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WE OFTEN RUN ACROSS
references to Marco Polo’s account(c.1285) of a possible
orang pandek 
(a little ape-man) sighting. It isinteresting to see exactly what Marco said, so here it is:“It should be known that what is reported respecting the driedbodies of diminutive human creatures, or pigmies, brought from India,is an idle tale, such pretended men being manufactured in this islandin the following manner. The country produces a species of monkey,of a tolerable size, and having a countenance resembling that of aman. Those persons who make it their business to catch them shaveoff their hair, leaving it only about the chin, and those other partswhere it naturally grows on the human body. They then dry andpreserve them with camphor and other drugs; and having preparedthem in such a mode that they have exactly the appearance of littlemen, they put them into wooden boxes, and sell them to tradingpeople who carry them to all parts of the world. But this is merely animposition, the practice being such as we have described; andneither in India, nor in any other country, however wild (and littleknown), have pigmies been found of a form so diminutive as theseexhibit.
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Sufficient have been said of this kingdom, which presentsnothing else remarkable, we shall now speak of another, namedSamara. “
- Book III, Chapter 12,
On the Second Kingdom, Named Basman
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[Editor’s footnote].
At a period when the eastern part of the world was little knownto the people of Europe, who were credulous in proportion to their ignorance, it isby no means improbable that such impositions were practiced by the travelingMahometian and Armenian traders who visited the islands where the orang utan orpong (
simian satyrus 
) was found, and might have been in the practice of selling theirstuffed carcasses to the virtuosi of Italy, for the mummies of a pigmy race of men.
From what I can gather from this, I really don’t think Marco saw anylive creatures. He likely saw dead ones, both processed and waiting to be processed.Nevertheless, whatever the creatures were, I am surprised that one of the stuffed bodies has notcome to light in some museum.However, on this point Loren Coleman has done someconsiderable research and he has some excellent material on what aretermed carnival “gaffs” on his website. Such are fabricated man/creatureoddities that include both animal parts and other types of material. I havepreviously discussed two of these things that I have personally seen.One is Jake the Alligator Man, which is at Marsh’s FreeMuseum in Long Beach, Washington, and the other is a littlemermaid at The Trading Post in Banff, Alberta. The practiceof making these curiosities has been going on for hundredsof years. Nevertheless, I have never seen one that is simplya tiny man (human) as Marco Polo implies, and which I envision would look somewhat like theorang pendek illustration shown above. (Please wade in here, Matt Crowley.)
A modern rendering of the orang pendek; 70.75 cm equals 27.9 inches.
THE MURPHY FILE NEWSLETTER #26March 1, 2007
©C. L. Murphy -cmurphy101@shaw.ca 
PLEASE EMAIL ME IF YOU WISH TO BE ADDED OR REMOVED FROM MY EMAIL LIST
. 
 
JUST FOR FUN
, I had another look at the first
Planet of the Apes 
movie.I remember seeing it about 39 years ago, so I refreshed my memory.The movie is copyright 1967, but I believe it was released the followingyear. I know it’s been said many times, but there’s absolutely nosimilarity between the ape costumes used in the movie and the creatureseen in the P/G film. As a matter of fact, with 39 years under my belt, themovie costumes are really pretty funky. Nevertheless, if you have a mindto get the movie, pick up
The Day After 
also, and watch it first. Thencheck back on what Odette Tchernine wrote, which I presented in mylast newsletter. (Look thy last on all things lovely
 …
)
BOB HEIRONIMUS STATES
in Greg Long’s book,
The Making of Bigfoot 
 (page 344): "I think the feet [of the costume] were made of old house slippersyou used to see around that looked like a big foot with toes on them. They hadwrinkles on the bottom of them, you know.” Now, I
do
remember slippers likethat back in the 1960s, and indeed put a pair on when I visited a friend. Theywere made of fake brown fur and were naturally quite large. I can’t find a photoof them on the net, so if anyone in their travels runs across one, I wouldappreciate a copy. Better still, check grandma’s attic, you might find a pair.
ON PAGE 108 OF
Meet the Sasquatch 
I show the castBob Titmus gave to the Vancouver Museum andmention the note on the back. Shown here is a photo Itook of the note, which reads, “This is an actual cast ofBigfoot imprint made Oct. 2, 1958 in Bluff Creek inHumboldt County, California. ‘Bigfoot’ is not a hoax.”Bob Titmus, Taxidermist, Anderson, Calif.Titmus found a lot of tracks and dedicated a large part ofhis life in his quest for the sasquatch. This year (July 1)marks the 10
th
Anniversary of his passing.
THERE HAVE BEEN MOUNDS
of material written about what Roger Pattersonsaid of his and Bob Gimlin’s experience at Bluff Creek. But what did Rogerspecifically say (write) himself? A few months after the event (probably February1968) he put out a newsletter, and here is exactly what he wrote and signed:
Patterson’snewsletter loo.
 
We can see from this information that the two men arrivedin area about October 11 or 12. Bob Gimlin seemed to think theyhad been there somewhat longer, but I don’t think so.
THIS PHOTOGRAPH
taken in Park des Sept Chutes’ (SevenChutes Park), Quebec, June 2005, continues to intrigue me.All of the information is on Rob Gaudet’s website:<http://www.haveyouseenthiscreature.com/>What we see appears to be a baboon-like creature thatis carrying something. Another baboon-like creature wasallegedly filmed (video) in Texas. I have the photos, but theowner does not wish them released. (A hoax is suspected,but it is odd that someone would choose to use a baboon-man headpiece rather than a bigfoot.) Then, last year I got aninquiry as to what I knew about “devil dogs,” which weredescribed as baboon-like creatures seen in the southern U.S.And then to top it off, a few months ago I got a call fromJoedy Cook in Ohio, who found part of an odd skull that hasbeen identified by the Cincinnati Zoo as being that of ababoon. Joedy is sending me photos of the skull and I will share them. Just how a baboon wouldmeet its fate in the Ohio “outback” is a bit of a wonder. I suppose some people might keep suchanimals, and one could have escaped. (Can you imagine seeing a baboon coming down the trail?)As to the Seven Chutes photo, Dr. Meldrum points out that itis likely a tree stump that has taken on “suggestivecharacteristics” as a result of light/shadows and so forth. Iagree that this could be so; however, when researcherswent to the spot, there was nothing of that nature there. Ifyou enlarge this photo, you will see a man waving in thelower right corner (arrow)–that is the spot. Rob Gaudet hasmany photos in this connection on his website. All I can offerhere is that the researchers did not go to the right spot, butthis appears unlikely.
REMARKABLY OLD MARCO POLO
says something odd about thepeople “of the Island of Angaman” that is somewhat “baboon”connected. Here is what he says:“Angaman is a very large island, not governed by a king. The inhabitantsare idolaters, and are a most brutish and savage race, having heads,eyes, and teeth resembling those of the canine species. Theirdispositions are cruel, and every person, not being of their own nation,whom they can lay their hands upon, they kill and eat.”Well, I hardly think so. Nevertheless, baboons are canine-like, so youpeople out there in Quebec might keep a sharp eye in case some of theAngaman folk trotted over to North America with bigfoot.

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