a Yo ho sighting, 1818

February 13, 2015

The editor of the New York Columbian may have been suspicious of this eyewitness account of the “wild man of the woods,” but it made for a good story and would fill a column inch or two, so he published it.  This New York sighting of what is currently called “Bigfoot” is remarkably similar to classic 20th- and 21st-century sightings:  the solitary witness surprises a solitary creature which escapes into the woods.

(from The New-York Columbian [New York, New York] 9 [14 Sept 1818]: page 2, col 4.)

SACKET’S-HARBOR, Sept. 8.

Report says, that in the vicinity of Elisburgh was seen on the 30th ult. by a gentleman of unquestioned veracity, an animal resembling the Yo ho, or Wild man of the Woods. It is stated that he came from the woods within a few rods of this gentleman—that he stood and looked at him, then took his flight in a direction which gave a perfect view of him for some time. He is described as bending forward when running, hairy—and the heel of the foot narrow, spreading at the toes. Hundreds of persons have been in pursuit for several days; but nothing further is heard, or seen of him.

The frequent and positive manner in which this story comes, induces us to notice it. We wish not to impeach the veracity of this highly favored gentleman—yet, it is proper that such naturally improbable, if not impossible events, should be established by the mouth, of at least, two or three eye-witnesses, to entitle them to credibility.

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