The Illustrated Buffalo Express
September 30, 1893
Page 13, Column 4
WHAT WAS IT?
Horrible Monster that Attacked
Two Women on a Lonely Road
Greensburg corr. Cincinnati Enquirer.
As Mrs. Casper Mann and Mrs. Joseph
Grasmilck, two well-known ladles of that section,
were returning home In a buggy about
sunset they heard an unnatural noise In
passing along the road south of the Magnus
quarry. The noise was a cross between
a bellow and a shriek and excited the curiosity
of the hearers, but as they could not
locate It out little attention was paid to It.
and they continued on their journey, in
approaching a lonely spot on the road where
large forest trees stand on either side
and the ground along is covered with underbrush
they heard the awful noise again.
This time it appeared to come from the
boughs of a large tree just ahead of them.
As they approached the tree there was a
commotion in the branches, and the lonely
and helpless women were horrified to see
a horrible-looking monster descending the
tree coon-fashion. Their horse seemed
paralyzed with fear, and for a moment refused
to answer the frantic effort of the
driver to force him ahead.
As the animal reached the ground It gave
a terrific snort and roar and started for the
buggy. One of the occupants seized the
whip and prepared for the attack. Recovering
his power of locomotion the horse
started at a brisk gait down the road.
Then the race for life began. The strange
monster, although peculiarly constructed,
made excellent time, and in a few minutes
had overtaken the buggy and was making
frantic efforts to climb up on the box In the
rear. The lady with the whip laid on the
lash with all her might In the hope of
frightening the fearful-looking animal off,
but the stings of the whip only seemed to
Infuriate It and Increase Its determination
to devour everything in sight.
As the women were about to give up the
fight and surrender themselves to the rapacious
brute the joyful sound of the bark of a
friendly dog fell upon their ears, and they
realized they were nearing a farm-house. To
their gratification two men stepped out In
the road a short distance In front of them,
and it was but the work of a moment for
the women to notify them of their terrible
predicament. As the men and dogs approached,
the animal seemed to sniff danger,
and, with a roar that could be heard for a
quarter of a mile, whirled to one side and
ambled through the bushes. As It made Its
way through the brush Its course could be
plainly discerned by the waving branches.
The men, being unarmed, did not deem It
wise to follow the animal, and the dogs
showed no disposition to take up the chase.
More dead than alive, the women were assisted
Into the farm-house, where they were
given such stimulants as were at hand, and
when sufficiently recovered they related
their experience as given above.
The animal, they say, was about seven feet
long. Its head was long, and ended in a
beak like an eagle's; Its body was round,
like that of an alligator, covered with scales
and ornamented with a pair of wings, which
would probably measure six feet from tip to
It had four legs, and Its feet were cloven
and covered with a hoof. The smell of its
breath and body was terrible, and pervaded
the atmosphere for some time after it had
escaped to its retreat In the woods. In Its
effort to climb onto the buggy the animal
left unmistakable proof of its hoofs on the
buggy-bed, there being deep cuts and
scratches all over the rear of the vehicle.
The spot where the animal made its appearance
and the country for miles around is
lonely and seldom frequented by farmers or
others, and is certainly just the place for a
wild animal of any kind to seek its lair.
Inquiry of scientists and naturalists fails
to throw any light on the existence anywhere
of such an animal as this, and it Is
probable a searching party will be organized
in the hope of capturing It. and thus adding
another curiosity to zoology.
Article used with the permission of:
Buffalo State College Archives
and Special Collections
E. H. Butler Library #135
Buffalo State College
1300 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14222-1095