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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.

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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 ?


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


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