|THE WHIRLING WHIMPUS.
Occasionally it happens that inexperienced hunters and
others wandering in the woods disappear completely. Guides
are unable to locate them, and all kinds of theories are offered
to explain the disappearances.
From the hardwood forests of the Cumberland Mountains,
Tennessee, comes the rumor of an animal called the whirling
whimpus, the existence of which may throw some light upon
the fate of those who fail to come back to camp. According to
woodsmen who have been “looking” timber in eastern Tennessee, the whimpus is a blood-thirsty creature of no mean proportions. It has a gorilla-shaped head and body and enormous
front feet. Its unique method of obtaining food is to station
itself upon a trail, generally at a bend in the trail, where it
stands on its diminutive hind legs and whirls. The speed is
increased until the animal is invisible, and the motion produces
a strange droning sound, seeming to come from trees overhead. Any creature coming along the trail and not recognizing
the sound is almost certain to walk into the danger zone and
become instantly deposited in the form of syrup or varnish
upon the huge paws of the whimpus.