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The article below was published in the daily newspaper La Dépêche du Midi, France, on October 6, 1954.

See the file on this affair here.

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Dangerous hobby

An old mine worker of the Nord was amusing himself in building "flying saucers"

Lille. -- A retired miner from Beuvry-les-Bethune, known in his commune as a jester, did not miss the opportunity offered to him by the mystery of the flying saucers to amuse himself at the expense of the inhabitants of the neighboring localities.

Inspired by the system of the hot-air balloon, the happy retired man made machines that reached three meters in diameter. The envelope was made of sheets of strong gray paper, carefully glued. At the base of the "saucer" was a small receptacle in which was placed a tuft of tow impregnated with a flammable liquid. It was then enough to ignite the tow to see the machine rise and disappear at the whim of the winds surrounded by yellowish and orange reflections.

It was as a result of the discovery near a hay stack to which one of these machines had almost set fire that the gendarmes were led to suspect the retired man.

In fact, many models of "flying saucers" prototype were found at the latter's home, that their inventor was preparing to launch into the sky of the Nord.

The mystifier claimed that he had already built and launched more than a thousand of these devices.

The miner will no doubt be sentenced to fines for dangerous amusement.

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