Friday, December 9, 2016

Star of Bethlehem?


Thursday, Dec. 24, 1970

Page 3

3 Planets to Converge

The Washington Post

W A S H I N G T O N - Three

planets will appear to come

closer together in the skies on

Christmas morning to produce

an event similar to the one that

brought the wise men to Bethlehem

more than 1,970 years ago.

The planets are Jupiter,

Venus and Mars, which will rise

in the east about four hours before

sunrise Dec. 25 and wander

westward with Venus in

the middle and no more than

15 degrees separating Jupiter

and Mars.

"It's not a remarkable grouping."

an astronomer said

Wednesday, "but lt is what I'd

call an interestingly close


A remarkable grouping did

take place In 7 B. C, which Is

within a year of the time the

Christ child is believed to have

been born.

For a period of 15 months.

Jupiter and Saturn came within

a few degrees of each other

three times and the two giant

planets appeared to join together

with Mars on a fourth

occasion in 6 B, C.

T h e s e planetary groupings

were treated with utmost seriousness

by scholars. Partly because

Saturn was said to govern

the destiny of the Jews and

partly because Jupiter was said

to rule the destinies of kings.

The coming together of Jupiter

and Saturn three times in

one year is an event that happens

once every 125 years. The

conjunction of the two planets

with Mars occurs with even less

frequency, once every 805 years.

This year's grouping of Jupiter,

Mars and Venus takes place

about once every 15 years. The

odd thing shout it this year Is

that It is happening right at


The suggestion that three

massed planets might have been 

tho Star of Bethlehem goes back

to the early 17th Century, when

it was proposed by German astronomer

Johannes Kepler.

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Ghosts of Westminster Abbey

Buffalo Courier Express

Wednesday, Feb 1, 1967

Page 16

In Hall of Kings

Abbey's Ghosts haunt
TV Producer and Crew

By Jack Gaver

ghosts of London's Westminster
Abbey have made a believer
out of television producer Harry

"1 have become rather fond of
my ghosts," Rasky said. "They
are playful and harmless. They
merely want you to know they
are around. They are distinguished
and art lovers, creative
and appreciative, but are annoyed
at being disturbed. These
ghosts are my friends—I hope."
Rasky met the ghosts while
filming at Westminster Abbey
for "Hall of Kings," a one-hour
ABC-TV documentary - drama
which will be colorcast from 10
to 11 p.m. Feb. 14.

"Until I went to work on 'Hall
of Kings,' I was, like you, skeptical,"
the producer said. "But
six weeks of constant night filming
inside the Abbey changed my
attitude completely. The ghosts
of Westminster called several
times, left their shadowed markings
on my film, and generally
stimulated our night vigils."
Rasky recalled the first time
he and his 20-man crew encountered
the Abbey ghosts.

"James Mason, the star and
host of the special, was standing
at the foot of Robert Browning's
grave in the famous poets' corner."
Rasky related.

"He had conjured up the spirit
of Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
acted by Ireland's superb
Siobhan McKenna, and they were
facing each other at opposite
ends of the tomb. Siobhan was
delivering her deeply felt lines,
How do I love thee.' The crew
was intense and involved. Tears
were in her eyes.

"Suddenly, there was a creaking
sound. Soundman Adrian
Klein looked pained and puzzled.
I shouted for silence, but none
of us had moved.

"Then we noticed the giant
oak door behind us, weighing
about half a ton and leading to
the ancient St. Faith's Chapel.
It had opened wide. We had not
touched it. There was no draft.
The door takes the strength of
a young man to open.

"On two other occasions, at
about 3 a.m., our ghosts' visiting
hour, the door opened mysteriously
again. One of our
group once saw a flash of brilliant
light in the room that was
in total darkness. You explain
it; I cannot."

Attempts to film a magnificent
marble figure of death in the Abbey 
also provided an experience.
"Each time we would pan on
it," Rasky said, "the film fogged.
One Abbey official later
told me: 'Oh, we've been trying
to photograph it for years. The
film always ghosts or fog's. No
technician has yet been able to
explain this.

"And each time Jim Godfrey,
our cameraman, panned past
another marble figure, a green
mist fogged the frame on film.
It never happened on any other
figure, only on this one of Lady
Elizabeth Nightingale. Apparent-
ly, she did not care to pose.

"I know I can never walk In
Westminster Abbey again after
dark among the graves of the
great and feel alone.

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Out of Africa ... A Dinosaur?

Buffalo Sunday Courier Magazine

April 9, 1922

Page 6

Strange New African Monster

F C. CORNELL, fellow of the Royal 

Geographical Society, who recently returned

to England after spending twenty

years in practically unknown parts of South

Africa, is author of a story about an unknown

monster that had been seen near the

great falls of the Orange river.

It has a huge head and a neck ten feet

long like a bending tree. It seizes the 

native cattle and drags them under water. The

natives call it "Kyman," or the Great Thing.

Last May Mr. Cornell, accompanied by two

white companions, W. H. Brown and N. B.

Way, of Cape Town, and three Hottentots,

went to the junction of the Oub and Orange

rivers to sea the monster if possible.

He writes! "At the cries of the natives

I saw something black, huge, and sinuous

swimming rapidly against the current in the

swirling rapids. The monster kept its

enormous body under water, but the neck

was plainly visible. The monster may have

been a very gigantic python,  but if It was

it was of an incredible size. This reptile

may have lived for hundreds of years.

Pythons approaching it in size have been

said to have lived that long."

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

"Jersey Devil" of Canada?

The Illustrated Buffalo Express

Buffalo, N.Y., Sunday, October 16, 1892

Page 2

Half Bird, Half Beast.

An Amazing Creature shot and
 Killed by a Veracious Canadian Farmer.


Montreal corr. New York Press
A most extraordinary story comes from

joliette today, which, if true, leaves forever

buried in the shadowy shade of oblivion

the most fantastic sea-serpent that

ever plowed the briny. It is an account

of the killing at the little village of Ste.

Emelie de l'Energie of a monster half bird,

half beast, whose classification will puzzle

the most deeply learned naturalist. While

I have not seen the monster in question

the "Enquirer" correspondent has the

story from the mouth of Mr. Medard Lassalle,

a wealthy and reputable farmer of

Ste. Emelie de l'Energie, whose son, 

Joseph Lassalle, captured and killed it,

and also from three well-known residents

of Joliette, where the monster now is being

prepared for exhibition to the scientists

 of McGill University of Montreal.

The story of the capture of the bird

beast and its description are as follows;

For two weeks past the farmers of Ste.

Emelie de l'Energie and neighboring villages

have suffered from the depredations

of some beast of prey, who nightly visited

their sheepfolds and carried off some of

the finest lambs. , It was generally supposed

that a bear was in the neighborhood,

and the farmers have been on the alert

for the capture of his bearship.

On Wednesday of last week. Joseph

Lassalle, a big young fellow of 25 years,

went in search of the supposed bear,

armed with a double-barreled rifle. Some

five miles back in the woods from the village

named he was startled by hearing a

loud croaking cry. and looking upward

he saw, circling high up in the air, an

immense creature that he at first took to

be a monster eagle.

The bird, or whatever it was, was rapidly

descending, and Lassalle, who was a

crack marksman, took careful aim and

fired. The monster was struck and

badly wounded by the heavy rifle bullet,

and, screaming with pain and rage, it

came tumbling to the earth. As it landed

he gave it the other barrel of the rifle,

and, still thinking it was an eagle, rushed

on it with his clubbed gun.

A terrible battle ensued, lasting for

several moments; then the victory was

with the man, and the monster lay dead at

his feet. He had now time for a closer

inspection of his game, but the thing presented

such an awful and unnatural appearance

that he was terror-stricken and

ran back to the village for help.

He was accompanied back by his father

and four other young farmers. The

monster was then carefully examined by

the farmers, who described it as follows:

It had two great wings measuring 15 feet

from tip to tip. The head, which was 15

inches in circumference, resembled that of

a Large monkey. The body was five feet

long, and, while the back part was covered

with big black feathers, the under

part was covered with a fur or coarse

hair. The feet or claws resembled the

legs of a wolf, and under the tail feathers

was a long appendage with a tuft at the

end that looked like the tail of a large

calf. Lying with wings extended on the

ground the monster looked as big as a

horse, and when weighed was found to

turn the scale at 300 pounds. A team had

to be sent for to bring it back to the village.

Then it was seen by Mr. Alderie 

Charland, a councellor of the town of Joliette,

who was going through the country

purchasing produce. He bought the monster,

probably for exhibition purposes,

from the Lassalles. and Friday evening

last it was brought by train to his place of

business in Joliette, where it is now in process

ot preparation to prevent decay, after

which it will be shipped to this city

for scientific examination. Those who

claim to have seen the monster say it is

the most extraordinary sight they ever

witnessed, and it is hardly possible that

all the respectable men who tell the story

about it can be lying, and, if not, what

can the monster be that is at present

causing such a sensation in the Joliette

district of the province ?

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Mississippi River Sea Serpent, ... with a Bill !

 Roman Citizen

Rome, NY

Friday, January 18, 1878

The Mississippi Monster

It Attacks a Produce Boat and Frightens
The Sailors

A few weeks ago, we published the particulars
of a sea monster, as related by a
tow-boat Captain. The Captain of the
tow-boat described the monster as resembling
an immense snake, with bull-dog
head and a pelican bill ten feet long. It
lashed the water into foam with its tail,
and spurted oblique streams of water forty
feet high. The monster attacked the
barge which the tow-boat had in tow.  After
it disappeared the Captain examined
the barge, and found a splinter from its
bill imbedded in the timber, which he said
resembled, ivory. '’

At the time of publishing the above we
felt a little inclined to doubt the monster
story, but now, after having ourselves interviewed,
two gentlemen who have seen
it, we really think there is a big sea monster
in the Mississippi River.

The gentlemen whom we interviewed
say that on the night of the 9th inst.,
while floating down the Mississippi. River
on Capt. Ed.. Baker's produce boat, when
near Island No. 95, they were startled by
a very loud splash in the water, and as
they had heard of the great monster, they
were very much frightened. They saw .a
dark object not more than 80 yards from
the boat, and for the first time saw the
huge monster. It was. swimming at a
pretty fast rate toward the boat, and it
made as much noise as the steamer R. E.
Lee. It came on, and as it neared the
boat it suddenly turned to the right, striking
the stern oar and knocking it overboard.
John Caughlin and Dud Kelly
alone remained on the roof, the balance of
the crew taking refuge in the cabin. The
monster came near enough to enable these
two gentlemen to get a full view of him.
They judged him to be about 65 feet in
length. His body was shaped like a
snake, his tail forked like a fish, and he
had a bill like that of a pelican. His bill
was fully, six feet in length. He had a
long flowing black mane like a horse.
When he swam his head was eight, feet
above the water. It was a grand sight to
see him move down the river. Messrs.
Caughlin and Kelly tell us that it was impossible
to induce the crew to come out
that night. . The pilot, Mr. McCune
George, was finally, lead out by his wife,
she assuring him that the great monster
had departed; .

Capt. Baker's boat is now moored at
our landing, at the foot of Main street.
All of his crew, except one man, have
abandoned her, and Capt. Baker says it is
impossible to get a crew, as the men think
the monster is still-following her. 
–Natchez (Miss.) Democrat

The Rome Citizen  newspaper published
From 1840-1888; in Rome, N.Y. 
Now a defunct paper with no known copyright.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Flying Saucer Inventor?

Buffalo Courier Express

Sunday, August 21, 1949

Page 4 - A

Air Force Now
Denies Find Is
Flying Saucer

Washington. Aug. 20 (INS)—The
Air Force today exploded the theory
that two disc-shaped planes found in
a Maryland tobacco barn were the
pilot models of the "flying saucers"
reported to have been seen two years ago.

In a terse, one-sentence statement,
the service disputed the claim of one
of its officers that the missing inventor
of the weird craft may have gone
into seclusion to perfect the awesome
"saucers."The announcement declared:

"Air Force states that the two
 experimental aircraft 
found near Baltimore
yesterday have, absolutely no
connection with the reported phenomena
of flying saucers."

An intensive, nationwide search was
under way, meanwhile, for Johathan
Caldwell, the inventor, who disappeared
in 1941 after a series of frustrations
in his scheme to develop a
new type plane.

Air Force officers, who have been
conducting a two-year investigation
of the saucer mystery. Friday came
upon the weather-beaten experimental"
ships in the abandoned tobacco barn
near Glen Burnie. Md.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Peek - A - Boo, ... a Sea Serpent !

Original Image

This year we've had a number of interesting articles, I hope you' re enjoying them.  One of the original story lines of this Blog, is the sea serpent; and my observations of something living in Ellicott Creek. This spring is starting out great with a new photo, that I believe shows a mystery creature.  On Sunday April 24, 2016, 3:27PM,  I was out taking photos along Ellicott Creek.  I was photographing a Canada Goose; I noticed the strange tracks in the bottom of the creek.  You can see two tracks or trenches,  in the muddy creek bottom. One arcs in front of the goose, the other goes from the shore, towards the center of the creek.  I thought it suspicious, but didn't connect it to the small object protruding out of the creek, some ten feet back.  

A few days later, I was reviewing photos I had taken recently, and examined the object in the shadows.  Surprise, ... I see a head poking out of the creek! It's small head with a cow or bull like nose!  At first I questioned whether it could be a tree branch or debris, it was hard to discern an eye.  I rechecked my path along the creek, and didn't find this object again, nor the tracks.  Also it was quite different from most of my previous sightings. I began enhancing the area in question with my image program; and found a animal looking at me, or more likely, gazing at the goose.

Zoom in of the head.

The first image,  zoomed in,  shows the head.  The shape of the head is visible, and the nose can be seen without enhancement. Doesn't it look like a bull nose, the nostrils are clearly visible.  The eye isn't visible in this image. But you can see a brow ridge, that curves down to the jaw.  It looks somewhat yucky, I believe the stuff  behind the nose is creek mud and leaves, etc.  This supports my view they tend to stay on the creek bottom, in the mud and debris.  The tracks in the mud, in the larger original image also support this view.

Enhanced Head

The greatly enhanced image reveals the eye!  Notice around the eye there are radiating lines, part of the eye lids. Perhaps the eyes can move like some lizards, in different directions?  Also notice the eye appears mostly black, with no white. It has a large brow ridge to protect the eye.   The nose appears in great detail, and you can see the nostrils.  Just along the water line from the nose back, is a lighter colored area of the jaw.

This animal still has great mystery about it.  I believe it a sea serpent, that is,  a snake like body.  The water is a few feet deep where this photo was taken, I saw no body.  The mud could be a few feet deep.  Also I can't comment on the underside of the head, or the mouth and teeth.  This one is obviously young, and small.  It  looks like the same animal I have seen in the past.  Perhaps the same animal people have reported in the past as, ... the Lake Erie Sea Serpent!

(Here some specifics on the original image.  The image was taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T5i, and a EF70 - 300mm,  f/4 - 5.6 IS USM lens,  set at 115 mm,  1/800 sec. exposure, f/7.1 aperture, ISO 200.  The enhanced image was made using Corel PaintShop Pro X8 and Corel AfterShot 2)