Winter 1855 in the British Isles has stood severe. Residents suffered greatly from the cold, and many have already begun to murmur against God, believing that he turned away from them. Because of the severe cold in the gardens cracked trees and forests are predators pounce on people.
On an old engraving shows how the devil could look Devonshire
Appearance of unusual signs
This mysterious and terrifying story began February 8, 1885 in the south of England, in the county of Devonshire, on the Gulf of Lyme. Sunny frosty morning, people who come from homes in Exmouth town, in the mouth of the former, which flows into Lyme, saw countries should be clearly distinguishable on fresh snow. Should remind prints small hooves. The residents alarmed some panic: they decided that God really left them, so a visit to them granted the devil.
When the tumult had died down somewhat, the most balanced and prudent townsfolk began to consider the mysterious footprints. By all accounts, they could not leave any known animal in these parts, although in principle the tracks were a bit like an ass. Each of them had a length of 10 centimeters, width — seven, and the distance between two adjacent prints is 20 centimeters. The most surprising thing was that the tracks were drawn perfectly straight line, and, therefore, there could leave only creature that moves … on two legs!
Here and there was another inexplicable feature: although fallen the night before the snow was soft and fluffy, every hoof-print bedspreads icy crust, which gave the following High Definition. These prints can occur only if the hoof (or what was left of these prints) were in the thick snow a very short time and were at the same time … hot!
Strange and a long walk
When people decided to trace the route walking biped hoof, but faced with another mystery. Smooth footprints, an inch, not deviating from a straight line, crossing the fences, climbed on roofs and stacks of hay three meters. In one case, traces remain suspended from the roof gutter to drain rain water, in the other — on a narrow ledge of the second floor of the house. In all these situations, improbable step length remained at 20 inches.
In this manner the unknown being passed through Exmouth and headed north, then abruptly — at right angles — turned to the west, crossed over to the other side across the mouth of Aix three kilometers wide, here again, turned sharply to the south, reaching the town of Teignmouth and found on the coast of iced Lyme Bay. Here it should be broken off. But the tireless trackers found them on the opposite shore. Was again on the land, being headed for the south-west, and, after passing a number of villages and towns, passing on the snow-covered fields and pastures, came to Bikton, one of the districts of Totnes, where traces have broken off completely. The total route length of the mysterious traveler is more than 160 kilometers.
In one of the local parish pastor, the Rev. JM Mazgreyv, calming agitated members, assuring them that nothing unusual had happened, that the tracks in the snow left escaped from the zoo … kangaroo. That's just how the kangaroo took hooves, and how he managed to pass the freezing weather overnight 160 kilometers, peremahivaya with fences and climbing on roofs, Father was unable to explain. Local pundits suggested other, no more convincing explanation. Said that it should belong to the lame hare, toad, otter, a huge bird that had flown from the continent, and other nonsense of that kind.
Since this mysterious incident took almost 160 years, but its mystery has not yet opened, and it continues to attract the attention of scientists, journalists and inquisitive people. Often, they find new documents — affidavits of witnesses, old newspaper articles to help get closer to unraveling the mystery and give a reason to offer new versions of what happened.
One of the most important of these documents — fragments of the book "Mysteries and notes from Devon and Cornwall," written by the daughter of the pastor of the village of Dawlish, Henriette Fersdon. and published in the late 50's and 60's of the XIX century
"Footprints appeared at night. As my father was a pastor, he was visited other clerics from our Anglican diocese, and together they began to argue about these unusual tracks, which can be seen around Dawlish. Footprints were in the shape of a small hooves, inside some of them would be viewed as prints claws …
I still remember what was clear these strange and some ominous signs, as there were many, and the fear they instilled in my soul. I then thought that such evidence could leave large wild cats, and very afraid that the maid forgets to lock the doors at night … ".
It came back?
The fall of 1957 in the journal Tomorrow («Tomorrow"), an article appeared paranormal investigator Eric Dingwall entitled "The Devil walking again." In it, in particular, is the story 26 years of Colin Wilson (later known writer) about the summer of 1950 at a deserted sea beach Devonshire he saw on a smooth and dense surface of wet sand, compacted sea waves, strange prints, similar on the hoof tracks. To look at the prints were very fresh and very clear, "as if they were cut with a razor or stamped somehow sharpened tool." The distance between the footprints was about 180 centimeters, and they were much deeper than those who remained in the sand on bare feet Wilson. He weighed more than 80 kilograms. Countries should have gone from the water's edge, but back Next to water was not. Thus giving the impression that they came in just a few minutes before the arrival of Wilson. He come to the beach a little earlier, you may have met face to face with the devil himself Devonshire! Wilson later became a co-investigators of this puzzle, and in 1988 in London he published his book The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Mysteries («Encyclopedia of unsolved mysteries"), where the chapter on Devonshire devil, the author writes:
— Traces looked as if something is being sought. It wandered pozadvorkam houses and on the roofs, and it seems that he completely ignorant human way of life. " And then Wilson said something sensational:
Finding in Antarctica
"One of the correspondents Illustrated London News (" Illustrated London News ") results in a fragment of the records of the famous British polar explorer James Ross, dated May 1840. When ships Ross anchored near one of the islands of the Antarctic archipelago of Kerguelen, the expedition members were surprised to see on the snowy bank of hoof tracks. Explorers went to the direction you were tracks, but soon reached the snow-free rocky hill where the trail was no longer visible. The appearance of these places hoofprints seemed quite inexplicable as no hoofed animals in these islands were carried out not. "
In our time the above events were unexpected and amazing sequel. It turned out that one of the members of the expedition Ross, a Clark Perry, after his discharge from the British Navy settled in the county of Devonshire, in the above mentioned coastal town of Teignmouth, which is located 10 kilometers south-west of Exmouth. In 1980, among the papers of the late Clarke found his diary and Daguerreotype (old photo), which depicted Clark himself, holding in his hand some strange bob. As for the diary, the regular and lengthy records sailor the following picture of events.
Object with which photographed Clark — is a metal ball, brought them to the Kerguelen. According to Clark, James Ross deliberately omitted the fact that the island except unexplained footprints in the snow were found two strange metal ball, and one of them all, and another — broken into pieces. Moreover, the hoofprints started just from the broken fragments of the ball and drove away on a perfectly straight line to the rocky hill. According to Clark, they find the balls fell from the sky, while he adds that during his stay on the island had the feeling constant presence with the members of the expedition some invisible spy, keep an eye on them.
The fate of Clark Perry
When the ships of the expedition headed for the island of Tasmania, two mysterious world — and whole and broken — lying in a sailor chest Clark Perry. However, when other sailors learned what souvenirs lucky Clark Kerguelen, coverage superstitious fear, and they tried to persuade Perry to throw balls over the side. But he did not listen, and then his comrades demanded that Clark with his balls left the ship as soon as they arrive in Hobart, the capital and port of Tasmania. At this time most of the sailor complied and soon found work as a sailor on the other by the ship on which the fall 1842 arrived safely in England. During the voyage Perry nobody said nothing about what was in his things.
Clark moved to Teignmouth, found a job at the bank, and the coffer with the mysterious souvenirs hid in the basement, where they were kept as long as 13 years, until February 3, 1855. In that tragic evening Perry returned home in the company of several friends, and they were all tight tipsy. Libations continued, and a drunken case Clark blurted drinking buddies on balls. Those willing to immediately inspect overseas unusual. All went to the basement, the sailor drew balls from the chest. In the unanimous opinion, the ball had to be unhurt open. All at a time that there are forces started hitting on him a heavy hammer. After one of the attacks came from the inside of the ball rattle, and on the surface there was a crack. Clark instantly sobered up, shoved his friends out of the house and went to sleep.
Getting ready in the morning for work, Perry saw a crack on the surface of the ball significantly increased, and realized that "souvenir" might at any moment break. After that, contrary to custom, a few days a sailor in a diary not write anything. Then, on February 7, 1855, there appeared only one phrase — that in this day Clark will throw balls into the sea on the beach in Teignmouth, and then go to Exmouth and spend the weekend at a friend's. This entry was last.
I live to this day in Teignmouth Clark family found out that he died in the night from 8 to 9 February 1855 in Biktone, that is there, where he completed the 160-km journey Devonshire devil, starts on the beach in Exmouth. Does not this mean that the devil really looking for something, as stated in his book, Colin Wilson? And he is looking for Clark Perry, with the intent to kill him. After the sailor was the only person who died in Devon that night.
But why and how a being out of the ball killed a man, and then what happened to the creature itself? One can assume that the answer to the first part of the question is that the devil Devonshire had to get rid of unwanted witness, to lift the veil of secrecy over fell into his hands an unusual subject. The answer to the second part contains a death certificate, which says that Clark Perry died of heart failure caused by severe mental shock. Presumably, it was the horror that gripped Clark, when an unknown visitor came to see him at night. To answer the third part of the question back to the case, what has happened to Colin Wilson on the beach in the summer of 1950. It is possible that in 1855, and in 1950, people have seen the traces of the same substance, but for the past 95 years it has grown and matured.
At various times in the press reports of the appearance of a new trace of the mysterious two-legged prey — in the snow or on sandy beaches — not only in Devon and Kerguelen: Scotland's winter 1839-1840 (The Times of March 13, 1840), in Poland in 1855 year (the newspaper of the Illustrated London News March 17, 1885), in Belgium in 1945 (Journal of Doubt № 20 in 1945), in Brazil in 1954 (Bernard Huvelmansa book "Following the unprecedented animals").
It is absurd to suppose that all these messages is — fiction, so "there's something there," and that "something" — another mystery, which presents the earth (or space?) Education and technical knowledge to mankind XXI century.
Source: "Secrets of the twentieth century. Gold Series" № 3 with
Category: Mystery and Mysticism