A WOMAN’S EXTRAORDINARY COMBAT WITH AN ALLIGATOR.
MRS. P. J. MINNICK, living on the Hillsboro’ River, in Florida, recently had a contest with a big alligator in which the reptile was despatched. The saurian was chasing ducks when Mrs. Minnick interfered with his fun by a blow on the head with a long pole. Whirling around, with a loud whiff of anger he charged his plucky antagonist. As the alligator charged down with wide-open jaws and shrilly hissing, she braced herself for the fray, and with a quick and sudden movement, she rammed the pole down the reptile’s throat. Mrs. Minnick kept pushing on the pole with all her strength. The reptile snapped at it and tried to bite it off, but could not secure a good hold on it.
Her arms were tiring, and she began calling for help. Her twelve-year-old son soon responded, and came running down the bank with a light axe in his hand. Creeping up close to the alligator, he dealt him a blow on the back with the sharp blade that nearly severed some three feet of the reptile’s tail. The old alligator roared, and with a violent effort bit through the pole in his mouth and endeavoured to retreat to the water. But this Mrs. Minnick was determined he should not do. Catching the axe from her boy’s hands, she rushed up and with one effective stroke cut off one of the alligator’s front paws.
He fell over on his side, roaring and bellowing with rage. His ugly jaws closed together with a vicious snap, and his half-severed tail thrashed around in an ugly manner. Watching her chance, the plucky woman cut off the tail entirely. Shortly after two heavy blows were delivered on the head of the struggling saurian, and the victory was won. The head was cut off and preserved, as Mrs. Minnick says she intends to have a set of jewellery made from its teeth.
The Illustrated Police News Saturday 20 November 1897
Note: For a British example of eusuchian-related derring-do, I recommend perusal of the following: An Huzzah for the Reptile Conqueror!