searching through the newspaper morgues of the Carroll County Historical
Society in Westminster, Md., I found this article in the August 19,
1839, issue of the Carroltonian, a now-defunct publication. The original
article was credited to the Montrose, Pa., Spectator where it was
published under the title "Food for the Marvelous": "Something
like a year ago, there was considerable talk about a strange animal
said to have been seen in the southwestern part of Bridgewater.
Although the individual who described the animal persisted in declaring
he had seen it and was at first considerably frightened at it,
the story was heard and looked upon more as food for the marvelous
as having any foundation in fact. He represented the animal, as
we have it through a third person, as having the appearance of
seven or eight years old although somewhat slimmer and covered
entirely with hair. While picking berries he saw it walking toward
and whistling like a person. After recovering from his fright he
is said to have pursued it, but it ran off with such speed, whistling
as it went, that he could not catch it..." J. Glass, " Whistling
Sasquatch." 9 January 1999. http://www.n2.net/prey/bigfoot/articles/whistling.htm
in the seal: "Here on ice patches of the Gulf of St.
Lawrence, the hunt looks nearly as brutal as ever. For as far as
the eye can see, dozens of burly men bearing clubs roam the ice
in snowmobiles and spiked boots in search of silvery young harp
seals. With one or two blows to the head, they crush
the skulls, sometimes leaving the young animals in convulsions. The men drag
the bodies to waiting fishing vessels or skin them on the spot, leaving a crisscross
of bloody trails on the slowly melting ice. On the trawler Manon Yvon,
one hunter, Jocelyn Theriault, 35, said, 'My father hunted for 45 years, so
I was born with the seal.' His colleagues utter a sarcastic 'welcome aboard'
as they throw the skins on their 65-foot boat. 'We do it for the money,' Mr.
Theriault said, 'but it's also a tradition in our blood.'" C.
Krauss, "New Demands Drive Canada's Baby Seal Hunt." The New
York Times, 5 April 2004.
limitations: N.K. Sandars, Prehistoric Art
in Europe. Baltimore, MD., 1968. p.69. "Evidently,
the patient was aware of discrepancies and inaccuracies in the
representation of animals but could not rectify them through language.
Such disruption in the patient's discursive capacities suggest
that although human beings can readily 'perceive' the existence
of animals, they are not always able to translate that perception
into the linguistic registers that constitute human understanding.
Animals seem to necessitate some form of mediation or allegorization---some
initial transportation to language--before they can be absorbed
into and dispersed throughout the flow of everyday psychology." A.M.
Lippit, Electric Animal: Toward a Rhetoric of Wildlife.
Minneapolis, MN., 2000. pp.8-9. Lippit is discussing "a
rare neurological illness known as paraneoplastic encephalopathy."
an animal: "The possibility of pogroms is decided in
the moment when the gaze of a fatally-wounded animal falls on a
human being. The defiance, which with he repels this gaze---'after
all, it's only an animal'---reappears irresistibly in cruelties
done to human beings, the perpetuators having again and again to
reassure themselves that it is 'only an animal,' because they could
never fully believe this even of animals." T. Adorno, Minima
Moralia: Reflections From a Damaged Life. London