Night Watch

Liberal Translation of Write-up by P. Keller
in FIGU Bulletin #50 (Schmidrüti, Switzerland: F.I.G.U., Dec., 2004)
J. W. Deardorff, April 2011

On 23-24 May, I had the first night watch. It was cold for this time of year. For this reason, the night sky was clear and dotted with stars. As usual on the night watch, they held me spellbound. Because it was quiet around the Center, nothing spoke out against the silence. Walking the guard rounds, I gave in to the fascination of the starry night sky by casting an upward glance at the heavens now and then.

On my first round, I beheld just one telemeter disk, which moved in its straight course as a light traveling across the sky. Thereupon it occurred to me, that this telemeter disc didn't cross in front of any stars on its way across the star-studded night sky, or only passed very close to them. The path of the disc was star-free, interestingly. As a result I addressed Billy about my observation when I met him in the kitchen of the Center after my first round. He answered my question [a different question], whether the Plejaren still would always have the large and bright telemeter discs in operation at night, since for a long while much smaller discs were in use, with a clear "Yes." With the smaller and smallest disks, he said, the near or direct surface, etc., is monitored.

Shortly after our brief conversation, I said goodbye to Billy and started on my next round. As I came to the milk house [see map, No. 14] on the divided path next to the "Russian mobile home," I looked up at the sky and suddenly observed a large traveling light, which was approaching from the southeast at not too high an altitude. Before I could think about what it -- my sighting --could probably be, the object shone brightly for a brief moment. All of a sudden it dawned on me, that it could only be a beamship, because everything pointed to that, even the complete silence of the bright flying object. After the brightening up of the previously steadily shining object, its light went out completely; consequently there was nothing more to be seen. Also, there was no sound then to be heard, though I listened for several minutes under the night sky. Amazingly, although I've already seen several such nighttime "traveling lights," I still always look up at the firmament with a sense of joy and gratitude within me. On the way to the next check box, I looked at the clock, which showed just ten minutes to one. Suddenly I felt the need to inform Billy of my observation; therefore I quickly stepped into the house and went into the room where he took his nightly ration of medications. Shortly I told him everything, whereupon he forcefully and testingly looked at me and asked whether the ship then had been far away. Naturally I explained that in my assessment its estimated height must have amounted to 5000 to 7000 meters, that the object showed no blinking lights and made no noise, but should have been audible had it been an airplane. Billy then said that they were probably on a pleasure trip, and supposed they were probably our friends from the Plejaren [Pleiades], or their allies, whom we at the Center so often see day or night.