One of many important thought-provoking theories for Man of the woods’s overwhelming elusiveness implies that the creatures spend a considerable period of time dwelling in pure caves and caverns, along with abandoned, earlier mines. Inside the early 1900s, fairly a number of tales surfaced inside the Oregon press that, upon cautious reflection, merely may provide a stage of assist for this considerably intriguing concept that Man of the woods may very well be very so much a creature of the underground.
The critiques are made the entire further important because of they reference in further of a decade of sightings of huge, hair creature, all in a selected neighborhood the place underground digging was acknowledged to be widespread. In 1900, the Oregon press reported on an incredible story:
“The Sixes mining district in Curry County has for the earlier 30 years glorified inside the distinctive possession of a kangaroo man.’ Simply recently whereas Wm. Net web page and Johnnie McCulloch, who’re mining there, went out looking out McCulloch seen the scary animal-man come down a stream to drink. In calling Net web page’s consideration to the scary being it grew to change into frightened, and with cat-like agility, which has always been a primary attribute, with quite a few bounds was out of sight.”
No matter having been given the terribly odd nickname of the “kangaroo man,” the newspaper’s description of the beast is certainly rather more Man of the woods-like, as the subsequent extract from the article clearly demonstrates:
“The appears to be like of this animal is almost adequate to terrorize the rugged mountainsides themselves. He’s described as having the appears to be like of an individual – a superb attempting man – is 9 toes in peak with low forehead, hair hanging down near his eyes, and his physique lined with a prolific improvement of hair which nature has provided for his security. Its arms attain nearly to the underside and when its tracks had been measured its toes had been found to be 18 inches in dimension with 5 correctly common toes. Whether or not or not this could be a devil, some scary animal or a wild man is what Messrs. Net web page and McCulloch wish to know.”
4 years later, in 1904, the creature – or, on the very least, one different, associated one amongst its type – was however as soon as extra plaguing the mine-filled area. The press enthusiastically reported on the newest enchancment:
“At repeated intervals by means of the earlier ten years thrilling tales have come from the rugged Sixes mining district in Coos County, Oregon, near Myrtle Stage, regarding a wild man or a queer and horrible thriller beast which walks erect and which has been seen by scores of miners and prospectors. The appears to be like as soon as extra of the ‘Wild Man’ of the Sixes has thrown a number of of the miners proper right into a state of delight and fear. A report says the wild man has been seen 3 occasions as a result of the tenth of ultimate month.
“The first look occurred on ‘Thompson Flat.’ Wm. Ward and a youthful man by the title of Burlison had been sitting by the fireside of their cabin one night time time as soon as they heard someissue strolling throughout the cabin which resembled an individual strolling and when it received right here to the nook of the cabin it took keep of the corner and gave the establishing a vigorous shake and saved up a frightful noise regularly — the an identical that has so many events warned the venturesome miners of the strategy of the fuzzy man and prompted them to flee in abject fear.
“Mr. Ward walked to the cabin door and can see the thriller beast plainly as a result of it walked away, and took a shot at it alongside along with his rifle, nonetheless the bullet went huge of its mark. The ultimate look of the animal was on the Harrison cabin just some days prior to now. Mr. Ward was on the Harrison cabin this repeatedly figures inside the pleasure.
“About 5 o’clock inside the morning the wild man gave the door of the cabin a vigorous shaking which aroused Ward and one among many Harrison boys who took their weapons and commenced in to do the intruder. Ward fired on the person and he answered by sending a four-pound rock at Ward’s head nonetheless his purpose was considerably too extreme. He then disappeared into the comb.
“Numerous the miners avow that the ‘wild man’ is a actuality. They’ve seen him and know whereof they converse. They’re saying he’s one factor after the model of a gorilla and in distinction to the remainder that has ever been acknowledged; and by no means solely that nonetheless he can throw rocks with nice energy and accuracy. He’s about seven toes extreme, has broad arms and toes and his physique is roofed by a prolific improvement of hair. Briefly, he appears identical to the very devil.”
Maybe, in mild of all of the above, our quest to be taught the truth of Man of the woods should shift from the woods, the forests, and the mountains to another place fully: the mysterious, darkish underworld beneath our very private toes.