Mermaid - Hunting Is Sport of Sea-Sheiks
Puget Sound Nimrods Nab Nimble Nymph
The sighting of
mermaids off the French coast, as reported in recent press
dispatches, is not the journalistic hoax it might seem to be to
the ordinary reader, in the belief of J.E. Standley, proprietor
of Seattle's Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe and recognized as one of
the leading authorities on marine life on Puget Sound.
believes the curious water mammal, known by Puget Sound Indians
as the "Dugong" and by fishermen as Puget Sound mermaids, may
have migrated to the waters off the coast of France. His
theory is supported by the fact that the species has become very
rare, if not entirely extinct, on Puget Sound in the past few
Standley has a
stuffed Puget Sound mermaid on exhibition at his curio shop.
Until he gets another he declares he will not part with it.
gave the girl-fish the name of Dugong because the animal uttered
a cry that sounded like that every time it saw a human being,"
says Mr. Standley. "It was probably a warning cry to its
mates, for the Dugong, with almost human intelligence avoided
man with his nets, spears and rifles.
pioneer rowing his boat home after dark was often scared almost
out of his wits by the uncanny cry of dugong, coming out of the
black waters. The official name of the Puget Sound mermaid
is Mare muells goeduekus Puget Soundiansis.
declared the dugong the mermaid was considered a rare delicacy
because they were so hard to capture. it was the custom of the
chief when his daughter came of age to offer her hand.
Standley's excellent and ...... specimen was captured in
Duckabush, on Hood Canal, twenty three years ago by a fisherman
named Smith. The mermaid collided with the net of his fish
trap and in its excitement swam ashore instead of into deep
water, crying dugong, dugong, at the top of its voice. A
rifle shot through the brain killed it instantly.
"Smith brought it to me to be stuffed," Standley said.
"The poor fellow almost broke down. The dugong looked so
human that he felt almost as guilty as if he had taken human
life. He tells me it was years before he got over it.
never killed another."
Standley declares that the only other waters where dugong have
been found is the Indian Ocean.
They made their appearance there within the last decade, he
says, and he has photographs of them sent to him by a fellow
scientist in Calcutta.
Standley's specimen is about four feet tall with the head and
features of a human being. He estimates its age at about
seventeen years. A curious fact is that both the mermaid
and merman have a thick covering of hair on the upper lip almost
from birth. The arms are much like the flippers of a seal.
animal breathers through lungs and yet is able to stay under
water practically all the time.
upper part of the torso is covered with a skin something like
the hide of a seal, without the fur.
Ribs, like those of man, are plainly visible in the specimen.
The lower half of the body is wholly fish-like with a
conventional fish tall.........................................
By Basil D. Woon
Services Staff Correspondent
23-More that a hundred pageants and fisherman at St. Gillea
Croix-de-Visa little village on the coast of Brittany, assert
that they have seen a mermaid.
The first to see
it was Jules Cuesac, a fisherman, He was casting his nets two
miles off the coast when the mermaid appeared out of the sea,
fifty yards from his boat.
Cucsac, she was a beautiful creature, with blue eyes and green
hair and a sort of phosphorescence on her body that made it
glare/in ghostly fashion.
The next time
she appeared on some rocks near where some children were at
Since then half
the population of the village is said to have seen the mermaid
at one time or another.
PUGET SOUND MERMAIDS
GO ON WILD SPREE
Dugongs, Old Time Residents of Seattle Waters, Get Too
Much of the Jettisoned Rum.
Prohibition may or may not be a benefit to the human race, but
it is surly playing havoc with the morals and lifelong habits of
the Puget Sound mermaid, commonly know as the dugong, according
to Sara P. Smith, fisherman and big game hunter from Duckabush,
who is a guest at the Hotel New................
.......of shocking debauchery.........shy and........... mammals
are told by the Duckabush man. Sacks of Canadian liquor
dropped over the side of rum-running ships at the approach
of revenue cutters, are proving the undoing of the dugong, and
the liquor habit may entirely destroy the strange species says
Smith. The pretty bottles with their intriguing labels,
aroused the famines curiosity out of the sea maidens. They
contrive ways to break off the necks, With to warn them of the
evils of strong drink, they became ready addicts.
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER circa 1920
Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe
Dugong - Skeleton
Puget Sound Mermaid