Marks and “Footprints”
The following series of oddities is perhaps the most conclusive of
all. Because I wish to develop “The Devil’s Footprints” fully, I
shall not go into detail about the innumerable marks and depressions
in stone. However, after the footprints study, and a mention of the
stone depressions and what they are, I believe the case for the
UFO’s will be clearly in your mind. What other source but something
from space could account for these erratics?
The story of “The Devil’s Footprints” is classic. It was told as
follows, by Frank W. Lane, In Fate, April-May, 1952 – The material
being largely the product of research by Rupert Gould as printed in
Stargazer Folks and elsewhere:
On the night of Thursday, February 7, 1855, there was a fall of snow
over South Devon, in southwest England. The next morning, as men and
women went about their business, they discovered, imprinted in the
virgin snow, a series of tracks unlike any seen before. At first
glance they looked like the impression made by a donkey’s hoof,
measuring four by two and three-quarter inches. But there, all
resemblance between the imprints on the snow and the sort of tracks
left by a workaday donkey, ends. And the real mystery begins.
It was found that the hoof marks ran in a single line, and also that
the distance between one impression and the next, as carefully
measured, was undeviatingly eight and one-half inches. to appreciate
properly the imprints in the snow that greeted the incredulous eyes
of the Devonians, that Friday morning, you must try to imagine a
line of marks such as would be made by a creature with only one leg,
terminating a hoof, which proceeded by a series of jumps, always
mathematically eight and one-half inches apart.
This was only the beginning of the puzzles associated with this
mystery written in the snow. As word of the strange markings spread
and men began to look more closely at them, and to trace their path
across the whitened landscape, they discovered further inexplicable
Whereas the tracks of cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, birds and so
forth, looked much as tracks always do in the snow – some clearly
defined, others smudged, some cutting the snow deeply, others merely
leaving a light imprint – these mystery markings were everywhere
utterly clear and distinct. One investigator-on–the-spot said: “This
particular mark removed the snow wherever it appeared, clear, as if
cut with a diamond, or branded with a hot iron – so closely, even,
that the raising in the centre of the frog of each print could be
plainly seen.” Some witnesses claimed to have seen traces of toe or
claw marks at the edges of the impressions.
The tracks were not confined to the ground. Two men following the
tracks for three and half-hours (“under gooseberry bushes and
espaliered fruit trees”) suddenly lost all trace of it. They cast
around and eventually picked up the tracks in the last place they
thought of looking for them: on the roofs of some houses!
The witnesses already quoted said that the marks could be traced “in
some instances, over the roofs of houses, and hayricks, and very
high walls (one fourteen feet high), without displacing the snow on
either side, or altering the distance between the feet; and passing
on as if the wall had not been an impediment. The gardens with high
fences or walls and gates locked, were equally visited as those open
Another investigator said that he traced the prints across a field
up to a hayrick. The surface of the rick was wholly free from the
marks but on the opposite side, in a direction corresponding exactly
with the track already traced, they began again. A similar
occurrence was noted when a wall intervened in the path of the
As high walls, hayricks, and houses were no obstacle to the onward
march of these tracks, so neither was a great stretch of water. The
hoof marks were traced to the bank of the estuary of the river Exe,
and then picked up again on the opposite bank – across two miles of
The meanderings of the track ranged from Bicton in the east to
Totnes in the west, a distance of about twenty miles as the crow
flies. But the actual mileage covered by the track, as measured by
the distance between hamlets, villages, towns and so forth, where
the marks were seen was very much more. As one Devonian who was
greatly interested in the occurrence wrote:
“When we consider the
distance that must have been gone over to have left these marks – I
may say in almost every garden, on doorsteps, through extensive
woods of Luscombe, upon commons, in enclosures and farms – the
actual progress must have exceeded one hundred miles.”
This the best illustration I know of the “Devil’s Hoofmarks.”
It did not take long for these markings in the snow to become the
talk of all Devon. It was not so difficult to step in those days for
a village rustic, pondering the inexplicable nature of the markings
and their apparent ability to go wherever they would, and
remembering their shape, to wonder fearfully if perhaps the Devil
himself had been abroad in the land.
This fear was mentioned in a letter from the Reverend G.M. Musgrave,
a local clergyman who
was keenly interested in the whole matter, and who wrote of
state of the public mind of the villagers,
the laborers, their wives and children, and old crones, and the
trembling old men, dreading to stir out after
sunset, or to go half a mile into lanes or byways on a call or
message, under the conviction that this was
the Devil’s walk, and no other, and that it was wicked to trifle
with such a manifest proof of the Great
What of the explanation of these prints in the snow? First, review
what has to be explained; an
exceptionally clearly defined single line of equally spaced marks,
which was found on the tops of houses,
walls and in enclosed gardens, on both sides of an estuary two miles
wide and at places twenty miles
distant and which, at a conservative estimate, had a total length
(allowing for doubling and meandering) of a hundred miles.
All sorts of well-known creatures were suggested as the makers of
the tracks: swans, cranes, bustards, otters, rats, hare, and
badgers. It is hardly necessary to add that none of these creatures
provide even a plausible explanation. Birds do not leave hoof marks,
nor make tracks that remove snow as clearly as if “branded with a
hot iron”. If a mammal is chosen as the track maker, then how are we
to explain the imprints across the roofs of houses and on tops of
high walls, let alone the line of single, exactly spaced imprints?
One ingenious correspondent suggested that a hopping toad was the
hopping would explain the single track, and the imprint of the
toad’s belly and claws the mark…
There is one single argument against all explanations of the tracks
being made by any common animal or bird. The tracks left by such
creatures were perfectly familiar to the inhabitants of Devon and if
such tracks had been anything like those made by well-known animals
nobody would have thought twice about it.
Two unfamiliar species of animals were suggested as possible makers
of the tracks: Two kangaroos and a raccoon, these allegedly having
escaped from near-by captivity. But simple arithmetic is fatal to
the hypothesis that one or even two animals could have made all the
tracks. To make a line of marks eight and one-half inches apart and
one hundred miles long, the two kangaroos would have had to make an
average of six steps a second for some twelve hours nonstop, and the
raccoon over a dozen steps.
It is at once obvious that these hoof-prints could not have been
caused by an animal. The single prints, in straight line, exactly in
front of each other, confute this idea without the necessity of
further data or analysis. But there is further data. The tracks
extended a hundred miles or more crossed an inlet of the sea without
deviation or interruption, passed over and on buildings and walls.
Yet, we are asked, by explainers, most of whom were nowhere near the
site, to believe that this was done by a badger or a kangaroo?
In the descriptions there are two or three notations which are very
significant. First, let’s take the rectilinear nature of the line of
tracks: no animal walks in such a manner, nor for such a distance,
nor over housetops. So – something passed over the country in the
air, making contact with the ground as it went. No animal walks by
putting one foot directly in front of the other, so these holes in
the snow were made with mechanical precision by something
mechanical. Therefore let’s make the broad conclusion that
something, mechanical passed over Devon in the air.
Some acute observers noted that the prints did not look like normal
hoof marks, wherein the snow is packed into the bottom of the track,
but that it looked as if the snow had been removed. Also, someone
noticed that the tracks looked more as if they had been burned into
the snow. Again, it “F” could not be an animal. So – lets’s broaden
our conclusion to include, not only something mechanical passing
over Devonshire, but also, that it reached out in some way and made
surface contact at regular intervals.
Something reached, projected or emanated from this contrivance at
regular times, and because the contraption was moving with uniform
velocity this instrumentality of contact made regularly spaced
Now we note that this thing did not pack snow into the tracks, but
perhaps removed it instead, so it was not pressure, and therefore,
not a mechanical contact. On the other hand, it appears to have been
hot, or warm, or at the very least to have conveyed energy
convertible into heat. “F” Whatever the method or manner, it
conveyed enough energy to melt or remove part of the snow, almost
instantaneously. What have we left to consider? Anything besides a
ray of some sort? It doesn’t seem too likely.
We have advocated levitation as an explanation before; thus the
levitation of a few snow crystals in trivial as compared to the
kicking, squirming body of Oliver Lerch, or the 1,200-ton blocks at
So we have, by elimination, a mechanical device passing through the
air, emitting some sort of ray of heat or energy, at regular
intervals of time and distance. What sort of device, and why the
I suggest that this ray was something in the nature of radar, and
that it either adjusted the distance of the machine from the ground
or acted as a repulsion medium to sustain the machine in flight. The
slight pressure in the prints could hardly account for the latter,
so let’s guess that the rays were for guidance or navigational
purposes to maintain the ship at a uniform distance from the ground
or prevent too close an approach to the surface.
And from the London Times, March 14, 1840, fifteen years before the
event of the “Devil’s Footprints.” Among the high mountains of the
elevated district where Glenorchy, Glenlyon, and Glenochay are
contiguous, there have been found several times, upon the snow, the
tracks of an animal seemingly unknown at present, in Scotland. The
prints in every respect resemble that of a foal of considerable
size, although perhaps the sole seems a little stronger and not so
No one has obtained a glimpse of this creature, only, it is
remarked that, from the depth to which the feet sank in the snow, it
must be a beast of considerable size. It has been observed also that
its walk is not like that of the generality of quadrupeds, but more
like the bounding or leaping of a horse when scared or pursued. It
is not only in one locality that the tracks have been met with, but
through a range of at least twelve miles.
Here, once again, is the element of localization which we can
associate with intelligence.
“Cup Marks” are strings of cuplike impressions in rocks. Sometimes
there are rings around them and sometimes they have only
semicircles. They have been found in America, Great Britain, France,
Algeria, Palestine, almost everywhere except the far north. In
China, cliffs are dotted with them, and in Italy, Spain, and India
they occur in enormous numbers.
There are twenty-four cups, varying from one and a half to three
inches in diameter, arranged approximately in straight lines, on the
Witches’ Stone near Ratho, Scotland. It is explained locally that
these are tracks of a dog’s feet (in stone?). In Inverness-shire the
marks are called “Fairies’ Footmarks.” In Norway and other places
they are said to be horses’ hoof prints. The rocks of Clare, in
Ireland, have prints supposed to have been left by a mythical cow.
On U.S. 40, between Dayton, Ohio, and Richmond, Indiana, there is a
popular roadside stop where tourists pull over to look at the
footprints in a large stone by the side of the road.
Now, in Devonshire, our space-navigating device seemed to be
cruising around, probably slowly and silently, using a weak ray,
maybe a sort of beamed radar, to maintain its elevation above the
ground. But, where the cup marks appear in stone we get the
impression that a more powerful ray was used, capable of
disintegrating, or fusing, rocks; and that the flying gimmick was
hovering over a small area. This hovering would account for the
cupmarks appearing in clusters within which there were rows of cup
marks in straight lines, since the hovering machine would be certain
to drift back and forth, due to air currents and other disturbances
while using its powerful ray to maintain position over a certain
area or object.
I am reminded, here, of the pigs somewhere in the French-Canadian
wilderness which were killed by circular burned spots of totally
Some hints might be gained by studying all of the places where cup
marks are found, and determining whether these locales have any
prominent features in common, such as might attract a space flyer,
either for a particular interest, or merely for anchoring. For
levitating stone, perhaps.
So, we premise that the cupmarks, like the Devil’s footprints, the
prints of Glenorchy, and those in the Chinese Palace-compound, and
who knows, perhaps those of the legendary “abominable snow man” of
the Himalayas, were all made by somewhat similar types of rays from
space navigating contrivances.
It would appear that any resemblance to Morse Codes, or codes in
general, or any other form of communication is purely coincidental,
and is merely personal interpretation of the obviously mechanical
nature of the distribution of the marks, be they cups in stone or
depressions in snow. It is the establishment of the mechanical
nature of these manifestations and their consequent subordination to
intelligent control, which is our first concern. The whys and
wherefores must be secondary issues.
Have you heard of the vitrified forts of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany
and Bohemia? There are a
number of very ancient forts, many on hilltops, which are scattered
through those areas. They are
unique, because a part of the stone work is vitrified. It isn’t
clear as to just what enemies caused the building of the
forts—whether they were built by invaders or defenders, or already
in place prior to an invasion. These forts seem almost to surround
England, and since some are in Brittany and Bohemia, one wonders if
England at that time was connected with the mainland of Europe.
Archaeologists postulate that these incredibly ancient people built
vast fires to vitrify the stone forts and cement them together by
melting them externally. Even where there was not a good supply of
wood to burn; but then, that was a long time ago and there might,
then, have been wood, coal, oil, or something. But a Miss Russel, in
the Journal of the B.A.A., has pointed out that single stones, much
less long walls, are not vitrified when large houses are burned to
the ground, or where the stones are otherwise cooked by so-called
But the singular fact of these vitrified forts is that the stones
are vitrified in streaks, as if special
blasts had struck or played upon them
Lightning? At any rate, once (or more) upon a time something melted,
in streaks, the stones of forts on the hills of Scotland, Ireland,
Brittany and Bohemia. Whoever, or whatever did it, they, or it, had
some handy way of getting around. Lightning has a way of hitting
things prominently displayed on hilltops. But some of the vitrified
forts are inconspicuously located and yet didn’t escape; their
walls, too, are vitrified in streaks. But, on hills and mountains
all over the rest of the world are remains of forts which have not
been vitrified. I have in mind Sacsahuaman, on top of the Andes at
In this instance of forts partially vitrified, in streaks, we have
one of the most outstanding examples of selection and segregation
–attributed to intelligence. Not only do we have forts of a certain
circumscribed area picked out for attention, but we have such a high
degree of concentration and direction that only streaks in certain
forts are vitrified.
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We shall not devote too much time to disappearing planes as it is a
modern phenomenon, by definition, and we are building our Case for
the UFOs from a wealth of historical information. However, inasmuch
as these disappearances relate, directly, to our thesis of
intelligence in space, space contrivances which kidnap human beings,
either for study, food, or experiments of a nature beyond our
ability to grasp, they bear mention.
I should like to suggest, first, that a continuous flow of
conversation, via a special frequency, be recorded automatically
from all large craft in the air. There could be a series of Air
Force and Civil Aeronautics Administrations base stations which
could record this conversation. It becomes increasingly unthinkable
that so many aircraft are falling from the air without time for a
single crewmember to shout something, however brief, into the
microphone so that we shall know what is happening to them. If we
could establish this system of running conversation we might get
some clues as to the destroyers of these ships and the captors of
their crews and passengers.
Also, I believe in all fairness that we must admit the ease with
which one can overemphasize mysterious disappearances of planes over
water. Whereas I, personally, will not accept, categorically,
mechanical failure which makes it impossible for the crew to report,
and which means the ship is lost forever, its last moments with it,
I will admit we cannot afford to draw too many conclusions from
But, contrast the sea disappearances with the C-46 with thirty-two
marines aboard. The wreckage was found – but never any bodies!
Also, at half past ten o’clock on the morning of March 7, 1922,
Flying Officer B. Holding set out from an aerodrome near Chester,
England, on what was intended to be a short flight in Wales, turning
back and heading in the direction of Chester. He was never seen
again. Holding disappeared far from the sea, and he disappeared over
a densely populated land of highly civilized people!
The unexplained and unannounced crashes of planes over land are
numbered in dozens, but these are crashes – not disappearances.
Nevertheless there is a strong element of mystery in many of them.
It is the rule, and not the exception that the major catastrophes
come without warning. Whatever causes the crash seems to cut off
communication simultaneously, for seldom is there any warning from
the radio: only routine reports, and then – silence, until the
wreckage is found with no survivors, and in at least one case, no
We cannot, with reasonable certainty, say that aircraft are attacked
wantonly, promiscuously, or indiscriminately by a malicious enemy,
for if that was true, the attacks would almost certainly be more
universal, and we believe, more selective. Yet, it is most difficult
to overlook the possibility that some sort of intelligence, coupled
with the necessary forces, has destroyed some of our aircraft while
simultaneously muting the occupants thereof.
It is one thing for a solitary plane to vanish, from above the sea,
without trace, and without signals being heard. It is quite another
thing for five military planes, flying as a group, all with full
crew and radio, to pass silently and irrevocably from human ken.
There were fourteen men aboard those bombers. As the hours passed,
anxious buddies back at the base and in other aircraft out on patrol
listened hopefully on the radio channels. But no word came to tell
of the whereabouts of the missing flyers.
The last routine message, received at 5:25 that gusty afternoon, had
given the position of the flight as seventy-five miles northeast of
Banana River (Florida) Naval Station, or about two hundred miles
northeast of Miami.
The hands of the clock crawled around to the point where the
bombers’ fuel supply would be exhausted. Still no word. The Navy
swung into action. Search planes and ships were ordered out to cover
the entire area from Key West northward to Jacksonville and two
hundred and fifty miles out to sea.
For the benefit of the public the Navy pointed out tersely that the
Avenger bomber was noted for its buoyancy. In similar emergencies
such planes had always remained afloat long enough for the crews to
launch the life rafts, often “without getting their feet wet.”
One of the first rescue craft to roar off the water in search of the
missing fliers was a Navy PBM, a huge Martin Mariner bomber with a
crew of thirteen that had been trained for just such work.
This plane, too, disappeared without trace!
Interest in the disappearances now reached the stage where it
dominated discussion in the streets. How could five bombers, each
with its own crew and radio facilities, disappear from the face of
the earth without even flashing a single message of explanation? It
was hardly logical to assume that the planes had collided in
mid-air, killing all the crewmembers simultaneously.
And, even were such a weird explanation acceptable, how about the
In July 1952, a strange silvery object was seen high in the sky over
San Anselmo, California, and five minutes later there was an
unexplained crash of a quite airworthy plane, five miles away, and
the Navy has been unable to account for it.
In March 1952, a case-hardened British fighter pilot, Wing Commander
J. Baldwin, was flying a jet plane for meteorological and
reconnaissance purposes over Korea. He flew into a cloud – and
didn’t come out again. The mystery was never solved. (About this
time, a U.S. Carrier in Korean waters had sighted a strange object
in the skies.)
On June 9, 1952, British Air Vice-Marshal Aitcherly set out in an
amply fueled meteor jet from Suez to Cyprus, three hundred miles
away. A radio signal was received from him three minutes arter
take-off. Nothing more has been seen or heard of him. “Without a
February 2, 1953: A York transport aircraft, with thirty-three
passengers and crew of six, vanished over the Atlantic, on a
trooping flight to Jamaica. No explanation. “Cause unascertainable.”
(And this, again, in the eerie region of the Gulf and the
The lists of disasters to jet planes is long. The list of
explanations is short. Pilots surviving crashes of whole squadrons
have been silenced. When four British jets, all without collision,
crash-landed at the same time in foggy flying weather, it was
“explained” that all four ran out of fuel at one time.
Your own reading for the past ten years will tell you of a number of
unexplained disappearances and accidents to planes. The
Constellation over Brazil. The DC-3 in Lake Michigan, apparently
torn a part and its blankets, etc., shredded mysteriously.
On August 2, 1947, the British South American Airways plane,
Lancastrian Star Dust,
mysteriously vanished on a flight over the Andes. It would not have
been so surprising if the craft had
disappeared in the high peaks of the Andes, but – she was due to
land at the airport at Santiago, Chile, at
5:45 PM, she sent out a signal stating her time of arrival. That is
just four minutes from the airport, almost within sight of the
control tower. At the end of the message came a word “Stendec,” loud
and clear and given out very fast.
The Chilean Air Force operator,
at Santiago, queried the word which he did not understand. He heard
it twice repeated by the plane. No explanation of the word has ever
been found. Nothing further was heard from the plane although calls
were sent out. The plane never arrived, and from that day to this
the mystery has never been solved. Searchers were made by ski troops
and planes and by skilled mountaineers and automobiles over an area
of 250 square miles, in vain. That plane carried a crew of five men
and there were six passengers.
The pilot, Captain R. J. Cook, had
crossed the Andes eight times as second pilot. Four minutes from the
landing strip – what happened?
In 1947, an American Superfortress bomber strangely vanished when
100 miles off Bermuda – the area of Missing planes. In March, 1950,
a U.S. Globemaster disappeared while flying from North America to
Ireland, without warning, without trace.
The Pan-American Airways liner, a Constellation with forty people
aboard, was on her way from South Africa to New York, on June 20,
1951. The ship left Accra, West Africa, for Monrovia, Liberia, and
at 3:00 AM the crew radioed that she was due at Roberts Field
airport, Monrovia, at 3:15 AM. This plane was never seen nor heard
of again. Fifteen minutes out, with no trouble to report, and
anticipating an eventless landing, this giant craft disappeared –
without a trace of a record, no outcry from its radio.
I submit that these disappearances are in greater number than those
of the past – disappearances of people, etc. – because our air age
is proving of great interest to our space neighbors. Also, we are
infinitely more aware of such disappearances. (The same reasoning,
of course, applies to the increase of UFO’s sighted since the advent
of the air age and use of radar.)
I suggest, further, that these disappearances are but more
kidnappings, by the space contrivances. Are there any other
explanations which satisfy all the questions?
We close the strange accounts of disappearing planes with an
account, published in Coronet, March, 1951, which is as startling as
any yet encountered.
On a calm, but overcast Sunday in August, 1942, two experienced
Naval Officers, Lieutenant Cody, and Ensign Adams, in fine spirits
took off on an antisubmarine patrol in the U.S. Navy blimp, L-8,
from a small base on Treasure Island, California. Adams, after
fifteen years’ service, had just been made Ensign, and this was his
first flight as a commissioned officer; so the flight was a bit more
than merely routine, as they flew low to look for submarines.
Not far from San Francisco they saw an oil slick, which might denote
a submarine. The blimp circled and came over it. There were several
patrol craft and many fishermen about, and everyone was interested
in whether a depth charge would be dropped.
To the surprise of everyone the airship neither circled nor bombed.
Instead, she shot upwards and disappeared into the clouds. The ship
was not seen again by the watchers in the patrol and fishing boats –
and her happy crew was not heard of again, by anybody.
The L-8 rose to 2,500 feet and drifted for two and one-half hours,
and then came down on a California beach, almost striking two
fishermen, who grabbed her towing lines and tried to hold her. They
looked inside the gondola and found it empty. The craft tore out of
their hands and drifted against a cliff, until one of her depth
charges loosened and dropped, after which she soared over the cliff
and later made a perfect landing in a street of Daly City, a suburb
of San Francisco. Inspecting officers found everything in the
gondola in perfect order, except – Cody and Adams were missing.
The last word from Lieutenant Cody, commanding, was at 7:50 AM when
he radioed, “Am investigating oil slick.” There should have been a
follow-up report and, at 8:00 AM, a routine position report. There
Nothing has ever been found out about the disappearance of these
men. They must have left the blimp at the instant when it shop into
the clouds, for there is no other suspected cause for it to rise,
and the loss of their weight would certainly cause it to do so. Many
patrols and fishermen were watching the maneuvers of the aircraft
over the suspected area; everyone was standing by, to avoid a
possible depth charge; dozens of eyes were on the blimp. Nobody say
Cody and Adams jump, fall, or otherwise leave the gondola – no sign
of trouble or struggle. The craft merely shop upward into the
overcast. Cody and Adams just disappeared – for keeps, with at least
a dozen or two interested observers watching every move of their
Why? And where to?
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Fireballs and Lights
Followers of flying saucers are well acquainted with the “Foo
Fighters” reported so extensively during World War II. Because they
are modern, and because their presence is so undeniably established
and their activities so well catalogued, we shall do nothing with
them other than this brief mention in the general category of lights
The “Foo Fighters” seem, however, to be of a slightly different
genre from the usual UFO lights. “Foos” are usually reddish or
yellowish, soft and diffuse, unattached to any tangible object and
extremely mobile. UFO’s, on the other hand, have hard, bluish-white
lights and are brilliant, functional, and flickering.
With that distinction in mind, let us suppose that the “Foos” either
have intelligence or are remotely directed by intelligence. It is
only another short step to say that they are intelligence. That they
are a manifestation of some intelligent activity seems the most
The references throughout history to strange lights in the sky, and
burning objects fleeing through the air, are common knowledge. There
are myriad cases where lights, balls of fire, luminous points and
areas, and ball lightning which do not seem to be attached to or
emanate from any solid object, have been observed. Two recent
sightings will serve to establish our basis of judgement.
The following letter, to the editor of Fate, March 1951 bears
careful scrutiny. I ask that you recall the rays we suggested in
“Marks and Footprints.”
“My husband and I live alone in a little hidden hollow in Nye
County, Nevada, known as the Old Burns Ranch. It is almost
completely surrounded by bleak gray hills, and is located a crooked
mile back from the paved highway that runs to the little town of
Beatty, eight miles distant.
“The nearest human habitation is a cattle ranch a mile away by
coyote trail over the hills.
“It was 1:45 AM on a night in January, 1949, just after what is
known as The Big Snow. A frozen white pall lay draped over hill and
desert. I had wakened from sound slumber a half-hour earlier. More
sleep eluded me and I was standing at my window drinking in the
beauty of the dimly moonlit landscape. Not a creature was stirring,
nor a breath of wind.
“Gradually, my eyes focused upon a pale gray stain, irregularly
shaped and no bigger than by two hands. It rested on the smooth
crust near a corner of the grape arbor about three rods from the
house and in line with the window. Almost at once this fuzzy-gray
shadow that was not a shadow bloomed into a disc of clear white
light approximately three feet in diameter. It lay there for fully
two minutes. Then suddenly contracting into a brilliant
orange-tinted stream five or six inches wide, flowed swiftly over
the snow toward my window and, to all appearances, exploded
soundlessly against the stone foundation of the intervening front
“Several tongues of scintillating red and blue flame spurted a few
inches above the two-and-a half foot high wainscoting of the porch.
That was all.
“When daylight came, we searched conscientiously but found no signs,
marks, or tracks of any kind that might help to explain this
Sara Elizabeth Lampe
We have another interesting account of a recent visit by a fireball
which warrants attention. It was reported by Gordon W. Hackbarth of
Seattle, Washington, and tells of an electronics mechanic at the
Puget Sound Navy Yard, Robert Burch, and his experience on Tuesday,
November 6, 1951.
Returning from his evening meal, Burch stopped at the desk of the
Bremerton YMCA, picked up his key, then rode the elevator to the top
floor. Inside his room, he noticed that it was 7:30 PM He switched
on his radio, then turned to the dresser.
Suddenly, something made him look up. The mirror reflected a ball of
orange-red fire coming toward him through the open window. There was
a blinding flash and a loud report. The ceiling light went out and
Burch was knocked to the floor. In a daze he reached for the foot of
his metal bed to haul himself upright. A searing pain shot up his
arm. Later it was diagnosed that he had received second-degree
In the corner of his room the contents of a wastebasket blazed
furiously. Beneath the window a piece of fireproof Samsonite luggage
was charred and smoking. The cabinets of two radios were burned. The
sill of the window through which the fireball had entered was black
and too hot to touch.
Burch’s roommate, Alex Myers, rushed in from the shower room three
doors away. He had heard the loud report. A moment later, a city
policeman entered. The officer, in the process of writing a traffic
violation ticket three blocks away, had looked up, seen the
orange-red ball flash across the sky in an arc from a southerly
direction and enter the window.
In the Bremerton Naval Hospital the next day the bewildered Burch,
his arm swathed in bandages, still suffered from shock.
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“Crawling fireballs” are still another form of oddities which lend
substance to our theory of intelligence in space. Most of these
awesome incidents occurred in France. In Marseilles, during October
1898, an adolescent girl was seated at a table when suddenly a
spherical shape of fire darted into the room, paused in the corner
farthest from her and gradually moved toward her along the floor.
Terror stricken, she drew back against the wall. Then, abruptly, it
changed its course, circled her several times and shot toward the
ceiling. It flung itself at a paper-covered stovepipe hole and
burned a ring in it on its way up the chimney. Minutes later a loud
crash shattered the chimney top.
A similar occurrence was reported in Paris on July 5, 1852, in the
shop of a tailor on the Rue Saint Jacques, near Val De Grace. This
time the fireball crawled over the windowsill into the room and came
at the man in a floor-skimming action. Horrified, he retreated as
the globe of blazing light climbed to the height of his face. It was
too much for him. The tailor collapsed. A little later he revived to
hear a tremendous explosion atop the shop which scattered bits of
chimney brick over surrounding rooftops. Proof that the fireball had
fled up the chimney again appeared in the form of a burnt paper
cover over the stovepipe hole.
In one series of volumes published around 1898 by The Association
Francaise, M. Wander, a scientist, wrote:
“A violent thunderstorm
has descended upon the Commune of Beugnon. I happened to be passing
through a farm in which two children of about twelve and thirteen
were playing. I saw these children take refuge from the rain under
the roof of a stable, in which were twenty-five oxen. In the
courtyard grew a poplar. Suddenly there appeared a globe of fire,
the size of an apple, near the top of the poplar. We saw it descend
branch by branch, and then down the trunk. It moved along the
courtyard very slowly, picking its way, and came through to the door
where the two children stood. One of them touched it. Immediately a
terrible crash shook the entire farm to its foundation. The children
were thrown back, uninjured but eleven of the oxen were felled
In the town of Gray, on July 7, 1886, a luminous ball from thirty to
forty centimeters in diameter jumped to the roof of a home and
ripped off the corner. In this case, unlike so many others, the
fireball didn’t disintegrate after a single act of destruction. It
rebounded to the home’s outside stairs, crushing the slates. Still
it retained its shape, crawled into the midst of a group of
passers-by who had stopped to watch the queer sight. These persons,
in a body, took off down the road. The perverse object seemed to
pursue them momentarily: then it vanished without a sound.
M. Lawrence Roth, Director of the Blue Hill Observatory, in 1903,
was visiting Paris on September 4, of that year. At 10:00:PM, he
happened to be looking toward the Eiffel Tower from the Rond-Point
of the Champs Elysees. The tower was suddenly struck by white
lightning. Simultaneously he spied a flaming sphere edging downward
to the second platform. Roth claimed the ball was about a yard in
diameter, and that it covered some one hundred yards in a matter of
seconds and then vanished completely.
Additional substantiation of the localization-selectivity factor
comes from reports from Hammersly Fork. Remember the strange
disappearance in that area.
A fireball at Hammersly Fork floated down through the roof and
exploded in a cabin, blowing out windows and doors, at midday on
December 9, 1951. Another one came down fifty yards east of the post
office there and vanished just before reaching the ground on January
9, 1952. A week later, another one came down just at dusk, at Cross
Fork, eight miles from Hammersly Fork and vanished just before
touching the ground. On January 23, again at dusk, a fireball
floated down in the woods about two hundred feet from the car of Mr.
Doyle Schoonover, and vanished just before reaching the ground.
Another fireball went through two inches of boards on a building, on
February 1, and within seconds the whole roof was ablaze.
Mr. John P. Bessor, a very careful and reliable investigator, made a
special trip of inspection to the vicinity of Brown Mountain, near
Mogantown, North Carolina, and personally saw the mysterious lights
reported there. He avers that they cannot be due to locomotives,
cars, houselights, or whatever else the Geological Survey would like
them to be. He was not able to coordinate the lights with any
mineral deposits, or human activity. Nevertheless the lights were
observed by him over a period of several days and nights. They
appeared to move at will, to have volition.
While the innumerable reports on strange lights may be only
indirectly related to space travel, it does seem obvious that some
of the same forces and physical characteristics are common to both
types of phenomena, and a study of one may supply insight into
others. For instance, we note the common traits of maneuverability,
transparency, color, and evidence of intelligent manipulation, not
to mention the ability to appear and disappear at will, as did the
saucers over Washington in 1952.
There is a report on a puzzling light seen in Hampshire on the night
of September 14, 1908 – a light as if from an unseen moon. Strangely
enough, that same night, David Packer, in Worcestershire, saw an
illumination which he thought was auroral, and proceeded to
photograph it. What he saw was a broad, diffuse series of cloudlike
illuminations. His photograph in English Mechanic showed a large
luminous disc of sphere over the auroral illuminations. This does
not in any way indicate a flaw in the film or lights leaking into
the camera. The only possible explanation in that case is based on
the conventional knowledge that this thing, invisible to the eye,
was luminous in that part of the spectrum to which the plate was
sensitive, probably ultraviolet, as infra-red plates were not then
In Cambrian Natural Observer, 1905-32, are several accounts of
lights, in the skies of Wales, which are exactly like many of those
reported in the United States since 1947. Lights like “a long
cluster of stars, obscured by a thin film of mist,” were reported.
Later this thing is said to have taken on the shape and appearance
of a vertically suspended iron bar heated to an orange-colored glow;
but the initial description is that of lights in formation.
I submit that all strange lights reported, throughout history and
today, are either from UFO’s themselves, or reflections of them.
They may be UFO’s.
I think we can agree, further, that fireballs may be the only
available indication that UFO’s have weapons – and that fireballs
are their weapons. I base this upon the singular fact that the only
reports of destruction or injury come from these fireballs. This is
not to inscribe malicious intent to UFO’s for accidental shooting of
a hunter does not condemn the sorrowed friend who fired the shop,
much less the distant manufacturer. That fireballs are released at
all is, again, probably sheer experimentation on the part of the
As an example of destruction, we shall close with this brief case.
An intelligent boy was trudging along the highway at night near
Palestine, Texas. A woman was riding in the same direction, on a
horse. The boy reappeared in Palestine that night, out of breath and
very pale. He said he saw a ball of fire come out of the sky and
strike the woman and set her ablaze. The horse ran one way and he
ran back to town to tell what had happened. The people went to look
for further particulars of this curious accident. They found the
woman lying on the ground with all her clothing burned, but with
enough life in her to tell that she had been struck in the breast by
a ball of fire. The horse was found with his mane singed. The woman
died the next day.
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In all these discussions, one thing seems to be outstanding as a
common denominator. All of the aerial or spatial contrivances and
gadgets which we have postulated appear to have one feature in
common: they have their natural habitat in space, or at very least
in the atmosphere. There is no sure record of an appearance on the
ground, and few indications. Appearances from, or disappearances
into, the sea indicate only an ability to make use of the fluid
medium of seawater, when necessary or desirable. This leads to an
assumption that UFO’s live naturally and easily in space; that they
do not necessarily come from other stellar systems, or even from
After considering that the space structures or UFO’s spend most of
their time in line between earth and the sun, it has been suggested
that some of the ancient Sun worship may have originated in the
condition that some god-like beings may have come from UFO’s which
were said to be “in the Sun,” because of this alignment of the
neutral, and that perhaps the “death boats” for celestial flight
which were buried with the Egyptian kings may have been symbolic of
the UFO flight XXXXXX .
Perhaps some of these traditions were
fragmentary memories from the first wave of civilization. In fact
there are several very ancient traditions which can be at least
partially accounted for by our common denominator of life in and
For emphasis, and for the establishment of present principles, we
repeat that it is relatively unimportant whether we decide that
civilization was brought to us from space, perhaps from the exploded
planet between Mars and Jupiter, or whether it reached space from
terrestrial development in a previous upsurge of civilization.
relics as the Great Pyramid indicate the advancement of that age,
and it is perhaps a little less strain on our sensibilities to
assume that space life, especially if limited to the earth-moon
system, originated on earth. Our two greatest mental hazards at the
moment are to overcome the blows to our racial ego, and to free
ourselves from the idea that UFO’s and space life now reaching our
cognizance necessarily come from a planet. Their presence in near-by
space regions is improbability of lesser order and has little about
it which is difficult of acceptance.
There is much to make us believe that this extraordinary thing which
we call civilization today is nothing but flickering flamelets
rekindled from almost extinct embers of civilization, the antiquity
of which is undreamed of by modern archaeologists.
The Hawaiians claim to have known about flying saucers for 1,000
years, and even to have a name for them: Akualele, or flying
spirits. They describe these flying spirits as appearing in many
shapes and colors just as they are sighted today…the balls of fire.
cones and saucer-shaped discs.
From this it is an easy jump to an obscure, but reliably documented
case from England, A.D.
1290. It is one of the best reports on things in space that we call
A Mr. A.X. Chumley, a British scholar, recently found a Latin
document at Byland Abbey, in Yorkshire, describing a strange aerial
object that terrified the monks in A.D. 1290. The document refers to
a “Round, flat, silver object called a discus which flew over the
monastery exciting maximum terrorem among the brethren.”
It is the purpose of this chapter to lead you still farther back in
time – to the threshold of human intelligence, in a wave of
civilization covering the world before the flood. If we discover
that no matter how far we push the periphery of our quest, we still
find a ready-made civilization – we have to admit human intellectual
antiquity of (to us) fantastic and unbelievable vastness.
mean that civilization was planted here, within the species of
animal selected by some superintelligence as most fit to develop
Could these superfolk be space dwellers?
Could they be
tending us as sheep are tended?
Are we actually owned?
UFO’s be their abode?
Or perhaps their supervisors, shepherds?
it be that the saucers, in their whimsical variety, are the space
dwellers – the intelligences?
In 1809 a Mr. Stavely, in London, saw many bright specks of light
moving around the edge of a black cloud. The lights played around
for an hour, and one of them became as large and bright as Venus,
moving with great speed around the cloud; later it became
stationary, lost its brilliance and finally disappeared. There was
no lightning, and the altitude of the lights seemed variable.
On June 19, 1801, a great body, moonlike but larger with a dark mark
across it, appeared over Hull, England, at about midnight. It
devolved into five bodies, all brilliant, which faded away, leaving
a very bright sphere. A bluish light was around it all the while,
but when it disappeared the sky was left calm and clear. On July 14,
in the early evening, something that looked like an ordinary cloud,
several miles long, seemed to take fire, burning with a bluish
flame, lasting fifteen minutes, and twice repeated for shorter
An elliptical sphere rose and fell over Edinburgh on June 21, 1787,
and disappeared behind clouds. On December 26, 1785, Edinburg was,
at nine o’clock PM, illuminated as bright as day by a sphere with a
sort of cone shaped attachment. This was seen in a number of distant
Jacob Bee’s Diary records a “comet” that “appeared” at 4:45 PM on
December 20, 1689: “first in ye forme of halfe a moone, very firie,
and afterwards did change itself to a firie sword, and ran
On June 3, 1732 a storm of lights appeared in the sky having all the
earmarks of an intense meteor shower.
Throughout the 19th century there are many reports of explosions,
cannonading, and crashes in the sky. Holby, Kepler, and other
scientists acknowledge the veracity of these reports but never offer
Kepler reported “A burning globe appeared at sunset, on November 17,
1623, visible all over Germany and much of Austria.”
A whole series of observations of illuminated crosses, burning
globes, horrid celestial clashing noises, beams of fire, discolored
sun, sun dogs and mock suns is reported from 1501 through 1557.
These reports include a thunderbolt that disrupted the bridal
chamber of Francois Montmorency and Diane de France.
The Chronicles of Basel, AD 1478, recount “Divers kinds of crosses
and fiery bowls fell to the ground from the sky leaving tokens
In the early winter of 1387, a fire in the sky was seen many times,
like a burning and revolving wheel, or a round barrel of flame,
emitting fire from above, and others in the shape of a long fiery
beam, in the country of Leicester, England.
imploded & burning Ship-frame, some experimental
were faulty and actually burned Whole “afloat.”
This weird report is dated AD 1322. In the first hour of the night
of November 4, after 7:00 PM, there was seen in the sky over
Uxbridge, England, a pillar of fire of the size of a small boat,
pallid and livid in color. It rose from the south, crossed the sky
with a slow and grave motion, and went northward. Out of the front
of the pile of fervent red flame burst forth with great beams of
light…many beholders saw it in collision, and there came sounds of
fearful combat, and sounds of crashes.
Matthew, of Paris, says:
On July 24, AD, 1239, at the vigil of Saint
James, in the dusk, but not when the stars came out, but while the
air was clear, serene and shining, a great star appeared. It was
like a torch, rising from the south, and flying on both sidesof it
there was emitted in the height of the sky a very great light. It
turned towards the north in the aery region, not quickly, nor,
indeed, with speed, but exactly as if it wished to ascent to a place
in the air. But when it arrived at the apparent middle of the
firmament, in our northern hemisphere, it left behind it smoke with
March 20, AD 1168, “a globe of fire was seen moving to and fro in
I wonder if there is any significance to the month of March in
regard to these events?
AD, 1104: Burning torches, fiery darts, flying fires were often seen
in the air in this year. And there were, near stars, what looked
like swarms of butterflies and little fiery worms of a strange kind.
They flew in the air and took away the light of the sun as if they
had been clouds.
AD, 1067: In this year people saw a fire that flamed and burned
fiercely in the sky. It came near the earth, and for a little time
brilliantly lit it up. Afterwards, it revolved, ascended on high,
then descended into the sea. In several places it burned woods and
plains, and in the country of Northumberland this fire showed itself
in two seasons of the year. (From Geoffrey Gaimar’s Lestorie des
Englis solum Maistre Geffrei.)
AD, 936: “In a clear sky, the sun was suddenly darkened red like
AD, 941: “The sun had a terrible appearance for some time and a
stream like blood issued from it.”
AD 823: “In summer a piece of ice fell from the sky over Burgundy,
France. It was sixteen feet long, seven feet broad, and two feet
thick.” That was quite a hailstone!
AD 796: Roger of Wendover records that small globes were seen
circling around the sun.
AD 457: “Over Brittany, France, a blazing thing like a globe was
seen in the sky. Its size was immense , and on its beams hung a ball
of fire like a dragon out of whose mouth proceeded two beams, one of
which stretched beyond France, and the other reached towards
Ireland, and ended in firelike rays.”
AD 393: “In the time of Theodosius, a sign like a hanging dove
(colmba pendens) appeared in the sky. It burned for thirty days.”
170 BC: “At Lanupium, on the Appian Way, sixteen miles from Rome a
remarkable spectacle of a fleet of ships was seen in the air.”
106 BC: “A bird that flew in the sky and set houses on fire, was
seen over Rome.”
214 BC: “The forms of ships were seen in the sky over Rome.” And 220
BC: “A clear light shone at night in the sky at Rome.”
214 BC Probably Just plane Water boats, Human.
216 BC: “At Praeneste, sixty-five miles from Rome, burning “lamps”
fell from the sky, and at Arpinium, forty-two miles east of
Praeneste, a thing like a round shield was seen in the sky.”
99 BC: “When Murius and Valerius were consuls in Tarquinia, there
fell in different places a thing like a flaming torch and it come
suddenly from the sky. Towards sunset, a round object, like a globe,
or a round circular shield took its path in the sky from west to
east.” That is as good a description of a saucer as any.
Now let us consider the hieroglyphs from an Egyptian papyrus,
together with a translation by Boris de Rachewiltz. De Rachewiltz
says that the original is a part of the Royal Annals of the times of
Thutmose III, circa 1504-1450 BC, and that the original is in bad
condition. Parts were too obliterated for translation.
In the year 22, third month of winter, sixth hour of the day (..2..)
The scribas of the House of Life found it was a circle of fire that
was coming in the sky. (though) it had no head, the breath of its
mouth (had) a foul odor. Its body one ‘rod’ long and one ‘rod’
large. It had no voice. Their hearts became confused through it:
then they laid themselves on their bellies (..3..)
They went to the
King..? to report it. His Majesty ordered (..4..) has been examined
(..5..) as to all which is written in the papyrus rolls of the House
of Life His Majesty was meditating upon what happened. Now, after
some days had passed over those things, Lo! They were more numerous
than “anything” They were shining in the sky more than the Sun to
the limits of the four supports of heaven (..6..)
Powerful was the
position of the fire circles. The army of the King looked on and His
Majesty was in the midst of it. It was after supper. Thereupon they
(the fire circles) went up higher directed to the south. Fishes and
volatiles fell down from the sky. (it was ) a marvel never occurred
since the foundation of this land. Caused His Majesty to brought
incense to pacify the hearth (..9..) (to write?) what happened in
the ook of the House of Life (..10..) (to be remembered?) for the
To this added the following comment from the translator:
As you can see from (the translation) the “flying saucers” made
their first appearance in the 22nd year of the reign of Thutmose
III, about 3,500 years ago. The first lacuna of the papyrus in the
end of another marvel. I think that this papyrus was part of a book
preserved in the mysterious institution called House of Life (of
which Sir Alan Gardner has written), that I am actually deeply
investigating. In it, magic rites were performed and a special group
of scribes was trained.
Two things have to be noticed: it left after a foul odor and it was
not making any noise. It measures one rod, i.e. 100 cubit. As a
cubit is about 20.6 inches we might judge the fire circle was large
and long, about fifty meters. During their second appearance they
were very numerous and shining, and fishes and volatiles fell down
from the sky. And their movements through the sky, from north to
south, was regular, and, more than that, powerful! Therefore the
king thought that the best thing to do was to pacify the hearth of
Ammon Ra, Lord of the Thrones of the Two Lands (Egypt).
This record is a part of the archives of a responsible government.
The event was unusual enough to warrant inscribing in the archives,
and to have the past records searched for precedent. The
descriptions are concise, although the vacant places are annoying in
their omissions. De Rachewiltz’s comments, supplementing his
translation, indicate an interpretation similar to that which we,
ourselves, might make.
However we find it difficult to resist pointing out some of the
elements of this event, which are so typical of the reports in
current sightings. Silence of operation for one thing. Foul odor. In
size, this UFO was said to be about one hundred cubits, which is
about 172 feet long. The fact that two equal dimensions were given
indicating (perhaps) equal length and breadth implies disc shape. In
any case it was described as a fire circle, indicating its shape,
and that flames were associated with it as has so often been the
The exact nature of the flames is of course unknown to us;
they may have been electrical discharges which would have been
strange to the Egyptians of 1500 BC and would have been recorded as
ordinary flames. As in our modern sightings, there was sometimes one
object and sometimes a group or flock. They were shining, and by
this it seems we can infer that they were luminous.
One other thing is obvious from this Egyptian record; that
mechanical flight, if it had been previously known to the Egyptians,
or to their progenitors, was Already a completely lost science in
1500 BC. It is in line with our thinking that the Egyptians were
merely another one of the trickles through the dyke of time from the
previous great wave of civilization.
The records of Tibet, however, seem to be more complete than those
of Egypt, and more ancient. Perhaps it is because the mountain
fastnesses of Tibet and Northern India have not been subjected to
the burnings and other destructive activities of Western
civilization which annihilated the libraries of the Egyptians and
If one may judge from his writings, Colonel James Churchward, in a
lifetime of study, Learned something of the lore which is stored in
the Tibetan monasteries, and supplemented this with studies
throughout the world.
Churchward says that he came upon many records ranging back to at
least 200,000 years. One
of his most fascinating finds relates to mechanical flight, brought
to India by the first settlers, and its
antiquity may be anything from 15,000 to 200,000 years, with the
longer term the more likely. It is
Churchward’s deduction that India was settled by Nagas from Burma,
who, in their turn, were
descendents of the original Mayas of the “motherland,” common
ancestors of the Naga and the Central
American Maya. This settlement must have taken place about 70,000
years ago, and it seems most probable that mechanical flight came
form the “Motherland.”
Here, by mechanical flight, we most certainly mean something
different either our lighter than air or heavier than air flight
mechanisms of today. That the flight of those millennia employed a
type of power unknown today, “seems almost certain.” Whatever the
source of that power was it did not involve power plants as we know
them today, and apparently did not result in a truly mechanical or
industrialized civilization such as we have. That this power source
worked on some principle of levitation or gravity nullification
seems logical. It may be, too, that such a force or power does not
lend itself to industry.
An Hindu Manuscript of ancient origin says:
“When morning dawned, Rama, taking the celestial car which Pushpaka had sent him be
Vivishand, stood ready to depart; self moving was this car; it was
large and finely “painted.” It had two stories, and many chambers
with windows, and was draped with flags and banners. It gave forth a
melodious sound as it coursed along its airy way.”
This was written millennia ago – and this translation was made
before the modern age of mechanical flight. If the translation had
been made by a person with the technical training available in 1955,
it would read like this:
When dawn came, Rama took the flying machine with Pushpaka had sent
to him by Vivishand, and stood by to take off. This machine was
self-propelled, large and finely-finished. It was a two-decker, with
many compartments having windows, and was draped with flags and
pennants. As the machine flew it made a humming or droning sound.
There is another Hindu manuscript dated 500 BC, which has been
translated as follows:
Rawan (Ravan?), King of Ceylon, flew over the enemy’s army and
dropped bombs, causing many casualties. Eventually Rawan was
captured and slain, and his flying machine fell into the hands of
the Hindu Chieftain, Ram Chandra (Rama), who flew it all the way
back to his Capital in northern India.
Both of these manuscripts seem to have been taken from the same
temple records at Ayhodia and refer to a time at least 20,000 years
It is from this material that we come to the conclusion that space
flight is not a new phenomenon, but rather a lost art!
Therefore, I strongly recommend that legislation be enacted to once
to assign qualified
researchers to the field of gravity. There, and not in atoms, shall
we discover the secret of the
true flight into space.
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