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. PAGE 14 POST-GAZE'FTE, JULY 29, 2016 ".-2 THOUGHTS BY ABOUT THIS 8< THAT with Daniel A. DiCenso The Devil's Footprints: an English Puzzle There are some mysteries that likely never will be solved. This is due to many factors, includ- ing time elapsed, availability of primary sources, and stability of evidence left. All of these factors work against a resolu- tion for the Devil's Footprints, a mysterious trail of cloven- shaped hoofmarks appearing in a quiet area of England in February of 1855 after a heavy snowfall and stretching between 40 to 100 miles. With photographs unavail- able in the 1850s and the in- stability of snow, it is virtually impossible to study the foot- prints and form conclusions. The only evidence is a drawing of the marks appearing in The Illustrated London News and a transcript of an inquiry by the Reverend H.T. Ellacombe to other local vicars shortly after the tracks were discovered. Skeptics pointed out many inconsistencies in the descrip- tion of the tracks in various testimonies. This brought them to their own conclusion, that the tracks were not made by one person or one animal, espe- cially as the distance the tracks were said to run could not be covered over the course of one night. Instead, as contempo- rary researcher Mike Dash has concluded, there were several creatures that made tracks in the different areas reports came from, most likely donkeys, horses, and cows. Once reports of "devil's footprints" began cir- culating, however, Dash claims the event turned into one of mass hysteria. However, even Dash admits that his theory cannot explain the appearance of tracks over rooftops and hillsides. Here we must give some credence to the theory put forward by British novelist Geoffrey Household. A Major Carter had told Household that his grandfather worked at the Devonport Dockyard in 1855 when the dockyard released an experimental balloon that Tanti Auguri per il vostro An niversario Dr. Dean J. Saluti President, Renaissance Lodge, OSIA Maj0rie Cahn P.O. Box 692027, Ouincy, MA 02269 Happy Anniversary from @ Ristorante "Saraceno" in Boston at 286 Hanover Street 617.227.5353 Franco Pezzano Proprietor Ristorante and Pizzeria "Bella Vista" in Boston 288 Hanover Street TeL 367-4999 Lucia Pezzano Proprietor trailed through the country- side dragging shackles at the end of its rope. The dockyard never reported this balloon as it caused some damage to local architecture. Again, this is hard to judge without at least a photo- graph, but while a shackle might explain the odd shape it would be at odds with what clearly ap- peared to be steps rather than something being dragged. Others have put forth the idea that the "footprints" were really the imprints of jumping rodents like wood mice or a hare. Still others have claimed the tracks were made by a kangaroo that was reported to have escaped from a nearby private zoo. The final culprit is the badger. Com- mon in the English countryside, badgers are known to scrounge through snow looking for mice and other fodder. So what made these mysteri- ous tracks? Likely, no one will ever know for sure. It is possible that it was none of the things thought or it could have been, as Mike Dash believes, that it was all of them. The mind is, after all, a powerful thing as is our will to believe. 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I think most of the date is really great this year, but Republican establishment types the people have spoken about can't stand Trump because their support for Trump, and I he doesn't play by their rules. will be voting against Hillary in Most of them stayed away from November, and that's it. Cleveland as they should have. Jimmy Swo.ggart It is their choice. Most of them is Back on 7T' don't care if Trump loses. Once Every so often I watch those again, their choice. "Born Again preachers on TV While all the RINOs think and I see Jimmy Swaggart is they are so smart, while most of back on with his own Born them call Trump the new Barry Again channel. As a Roman Goldwater, one must remember Catholic, I agree with many that back in 1964 neither Rich- of their socially conservative ard Nixon or Ronald Reagan views, but that's about it. walked away from Goldwater, We have all seen them dis- and both of them eventually got playing their verbal talents in themselves elected president. front of a camera. Some have To Ted Cruz, Charlie Baker, more charisma than others, and John Kasich who take to Later I found his cable channel their high ground, remember and listened to what was being Nixon and Reagan had class. said, and I see that there is still End Quote too much anti-Catholic rhetoric "America is a nation of believ- going on for my taste, ers, dreamers, and strivers that Also, I still don't like all this is being led by a group of cen- hawking by all these charac- sors, critics, and cynics." ters. You can buy a $500 Bible -- Donald Trump 121 Years (Continued from Page 1) school, church and state and have become an integral part of this democratic society, bring- ing to it all the qualities the Italians have always pos- sessed as builders, dreamers, organizers, fighters, artists, inspired teachers and defenders of both Italian and American ideals. Throughout the United States, especially in Boston where freedom began over 225 years ago, LA GAZZETTA or the POST-GAZETTE has played a vital part in history. Today, the University of Min- nesota and the University of Florence in Italy have compiled all of our issues from the first to the current publication on micro-film for future genera- tions, thereby recognizing the POST-GAZETTE's historical contribution to this country and the contribution of our unique culture to the people on these shores. We continue to bring to our readers the in- credible stories of Americans from coast-to-coast who are the "Builders of America." 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