Wild Man Goes For A Buggy Ride - Uninvited (1883)
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Imagine driving yourself home in your buggy and you spot a "wild man". Completely scared out of your mind you whip that horse into action and flee. Just when you think you're safe, that "wild man" jumps up into the seat next to you!! Do you hand the reins to him?? What a ride!!
The Saturday Herald
Decatur, Illinois, Saturday, September 8, 1883
A ROAMING MADMAN
Startling Experiences Of An Illinois Lady With A Wild Man
As Naked as the Day He was born-
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The President in Chicago-
Mitchell and Slade Will Fight-
News of the Day
Centerville, Ill., Sept. 4 - A wild man, naked as Adam, has been roaming around the country in this vicinity for several days, causing intense excitement and consternation among the farmers' families. His long tangled beard and matted hair, his tall athletic form and the fierce look out of his eyes make him an exceedingly unpleasant person to meet in a lonely spot. He is hegrimed with dirt from head to foot, for he never gets a bath except when it rains or when necessity compels him to wade a creek in search of prey. He was first seen by the wife of Dr. John Saltenberger, who lives about three miles west of this place. Mrs. Saltenberger was returning home shortly after nightfall, and was near the Stelzelriede farm. the wild man crept stealthily out of the orchard, and when near the buggy, made a rush to stop the horse. The lady have the animal a frantic cut with the whip and he bounded along the road at a furious pace, but almost before she had recovered breath, the wild man had overtaken her and leaped into the vehicle from behind. He uttered not a word, and seemed immediately to become as badly frightened as the lady herself. He sprang down and ran rapidly towards the woods. A telephone message was sent to Belleville, yesterday, asking the sheriff to come and capture the creature. Young men of the settlement are searching the woods in every direction today, but some of them are not over anxious to encounter the monster. Superstitious persons declare it to be the ghost of one of the Stelzlriede family, five of whom were murdered and robbed about eigth years ago. Others are puzzled to decide whether it is the Missing Link or an escape lunatic.