Posted by Paul H on Monday, November 6, 2006
Here's a little background on my song Snallygaster.
From Ghosts and Legends of
Reports of a strange flying beast known as the Snallygaster first appeared in
In the early issues, the flying beast seemed to be everywhere at once:
It was reported to have created quite a stir in
The first person to see it, James Harding, described it as having enormous wings, a long sharp beak, claws like steel, and one eye in the middle of its forehead. He said it made shrill screeching noises and looked like a cross between a tiger and a vampire.
A vampire may have been a good description, for it was reported to have killed a colored man, Bill Gifferson, by piercing his neck with its sharp bill and slowly sucking his blood.
It was also seen in
T.C. Harbaugh, of
Sure enough, the Snallygaster was first sighted in
It was also shot at near
Sightings of the Snallygaster were creating such a commotion that at one point it was reported that President Theodore Roosevelt might postpone a trip to
Apparently the Smithsonian Institute was also interested in the beast. From the des
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