BUFFALO DAILY COURIER
BUFFALO, N.Y., FRIDAY MORNING,
SEPTEMBER 3, 1886
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The “Sea Serpent” Seen Again Near Kingston
Point – Two Young Men Chased.
Hondout, N.Y., Sept.2 – The sea serpent
which was witnessed disporting itself in the
Hudson river near Kingston Point Sunday
by a number of people, has again been seen.
Carl Fisher of Rondout went to Kingston
Point yesterday. The man in charge of the
wreck of the steamboat Daniel Drew told
him that he saw the serpent the night previous.
It was making its way north with
its head extended about five feet out of
water. It stood from its course long enough
to give chase to two young men who were
rowing in a small boat. They reached the
Dutchess county shore in safety, but were
terribly frightened. The serpentine monster,
as the watchman described it,
grew furious when it saw the young
men had escaped. It lashed the water
into a foam with its tail, which seemed about
75 feet distant from its head. Its head was as
large around as a flour barrel, and its eyes,
of greenish hue, looked “devilish.” Before
starting up the Hudson river again it
squirted from its mouth a stream of foaming
stuff resembling a long shaving from a
pine blank. Captain Conkling of the propeller
John H. Cordets also saw the serpent.
He gave it “right of way” in the channel.
It was seen this morning abreast
of the Flatbush ice houses. A man named
Jonah, who brings ice to Rondout from
Esopus, also saw the monster. When he
first beheld it he took it to be an immense
tree floating leisurely along with the tide.
This notion was dispelled when he saw the
“tree’ leap about twenty feet of its length
out of the water. William Stephens, son
of Mayor Stephens of this city, has talked
with persons who saw the serpent. Their
descriptions of this monster does not vary in
the least. A number of Kingston City
people visited Kingston Point today in
hope they would get a glimpse of the
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Buffalo State College Archives
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