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Landing and four-legged occupant in Omont, France, 1954:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper L'Ardennais, France, on September 22, 1954.

See the case file here.

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A "FLYING SPINNING TOP"

said to have landed Friday, in Omont

Decidedly, the "saucers", "spinning tops" and other flying "cigars" multiply. We echoed, in our general chronicle, the latest apparitions of these mysterious craft. In some cases, traces have been noted. So there is something to disturb the most skeptical, especially since, in most cases, witnesses are not smart pranksters.

Such is the case of a farmer of Omont, a man esteemed by all, a municipal councilman, and who hesitates a few days before telling his incredible adventure.

We publish this account with a grain of salt, of course, but it seems to us a duty to inform our readers of this "extra-terrestrial visit".

Falling from the clouds

Going to pick apples last Friday at 8:30 a.m., a few hundred yards from the locality, this farmer saw, coming out of the clouds, an object that he took at first for a balloon, then for a parachute. This object landed on the edge of a wood, in a meadow, and was masked to the eyes of the cultivator by a small hill. The witness arrived at a distance of about sixty yards from what he believed to be a parachute, and, to his great surprise, found himself in the presence of a conical apparatus, from which came out a strange being, going in the forest about fifty yards away, remaining there for only two or three seconds, going back to the apparatus which, in a gyratory movement, resumed its ascent.

The witness saw it disappear into the clouds from which it had come a few minutes before.

Not wishing to ne taken an author of galleys or a liar, he remained silent on this extraordinary fact until two days later, on Sunday 19, when he spoke to several people.

A metallic spinning top

When questioned about the appearance of this craft, the witness stated that he had seen a device similar to a metallic spinning top, four meters in diameter by 2 m. 50 of height. The walls resembled matt aluminum. Its speed was not considerable.

As for the being that came out of it, it could have been as much a shaggy man as a big monkey. The face was masked by long hair, and the being moved on all fours. The back was girded with a yellow brown stuff.

It must be observed that a second witness was almost present; which would have split the believers and the unbelievers. Mr. Lebrun, who was in his pasture, a few yards from the landing place, went away about twenty minutes before. He regrets it, it is said, enormously.

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