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A Giants Tread

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Interesting Evidence of a Prehistoric Race From Arizona Mountains.

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Was the great West inhabited by a race
of giants In prehistoric days? R. B. Laird,
who was in Kansas City yesterday, claims
to have new evidence that it was. He is a
New England geologist who has spent
many months in making Investigations in
the canons, table lands and gorges of Ari
zona. He left for the East last night with
his evidence, in the shape of a voluminous
typewritten manuscript carefully put away
In a handbag. He declined to make. public
the full purport of the document,
Mr. Laird makes no boast of having had
a hand in the investigation, but says the
dlsco’eries were made by a guide who has
been a resident of Williams, A. T., for
many years and who has been in every
nook and cranny of the mountains in that
district. The claim that there existed in
prehistoric times a race of giants Is old,
but proofs are not found every day. In
this case they were found In the shape of
immense footprints which have become
hardened in the limestone formations of the
district.
To substantiate his statements Mr. Laird
carries with him several photographs,
showing by comparison with the foot of a
miner the relative size of the giant’s foot.
Some Idea of its great size can be gained
when it is seen that the depression In the
rock strata caused by the great toe is
more than twice as large as the miner’s
foot. The fact that animals in prehistoric
periods were of such immense size is ad
vanced as an argument that man was also
abnormally large. Laird is a firm believer
In this theory.
The party of explorers with which the
guide who made the discoveries entered the
vast untenanted desert, which is bordered
by the mountains where the discoveries’
were made, suffered great hardships during
the trip. Mr. Laird was one of the party
and he says they ran short of food and
narrowly escaped being buried In the snow
before they finally made their way back to
civilization. Mr. Laird refuses to give any
information about himself or the nature of
his visit to the East, In addition to the
document In which the guide tells his
strange story of the expedition he carries
In. his grip several excellent specimens of
rubles, a rich deposit of which was dis
covered by the party.
(Kansas City, Mo.), 17 Nov. 1899. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress

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