They then began to retrace their steps towards the place of encampment, and when within about a mile of the cavern the Wild Man crossed their path within twenty rods. They immediately gave chase again and ac ctdently drove the creature from the forest to an open prairie. At length he suddenly stopped and turned upon his pursuers. Mr. - Lincoln was then in the advance. Fearini that he might attack them or return to the woods and escape, he fired up on bun and lodged a charge or buck shot in the calf of his leg. He fell immediately, and the Indians sprang forward and threw their ropes over nis head, arms ana legs, and with much effort succeeded in binding him fast He struggled however most disperate- iygaitheri his teeth and howled in a fright ful manner. They then formed a sort of lit ierof branches and limbs of trees and plac ing him on it they carried him to the en campment. A watch was then placed over him and every effort made thai could be de vised to keep him quiet but he continued to bowl piteously all night. Towards tjorn . ine two small cubs about three feet high arid
quaintance, we went down to his rooms to examine this monster. He is a horrid looking creature. and reminds tis very siroiiij ly of the fabled satvrs as we have pictured them to our own mind. He is shout eihl feet three inches hhrh when stan-Iing erect, this frame is of a giant proportion in every part. His lees are not irtraiijht but like Those of any other four footed animal and his whole bodj is covered with a hide very much like that of the cow. His arms are very lare and long and ill proportioned. It does not appear from his manner that ho ever walked on all-fours. Tne fingers and toes are mere branches arm ed with stout claw?. Hts head is covered with thick course bl.tck h nr. Iik the main of a horse. The nppearaive of his counte nance, it such it miy he c.lie.l. is very ttis gusting nay, almost horrible. It is cov - ered with a thinner and lighter co:it than the rest of the bod v there is no apiic iryn.-e ofeve-bro-.vr now-, the mouth is vervlar- .- wide, & si.ml.tr to ihtloftho baboon. H- eyes Sic quite dull and heavy and there no indication of cunning or activity ah iit them. Mr. Lincoln s ivs h? is ho vend doubt carnivorous, as he universally rejects bread and vegetables and eats flesh with ureat a- vidity. He thin' he is of the ourang ou ting specit4;hut from what we have seen, we re iii':lnie I to consider him a wild animal Mi'd'a.ii resembling a m.iu. He is, to say t;ie I mi on of -Jie mot extraordinary crea tu.es ever brought before the public from any part ol the earth, or water nnder the brute and does nt :ipar to p issess more instinct than co union domestic animals. lle!pain au.nn a proporuon wi.icn woui.i wv is now queit tame and quie', nnd is confined : choice of operating with advantage. As with a stout chain att.itched to his ls. j tr discreiplions of American tohac
originally posted by: MichiganSwampBuck
I hate how the optical reader screws up the lettering. I having the same problem looking at articles from old newspapers in the 60s and 70s. I suggest carefully cleaning it up for the readers. I could get through it and do find the description compelling.
New (old) find, very cool.
originally posted by: OrphanApology
a reply to: whyamIhere
Anyone ever hear of that story where a guy was out in woods and a bigfoot ate his chewing tobacco and gagged on it? I think I might have asked this on here before but can't find it.
originally posted by: Gryphon66
I realize that early "newspapers" especially from the American "frontier" were known for wild stories, but it's a good point to make.
I've been following the Bigfoot/Sasquatch material for about 40 years. What struck me as unique about the 1840 article was a) how detailed the observations were that are later echoed by other eyewitness accounts and b) it's easy at this late date, after the widespread popularity of the Patterson film et. al., to believe that the perceptions of observers have been biased. However, I'm not aware (far from meaning it doesn't exist) of other reports in English of this level of detail which square so well with later accounts.
Thus, by the way I think of such things, this would seem to be a mostly "uncorrupted" account of what we would call a Bigfoot.
Scott McClean wonders if this is actually a newspaper hoax or merely is it a coincidence that has appeared on April 1st? He writes me: “I still think this one should be investigated more at the Boston Public Library….None of the content of the surrounding stories seem like April Fools or are far-fetched. This story was also reprinted in several newspapers later with no mention of it being a tall tale. Although, it could have been a well-crafted story based on actual “wild man” encounters!” www.cryptozoonews.com...