by Chris Parker, Copyright 2007 by s8int.com
The Paris to Peking race, 1907
By 1927 the theory of evolution had firmly taken hold, having been published nearly 70 years ago by that time. Even prior to the publication of “Origin of the Species” in 1959, Charles Lyell, a “Christian” and other geologists had convinced certainly much of the world that the earth was millions of years old.
One of the convincers were the fossils found in strata all over the world which science was convinced took millions of years to form.
Even by 1927, most people who thought about such things thought that dinosaurs belonged to a long ago age, millions of years before the present.
In 1927, Woodrow Wilson, the quiet man, was President of the United States. A reporter once told him that he’d taken a bet that he could get the President to say more than two words. Wilson said “you lose”.
Also in 1927, Charles Lindberg made the first transatlantic flight; the Yankees beat the pirates in the World Series, Ford replaced the Model T with the Model A and the Russian Explorer Vladimir Obruchev, discovered the Chersky Mountains in Siberia, the largest undiscovered mountain chain in the world.
That last event is connected to the subject of this story, an extraordinary, forgotten, documented eyewitness encounter with something Charles Lyell and Charles Darwin to start with, would have been very surprised to see. When it comes to human dinosaur interaction, it may turn out that the humans in question might not want to interact with said dinosaur, particularly if he is the size of ten elephants.
Lelvouier the "Un-killable"
Prince Scipolione Borghese, was an Italian prince and all around rich guy who one the Paris to Peking auto race in 1907. Charles Goddard had come in second. Prior to that race he didn’t know how to drive. He almost won using a borrowed car and borrowed fuel and supplies. Lelouvier, the “unkillable” participated in that same race. That’s how many of these guys came to know each other.
They were rich or they knew the right people, like the 2nd Duke of Westminster who funded and/or participated in their adventures around the world. The year after the Paris/Peking race, the Duke competed in the London Olympics as a motorboat racer for Great Britain. Georges Dupuy was a writer who wrote about some of their adventures, particularly the auto races which he inspired and covered.
They ran around the world shooting things or yachting, racing and having great adventures. Many of them had been in this particular region of Siberia during the Paris to Peking race twenty years prior.
And, just as with that race, this latest adventure was going to give them something to remember for the rest of their lives. As it was, unless they managed to avoid an astounding, dinosaur, human interaction, one that everyone except evolutionists have wondered about, the end of their lives might be arriving swiftly and with large teeth.
Paris, Dec 3. (Exclusive) “And now, will you believe, in the name of our Lord, that I and ten of my Indians saw again, on Christmas afternoon, Lemoore’s terrible monster”?
“As big as ten elephants, it passed like a hurricane across the frozen river, smashing immense blocks of thick ice into the air. Its long bristles were covered with hoar-frost and its immense red eyes flamed in the twilight. The monster held in its mouth a caribou of close to 700 pounds, while it careened at twenty miles per hour!”
Such are the first mention and first description—both from Alaska—of the Keratosaurus of the Arctic Circle, a gigantic prehistoric creature that was now and again exciting Russian sportsmen and scientists, along with the discovery of an unsuspected mountain range in Northeastern Siberia which may be its home”.
Alaska had been purchased from the Soviets in 1867 and then largely ignored. It was for a long time known as Seward’s folly (after the government official who negotiated the purchase) and it was not until gold was discovered near the end of the century did anyone think it might be worthwhile. It did not become a state until 1959.
The Cherski Range had been newly discovered and was 625 miles long and 180 miles wide, covering an area greater than the fabled the Caucasus mountain range. It had been discovered by Russian explorer, Obruchev, who in later life would write books about dinosaurs still living in remote regions of Siberia.
He had been sent by the Soviet government to investigate unknown regions of the Yukon east of the Lena River. It was thought that the scientists from the Academy of Sciences might be able to authenticate rumors about a giant saurian that had been going around for years.
According to the article, Lelvouier, the unkillable, who had gone out with a Russian expedition 10 years prior after the Keratosaurus stated flatly that it would not be killed with a gun no matter how high powered.
To kill it would require high explosives. Here, ten years later another expedition, staffed by many of the adventures who had met on the Peking to Paris motorcar race/adventure had prepared themselves based on data received from the initial Keratosaurus hunters and information on recent sightings.
Among them were, Georges Dupuy, Prince Scipolione Borghese, Charles Goddard, Lelvouvier, the unkillable and Hugh Richard Arthur Grosvenor, 2nd Duke of Westminster, who largely financed the expedition. (The Duke would in later years be known as an anti-Semetic who supported extreme right wing causes.)
Georges Dupuy had encountered the dinosaur or monster in the Yukon territory apparently during the Paris to Peking auto race. He wrote about it in a story entitled “The Monster of Partridge Creek”. Partridge Creek was a remote, lonely body of water in the Yukon Territory. In that account; Dupuy related the following:
A San Francisco Banker named Buttler and a French Canadian “priest” named Pierre Lavagneux, who was then stationed in an Indian Village known as Armstrong Creek, in the Yukon territory, along with a number of the Indian men there were actually tracking the monster.
Dupuy who was looking for financing for more auto races, was there waiting for Buttler. Buttler had come up earlier to purchase some mining equipment after which a hunting trip for caribou was planned with Dupuy. One morning, as Dupuy tells it, Buttler came up excitedly in a canoe with a number of the Indians.
He had been hunting with a prospector named Tom Leemore and was tailing and watching three enormous moose near the mouth of the Clear Creek.
Suddenly he reported, the three moose all simultaneously jumped up and took off. The male moose let out a bellow that the miner reported is only given out when in fear of its life. The men then approached the moose lick slowly and cautiously and came upon some huge tracks and markings.
The belly of some monstrous creature had left an imprint four feet deep in the mud. Based on the clear imprints in that same mud, the monster was 50 feet long and 20 feet wide! The marks of four feet were impressed a foot deep into the mud. Each foot was five feet long and two feet wide.
“Horrifying above all, was a pile of greenish, wine colored manure, smoking fresh, three cubic yards wide! It was the excrement of no possible living animal-and not produced by the digestion of vegetable matter!”
Prince Scipolione Borghese
According to the Los Angeles Times as it related Dupuy’s 1908 account, the next day, the priest who had not yet seen the monster but believed it existed based on the many eyewitness accounts of the Indians, Dupuy, Leemore, Buttler and a group of Indians set out to track the monster which was like tracking a semi-trailor in the mud. Around noon, when they had about given up the idea of spotting the creature when;
“suddenly an avalanche of rocks, amid such roaring and snorting that made the earth tremble—and we saw it! A Keratosaurus with the colic is an Apocalypic sight! The prehistoric thing, black, bulkier than six elephants anyhow, lurched down the ravine beyond us, sweeping rocks aside like pebbles.
The eyewitnesses of course were frozen in place. At that point, no one was interested in any dinosaur human interaction. According to the witnesses, the monster had clogs of mud hanging off its body as large as a 10 year old child.
In 1981, scientists identified dinosaur bones which had been found in Alaska 20 years earlier. The bones had been so fresh that the geologist who had found them thought at first they must have been bison bones. They have now been identified as belonging to horned dinosaurs, duckbill dinosaurs, and small carnivorous dinosaurs.10
Bones, of course, don’t stay fresh very long—certainly not for millions of years. These discoveries clearly indicate that dinosaurs were around recently…Answers in Genesis
This discovery was reported in 1985 in Geological Society of America abstract proceedings, Vol. 17, p. 548. Also in an article by Kyle L. Davies, ‘Duckbill Dinosaurs (Hadrosauridae, Ornithischia) from the North Slope of Alaska’, Journal of Paleontology, Vol. 61 No. 1, pp. 198–200
At that point, Lemoore the miner reportedly took at least one photograph of the creature. Back in 1908, for whatever reason, Lemoore was said to have only been willing to share the photograph with Lavagneux, the Jesuit stationed in the territory.
Now, years later, reports had kept coming in about the monster between Alaska and Siberia. Lelvouier the unkillable, the Italian prince, Scipolione Borghese and the English Duke of Westminster had mounted hunting expeditions in search of the creature. The last, had been in 1917 in company with the Russians.
Now, they were here in the year 1927, because Lavagneux had reportedly sent a letter to Dupuy along with the Lemoore photograph. In the letter he reported that the monster had been seen in the area with a caribou in its mouth. So the group of rich adventurers was once again in the Yukon after the monster.
Again, they would fail to find it. Shortly after there arrival, the monster was reported to be in Siberia. Apparently it had crossed the Bering Strait. The Russians believed that the monsters’s true home was in the newly discovered Cherski Range, a group of mountains larger in area than the Caucusus.
Epilogue: Georges Dupuy, published “The Partridge Creek Monster” in 1908. Obruchev, who explored the region thoroughly, published a number of science fiction works later in his career.
A frequent theme, was the survival of dinosaurs in some mystical land of Siberia.
The Duke of Westminster gave his own description of the monster as reprinted in Coronet Magazine, 1961. An article also appeared in the Strand Magazine, July-December 1908 and in the World’s Work, 1909.
Where’s the photograph? Maybe in Part 2?
Something that has frequently come up in the dinosaur human interaction conversation is the question; why don’t we ever find human bones with dinosaur bones if they really lived contemporaneously?
Well, there have been stories of dinosaur bones with teeth marks or with etchings but most of those accounts are lost, ignored, disbelieved or forgotten. Here’s another one that took place in the year 1900 in Los Angeles.
“Lately there have been unearthed at the north end of Eastlake Avenue, in the foothills surrounding East Los Angeles, some of the most curious fossils ever seen. Nothing just like them has ever been found, and the puzzle is, how they came to be there.
Nature, in her mysterious way, has hidden the explanation, but she has not concealed the fact of their existence; for there they lie, in two great strips, probably forty feet long and ten feet wide. Whoever chooses may go see for himself.
By far the greater number of these unique specimens resemble in and general outline the vertebrae of some enormous animal.”
The article goes on to puzzle over fossils that appear to bear a very close resemblance to leg bones, noting a rough surface and that they are somewhat hollow. By leg bones, the author soon lets it be known-he means human leg bones.
According to the author behind the leg bones was a great very heavy piece which to all the world appears to be a gigantic skull. In proximity to the skull are what appear to be a gigantic pelvis and a correspondingly large thigh.
These items may be noted in a photograph that appears with the article. (If anyone lives in Los Angeles and has access to an archive of the paper they might want to take a look at that photo; Dec 2, 1900).
The author expains that the soil in which these fossils were found has the chalky, carbonous character of soil in which oil is often found.
The Geologists Have Their Theories
The geologist had been out to see the fossils and so immediately their creative abilities were put to use in order to “normalize” the findings. One popular theory is that a highly impregnated, mineral rich stream of water had flowed over tree roots or other vegetation to form the large, regular shaped spine like fossils and leg bones.
Among those clinging tightly to this theory were Prof. John Merriam of Berkeley and E.W. Claypole of Pasadena. Claypole believed in a variation of the theory that just barely excluded fairies. The author of the 1900 article thinks that these theories fall a bit short on account of the various sizes and shapes of fossils which stubbornly continued to look like animal remains.
The author and perhaps Mr. Towner, the discoverer believe that the bones are the vertebrae are the remains of a giant saurian. Mr. Towner invited everyone who had a theory to share it.
“One day this week there was unearthed something that passes all the other specimens, a shape that can barely be mistaken in its identity, and yet from its position, condition and surroundings, is a wonder study. How such a piece could have been preserved so long, or where it came from, or whether it be really the head bone of prehistoric man or not; all these are questions to be answered.
Yet the same skull is apparently that of a human skull, with perfect ridges on the sides…..It hardly seems possible that the gigantic leg and other bones could have belonged to one with so small a cranium, yet scientists tell us that the troglodyte, or cave-dwelling man was of enormous stature, with very small brain capacity”.
According to the article, there appeared to be a head wound on the skull which no doubt contributed to the man's death. This explains why the bones of man and dinosaur are so weirdly intertwined; the giant man and giant saurian were locked in mortal combat and both had perished as a result.
“What a fight that must have been! Fancy some great man with arms a foot or two longer than our current largest man, and of such stature as we have never contemplated, engaged in deadly struggle with a monster of the Saurian type.”
The author argues that this man was no slouch for he gave as much as he got.