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Sighting in New Mexico before the "Roswell incident":

The article below was published in the newspaper Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, page 2, on July 2, 1947.

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Discs Main Topic of 'Disc-Ussion' in State Since Skygazing Began

The greetings "How are you?" and "Como esta usted?" are rapidly becoming obsolete in favor of "Have you seen any disc today?"

At least in New Mexico, that is.

From the wide open spaces around White Sands, where people are used to such stuff as atomic bomb tests bleaching their cattle and V-2 rockets rambling around the sky, come a report from more persons about flying saucers. Not the kind wives throw before going more to mother, either.

Hollis O. Cummins of Capitan writes: "Today (June 27) my mother noticed a shiny object streak to the sky about 10 a.m. ... Later in the day, a neighbor, Erv Dill, mentioned having seen a similar object, at the same time and going in the same direction. ... He said he believed it landed left on the C on Wilson Hill here."

The area is the same as that where others were said to have been seen. In fact, Engle, Capitan and Silver city are on a straight line, though the discs' travel times don't check.

Another mother and daughter traveled expressly to Albuquerque from Hot Springs to inform The Journal that on June 20 they had seen three groups of three discs, nine altogether, moving from south to northeast. The discs, which they first thought were huge balloons, "seemed to be fastened together by invisible cords" and were "turning in a wheel-like circle all at the same rate of evolution."

The woman, Mrs Annabel Moley, accompanied by her daughter Luanne, ventured a guess that the discs might be globules of gas or metal returning to earth just after having been created by an atomic explosion.

And bringing the number of observers to about a dozen in the state is a Miss B. A. Tillery of Gallup, who says she and her mother, on June 25, saw what they first thought to be "a star in broad daylight."

Also, Art Roberts, a barber there, is telling his customers of seeing a disc.

In addition to these observations, at least one Albuquerquean notes that the government is buying up more land in the state's disc-patrolled area, that some airline stocks have fallen off half a point since the first disc was discovered (competition feared?) and that any barbers trying to steal Mr. Roberts' stuff better confine their sky-scanning to after-shave hours.

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