- "...we have great pleasure in presenting herewith an accurate
picture of him, drawn by our special artist, who was so fortunate as to
get a view of him a few days ago."
- -Landmark article: September 4th, 1890
Whatever the Santer was, it's no doubt in it's day it stirred up a lot of
news, rumors, and fear. Quite a few articles about it can be found by
visiting a local library that has a copy of the Iredell Heritage books.
September 11, 1890
THAT BEAST: There is a good deal of news this week about the strange
animal which has lately created such a sensation among us, but it is in the
main indefinite. it has been reported, within the past week, in Cool Spring
township and at Sharpe's mills, and our Amity Hill correspondent gives some
news about it. It seems to be circling out from town. It was reported on the
streets Monday that Bill Newland and Wes. Stevenson had captured it Saturday
night and had it for dinner Sunday, but this is positively untrue. There is
a good deal of indignation against the mayor of the town because he does not
call out the Iredell Blues to hunt it. Jo White, who is posted in zoology,
is reported to have expressed the opinion that it is one of these Paynters,
(Panthers) that jump out of trees on folks, but the community
generally has settled down to the belief that it is a Santer.
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