1871 - Manaro Mercury Article
The Manaro Mercury (Cooma) 9th December 1871, p.2.
Also in J.a.Perkins Monaro District Items, MS 936, National Library of Australia, p.1121. [This passage refers to the Jingera, a spur of the Gourock Range near Cooma]
From the fastnesses of the Jingera, adjacent to or in the district of Monaro, comes the startling intelligence that a wild man has been seen in that place.
A little girl, the granddaughter of Mr. Joseph Ward, senior, of Mittagong, asserts that she has met an old man, whose back is bent, and body is covered with a thick coat of hair, - in height (to use the girls words), about the same as her grandfather.
The strange being in question had nails of tremendous lenght on his hands, and he seemed desirous of shunning the girl. The main points of the assertion are given with remarkable earnestness by Mr. Wards granddaughter; nothing can shake the simple outlines of her story.
Confirmatory of the above incident, is the statement made by Mr. Kelly, of the Jingeras, who says that he himself seen the Wild Man.
Anent the above, there is a tradition among the settlers of this place that the mysterious monster, the Yahoo, is a denizen of the mountainous country where the wild man has been discovered, and that it is only observable in stormy weather, or on the approach of bad seasons.
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