Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 24th, 2010
[Unfortunately, articles from this era reflect the times. The usual apologies for the disgusting temporal racism.]
San Francisco Daily Evening Bulletin, July 30, 1870, p. 5
San Francisco, CA
A WILD MAN OF THE WOODS. — The people of Magnolia and Chatawa have had a sensation of their own during the past ten days. It did not come in the shape of a base ball match or an atrocious murder, or of the accidental poisoning of an entire family, but simply in appearance of a wild negro, an insane Fifteenth Amendment, whose wardrobe is a scanty as that of Adam before the fall, or any colored brother who roams the forests or fields of Congo or Dahomey at this day, from the monarch downward. The creature, judging from his actions, must certainly be insane. When first seen in that neighborhood, he was observed by a white man near Magnolia, seated upon a fallen tree, eating pine cones. On being approached, he ceased to eat, threw himself on all fours, and began scratching up the earth like a terrier on the scent of a rat or other vermin, until he managed to get out of sight.
When next seen it was eight miles below, near the railroad station at Chatawa. Every effort to get him to talk to any one, even of his own color, failed, and on being approached he fled away rapidly, until he was seen no more. He manifests no savage or brutal qualities, but seems to entertain an absolute dread of intercourse with human beings. He appeared to be about 25 years of age, well built and healthy. His finger nails have grown to an enormous length, resembling the claws of some wild feline animal. It is believed that he was originally a runaway, and that he has for years lived in the woods and swamps, and is not aware of the emancipation of his race. Some parties also believe that he is identical with the wild man described in Harper’s Weekly, as having been seen near Vicksburg a year or more ago.
– New Orleans Picayune, June 10.
Were these various “wild men” reports of feral people or early accounts of Bigfoot?
Thanks to Charles Flood.