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UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 7 Number 45

From: John Hayes <webmaster.nul>
Date: Tue, 05 Nov 2002 20:58:17 +0000
Archived: Tue, 05 Nov 2002 11:52:45 -0400
Subject: UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 7 Number 45

Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.



Volume 7, Number 45
November 5, 2002
Editor: Joseph Trainor



      Last week four witnesses sghted "a milky-white UFO"
hovering over the Beskidy Mountains, near Jordanow in
southern Poland.
      Jordanow is a small town about 60 kilometers (36
miles) south of Krakow. According to Robert K.
Lesniakiewicz, an author and UFO Roundup's correspondent
in Poland, Jordanow was the site of a secret mining
operation carried out by the Nazi SS during World War II.
(Editor's Note: For more on "the Jordanow mystery," see
the following story in this issue.)
      "Four witnesses watched a milky-white UFO seemingly
hovering over the peak of Mount Przykiec (elevation 741
meters or 2,445 feet), near the town of Jordanow.  One of
them made a series of photographs with a Canon EOS 3000
QD camera, using Kodak Gold 200 ASA film.  The camera's
parameters were as follows: t = 30 seconds; H = 5,6; f =
38 and 76 millimeters."
      "The UFO was brighter and darker during the 30-
second cycles.  It disappeared at 8:16 p.m. local time.
Bearings taken" by local ufologists "point to the fact
that the UFO actually hovered above Mount Koskowa Gora,
located 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Jordanow."
      "UFOs have been seen previously in Jordanow and this
region of the Beskidy Mountains," just north of the
border between Poland and Slovakia.  (Many thanks to
Robert K. Lesniakiewicz for this report.)


      The area is known to its residents as Malopolska
(Little Poland--J.T.), and it's the site of one of the
stranger mysteries of World War II.
      Jordanow, the Beskidy Mountains and the entire
region between Krakow and the Alpine-resort community of
Zakopane, on what is now the border between Poland and
Slovakia, fell to the Nazis in the early days of the war.
On September 6, 1939, the German Fourteenth Army, under
Field Marshal Wilhelm von List, captured Zakopane and
Jordanow.  Within a week, for reasons never explained,
the area was placed under the direct control of the SS.
      The area remained under Nazi rule until the arrival
of Soviet Russian forces in January 1945.
      In 1994, Polish author Robert K. Lesniakiewicz
"interviewed former soldiers of the Armia Krajowa (Polish
for Homeland Army--J.T.) who had fought the Germans until
January 1945.  They saw the SS mining for uranium oxide"
in the Beskidy Mountains near Jordanow.
      "The Zarnowka and Grzechynia buildings and bunkers
were built by local peasants and Russian, Ukrainian and
Italian P.O.W.s.  My mother-in-law was a prisoner in
Grzechniya in 1943.  They were guarded at first by SS men
and at the end of the war by Wehrmacht (German Army)
(Editor's Note:  After Benito Mussolini was ousted in
September 1943, Italy turned against her ally, the Third
Reich.  The Italian P.O.W.s at Jordanow were troops loyal
to Marshal Pietro Badoglio.)
      "All of the local people (civilians) were sent to
the concentration camps at Oswiecim and Oswiecim-
Brzezinka (better known by their German names, Auschwitz
and Auschwitz-Birkenau--J.T.), west of Krakow."
      The SS and, in particular their leader,
Reichsfuhrer-SS Heinrich Himmler, took a keen interest in
Jordanow and its environs.  Numerous uranium oxide mines
were opened and worked between April 1940 and November
1944.  Himmler also tested several Nazi "wonder weapons"
in the region.
      "Grzechynia is a village 5 kilometers (3 miles) from
Zawoja," Robert reported, "The Nazis had a base for
developing the V-3, the Tausendfuessler (also known as
Schnelle Elise and the Hochdrueckpumpe), a 152-millimeter
super-cannon which could send 3-meter (10-feet) long
projectiles a distance of 45 or 50 kilometers (27 or 30
miles).  The Germans fired them at a test range at
Przezeck Krowiarki (pass) towards the Tatra Mountains.
Later they wanted to bombard London with these big
cannons from the French village of Mimoyeques.  The
Allies destroyed the V-3 base there."
      The SS secret projects around Jordanow soon drew the
attention of their enemies.  "During World War II, the
Beskidy Mountains were controlled by the rightwing Armia
Krajowa and the leftwing Armia Ludowa (Polish for
People's Army--J.T.)  Also operating there were Soviet
parachute troops of the OSNAZ ( Osobyennoye Naznachenye,
Russian for Special Task Forces) of the NKVD, commanded
by NKVD Captain Alexei Lotov."
      According to the Polish resistance fighters, "They
also observed Russian geologists and NKVD (later the KGB)
officials, who penetrated these mountains in October
1956.  They did not find any uranium ore."
(Editor's Note:  Conventional World War II history
teaches that Hitler's nuclear research program was based
in Norway.  The plant was destroyed in an Allied air raid
in 1943.  Yet here's the SS mining uranium oxide by the
ton in southern Poland throughout the war.  The ore is
vital for the processing of enriched or "weapons-grade"
uranium.  Where did all that uranium "disappear" to?)
      "Himmler visited Zakopane twice, once in the winter
of 1939-1940, when he met there with high-ranking NKVD
officials" and again in 1943.  During his second visit to
the mountain resort city, Himmler "himself led the
extermination of all the Polish and Jewish inhabitants of
the Beskidy Maly area.  All of the local people were sent
to the concentration camps."
      Apparently, Himmler had sent the SS to Jordanow on a
"magickal mission."
      "According to local legend, there is an entrance to
Agharta, or Interterra (also known as the Underground
World--J.T.), placed on the southwestern slope of Mount
Babia Gora (elevation 1,725 meters or 5,692 feet)," just
across the border in Slovakia.
      "Himmler sent several dozen speleological
expeditions to the Tatra Mountains and the Beskidy
Mountains, as well as to the Slovakian, Czech and
Hungarian mountains.  He was especially interested in the
Domica-Baradla Cave in the Slovakian-Hungarian
borderland.  He hoped to find the entrance to Shamballah,
but he did not do it."
      "The SS searched for the entrance to Agharta on
Mount Babia Gora and at the Half Moon Cave in Byelanskye
       However, long before he became the Reichsfuhrer-SS
and the self-styled "Lord of Atlantis," Himmler was
interested in the Jordanow region and those folk tales of
"the Underground World."
      In 1892, the Polish architect Stanislaw Witkiewicz
purchased a summer home in Zakopane, 40 kilometers (25
miles) south of Jordanow, then part of the Austro-
Hungarian Empire.  With his friend, the composer Karol
Szymanowski, Witkiewicz founded a writers' and artists'
colony.  The group, which dabbled in Theosophy, soon
attracted a writer from Vienna, Dr. Friedrich Wichtl.
      Dr. Wichtl was an occultist who specialized in
Masonic lore and "world conspiracy" theories.  He was a
frequent visitor to Villa Koliba, the colony's meeting
place in Zakopane, and to Lake Morskie Oko.  Following
the collapse of Austria-Hungary in 1918, at the end of
World War I, Dr. Wichtl wrote a best-selling book
entitled Weltfreimaurerei, Weltrevolution, Weltrepublik
(German for World Freemasonry, World Revolution, World
Republic --J.T.)
      Himmler, then a military cadet convalescing after a
serious stomach illness, read Dr. Wichtl's book in 1919,
and it got him interested in the occult.
      It is possible that Himmler may have met his mentor,
Dr. Wichtl, six years earlier, when he was a young
teenager.  In the summer of 1913, the Reichsfuhrer's
father, Dr. Gebhard Himmler, was appointed vice principal
of the Gymnasium (high school) in Landshut.  The elder
Himmler celebrated this prestigious appointment by taking
his wife and three sons, including 13-year-old Heinrich,
on a tour of Austria-Hungary.  The family spent some time
in Zakopane and, as was their custom, went swimming on
hot August days in Lake Morskie Oko.  Dr. Wichtl was also
in Zakopane at the time.
      Although they both shared a vivid interest in "the
Underground World,"  Himmler's diary makes no mention of
any meeting with Dr. Wichtl.  (See the following books:
Wonderland: Alien Technologies in the Third Reich by Dr.
Milos Jesensky and Robert K. Lesniakiewicz, Usti nad
Larem, Warsaw, 2001; Project Tatra by Robert K.
Lesniakiewicz, Krakow, 2002; Himmler by Peter Padfield,
MJF Books, New York, N.Y. 1990, pages 36 through 51; and
The Occult Roots of Nazism by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke,
New York University Press, New York, N.Y., 1992, page


      On Sunday, October 13, 2002, at 3 a.m., a male
witness "spotted two UFOs over the city of Caracas," the
capital of Venezuela, "performing intricate maneuvers
over Cerro de Avila (hill)."
      "The witness explained that he observed the UFOs
when both objects moved very slowly toward the
mountainous ridge overlooking the city, making pirouette
motions around each other and finally losing themselves
in the eastern horizon."  (See the newsletter NotiOVNI
for October 28, 2002.  Muchas gracias a Daniel Munoz y
Jose Iglesias del Proyecto Orion para eso informe.)


      "The presence of underwater flying saucer bases is
one of the hypotheses to be confirmed or dispelled by a
team from the Sociedad Espanola de Investigaciones
Parapsicologicas (SEIP, or Spanish Society for
Parapsychological Research--S.C.) on its way to
      Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands in
the Mediterranean Sea.  It is located approximately 160
kilometers (100 miles) south of Barcelona, Spain.
      "For months, strange noises have troubled the
tranquility of the waters north of the island."
      "'All possibilities are open, rangng from the
presence of UFO bases to the existence of an underwater
volcanic area or tectonic-plate displacement,' said Jose
Castro, SEIP coordinator and a member, along with Javier
Rodriguez, of the expedition that will study the noises."
      "These sounds, which have been heard by the
reknowned scuba diver Pepe Amengual 'have no similarity
with any other sounds detected so far.'"
      "The expedition's challenge is to record these on
the sea bottom and contrast them with other recordings
made on the surface a few weeks ago by Pedro Amoros,
SEIP's president."
      SEIP has its headquarters in Alicante, Spain, has
operated for 15 years and has investigated some of
Spain's most notorious paranormal cases, such as "the
faces of Belmez," the Zaragoza Goblin (no relation to
Norman Osborn--J.T.) and the alleged ghosts haunting the
Linares Palace.
      "Made up of four scuba divers and headed by
technician-diver Javier Rodrguez and SEIP coordinator
Jose Castro, the researchers began their dives Saturday,"
October 26, 2002, "at Cala Tuent."
      "'We chose this area because it was here, from his
boat, that Amoros was able to hear a sort of explosion of
bubbles twenty days ago (Tuesday, October 8, 2002)--a
sound that appeared to have a metallic origin, with a
fixed frequency.'"
      "In order to determine the causes, and having
dismissed the hypothesis that the sound was (caused by)
'oil prospecting on the coasts of Tarragona or the
presence of an underwater volcanic area,' the submariners
made a three-hour dive at a depth of 21 meters (69 feet),
some 300 meters (1,000 feet) from the northern shore" of
      "'We placed a conventional microphone in the water
to search for any interesting sounds, but we found
nothing strange.  At first we thought we'd come across
something, but we finally realized it was just a ship
passing over.  Sounds are very confusing underwater,'"
Castro said.
      "The team regrets the high cost of this type of
research.  'We would like to have a hydrophone, but they
are very expensive and are only manufactured for the
military.  The truth is that we have had other problems
with conventional microphones, since water has gotten
into them, and they're worth a lot of money.'"
      "Without allowing disillusion to grip the
expedition, Castro and his team headed to Soller," a port
town on Mallorca's north shore, "looking for persons who
could provide them with clues.  'National Geographic
(teams) take a month to find a fish, so we know that we
aren't going to solve this mystery in two days.'"
      "'This is like a legend.  Many people tell you that
they've heard talk about these sounds, but you can never
find anyone who can talk (from first-hand experience)
about them,' complained Javier Rodriguez."
      "'In Soller, we spoke to a girl who dives there three times a day, six
months a year.  She has never heard anything unusual,' added Fernando Ponce,
a scuba diver."
      The SEIP vessel is now headed for Cova del Moro,
near Soller, to gather evidence, "perform interviews,
listen to recordings, analyze the sounds, and clean it
up, 'which will take us twenty days.'"  (See the Spanish
newspaper Diario de Mallorca for October 27, 2002,
"Parapsychologists head to Mallorca to study noises from
the sea bottom," and for October 28, 2002, "An X-File in
the waters of Mallorca."  Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales
y Jordi Ardanuy para esos articulos de diario.)


      On Friday, November 1, 2002, at 3:35 p.m., the
female witness "was outside when I heard the brrrrrring
of a small plane" over Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
(population 73,504).  "I turned my head to see it
travelling in a north to south direction at around 4,000
to 5,000 feet (1,200 to 1,500 meters).  It was a small
Cessna-type aircraft with light yellow sides and a red
tail section.  Today was a brilliantly clear day so the
colours of the plane were plainly visible."
      "Suddenly, my eyes caught a glimpse of another
aircraft flying in the same direction, except (it was)
west of the other and much closer to me.  This second
object was a much longer craft than the Cessna.  In fact,
the nose of it extended much farther forward of the
small, swept-back wings than the Cessna.  It resembled a
DC-9 in basic shape, but the wings were very short.  The
craft was pure white and did not appear to have windows
or markings of any kind on the body of the craft."
      "It may have been the time of day, but its wings
were kind of indistinct and shadowy.  But the whole
strange part of this is that the farther-away Cessna was
travelling at a much higher rate of speed than this
object.  This object continued very slowly on its
southerly course.  I have never seen such a large
aircraft fly so slowly.  In fact, it seemed impossible
for a fixed-wing aircraft to do this at all.  There was
no contrail or noise from the object."
      Victoria, B.C. is on the large offshore Vancouver
Island, approximately 200 kilometers (120 miles) south of
the city of Vancouver.  (Many thanks to Canadian
ufologist Brian Vike for this report.)


      On Tuesday, October 8, 2002, at 7 p.m., a male
witness in Kota Kinbalu, a port city on the northeastern
tip of the island of Borneo, part of Malaysia's Sabah
province, spotted a UFO hovering over the area.
      The witness reported, "While I was at the factory,
coming out for a smoke, I saw the craft hovering with
lights in the sky.  At first I didn't pay much notice to
it because I thought it would be a helicopter flying
around the area.  Then I realized that the object wasn't
making any sound."
      "It was hovering slowly like a normal helicopter
would do.  But after two minutes looking at the object,
it suddenly disappeared with trails of light following
it.  That is the very last I saw of this object, and that
was when my spine started to shiver."
      "Two days later, the Sabah Express had a front-page
picture of the object."  (See the Sabah Express for
October 10, 2002, "UFO over Kota Kinbalu."  See also
Filer's Files #44 for October 30, 2002.  Many thanks to
George A. Filer for allowing UFO Roundup to reprint this


      People are calling it "the Armageddon Wall."  That's
because the ancient stone wall that marked the rim of the
Old City of Jerusalem has developed a mysterious
bulge...just like the Wailing Wall a short distance away.
      The Old City wall, located at the foot of the Temple
Mount, had developed "a growing bulge in its structure"
and now "a new bulge has appeared a few dozen meters
away," sparking fears that the wall might collapse and
trigger a landslide on the Temple Mount.
      The Israeli newspaper Ha'aratz quoted archaeologist
Gabriel Barque as saying, "It's only a matter of time.
All you need is a big group up there, and it will cause a
change in the equilibrium" of the Temple Mount.
      "Stones are popping out of the (Old City) wall."
Some Israeli engineers commented that the ancient wall
can no longer support the weight of all the new
construction, plus the stone plaza and the two mosques,
on the Temple Mount.
      Last week, a team of Royal Jordanian engineers
visited the Old City wall to examine both of the bulges.
      This week marks the beginning of the month of
Ramadan, and an estimated 100,000 Muslims are expected to
visit the two mosques located at the top of the Temple
Mount, the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
      Barque reportedly told Ha'aratz that a landslide
could damage the mosques "and could be the spark that
causes World War III."
      Occultists have long talked about secret tunnels
inside the Temple Mount itself.  There may be something
to that bit of folklore.
      Long before Joshua and his Hebrews swept out of the
desert and destroyed the ancient indigenous civilization
of Kinanhi (called Canaan in the Bible), Jerusalem was
known as Ursa-limmu.  As opposed to cities like Ai and
Shechem, which were political capitals, Ursa-limmu was
the seat of the Canaanite religion.
      Most of what we know about the traditional religion
of Kinanhi comes from fragmentary clay tablets and
cylinder seals.  We know about the major gods like Baal
and Anath, and minor gods like Gapan, Ugar and Asherah,
and that the sect was ruled by an order of hierophants
who passed on their arcane lore via an oral tradition.
      Between 1930 and 1933, French archaeologists digging
at Ras Shamra-Ugarit in Syria discovered a lengthy epic
written by Elimelech the Shabnite.  He was writing down
verbatim the epic of Baal and Anath, as related by
Attani-puruleni, identified as "Chief of Priests, Lord of
the Temple" in Ursa-limmu.
(Editor's Comment: Although it is not known why Attani-
puruleni chose to share these magickal verses with the
      Part of the epic refers to the Temple of the Two
Serpents, which appears to be located inside Jerusalem's
Temple Mount.  The incantation spoken by Attani-puruleni
to the Shabnite scribe sounds a bit like the work of the
Black Circle.

       "If thou smite Lotan, the serpent sinuous,
        Destroy the serpent tortuous,
        Shalyat of the seven heads."

      Later stanzas in the Canaanite epic give directions
to the hidden temple, which appears to be located

       "With thee Padriya, daughter of Ar;
        With thee, Tatalliya, daughter of Rabb;
        There now, be off on thy way
        Unto the Mount of Kankaniya
        Lift the mount upon thy hands,
        The elevation upon thy palms,
        And descend to the depth of the earth,
        Be of those who descend into earth."

      Somewhere on the Temple Mount is a hidden doorway
that leads to the subterranean Temple of the Two Serpents
built by the Canaanites.  As to the precise location of
the underground temple, no one knows.
      If one or two chambers of the underground Canaanite
temple have collapsed recently, this might explain the
earth shift and resulting bulges in Jerusalem's Old City
wall.  (See the newspaper Ha'aratz for October 30, 2002.
Also the book The goddess Anath by Charles Virolleaud,
Paris, 1938, pages 91 to 102.  Many thanks to Rick Wiles
and Ayesha al-Khatabi for this news story.)
(Editor's Comment: Interestingly, in Hinduism, the seven-
headed serpent stands for Naga, a symbol of the Creator.
It's kind of a surprise to see the same image venerated
by the ancient Canaanites.)


      "Astronomers have discovered an ancient star near
the center of our galaxy that may shed light on the
universe's composition shortly after it was blasted into
existence by the Big Bang."
      "This cosmic relic is more than 12 billion years
old--about a billion years younger than the universe
itself.  It also has an extremely low metal content, some
1/200,000th of that found in (our) sun.  That is, twenty
times less metal than the previous low-metal star, found
in 1977."
      "The star's age and composition place it among the
second wave of stars that formed after the universe's
violent creation, its discoverers said.  Researchers had
predicted this type of ultra-low-metal star 25 years ago,
but an example eluded them until now."
      "Michael Bessell, an astronomer at Australia's Mount
Stromlo Observatory, said the newly-discovered star arose
from the debris of a first-generation star, so it
contains only a very small amount of heavy elements."
      "'This really traces things back to the very early
stages of the universe because stars are records of that
time.  This is an indicator of those times,' said
Bessell, the star's co-discoverer."
      "The star is described in the current issue of the
journal Nature."
      "Dubbed HE0107-5240, it is 36,000 light-years from
Earth, near the center of the Milky Way galaxy, and is
about four-fifths (80 percent) the size of (our) sun.  It
is in the constellation Pisces but is too dim to be seen
with the naked eye."
(Editor's Note:  Remember, kids, one light-year equals
5.89 trillion miles.  So how far away is HE0107-5240?
Let's see now...36,000 light-years works out to about
212,040,000,000,000,000,000 miles or
339,264,000,000,000,000,000 kilometers.  In other words,
it ain't exactly around the block!)
      "Scientists believe that after the Big Bang, the
universe was composed only of hydrogen, helium and a
trace of lithium--the lightest elements--and that the
other naturally-occurring elements were forged inside
stars, which are essentially gigantic nuclear furnaces."
      "The first generation of stars that formed from the
gas and dust cast outward by the explosion were massive,
fast-burning and short-lived.  When they exploded as
supernovae, they began tainting the universe with the
first doses of the heavier elements.  This debris formed
the (second-generation) stars like HE0107-5240."
(Editor's Comment: Can't they come up with a catchier
name than HE0107-5240? Since this star is so old, why
don't we call it Methuselah?)
      "'It's clear that these very first stars were very
different from present-day stars,' said Volker Bromm of
the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in
Cambridge, Mass."  (See the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune
for November 3, 2002, "Ancient star's discovery might
offer clues to the young universe," page 21A.)


      "More than 33 years after the United States landed
men on the moon, NASA is spending more than $15,000 to
convince people that it really did happen and that the
space agency didn't make it all up."
      "Stubborn conspiracy theorists claim that NASA's six
Apollo-program moon landings were faked.  After decades
of belittling and ignoring them, NASA has decided to
fight back."
      The space agency "hired James E. Oberg, a Houston-
based aerospace engineer and award-winning author of 10
books on space, to confront skeptics point by point.
Many scientists have already done that on the Internet,
but skeptics remain unconvinced."
      "'Ignoring it only fans the flames of people who are
naturally suspicious,' Oberg said."
      "Last year, FOX Television twice broadcast a show
entitled: Conspiracy Theory: Did We Really Land on the
Moon? and NBC's Today Show staged a debate on the topic."
      "Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, recently
punched a conspiracy theorist who had been pestering him
to swear on a stack of Bibles that the landing was real."
      "After the FOX show first aired, NASA put out a one-
paragraph press release titled, 'Apollo: Yes, We Did.'"
      "Yet a 1999 poll found that 11 percent of the
American public doubted the moon landings happened, and
FOX officials said such skepticism increased to about 20
percent after their show, which was seen by about 15
million viewers."
      "Oberg 'has got one hell of a job ahead of him,'
said skeptic Ralph Rene, a New Jersey carpenter who said
he's self-taught in physics and has self-published two
books.  One book claims that the moon landing didn't
happen; the other criticizes Isaac Newton's grasp of
physics.  'I couldn't care less what they do.'"
      "'It's a real shame that it has to be done,' said
Sonoma State University astronomy professor Phil Plait.
'The problem is, if you ignore a problem, it doesn't go
      "But confronting conspiracy theorists usually
doesn't convince them, either, said historian Gregory
Camp, author of Selling Fear: Conspiracy Theories and
End-Times Paranoia."
      "'The true believers in that kind of thing already
have the answers--at least in their eyes,' Camp said,
'It's incredible that a book like that has to be
written.'"  (See the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for
November 3, 2002, "NASA battles moon-landing skeptics,"
page 21A.)


      "A French teenager was killed and two children were
injured Wednesday," October 30, 2002, "by a World War I
mortar shell."
      "The children were playing with the shell in a
courtyard in Wettolsheim," near Colmar in France's
department of Haut-Rhin 90 kilometers (54 miles) south of
Strasbourg, "when it exploded."
      "A 14-year-old boy was killed.  His younger brother
was wounded in the leg, and another child was injured."
      "Residents in the region occasionally find buried
shells from the war, which ended" November 11, 1918,
"eighty-four years ago."  (See the Duluth, Minn. News-
Tribune for October 31, 2002, page 2A.)
(Editor's Note:  Last year, leftover World War I gas
shells threatened to wipe out the town of Vimy in
northern France.  For the whole story, see UFO Roundup,
volume 6, number 16, "Blast from the past: World War One
ammo dump threatens French town," page 5.)

 From the UFO Files...


      Saturday, November 1, 1755, was market day in
Lisboa, the capital of Portugal, as it was throughout
that country.  By 9:30 a.m., the pracas of the Cidade
Baixa (Portuguese for Lower City, i.e. the neighborhoods
along the Rio Tagus and the waterfront--J.T.) were full
of vendors hawking wares, children playing and housewives
buying groceries for the coming week.
      Just then, a terremoto (earthquake) shook the
cobblestoned streets.  Bells rang throughout the city's
Roman Catholic churches, and the church spires and palace
towers vibrated as if struck by an invisible hammer.
      One minute passed.  Then a second devastating tremor
struck.  This time, the streets heaved and bucked, and
buildings weakened by the first shock crumbled in showers
of adobe dust and orange clay tiles.  Screams echoed
throughout Lisboa as the vibration continued for a full
two minutes.
      Another two minutes passed.  And, as people began
digging away in the rubble of shattered house facades for
trapped relatives, a third violent shock set the city
trembling from the hilltop heights of Graca to the church
of Sao Nicolau in the Cidade Baixa.  "And a red cloud of
suffocating dust settled fog-like over the ruins" of the
      "One very important and consoling discovery was that
the catastrophe of 1 November (1755) was not a cruelly
sudden stroke that fell without warning; however wicked
they might have been, the (Portuguese) people thought God
should have given them some advance notice of the
punishment to come in order that there might be an
opportunity for repenting; and, in fact, it was found
that Lisbon had been told of the coming disaster by
prophecies to which insufficient attention had been
      Indeed, the earthquake had been predicted five years
earlier by Sister Maria Joanna, an elderly nun who lived
at the convent in Lourical.  On a summer day in 1750, at
vespers in the early evening, Sister Maria Joanna was
praying in the olive garden when a man in Middle Eastern
robes approached her.  Looking more closely, the nun
gasped out loud.  How many times had she seen that
bearded face on the crucifix in the chapel?  Her visitor
was none other than Jesus Christ.
      Breathless, her heart pounding in excitement, she
blurted, "My Lord!"
      "Carry my message to the people of Portugal, Maria
Joanna," Jesus said, placing his hands on her shoulders.
"I am deeply offended by their wickedness.  Those who
live in Lisboa are the worst of all.  Your countrymen
have feasted well on the fruits of empire.  The wealth of
Africa, South America and the Indies spills onto the
docks of Lisboa.  But an empire built on greed and murder
and injustice is an abomination in My Father's sight.
Urge them to repent, Maria Joanna, for if they do not,
Lisboa will be destroyed in the near future."
      Jesus made other predictions, as well, including one
which was not fulfilled until the early Twentieth
Century.  "Many miracles will be seen in the mountains.
Out of Aljustrel, smallest of the villages around Ourem,
I will summon my disciples."
(Editor's Comment: The three Fatima seers, Lucia Abobora
dos Santos, Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto, were all
born in Aljustrel.  The envelope, please.  And the winner
of the 1755 Nostradamus Award is...Sister Maria Joanna do
      During the earthquake itself, people reported an
apparition of the Blessed Virgin..  "It was said that in
the Hieronymite Church in Belem, the figure of Our Lady
was collapsed on the floor at the foot of the Cross,
overcome with grief at the terrible punishment of the
Lisbon people.  She cried aloud, 'It is enough, My Son.
It is enough!'"
      "In the Igreja da Sa (now Lisboa's Cathedral--J.T.)
a raging fire stopped before the 'holy image of Nossa
Senhora a Grande,' leaving her safe in the background
vestibule."  Neither the statue's robes nor the flower
blossoms in her hands were scorched by the flames, which
suddenly and mysteriously extinguished.
      Such were the strange incidents reported in the
Lisboa earthquake of 1755. (See the book The Lisbon
Earthquake by T.D. Kendrick, J.P. Lippincott Co.,
Philadelphia, Pa., 1955, pages 114 to 121.)

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