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May 1909, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, George Doughty and numerous people:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

In 1909, in the midst of a craze about a so-called "Jersey Devil" - a mix of some bird and some monster with occasionaly a forked tail - in New Jersey, USA, one of the stories that appeared in the local newspapers was not used in any ufology context, unlike other Jersey Devil stories. Maybe it is because it was too dubious to be taken seriously, maybe it is because it would have cast too much doubt about the other stories.

New Jersey newspapers on May 6, 1909 - and the story was republished several times until September 1909 - told that at last, a "Jersey Devil" has been captured just outside Atlantic City by one "Capt. Doughty, whose name fit him well" or "Doughly Capt. Doughty".

It had a "beak like parrot, feathers like albatross, and claws like vulture". Morevover, "just how large the bird is cannot be said, for all estimates are different."

One newspaper article added that it was "a cross between a pelican and a condor, and a few local scientists are positive it's the sole survivor of the supposedly extremely extinct phylliloo family. At any rate, It, which is an immense bird, weighing more than one hundred pounds, with a beak capable of tearing iron and taloned legs that strike like the kick of an ostrich," and that it "came near killing Capt. George Doughty in his fishing boat off Brigantine Beach."

"Knowing the skeptics might doubt this marvellous tale of the sea," Cap'n Doughty allegedly showed not only his arms pinched black and blue and his torn clothing, but the strange bird itself. "Scoffers had to be silent then. Local faunal naturalists gazed in awe on the bird, which is as tall as some men and then made the before-mentioned guesses."

Apparently, Doughty told he was sculling his boat along shortly before daylight, in a dense fog, when he heard the whirr of wings and the snap of the big black beak of the strange bird, which narrowly missed his face. Before he recovered from the scare the bird wheeled and came back, this time making a stroke at him with its taloned feet and missing him by only a few inches.

"Doughty grasped an oar and fought. Bird and man battled for many minutes, Doughty being forced to grab the gunwalre several times to keep from going overboard when the bird struck him with full force. A lucky stroke with an oar at last knocked the bird down, and before it could recover Doughty had wound it round and round with a strong line, also tying its beak and legs."

"One wondering fisherman hazarded the guess that he saw a bird of the species in this section, and there is a general belief that the strange cretaure is the much-discussed 'Jersey Devil' which excited South Jersey several months ago. The bird will be presented to a museum if it survived the beating he received."

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001511
Date of event: May 1909
Earliest report of event: May 6, 1909
Delay of report: Day, days.
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: The Press.
First certain record by: The Press.
First alleged record type: The Press.
First certain record type: The Press.
This file created on: September 28, 2017
This file last updated on: September 28, 2017
Country of event: USA
State/Department: New Jersey
Type of location: From a small boat.
Lighting conditions: Mist.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 0 or numerous.
Witnesses ages: Adults.
Witnesses types: Various.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Bird
Entities height: Small
Entities outfit type: One piece tight fitting.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Came out of UFO, saw witness, went back in, departure.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial visitors.
Explanation certainty: None.

Narratives:

[Ref. wh1:] "THE WASHINGTON HERALD" NEWSPAPER:

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CATCH "JERSEY DEVIL"

Feathered Monster Caught by Capt. Doughty at Atlantic City

Atlantic City, N. J., May 5. -- At last the "Jersey Devil" has been captured and is on exhibition. It was overpowered just outside this city to-day by Capt. George Doughty after attacking him and nearly killimg him.

The "devil" now turns out to be a gigantic bird of an unknown species, and is far larger than any member of the feathered tribe ever seen in this vicinity.

It is bigger, according to the report, than the biggest eagle, has claws like a vulture, feathers like an albatross, and a beak like a parrott. Just how large the bird is cannot be said, for all estimates are different.

Capt. Doughty, while walking along the beach several miles south of this city to-day came upon the monster bird. He had just turned around a sand dune and met the bird coming in the other direction. The captain says the bird came at him, and that it was only after fight that he managed to stun the creature with a blow over the head with a stick.

[Ref. wt1:] "THE WASHINGTON TIMES" NEWSPAPER:

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JERSEY MONSTER CAPTURED AT LAST

Has Beak Like Parrot, Feathers Like Albatross, and Claws Like Vulture

ATLANTIC CITY, May 6. -- "What-isit", the Jersey devil that eats 'em alive or scares 'em into convulsions, has fallen captive to the prowess of Capt. George Doughty.

The Jersey devil is a member of the feathered tribe. It has a beak like a parrot, feathers like an albatross, and the claws of a vulture. It was captured after an awfull battle by Captain Doughty on the sand dunes near this city and is now on exhibition here. Ornithologists, poultry dealers, and showmen have all been attracted.

[Ref. ap1:] "THE ASBURY PARK PRESS" NEWSPAPER:

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FISHER CAPTURES THE LEED'S DEVIL

Doughty Captain Lands Strange Bird Off Rum Point After Great Battle.

Atlantic City, May 7. -- Captain Geo. Doughty, a deep sea fisherman, believes he has captured the noted "devil bird," the bombat which created so much excitement in southern New Jersey a few months ago. He brought the bird in after a fierce battle, about two miles off Rum point, in which he disabled the feathered mystery with an oar.

Captain Doughty says he was pulling in from the open sea with a boat load of fish shortly before sunrise when a big winged object flashed by his face. He saw, as the object passed, that it was an immense bird, bent upon attack.

"The bird had a lot of momentum," said the captain, "and it took it some time to wheel and return to the attack.

"When he came back, I was ready for him, but I didn't look for any such a fight as he gave me. He nearly knocked me overboard several times.

"He went at me with his sharp bill and his claws. I managed to land a lucky blow on him and he fell helpless in the boat, on top of my fish. I tied his feet and his wings with a line and brought him in."

As proof that he had a battle, Capt. Doughty shows black and blue marks on his arms and a coat literally ripped to shreds. The bird, which stands five feet in height and weighs fully 150 pounds, is a captive in a big cage at the captain's home.

It is not a bird native to these parts. Old-time baymen say it resembles a cross between a crane and a pelican, but none of them ever saw such an immense bird of either species.

The south Jersey "devil bird" had the whole lower section of the state aroused last fall. It was described by persons who saw it as something between a bird and a pony. Farmers swore that the "devil bird" carried off sheep and dogs and attacked men in the roads and fields.

A Philadelphia animal dealer announced that the bird was a bombat that escaped from his collection, and offered a reward for it, but all trace of the strange visitor was lost until Captain Doughty's adventure.

[Ref. sg1:] "SUMNER GAZETTE" NEWSPAPER:

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BATTLED WITH A BIRD

Doughty Cap'n Doughty's Feathered Prize Nearly Killed Him

Some men say it's a roc, others pronounce it an auk; still others contend it's a cross between a pelican and a condor, and a few local scientists are positive it's the sole survivor of the supposedly extremely extinct phylliloo family. At any rate, It, which is an immense bird, weighing more than one hundred pounds, with a beak capable of tearing iron and taloned legs that strike like the kick of an ostrich, came near killing Capt. George Doughty in his fishing boat off Brigantine Beach.

In the battle for life the veteran bayman, whose family name fits him well, finally knocked out his feathered foe with a mighty sweep of an oar. Knowing the skeptics might doubt this marvellous tale of the sea, Cap'n Doughty on his return to this city, showed not only arms pinched black and blue and torn clothing, but the strange bird itself. Scoffers had to be silent then. Local faunal naturalists gazed in awe on the bird, which is as tall as some men and then made the before-mentioned guesses.

Doughty says he was sculling his boat along shortly before daylight, in a dense fog, when he heard the whirr of wings and the snap of the big black beak of the strange bird, which narrowly missed his face. Before he recovered from the scare the bird wheeled and came back, this time making a stroke at him with its taloned feet and missing him by only a few inches.

Doughty grasped an oar and fought. Bird and man battled for many minutes, Doughty being forced to grab the gunwalre several times to keep from going overboard when the bird struck him with full force. A lucky stroke with an oar at last knocked the bird down, and before it could recover Doughty had wound it round and round with a strong line, also tying its beak and legs.

One wondering fisherman hazarded the guess that he saw a bird of the species in this section, and there is a general belief that the strange creaure is the much-discussed "Jersey Devil" which excited South Jersey several months ago. The bird will be presented to a museum if it survived the beating he received.

[Ref. nn1:] "NORWOOD NEWS" NEWSPAPER:

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Doughty Cap'n Doughty's Huge Feathered Prize Rouses Curiosity Among Naturalists

Atlantic City, N. J. -- Some men say it is a roc, others pronounce it an auk; still others contend it's a cross between a pelican and a condor, and a few local scientists are positive it's the sole survivor of the supposedly extremely extinct phylliloo family. At any rate, It, which is an immense bird, weighing more than one hundred pounds, with a beak capable of tearing iron and taloned legs that strike like the kick of an ostrich, came near killing Capt. George Doughty in his fishing boat off Brigantine Beach.

In the battle for life the veteran bayman, whose family name fits him well, finally knocked out his feathered foe with a mighty sweep of an oar. Knowing the skeptics might doubt this marvellous tale of the sea, Cap'n Doughty on his return to this city, showed not only arms pinched black and blue and torn clothing, but the strange bird itself. Scoffers had to be silent then. Local faunal naturalists gazed in awe on the bird, which is as tall as some men and then made the before-mentioned guesses.

Doughty says he was sculling his boat along shortly before daylight, in a dense fog, when he heard the whirr of wings and the snap of the big black beak of the strange bird, which narrowly missed his face. Before he recovered from the scare the bird wheeled and came back, this time making a stroke at him with its taloned feet and missing him by only a few inches.

Doughty grasped an oar and fought. Bird and man battled for many minutes, Doughty being forced to grab the gunwalre several times to keep from going overboard when the bird struck him with full force. A lucky stroke with an oar at last knocked the bird down, and before it could recover Doughty had wound it round and round with a strong line, also tying its beak and legs.

One wondering fisherman hazarded the guess that he saw a bird of the species in this section, and there is a general belief that the strange creaure is the much-discussed "Jersey Devil" which excited South Jersey several months ago. The bird will be presented to a museum.

Points to consider:

L'article en [sg1] et [nn1] est paru à l'identique par [tc1], [tc2], [ce1], voir dans les références plus bas.

About the "Jersey Devil" aka "Leed's Devil", see the previous cases for New Jersey in the 1909 cases page.

In this case, if it is not just a hoax or boasting - which the remarks on the captain's name imply - reference [ap1] gives a clear indication that was a bird. It is too big, too heavy for a crane, according to this source, but it is described with the mention of a crane, this bird being in my opinion the main explanation of these "Jersey Devil" affairs.

Many such cases have been narrated more or less correctly in the ufological literature. There is no UFO here, but those ufologists, such as John Keel, who thought that "UFOs" and other strange manifestations of all kinds are not extraterrestrial but "ultraterrestrial" or coming from some "other dimension" meant to prove the correctness of their thesis with such stories.

List of issues:

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Evaluation:

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

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Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

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0.1 Patrick Gross September 28, 2017 Creation, [wh1], [wt1], [ap1], [tc1], [tc2], [sg1], [nn1], [ce1].
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