THE ILLUSTRATED BUFFALO EXPRESS
BUFFALO, N.Y., SUNDAY, MAY 28, 1893
MUSN’T HUNT ON SUNDAY
THEY SAW THE DEVIL
He Had Pale-Green Whiskers
-- Or Were They Pink ?
HE BLEW A COLD BREEZE
This Doesn’t Quite Agree with
Orthodox Opinions, but the
Four Men of Warwick, Orange
County Were Rattled.
By Buffalo Express Special Wire.
Middleton, May 27. - About ten miles from
here is the pretty little town of Warwick.
It is in the Warwick Valley, and on every
side the mountains loom up around it. About
1,500 people live here in Warwick all the year
round , and in the summer this number is
usually increased by 500. The people of
Warwick are, for the greater part, advocates
of temperance. That is what makes
the strange tale which comes from this little
town all the more remarkable.
At present the town folk are greatly
wrought up over the alleged appearance of
the devil. The devil was not seen by one
man alone , but by four at the same time.
As a result these four men are prostrated,
and three hunting hounds, who had the misfortune
to be with there masters at the time,
refuse to eat or drink, and lie in their
kennel all day whining. The four men are
George Springer, Gode Smith, Dave Green
And Dory Toner, all eminently respectable
Men, who have spent their lives in the
mountains and have reputations for nerve
and veracity. Since his first appearance the
devil has remained in seclusion, and the skeptics
hint that there is no possibility of his ever
being seen again, with a doubtful mark
as for the “again.” Nevertheless, nothing
short of a team of horses could pull any one
of the men near the dreaded spot.
Parts of Warwick Mountain are, barring
the wild beasts, as wild as African jungles.
The mountain is about two miles from the
town. It is thickly wooded, and the roads,
which are seldom used, are almost covered
with a heavy underbrush. Last Sunday
afternoon Smith, Green, Tomer and Springer.
Accompanied by three hounds, went out
to do a little hunting . They walked a good
many miles along the mountainside, and it
was dark before they started for home. They
took a different road back, they say, going
over the mountain instead of around it.
And old broken-down house on a deserted
farm, on top of the mountain is known
as the Caleb Sayer place. It is a gloomy
spot in the day time, and worse at night.
There is not a house within thee miles of
it, and superstitious persons have declared it
to be the abode of ghosts and spirits. The
men say as they approached the place,
the dogs, who had been unusually frisky,
began to whine and run about with their
tails between their legs. Surprised at this
conduct, the hunters cocked their guns and
looked around, but could see nothing.
As they approached the old house,
the dogs whined louder than before, and
unusually refused to follow their masters. The
men tried to drag them along, but they
howled so that they were released. The moment
they were free, they ran back over
the road, and that was the last seen of them
until Monday morning, when they returned
home with their tails between their legs.
They have since refused to leave their kennels.
After the dogs ran away, the men proceeded
Along the road until they were opposite
the gate which formerly barred entrance to
The old Caleb Sayer farm. There they were
Stopped. The first remarkable thing that
Happened, was the sudden springing up of
a cool breeze. There had been but little
wind up to that time, and the men were
surprised. All of a sudden a pale green
light appeared among the ruins. It was not
a brilliant light , but dull and gloomy. They
at first thought that something was on fire,
and were discussing the advisability of running
in and extinguishing the flames, when
the figure suddenly appeared. It seemed to
be standing on the edge of a piece of board,
And there was a demoniacal grin on its
face. It’s hand was in the air, and as it
looked at the four spellbound men, it rolled
it’s eyes in a most terrible fashion.
This much of the story the four men agree
upon. But there are details in which they
do not agree. For instance, while Springer
Insists that the apparition had horns of a
golden cast. Smith is equally positive that
it did not, and Green and Tomer acknowledge
that they were to badly scared to pay
much attention to details. All agree, however
that the apparition had whiskers and a
a moustache, which Green and Smith insist
were pale green, but the other two are very
positive that they were a brilliant pink.
It is possible that pale green halo which
seems to have hovered around the apparition
may have dazzled Messrs. Smith and Green
until they could see no other color. The men
agree that the face “shone like a bottle”
and that the hands were as bright as though
they had been dipped in phosphorous. The
body, they say, was of a dull black.
It was so black, in fact, that the men could
not make out whether the thing wore clothes
Not a sound did the apparition utter, but
Its actions speak volumes. The hand in the
air was held in a threatening manner, as
though the apparition was about to strike
or throw something. While the thing was
in sight , the men say they were perfectly
powerless, but as soon as it disappeared
their strength seemed to come back again.
The apparition chose a novel mode of making
its exit. One of the men described it
as follows to a reporter:
“The greenish smoke ,” he said, “began to
thicken and gradually it entirely enveloped
the body. Although the apparition disappeared
into the earth, the head remained in
the same position for several seconds after
the legs and body had disappeared. The
green smoke surrounded the legs first and
and gradually crawled up until reached the
head. Then the head gave a last fearful
grin, and was itself enveloped in smoke.
Suddenly the green smoke cleared away and
the apparition was gone. Everything was
as it had been before the devil, or whatever
it was appeared. The cold breeze stopped
as suddenly as it had sprung up. As soon
as we recovered ourselves we pulled up our
guns and fired into the brush where the
thing had been. There was no sound save
that of our guns, and when we jumped the
fence and ran over and looked there was
nothing to be seen. Each of us thought we
must have imagined it all, but by comparing
notes we found that we had actually seen
the devil. People may laugh and tell us we
had been drinking too much, but I say that
the whole thing is gospel truth. None of
us had been drinking and we saw that thing
As plainly as I see you now.
On Monday morning the four men marched
to the office of a lawyer and told him the
whole thing. The local newspapers took it
up and have been publishing serious accounts
of it. The men have many friends
who say they the last men on earth to
tell such a tale unless it were true, and
there is talk of getting up a party to watch
the Caleb Sayer place for a couple of nights.
Others, however, have gone into paroxysms
of glee over the tale and insists that Messrs.
Springer, Green, Tomer and Smith have been
made fools of by somebody, and that the
rolling eyes were either the eyes of a tramp
or flickering candles inside a hollow Pumpkin.
In a little haunt in the wood, about three
miles from the Caleb Sayer place, lives old
Silas Norton. It is a failing of his, always
to know just what is going to happen after
it had happened. It is only justice, however,
to say that Silas has always maintained that
certain places on Warwick Mountain were
the abode of uncanny spirits.
When a man ran into Sile’s house on
Monday morning, and told him of the
apparition which had appeared. He simply said:
“Well, what of that? Hain’t I always said
As how spooks was up that thar mounting?”
When Siles informer, in describing the
Apparition, got to the green whiskers, Sile
Interrupted him by exclaiming this significantly.
“Green whiskers, eh? Did he have horns
“So they say,” answered the man.
“Kinder gold and blue?”
“An eyes wot rolled?”
“I think so, but what ____”
“An’ a black body,” interrupted Sile, “Tell
Me, did he have a black body?”
“Yes,” faltered the man.
“Well that’s him,” said Sile, and he returned
To his work. The man tried his
Best to make Sile explain himself, but to no
purpose. Sile is an expert on ghosts,
and the inference is that recognized an old
friend in the description of the one which
appeared on Warwick Mountain.