1893 (2) - Goulburn Penny Post Article
Goulburn Evening Penny Post, 31st October 1893, p.3. Also listed in Lea-Garlett, op, cit., p.477.
Since the notice in our (Braidwood Dispatch's) last issue of the adventure of Mr Marrin with the animal which he encourtered near Captain's Flat and slaughtered with a simple weapon with which David brought down Goliath, he has had a great number of callers at his place to see the body, which he bought home with him. But unfortunately he buried it on Saturday.
It is a great pity he did not preserve it before decomposition set in, and more particularly so as there are numbers of persons who put the whole thing down to a faity tale and attempt to throw a doubt upon the truth of our description that as we saw it in the flesh and measured it with the assistance of Constable , who was looking at it at the time we were.
Of course it may be a wombat, and it may not. If it was a wombat the pugnacity it displayed is something altogethe opposed to the reputed character of that animal, as all those who have seen one aver it will run away from a man in palce of attacking him, as this one did Mr Marrin.
Its four legs were shaped just like a man's arm and about the same length, and the feet were shaped like a man's hands with the palm precisely similar and toes which had a close resemblance to fingers with over grown nails.
It's hind legs, upon which it stood upright when it faced it , were in proportion to the length of its body, nearly as long as a man's and as it measured from its head to its rump (from the top of the head and not the nose) fully four feet it could easily stand up between six and seven feet when standing on its hind feet, as Mr Marrin estimated its height when it sprang up the bank.
But whether it was a wombat or large bear, or the idential "hairy man" which there are so many stories about, it would have been a most valuabvle acquisition to Darwin in support of his theory of the evolution of the human family from the monkey, as it would have accounted for the missing link, which has been so long the trouble in the want of all traces in man of the caudal appendage, which is so prominent a feature in the monkey tribe.
The animal resembled the wombat in having no tail and would thus prove that there would be no need to look for the missing link in establishing the original kindred between the human being and the animal creation.
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