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UFOs in the daily Press:

Prospector tells of saucer crash, 1949:

This article was published in the daily newspaper The Bakersfield Californian, of Bakersfield, California, USA, page 13, on August 21, 1949.

See the case file about this hoax here.

Pardner, Two 'Little Men' Fled 'Saucer', Miners Vow

MOJAVE, Cal., Aug 20. -- INS. A grizzled desert prospector reported that a "whizzing disc" crashed near Death Valley today and that two little men jumped out and disappeared in the sand dunes.

The prospector, Buck Fitzgerald, who claims he has lived in the Death Valley region long enough to know a flying disc when he sees one, said that his sidekick, Mace Garney, also witnessed the event.

Related Fitzgerald:

"This flying disc, which was about 24 feet in diameter, whizzed past us going about 300 miles per hour.

"It crashed-landed and two little men jumped out and started running when they saw us.

The men looked human but they were very small - like dwarfs.

The two prospectors allowed that with a temperature of 138 degrees, it was too hot to chase the little men for any great distance.

[Photo - unrelated to above story:]

Found in an abandoned Anne Arundel county tobacco barn, this skeleton, the Air Force officials say, may be forerunners of mysterious "flying discs."
Mrs Jock J. Harbaugh sits in cockpit.

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