by Christopher Parker, Copyright 2008
Silver Shoe Nails Found in Alaska
Discover Believes They Were Made by Prehistoric Man
New York Times
December 1, 1901
Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Tocoma, Washington November 30… F.X. Beaudet of this place has brought from the Klondike . He exhibits nine shoenails exactly similar to the modern product, except that they are made of pure silver. These were taken out of a claim on Hunker Creek, where they were found on the bedrock at a depth of 110 feet under the surface.Several dozen of the nails were had been thrown away before it was found that they were worth saving.
The sides being covered with little regular indentations as if the nails had been grasped in a vise.Ă˘â‚¬ÂťAlong with the ancient silver nails, the miners also found a piece of cast iron that they thought might have been used in a hinge. A hole which had been bored through the piece appeared to have been very roughly done and made it appear that the piece was in use for some time.
The mastodon bones which had been found nearby and the great depth at which these items including the silver nails had been found testified to their great age.
A broken mastodon tooth weighing fourteen pounds and huge ivory mastodon horns and those of other animals of great size had also been found.
Baby Takes Trip in the Air
Carried Eight Miles in EagleĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s Talon
Mother on Muleback In for the Rescue
Queer Tale of a Thrilling Incident Comes from San Bernardino County
Los Angeles Times, July 20, 1901
By Direct Wire to the Times
This story should have been made into a movie and this woman should be on a postage stamp. And the rest of the story is..the baby, thus saved so miraculously, went on to become President of the San Bernardino high school Glee club….
Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“San Bernardino, July 19 (Executive Dispatch)News was received today of a terrible battle which was fought between a woman and a gigantic eagle at Box S, a stage station on the line between Victor and Gold Mountain, about fifty miles north of here.
Thursday afternoon at about 2:30 oĂ˘â‚¬â„˘clock, when Mrs. Emma Goulding who keeps the station at that point, was sitting in the yard with her six month old baby in a cradle by her side , a gigantic bald eagle swooped down seized the child in its talons and made for its nest. The mother was horrified, and she believed her child lost forever. Her fear lasted but a moment, however and with the strength and courage that comes from desperation , she hastily unfastened a mule which was tied nearby, mounted the animal and began a chase after the big bird and her infant.Ă˘â‚¬Âť
The article goes on to detail that the eagle was seen flying towards its nest which would turn out to be more than eight miles away. Due to the weight of the child, its speed was severely curtailed and Mrs. Goulding, according to the report was able to keep the bird in sight.
The article goes on to say that at some point the eagle reached its nest in a cliff and that it then deposited the child therein. Mrs. Gould found that she could not scale the cliff but found a place to ascend near the bottom. When she reached the top she actually found that she was above the birds nest and had to then descend, hand over hand with a club in her hand.
She found the child, it was reported wedged in some rocks but was attacked by the eagle when she tried to recover it.
Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“The plucky woman, high up in the air, after a hard fight killed the great bird, but no sooner had she done so than its mate arrived at the nest and renewed the attack upon her. She killed the second eagle alsoĂ˘â‚¬Â¦.Ă˘â‚¬Âť
She eventually made her way down, bruised and battered by the birds, and after reclaiming the mule she had tied up made it back to her station about 8:00 p.m.
Petrified Giant Has Long Wings
Los Angeles Times
August 13, 1921 Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Devil Found Five Feet Underground Has Twenty four Teeth in Front.
Where are all these petrified discoveries today? Languishing in someoneĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s cellar. An exhibit in some obscure museum? Reburied underground? This sounds like a giant pterosaur, which science will say lived millions if years ago, but, wouldnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t it be great to see what none of these beasties actually looked like?
Where are all these petrified discoveries today? Languishing in someoneĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s cellar. An exhibit in some obscure museum? Reburied underground? This sounds like a giant pterosaur, which science will say lived millions if years ago, but, wouldnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t it be great to see what none of these beasties actually looked like?Instead of the de-dragon-fied versions of the pterosaur that we see today?Knoxville: Further information as to the petrified body of gigantic proportions found near Scott county was received here today. Cruise Sexton of Helenwood found the Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“devilĂ˘â‚¬Âť as he calls it, July 20 last, while prospecting for coal. The formation was five feet undergroundĂ˘â‚¬Âť.I wonder if someone had already found it once, and then hastily reburied it. The story goes on to report that the creature weighed over five hundred pounds and had a horned head of abnormal size. Its large mouth reportedly had twenty four various serious teeth. Its long brownish colored wings spanned the distance between its shoulders down to its ankles.
If the Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“devilĂ˘â‚¬Âť and humans had co-existed, (and I believe that they did) such a creature might have added to the stories we hear today about dragons.