Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Gurkha Ghost

Buffalo Courier Express

Sunday, April 25, 1955

Page 36 D

Ghost Keeps Endless
Vigil on Fort Sentry

Editor's Note—An extra sentry wallet the post at night on
Khamba Fort. It is the "ghost of the Gurkha Havildar," and
high in the Kashmir Mountains he keeps the other sentries
alert. When they falter, he calls out, and sometimes slaps
their face.

—When night comes to the
mountains of Kashmir, the men
of Khamba Fort are tense. No
sentry dares sleep on duty here.
For Indian army men who
guard this fort are—or so they
believe—watched over by the
"ghost of the Gurkha Havildar."
And he is a harsh taskmaster.
In these mountains, where superstition
abounds, the legend
of the Gurkha ghost has become
famous. It is whispered
through the battalions facing
Pakistan forces across the
ceasefire line that divides this

army officers, although
disbelieving the legend, are content
to let it grow because the
Gurkha ghost solves many disciplinary
problems in Khamba
Indian troops swear he prowls
the fort at night, slapping the
faces of sentries who aren't
alert and using his best parade
ground language to berate slovenly
The legend springs from fact
—a heroic one-man assault on
Khamba Fort during the bitter
1948 war between India and
Pakistan for Kashmir. The fort,
held by Pakistani forces, had
fought off Indian troops for

a Gurkha Havildar (sergeant)
found a crack In the fort's
steep, thick stone walls and one
night, armed only with grenades
and a knife, crept inside. He
killed all the defenders but was
fatally wounded himself
It is the ghost of this Gurkha
that is said to roam Khamba
Lance Nalk (corporal) Ram
Prakash is among the fort's
current defenders who say they
have met the Gurkha ghost. It
happened one night recently
when firing broke out along the
cease-fire line.
A terrifying voice rose, he
says, from a turret on the
fort's wall: "I have given my
life for this post. Why are you
so slack?"

Prakash, came the sound of a
face being slapped.
It was learned later, Prakash
says, that a sentry in the turret
was nodding over his rifle and
was accosted by the Gurkha
The men of Khamba Fort say
they know the Gurkha ghost
well. Each can describe in detail
the clothing worn by the
weird figure they say strides
the ramparts at night (by all accounts
he invariably appears
wearing only one shoe. The other
apparently was lost in battle
17 years ago).

ON OUR SIDE-"The ghost of
that man is very alert," says
Naik Karam Singh. "He Is a
very good soldier. And I guess
we're really not afraid of him
bedause we know he is on our
Besides, the men of Khamba
Fort are very careful to put out
cups of tea and sweets to placate
the lonely Gurkha ghost
who m a i n t a i n s his vigil
throughout the night.
And, they say, the tea and
sweets always are gone by day.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Serpent with a Mane!

The Buffalo Courier

Saturday, June 29, 1895

Page 2


Good View of His Snakeship Obtained

Near Traverse Beach, Mich.

Traverse City, Mich., June 28.—A resident

near Traverse Beach, resort, three

miles from here, was greatly alarmed yesterday

morning at the appearance of what

looked like a monster sea serpent. It was

discovered by the children of Mrs. Whit-

ing. The monster first' appeared 100 feet

from the shore. It raised its head from

the water about six feet, showing a flowing

mane and huge flappers on the neck

and long hair on the back. Mrs. Whiting

went to the shore and examined it through

opera glasses. It gamboled about for an

hour, but its entire length could not be


Frank Durfee fired his shot gun at the

creature without perceptible effect. Sev-

eral shots followed and finally the serpent,

after rearing its great hairy head

into the air and waving its flappers, disappeared,

creating a wild disturbance in

the water.

Some who saw the object declare it was

60 feet loug and that its jaws extended a

foot, with long fangs on the upper and

lower jaws. All the witnesses are well

known and reliable.

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Chautauqua County Sea Serpent!

The Buffalo Courier

Monday, October 8, 1894

Page 2


He Showed Himself in 
Chautauqua County in 1817.


But He Was Eclipsed by an Ocean
Rival That Inspired a 
Mayville Bard.

To the Editor of the Courier:
The record given in yesterday's Courier
of the public appearance of the great lake
serpent is not complete. He was first seen
off the shore of Chautauqua County, more
than 75 years ago, as appears by the following
extract from a paper published in
Erie, Pa , in July, 1817:

"On the 3d of July, 30 miles below this
place, and three miles from land, the crew
of the schooner Gen. Scott saw a serpent
35 or 40 feet in length, and its neck, which
it put out of the water a few yards from
the vessel, 10 or 12 inches in diameter. Its
color was a dark mahogany, nearly black.
The lake was smooth, and they had a perfect
view of it for more than a minute."

The locality designated is between Barcelona
and Van Buren Point so the serpent
clearly belongs to Chautauqua County,
 When the description of his snakeship
reached Boston, there was a fear that the
Atlantic was losing prestige, and that its
fame would be eclipsed by a Western fresh
water pond; a feeling undoubtedly like that
which filled the breast of a gallant colonel
of a crack regiment in the late War, who,
when he was informed by his chaplain that
there had been a revival of religion in a
rival regiment and that 10 men had been
baptized, called his orderly and told him to
detail 15 men for immediate baptism, adding
'that he'd be blanked if he'd be outdone
by any regiment in the service. So very
soon in the Eastern papers appeared an account
of the splendid sea-serpent seen by
Cant. Wheeler in the harbor of Gloucester,
Mass., 100 feet long with a head as long
as that of a horse, and a body as large as
a barrel. This magnificent denizen of the
salt, sea was too much for our ophidian,
and he sank into obscurity. Even James
H. Price, who lived in Mayville and was
our own poet laureate, deeply chagrined,
undoubtedly, that the weakness of the Lake
Erie people should be such that they should
be tempted into telling the first snake
story, blushed for the honor of the county.
He felt that our snake was too small. In
his ode to the Eastern snake he entirely
ignored the little fresh-water wiggler seen
from the schooner Gen. Scott between Barcelona
and Van Buren Point, went after
strange gods, and invited the Eastern serpent
to come through the Erie Canal when
it should be completed and visit our Western waters.

We copy the greater part of his ode
which was published in Mayville in
Chautauqua Eagle in 1819.

Ode to the Sea Serpent.

"Monstrum horrendum informe ingens."

"Majestic wanderer of the deep,
O, could I catch thee fast asleep.
And learn exact thy shape and quantity,
I'd give the richest verse to flow,
And joyous round thy brow bestow
The wreath of immortality.

"But whether speckled, green, or black
Thy belly white or striped thy back,
No mother's son has told;
Were I permitted now to choose
Thy dress, I'd give the brightest hues,
Sea-green and burnished gold.

"An oysterman. by way of feint,
Clep'd Capt. Wheeler, makes complaint,
His face with terror pale,
That very much to his surprise,
He saw your worship's head and eyes—
But not your worship's tail.

"And many a goodly gallant sail
Shall see thy head, perchance thy tail.
Through long succeeding years;
While off Cape Ann or off Cape Cod
Right valiantly they swear by G—d
Tour serpentineship appears."

"Dost know, that we New Yorkers shall
Soon have a "big ditch" called canal
By cash and toll unsparing?
And when complete, the work
Kindly we'll let your highness thro
To take a western airing.

"Maybe fresh water don't agree.
Most mighty king of snakes, with thee,
Nor suit thy princely notion:
And thou thy prefer'st for toil or play,
In melancholy mood or gay
The azure paths of ocean.

"Then like a meteor snake afar
Long may'st thou shine the sailor's star;
Give every whale a whipping;
And prithee stand, with two bright eyes
(Till we can get some new supplies)
A lighthouse for our shipping."

O. E.
Sinclairvllle. Chautauqua County, October 6.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

32 Foot Monster Shark !


Week Ending May 30, 1909

Some Big Sharks.

Sharks often attain a very large size
along the Pacific Coast, especially off
the shores of Southern California.
Very recently a monster shark was
captured by two Italian fishermen In
San Pedro Bay, that is claimed to be
largest fish of that kind ever
caught in the world, says a writer in
the Scientific American. Beyond doubt
It is certainly one of the largest ever
captured anywhere.

When drawn out of the water and
killed, this sea monster weighed 14,000
pounds. It measured from tip to tip
32 feet, and the circumference of the
body just forward of the huge dorsal
fin was 15 feet. Across the fearful
mouth—horizontally—when opened It
was 2 1/2 feet, while from the tip of
the snout to the point of the lower
Jaw it measured 3 1/2 feet.

The shark became hopelessly en-
meshed in some 1,500 feet of the fishermen's
net. The net he speedily tore
Into strips, but, in the giant creature's
efforts to escape the strings and ropes
were wound many times around its
gills, and the shark was held a fast
prisoner. Despite its long and frantic
struggles for freedom, the shark was
finally stranded and killed with harpoons.
The struggle lasted for more
than an hour. The monster's stomach
was found full of fish. It was engaged
in robbing the net whan It became entangled.

So far as here known, the largest
shark previously caught was twenty-two
feet long—ten feet shorter than
the San Pedro Bay monster. In capturing
the latter the two fishermen
had many narrow escapes from being;
snapped up by the creature. It made
a long, savage and desperate struggle
for its life. The shark was skinned
and stuffed and has been placed on
exhibition. Efforts, it is understood,
are being made by the Smithsonian
Institution to secure this splendid
specimen of the shark family.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Flying Fish !


Monday, July 24, 1916



A. H. JACKLES Was Dozing Away on Sands of Beach
Near Boston When the Unusual "Something" Came
Along and Got Itself Hooked.


(By Special Wire to The Courier).

Boston, July 23.—A fish that can fly
and swim and walk has, been caught
at Pemberton by Abraham H. Jackles
of No. 1014 Elmwood avenue, Buffalo,
who is a summer guest at the Hotel
Pemberton. It nearly startled the
fisherman out of his wits.

When the dozing sportsman was
aware that he had "got" something he
proceeded in a leisurely fashion to haul
in his line. The "something" made
quite a tussle. When it finally appeared
above the surface it spread Its
wings and while the amazed owner of
the line stared, open mouthed. It flew 
a few yards up into the air.

One of the men at the wharf came
over to see what all the excitement
was about. He. too, gaped. Together
the two men hauled the fish up to the
edge of the landing. As soon as the
protesting denizen of the deep struck
the planks he thrust forth six feet and
began to amble away toward the hotel,
perhaps with the idea that accommodations
might be waiting him.

Walter O. Cobb, the wharf agent,
said "the thing actually walked away
at about five miles an hour." Mr.
Jackles is so deeply interested In his
unusual catch that he has sent it to
a taxidermist in the city to have it mounted.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Army Officers See Lake Serpent!

The Buffalo Morning Express

Monday Morning, March 27, 1893

page 2

Lake Sea Serpent

This Must be the Same Monster
Which The Express Reporter
Interviewed Last Summer


Chicago corr. Detroit Tribune.

There is a sea serpent in Lake Michigan.
so, at least, the officers and men at Fort 
Sheridan think since the strange and exciting
experience that befell Capt. Brinkerhoff
and Lieut. Blauveit last Wednesday
afternoon.  The enlisted men are so sure
that a fearful and unknown monster is lying 
in wait for unfortunates off the shore that
a wave of resolutions has passed over 
the post. Several brave and convivial soldiers
have totally reformed and 200 others
have signed the pledge to let liquor alone.

The Captain and the Lieutenant saw the

Capt. H. R. Brinkerhoff is one of the oldest
and most respected officers in the army.
Last wednesday afternoon a black speck on
the waves directly off his house attracted
his attention.  It was evidently coming
toward shore, and as it approached it
grew rapidly in size.  It disappeared beneath 
 a wave, and reappeared again, a huge object
that gave signs of life.

The Captain isn't an excitable man but,
at the moment he felt a queer sensation.
He caught up a field glass and ran toward
the end of the bluff.

Lieut. W. F. Blauveit of company G of
the 15th occupies a residence directly opposite
Capt. Brinkerhoff.  The latter called to
"Oh, Blauveit, come out and look at this
thing in the lake!"

"What is it? the Lieutenant asked.

"I don't know. Come and see. Fetch your
glass and hurry up."

The two officers hurried forward to the
edge of the bluff and leveled their glasses.

"The creature poked its head up" said the 
Captain, "and we plainly saw it with our
naked eyes and through the glasses. The 
head was very large, dark above and light 
colored underneath. We could not see the 
features distinctly, but it looked like an 
alligator's head.  The creature appeared to be
benumbed or disabled. It got entangled in
the ice."  he continued, "and began to struggle.
The effort seemed to revive it.  It disappeared
but quickly came to the surface
again at the identical spot where we had
first got a good view of it.  It looked toward
us for an instant and then turning around
made its waydirectly out into the lake.  It
described almost a letter S with its body in
turning, and we got an expedient view of
it.  The serpent, or whatever it was, I 
estimated to be 30 feet long."

"There is no chance that there was a mistake,
 Captain?" was asked.

The big officer straightened himself with
all the dignity of his rank, "No sir," he 
replied, emphatically: "We saw it."

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Cuban "Bimini Road"!

The "Bimini Road' is a stone structure near the North Bimini island of the Bahamas. Some believe it is a unusual natural formation.  But, it is also believed to be evidence for the lost continent of Atlantis!  It is a series of large rectangular rocks in a long row.  It is interpreted as a road or wall.  See the link for a good article on the "Bimini Road." 

Now, using "Google Earth" a new "Bimini Road" has been found ... in Cuba!  Off the north shore of the Pinar Del Rio province of Cuba.  You can see a series of large rocks in a straight line, and a second smaller row intersecting the first row to make a cross.  The north/south line is just under a mile in length, the cross row is just over a 1/2 mile going east/west.  This new discovery may support the artificial nature of the original Bimini road.  It indicates some sort of culture building these structures around the islands of the Gulf and southern Atlantic. They could be roads, but to where? Perhaps these are giant docks for fleets of ships.  Warships or fishing and trading ships.

The Cuban "Bimini Road."

Highlighted road or cross.

The Cuba discovery also raises some questions about alleged structures found near the west end of Cuba.  A research company conducting sonar scans found a possible lost city on the ocean floor. The new road may be further evidence of a lost culture building in the area!   See the link for further information on this lost city.

Gurkha Ghost

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