Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 17th, 2007
Chased By A Frog Six Feet Tall
Marvelous Adventure of An Upholster of La Salle Steet
Robert Oakley, an upholsterer, was found by an officer tearing La Salle street Chicago like a hunted deer. Oakley told Justice Richardson he had been pursued by a frog 6 feet tall, which croaked as loud as a peal of thunder and had eyes as large and fierce as searchlights.
“I don’t care if I did violate an ordinance. I would violate every ordinance in the criminal code before I’d serve as a meal for any four-legged monster. Just think of it; the green-eyed creature walked right down La Salle street on his hind feet in broad daylight. It laid its front foot on my shoulder and spoke. I didn’t wait to hear what it said, and if I hadn’t had a pair of legs I’d be clogging its digestive apparatus by now, instead of standing before this honorable court. No, sirree,” he continued: “I intend to follow the trade of an upholsterer for some time, and when my time has come I hope I’ll not be obliged to serve as upholstering
to a frog’s stomach.”
The officer who arrested Oakley explained that for some days a man dressed as a frog had been promenading the street advertising some new brand of medicine.
“This prisoner saw the frog,” said the officer, “and his guilty conscience — some say jimjams — caused him to take flight.”
Justice Richardson discharged the man, with a warning to keep away from La Salle street and medicine advertisers or else stay sober.Fort Covington [New York] Sun, December 26, 1895
FYI, “jimjams” is slang for delirium tremens.
Thanks to Jerome Clark.
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Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.