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Northern Star (NSW) Wednesday,  July 15, 1891

This article is titled: Birth of a Devil.  A Human Monstrosity.

The Eagle and County Cork Advertiser publishes from an American paper the following account of a remarkable monstrosity recently born in Minnesota. Of all the hideous human malformations ever heard of in Minnesota., the five-weeks-old offspring of Charles and Sarah Miller, of McLeod County, is the most atrocious.

Accounts of horrible vagaries of nature have from time to time been published, but the awful doodoo of the town of Plato outdoes all previous horrors. The Millers are a young couple. The husband is a shoemaker, doing a fairly good business, and the Millers had every reason to be satisfied with the world as they found it until five weeks ago, when Mrs. Miller gave birth to a nondescript creature whose presence has horrified the community and conferred upon the parents an unenviable reputation.

The religious residents of the town and country are in a ferment of excitement as a result of the statement made by Mrs. Miller which happened preceding the birth of the monstrosity. Two months ago Three weeks prior to Mrs. Miller's confinement, a Jewish pedlar came to the house selling colored oleographs of the Crucifixion. He was told to go about his business but pressed wares in such a manner that Mrs. Miller became exasperated, and declared that she would sooner have the devil in her house than the portrait of her Saviour.

The full meaning of the preference she had expressed did not dawn on the unfortunate woman until she was brought face to face with the frightful creature to which she had given birth. The child-or, as many persons believe, this devil-was born with hair all over its body two inches long. The face and hands even are not exempt; they are similarly coated. The features are absolutely fiendish in expression, and the eyes shine like two little beads from beneath a pair of shaggy brows. It has a tail 18 inches long. This enfant terrible was provided at its birth with a full set of teeth. Two short sharp horns protrude from the skull, and the claw-like hands are furnished with claws like those of an eagle. The feet are exactly like the hoofs of a goat, and the hair covering the body is as coarse as goat's hair and similar in appearance. The creature could crawl from its birth, and refusing the natural substance of a normal child of like age, it left its mother's side, sliding on its hands and knees all over the house, devouring any scraps to be found.

This child-devil is now five weeks old and has already shown itself as a ferocious beast. It snaps savagely at the restraining hand, and the facial expression produced by an effort to curb the tendencies of the creature is inexpressibly frightful. The mother is almost an imbecile as a result of her horrible experience, and the father acts as though crazed. Physicians are pouring into the town in dozens, and the people from surrounding Counties are arriving constantly, all anxious to see the freak. The authorities threaten to arrest and heavily fine any person known to spread the report, the condition of the mother, mentally and physically, being extremely precarious indeed. A girl working in like house encountered the five-weeks-old fiend on its way downstairs. She endeavored to carry it back to the room from which it had escaped when the creature attacked her so fiercely that she was compelled to knock it down with a picture she was carrying. It is impossible that the efforts at concealment can prove successful, as the facts have been communicated by local physicians to their co-workers in the cities, and every train brings new additions to the crowd already at Plato. Church members are in firm belief that the freak has been sent as a judgment on the mother for her unholy sentiment."