'ALOA,' The Alligator Boy


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Realizing that many patrons would like to ask us questions of such a private or personal nature not permissible in a mixed audience we herewith give a short sketch of our life to satisfy these desires.

We were born in Raleigh B. B., in 1908 and were educated at St. Mary's College of that city.  Our parents were both absolutely normal in every respect.  There were eight children in the family, all normal, except the last tow.  We were born with a hide similar to, and possessing many of the characteristics peculiar to, an alligator.

We have traveled extensively, visiting all of the outstanding medical and scientific research institutions of the United Sates and Canada, where we have been subject of many clinics, being subjected to all tests known to medical science, such as Radium, Acids, Rays, Skin Grafting, etc., and the results of these experiments were of such a puzzling nature that the doctors dubbed us the Alligator Boy and Girl.  These investigations did however establish the face that we are undoubtedly normal in every particular with the exception of the clearly defined Alligator characteristics.  The sex organs are identical to and will perform the same functions of any completely normal person.  Blood tests for prenatal impurities have always shown negative, proving our blood perfectly pure and impossible for us to transmit our condition to any person either by direct contact or otherwise, we shed our skin every spring and fall the same as any member of the reptilian family.  We have no sweat glands and all moisture of perspiration are thrown off through the eyes.  This results in their inflamed condition.  The upper lids of the eyes are stationary and the lower lids function as the lids of the alligator.

Our condition is the direct result of our mother having been frightened by an alligator about six months prior to our birth.

God in His infinite wisdom has seen fit to create us in this pitiful condition.  He must have had a reason and we never question His world.  We extend to all doctors, nurses and the scientific would the right to examine us at their pleasure.  Thanking you for the interest you have shown, we are sincerely,

Season 1940  

 ALOA, THE Alligator BOY


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