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The article below was published in the newspaper The Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, New York, USA, on page 7, on July 6, 1947.


Scientists Brand Flying Saucer Tales Merely Bad Case of Jitters

New Reports Pour In From East, South and West on Phenomena

By PAUL F. Ellis

United Press Science Writer

Reports of "flying saucers" whizzing through the air at rocket speeds poured in again today from many parts of the nation, causing scientists to speculate that many Americans were suffering a bad case of jitters.

One expert in the diagnosis of human behavior flatly said that the so-called "phenomena" was pure imagination, hallucination or delusion on the part of many of those who reported seeing "strange objects."

Another scientist, an authority on astronomy, said he believed "some persons were seeing spots before their eyes."

The new reports that "saucers" were observed came from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Idaho and other states in the far west. One commercial airline pilot said he had even chased one of the "saucers" and that he was unable to catch up with it.

Another observer actually snapped a photograph, taken from about 10,000 feet - a long distance from which to photograph any kind of flying object. His print showed two tiny dots in the center. One of the dots, he admitted, was a defect in the negative. The other - supposedly the "object" - was little larger than a pin head.

Pilot Makes Report

The airline pilot, reporting the "phenomena", was Capt. E. J. Smith, of the United Airlines. He said he and his co-pilot, Ralph Stevens, flying from Boise, Ida., late yesterday saw an object and chased it for 45 minutes.

The photographer was Coast Guardsman Frank Ryman, Seattle, Wash., who said he snapped a picture of the flying object near Lake Washington.

Oregon police said they had reports that 20 of the objects were observed. They were supposed to be "flying in a single file."

A New Jersey woman said she saw one early yesterday; that it was a "golden disc" flashing across the horizon with "stunning speed."

No reports o red, white and blue "saucers" were received on July 4 [Independence Day] however.

Tells of "Luminous Halo"

In Philadelphia, an interne at the Pennsylvania Hospital for mental disease, said he also saw such an object. His, he said, had a luminous halo."

In Augusta, Ga., a physician, Dr. C. R. Battey, reported he saw such saucers while fishing several weeks ago. He said they were flying at about 22,000 feet," or something like four miles - almost out of anti-aircraft range.

Recalls Mars' Invasion

These and other such reports brought a smile from Dr. John G. Lynn, Valhalla, N. Y., an expert on human behavior. He said the reports reminded him of the time actor Orson Welles frightened New Jersey citizens half to death" with a broadcast about 'Men from Mars' invading Jersey.

Dr. Lynn blamed the current wave of "saucer hysteria" on recent predictions that an atomic war would break out, leaving waste the United States.

All this talk, he said, prepares many people for an emotional disturbance. In many cases, he said, they see what they want to see. Still other see what doesn't exist because they expect to see something - such as flying saucers.

The Navy and Army long have denied sending up any new, super-duper saucer-like planes. Astronomers said there has been no unusual amount of meteorites falling these days - especially saucer-shaped meteors.

Dr Lynn said the "poeple will get over it."

"They always do." he said.

Hundreds Watch Sky For Whirling Discs DEscribed by Aviators

By United Press

Hundreds of person stared into the sky today, hoping to see one of the "flying saucers" which have been reported whooshing through the air at rocket speed over nearly every section of the country.

As reports of saucer flights poured in, debate was rife over whether the discs were careening through people's minds, or really were spinning objects in the sky.

But individuals from coast to coast insisted that they had seen the saucers. The discs ranged from silver to gold in color, according to "eye-witness" descriptions, and their speeds ranged up to 1,000 miles an hour.

The latest saucer reports came from two widely separated localities, sixty picknickers at Twin Falls, Ida., said they saw three groups of discs flying over a park. Some of the saucers were described as flying in V-formations, while others circles and dives in loose formation. [All probably birds.]

At Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada, two farmers claimed they saw flying saucers last night, traveling southwards and leaving a trail of vapor. [Probably planes.]

Amateur weather students at Summerside suggested that under certain conditions some types of swift flying birds could create an optical illusion.

U. S. Naval observatory officials at Washington concluded unofficially meanwhile, that the mysterious saucers could not be astronomical phenomena.

Both the army and navy confessed they were at loss for an explanation of the reported objects.

A headline-minded concessionaire at the amusement Park at Pallisades, N. J., changed the name of a whilring airplane ride today from "The MacArthur Bomber" in "The Flying Saucer."

To: Kenneth Arnold or Newspapers 1940-1949.

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