by Silas Claiborne Turnbo 1844-1925
Turnbo Home | Table of Materials | Keyword Search| Bibliography | BiographyHALF HUMAN AND HALF SNAKEBy S. C. TurnboStselection points happen every currently and then on some component of this globe ofours. The Ozarks are no exemption to this ascendancy. A few years earlier the St.Louis Globe-Democrat publiburned the majority of matter under the head of "freaksand also snakes", and also a couple of correspondents sent out in all sorts of snake storiesfor publication, some of which seemed to be completely fictitious. The editorannounced that he wanted accounts of actual events, yet for thesake of amusement, a tiny harmmuch less fiction would certainly be received. Some ofthe correspondents over did the point by exaggerating to such an extentthat their statements were rediculous. Among the rest the writer sent out anaccount to the editor, of a freak son, which was publimelted in the Globe-Democratof September 22ed 1899. The adhering to is the letter as publimelted includingthe editors comments before printing the letter."A reader deprecates the tendency to ward exaggeration displayed bysome of our correspondents, and submits the complying with."Protem, Mo. Sep. 11, 1899 -I have actually read the amazing snake storiesin the Globe-Democrat, some of which undoubtedly originated in the craniumsof your correspondents. While I carry out not admire fictitious snake stories,yet some of them are amutilizing and amazing for the ingenuity displayedin their construction. It appears to me, however, unvital to resort tofiction and also exaggeration as soon as so many kind of stvariety freaks really live and also moveand also have their being upon this green earth of ours. I want to tell you ofan account given me by J. N. (Newt) Milum, a significant seller of LeadHill, Ark. of a starray freak he saw during the Civil War."In 1863, as soon as I was 14 years old," said Mr. Milum, "I wasamong a huge number of refugees, that accompanied Col. Phelps regiment ofUnion troops to Missouri. Amongst the former was a household whose name if Iremember rightly was Mannus. In this household was among the strangest freaksborn of woguy I ever before saw or heard of. The object showed up to be half humanand half serpent, and also about 2 feet in length. The largest part of itsbody was around the size of a mans arm, and also it had actually legs the size ofones finger. The arms were still smaller sized, and also its tail protruded toabout the length of its legs. From the hips up it was humale in create, exceptthat its teeth resembled the fangs of a serpent. The head was the dimension ofa tea cup and also covered with hair. It was sassist to have actually been born in 1844 -nineteen years prior to. This stvariety being was retained in a coffee sack andwas taken out each morning and evening to be fed. It attracted a good dealof attention among the soldiers, refugees and also others, and was the objectof a lot comment."Mr. Milum sassist that the last he saw or heard of it, was on their arrivalat Springfield Mo. The writer will include that Mr. Milum is dependable, and bearsa good reputation for honor and truthfulness. It appears more than likelythat some of the surviving members of Phelps command or others canoffer additional indevelopment concerning this impressive curiosity."S. C. TurnboThough I had actually never wondered about Mr. Milums account of this singular formedchild, in the worry of the Globe-Democrat of November 3erd, showed up a letterconfirming Mr. Milums story which we copy verbatim.A HUMAN MONSTROSITYMore around the Arkansas snake child. To the editor of the Globe-Democrat:Van Buren, Ark. October 20 - I was not much stuck on the snake stories thatwas published in the Globe-Democrat, until I review one from S. C. Turnbo,and I will say that he offered a really correct summary of the very same. At thetime he speaks of I was a soldier in Col. Phelps 2ed Arkansas Cavalry,which remained in camp at Cleppers Is Mill, close to wbelow the town of Harrichild is.Our train was sent out down on Buffalo to bring out the majority of refugees. The trainwent back well loaded via human freight, and also among the remainder the household withthe Snake-child; that was what we all referred to as it. I was in-depth as one ofthe guards to escort the train to Springfield, Mo. I have the right to assure the readersof the Globe-,Democrat that the account given by Mr. Turnbo is correct.The mother of the son was named Mannas, and she told me that the Snake-childwas 19 years old. It was sick all the way to Springfield, and also passed away soonafter we got tright here. It would certainly lie on a pallet and also lick out its tongue likea snake, and its body would certainly squirm and twist choose a snake. It kbrand-new its motherfrom any kind of other person. The snake-kid had actually a sister that was two years youngerwho was extremely handsome. The snake-son was additionally a girl.John A. StevensonAs the foregoing is such an interesting case, the writer hopes otherswho understand any type of about it will provide extra information so that we may obtaina finish background of this unprevalent strange formation of a boy.S.
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