The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW)

Date: July 19, 1843

 

 

In a hurried notice which we were necessitated to take last week respecting the extraordinary visit by the Yaa-hoo, whose appearance is a matter of such especial alarm and discomfort to many of the families on the river, we were obliged to rely upon the statements of two or three parties whose descriptive powers being perhaps overheated by a recollection of their fears, may have led to certain imaginative inconsistencies, which, in the moment, in our haste we overlooked, as we should be extremely loath to be instrumental in propagating, as fact, any chimera that may enter the distorted fancy of any party, we have been very particular in our inquiries upon the subject, and having traced its identity to more than one source, we can merely add that the oral testimony, eye-witnesses whose veracity we have no reason to doubt, is fully borne out by their serious and impressive description, whose very minuteness, whilst it gives sufficient proof of their unshaken belief in the reality of the appearance, --is, in an almost unaccountable manner, inductive to a reconciliation that there is, in reality, a something unaccountable and mysterious in the said Yaa-hoo!
 
 
In the desire to elicit enquiry we subjoin the best authenticated account we have collected. About three months since, two young people (brother and sister) being left home in Mangrove Creek, about mid-day, hearing a strange noise, and the dogs barking violently, went out, and upon looking in the direction of the myrtle-scrub opposite, from its height above the scrub, they conjectured to be nearly eight feet. Against this figure the rage of the dogs was directed. Being alarmed, the parties above name ran for a neighbour, who, upon arrival was equally frightened at the strange visage and uncouth sounds of the monster. Shortly after, the dogs made a rush, and with the figure went off in the opposite direction.
 
One of the dogs we should observe, remained away above half an hour, and returned quite exhausted. Upon the proprietor of the farm coming home, and learning what had occurred, he again put the dogs into the scrub, and upon returning himself, he could find no traces of a living being, than the fresh track of apparently very small hoofs in the direction pointed out.
 
He has not, however, again been seen or heard in that place. The appearance of this non-descript, distinctly seen, at mid-day, and described by three parties, is a mystery, which should well repay the research of a German enthusiast of the Grimm School to unravel. We have merely recorded the oral statements of professed eye-witnesses, whom we feel satisfied are confirmed in the reality of what they witnessed, and the correctness of their description, however skeptical we ourselves may feel disposed to be upon certain particulars, especially the hoofs, which savour strongly Pan, or the Evil One. This hesitation on our part, however, may be the result of inexperience and non-acquaintance with such unaccountables.
 
The hairy attributes we admit to be natural enough, as witnesses, Peter, the Wild Boy,the Ourang-Outang, and others of the genus simian; but we repeat that the impression of very small hoofs (described as unlike any definite beast’s track) does go considerably against the grain of our fancy, and merely requires the addition of the tail and horns, in our opinion, to reconcile the idea that the Old Gentleman himself had positively indulging in one of his rambles in