NORTH AMERICAN APE of Kansas.
Physical description: Long arms. Large hands.
Behavior: Walks bipedally with a stooping
Distribution: Crawford County, Kansas.
Significant sighting: In August 1869, a threatening,
|By M. S. Trimble|
Journal (Osage City, Kansas)
We of the Arcadia Valley, in the southern part of Crawford County, are having a new sensation which may lead to some new disclosures in nature history, if investigated as it should be. It is nothing less than the discovery ofman or a gorilla, or 'what is it'.
It has, at different times, been seen by almost every inhabitant of the valley, and it occasionally has been seen in the adjoining counties of Missouri, but it seems to make its home in this vicinity. Several times it has approached the cabins of the settlers, much to the terror of the women and children, especially if the men happen to be absent working in.
In one instance it approached the house of one of our old citizens, but was driven away with clubs by one of the men. It has so near a resemblance to the human form that the men are unwilling to shoot it. It is difficult to give a description of this wild man or animal. It has a stooping gait, verywith immense hands or claw; generally walks on its hind legs but sometimes on all fours. The beast or 'what it is?' is as cowardly as it is ugly and it is next to impossible to get near enough to good view of it.