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PETRIFIED GIANT, Lafayette, New York

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Petrified Giant. A few months since
in the town of Lafayette, New York, a farmer
digging for water, in a tnarshy Epot on
his farm, came across, about four feet under
ground, a curious rock, which attracted his
attention aud that of his, neighbors. It was
unearthed and was fouud lu appearance,
to be so completely like a man, that it
was pronounced to be a petrified body, and
under that announcement, has attracted considerable
attention in that locality. The
figure is so perfect that it is said to be impossible
to avoid the conclusion, either that it
has been a living body, or is an old piece of
sculpture, though the latter supposition
seems Impossible, as the stone bears no
marks of tbe chisel, and it is not of the kind,
that would be chosen for such work. The
papers say that it is a great curiosity, and
that thousands are going from the neighboring
city of Syracuse to see it; neither the
scientific nor the unlearned, are able to explain
this curious relic. The following are
the dimensions of the petrified giant: Length
from head to chin, 21 inches; length of nose
from brow, 6 Inches; length ol month, 4
inches; width of shoulders from point to
point, 3 feet; length of middle linger, 8
Inches; from the point of hip to knee joint,
3 feet; diameter through the leg at the thigh,
13 inches; diameter through the calf of leg,
9 1/2  inches ; height, 10 feet 3 Inches; his foot
measures 19 7/8 width across the palm of the
hand, 7 inches; diameter through the wrist,
5 inches; diameter across the nostrils, 3 1/2

The Hawaiian gazette., December 01, 1869, Image 3

About The Hawaiian gazette. (Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii]) 1865-1918




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