some sounds.

In front of our incomprehension they invited us, by gestures, to go up in their craft. On our refusal, they went up in their apparatus, which took off vertically and disappeared towards the South as quickly as it had arrived."

The witness specified that only the "poles" of the sphere were rotating and that the transparent equatorial part let them see moving shades inside.

The case was a hoax. See the case file here.]

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