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Description: Golden Eagle Captured by Joseph Maynes

Date: September 14 1893

Newspaper published in: Pontotoc, MS

Source: MSU Library

Page/Column: Page 4, Column 1

Queer Facts and Thrilling Adventures Which
Show That Truth is Stranger Than Fiction.
The only golden eagle ever seen in this part of the country, says a dispatch from Toledo, Ohio, is captive at the residence of Joseph Maynes, in this city. Mr. Maynes and Peter Barquin went fishing in the marshes along Ottawa River. Maynes got after a monster frog in the edge of the marsh, along a bluff which is densely wooded. He was about to get his frog when a monstrous eagle sweeped down upon him. It seized him between the shoulder blades, its talons piercing through his overcoat, and undercoat, and cutting into the flesh. The bird beat its wings and lifted Maynes from his feet. Maynes weighs 151 pounds, and is 23 years old. He says he was terribly frightened, and more so when the bird lifted him from his feet a second time. While attempting the third time to get Maynes into the air he struck the eagle on the head with his frog spear. He then got one arm around the birds neck and pounded in on the head with his club. He got the bird to the bank and lay across it while Barquin kicked it into insensibility. A rope was then procured and the bird was tied to a tree. The eagle has been brought to this city, and was seen this afternoon by newspaper men. It measures seven feet six inches across the wings, weighs thirty-five pounds, and stands three feet two inches high. It is evidently young, there being many pin feathers around the neck and on the breast. Old citizens who have lived in the west say that the bird is a young mountain eagle of the golden variety. The plumage is of a dark russet color, almost seal brown. The eagle has a monstrous head, with a beak four and a half inches long. Its mouth, when stretched wide open, is five inches across. It swallowed fifteen sparrows for supper, taking each one down whole.


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