M. Deschamps - Director
of Terminology and Abbreviations
tried several years ago to tell this story to some men who
claimed to be interested in strange experiences and I have
never tried again. I have been reading AMAZING STORIES a
long time, but your "Observatory" has given me
courage to contribute my two-cents. I have seen a space
ship, not miles up, not miles away, but within two thousand
feet, not flashing across the sky, but going around fifty
miles an hour.
February, about the 5th, 1910 - 11:45 P.M., about four miles
north of Greer, Idaho, on the Clearwater river, my house
lighted up like sunlight. I went outside and saw advancing
from the north, or downriver, a large yellow globe, which
I thought was a large meteor, but it was travelling so slowly
and well below the canyon rim that I soon changed my mind.
It passed so low over my head, and between me and the eastern
canyon slope, that I could not see clear over its curve
to its top. However, I had plenty of time to see that it
was a perfect globe, made of a substance like highly-polished
gold in color,not bright itself, but lighting up the canyon
like sunshine and reflecting back the lighted walls against
itself. I could detect no separate lighting system, but
the globe was what (yellow, dark, golden) lighted the ground,
with intense white light.
globe was not less than one-half-mile in diameter. I think
more. It traveled south following the canyon of the Clearwater,
and almost directly across the river from me curved around
a jutting hill as a plane would do.
were no openings, no visible ports or observation blisters,
no rockets, no vapor, no sound of motors; but a strong draft
followed it as it would follow a train or other moving body,
and only the sound of wind was perceptible.
watched this globe travel about ten miles. It was below
canyon rim, as before stated, not over two-thousand feet
up, and missing jutting peaks and ridges in a manner showing
am 66 years old, think it my duty to leave this record,
because this ship or others like it will visit us again.
If Shaver, or others of your authors had seen it, your space
ships would not have clumsy rocket tubes.
anyone report seeing the following at about 11:25 Tuesday
night, January 21st, 1947?
looked like a rocket shot up from the horizon. It was a
large ball of fire and left a trail of sparks and light
behind it. As it climbed higher, it would seem to send a
long beam of light earthward, become long in shape, and
would seem to shoot higher into the sky.
awoke my husband as soon as I realized it was something
different so that people could not say I was crazy or dreaming.
So, although he did not see it leave the earth, he saw it
climbing. When it was not moving higher it looked like a
very large red star. It would get almost white when the
light streamed from it. It traveled in a southerly direction.
In the half an hour which I spent watching it it went about
one-sixteenth of the circumference of a circle.
stars at that time were quite high from the horizon and
in less than ten minutes it seemed to be quite high and
to have passed the lowest ones still climbing. Two or three
times in the night I got up and looked and it was still
there and looked just like a star, only it twinkled more
than a star and was redder and nearer two other stars that
I had lined it up with.
you think it could have been a space ship?
is the first time I've ever seen anything go up into the
sky, but four different times I've seen things come down
1932 in the latter part of the winter what looked to be
a red star settled swiftly to the ground in the hills west
the summer of 1933 a blinding green light flashed over our
heads and landed in a swampy land west of us.
night in the summer of 1944 a star (?) seemed to fall in
winter a blinding white light seemed to settle in the swampy
land to the west of us.
are funny things that happen here. We hear voices which
we cannot understand. The dogs will be sleeping. All at
once they will bristle up, bark, growl and back away with
their tail between their legs and we can see nothing for
them to act that way.
thing, you've never mentioned the changing of the northern
lights. Their crest is much farther east than it was. Does
this mean the magnetic center of the earth is changing?
bought the October issue of AMAZING STORIES about a week
ago, but for some reason or other, I haven't had the time
to read it until this morning. I noticed inthe "Observatory"
your article about the flying discs, asking for information
the 8th of this month, I was driving a bus near the Des
Moines, Springfield and Southern Routes, 312 2nd Street,
Des Moines, Iowa. I was discharged on this date due to the
fact that the traffic manager and myself could not get along
to get along with my story. On June 29, 1947 I left Des
Moines, Iowa at 1:30 P.M. on my regular schedule, bound
for Mason City, Iowa, a distance of 165 miles. I had been
reading the "Flying Saucers" tales in the newspapers,
but I had been scoffing at them. When I was about some miles
out of Clarion, Iowa there was an object shot across the
sky in front of me at a roughly estimated height of 1200
feet. This object was rather large and was followed by four
more. And I am one of these fellows that has to find out
what it is going on when anything happens, I stopped the
bus and got out. When I stepped out of the bus, which was
facing east, I noticed some objects in the sky coming from
the opposite direction from which the first five went, which
was roughly south by southeast. In this group there were
13 objects flying in a single file. These were about the
height as the first and as near as I know at a speed of
about 300 m.p.h. These were, roughly, between a circle and
an oval, in shape. In appearance they looked like an inverted
saucer flying through the air. At the thickest part they
were, I would say about 12 feet thick. And as for the diameter
they could have been anywhere from 175 to 250 feet. And
they were a "dirty" white in color. These disappeared
to the N.N.W. sky in a matter of a couple of minutes. They
made a noise when they went over head like an electric motor
or dynamo. I saw the discs at about 4:45 P.M.
I'm not one of those fellows who can be impressed by what
the public says, and I am not subject to attacks of nerves,
nor does my imagination ever run away with me. When I see
anything it is really there. And I saw the discs. As for
what they were or where they came from, I am completely
in the dark. But I will say "they are not native to
the planet earth". Or such is my belief.
have been interested in Science-fiction and facts concerning
the stars ever since I could read. The first I ever read
was "Buck Rogers" of the comic strip. Then a fellow
who ran a newsstand gave me a bundle of science fiction
with the covers torn off. I guess this was about 1936. I
was about nine years old then. I am 21 now. So you see how
long I've been reading it.
always been interested in interplanetary travel. Hope, some
day, I can do some myself. Hope, some day, I can do some
myself. Richard Shaver and I see eye to eye on these stories
hehas written. I know of some things that have happened,
similar to what happened to him. If you would be interested
get in touch with me, and I'll be glad to write them to
you - confidential, cause whenever I think of oneof them,
there is a deadly coldness settles in my mind. I've never
told anyone about them cause they'd think I was stark, raving
mad. In fact, it scares me. So if it will help matters any,
for God's sake, let me tell them. Every time I think of
this one deal, it seems if there is something takes hold
of my brain and begins to squeeze. And until I start to
think about something else, I am in agony. If you want my
experience, please let me know.
about a lot more interplanetary stories in AMAZING STORIES.
Keep up the good work. Hoping to hear from you soon, I am.
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