THE BUFFALO COURIER-RECORD:
MONDAY, AUGUST 16, 1897
BE LAKE ERIE.
Monster Has Migrated to
DESCRIBED BY WITNESSES
The Appearance of the Fear - In -
spiring Creature Has Caused a
Sensation at Black Rock.
With fearful plunges, rapid strides and
terrific switching of its tail, a monstrous
and hideous water serpent is terrorizing
the boys, who have heretofore inhabited
the waters of Niagara River without
fear or trembling.
The serpent is thought to be the same
monster that about a year ago, off Crystal
Beach, made the hair of spectators stand on end.
At that time it was seen
by a number of Buffalo's most reputable
citizens, who, when their stories concerning
it were doubted, made affidavit
that they had seen and witnessed the
antics of the serpent.
Later in the season the monster appeared
off Woodlawn Beach. Again
reputable citizens related startling stories
concerning its size, shape and behavior,
until the entire city of Buffalo was
agog over the phenomenal object.
Soon In Niagara River.
A few nights ago, when the moon
threw a silver tint aslant the rapid
Niagara, two Fort Erie lads, who were
fishing along the Canadian bank, heard
a sound of splashing water in the river
before them, They looked up, and their
hearts sank into dalkest corners. Their
first inclination was to scale the bank,
and scurry to their homes. But they
couldn't move. They stood transfixed
with a strange admiration, which was
mingling with terrible dread and fear.
Neither spoke for several minutes, the
while the monstrous serpent lashed the
water with its tail. At frequent interv-
-als the huge fish, or whatever it was,
darted from between its terrible jaws a
long, narrow tongue, which appeared to
have a prong at either side. The action
of the tongue is described as being similar
to that of a land reptile. The monster's
snake-like appearance produced
a chilly sensation on the boys. Their
teeth chattered. They were miserable,
and yet neither cared to stir.
The boys, whose names are George
and Eddie Thomas, have been telling tne
story of their remarkable experience on
both the Canadian and American sides.
Several boat captains, too, claim to have
seen the serpent. Little else is talked
about during dull hours on the dock at
the foot of Ferry Street. Stories are
related concerning the serpent's appearance
and doings in the Black Rock district.
A Courier-Record reporter in a visit
to the Ferry Street dock last evening
had no difficulty in learning the story
of the monster as given by the Thomas
boys. Even the old-time fisherman who
seldom allows himself to be disturbed,
was rot unwilling to discuss the tale of
Statement ot The Thomas Boys.
The Thomas boys describe the monster
as being about fifteen feet long, narrow
of body, with a comb-like ridge running
along its back, and having huge
eyes, which presented different colors as
the moon's rays reflected in varying positions.
The boys say that the serpent curled
and twisted about in the water continuously.
It snorted, they say, and occasionally
emitted a deep, guttural sound.
It raised and lowered its head, and
threw it from side to side in a threatening manner,
in apparent defiance of pursuit or capture.
As the serpent prolonged its antics,
the courage of the boys practically came
to their rescue, and they finally conversed
in whimpers and decided to pursue
the monster. As if it read their
plans, the serpent lashed the water a
few times more with its tail, and set itself
in rapid motion down tbe stream.
Tbe boys secured a boat and went in
pursuit. As they rowed with the current,
they say they heard the splashing's
of the serpent as it kept well out of their
way. The noise of the retreating serpent
finally died away altogether, and
the boys gave up the chase.
At Ferry Street.
At the Ferry Street dock last night
many of the old boatmen were of the
opinion that the monster may have been
caught in the rapids and carried over the
falls to its destruction. If still alive,
however, they expect it to appear again
in the river at an early date. They keep
nightly vigils for a glimpse of the monster.
If it is seen again, expert boatmen
purpose give it a lively chase in the
hope of effecting its capture.