Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 21st, 2011
“SAW A GORILLA. / Greenville, N H, Citizens Frightened by a Strange Creature.”; Boston (MA) The Boston Daily Globe, October 22, 1895, page 5.
GREENVILLE, N H, Oct 21 — The people of this section are excited over the rumor that a gorilla has been seen in the woods.
Last Saturday boys were out shooting squirrels. After firing the boys were startled to see a great beast jump from the brush and disappear into to the woods. Their story is vouched for by a reputable New Ipswich man.
That evening a young man who lives a short distance out of town, when near the Pleasant st cemetery, heard growling, followed by a noise, in the brush. He saw something, and started for home as fast as his legs could carry him. On his arrival there he fell prostrate on the floor from fright and exhaustion.
A party of men with shotguns went in pursuit of the gorilla yesterday, but found no trace of it. An Ashby man informed The Globe correspondent that the gorilla was seen there a few evenings since.
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Credit: Chuck Flood