The other week I came across a strange newspaper story I reproduce below, from the
Plaindealer of December 11th
GIANTS OF OLDEN TIMES
A Number Who Lived on the Road from long ago to now
In one of his recent lectures Prof. J.A.Williams alludes to the discovery of an enormous lizard 80 feet in length ,says the
. The professor infers (as no
living specimen of that magnitude has been found) that the species which it
represents has become degenerated. The verity of his position he endeavours to
enforce by an allusion to the well-known existence of human giants in olden
times. The following is the list upon which this singular hypothesis is
A giant exhibited in
in 1830. Prof
Williams says measured nearly 18 feet in height. Rouen
Gorapius once saw a girl of 12 years who was 10 feet high.
The giant Galabria, brought from Arabia to
during the reign of Claudius Caesar, was 10ft high. Rome
Fannum, who lived in the time of Eugene II, measured 11 feet 6 inches in height.
Chevalier Scrog, while exploring a cavern in the
, found a skull
which must have belonged to a man at least 15 feet high. It contained sixty
perfect teeth of monstrous size. Peak
The giant Ferregus, slain by Orlando, the nephew of Charlemagne, was 28 feet high and so heavy that no horse could be found that was strong enough to bear him.
In 1814 the tomb of a giant was opened at St Germain who must have been at least 30 feet high during life.
As late as 1850 a human skeleton 19 feet long was discovered at
. The skull, which was perfect
with the exception of the under jaw, held over a bushel of
wheat. Rouen, France
In 1824, near the
, a monstrous tomb was discovered.
It was 30 feet long, 16 wide and 8 high. The inscription “Kintolochus Rex” was
cu in the hard, grey stone. The skeleton was found entire, 15 ½ feet long, 10
feet across the shoulders and 5 feet from the breast-bone to the
back. castle of Dauphine
The vicinity of
, has yielded three remarkable
human skeletons, one in 1410,one in 1516 and the last in 1550. The first was 21,
the second 30 and the third 34 feet in height. Palermo, Italy
In 1815 a skeleton was dug up near
, the skull of which was as large as a
common wine cask. Each of the teeth weighed seven ounces.