This is the APRO Bulletin, USA, July 1957, page 6.
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The South American Scene
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Caracara estate reveals that residents of that region are now alarmed. Mr. Hector Montes de Oca, administrator, and Mr Francisco Carrasco and others saw a gigantic luminous disc or umbrella-shaped device descend from the skies accompanied by strong earth tremors and a frightening noise. When they moved in the direction they saw the object fall, they were surprized to see it shoot up again at tremendous speed and disappear into space within a matter of seconds.
Coro, Falcon State, June 7. At 7:45 a.m. the strange luminous object was again seen passing over the Dabajuro district. This time it flew lower over the mountains and regions where the petroleum installations are located. Witnesses said that the luminous body left a slight trail and was oval shaped. Some said the trail seemed to be a triple ejection of some sort. More than one hundred people saw the thing cruise over the installations at Paujislanda Tujuaje and it also emitted a very peculiar sound.
Valera, June 3. National Guard detachment sent to investigate the possibility of landed UAO, returned. They could find no evidence of anything having landed. Extreme cold, mist, and impassable chasm made the going difficult. Another commission may be sent later.
(Ed. Note: The above reports were submitted by Horacio Gonzales, and it is not difficult to realize that some big operation is in progress in Venezuela. The objects seen were tremendous in size, and TRAVERSED ONE PARTICULAR AREA OF SEVERAL THOUSAND SQUARE MILES WITHIN THESE FEW DAYS. There may, however, have been only one object involved. We now continue this report with observations submitted by Joseph Rolas, our other Venezuelan member.)
La Guaira, June 12. A luminous object giving off streamers of smoke was seen by seaside residents as it fell off shore about noon. According to observers, the object was about the size of a commercial passenger plane, gave off flames and was plunging toward earth between Maiquetia airport and Catialamar, it trailed a wake of white smoke. Neither the Air Force nor meteorological offices reported any planes missing or strange objects in the area.
El Tigre, June 13. Movie goers returning home at 8:30 p.m. watched large illuminated object streak across sky at high speed. Their calls brought thousands to the street to view it.
Barcelona, June 14. Huge, oval-shaped object observed by many, including Maritza Gonzales and Bertha Marrero and Mr. Jesus Rodrigues. Mr Rodrigues said, "it was something huge, which flew toward the downtown area at great speed."
Ciudad Bolivar, June 20. A huge red cloud layer spread over the city, then moved in a north-to-south direction and was followed by a tremendous rainstorm of half an hour duration and intermittent strong showers which lasted until 10 p.m.
Coro, June 22. At 8:30 a.m. Pilots and passengers of a commercial airliner and thousands of persons on the ground observed a noiseless, unidentified object as it rose west of the city, flew in a parallel path over the city and disappeared into the cloud layer.
Punto Fijo, June 22. Huge, red cigar-shaped object observed by fifty persons at the Antonio Smith Hospital, including several newsmen. The object gave off a broad smoke-trail. It was seen at 8:15 and 8:45 a.m. and was also observed by members of the Prevention Guard at Police Headquarters.
(Ed. Note: It certainly seems as though the 1954-1955 UAO influx is repeating itself in Venezuela ((APRO Bulletin for Nov., 1954 and Jan. 1655)). Another "little man" sighting has been made ((see feature elsewhere this issue)) and we can possibly expect more of the same.)
We Have Visitors From Outer Space
By Olavo Fontes
(Dr. Olavo Fontes is Chief of the Gastroenterology Section of the National Medicine School in Rio de Janeiro, and a respected and capable physician and surgeon. He became interested in UAO in 1953 when he read Donald Keyhoe's "The Flying Saucers are Real". We feel he has done a very good job of evaluation and correlation of sightings which have taken place in South America in the past three years. We present here an exclusive article written especially for the A.P.R.O. Bulletin by Dr. Fontes.)
"THE GREATEST of all causes of non-observation is preconceived opinion. This is which in all ages has made the whole race of mankind, and every section of it, for the most part unobservant of all facts, however abundant, even when passing under their own eyes, which are contradictory to any first appearance, or any received tenet. -- (John Stuart Mill: A System of Logic. Vol II, p. 332).
Yes, they are here. I don't know, of course, where or when the story actually started. I have no way of knowing what will be the end. Neither do you. Nor does anybody except God, the "visitors" themselves, and perhaps certain persons who aren't talking. But we know that already we have thousands of sightings, authenticated by thousands of witnesses of excellent reputation, indicating the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence who are very interested in our affairs. I don't know why many people still imagine that the presence of these visitors from outer space will be - at last - recognized by the accumulation of sightings. The opening of this story explains why this is hopeless. We do not need a multiplicity of proofs; nor do we need statistical evidence. The answer lies in the field of logic rather than of evidence. It is a matter of the "will-to-believe" or the "will-not-to-believe."
Then why am I writing about the UAOs? Don't you understand? I don't blame you. I wouldn't either if I were you, there were you are now, reading what I am writing. But you will. You will understand some day and perhaps you will be worried. Did you ever hear about something called "fear-of-the-unknown"? I have. Yes, I have fear. Because I don't know WHY they are here and WHAT they want. And there are others like me. We want you on our side. We don't want to be the only ones who can't sleep well at night... So, read the incidents I am going to relate to you - the most remarkable sightings from the number on record here in my country. But please don't be frightened by my opening. We still hope they are friendly - and we haven't definite proof of the contrary. Make special note of the word HOPE, however. Because, my friend, you know and I know, everyone knows... hope is the only thing we have left.
Remember that in this field of investigation, about the things we call UAOs - one single incident is enough. A good "unknown", witnessed by reliable people. We need only one such incident to prove that we are not alone in the Universe.
Checked and re-checked, five cases out of Brazilian records are here presented in essential detail.
INCIDENT 1. At daybreak on December 18th, 1954, the Guard Commander in the Getete Palace, Rio de Janeiro (where the President of the U.S. of Brazil lives), was suddenly awakened by shouts from the nearby streets. This officer - a captain of the Marine Corps - alerted the sentries all over the place and left toward the street to see what was happening. In his Official Report, which was later transmitted to the Air Force, he described the events he witnessed that night. Here is this report, transcribed verbatim:
... a) At 3:45 a.m., I was awakened by the alarm given by the sentries and, after ordering the garrison to assume combat posts all overr the place, I contacted the sentinel stationed on post 4. He informed me that he was observing a crowd of persons gathered at Flamengo Beach - in front of the Palace. The excitement had been caused by the
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