by Silas Claiborne Turnbo 1844-1925

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HALF person AND half SNAKEBy S. C. TurnboStrange things occur every now and then on some component of this globe ofours. The Ozarks space no exemption to this rule. A few years earlier the St.Louis Globe-Democrat published a lot of of matter under the head of "freaksand snakes", and a couple of correspondents sent out in all sorts of line storiesfor publication, several of which seemed to be entirely fictitious. The editorannounced the he preferred accounts of really occurrences, yet for thesake the amusement, a tiny harmless fiction would be received. Part ofthe correspondents over did the thing by exaggerating to such an extentthat their statements were rediculous. Among the remainder the writer sent out anaccount come the editor, the a freak child, i beg your pardon was released in the Globe-Democratof September 22ed 1899. The following is the letter as published includingthe editor comments before printing the letter."A reader deprecates the propensity to ward exaggeration shown bysome of our correspondents, and submits the following."Protem, Mo. Sep. 11, 1899 -I have read the exciting snake storiesin the Globe-Democrat, several of which certainly originated in the craniumsof your correspondents. While I carry out not admire fictitious line stories,yet several of them space amusing and interesting because that the ingenuity displayedin your construction. It seems to me, however, unnecessary to will tofiction and also exaggeration as soon as so numerous strange freaks yes, really live and moveand have actually their being upon this green earth of ours. I want to tell girlfriend ofan account offered me by J. N. (Newt) Milum, a prominent vendor of LeadHill, Ark. Of a strange freak that saw during the polite War."In 1863, once I to be 14 years old," said Mr. Milum, "I wasamong a huge number the refugees, that accompanied Col. Phelps regiment ofUnion troops to Missouri. Among the previous was a family members whose name if Iremember rightly was Mannus. In this family members was among the strangest freaksborn of mrs I ever saw or heard of. The object showed up to be half humanand fifty percent serpent, and about two feet in length. The largest part of itsbody was around the dimension of a man’s arm, and it had legs the dimension ofone’s finger. The arms were still smaller, and also its tail protruded toabout the size of that is legs. Indigenous the hips up it was human in form, exceptthat its this resembled the fangs that a serpent. The head was the dimension ofa tea cup and covered through hair. It was stated to have been born in 1844 -nineteen year before. This strange being was kept in a coffee bag andwas taken out each morning and evening to be fed. It attracted a an excellent dealof attention among the soldiers, refugees and also others, and also was the objectof lot comment."Mr. Milum stated that the last he observed or heard the it, was on your arrivalat Springfield Mo. The writer will add that Mr. Milum is reliable, and bearsa good reputation because that honor and truthfulness. That seems more than likelythat some of the enduring members that Phelps’ command or others cangive additional information concerning this amazing curiosity."S. C. TurnboThough I had actually never questioned Mr. Milum’s account that this singular formedchild, in the problem of the Globe-Democrat that November 3erd, appeared a letterconfirming Mr. Milum’s story which we copy verbatim.A human MONSTROSITYMore about the Arkansas line child. Come the editor of the Globe-Democrat:Van Buren, Ark. October 20 - ns was not much stuck top top the snake story thatwas released in the Globe-Democrat, until I read one indigenous S. C. Turnbo,and I will certainly say the he provided a really correct summary of the same. In ~ thetime he speaks of ns was a soldier in Col. Phelps’ 2ed Arkansas Cavalry,which was in camp in ~ Cleppers Is Mill, close to where the town of Harrison is.Our train was sent out down on Buffalo to lug out a lot of refugees. The trainreturned well loaded with human being freight, and among the rest the family members withthe Snake-child; the was what us all dubbed it. I was in-depth as one ofthe guards come escort the train to Springfield, Mo. I can assure the readersof the Globe-,Democrat the the account provided by Mr. Turnbo is correct.The mom of the kid was named Mannas, and she told me the the Snake-childwas 19 years old. It to be sick all the way to Springfield, and also died soonafter we acquired there. It would certainly lie on a pallet and lick the end its tongue likea snake, and its body would squirm and also twist prefer a snake. It knew the motherfrom any kind of other person. The snake-child had actually a sister that was two years youngerwho was very handsome. The snake-child was likewise a girl.John A. StevensonAs the foregoing is together an exciting case, the writer wishes otherswho recognize any around it will certainly give added information so that we might obtaina complete history of this uncommon strange formation of a child.S.

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