Published monthly by `Understanding,’ a non-profit organization dedicated to the propagation of a better understanding among all the peoples of the earth, and of those who are not of earth.






Vol. II                                                July, 1957                                                 No. 7




LET US IMAGINE a small tropical island in the South Seas, where the waters teem with edible fish, the jungle is full of game, and all sorts of fruits and vegetables grow freely and with no cultivation. If we assume that the entire population of this island consists of half a dozen people, and if no outsiders ever visit this island, we can readily see that there would be little or no reason to create the medium of exchange which we call money.

If one member of the group chanced to be more agile than the others, and therefore better able to climb trees and gather fruit, another would prove to be more adept at catching fish, while a third might develop superior methods of hunting game, etc. In this case, each of these individuals would find himself with a surplus of the particular commodity or service in which he specialized, but it would be relatively simple to arrange a direct exchange of the goods or service. There would be no need to create an artificial medium for such exchange. This method of direct exchange of goods or services is known as the barter system.

Such a system would operate quite efficiently, so long as there were only a few persons involved, and provided that their needs were few and simple. As the community grew in size and population however, and as the total number of available good and services increased, the hunter would find that lie had less and less time available for hunting because it required more and more of his time to locate those who wished to trade for the meat. Eventually, centers of trade would be established … specific locations where all those who had a surplus of any commodity conk} congregate, so that the exchange could be made more quickly and efficiently. This market place would solve a part of the problem of exchange, but there would still be difficulties. The hunter would discover that it frequently happened that the individual who desired his meat did not possess the commodity for which he wished to trade, and that those who did have the commodity had no particular need, at that moment, for his meat. If he were to dispose of his surplus, and at the same time fill his own needs, a complicated and roundabout series of trades would have to be under-taken. It would soon be realized in the community there was a need for a medium of exchange … a single symbol of value which could represent a fish, a cut of meat, a basket of fruit, or an afternoon’s work on a building project. And so money comes to our little tropic isle, solving some of our problems, but bringing with it a host of others.

The object, or material which is chosen as a medium of exchange, must be something which is acceptable to everyone. If the fisherman is to exchange his fish for mere symbols of value, he must be sure that the hunter or the fruit gatherer will accept these same symbols in exchange for their produce. Suppose we consider the use of sea shells as money on this particular island. We can readily see that we would have to choose a particular kind of shell which was not too plentifully found along the beaches. Otherwise, the fisherman, instead of trading his fish for the shells, would find it simpler to walk along the beach and collect his own. When we have chosen a particular kind of shell to use as money, its value in trade will automatically be determined by its scarcity. If the fisherman. while diligently combing the beach, could find an average of two shells per hour, and if, while diligently fishing, he could catch an average of one fish per hour, then two shells would be equal in value to one fish, since they represent the same amount of human effort. This ratio would hold true until the total value of the shells in use was equal to the total value of all the goods and services available.

Since the shells have no inherent value and are simply symbols of the goods and services which they represent, if more shells are introduced. the value of each will decline, and the shell seeker will find it more profitable to go fishing. Thus if we adopt as a medium of exchange an object that has no intrinsic value, and yet requires a certain amount of human effort to obtain, we will have a money system which is inherently stable since it is controlled entirely by the law of supply and demand, which is a natural law that requires no human agreement or legislation.

We have attempted, in this issue, to point out the simplicity of the ideal basis for the establishment of the symbol which we call money. Of course, the seashell, while it actually has been used as money by many primitive peoples, is far from ideal physically, as a unit of currency, since it is rather fragile, it does not stack well, and is usually- rather bulky. The physical characteristics of money, however, present only minor problems compared to the inherent hazards which accompany the development of a money system.

In our next issue we will attempt to show what happens when money ceases to be a symbol of human effort and becomes, instead, a separate entity.


A Fragment From the Book of the Golden Precepts

There are three truths that are absolute, and cannot be lost, but yet may remain silent for lack of speech.

The soul of man is immortal, and its future is the future of a thing whose growth and splendor has no limit.

The principle which gives life dwells in us, and without us, is undying and eternally beneficent, is not heard or seen, or smelt. but is perceived by the man who desires perception.

Each man is his own absolute law-giver, the dispenser of glory or ,gloom to himself: the decreer of his life, his reward, his punishment. These truths, which are as great as is life itself, are as simple as the simplest mind of man. Feed the hungry with them.



“Year Around Gift Suggestions”







IN RESPONSE to the many requests to know more about “Peace Pilgrim” who was mentioned briefly in the Spacecraft Convention Report, May 1957 issue of UNDERSTANDING, we are herewith introducing “Peace Pilgrim.”

You may see her walking through your town or along tile highway a silver haired women dressed in navy blue slacks and shirt, and a short tunic with pockets all around the bottom in which she carries her only worldly possessions. It says “PEACE PILGRIM” in white letters on tile front of the tunic and “10,000 MILES ON FOOT FOR WORLD PEACE” on the back. She has walked the 10,000 miles, but she continues her pilgrimage, and is now walking at least 100 miles in every Canadian Province. She walks without a penny in her pockets, and she is not affiliated with any organization. She walks as a prayer and as a chance to inspire others to pray and work with her for peace. She speaks to individuals along tile way, to groups in cities, through the medium of tile news services. Her vow is: “I shall remain a wanderer until mankind has learned tile way of peace, walking until I am given shelter and fasting until I am given food.”


There is a magic formula for resolving conflicts. It is this: Have as your objective tile resolving of the conflict–not the gaining of advantage. There is a magic formula for avoiding conflicts. It is this: Be concerned that you do not offend-not that you are not offended.


My friends, the world situation is grave. Humanity, with fearful, faltering steps, walks a knife-edge between complete chaos. Unless we, the people of the world, awake from our lethargy and push firmly- and quickly away from chaos, all that we cherish will be destroyed in tile holocaust which will descend.

This is the way of peace. Overcome evil with good, and falsehood with truth, and hatred with love. The Golden Rule would do as well. Please don’t say lightly that these are just religious concepts and are not practical. These are laws governing human conduct, which apply as rigidly as the laws of gravity. When we disregard these laws in any walk of life, chaos results. Through obedience to these laws, this frightened, war-weary world could enter into a period of peace and richness beyond our fondest dreams.



Thoughts on Service

Dear God, give me the fearlessness to see

That all these strange new paths are best for me. Let me not stand blindly at some door

That has slammed shut, though it stood wide before, And pounding there until my strength is done,

Fail then to see the newly opened one Leading to richer fields of worth

That only come thru selfless service here on earth.

-Author Unknown

Reprint from The Challenge, April, 1957


I turn to Thee. Lord of my- passing life:

I bow my head within my outstretched arms

And wait for Thee to fill my heart anew

With love and wisdom from Thy flowing store.

I know I never turn to Thee in vain

I know that always every call is heard;

Give then tonight and calm my stormy heart:

Teach me the perfect way. to give as

Thou, With wisdom, love for those whose pain I know.

No younger brother weak and frail as I

Let me not ask.  Fill Thou my soul with light

That I may shine on others even as Thou,

O! Thou whom I so love and have three times seen.

Elsa de Pierrefeu





“As I was walking along Walnut Street in a westerly direction, at approximately 7:50 P.M., July 3, 1957, near the intersection of Mar Vista Avenue my attention was drawn to a dark object in the sky to the northwest. At first glance I thought it was a kite, but as I watched its behavior it appeared that the object was not a kite, but something that looked more like a sausage about five or six feet in diameter and perhaps ten or twelve feet long. It was larger than I had at first thought, and therefore probably somewhat farther away than it first appeared to be . I estimated its first appearance to have been in the vicinity of Orange Grove and Los Robles Avenues, Pasadena, and the altitude at approximately- 1000 feet. it was dark colored, showed no lights at any time, no vapor trail (of course!) or smoke trail, or flame. It bobbed up and down and sideways, rather erratically, for a few minutes, gained perhaps two hundred feet or so of altitude, and then started toward La Canada in the northwest. its course appeared fairly level, but its “flight” was almost amusing. It kept turning from side to side, swinging lazily in about a 90 degree horizontal arc, as though it was casually looking at everything to its right and then turning to look at everything on its left. I don’t think it was making complete revolutions, but I may be mistaken about this. The swings were quite regular, and it kept on doing this until out of sight at a point i estimated to be about over the Los Angeles County fire station at the north end of the Devil’s Gate Freeway project in La Canada, some six or seven air miles away. The object traveled this distance in approximately fifteen minutes. During this entire time there was no evidence that any air was stirring. In my immediate vicinity- the leaves on the trees were motionless except for the slight movements created by the rushing of traffic. Clouds of smog, plainly visible against the western sky, and apparently lying at about the level of the UFO, didn’t move al all. I therefore assume the thing had some inward method of propulsion. If it had been a balloon how did it travel six miles in fifteen minutes?”

Submitted by Paul T. Collins.



L.A. Mirror News

AMARILLO, Tex., July 23 – (AP) — Two women were injured last night when a Trans-World airliner dipped suddenly in what its pilot said was an attempt to dodge an unidentified object.

Miss Mary Clark, 68, of North Adams, Mass., suffered head lacerations and a bruised back when thrown to the floor of the airliner. She was hospitalized here.

The hostess, Miss Dorothy- Rekow, suffered a bruised hip and possible back injuries. She said a suitcase fell on her. She went on to Tucson with the flight.

The pilot of the four-engine Constellation said he was flying at 18,000 feet on instruments when he sighted the running lights of an object bearing down on them.

Capt. G. M. Schemel of Kenosha. Wis., said he dropped his plane 500 feet to avoid hitting the mysterious object and it vent overhead. He said the incident occurred at 10 p.m.

“I have no idea what the object was,” he said. “When you see some-thing like that you’re too busy avoiding it to try to identify it.”



Sara Gabriel Valley Tribune, July 29, 1957

LOS ANGELES (AP)— A bright meteor put on a dazzling display over Southern California last night.

Persons watching the phenomenon said their attention was first drawn to the meteor by a trail of sparks. They said a brilliant explosion followed.

The flash appeared to be bright yellow in some sections and blue-white or incandescent in ethers.

A Mount Wilson Observatory • astronomer said the bright flash occurred 30 degrees above the eastern horizon while the object was moving from west to east.




“Other worlds and other dreams come tumbling fast at night. Far childish dreams were ever thus, defending Self from sight, Beyond the blue horizons, there are worlds men can’t destroy.. . Oh what a Peace is centered, when we fear but to destroy

Our love of Peace!

In other worlds of vision fair, we have but to dream,

And seek that vision in our hearts, before the Christ is seen.

Oh, Father, Hear us in our cry!

To hold the Earth a world of Truth and Blessings, as we dream’ For Earth is proof of cost of hate; and while we dream beyond… These gates we’ve made to hold us fast, we are closing on a race Of men God made to dwell within the circle of His Love.

For all the Universe is His! No world is better built.

So cast your dreams upon the world we live in!

The hearth of fear is at your door. You need to seek,

But seek no more out where the stars hold forth!

The world of Peace is Home of Love … and HERE,

When Man makes dreams come Home!”

(Received at Mission Inn, Riverside, California. in response to thoughts of life on other planets, that perhaps peace was there.)

by Hope Trozell

from Through the Open Key.



Hollywood, Calif.

… Understanding has an atmosphere… an aura, I think I can say…of dignity, of reliability…of inspiration. I don’t want to be without it.


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Pittsburgh, Pa.

. . . I have found this publication disappointing in many ways during the past year. It has given us very little information on UFO, even though it was Dan Fry’s report of his contact with such objects which gave him public standing in this field.

We look to him for more information on the UFO but instead have received highly questionable cultic teachings which seem to be advancing some manner of religious philosophy for which we have not asked.

Many of us are devoted to the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ and would like to learn about UFOs (if these are indeed real objects) and would like to do so without having the Christian Faith and Scriptures belittled and damaged in various ways… I otter my sincere belief that your magazine would gain far greater respect among intelligent people if it gave us non-cultic and non-religious information about UFO contacts. sightings and experiences ….


Editor’s Note: A regular department of UFO Questions and Answers will begin in our next issue.

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Atascadero, Calif.

. . I do not wish to miss a single issue for I feel that your publication is the most intelligent of the “space” publication that I read. I am currently writing an evaluation of the radiation controversy from the lay-man’s point of view and find “Understanding” of great Help.



Los Angeles, Calif.

Let me make a comment, as a friend, that should be helpful in choosing articles for your magazine in the future.

In the May issue you have reprinted some remarks from a daily newspaper (which any one can read.) What is more, Eleanor Roosevelt, known to be actively for Communists (Ed. note: ? ?) was the writer of the reprint. She of course would also be, for the same reason she backs up and recommends Communistic leaders for tile U.N.

As this stand for Communism is opposed to article editorials again .q Communism-in the same magazine, I believe, it is inconsistent. I felt you would appreciate my letting you know.


(See page 15 of May issue of “Understanding” for article mentioned in above letter.)

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Seattle, Wash.

Every time I read the latest issue of “Understanding,” the feeling of guidance comes to me stronger. If I cannot make a direct contact with our Guardians, I can certainly find the best possible substitute in “Understanding”.

Has every member of Congress received tile April issue” Has every sponsor of the “The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists” received tile April issue % If this has not been done and if you were willing to send copies to me, I would see that tile Chief Editor of B of A S receives these with the name of a sponsor. (Ed. note: Some copies hart been sent this subscriber.) Perhaps we need some enterprising Teen-ager “hep” in National Civics, to place the name of each Congressman on a copy of this issue and also to send them to tile Speaker of the House and Senate. (Bill Hamilton. your Teen Age Editor; David Norman, writer of the article on Radiation: or perhaps some one in this area whom I have in mind …)




Your Teen Age Editor, Bill Hamilton, is spending the summer at his home in New York City. He writes that he and Ives Lauriault are busy meeting new people and introducing them to Understanding, both the magazine and the Organization.


by Bill Hamilton

Look for the signs in nature for the ushering in of the Coming Age A black funnel of whirling wind reaching from the earth beneath into the clouds of the sky above … a black funnel of wind with as much destructive force as a nuclear explosion … this man calls a tornado.

A ripping and breaking and shaking of the rocks beneath … an earth shaking force which can completely ruin a city… this we call an earthquake.

There are many other manifestations of nature’s rebellious forces. The fury and destructiveness of the weather in the last twenty-four months is worse than tile previous seventy five years.

Man’s creation of war coupled with tile rebelling of nature’s forces will then fulfill the prophecy of, “When you see the abomination of desolation” (Matt. 29.), “then those things shall come to pass. And then will appear the sign of the Son of Alan in Heaven, and then will all the tribes or the earth mourn, and will see the Son of Man coming upon the clouds of Heaven with great power and majesty.” (Matt. 24)

The signs of the Son of Man have already appeared in tile heavens. Tire so-called “flying saucers” are the evidence.

Watch ! for the signs of the Corning Age of peace and beauty are now appearing!

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Any Teen Ager wishing to submit articles for Understanding are invited to do so. For the month of August, Pill Hamilton’s mailing address will be: 111 E. 17th St., Apt. 6, New York City, N. Y.



by Mary Handy

From The Christian Science Monitor, July 6, 1957

The American Association of University Women is officially opposed to much more nuclear bomb testing.

Two thousand delegates, representing some 40,000 college-educated American women cast a resounding vote for United States efforts toward an international agreement to suspend nuclear tests.

They voted that atomic energy should “be progressively removes? from military stockpiles and placed in the service of industry” under an international atomic energy agency.

These resolutions came after a day filled with discussions on foreign aid and international responsibilities. It was the fifth day of the association’s Diamond Jubilee convention in the Hotel Statler, Boston.

Francis 0. Wilcox, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, told the women from all parts of the nation that AAUW resolutions can have a real influence on government policy.

“I can assure you formal resolutions and petitions by organizations such as yours have much influence both on the legislative and executive departments of our government … They are an indispensable part of the policy-forming process in a democracy.”


From Los Angeles Mirror-News. July 25, 1957.

SACRAMENTO, July 25 — (AP)– An official of the State Fish and Game Department said today it “is conceivable a person could get a pretty good close of radioactivity” by eating fish taken from waters containing radio-active snow runoff.

But Frank Bragg, FDG) information officer, said there have been no reports of radioactive fish being found in California.

The State Public Health Department had reported that spot checks disclosed “a level of radioactivity higher than standard” in Sierra snow runoff at Lassen Park in Lassen County, Donner Summit in Nevada County and Gold Lake in Sierra County.

It said the radioactivity came from fall-out from Nevada atomic tests.


Your Editors are anxious to enlarge the scope of this magazine, in older that it be of interest and benefit to more and more people. The following are some “Why Don’t We?” suggestions which have been made lately.

“Why don’t we have at least a few Classified Ads– Many of us have services or articles which we think would be of benefit to other readers. For instance, perhaps we have a book to sell which is out of print and generally unobtainable, or perhaps we are looking for just such a book, which another reader might be able to supply.”

F.S. and C.J.


“Why don’t we have a more extensive Spacecraft Department? There are many people who have had interesting sightings which they would like to share. So why don’t we ask readers to cooperate by sending in their reports?”

E.T. and P.C.

“Why don’t we have more articles by Sam Ritchie, who wrote Understanding Ourselves, which appeared in the May issue?”

Mrs. B.S.



Out of the stilted text of a book published in the year 1758, translated into English from Latin during tile 19th century, comes the description of something seen regularly in the spirit world by the Lord’s servant, Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), which adds up to an unearthly sight like a flying saucer. The book on “Earths in the Universe” tells how spirits from the planet Mercury wander among tile stars in crowds which move in a formation like a globe. These spirits told him they knew of hundreds of thousands of planets inhabited by mankind.

“They do not abide long in one place,” goes the story, “or in company with the spirits of one world, but wander through the universe. (EU 24.) “The spirits of that planet (Mercury) go in companies and phalanxes, and when assembled together they form as it were a globe; thus they are Joined together by the Lord, that they may act in unity, and knowledges of each may be communicated to all and knowledges of all with each-as is the case in heaven.” (EU 25).

Flying saucer fans are divided into two classes, one looking only for material solid craft from other planets, the other accepting reports of sightings seen by extra-sensory perception, some folks being able to see them, but others not. This class leans on telepathy for reported contacts if the space people are not actually seen. The massed flights of spirits described by Swedenborg would come in this class. In the same work lie describes a telepathic session with some who were vastly distant, heading for the stars at that time.

“That, they wander through the universe to acquire the knowledges of things, appeared to me also from this circumstance, that once, when they appeared very remote from me, they discoursed with me thence, saying that they were then gathered together, and journey out of tile sphere of this world into the starry heaven.” (idern).

Reprint front NHR

Bill Rawlinson, writer of the above article, is the Editor of NHR which is published monthly in Los Angeles.



We are looking forward to having a good crowd in attendance at the First Annual Spacecraft Picnic. It will be held on September 8, 1957, at Alhambra Park, Alhambra, California. This will be a family style picnic, and Understanding will serve lemonade. All who are interested in “saucers” are invited to attend and have a good time. We will have games for the “big and little kids.” Here is a chance to meet your friends again and also to make some new ones. For more information write to Understanding, 11376 Frankmont, El Monte, California.

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Understanding is happy to announce that Hope Troxell’s book “Wisdom of tile Universe” is, at long last, available. We wish to thank tile very many subscribers and readers who have waited so patiently for tile release of this book. Due to unavoidable publication delays, the publication date had been changed twice. We feel that this is an inspiring message from Outer Space Beings and know that you will agree, after reading this offering, that Hope Troxell has been an excellent “Recorder.” It is priced at $3.25, postpaid, and Hope will be glad to personally autograph a copy for you. We also have a few copies of her booklet of poems, “Through the Open Key.” These are thirty-five cents each.

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It has been reported that “Spacecraft Day” at Harmony Grove, near Escondido, California, was a great success. In fact, spacecrafters have been invited to return and present a more extensive program next year.

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Mr. Frank Edwards, well known Radio Commentator, whom we all know to be interested in the subject of UFO, will make his only west roast appearance on Thursday, August 8th 8 P.M. at tile Baces Hall, 1,529 N. Vermont St., Hollywood. Mr. Edwards is the author of the boot: “Strangest of All,” and tile article “The Plot to Silence Me” which ap-peared in the June 1957 issue of Fate :Magazine.

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Again, the request is made to the secretaries of all Units of Understanding and of other Spacecraft Clubs all over the world to send in news items, announcements and reports of your activities. We will print them in the Bulletin Board.

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Alex Volkov, Chairman of the Building Committee wishes to thank those who have sent contributions toward the “Desert Center of Under-standing.” If they continue at the present rate, we shall be able to start building in August. Reports of progress will appear in this column.

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Beginning in the next issue, Understanding will feature a column of Questions and Answers. Your Editor and Corresponding Secretary try to keep abreast of the volume of mail, but feel that the answers given some of the questions, especially pertaining to UFOs, would be of general interest to others. Please send them in. We do not print names-initials only-except by request of the contributor, as in the case of the reader who wishes to have his name and address listed in order to receive correspondence from other readers.

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Any suggestions and criticisms, particularly Of a constructive nature. will also be welcomed for the “Why Don’t We ?” column which begins with this issue.


We do not need more national developments, we heed more spiritual development. We do not need more intellectual power, we need more spiritual power. We do not need more knowledge, we need more character. We do not need more law, we need more religion. We do not need more of the things that are seen. we need more of the things that are unseen.

Calvin Coolidge




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WISDOM OF THE UNIVERSE, by Hope Troxell ……………  3.25

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I RODE A FLYING SAUCER, by George Van Tassel ……………  1.00

AMERICA KNOW THY DESTINY, by Frank Spiva ……………  2.50

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INTO THIS WORLD AND OUT AGAIN, by George Van Tassel ……..  1.50

WORLD WITHIN, by Gina Cerminara …………  4.00

PEACE, by Florence Donovan ………..  .50

SAUCER DIARY, by Israel Norkin ……  3.00

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THE VENUSIANS, by Lee Crandell ………….  2.00

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