Buffalo Sunday Courier Magazine
April 9, 1922
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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Buffalo State College Archives
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