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In a 1973 article, ufologist Jean Giraud reported that he and another ufologist met in 1972 by chance Jules Bouvier, a friendly 85-year-old man, a connoisseur of nature, while they were investigating the observations of "flying saucers" in the Creuse, in France. They asked him if he did would know someone in the area who might have observed "flying saucers" or strange light phenomena, and Bouvier replied that he saw some, and that he even saw "Martians, yes, like I see you... but long ago, wait, I'll tell you." "It was at the end of the season," apparently in 1906, "I was 18 at the time and I was an apprentice carpenter in Gouzon, I had just set a window on a domain of La Celle and I was coming home. I was hurrying because I had a good time talking to the farm girl... You know what it is, it was dark but the weather was clear, I was not thinking of the 'Martians', no, I was thinking more about the girl... Of course!" About ten o'clock he hurried with light heart, when suddenly, as he reached the branch of the road leading to Manaly's estate, he was astounded at seeing a curious assembly of characters. They were ten or twelve, sitting in a circle on the ground of the road. Bouvier passed 10 meters from them, and they all watched him pass in silence, those who turned his back at him turning their heads as he passed. They sat without saying a word, without speaking among themselves, or else the witness would have heard them in the silence of the night. It was this silence that most frightened Bouvier, who hastened to pursue his travek without looking back. He explained, "Understand me, if they were normal people, they would have said good night to me, nodded or waved... But they did nothing, I can assure you that I did not feel reassured." The observation lasted about ten seconds. Bouvier could not detail the "individuals" but he was certain of the following: They were all men, no women, of men sizes, neither too young nor too old. They all looked dressed in the same way, in a kind of gray uniform, neither too bright nor too dark. Near them, there was no light source, no fire, no object such as bag or packet and no vehicle. However, he had the impression that the figures were sitting in a circle on or around a kind of large canvas or tablecloth laid on the ground. Apart from the curious "impression" felt by the witness before these odd figures, nothing seemed to prove to the two investigators their "extraterrestrial" origin. They then remarked this to him, and interrupted them, he said: "Yes, but afterwards, I saw the OTHER WHO WAS FLYING!" Not at all reassured, Bouvier had moved away from the scene at a pace close to running. After having traveled a hundred meters, he suddenly saw a "flying Martian" appear at the edge of the trees, at the height of a 15-meter belltower. The being was going fast and passed virtually right above Bouvier's head. It had the body lying horizontally and its head straightened forward "right in front of him, as if to see where he was going". The legs were elongated and joined. The arms were not visible but the being had in the back like two immobile wings similar to arms spread apart regarding their size. The being passed at high speed and in silence, Bouvier only perceived a slight whistling of crumpled air. Bouvier concluded: "And the funniest thing is that this 'flying Martian', I say 'Martian' but I do not know if he came from planet Mars, so this 'flying Martian', well, he dove straight on the spot where I had seen the others, which is what made me say that they all had to have some sort of appointment, but I did not try to find out more. I fled." A few days later he had returned to the spot in broad daylight, and had not noticed anything abnormal, no suspicious traces such as those of a fire or a forgotten object. He often took the same route afterwards but he never saw anything there. He said, "I never saw them again ... I would like to see them now, so I would come to them, I would talk to them, they would not hurt me, anyway, at my age, I do not risk much... But they could certainly tell me about interesting things, where they come from, how they fly?... But I never saw then again, THE OTHER, HE WAS NOT THE SAME." The investigators indicated that at that time (1973), this testimony was about the earliest appearance of "Martians" on French soil, that it is a direct testimony and that the witness is still alive. They even visited him regularly, and he had the opportunity to tell them his story many times. All versions were absolutely identical. The witness did not "add" anything to make them happy, each time he presented the facts simply, not hesitating to confess that he had not paid attention to this or that detail or that simply, he could not remember. The investigators insisted that it was not possible to doubt the testimony of Mr. Bouvier, an old man still fit and perfectly balanced.
originally posted by: humanoidlord
a reply to: SeaWorthy
yeah but look at the year 1906
Powered aircraft were first used in war in 1911, by the Italians against the Turks near Tripoli, but it was not until the Great War of 1914–18 that their use became widespread.
originally posted by: humanoidlord
a reply to: SeaWorthy
wow that sounds like right up into my alley
what do you remnber more or less of the site?
The investigators insisted that it was not possible to doubt the testimony of Mr. Bouvier, an old man still fit and perfectly balanced.