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UFOs in the daily Press:

1954 flying saucers:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper L'Alsace, France, on October 20, 1954.


In Capri, a flying saucer lands on Curzio Malaparte's villa

Rome, Oct. 19. -- The flying discs continue their saraband in the sky of the peninsula and in Capri, one of these mysterious machines landed on the terrace of writer Curzio Malaparte's villa.

It is a painter, Mr. Raffaele Castello, who, during a night walk carried out at cape Massulo, saw an enormous disc approximately five meters in diameter, which moved at a hundred meters of altitude. The apparatus went down slowly and landed on the terrace of the villa of the writer.

Mr. Castello who initially thought it was a helicopter approached the summer residence of Curzio Malaparte and was very suprized to see four men of small size going down from the disc. The passengers of the machine, who were clad in an outfit, remained around the disc approximately half an hour.

"I had the impression, the witness of this landing said, that they did not speak, or then they spoke with low voices, as from place where I was, I was unable to hear any sound. What is certain, is that bluish gleams escaped without stop from the disc, similar to pins and fast like lightinings, leaving in all the directions. "After some time, half an hour approximately, the four men returned into the disc which, with a gentle humming, rose gently, perpendicularly, and took altitude quickly".

A victim of the obsession

Livourne, Oct. 19. -- Bruno Senesi, 34 years old, who entered yesterday evening at the hospital of Livourne, ducked under a bed while shouting for help.

He states that Martians had just gone down from a saucer and were chasing him.

Appearances in the West

Paris, October 19. -- Several testimonys on the overflight of France by mysterious machines come from the West.

In the Côtes-du-Nord, in Uzel, Mr. and Mrs. Perrichon stated to have seen, yesterday evening, a flying saucer of orange color. The same fact was observed in several nearby cities.

In the Vendée, in Pont l'Abbé d'Arnoult, a mysterious machine which rose vertically behind a hedge, was seen by Mr. Meunier, site foreman in a building firm.

Lastly, in Luçon, Mr. Boulineau observed a large luminous ball of which a part in form of crescent was of red color. The ball moved quickly, while rotating and disappeared in a few seconds.

Looking up...
a farmer falls into a pond

Lisieux, October 19. -- Several people ran through fields in Moyeux, in direction of a flying saucer, surrounded of white smoke, which had been reported to them by a child.

One of them, a farmer, Mr. Filate, did not leave the sky from his eyes; He fell into a deep pond

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where he nearly drowned. His companions managed to save him.

A German theologist advises not to shoot at the saucers pilots

Bonn, Oct. 19. -- No matter what happens, don't shoot at the flying saucers. They should be approached in a charitable spirit, wrote Phillipp Dessauer, German theologist, in the catholic magazine "Wort und Wahrheit".

Professor Dessauer, deploring the skeptical attitude of the American Air Force who studied without enthusiasm the reports on the flying saucers, states that it is a bad policy to refuse to consider unexplained phenomena that this policy is likely to unchain panic if the existence of the saucers is confirmed.

One day, he says, the appearances of saucers will multiply and these machines will be probably land on earth. "The governments should consider that they have the duty to prepare their people to such an encounter".

Do "planetids" have a weapon?

Professor Dessauer wonders why the saucers did not land yet. Perhaps, he says, their occupants tried to come in contact with us and were not understood. Perhaps want they to observe the earth before landing. If this is the case their observations of the Korean war certainly did not encourage them to approach us in confidence. It may be also that there are technical reasons preventing the saucers men (the professor calls them "planetids") from landing.

In any events, professor Dessauer estimates, the planetids can come only from Mars or Venus, the other "possible" planets being at four light-years from the earth.

On Mars the force of attraction reaches only 38% of that of the earth and the air is less dense there. Perhaps the planetids seek to try out devices to be able to support life on earth.

Professor Dessauer also wonders: are planetids mortal and do they have weapons? They must be thinking creatures, for they reached a high technical level.

They must be mortals because judging from the care they take to avoid the planes of the men they must know what danger is. They do not seem to be spirits or demons for they are subjected to physical limits and need technical means.

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