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JIM: A True Account of the Monster in Sublett's Pond

TAKE WARNING before Reading: Those who are fragile of psyche, delicate of constitution, or prone to swooning should refrain from reading about the Varmint of The Valley.


There can be no question that the gripping saga which follows is (as old man Ferd Jenkins was wont to say) a true piece, and no doubt the Inner Circle of Varmintologists -- Messrs. W.K. Neat, R.R. Walker, and J.W. Grider -- would nod in solemn agreement.This appeared in the April 8, 1908 edition of the News in the "Cane Valley Department," a regular full-page feature of the News during the first few months of that year.

Mystery Solved

Last summer, Mr. J.W. Sublett had quite a thrilling experience with frogs.

His wife had a fine lot of frying chickens, and every evening when the flock came up some of them were missing; also the cow came home looking as if she had been fresh milked.

Mr. Sublett was puzzled and almost at his wit's end, but he determined to solve the mysterious disappearance of the chickens and the milking of the cow.

Arming himself with a shotgun, he set out to watch the chickens. They wandered around for a while until they came to a large pond in the field, a few hundred yards from the house. One of the chicks went down to the water's edge to drink when suddenly a monster frog appeared on the surface of the water, and seizing chicken, dragged it under water before Mr. S. could use his gun. The disappearance of the chickens was solved, but the milking of the cow was yet a mystery.

Mr. Sublett hurried home and related his thrilling experience to his family. His blood was up and he determined to get even with that frog or die in the attempt.

He reloaded his gun, putting a heavy load of buckshot in each barrel and wended his way back to the pond. Judge his surprise on reaching it to find his cow standing quietly in the edge of the water and the monster frog milking the cow like a yearling calf. He calmed himself and waited until the frog was through, then the monster hopped out on dry land to sun.

Bracing himself, Mr. Sublett turned loose with both barrels, his aim was true; both charges struck the frog, killing it instantly.

He carried the frog to the house and cleaned it, and such was the size of the monster, that the whole family was supplied with frog leg steak for several days.

*************Mr. J.W. Sublett and his brother R.A. were partners in a Cane Valley store. They advertised themselves as "Dealers in General Merchandise / Dry Goods / Groceries / Harness / Fertilizers / Undertaker's Goods." (Ha! Let's see the Big Box Store in town top that!) Perhaps in the summer of 1907, the list -- if ever so briefly -- included frogskin tarps.

Compiled by JIM.

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